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CNLP Bonus 006: #AskCarey Part 5

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, and how to engage volunteers.

Welcome to Ask Carey Part 5.

PS. We also have some isolated mystery static in this podcast. Who knows where that came from? We decided to air it anyway. If you can identify the source, you get bonus points. We’re stumped!

Ask Carey

Questions Featured in this Episode

3:12 How do you implement the ideas in a “committee-led” church, where the pastor has little authority, the congregants are aged and resistant to change.

6:05 How do you cast vision so that getting volunteers is easier? (From Conversation #4 in the book.) I want to be able to bring along those high-capacity leaders, and I need help getting them to see the vision.

8:21 How can you strike a balance between having experienced people on a church board and wanting to get younger people in leadership positions?

9:38 What are the best practices for delegating to volunteers and having them own that area? If a church has been hitting a ceiling of 400 for 20 years and never breaking it, what areas should they look at to assess where the issue is?

13:50 How do you lead your church to have these powerful conversations (from Lasting Impact) when there is not an immediate or obvious need to do so?

16:54 How do you determine the next best step in navigating conversations with your board? How do you wake up your fellow leaders to conversations that are coming down the pike in 2 or 3 years?

19:31 Any tips for a conversation about our mainline denomination church and moving forward into the future when we have a stodgy, traditional service? We’re not going to be contemporary, but would like to be more modern to reflect the current expectations.

22:51 I am the pastor of two very small congregation churches in a rural area in western Oklahoma. The population is finite, and the economy is not particularly robust. While we’d like the numbers to grow, we really want to reach younger people. How?

25:13 What is the best way to navigate cultural change from a small church mindset to a large church way of thinking?

28:03 How do you balance wanting to see people engage in their journey with Christ with today’s cultural attitude toward attending church?

31:50 How do you make decisions within your staff?

33:23 Coming on staff as an associate campus pastor, how do you establish clarity for the staff on leadership roles?

Links Mentioned

Carey on Facebook

Carey on Twitter

Carey on Instagram

Carey’s Blog (with link to SpeakPipe)

7 Signs Your Church Will Never Change

5 Disruptive Church Trends That Will Rule 2016

Andy Stanley; Episode 1

Will Mancini; Episode 23

David Kinnaman; Episode 24

Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Lane Jones and Reggie Joiner

Holy Discontent: Fueling the Fire That Ignites Personal Vision by Bill Hybels

James Emery White

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Businessby Patrick M. Lencioni

Previous Bonus Episodes

CNLP Bonus Episode #1

CNLP Bonus Episode #2

CNLP Bonus Episode #3

CNLP Bonus Episode #4

CNLP Bonus Episode #5

Quotes from Carey 

Available online now! Get your copy of Lasting Impact today! 

My latest book is available now. It’s designed especially of church leaders and their teams.

Lasting Impact frames 7 pivotal conversations every church team needs to have, covering subject like declining church attendance, team health, creating a culture volunteers love and how to engineer change in your church.

Order on Amazon, or visit LastingImpactBook.com!

A New Episode Every Week…Just Subscribe

The podcast releases every Tuesday morning.

Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from great leaders such as  Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Pete Wilson, David Kinnaman, Caleb Kaltenbach, Kara Powell, Casey Graham, Perry Noble, and Andy Stanley.

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Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.

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The best way to do that is to rate the podcast in iTunes and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn Radio as well.

Your rating and review helps gets the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.

Thank you for being so awesome.

Wayne Cordova

CNLP 066: Time Management and More Practical Tech Hacks With Geek Pastor, Wayne Cordova

Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not.

The good news is that GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova, my guest on Episode 34is back with his best practical tips to help you get more done in less time.

Wayne will walk you through everything from free apps every team should be using, to how to get rid of most of your email, time hacking and more on this super practical episode.

Plus, he’s got a special bonus for podcast listeners.

Welcome to Episode 66 of the Podcast.

