The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

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A Podcast About Leadership, Change and Personal Growth to Help Leaders Lead Like Never Before


303: Rebekah Lyons on How to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, and the Rhythms that Create a Sustainable Pace in Life
Nov 19 • 92 min
Rebekah Lyons, a driven, young leader who was accomplishing an extraordinary amount at home and at work, had her first panic attack out of the blue in 2011. The last eight years have taught her so much about how to handle the stress,
302: Steve Green on the Rise of Hobby Lobby Empire, Why Their Retail is Still Growing When Everyone Else’s is Shrinking, and How Paying Entry Level Workers Double the Minimum Wage Pays Back
Nov 12 • 68 min
What started in a garage almost 50 years ago has risen into a multi-billion dollar empire. Steve Green is the President of Hobby Lobby, and works along side his father, who founded the company. Steve discusses the reasons behind the remarkable rise of …
301: Albert Tate on How to Add Humour to Your Talks, a Conversation About Porn and Sex, and Handling the Pressures of Leadership
Nov 7 • 67 min
Albert Tate is one of the funniest conference speakers and preachers around today. In this episode, Albert breaks down how he finds comedic moments and how to deliver them. In addition, Albert talks candidly about his struggle with porn,
300: NT Wright on Why Atheism Doesn’t Need to Destroy Your Faith, on Women in Ministry, and How the Church is Getting Heaven Wrong
Nov 5 • 76 min
NT Wright is a scholar, priest and prolific author of over 80 books. In this wide-ranging interview, Tom Wright talks about how atheism doesn’t need to destroy your faith, why he still believes the Gospel, and how his views on some things—including wom…
299: Patrick Lencioni on His Personal Leadership Crash, How He Moved Through It, and How to Check Your Motive as a Leader
Oct 29 • 75 min
Patrick Lencioni is a widely-recognized leadership and business expert who has sold over six million books. But none of that exempts you from your own personal challenges. Today, Patrick opens up about a painful personal leadership crash he experienced…
298: Alejandro Reyes on Hypergrowth and the Keys to Great Digital Marketing and Online Influence
Oct 22 • 82 min
What makes people stand out online? How do you get noticed in a world that’s so noisy? The foundations of digital marketing are surprising…not because of how trendy they are, but because of how enduring they are.
297: Gordon MacDonald Shares 8 Decades of Wisdom and Life Lessons, Father Wounds, the Dangers of Drivenness, Counselling a U.S. President, and What Leaders Struggle with Between Ages 32-42 and at Age 48 and Age 62
Oct 17 • 111 min
Gordon MacDonald has written books read by millions, spoken to almost as many and has left a lasting impact on the leadership and heart of several generations. In this wide-ranging interview, Gordon talks about his own wounds from his father,
296: Mark Batterson on How He Beat Overwhelm to Keep His Marriage Strong, Strategic Quitting and Continual Innovation and Why Blessing and Generosity Aren’t Tied to the Prosperity Gospel
Oct 15 • 68 min
As his career as an author and speaker took off, Mark Batterson was faced with so many requests for his time that he couldn’t keep up. The insane pace eventually led to his wife, Lora, telling Mark that she “didn’t sign up for this.
295: Rich Birch on Whether Multi-Site Has Peaked, What You Need to Succeed as You Add Locations, and Some of the Keys to Sustained Growth
Oct 8 • 70 min
Has the multi-site movement peaked? What’s next for church leaders and other organizations that want to expand and add locations? Few leaders understand multi-site as well as Rich Birch, and in this interview,
294: Dee Ann Turner on How Chick-fil-A Created Amazing Customer Service and Created a Culture That Replicated It Among Tens of Thousands of Employees and Customers
Oct 3 • 68 min
Chick-fil-A may have invented the chicken sandwich, but it’s almost equally well-known for outstanding customer service. Dee Ann Turner, a long-time Chick-fil-A executive and vice president, explains how they got customer service to be a brand characte…
293: Jeff Henderson on Why Most Organizations are Narcissistic, the New Way to Do Customer Service and the Future of Business
Oct 1 • 73 min
If a business was a person, many businesses would be considered narcissists. And narcissism is bad for business. That’s what Jeff Henderson argues in his new book, Know What You’re FOR. With retail sales declining, a cynical spirit abounding,
292: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead in a World of Distraction and Turning Down the Noise So You Can Get Healthy
Sep 24 • 72 min
Clay Scroggins is back on the podcast with some fresh insights from his brand new book, How to Lead in a World of Distraction. In an open and vulnerable interview, Clay talks about how the pressures of leadership led to him missing some of the signs of…
291: David Platt on Hell, Suffering, Eternity and Why the Hard Questions About Christianity Haven’t Led to His Deconversion, and What Needs to Change Among Christians to Truly Impact the World
Sep 19 • 75 min
There are so many deconversion stories away from Christianity these days. David Platt has seen some of the greatest suffering on earth and has again, recently, asked some of the toughest questions: In a universe governed by a good God,
290: Max Lucado on What Causes Happiness, How to Be Happier, and How to Know When It’s Time to Leave Leadership
Sep 17 • 78 min
New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, talks about how he knew he didn’t have another ten years of senior leadership in him, why his passion has shifted, what causes happiness, and how to be happier. Plus,
289: Tim Lucas on Reaching Cynical Unchurched Young Adults, Launching What Would Become a MegaChurch in an Unchurched Region, and Surviving His Brush With Burnout
Sep 10 • 85 min
Tim Lucas mentally disconnected from the church at age 14, and never expected to be back…let alone plant a church. But as a Bible study Tim and his wife led grew into a church plant, Liquid Church New Jersey was born.
288: David Kinnaman Busts Cultural Myths Too Many Leaders Still Believe, and Shares Surprisingly Good News About the Faith of Some Millennials and Gen Z.
Sep 5 • 96 min
David Kinnaman, President of the Barna Group, busts some persistent myths about people and culture too many leaders still believe. He also shares findings from his surveys of over 100,000 young adults, what they believe, what bothers them,
287: J.D. Greear and Todd Wilson on Why The Future Church Is a Multiplying Church, How to Overcome a Scarcity Mindset and How to Start Reproducing Leadership
Sep 3 • 73 min
For the first time ever, Outreach Magazine has produced a list of 100 Reproducing Churches. Why? The future isn’t just in growth, it’s in multiplication if the church is going to thrive. J.D. Greear, Lead Pastor of the Summit Church—a multiplying churc…
286: John Townsend on How to Rewire Your Brain to Stop the Negative Voices and the Relationships You Really Need as a Leader, and Probably Don’t Have
Aug 27 • 55 min
John Townsend is one of today’s top business consultants, leadership coaches, psychologists and best selling author of 35 books. John talks why high performing leaders experience more negative self-talk than others,
285: Christy Wright on Overcoming the Fear of Becoming an Entrepreneur and Pro Tips on Starting and Pricing Your Business
Aug 20 • 73 min
Christy Wright became an entrepreneur at age 23 and now coaches business leaders full time in addition to podcasting and speaking on some of the biggest stages in the world. Christy shares some remarkable insights on the fears most entrepreneurs face,
284: Marc Serrao on How to Break All the Rules And Create a New Business Model, Starting One of America’s Most Successful Bakeries and How to Create Food So Good The Lines Create Traffic Jams
Aug 15 • 78 min
How do you build a world-class bakery in a village of just six thousand people? A bakery so popular it creates traffic jams with people from across the country wanting to get in? You break all the rules and create your own business model.
283: Lee Kricher and Jason Howard on the Emotions of Pastoral Succession, Why Leaders Hang On Too Long, and Why Successors Are Afraid to Talk About The Real Issues
Aug 13 • 89 min
Succession has emerged as one of the major issues facing the church in the next decade. Businesses are not that far behind in struggling with succession. Most senior pastors (especially founding pastors) hang on too long. The question is why.
282: Joel Manby on the Personal Cost of Leadership As CEO of SeaWorld, Saab USA and Herschend Entertainment
Aug 6 • 83 min
Joel Manby became the CEO of SeaWorld shortly after Blackfish was released – a documentary about the relationship between killer whales and their trainers at SeaWorld. Joel talks about the crucible of his time there trying to address the concerns of th…
281: Heather Zempel with an Inside Look at Washington DC and Ministry Trends Among Young Adults and Post-Christian Culture
Aug 1 • 66 min
Heather Zempel is a biological engineer who started working as a policy advisor to a US Senator on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She now works with Mark Batterson doing ministry on Capitol Hill. In a wide ranging interview,
280: Ron Edmondson on The Essentials For Helping a Stagnant Church Grow Again, How to Handle Your Critics, and the Changing Landscape of Leadership
Jul 30 • 67 min
It’s easy to write off a stuck or plateaued church as irrelevant or bound to close, but that’s not what happened when Ron Edmondson became senior pastor of a church of 1000 in Lexington Kentucky. Under Ron’s leadership,
279: Brad Formsma on How to Get People to Become More Generous, and the Best and Worst Practices in Dealing with High Net Worth Individuals and High Capacity Givers
Jul 23 • 77 min
Brad Formsma ran a business for years, and then felt a calling to help other people become more generous. He founded I Like Giving which resulted in Brad connecting with hundreds of high net worth individuals,
278: Ian Morgan Cron on How Your Enneagram Profile Positions You for Burnout, Pride, Cynicism and Other Hidden Traps in Life and Leadership
Jul 18 • 67 min
Ian Morgan Cron interviews Carey for this episode of his top rated Typology podcast, but in the middle of the interview, Carey turned the tables got Ian to apply his Enneagram insights to Carey’s latest book, Didn’t See It Coming.
277: Sam Collier on How to Find Your Voice, Build a Platform, Stay True to Yourself and Handle Feedback and Criticism
Jul 16 • 78 min
Five years ago, Sam Collier had almost no platform. Today, he’s a well-known podcaster, speaker, host and influencer who speaks on some of today’s largest stages. Sam talks about how he got started, how as an African-American he processed feedback and …
276: Chris Norton on Beating the Odds in Life and Leadership, Walking Again after Being Completely Paralyzed and the Lessons That Flow From It
Jul 9 • 64 min
Little did Chris Norton know that making a routine football play would change his life forever. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors told him he had a 3 percent chance of ever regaining sensation in his body. Last year,
275: Drew Dyck on the Rise of the Internet, the Demise of Curated Content, the Massive Changes in Journalism and Tips on How to Develop Better Self Control
Jul 4 • 72 min
So many leaders struggle with willpower and self-control, whether that’s grabbing that extra piece of chocolate cake, acting up at a meeting or just not taking care of themselves. Drew Dyck discusses his latest book on willpower and explains how habits…
274: Charles Lee on Why So Many Ideas Never Get Turned Into Reality, and the Path to Effective Execution and Scale
Jul 2 • 63 min
So many leaders have great ideas…that go absolutely nowhere. Charles Lee wants to change that. He helps companies and leaders turn ideas into reality. Charles shares a proven path from idea to execution, and shares some of his early life watching his i…
273: Ron Kitchens on What It Takes To Become One of the Best Workplaces in America, How To Sustain Economic Growth Through Great People, and How Growing Up Poor Shaped His Leadership for the Better
Jun 25 • 91 min
Ron Kitchens grew up so poor that his childhood memories include moving every time his mom couldn’t pay the rent and rummaging through Goodwill bins to find clothes to wear to school. Today he is CEO of a firm that’s created tens of thousands of jobs i…
272: Kevin Jennings on How to Build an Authentic, Personal Platform That’s Not About You, How to Gain Traction Online and The Power of Focus and Strategic Quitting
Jun 20 • 90 min
Kevin Jennings has helped some big names build and grow their brand. Kevin talks about how to manage the tension of creating a personal platform that gains traction while staying true to yourself, making sure your personal brand isn’t all about you,
271: Ken Coleman on the Fine Art of World-Class Interviewing, How to Get the Best Out of People and How to Network Without Being a Social Climber
Jun 18 • 87 min
Ken Coleman has interviewed world-class leaders in politics, sports, business and leadership for years. He deconstructs his approach and shares how to get the very best out of people, how to get people to share at a deep level and how to network and bu…
270: Jenni Catron On How to Become a Sought-After Public Speaker When You Never Planned To Become One, Pro Tips for Every Communicator, Why Communication Matters Even If You Never Give a Formal Talk
Jun 11 • 69 min
How do you become a sought-after public speaker when you never planned on becoming one? That’s a question Jenni Catron, who’s now a full time consultant and public speaker, had to figure out. She started at age 20 at a record label and soon discovered …
269: I’d Rather Be Dead Than Married to You – Dave and Ann Wilson On Love, Sex, Conflict and Marriage; How to Lead in Ministry When Things Aren’t Great At Home
Jun 6 • 81 min
Dave and Ann Wilson fell in love and were married young. 9 months later, they were fighting every day. Their struggles continued on and off for years and at one point Dave told Ann he’d rather be dead than married to her. All through this,
268: Luis Palau on His Friendship With Billy Graham, How Evangelism Has Changed, And How to Be More Alive at Age 84 than Most 24 year olds
Jun 4 • 72 min
Luis Palau has been leading crusades for over 53 years. In this powerful interview, he talks about his friendship with Billy Graham, why crusades were so effective a generation ago, and how he and his team changed the methods to keep the mission alive….
