The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before
A Podcast About Leadership, Change and Personal Growth to Help Leaders Lead Like Never Before
153: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge
Aug 15 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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,, 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’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…