Wayne Cordova

 

Guest Links: Wayne Cordova 

GeekPastor.com

Crosspoint Church

Geek Pastor on Twitter

Wayne Cordova on Twitter

Wayne on Facebook

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Lasting Impact

Michael HyattSlack blog post

Pat Flynn

Jon Acuff

John Maxwell

iPad Pro

Free Apps

Google Apps, suite of apps for email, cloud storage, collaboration tools and more

Gmail, a very basic, user-friendly email system that can be customized to meet your organization’s needs

Google Docs, cloud-based documents to create, edit, and collaborate wherever you are

Google Sheets, cloud-based spreadsheets to create, edit, and collaborate wherever you are

Google Forms, collect and organize information, easily create surveys and sign-ups

Google Drive, cloud-based file storage that allows for easy sharing and access to files of all sizes

Google Chrome, fast, simple, powerful and secure web browser available on any device

Dropbox, cloud-based file storage that allows for easy sharing and access to files of all sizes

Evernote, a workspace that allows you to capture what’s important, move ideas and stay on task

If This Then That / IFTTT, an automation tool to create useful chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes”

YouTube, video-sharing site, great for finding tutorials on the tools above

PicPlayPost, amazingly simple graphic design software

Word Swag ($3.99), text over pic editor, cool fonts, typography generator, creative quotes

Collaboration Apps

Slack, team communication tool for messaging and file sharing, fully searchable, and on all your devices

Wunderlist, an easy organizational tool to help you get things done faster

Trello, visual way to organize anything with anyone

Skype, video and audio conferencing with messaging and recording

Zoom, cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat

Google Hangouts, group communication with instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP

Basecamp, web-based project management and collaboration tool

Todoist, best online task management app and to-do list

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

An app is never going to teach you leadership. It’s never going to teach you how to love people. So technology doesn’t lead. It simply enhances. When used as a tool, technology plays into the “how” when accomplishing the work of ministry and gives us margin to focus on building relationships. Wayne Cordova walks us through the apps that help him manage his ministry and gives you some great tips to hack your time and productivity.

  1. If it’s free, it’s for me. We get it. Your church probably doesn’t have a budget category for “apps”, and it can be difficult to sell them on new software and technology. Good news: there’s more free apps than ever to help you stay productive and collaborate with your team in real time. Check out Google Apps suite of free software, as well as some great apps for note taking, file storage, graphic design, and automation—all from your phone! What a time to be alive.
  2. Collaborate on-the-go. We’re seeing an increasing trend of remote staff, digital meetings, and online collaboration tools. You no longer need everyone in the room to stay productive and aligned. With the apps mentioned above, you can avoid the inbox all together with group messaging, beam in remote staff with audio/video conferencing, navigate complex projects with sophisticated project management, and share to-do lists to make sure it all gets done.
  3. Get up earlier. We all know the most precious resource we have is time. Feel like there’s not enough hours in the day? Here’s a novel idea: wake up earlier! You can easily gain an extra hour in the morning to knock out some work before the world (and kids) wakes up. Here’s a tip: wake up 15 minutes earlier each day by setting all your alarms for the week in advance. It will take some discipline, but the extra productivity will give you that energy boost you need!

An Exclusive Listener Offer from Wayne

Wayne has put together 3 FREE exclusive webinars for listeners of the podcast. Just go to www.geekpastor.com/carey. You’ll get tips for managing  email, automation and going paperless.

There will also be an invite to sign up for an exclusive, live Q&A Webinar in January just for listeners that you do not want to miss.

With his new webinar series, Geek Year, coming January, Wayne will show you how you can have the geekiest year ever in the most positive way. You’ll get the year started off right, learning how to leverage technology to actually accomplish all of those resolutions and goals you’ve laid out.

Quotes from Wayne

Available online now! Get your copy of Lasting Impact today! 

My latest book is available now. It’s designed especially of church leaders and their teams.

Lasting Impact frames 7 pivotal conversations every church team needs to have, covering subject like declining church attendance, team health, creating a culture volunteers love and how to engineer change in your church.

Order on Amazon, or visit LastingImpactBook.com!

A New Episode Every Week…Just Subscribe

The podcast releases every Tuesday morning.

Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from great leaders such as  Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Pete Wilson, David Kinnaman, Caleb Kaltenbach, Kara Powell, Casey Graham, Perry Noble, and Andy Stanley.

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Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.

Hopefully this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?

The best way to do that is to rate the podcast in iTunes and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn Radio as well.

Your rating and review helps gets the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.

Thank you for being so awesome.

Next Episode: Chris Brown

 

Money…it’s a problem if you have it and a problem if you don’t. But it’s a unique challenge for pastors.

Every week, Chris Brown speaks to millions of people via radio and podcast, and next week I talk to Chris about the unique challenges and opportunities church leaders face with their personal finance.

Subscribe for free now, and you won’t miss Episode 67.

In the meantime, got a question?

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CNLP 065: Louie Giglio on The Back Story of Passion, His Nervous Breakdown, and How He Came Back

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, as the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and founder of Passion Conferences—a global movement of college-aged people living for the fame of Jesus Christ, his desire is to see spiritual awakening come to the nation’s college campuses and to see the 19 million college students of the nation and around the world come to know God.

In this episode, Louie talks about how Passion all got started, his nervous breakdown, and how all of us can make a comeback through the resurrecting power of Jesus.

Welcome to Episode 65 of the Podcast.

Louie Giglio

Guest Links

Louie Giglio

Passion Conference

The Comeback

Passion City Church

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Perry Noble; Episode 2

Craig Jutila; Episode 5

sixstepsrecords

Baylor University

Reggie Joiner

Orange Conference

Rethink Leadership

Andy Stanley

Jon Acuff

Brad Lomenick

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

So many pastors and church leaders struggle with burnout, breakdown and exhaustion. If that’s you, here’s what you can do:

  1. Don’t ignore your symptoms. Your body is telling you something. So is your state of mind. When you ignore those, you do so to your peril.
  2. Tell somebody.  Embarrassment and shame often cause leaders to keep silent when they break down physically or emotionally. Tell your best friend. Tell your spouse. Tell your doctor. Tell somebody. They will be far more empathetic than you think.  
  3. Get help. In addition to seeking professional helping and letting the people close to you know, we’ve put together this list of resources that can help leaders who are burning out.

Quotes from Louie

Available online now! Get your copy of Lasting Impact today! 

My latest book is available now. It’s designed especially of church leaders and their teams.

Lasting Impact frames 7 pivotal conversations every church team needs to have, covering subject like declining church attendance, team health, creating a culture volunteers love and how to engineer change in your church.

Order on Amazon, or visit LastingImpactBook.com!

A New Episode Every Week…Just Subscribe

The podcast releases every Tuesday morning.

Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from great leaders such as  Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Pete Wilson, David Kinnaman, Caleb Kaltenbach, Kara Powell, Casey Graham, Perry Noble, and Andy Stanley.

Subscribe via

iTunes

Stitcher

TuneIn Radio

Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.

Hopefully this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?

The best way to do that is to rate the podcast in iTunes and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn Radio as well.

Your rating and review helps gets the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.

Thank you for being so awesome.

Next Episode: Wayne Cordova

Wayne Cordova, my guest on Episode 34is back with his best practical tips to help you get more done in less time.

Wayne will walk you through everything from free apps every team should be using, to how to get rid of most of your email, time hacking and more on this super practical episode.

Plus, he’s got a special bonus for podcast listeners.

Subscribe for free now, and you won’t miss Episode 66.

In the meantime, got a question?

Scroll down and leave a comment!

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Why You Should Be Thankful If Your Pastor Behaves Like a CEO

Of all the things I hear church leaders slip into conversation, one of the most persistent is the opinion that a pastor should never adopt the attitudes or habits of a CEO.

Instead, the pastor should be a shepherd and tend the flock.

I recently wrote a post about how having the pastor do most or all of the pastoral care in a congregation permanently stunts the growth of most churches to 200 people or less.

I would also strongly argue that church leaders should rethink their bias against the pastor as CEO.

Why?

Two reasons.

First, both the model of shepherd and CEO are based in unidimensional and unhelpful stereotypes.