267: Margaret Feinberg On Why Writing is 95% Marketing (and How to Do It Well) Connecting With Your Audience and The Disciplines That Fuel Content Creation and Vibrant Life
May 28 • 79 min
When she was in eigth grade, Margaret Feinberg’s teachers asked the class to write a story. While most students turned in four pages, Margaret turned in a 127 page book. Today, Margaret has sold over a million books and in this episode,
266: Carey Nieuwhof and Jeremy MacDonald on How to Jumpstart the Growth of Dying and Stagnant Churches, and How to Scale Church Growth Barriers from Just a Few People to Beyond 1000 Attenders
May 22 • 77 min
What do you do if your church is dead…stuck…stagnant, and simply not growing? And…once it starts growing, how do you get ready to scale the growth barriers most leaders never figure out how to scale? Jeremy MacDonald interviews Carey Nieuwhof about the…
265: Les McKeown on the Keys to Scaling Your Church Or Business, Why Growth Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You’re Ready to Scale, and How Scaling Actually Reduces Stress on You and Your Team
May 21 • 85 min
Les McKeown is back on the podcast, this time talking about the difference between growing organizations and organizations that are ready for scale. The two often get confused, and just because you’re growing doesn’t mean you’re ready to scale.
264: Sean Cannell Shares YouTube Secrets, Why The Future Online is Video, and How to Get Started on YouTube (Even From Scratch)
May 16 • 93 min
Sean Cannell started at almost nothing on YouTube a few years ago. Today his channel has over 750,000 subscribers and his videos have been viewed over 40 million times. Sean shares his YouTube secrets, talks about how to get started on YouTube even if …
263: Horst Schulze with Lessons From the Ritz-Carlton on Coaching the Best From a Team When You Can’t Pay Top Wages, What Guests Really Want, How to Satisfy a Customer and What To Do With Customer Complaints
May 14 • 82 min
At age 14, Horst Schulze left home to start in the hotel industry in Germany. What he learned there became the foundation for introducing true luxury to America when he founded the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. In this wide-ranging and candid interview,
262: Nona Jones on What Most Organizations are Missing When It Comes to Facebook and Social Media Engagement and How to Use Facebook for Social Ministry, Not Just Social Media
May 7 • 80 min
Facebook’s Nona Jones shares about what most leaders are missing when it comes to getting people to engage on social media. Nona is also pioneering a way for churches to go beyond social media and dive deeper into social ministry.
261: Michael Hyatt On How To Focus in a Distracted World, How to Get More Done in Far Fewer Hours, and Why Succession Matters
Apr 30 • 58 min
Michael Hyatt is one of the top influencers in the leadership space today. His books consistently reach the New York Times best sellers list and his company helps millions of leaders a year become better. In this interview,
260: Ruth Haley Barton on How Busyness Ruins The Soul of Driven Leaders And How to Make Time for Rest
Apr 25 • 63 min
It’s so easy to run non-stop as a leader in the church and business world, and it’s killing us. Ruth Haley Barton is an incredibly driven leader, but she found herself pushing burnout at 30 as a young mom with a rising platform in ministry.
259: Andrew Stanley on Making the Move from a Career in Finance to Full Time Stand-Up Comedy, Why and How Comedy Works, and on Being Andy Stanley’s Son and Charles Stanley’s Grandson
Apr 23 • 75 min
He never even thought about doing comedy until his final year in college. Less than four years later, Andrew Stanley quit his day job and went on the road full time as a comic whose career has really taken off.
258: Rusty George on Suicide in Leadership, Grieving Your Losses and Recovering from Self-Righteous Legalism
Apr 16 • 67 min
Suicide is a growing problem in America, and one of the hardest to deal with personally and as a leader. Rusty George not only recently lost a campus pastor to suicide, he lost his friend of over twenty years.
257: Tyler Reagin on Leading a Large Organization When You’re Not a Detail Person and What It Takes to Become Self-Aware, Self-Accepting and Self-Confident in Leadership
Apr 11 • 58 min
Tyler Reagin meets thousands of leaders every year through the work he does as President of Catalyst. In this candid interview, he talks about what he’s seeing in today’s leaders, reflects on how he’s had to come to be at peace with his own limitations…
256: Carly Fiorina on Her Journey from Secretary at a Real Estate Firm to CEO of a Fortune 20 Company to Running for President of the United States
Apr 9 • 63 min
Carly Fiorina has an unlikely journey as a leader. Carly talks how her approach to leadership and problem solving while a secretary at a real estate firm and then low level employee at AT&T eventually prepared her to become CEO of HP and prepared her t…
255: Os Guinness on The Decline of America, The Current Crisis, and How Christians Can Move Forward in a Post-Christian Culture
Apr 2 • 48 min
Philosopher and writer Os Guinness thinks America is in its greatest crisis since the Civil War, and perhaps since the American Revolution. At the heart of the crisis is how people understand liberty and freedom.
254: Haydn Shaw On Leading Through Generation Tension at Work: What Helps Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Boomers Get Along
Mar 28 • 75 min
Talk to young leaders, and they’ll express frustration with their bosses. Talk to an older leader, and they’ll roll their eyes at some of the shortcomings of the next generation. How do you lead and manage so generations can work and serve together opt…
253: Kadi Cole on The New Rules for Men and Women in the Workplace and Creating A Culture that Leverages Female Leaders…Regardless of Your Theology
Mar 26 • 80 min
Here’s what’s so refreshing about Kadi Cole, often when the subject of female v. male leadership comes up, people tend to move into entrenched theological positions or stereotypes. Kadi doesn’t even come close to that. In this interview,
252: Kevin Queen on Winning Over Trust as a New Leader, Successful Succession and The Heart of Revival
Mar 19 • 70 min
What do you do when a well-known, charismatic founder of a highly visible, successful church resigns and you’re the successor? That was Kevin Queen’s situation in 2017 when he took over the Lead Pastor role at Cross Point Church in Nashville,
251: Drew Powell and Matt Warren on Why Attractional Church is Past Peak, Why It’s Changing and What’s Next for Weekend Services
Mar 14 • 85 min
The attractional church model has been the dominant church model for 20 years in growing churches and many leaders are noticing it’s not nearly as effective as it used to be. Few churches were better known for the attractional model than Cross Point Ch…
250: Gary Chapman on How The Five Love Languages Can Improve Employee Performance at Work, Make Your Marriage Better and Foster a Better Relationship With Your Kids
Mar 12 • 67 min
Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages has sold more than 12 million copies and shows no signs of slowing down; every year, it sells more copies than the year before. Gary talks about why the book has resonated as deeply as it has and how using the Five L…
249: Kara Powell and Steve Argue on Emerging Adulthood and Helping Teens, Young Adults, Parents and Leaders Thrive as Everything Changes
Mar 5 • 71 min
Every parent and every teen and young adult knows things are changing. So does every leader. But the real question is: How are things changing and what does it mean? Kara Powell and Steve Argue dive into their latest research and explain how a twenty y…
248: Joel and Nina Schmidgall on Why Marriage is Hard and Why Praying Circles Around Your Marriage Can Change More Than You Think
Feb 28 • 62 min
Anyone who has been married for a while knows it can be difficult, but marriage is often harder than most couples signed up for. Joel and Nina Schmidgall talk about the struggles they themselves and the couples they work with face,
247: Clay Scroggins and Brad Lomenick Roundtable On Future Trends, The Attractional Church, The Rise of Charismatic Churches, And The Most Difficult Parts of Leadership
Feb 26 • 104 min
Everything’s changing in the church and culture so fast, how do you respond? In this year’s Rethink Leadership Roundtable, Clay Scroggins and Brad Lomenick join Carey to talk about future trends in culture and the church,
246: John Ortberg On What’s Wrong With How We Define Salvation and What It Really Means to Follow Jesus
Feb 19 • 73 min
It’s not often you get a deep dive into theology on this podcast, but today, we go there with John Ortberg. John talks about what’s wrong with how we define salvation in liberal and conservative circles, how a better understanding can change lives (inc…
245: Jud Wilhite on Developing New Strategies to Reach Unchurched People, What’s Working and What’s Not, and How to Lead Out of Your Vulnerabilities and Insecurities
Feb 14 • 81 min
Las Vegas is a place millions visit, but home to two million people who live there year round. 20,000 of those 2,000,000 Vegas residents attend a location of Central Church in Vegas. Jud talks about some fresh strategies and insights he and his team ar…
244: Scott Sauls On Why Non-Christians Hate Christians, Ineffective Evangelism and Resilience in a Turbulent World
Feb 12 • 65 min
Why do people outside the church show so much hostility toward or indifference to people inside the church? Scott Sauls has some intriguing answers, plus we talk about the most effective and least effective evangelism strategies and how to stay resilie…
243: Rich Birch on the Nuts and Bolts of Church Growth – What the 6% of Growing Churches Do That Others Don’t
Feb 5 • 83 min
Here’s a question. When 94% of churches aren’t growing, what do the 6% do that the others don’t? Rich Birch has worked at three growing megachurches, and distills the things they do that others don’t in a way that can apply to a church of 50 as easily …
242: Frank Bealer on How to Seriously Boost Your Productivity During High Demand Seasons
Jan 30 • 82 min
Frank Bealer is one of the most productive people Carey knows, and he doesn’t say that lightly. Frank deconstructs how he has grown his productivity in 3 distinct seasons of his life as a leader in his 30s. At 22, he became CEO,
241: Ian Morgan Cron on Using Your Enneagram Number to Boost Self-Awareness, Spiritual Growth and Reduce Conflict at Work and at Home
Jan 29 • 76 min
The Enneagram is an ancient personality type profile, and over the last two years Ian Morgan Cron’s new book, The Road Back To You, has helped several hundred thousands of people discover what their number means.
240: Annie F. Downs on the Secrets of Reaching a Large Audience and Connecting with A Growing Tribe by Keeping it Personal
Jan 24 • 84 min
So many women have much larger audiences than most male leaders, but most male leader are oblivious to it. So, Carey sits down and opens his notebook with author, podcaster and speaker Annie F. Downs. Carey talks to Annie about the growing tribe of wom…
239: Jon Gordon on Dealing with The Negative Voices in Your Head, Negativity in Your Organization and How to Stay Positive
Jan 22 • 47 min
At age 29, Jon Gordon’s wife told him she loved him but couldn’t stand his constant complaining and negativity. He decided to change. His decision led him to radically change his mindset. He became a Christian.
238: Lysa TerKeurst on Living and Leading Through Personal Crisis, Disappointment, and Navigating What Part of Your Life Should Be Personal, Private or Secret
Jan 15 • 68 min
The last three years of Proverbs 31 President Lysa TerKeurst’s life have been almost unbelievable as she discovered infidelity in her marriage and lived through cancer and another life-threatening illness. Lysa shares openly and honestly about how she …
237: Ed Stetzer on Why Christians Are Losing the Culture War, How the Culture is Changing, and What’s Next For the Future Church
Jan 8 • 91 min
There’s no question everything is changing in culture and the church and few people have their finger as tightly on the pulse as author, blogger and thinker Ed Stetzer. In this wide-ranging interview, Ed talks about the culture war and why Christians a…
236: Jonathan Pokluda on The Keys To Reaching and Influencing Tens of Thousands of Millennials Every Week
Jan 1 • 71 min
Everybody wants to do what God has allowed Jonathan Pokluda to do, but few do it. Jonathan Pokluda leads the Porch, the largest young adult ministry in America that reaches thousands live every Tuesday night, and 50,000 to 100,
235: John Van Pay on Leading America’s Fastest Growing Church While Being Home 5 Nights a Week, How to Find Margin Amidst Growth and How to Say No to Stay Focused
Dec 25, 2018 • 56 min
John Van Pay’s first decade of ministry didn’t go the way he planned. He was driven and ambitious, but his wife was ready to leave him. That caught John’s attention. He then went on to plant a church with the stated plan of being home 5 nights a week.
234: Donnie Griggs on How To Make a Big Difference in a Small Town, What Works and What Doesn’t in Small Communities, and Finding Great Leaders
Dec 18, 2018 • 66 min
So many leaders write off small towns and villages as places not worth investing in. Donnie Griggs would beg to differ. He tells the story of how he planted a church in a town of 9000, only to see it grow to one with 1600-1800 people in small towns and…
233: Daniel Pink on the Science Behind Perfect Timing, How Morning People, Night Owls and Everyone Else Can Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness
Dec 11, 2018 • 71 min
There’s a science to maximum performance and productivity. Daniel Pink talks about the research that shows how morning people (larks), night owls and everyone in between (third birds) can find the perfect timing to do their best work.
232: Christine Birch on Connecting New People Who Come to Your Church
Dec 6, 2018 • 81 min
Christine Birch has been part of three large churches in both Canada and the US. How do you connect people in a large church, and how do you connect them at your church? Christine shares her experiences on both sides of the border as they apply to larg…
231: Jon Thompson on How to Discover Your True Calling and Gifting And Why Operating Outside of Either Can Be Exhausting and Dangerous
Dec 4, 2018 • 83 min
One of the more perplexing questions people ask is “What am I truly called and gifted to do?” Jon Thompson, Preaching and Vision Pastor of C4 Church and adjunct faculty at Tyndale Theological Seminary, answers that question both for people in the marke…
230: Pete Scazzero on Why So Many Successful Leaders Are Emotionally Immature, How to Tell Whether That’s You, and How to Become Emotionally Intelligent and Spiritually Mature
Nov 27, 2018 • 82 min
Pete Scazzero will be the first to tell you that while he was successful on the outside as a leader, he was immature on the inside, and his wife had had enough. That moved Pete on a journey to figure out what was wrong and how to make it right. Raw,
229: Larry Osborne on Why He Never Uses an Alarm Clock, The Keys to Staying Fresh in Leadership Four Decades In, and The Hardest Part of Raising Up New Leaders
Nov 20, 2018 • 65 min
Larry Osborne has been in ministry for over 4 decades and at his current church for 38 years…and he loves it. Larry talks about how to thrive, why he’s never had to take a sabbatical, why he never uses an alarm clock (unless he’s travelling),
228: Craig Groeschel on Handling the Pain That Comes With Life and Leadership, How God Can Redeem Self-inflicted Pain and Bring Hope in the Dark of Personal Suffering
Nov 15, 2018 • 60 min
Craig Groeschel leads one of the largest churches in America, but that doesn’t mean the journey has been easy. In this interview, Craig talks about the hard side of life and leadership – How the early mistakes of a rookie leader can almost sink you,
227: Terry Smith on Sharing Ideas With Jack Welch and Why Becoming a Hospitable Leader is the Key to Creating a Thriving Organization
Nov 13, 2018 • 67 min
Terry Smith was speaking at an event on a principle that was so compelling to Jack Welch, he asked Terry to teach him more. Terry tells the story of how he became friends with Jack and Suzy Welch, and unpacks that idea for you.
226: Adam Hamilton on How To Reach Thinking People, Planting one of the Largest Mainline Churches in the World, And How Tradition and Innovation Can Co-Exist
Nov 6, 2018 • 88 min
Adam Hamilton planted a mainline church 28 years ago. The goal was to reach thinking people who are skeptical of Christianity. His church quickly became one of the largest and fastest growing mainline churches in the world.
225: Joshua Gagnon and Daniel King on Breaking Growth Barriers from 30 People to 5000 People Without Blowing Your Church Apart
Oct 31, 2018 • 70 min
Josh Gagnon started Next Level Church in New England with 30 people on day one…in an auditorium that sat 800. Not a great recipe for success. On the second Sunday, Daniel King volunteered to join Josh’s team,
224: Levi Lusko on Planting Churches Where Nobody Plants Churches, Being Yourself in a Different Culture and Declaring War on the Issues that Plague You As a Leader
Oct 30, 2018 • 53 min
12 years ago, Levi Lusko left Southern California to plant a church in Montana. Today, Fresh Life Church has 12 locations, most of them in very small towns where few people would plant churches. Levi talks about why and how they did it,
223: How to Break the Growth Barriers That Will Move Your Church Past 200, 600 and 1000 Attenders with Carl George and Warren Bird
Oct 25, 2018 • 76 min
So many churches attract new people but still can’t seem to grow. Why? What does it take for churches to break through the 200, 400 and 600 attendance growth barriers? Carl George and Warren Bird literally wrote the book on it and share some of the sur…
222: Patrick Lencioni on Saying No To Steve Jobs, Motivating Millennial Workers and The Three Qualities You Need to Look for To Create The Ideal Team
Oct 23, 2018 • 81 min
Patrick Lencioni has written some of the benchmark business books of this generation. In this conversation, he explains how saying no to Steve Jobs moved his life in a whole new direction. He unpacks the keys to motivating young leaders and why he thin…
221: Max Lucado On How He’s Written Over 120 Books, Why He Never Uses Ghostwriters, How to Stay Fresh in Leadership, And His Favorite Book
Oct 16, 2018 • 73 min
Max Lucado has published over 120 books. Yes, you read that right. In this episode, he talks about how he writes and leads a large ministry, his unusual editing process, how to stay fresh in leadership over the long haul,
220: Rachel Cruze with the Back Story on How Dave Ramsey Taught Her About Money, How to Teach Your Kids About Money, and The Top Financial Issues People Struggle With
Oct 9, 2018 • 64 min
Rachel Cruze talks about what motivates her as a public speaker and writer, what her dad, Dave Ramsey, has taught her, why going on commission is a much better system for your kids than allowance, how to help your kids through college without going int…
219: Scott Harrison on How to Relate To High Capacity Leaders (and Donors), the Growth of Charity Water and What Being a Night Club Promoter Taught Him About Leadership
Oct 2, 2018 • 74 min
Scott Harrison founded charity: water over a decade ago, after declaring himself morally and spiritually bankrupt while living his twenties as a NYC night club promoter. In this interview, filmed before a live audience at the Pushpay Summit One Day in …
218: Francis Chan On Battling Pride and Fame, Why He Left His Megachurch, And His Airbnb Church Experiment
Sep 25, 2018 • 65 min
In a moving and passionate conversation, Francis Chan talks about why he left his megachurch in Simi Valley, how he’s battled both pride and fame and why both can be so dangerous, what he learned while living in Asia,
217: Andy Stanley on How to Share Your Faith in a Post-Christian World, How to Respond to Your Critics, Overcoming His Judgementalism and the Irresistibility of Love
Sep 18, 2018 • 87 min
Andy Stanley outlines the argument he makes in his new book, Irresistible, and coaches leaders on how to have conversations with Christians who have walked away from their faith as well as atheists who have never believed.
216: An Inside Look at A Book Launch Strategy, Pro Tips and a Q&A from the Launch Team
Sep 13, 2018 • 67 min
In this episode, Carey shares an overview of his team’s book launch strategy for his latest book, Didn’t See It Coming, which within hours of release became a multiple #1 Amazon best-seller in it’s categories.
215: You Never Thought You’d Be a Cynic, Did You? Free Audio Book Bonus. Chapter One of Didn’t See It Coming
Sep 12, 2018 • 35 min
In this special episode, Carey shares the audio book version of Chapter One of his new book, Didn’t See It Coming. Chapter One chronicles how cynicism starts in the heart of most leaders, how to know you’ve grown cynical,
214: Nancy Duarte on What All Great Speeches and Talks Have in Common, The Biggest Communication Mistakes Preachers and Speakers Make, and How Speaking is Changing
Sep 11, 2018 • 66 min
Nancy Duarte is one of the leading experts in communication today, having advised and consulted 25 out of 35 of the biggest companies in the world and advised 84% of all top tech companies. Nancy talks about the biggest mistakes preachers and communica…
213: Levi and Jennie Lusko on Losing their Daughter, and How to Fight through Grief to Keep Living and Leading
Sep 6, 2018 • 46 min
No one ever expects to lose a child, but that’s what happened in 2012 when Levi and Jennie Lusko’s 5 year old daughter, Lenya, died of an asthma attack. Levi and Jennie talk about what they experienced in the worst moment of their life,
212: Erwin McManus on How to Spot a Narcissist in Leadership, Overcoming The Need for Approval, and What He Experienced at the Global Leadership Summit 2018
Sep 5, 2018 • 66 min
In a wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to author, futurist, film-maker, designer and pastor Erwin McManus about his childhood, how he got over his need for approval, why narcissism is so prevalent in leadership (including how to spot a narcissist)…
211: Ann Voskamp Deconstructs Carey Nieuwhof’s Approach to Strategic Thinking, How He Creates His Content and Covers the 7 Things Every Leader Needs to Overcome to Thrive
Sep 4, 2018 • 105 min
This week we flip the mic, as multiple New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp does an in depth and personal interview with Carey Nieuwhof. Ann talks to Carey about how law prepared him for ministry and life, how he does his strategic thinking,
210: Tony Morgan and Carey Nieuwhof on Why Leaders Grow Cynical and How to Combat What Appears to Be An Occupational Hazard
Aug 30, 2018 • 32 min
Tony Morgan is the founder of the Unstuck Group and he admits that cynicism has been a life long battle. In this special episode, Tony interviews Carey for his show The Unstuck Group Podcast about why most leaders grow cynical,
209: Brady Shearer on Leveraging The Biggest Communication Revolution In 500 Years, Spotting Low Hanging Fruit OnLine, and Scaling Massive Growth
Aug 28, 2018 • 73 min
Brady Shearer is just 27 years old, and is figuring out how to seize the biggest communication revolution in 500 years. He talks about what the digital revolution happening before our eyes means for businesses and churches,
208: Dana Spinola on Following Your Dream, Scaling a Business and Coming Back After Burnout
Aug 21, 2018 • 87 min
When Dana Spinola was asked at age 5 what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was simple – “the best.” That drive pushed her on to many things, including launching her own company, Fab’rik, which has grown from a single boutique in Atlanta to…
207: Bobby Gruenewald on Leveraging First Mover Advantage, Innovation, AI, Technology and the Future Church
Aug 14, 2018 • 65 min
Bobby Gruenewald leveraged first mover advantage in building and selling an internet hosting service and the world’s largest wrestling fan site. Then he moved into church world, creating Church Online and YouVersion.
206: Les McKeown on Visionaries, Operators and Processors and How Each Is Necessary In Thriving Organizations
Aug 7, 2018 • 85 min
Les McKeown, serial entrepreneur and author of The Synergist and Predictable Success, is back after his first episode became one of the most downloaded ever on this podcast. This time, Les talks about how three distinctive styles of leadership—visionar…
205: Eliot Crowther on Market Disruption, Explosive Growth, Scale and How Pushpay Grew from an idea to a Billion Dollar Company
Jul 31, 2018 • 73 min
In 2010, 24-year-old Eliot Crowther was in an almost dead end job as a door to door salesperson. Then he had an idea. Within months he and Chris Heaslip founded Pushpay. The fledgling company almost failed more than once,
204: Jon Tyson on Reaching Cynics in NYC and What to do When the Burden of Leadership Feels Too Heavy
Jul 24, 2018 • 77 min
Jon Tyson went to New York City to plant a church and has had success in reaching thousands of New Yorkers. He talks about how the New York mindset is impacting young adults across America, what is effective in reaching young adults,
203: Sam Collier on Growing Up without Privilege, Living a Double Life, Boundaries for Difficult People and How to Build Influence
Jul 17, 2018 • 48 min
Sam Collier is a speaker and host at North Point Ministries and the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group. Recorded live from the Orange Conference, Sam talks about growing up without privilege, dealing with difficult people,
202: #AskCarey Your Questions on How to Raise Money When No One Gives, Increasing Your Church’s First Time Guest Count, The Art of Question Asking, and How to Improve Your Side Hustle
Jul 12, 2018 • 43 min
Your questions are the best questions. So, we’re back with another special episode of #AskCarey to help you lead like never before as we celebrate reaching over 200 episodes for the podcast. Welcome to Episode 202.
201: Joshua Gagnon Interviews Carey Nieuwhof on Crazy Risks, What Carey Would Change about the High Impact Leader and Whether it’s Working for Him Now, and What He’s Doing Next
Jul 11, 2018 • 31 min
In this special episode, Joshua Gagnon, Pastor of Next Level Church, interviews Carey for his podcast and talks about a crazy stupid risk Carey took almost three years ago, what he would change now about the High Impact Leader (and how it’s really work…
200: Joshua Gagnon on Rapid Growth, Launching Big and Staying Sane in Leadership
Jul 10, 2018 • 65 min
Joshua Gagnon planted Next Level Church a decade ago. It’s become the fastest growing and one of the largest churches in New England history, and has now expanded into Florida. Joshua talks about what’s driving the growth,
199: John S. Dickerson on What Journalism Can Teach Leaders, The Massive Change in Culture and How the Church Can Respond
Jul 3, 2018 • 88 min
John S. Dickerson started in journalism straight out of college and soon found himself writing for the New York Times, CNN and USA Today. Today, he’s a 35 year old pastor of a mega church. John talks about what leaders can learn from journalists,
198: Kristen Ivy on the Impact of Divorce on Kids, Developing a Parenting Strategy, and How to Connect Meaningfully with Your Kids in a Crazy, Busy Life
Jun 26, 2018 • 73 min
Kristen Ivy is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, one of the largest next-gen ministry organizations in the world. In a candid and personal conversation, Kristen talks about the impact that her parents divorce had on her,
Bonus 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart
Jun 21, 2018 • 68 min
So, we’re back with another bonus episode to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of my latest course, The Art of Better Preaching. In many eyes (including mine), Danielle Strickland is one of the best communicators of our generatio…
Bonus 019: #AskCarey Answers To Your Questions On Preaching and Public Speaking
Jun 20, 2018 • 44 min
Your questions are the best questions. I asked you to send me questions about preaching and public speaking and, man, did you respond! So, we’re back with another bonus episode of #AskCarey to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of…
197: Mark Clark and Carey Nieuwhof on How to Preach in a Way that Reaches Unchurched People and Maintains Biblical Integrity
Jun 19, 2018 • 63 min
Mark Clark and Carey talk about their different approaches to preaching, how to reach unchurched people and how to preach to churched and unchurched people with Biblical integrity. Plus, Carey and Mark share some of their favourite insights from their …
196: Bryan Carter on What Makes for Successful Succession, Navigating 300% Church Growth and The Racial Divide in America
Jun 12, 2018 • 70 min
Bryan Carter was 29 years old when he was asked to be the successor to a pastor who founded the church 28 years earlier. Much to everyone’s surprise, including Bryan’s, the transition went extremely well. Concord Church has tripled in size under his le…
195: Kevin Jennings on How to Help Your Online Platform Soar, How to Engineer a Successful Launch and Why Some Things Get Traction Online and Others Don’t
Jun 5, 2018 • 77 min
Kevin Jennings has done marketing and platform development with the likes of Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Reggie Joiner, and Dave Ramsey. Plus, he’s been a behind the scenes team member on my podcast and blog.
194: Jerry Hurley on Keys to Scaling Your Ministry, Leaving Corporate to Help Build Life Church and What Makes Working With Millennials Work
May 29, 2018 • 82 min
Jerry Hurley joined the staff at Life Church in 1998, when it was a single campus and running about 600 people. He’s been on the senior leadership team as it’s grown to over 80,000 attenders and 29 locations today.
193: Clay Scroggins on How the Digital Disruption is Changing Everything For Churches and Businesses
May 22, 2018 • 90 min
There’s no question we’re undergoing one of the biggest transformations in history, but the digital disruption that’s happening around us every day has caught most church and business leaders off guard. Clay talks about how large and small organization…
192: Caleb Kaltenbach on How to Embrace an Outraged and Polarized Culture Most Leaders No Longer Like
May 15, 2018 • 71 min
In a polarized culture filled with a growing number of angry people, how do you find your voice, counter arguments and keep your sanity? Messy Grace author Caleb Kaltenbach is back with a fresh look on how to embrace a culture of outrage and division.
191: Christine Caine on Betrayal, Chaos and How to Still Trust God When You Don’t Understand Why Things Are Going The Way They’re Going
May 8, 2018 • 44 min
In a moving and personal interview, Christine Caine talks about how a deep personal betrayal a few years ago almost led her to leave ministry, and how cancer, chaos and all the things you can’t control can still be leveraged when you’re in leadership.
190: Nick Vujicic Answers the Questions No One Usually Asks Him, and What He Believes Will Turn a Nation Around
May 1, 2018 • 73 min
Nick Vujicic has been interviewed hundreds of times by people, including Oprah Winfrey about being born without limbs, and his story has been told thousands of times. Sometimes your life can be defined by one incident or condition.
189: Rusty George on Leadership and Trust, Why We Misplace It and How to Trust People After You’ve Been Burned
Apr 24, 2018 • 67 min
Of all the things leaders struggle with, personal betrayal and hurt seem to run the deepest. In a very perceptive conversation, Rusty George talks about why leaders have their trust broken, how to recover, and how to not make the same mistakes again.
188: Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain on Why Leaders Quit, How to Develop Better Self-Esteem, Why Balance is a Joke and How to Grow Your Resilience
Apr 17, 2018 • 75 min
Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain have both led in major ministries for over a decade. They’ve also seen a lot of leaders not make it. What’s the difference? In a super-candid discussion, Jessica and Gina talk about how to develop more resilience and bui…
Bonus 018: Shannon Miles on Starting a Rapidly Growing Company, Moving from A Scarcity Mindset to an Abundance Mindset, and What She Learned from Richard Branson
Apr 12, 2018 • 75 min
Shannon Miles is the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY Solutions. But life didn’t start that way for her. Raised in a very low-income home, she struggled in her early years to believe anything was possible. Seven years ago,
187: Tim Elmore on Anxiety in Young Leaders and Overcoming the Battles We All Face in An Increasingly Stressed World
Apr 10, 2018 • 73 min
Almost every leader under 40 feels it – the constant stress, anxiety and uncertainty we’re all plagued by. Dr. Tim Elmore is a world-renowned expert on the issues facing today’s students and young adults. We dive into why so many young adults feel cons…
186: Daniel Im on What’s Wrong with Discipleship, False Maturity and Bi-Vocational Ministry
Apr 3, 2018 • 58 min
Something’s wrong with discipleship in most churches, but many leaders have no idea what’s broken, despite their best efforts to diagnose and fix it. Daniel Im gives a helpful diagnosis and a very practical set of tips on how to move your church closer…
185: Greg Atkinson on How First Time Guests Get Alienated by Your Church Services
Mar 27, 2018 • 72 min
Greg Atkinson returns to the podcast after a very popular first interview about how most churches lose guests within the first ten minutes of a visit. In case you missed it, check out Episode 132 and this blog post outlining how to lose a first time gu…
184: Brian Houston on How to Attract the Top Leaders, Battling back From Burnout and The Personal Habits and Rhythms that Help Him Thrive
Mar 20, 2018 • 72 min
In a candid, personal and powerful conversation, Brian Houston talks about how Hillsong attracts and keeps great leaders, how he stays healthy as a leader, how he battled back from burnout a few years ago, and even shares his message prep process with …
183: Todd Wilson on Lessons from the Nuclear Navy and What the World’s Best Engineers Can Teach Church Leaders or Any Leader About Leadership
Mar 13, 2018 • 69 min
At age 20, Todd Wilson (now President of Exponential), joined the Nuclear Navy. What he learned there were some of the top leadership lessons anyone could glean. Todd shares his top five learnings with us, and shares how his experience in the nuclear n…
182: Cheryl Bachelder on How To Turn Your Failure Into Success, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s Meteoric Turnaround Decade, and How Servant Leadership Really Works
Mar 6, 2018 • 81 min
How do you turn failure into success? How do you turn something badly stagnated into an organization with exceptional momentum? In 2007, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was suffering badly in the quick service food industry.
181: Brad Lomenick on Trends in Church Attendance, Online Engagement, Cool Churches, and Isolation in Leadership
Feb 27, 2018 • 82 min
Brad Lomenick is back on the podcast and sits down with Carey Nieuwhof for a roundtable to discuss a number of trends in the church: church attendance, online engagement, the morphing of cool church, isolation in leadership and much more. Plus,
180: William Vanderbloemen on How to Gain a Competitive Advantage by Creating An Amazing Culture Staff and Volunteers Won’t Want to Leave
Feb 20, 2018 • 79 min
Every church and workplace has a culture. Unfortunately, often it’s a bad one. The Vanderbloemen Search Group has been named by Entrepreneur magazine and other organizations as one of America’s top workplace cultures.
179: Rich Birch on the Church Growth Flywheel – The 5 Things Growing Churches Do That Most Others Don’t
Feb 13, 2018 • 72 min
Rich Birch has interviewed over 200 leaders from the fastest growing churches in the US, and he’s taken good notes. He’s boiled down their best practices to 5 common strategies almost every growing church uses and shows you how you can implement them i…
178: Scott Sauls on Unhealthy Ambition, Envy and Isolation in Leadership
Feb 6, 2018 • 79 min
Scott Sauls offers some keen observations about the heart and soul of leaders. In this wide-ranging conversation, Scott talks about why our culture is so angry, and gives penetrating insights into why leaders end up with unhealthy ambitions,
177: Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger and Carey Nieuwhof on The Lies Leaders Believe
Jan 30, 2018 • 48 min
So many leaders believe things about themselves and about leadership that simply aren’t true. Carey joins up with Todd Adkins and Eric Geiger from the 5LQ Leadership Podcast for a co-broadcast of this special episode.
176: Margaret Spicer on How to Get Next Gen Onto a Senior Leader’s Agenda and Making Families a Church Wide Mission
Jan 23, 2018 • 61 min
Families are a huge part of every church, yet often church leaders behave like that isn’t the case. Margaret Spicer leads the Next Gen ministry from Crossway Church in Melbourne, Australia—Australia’s largest Baptist church.
175: Bryan Miles on the Rise of Virtual Work and Virtual Workers and Why the Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore
Jan 16, 2018 • 66 min
What do you do with younger leaders who want to work remotely or from home? Is the office culture a dying culture? Bryan Miles is founder and CEO of BELAY Solutions a rapidly growing virtual company, voted by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 workplace c…
174: Jeff Henderson on the Dos and Don’ts of Marketing Your Church or Product and the Backstory to the #FOR initiative
Jan 9, 2018 • 64 min
Jeff Henderson was a marketing executive with Chick-fil-A and the Atlanta Braves before he started leading churches. He opens his playbook and outlines the dos and don’ts of effective marketing and shares the backstory and strategy behind one of the mo…
173: Craig Groeschel Deconstructs His Approach to Preaching, Leadership, Success, The Future and More
Jan 2, 2018 • 92 min
Craig Groeschel has become a virtual leadership encyclopedia. Plus he has a generous spirit and character to match it. In a wide-ranging interview, Craig deconstructs his method for sermon preparation and evaluation,
172: Robby Gallaty and Rabbi Evan Moffic on How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Preaching and Bring You Closer to Christ
Dec 26, 2017 • 94 min
Jesus wasn’t a blond haired blue eyed suburban teacher, but sometimes we treat him as though he was. Through two very different lenses, Robby Gallaty, an evangelical pastor, and Evan Moffic, a Jewish rabbi,
171: Jason Romano on Growing Up With An Alcoholic Dad and How Your Past Can Impact Your Present and Future
Dec 19, 2017 • 69 min
Author, speaker and former ESPN Producer Jason Romano’s dad took him to a football game when Jason was 10 years old. It was the first time Jason realized his dad was an alcoholic. Jason tells the painful story of growing up with an addicted parent,
170: Esther Fedorkevich on Pro Tips on Getting Your Message Out There, How Anyone Can Get Published and How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace
Dec 12, 2017 • 78 min
Esther Fedorkevich is one of the most successful agents in publishing today. In this episode, she shows anyone who has a message they want to get out what’s possible. She talks about how publishing is changing,
169: Dave Ferguson on the Future of Church Growth and the Rapid Multiplication of Church Leaders and Churches
Dec 5, 2017 • 77 min
So much has changed and is changing in the church. And the good news is that the future is a much more level playing field than the past. Exponential President Dave Ferguson talks about the future of church growth,
168: John Ortberg on The Problem with Hurry in Leadership, Why So Many Leaders Struggle With Intimacy and His Friendship with Dallas Willard
Nov 28, 2017 • 62 min
So many busy leaders struggle with intimacy in their marriages, in friendships and in their relationship with God. John Ortberg talks about why that is, how to address it and we also unpack his decades-long friendship with Dallas Willard and how his wr…
167: Chris Goeppner on Defying the Odds and Planting a Thriving Church in Rural Vermont
Nov 21, 2017 • 69 min
Chris Goeppner, his wife Penny and a couple of friends left South Florida to plant a church in New England – something Chris had earlier said he would never do. Chris shares how they overcame obstacle after obstacle to become a church of 1,
166: Chris Durso on Culture, Justin Bieber and Reaching Young Adults in Hard to Reach Areas
Nov 14, 2017 • 58 min
Chris Durso has done ministry in New York City for years. He talks about using the culture to reach the culture, how the church interacts with people like Justin Bieber and what’s worked and hasn’t worked in reaching young adults.
165: Mark Batterson on How to Hear God’s Voice (and God’s Will For Your Life)
Nov 7, 2017 • 77 min
One of the top questions church leaders get is “how can I know I’ve heard from God” closely followed by “how can I know God’s will for my life?“ Mark Batterson has studied the subject in-depth and shares 7 key ways people hear from God,
164: Allyson Evans on Life Church’s Approach to Reaching Families, Unbelievable Growth, Hard Decisions and Leveling the Next Gen Playing Field
Oct 31, 2017 • 65 min
Allyson Evans came in from the marketing world to join the staff at Life.Church 16 years ago just as Life Church was opening its second location. She talks about working with Craig Groeschel, what’s working for them in reaching families,
163: Erwin McManus on Living Fully Alive, Tackling Your Fears, Dealing with Critics and Creating Space For People Not Like You
Oct 24, 2017 • 75 min
Erwin McManus talks about his diagnosis of cancer, facing fear and how to deal with criticism. In this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation, he also talks about being branded a heretic, creating a church where atheists get baptized and people fro…
162: Jarrid Wilson on Depression, Anxiety and Suicide and the Church’s Response To Mental Health
Oct 17, 2017 • 65 min
At age 15, Jarrid Wilson told a youth group leader he was depressed, and essentially felt dismissed. By age 19, the silence felt like it was killing him and he started googling painless ways to die. A decade later, at 29,
161: Carlos Whittaker on Porn, Losing His Family, Hidden Sin and the Battle Back
Oct 10, 2017 • 81 min
Carlos Whittaker battled porn for much of his ministry life until it manifested itself in a relationship that almost cost him his family. In an honest conversation, he talks about clearing the cobwebs of sin out of his life by finally killing the spide…
160: Dr. Henry Cloud on What All High Performing Leaders Have In Common, Investing in Yourself and Overcoming Dysfunction in Your Church
Oct 3, 2017 • 70 min
Dr. Henry Cloud coaches Fortune 100 company CEOs and top church leaders, and shares what they all have in common. He also offers strategies on how to overcome common dysfunctional behaviours churches struggle with like broke thinking,
159: Ron Edmondson On Busting the 7 Myths that Break too Many Young Leaders
Sep 26, 2017 • 67 min
Leadership is never easy, but too many leaders succumb to myths that simply aren’t true. Ron Edmondson has mentored many leaders and shares a wealth of wisdom that will help all leaders, but especially young leaders.
Bonus 017: 8 Keys to Breaking the 200 Barrier
Sep 20, 2017 • 39 min
In this special bonus episode, Brian Orme interviews Carey on the 8 key reasons 85% of churches never break the 200 attendance barrier. Welcome to Bonus Episode 017 of the podcast. Links Mentioned Be a part of the Breaking 200 Without Breaking You laun…
158: Kara Powell on How to Tell if Your Church is Positioned to Draw Millennials and Her Personal Habits and Rhythms as a Leader and Mom
Sep 19, 2017 • 59 min
What does your church need to do to connect better with Millennials? Kara Powell shares insights from research from 250 effective churches on practices that work for any size church in any setting. Plus, she shares how she gets it all done as an acade…
157: Jon Acuff on What It Takes for You To Finish What You Start, Finding Your Career Path and The Rhythms and Routines That Make People Successful
Sep 12, 2017 • 95 min
New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff is back on the podcast to talk about research he did about why some people finish their goals when most people don’t. In this wide-ranging interview, Carey also deconstructs some of the rhythms and routines …
156: Whit and Willie George – An Honest Conversation About Succession, Working With Family and Keeping Church on the Move Thriving
Sep 5, 2017 • 70 min
Willie George founded Church on the Move 30 years ago. Recently, he transitioned the senior leadership of the church to his son, Whit. How do you follow a legend? How do you keep a large, widely respected church growing?
155: Matt Engel on the Rise of Big Data and How To Use it To Pastor Your Church and Reach Your Community
Aug 29, 2017 • 70 min
The amount of data we have on people doubles every single year. But what does the rise of big data mean for local churches and even businesses. Matt Engel talks about what big data is, how it’s everywhere,
154: Todd Fields on the Constant Change in Worship Music, What Makes a Great Worship Leader, Working with Andy Stanley and More
Aug 22, 2017 • 60 min
For over 20 years, Todd Fields has led worship leaders at North Point Church in Atlanta at their campuses, and more recently helped worship leaders around the world get better at their craft. Todd talks about the constant change in worship,
153: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge
Aug 15, 2017 • 80 min
One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you have to be in charge in order to lead. Clay Scroggins talks about how to cultivate influence and gain authority when you’re not the senior leader. It’s possible, even when you’re young. Ask Clay,
152: Eugene Peterson on Why He Wrote the Message, The Rhythms of a Reflective Life + Mark Batterson and Adam Weber on Peterson’s Legacy
Aug 8, 2017 • 78 min
Eugene Peterson is a living legend. Carey talks to Eugene about the origin of the Message and the life rhythms he and his wife Jan adopted that helped produce the legacy millions have appreciated. Plus, Carey follows his conversation with Eugene with a…
151: Mark Clark on Apologetics for Post-Christian, Post-Modern Young Adults: Sex, Hell, Science and So Much More
Aug 1, 2017 • 82 min
Mark Clark pastors one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing churches. Attracting thousands of young adults, Mark has a unique approach to apologetics and preaching that’s connecting with a post-Christian, post-modern generation.
150: Rural Multisite: Overcoming All The Odds To Create Vibrant Churches in Small Towns and Villages with Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman
Jul 25, 2017 • 81 min
Ten years ago, most people would have said multisite only works in large suburban centers. Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman have proved the experts wrong and built thriving mutisite churches in villages as small as 2000 people.
149: Kris Vallotton on the Rise of Bethel Church, Bethel Music and Reaching Young Adults Through Charismatic Ministry
Jul 18, 2017 • 55 min
Kris Vallotton talks about the incredible rise of Bethel Church, how to create a music culture like they have for Bethel Music, the number one need young adults have and how to meet it, and how God is using charismatic ministry to impact the most unlik…
148: Jim Wideman on Staffing the Hardest (and Most Important) Position in Your Church
Jul 11, 2017 • 64 min
Where do you get your people? It’s one of the top questions leaders of growing churches get asked. After the senior pastor, one of the most important positions in any church these days is actually a surprise.
147: Terry Linhart on How to Become a More Emotionally Intelligent, Self-Aware Leader
Jul 4, 2017 • 56 min
What’s the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective one? Often it’s self-awareness, and the willingness and desire to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. Terry Linhart shares from years of experience as a pastor and now profe…
146: Rodney Cox on How to Create Greater Self-Awareness in Leaders and Teams to Help Your Organization Move Forward Together
Jun 27, 2017 • 51 min
Self-awareness is huge for any leader. But how do you find it? And how do you move your whole team to a place where everyone has greater awareness of strengths and weaknesses? Rodney Cox and Carey Nieuwhof look at how ministry assessments changed the g…
145: Regi Campbell on Radical Mentorship For Men that Transforms their Leadership and Families
Jun 20, 2017 • 60 min
Mentoring is a buzz word these days…but how do you do it well? Regi Campbell, a serial entrepreneur who has founded 15 companies and serves as CEO in four, has devoted this phase of his life to creating a mentoring approach that produces incredible lea…
144: Barnabas Piper on How Curious Leaders Gain a Distinct Advantage
Jun 13, 2017 • 56 min
Faith brings certainty, right? Well, yes, but it’s bigger than that. In a wide-ranging conversation with Carey Nieuwhof, Barnabas Piper, explains how his parents, John and Noel Piper, encouraged curiosity and how he came to view it not as the enemy of …
143: David Platt on Overcoming the Struggles of His First Decade of Leadership
Jun 6, 2017 • 59 min
It’s easy to think the journey of leaders you admire to be easy. But that’s not always the truth. In a wide ranging interview about his time as a young mega-church pastor to his current role as President of the IMB,
142: Lance Witt on What Takes Pastors Out of Ministry and How to Guard Against It
May 30, 2017 • 69 min
So many leaders end up leading well at work but not leading well in life and at home. How does that happen? Does doing the work of God have to corrode your soul? Carey talks with former Executive Pastor and Teaching Pastor who now leads Replenish minis…
Bonus 016: My Advice For Young Leaders And Developing Your Character With Doug Smith On The L3 Leadership Podcast
May 24, 2017 • 46 min
Today, I wanted to share this conversation that I had with a young leader to watch, Doug Smith. Doug had me as a guest on his podcast L3 Leadership earlier this year and we’re sharing it to celebrate the limited return of The High Impact Leader.
141: Jonathan and Verna Del Turco on Working with Your Spouse in Ministry, Overcoming Tough Times and Leading Well at Home and in Ministry Over Four Decades
May 23, 2017 • 76 min
It’s one thing to be married for decades. It’s another to be a couple of who works together in ministry. How do you do it over the long haul without sacrificing your family, your church or killing each other? In a remarkably candid interview,
140: Tony Morgan on Discovering What Stage Your Church Is At In Its Lifecycle
May 16, 2017 • 66 min
Tony Morgan has helped over 200 churches in the last 8 years, and has observed that most churches go through predictable patterns in its lifecycle. Combining the insights of Les McKeown (Episode 112) and others,
Bonus 015: The Five Lies Leaders Believe with Barnabas Piper and Todd Adkins on the 5LQ Podcast
May 15, 2017 • 52 min
Last year, I had a refreshing and honest conversation with Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper on their podcast, 5LQ, about insecurity, inadequacy and the lies that leaders believe. Today, I wanted to share this conversation with you as a bonus episode be…
139: Andrew Mellen On the Surprising Connection Between Clutter, Order and Great Leadership
May 9, 2017 • 69 min
The average person will spend a year of their life looking for misplaced keys, wallets, documents and other things they can’t find. The average executive spends 6 weeks per YEAR looking for lost documents. (No kidding.
138: Bob and Maria Goff Behind the Scenes: Being Happily Married to Your Opposite, Overcoming Setbacks and Thriving in Life and Ministry
May 2, 2017 • 55 min
Few people you’ll ever meet are quite as vibrant or have had such a varied life as Bob and Maria Goff. In this personal interview, Carey talks to Bob and Maria about making their marriage work when they are pretty much opposite personalities,
137: Justin Dean on the Future Church in the Online World
Apr 25, 2017 • 65 min
Note: The first time we posted this episode we made a mistake in uploading the first interview I did with Justin back in 2016 on his time at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Great interview, but not the right one this time!
136: Steve Fogg on Building an Online and Social Media Ministry For Your Church From Scratch
Apr 18, 2017 • 66 min
How do you build an online and social ministry for your church…from scratch? Steve Fogg spills the secrets on how to do it whether you’re a large or small church, and tells us how he built one that reaches thousands of online attenders every week.
135: Adam Weber on Planting A Megachurch as a Young Leader in a Mainline Denomination
Apr 11, 2017 • 72 min
You’ve heard all the excuses. Churches in this region don’t grow. Mainline denominations are dying. Adam Weber defied all the odds. He pastors one of the fastest growing churches in America and in one of the most unlikely places: South Dakota.
134: Carl George and Warren Bird on How to Break the 200, 600 and 1000 Attendance Barriers
Apr 4, 2017 • 78 min
What does it take for churches to break through the 200, 400 and 600 attendance growth barriers? Carl George and Warren Bird literally wrote the book on it, and share some of the surprising obstacles church leaders face and outline how to overcome them…
133: Todd Adkins on Why Most Churches Do a Bad Job at Leadership Development and How to Turn That Around
Mar 28, 2017 • 72 min
The vast majority of churches struggle to recruit and keep volunteers and even staff. As a result, they can’t grow or expand. Todd Adkins explains why most church leaders struggle to develop leaders and explains how to turn that around.
132: Greg Atkinson on The Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper: What People Are Looking for When They Come to Your Church
Mar 21, 2017 • 68 min
Would you ever send a secret worshipper to your church service? What do you think they’d find? We’re talking to Greg Atkinson who is a secret worshipper to large churches all around the U.S., and hear some of the things he’s seen and discovered that ch…
131: Kyle Idleman on Starting a Church at 22, Leading in a Megachurch and on Being a Writer
Mar 14, 2017 • 48 min
When he was in his early twenties, Kyle Idleman couldn’t get anyone to hire him as a preacher, so he started his own church, which grew to 1000. Two years later he left to join one of the largest churches in the US as a teaching pastor.
130: Scott Sauls on Cultivating True Friendships in a Lonely Culture and On Working With Tim Keller
Mar 7, 2017 • 74 min
Our culture has never been more connected, yet people have never felt more disconnected. Scott Sauls talks about how to cultivate true friendship, deep conversations and meaningful dialogue—especially with people who are different than you.
129: What ESPN Can Teach You About Social Media, Faith and Serving in the Local Church —An Interview with Jason Romano
Feb 28, 2017 • 51 min
When he was 27, Jason Romano landed his dream job — a producer at ESPN headquarters. A year later he became a Christian. He shares what ESPN is learning about social media, how to integrate your faith at work,
128: Mark Batterson on Chasing Down Your Dreams Without Fear
Feb 21, 2017 • 65 min
So you’ve got dreams that seem impossible. So what? Few voices in the church are as encouraging as Mark Batterson’s voice. Mark talks to Carey about how to chase down your dreams and kill the fear that’s holding you back.
127: Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick: Roundtable on Their Worst Mistakes and Best Decisions in Leadership
Feb 14, 2017 • 85 min
Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick talk to Carey about their best and worst decisions on five key issues: strategy, team, momentum, culture and personal leadership. Raw, honest and authentic, this conversation is packed with insight.
126: Mike Bonem on Thriving as a Second Chair Leader and How to Lead Up
Feb 7, 2017 • 58 min
Not all of us are senior leaders. So what happens when that’s you? Do you have to be the #1 leader to make an impact. Mike Bonem explains how to lead up to your senior leader, and discussed the strategies and principles that help second chair leaders t…
125: David Kinnaman on the Clergy Crisis and State of Pastors Today
Jan 31, 2017 • 74 min
How are pastors really doing? Why are fewer and fewer people going into ministry? What are the danger signs for pastors today for their soul, their family and their future? Barna Group President David Kinnaman explains the findings behind one of the la…
124: Ken Costa on How to Discover Your Calling, Hope in the Workplace, and Connecting with Millennials
Jan 24, 2017 • 46 min
Ken Costa has an impressive resume. He has been the chairman of some of the world’s largest investment banks, advisor to some of the most powerful people in the world, and is a committed Christian who believes Jesus is the hope of the world.
123: How to Have Meaningful, Life-Giving Conversations with Non-Christians: An Interview with Rose Zacharias Meeder
Jan 17, 2017 • 76 min
How do you have meaningful conversations—even friendships—with people who are radically different than you and who don’t share the same values you do? Few are better at doing this than Rose Zacharias Meeder. A married woman with four kids,
Bonus 014: #AskCarey Part 13
Jan 13, 2017 • 42 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey to celebrate the launch of The High Impact Leader Course this month. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 13.
122: Essentialism’s Greg McKeown on How To Simplify Your Life and Focus on What Produces Exponential Results
Jan 10, 2017 • 48 min
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of podcast host Carey Nieuwhof’s favourite books of the last five years. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to Greg about how leaders can apply the principles of Essential…
121: James Emery White on the Rise of Generation Z: A Post-Christian, Post-Millennial Generation
Jan 3, 2017 • 65 min
There’s a generation after the Millennials that looks like it will be even harder to reach than Millennials. Meet Generation Z —people born after 1991. Academic, theologian and Pastor James Emery White talks about what your church needs to do to reach …
Bonus 013: #AskCarey Part 12—2 Million Downloads Giveaway
Jan 1, 2017 • 43 min
Your questions are the best questions. To celebrate 2 million downloads of the podcast, we’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 12.
120: Jared Hogue on Being a Young Entrepreneur in Church Ministry
Dec 27, 2016 • 64 min
Jared Hogue has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid. Jared talks about how to use that drive to create incredible volunteer teams and the ups and downs of running a side business or ministry that can change a lot for you and the people you’ll reach…
119: Louie Giglio on Preaching That Connects With Today’s Young Adults
Dec 20, 2016 • 45 min
Louie Giglio returns to the podcast and talks about the kind of preaching that actually connects with today’s young adults and other lessons learned from 20 years of Passion Conferences that have attracted hundreds of thousands of college students.
118: A Roman Catholic Every Evangelical Leader Needs to Get To Know – A Conversation with Father James Mallon
Dec 13, 2016 • 61 min
Often there’s a great divide between Protestants and Roman Catholics. But what if there’s more that unites us than we think? Father James Mallon leads a global movement that is revitalizing local parishes using many of the same methods that revitalize …
117: Why You’re Always So Disappointed—Getting Over Expectation Hangover with Christine Hassler
Dec 6, 2016 • 61 min
Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again. Ever wonder why? Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again? Ever wonder why? Christine Hassler is a life coach (with roots in Christianity) who coaches Hollywood stars,
116: Aussie Dave on How to Use Social Media Devotions to Share the Gospel
Nov 29, 2016 • 51 min
He’s called the #1 follow in the Christian world on Instagram. @AussieDave, Dave Adamson, is my guest as he talks about how his Instagram account grew from 600 to over 22K followers as he created a daily devotional. Dave shares his philosophy,
115: Sean Seay on Winning in Leadership While Failing at Home and How He Got Healthy
Nov 22, 2016 • 83 min
Sean Seay founded what by all means is a very successful church, reaching thousands. But while things were going well at work, they really fell apart at home. Sean takes us through an incredibly candid conversation about what he needed to deal with as …
114: William Vanderbloemen on How to Know When It’s Time to Quit
Nov 15, 2016 • 53 min
So…how do you know when it’s time to quit? Few people are better positioned to talk about it than William Vanderbloemen, who deals with staff and churches in transition every day. William shares some amazing insights on when you should stay and when yo…
113: unSeminary’s Rich Birch on Why Some Churches Beat the Odds and Grow
Nov 8, 2016 • 62 min
Rich Birch has worked for three large churches that have launched over a dozen new locations, and he’s seen many small and mid-sized churches turn things around. What’s their secret? They do unreasonable things. Welcome to Episode 113 of the Podcast.
112: Les McKeown on Getting Your Church or Organization into a Place of Predictable Success
Nov 1, 2016 • 60 min
How do some organizations and churches get themselves into a place of regular, predictable success? It’s less mysterious than you think. Author and business leader Les McKeown takes you through the seven stages of every organization’s life cycle,
111: How to Find Your True Calling —An Interview with Exponential’s Todd Wilson
Oct 24, 2016 • 70 min
Wonder if you’ll ever find your real calling? Are you called to ministry? How would you know? An ex-engineer with the US nuclear navy, Todd Wilson answered a call to ministry, founding Exponential and many other things as a Kingdom entrepreneur.
110: Jeff Brodie, Carey Nieuwhof and Jeff Henderson on Navigating a Successful Transition: Stepping Out of And Into the Lead Pastor’s Chair
Oct 18, 2016 • 70 min
In late 2015, Carey Nieuwhof stepped out of the Lead Pastor role at Connexus Church (the only role he’d ever had) and assumed a new role as Founding and Teaching Pastor, while Jeff Brodie became the new Lead Pastor. A year into the transition,
109: Chuck Swindoll on How He Interprets the Scripture and Stays Fresh in Leadership
Oct 11, 2016 • 54 min
Few preachers have the legacy that Chuck Swindoll has. Author of many books and thousands of sermons, Chuck discusses his most recent book, Searching the Scriptures, and the method he uses to stay fresh in preaching and leadership.
108: Tony Morgan on Why Churches Get Stuck…and How to Get Your Church Moving Again
Oct 4, 2016 • 52 min
Why do churches get stuck? Tony Morgan visits dozens of stuck churches every year and helps them get unstuck. He shares his findings and shares some top learnings on how to get your church moving again. Welcome to Episode 108 of the Podcast.
107: Ben Snyder on The Surprise and Challenge of Becoming a Megachurch Pastor at Age 35
Sep 27, 2016 • 59 min
A year ago, Ben Snyder got a surprise phone call from his boss, a well-known and loved megachurch pastor, who had just been diagnosed with a disease. Ben was asked to become the new lead pastor of a massive church. Surprisingly,
106: Kara Powell on How Many Average Churches are Actually Reaching Millennials
Sep 19, 2016 • 43 min
It’s easy to think only large churches with big staffs and significant budgets can reach young people. The truth is they are. But new research shows they’re not the only ones. Kara Powell shares brand new research on how average churches with few staff…
105: Dan Reiland – 35 Years of Wisdom from An Exceptional Church Leader
Sep 13, 2016 • 67 min
Dan Reiland talks about what it’s been like to work with John Maxwell for over 30 years, about how they vritually created the role of Executive Pastor, and what he’s learning serving as the XP of one of the largest churches in the country (12 Stone).
Bonus 012: #AskCarey Part 11
Sep 12, 2016 • 33 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 11. Questions Featured in this Episode 2:49 How many entry level staff still…
Bonus 011: #AskCarey Part 10
Sep 11, 2016 • 28 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church, dealing with ‘committee-led’ churches,
Bonus 010: #AskCarey Part 9
Sep 9, 2016 • 32 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 9. Questions Featured in this Episode 1:45 What did you do to engage unchurche…
Bonus 009: #AskCarey Part 8
Sep 8, 2016 • 34 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 8. Questions Featured in this Episode 1:43 What are the pros and cons of bre…
Bonus 008: #AskCarey Part 7
Sep 8, 2016 • 30 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to evaluate the health of your church and its leadership,
Bonus 007: #AskCarey Part 6
Sep 7, 2016 • 23 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 6. Questions Featured in this Episode 1:39 We’re going through a rebuilding ph…
104: Casey Graham on What Church Leaders Can Learn From 7 Figure CEOs
Sep 5, 2016 • 73 min
Casey Graham has interviewed dozens of CEOs of 7 figure businesses. Surprisingly, the same issues entrepreneurs face in growing their companies to beyond $200,000, $600,000 and even a million dollars in revenue are almost identical to the issues church…
103: Gavin Adams…Unscripted on the Pressures of Leadership, Getting Healthy and (Massively) Growing a Church
Aug 30, 2016 • 65 min
This episode is a great example of why I love the chance to do this podcast. Gavin Adams, lead pastor of Woodstock City Church—a rapidly growing church of 8,500—talk off the cuff about what he learned on sabbatical,
102: What Leaders and Communicators Can Learn from Improv – Andrew Bright on the Rules of Improv
Aug 23, 2016 • 63 min
Improv has always fascinated me, so when I had a chance to sit down with Andrew Bright, I jumped at it. What shocked me is not only what the rules of improv can teach you about comedy, but what they can teach you about leadership.
101: Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation
Aug 16, 2016 • 56 min
Lee Kricher did something few pastors do; he’s led the church he founded, twice. Coming back 13 years ago, he led it back from near death to a growing church strongly positioned to reach into a new generation. Here’s his story.
100: Creating an Evangelism Culture – Peyton Jones on Planting Churches for Unchurched People
Aug 9, 2016 • 59 min
Peyton Jones is a self-described serial church planter with a heart for evangelism. From being beat up for the sake of the Gospel, to starting a church at a Starbucks, to coaching leaders on reaching the most unreached people in Western culture,
099: What Smaller Church Pastors Really Need and Why – An Interview with 200 Churches’ Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig
Aug 2, 2016 • 59 min
Only a small percentage of churches ever grow past 200 attenders. Enter Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig, whose podcast and blog, 200churches.com, is a resource to small church pastors everywhere. Jeff, Jonny and I discuss what small church pastors really ne…
098: Becoming a High Capacity Leader – Deconstructing Frank Bealer’s Habits and Schedule
Jul 26, 2016 • 82 min
What are the habits and disciplines that make high capacity leaders, high capacity? I interview Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer, who became President of an Insurance Company at age 23 and has continued to be promoted into positions of high influence an…
097: Young and Burning Out — How Grant Vissers Crashed in Year One of Ministry But Found New Life
Jul 18, 2016 • 61 min
At 25, Grant Vissers, a newlywed and fresh graduate of Princeton, started ministry at two small rural churches with his wife Konnie, and within a few months started burning out. He talks about how it happened, why it happened,
096: Larry Osborne on How to Close the Back Door at Your Church and Truly Align Your Team
Jul 11, 2016 • 66 min
Few people have been in leadership as long or effectively as Sticky Church author and North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larry talks about why it took so long for North Coast to grow to a large church,
095: The Challenges of Scaling a Church – An Interview with Rusty George
Jul 4, 2016 • 51 min
Rusty George didn’t plant Real Life Church, but he saw it grow from a small gathering in a movie theater to a multisite church of over 5000 attenders. Rusty talks openly and honestly about the highs and lows of growth, staffing,
094: Matt Chewning on Planting a Church From Scratch…in Boston
Jun 28, 2016 • 53 min
Of all the things Boston is known for, being kind to church planters is one NOT of them. But Matt Chewning heard a call, left a career in corporate America and started Netcast Church. Matt shares the ins and outs of how his church has become one of the…
093: How to Train And Develop More Leaders More Quickly: Scott Magdalein
Jun 21, 2016 • 53 min
Every church struggles with having enough volunteers and leaders. But are the leaders you have well-trained, well-equipped and prepared for the task ahead? Carey Nieuwhof talks with Trained Up founder Scott Magdalein on how to train more leaders more e…
092: Start-Up Church…Lessons from the Trenches of Church Planting with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa
Jun 14, 2016 • 62 min
As many leaders know first hand, starting a church isn’t easy. Carey has an honest conversation about the ups and downs of planting a church with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa, six months into planting Downtown Harbor Church in Fort Lauderdale,
091: Lane Jones on the Ups and Downs of the Early Days of North Point
Jun 7, 2016 • 65 min
What were the early days of North Point really like? You would think that becoming the largest church in America (according to Outreach Magazine) would be birthed out of an easy start. But that wasn’t the case.
090: How to Become a Rock Star Executive Assistant: An Interview with Sarah Piercy
May 30, 2016 • 64 min
Seven years ago at age 22, Sarah Piercy became Carey Nieuwhof’s executive assistant. In this candid and honest interview, Sarah shared how she learned not only to be an exceptional executive assistant (in Carey’s view),
089: Brian Houston On Hillsong and the Ingredients That Have Defined His Leadership
May 22, 2016 • 55 min
There are few stories like Hillsong and very few leaders who have had the impact that Brian Houston has had. Carey sat down in person with Brian on a recent Outcry tour stop in Toronto as they discuss the ingredients that have forged Brian into the lea…
088: A Step By Step Guide to Breaking the 200 Attendance Barrier: An Interview with Martin Daland
May 15, 2016 • 57 min
How do you break the 200 attendance barrier? Martin Daland became the senior leader in a conflicted small church of 180. Within two years, he saw his church grow to more than 300. He talks about how he changed pastoral care, fought burn out,
087: Starting a Church From Scratch in a New Community and Some Insights on Mentoring with Josh Pezold
May 10, 2016 • 57 min
Josh Pezold has done at least unique things in the last few years. He’s parachuted into New England to start a church from scratch in a community in which he never lived, and he chose Carey Nieuwhof as a personal mentor.
086: Josh Whitehead on Why Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors and Business Leaders Don’t Trust Each Other, and How to Fix it
May 3, 2016 • 60 min
In 2003, Joshua Whitehead left the business world to start serving at Faith Promise Church. Since 2005, he’s served as Executive Pastor and has seen the church grow to 5 locations and 6,800 people. Josh and I talk about why so many leaders don’t trust …
085: Whit George on How to Work with Family in Ministry, Taking Over Leadership, and Learning How to Lead in A Brand New Role
Apr 26, 2016 • 63 min
Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is known for innovation. It’s also about to undergo a significant leadership transition. Today I talk with the driving force behind much of the creative innovation at the church in the last decade, Whit George,
084: Leading a Rapidly Growing Turn Around Church at Age 29: An Interview with Brent Ingersoll
Apr 19, 2016 • 59 min
Leading a turnaround church is tough. Leading it after the previous leader experienced moral failure is even harder. Doing it all at age 29 makes the story remarkable. Brent Ingersoll stepped directly from student ministry into the senior leader’s chai…
083: Ravi Zacharias on How Preaching And Evangelism Need to Change to Reach the Next Generation
Apr 12, 2016 • 37 min
Few people alive today have spoken to as many non believers and believers alike as Ravi Zacharias. In this interview, Ravi shares what’s changed in people’s attitudes toward Christianity and what needs to change in Western preaching to effectively shar…
082: David Kinnaman on How Christians are Increasingly Perceived by the Unchurched as Irrelevant and Extreme
Apr 5, 2016 • 63 min
Is telling others about Jesus an act of extremism? What about waiting for marriage to have sex? David Kinnaman, author, speaker and President of Barna Research, joins us with some shocking findings on what unchurched people really think about Christia…
081: A Step By Step Guide to Minimizing Opposition When Leading Organizational Change with Rob Cizek
Mar 29, 2016 • 58 min
Leading change is hard, but Rob Cizek has navigated those waters successfully. Rob sits down with Carey and shares a practical step-by-step approach to leading organizational change that will maximize buy in and minimize opposition.
080: How to Have An Awesome Marriage AND Still Be An Awesome Leader. An Interview with Dr. Kim Kimberling
Mar 22, 2016 • 55 min
Leadership is hard to begin with. But leaders also need to lead at home. Can you be an awesome leader AND have an awesome marriage? Marriage expert Dr. Kim Kimberling has an honest conversation about marriage and leadership.
079: Mars Hill 2 Years Later: An Insider’s Account of What Happened with Justin Dean
Mar 15, 2016 • 70 min
In late 2014, Mars Hill closed its doors as Pastor Mark Driscoll and all the key staff left and disbanded the church as it then was. What happened at Mars Hill, though, was not all bad. I interview Justin Dean about the good that happened,
078: Perry Noble on How He’s Radically Changed His Approach to Leadership
Mar 8, 2016 • 55 min
Driven, controlling people have a leadership style that will take their organizations in a certain direction, but almost always cap it at a smaller size than they’d like. Perry Noble talks about how he stopped being so controlling and learned to lead w…
077: What Near Death Experiences Tell Us About the Biblical Heaven: An Interview with John Burke
Mar 1, 2016 • 87 min
What can church leaders learn from the thousands of near death experiences people have reported? Are they consistent with biblical depictions of heaven? John Burke shares years of research he’s done comparing NDE’s and scripture to bring us a vivid and…
076: Raising the Dead: An Interview with Brian Wangler on How He Found New Life and Ushered in Growth in Four Stuck or Dying Churches
Feb 23, 2016 • 69 min
Is there hope for dying or stuck churches? Yes, there is. Brian Wangler has led four stuck or dying churches into dramatic growth. One church grew from 5 to 100 in a village of 400. He led another church to over 1000 in attendance.
075: Insights on Millennials From a Millennial Leader. An Interview with Jonathan Pearson
Feb 16, 2016 • 53 min
So, what are the strengths and weaknesses of leaders under 35? Jonathan Pearson has written a book for Millennials and, at age 29, leads a campus of 1400 for a large church. He offers some honest, humble insights about his generation and how to work wi…
074: The Future Church, Reaching Millennials and Our Biggest Mistakes in Leadership. A Candid Conversation with Geoff Surratt, Brad Lomenick and Carey Nieuwhof
Feb 9, 2016 • 68 min
Sometimes the best conversations cover a range of topics, and that’s exactly what happens as Carey Nieuwhof sits down backstage with Geoff Surratt and Brad Lomenick to talk about the future of the church, who’s really reaching the next generation and a…
073: Jarrett Stevens on How to Say No in Leadership, City Ministry and Understanding Scripture
Feb 2, 2016 • 65 min
Jarrett Stevens worked at mega-churches, but six years ago went Chicago to plant Soul City Church in the heart of the Chicago. Carey and Jared talk about how to say no in a growing ministry (it’s so hard!),
072: Matt Keller on the Key to Everything That Too Many Leaders Lack
Jan 26, 2016 • 54 min
Is there a key to everything? Matt Keller thinks there is. And many leaders lack it. The good news is, the key can be acquired. Matt and I spend our time today unpacking the one thing that could change everything in your leadership.
071: Jenni Catron on Becoming an Extraordinary Leader
Jan 19, 2016 • 52 min
What make a leader extraordinary? Jenni Catron joins me to talk about the four dimensions of leadership that move a leader from ordinary to become the best at what they do. Welcome to Episode 71 of the Podcast.
Bonus 006: #AskCarey Part 5
Jan 14, 2016 • 37 min
Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church, dealing with ‘committee-led’ churches,
070: A Nitty Gritty Guide To Social Media with North Point’s Dave Adamson
Jan 12, 2016 • 74 min
How does North Point do social media? Dave Adamson walks us into the strategy North Point Church in Atlanta has adopted. Dave gets into very specific details AND—best of all—makes super helpful suggestions for churches with no staff and resources or le…
069: A Completely Different Take on Reaching Millennials with Haydn Shaw
Jan 5, 2016 • 77 min
So you’ve read all the stuff about millennials leaving the church? Author and generational expert Haydn Shaw has a very different perspective than many. He thinks our panic is premature and offers deep insight into every generation your church is tryin…
Bonus 005: #AskCarey Part 4
Dec 31, 2015 • 36 min
You’ve got leadership questions. Chances are, you’re not the only one asking it. Welcome to another bonus episode of the podcast where I take my best shot at your leadership questions as 2016 launches with all of its promise. Wel;ome to Ask Carey,
068: Joe Sangl on How to Increase Giving At Your Church and Help for Bi-Vocations Pastors
Dec 29, 2015 • 56 min
How do you get more money for ministry? Joe Sangl and I have an honest conversation about how to increase givings at your church, why people don’t give and even how bi-vocational pastors can think differently about earning income.
067: Chris Brown on Pastors, Personal Finances and Creating Margin
Dec 22, 2015 • 56 min
Money. It’s a problem if you have it and if you don’t. Today, I sit down with Chris Brown, who each week speaks to millions of people through radio and his podcasts about getting through the struggle of money.
066: Time Management and More Practical Tech Hacks With Geek Pastor, Wayne Cordova
Dec 15, 2015 • 55 min
Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not. The good news is that GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova, my guest on Episode 34, is back with his best practical tips to help you get more done in less time. Wayne will walk you through everything from free app…
065: Louie Giglio on The Back Story of Passion, His Nervous Breakdown, and How He Came Back
Dec 8, 2015 • 49 min
Most leaders will experience a burnout of some kind at some point in their journey. For Louie Giglio, that happened in 2008, when he experienced a nervous breakdown during one of the hardest seasons of his life. Now,
064: Jon Acuff on How to Make People Laugh, Two Years of Hustle and More
Dec 1, 2015 • 35 min
Very few people utilize humour better than Jon Acuff. I sat down with Jon backstage and asked him for his top tips on making people laugh and about his life as a solo enterpreneur and author. Plus, Jon shares a project he has planned for January that h…
063: Stepping Into the Senior Leader’s Chair – An Interview with Tim Guptill
Nov 24, 2015 • 63 min
Ever wonder what it’s like to become the senior leaders in an organization? Ever wonder what it’s like to succeed a successful leader who’s been there for 44 years? Tim Guptill has done both, and tells the story of how he stepped into the senior leader…
062: Jerry Gillis on Attractional or Missional Church? How One MegaChurch is Doing Both
Nov 17, 2015 • 55 min
Jerry was doing something rare: leading a growing megachurch in Buffalo NY, when he got tired of running ‘a machine.’ After a year of prayer and study, he decided being an attractional church wasn’t enough,
061: The Insecure Leader – An Interview with Josh Gagnon
Nov 10, 2015 • 62 min
Why are so many leaders—even successful leaders—insecure? In this exceptionally candid interview, Josh Gagnon, who pastors the 5th fastest growing church in America, talks about insecurity, ambition and how to overcome your personal issues while leadin…
Bonus 004: #AskCarey Part 3
Nov 5, 2015 • 45 min
Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to Part 3 of the Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions and take my best shot at an answer.
060: Sue Miller on the Key to Attracting and Engaging Amazing Volunteers
Nov 3, 2015 • 52 min
Why do some leaders attract and keep amazing volunteers while others don’t? Sue Miller who effectively led volunteers for several decades shares the pivotal differences between teams that are winning and teams that are losing when it comes to volunteer…
059: Lewis Howes on What it Takes To Be Great
Oct 27, 2015 • 51 min
Lewis Howes is one of the most listened to podcasters on the planet. A former pro-football player and professional athelete turned life-style entrepreneur, Lewis focuses on what makes people great. He’s also not currently a part of a local church,
058: Beth Marshall on How Pastoral Care Grows and Kills Churches and Leaders
Oct 20, 2015 • 66 min
Some church leaders love pastoral care, others don’t. But everyone needs it. Author, speaker and former New Spring Pastoral Care Coordinator Beth Marshall explains how handling pastoral care well can make or break the growth of your church and your hea…
057: Aaron Harris: A Gay Man’s Perspective on What He Wishes Was Different in the Church
Oct 13, 2015 • 113 min
Aaron Harris knew from the time he was young that he was attracted to other men. After running from the church as a teen he ran back into the church in his twenties, deeply convinced that Jesus is the only way.
056: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow—An Interview with Jeff Henderson and Carey Nieuwhof
Oct 6, 2015 • 59 min
You’ve probably noticed … Churches aren’t growing. Young adults are walking away. Volunteers are hard to recruit. Leaders are burning out. And the culture is changing faster than ever before. There’s no doubt the church is in a moment in history for wh…
055: Brad Lomenick on The 3 Essential Components It Takes To Lead in Today’s Culture
Sep 29, 2015 • 80 min
The skills and character required for leadership are changing, and leaders want to know whether they have what it takes to lead well in a changing culture. Carey brings Brad Lomenick back on the podcast to talk about 3 essential components it takes to …
Bonus 003: #AskCarey Part 2
Sep 24, 2015 • 42 min
Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to Part 2 of the Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions and take my best shot at an answer.
054: Jud Wilhite With Practical Help on Transitioning a Church
Sep 22, 2015 • 75 min
The vast majority of churches in Western culture are not church plants, they’re churches that need to be transitioned. Jud Wilhite gives an exceptionally honest and helpful explanation of how he transitioned Central Christian Church in Las Vegas from s…
Bonus 002: #AskCarey Part 1
Sep 17, 2015 • 47 min
Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to the very first Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions and take my best shot at an answer.
053: How Evangelism and Apologetics Are Changing–Interviews with Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, Alycia Wood and Margaret Manning
Sep 15, 2015 • 82 min
How do you share your faith in a world in which people seem to be losing interest in Christianity? In this special episode, Carey interviews four leading apologists, including Ravi Zacharias, about how apologetics is changing and what to do next.
Bonus 001: The Best of Year One
Sep 10, 2015 • 69 min
It’s been an incredible year. And this week, the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast turns one! To celebrate, we put together a retrospective, best of year one! While we couldn’t include every episode, we found some highlights that are designed to move y…
052: How Craig Groeschel Stays Healthy, Relevant and Passionate in Ministry
Sep 8, 2015 • 64 min
It’s one thing to develop great strategy for effective ministry, but it’s quite another to stay personally healthy and passionate in the midst of leading one of the fastest growing churches in the world. Craig Groeschel gets personal as he talks to Car…
051: The Nerdist’s Guide to Awesome Social Media for Your Church or Organization—An Interview with NewSpring’s Chris Dunagan
Sep 1, 2015 • 62 min
Almost everyone has a social media presence these days, but how do you make it awesome? NewSpring Church’s Social Media Director Chris Dunagan explains, in super helpful detail, their approach to social media and how to truly connect with the people yo…
050: Growing Up As the Pastor’s Kid—An Honest Conversation with Barnabas Piper
Aug 25, 2015 • 64 min
What’s it like to grow up as the pastor’s kid? Better yet, what’s it like to grow up as John Piper’s son? Barnabas Piper talks openly and honestly about the pressures of being a PK and how it messed with his faith before he found the grace of Jesus Ch…
049: Stop the Hate: How Christians Can Get Along When They Disagree. An Interview with Scott Sauls
Aug 18, 2015 • 53 min
It seems Christian dialogue these days is characterized by a intolerance, misunderstanding and hatred. How do you love people you disagree with? How do you keep your cool when you have strong feelings? And what is our intolerance of each other doing to…
048: How to Change a Church Quickly—An Interview with Jeff Price
Aug 11, 2015 • 54 min
You should wait a year before you change anything, right? Isn’t that what every leader knows? Well, that’s not how Jeff Price did it. Jeff shares how he created a mandate for massive change quickly in an established church and lived to tell about it.
047: Breaking Down the Divide Between Business and Church—An Interview with David McDaniel
Aug 4, 2015 • 62 min
There are business leaders in almost every congregation. But often, there’s a divide—even a debate—about how to use business ideas to further the church’s mission. David McDaniel, a Harvard MBA who has worked as an entrepreneur,
046: Why Children’s Ministry Might be the Most Important Position on Your Team–An Interview with Gina McClain
Jul 28, 2015 • 57 min
Many senior leaders dismiss family ministry as something that simply needs to be done but don’t assign it the priority deserves. That’s why every leader needs to hear Gina McClain. An incredible leader, Gina has spearheaded thriving family ministry at …
045: The Key Ingredients to Great Chemistry Between Leaders and Their Assistants—An Interview with eaHELP Founder Bryan Miles
Jul 21, 2015 • 57 min
What makes for a great relationship between a leader and their assistant? Why do so many leaders have affairs with their assistants? What are some best practices every leader and their assistant can adopt that will move your vision forward?
044: The Ups and Downs (And Everything in Between) of Starting a Church: An Interview with Jeanne Stevens
Jul 14, 2015 • 56 min
The life of a church planter has so many ups and downs. Jeanne Stevens and her husband Jarrett learned that the hard way, when after over a decade on the staff of some well known mega-churches, they found the courage to leave the comfort of what they k…
043: What’s Next in Multisite—How New Locations, Mergers and Aquistions Could Impact Most Churches
Jul 7, 2015 • 63 min
Should your growing church go multisite? Should your declining church consider merger? Leading multisite expert Jim Tomberlin talks about how the multisite movement is changing and how more and more churches are pursuing mergers and acquisitions.
042: The Enterpreneurial Church Leader–An Interview with Brady Shearer
Jun 30, 2015 • 54 min
Church media is changing, and 24 year old Brady Shearer saw an opportunity to help. Brady explains how his passion for church media and announcements led him to start a side business, Pro Church Tools, that has grown quickly and exponentially into a si…
041: How to Build Your Personal or Church Platform without Being Selfish—An Interview With Daniel Decker
Jun 23, 2015 • 65 min
So you or your church wants to establish a bigger platform to increase your audience or reach. But how do you do it effectively without coming across as…selfish? Daniel Decker has helped authors reach the New York Times best seller list and helped many…
040: Churches That Reach Millennials–An Interview with Geoff Surratt
Jun 16, 2015 • 57 min
Of all the questions facing the church, how to reach Millennials is one of the most pressing. Author and church planting expert Geoff Surratt, shares how some churches are becoming effective at reaching millennials using widely different methods.
039: How to Build a High-Performing Team from Scratch—An Interview with Chris Lema
Jun 9, 2015 • 67 min
Most of us think if we could hire or recruit a few superstar leaders, it would catalyze growth for our church. What if that theory is just dead wrong? Chris Lema, author, blogger and entrepreneur, walks you through how to build and develop a great team…
038: What to Do When Your Prayer Life Stalls Out—An Interview With Jared Brock
Jun 2, 2015 • 54 min
It’s no secret, the prayer life of many church leaders—and Christians—leaves much to be desired. Jared Brock, a ministry leader in his 20s, was no exception. So he set off on a 37,000 mile trip around the world to discover prayer in all its forms.
037: Creating an Incredible Team Culture—An Interview with Chris Rivers
May 26, 2015 • 34 min
How do you make sure your team stays aligned with your mission and vision? Chris Rivers’ job at NewSpring Church in South Carolina was to teach new staff NewSpring’s culture. The challenge was they were adding up to ten new staff per WEEK.
036: Why Churches Die—An Interview With Thom Rainer
May 19, 2015 • 48 min
What are the signs your church might die? Why are so many churches dying? In this episode, blogger, podcaster and Lifeway CEO Thom Rainer outlines why so many churches fail to thrive. Welcome to Episode 36 of the Podcast.
035: Leading Young At North Point—An Interview with Clay Scroggins
May 12, 2015 • 53 min
At age 30, he was asked to lead a church of 6000. At age 34, he was asked to lead North Point Community Church, a campus with 14,000 attenders, where Andy Stanley is the Senior Pastor. In this episode, we’ll talk to Clay Scroggins about the challenges …
034: 21 Practical Tech Hacks That Will Free Up Your Time To Lead—An Interview with Geek Pastor Wayne Cordova
May 5, 2015 • 65 min
Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not. In an incredibly helpful, practical episode, GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova walks leaders through beginner, intermediate and geek level apps, tools, hacks and strategies that can help every leader free up ti…
033: Growing Up With Gay Parents—An Interview with Caleb Kaltenbach
Apr 28, 2015 • 58 min
Caleb Kaltenbach has an incredible story. Born to parents who soon divorced to pursue gay relationships, Caleb grew up to become a Christian and then a pastor, much to the alarm of his parents. Caleb shares his honest, gutwrenching story of confusion,
032: How Mark Batterson Writes—A Behind The Scenes Look at the Publishing Life of a Pastor and NYT Bestselling Author
Apr 21, 2015 • 66 min
New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson has written 12 books in ten years that have sold millions of copies. What’s even more remarkable is he’s done this while planting a church and raising a family.
031: Reaching Hollywood: Keys to Planting a Church Where No One Goes to Church—An Interview with Joseph Barkley
Apr 14, 2015 • 57 min
The culture in Hollywood California is as resistant to Christianity as almost any. Church planter Joseph Barkley shares strategies around community, how to do church and innovation that are making an impact in otherwise resistant city.
030: Small Church, Mid-sized Church or Megachurch, Which is Better? An interview with Karl Vaters
Apr 7, 2015 • 58 min
Is there a ‘best’ size for church? Why do so many people distrust mega-churches? Why do others look down on small churches? Karl Vaters of NewSmallChurch.com and Carey Nieuwhof engage that debate on this week’s episode and try to settle once and for al…
029: Next Generation MegaChurch—How Transparency and Seeking God Reaches Millennials: An Interview with John Stickl
Mar 31, 2015 • 55 min
At 29, John Stickl became the pastor of a church of 1500. 4 years later, the church is 4500 and is growing with millennials who are anxious to connect with God. John talks about how his leadership team listens for the voice of God and how this journey …
028: How To Create High Performing Teams in Any Size Organization—An Interview with Warren Bird
Mar 24, 2015 • 45 min
Whether your church or organization is large or small, it needs a team. Better than that, it needs a high performing team. How do you get one in place? Warren Bird studied some of the best teams around today, and shares his findings.
027: How to Know When It’s Time to Move On – An Honest Interview About Leadership, Personal Growth and Leaving Before It’s Too Late with Brad Lomenick
Mar 17, 2015 • 50 min
How do you know it’s time to move on? Brad Lomenick explains why he thinks many leaders stay on too long, and shares why he stepped back from leading a world class organization when he was just 40. Welcome to Episode 27 of the podcast.
026: Creating a Great Leadership Culture—An Interview with Tim Stevens
Mar 10, 2015 • 50 min
How do you create a great leadership culture? Tim Stevens, author of Fairness is Overrated, talks about the essential elements every church leader needs to have in place in terms of personal integrity, finding the right team,
025: The Changes You Need to Make As Your Church Grows—An Interview With Jenni Catron
Mar 3, 2015 • 52 min
How do you handle growth when it comes your way? What do you need to do with staff, structure and scale as your church grows? From record industry executive, to executive leadership at Cross Point Church and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church,
024: Churchless: Why And How America is Learning to Live Without the Church—An Interview with David Kinnaman
Feb 23, 2015 • 60 min
What does it mean to be the church in a post-Christian culture? And why are more and more American Christians becoming churchless? David Kinnaman, President of Barna Research Group, talks about why Americans are becoming churchless more quickly than ev…