Second, because the mission and future of the church are fuelled by the growth and potential of our leaders.

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Let’s Move Beyond Stereotypes

Let’s move beyond the stereotypes for a moment.

Shepherds are seen as caring, pastoral, gentle and kind.

CEOs are seen as arrogant, brash, selfish, difficult and demanding.

Neither characterization is helpful or, frankly, accurate.

Sure…you can think of CEOs or executive types who fit all the bad stereotypes.

And chances are you’ve made up what a shepherd looks like because, frankly, you’ve never met one. I haven’t.

This Was First Century Shepherding?

From what I know of first century shepherds (and I admit, I don’t have a degree in shepherding), it wasn’t all green meadows and sunshine. Shepherding took quite a bit of resolve and strength.

Shepherds had to keep sheep from drinking out of brackish or tainted water and keep them from poisoning themselves.

Shepherds had to fight off wolves, lions and thieves. Clubbing to lions to death and pulling a lamb out of the jaws of a bear are not for the fainthearted.

Apparently, first century Palestinian shepherds even would break the leg of a wandering sheep to correct its errant behaviour.

Try that at your next congregational meeting.

In an association we often miss, David himself claimed that shepherding prepared him to fight Goliath and, arguably, even become King. He saw it more as leadership development than anything, and leadership in one field ultimately opened leadership in others.

The job was demanding enough that, as Jesus himself said, it might require your life.

Run this description by any effective CEO and they might tell you “That sounds like my job.”

Maybe a first century shepherd was more like an effective CEO than we think.

This is What it Means To Be a CEO?

So are CEOs inherently brash, impatient, selfish, egomaniacs? Well, not effective ones.

Jim Collins’ exhaustive study of truly great companies (companies that outperformed their competitors substantially and significantly) discovered that the great companies had what he called Level 5 CEOs.

Collins and his team were shocked to discover a rare and endearing quality among the CEOs of the truly greatest companies: they had deep resolve to do whatever it took to advance the mission AND a deep, personal…are you ready—humility. 

To quote Collins:

[Level 5 CEOs] are somewhat self-effacing individuals who deflect adulation, yet who have an almost stoic resolve to do absolutely whatever it takes to make the company great, channeling their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company.

It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious—but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution and its greatness, not for themselves.

The most effective CEOs are the most humble CEOs.

I ask you, isn’t that exactly what a Christian leader should be?

Sounds an awful lot like the Apostle Paul to me. Or like Moses. Even like Jesus (if you’re willing to strip away your stereotypes and read what scripture says about Jesus).

Consequently, isn’t that exactly what a great pastor could be?

Saying the model of pastor-as-CEO is bad for the church is like saying leadership really doesn’t matter. It’s also saying business should get all the best leaders.

The mission of the church is too important to be stunted by a poorly thought-through stereotype of a CEO.

If All We Do Is Care For People Until They Die, the Church Will Die

The next decade of the church is critical.

While it’s Christ’s church and God is sovereign, we leaders have a role to play. As even committed church attenders attend less often, the church requires the best leadership, not the most passive or the most friendly.

What often passes as ‘pastoral’ is not pastoral in the first-century sense of shepherding; it’s passive.

If all we do is recruit pastors who love to care for people until they die, the church will die.

I realize this is somewhat hyperbolic, but perhaps it’s less of an overstatement than you think. We’re closing churches in record numbers, largely because pastors want to ‘pastor’ but not lead.

I believe we should care for people until they die, but the pastor doesn’t need to be the sole person to do that.

98% of pastoral care is having someone who cares. It doesn’t have to be the pastor.

Toward A New Generation of Leaders

So what should the next generation of pastors do?

Lead.

Lead humbly. Lead with compassion. Lead with care.

But understand that sometimes leading with compassion means doing what’s best for people…not simply doing what people want. If first century shepherds did that, the sheep would be dead.

Quite simply, the job of a leader is to take people where they wouldn’t otherwise go.

You may be called to take people to the Promised Land, but people always want to go back to Egypt.

It takes tremendous strength, exceptional courage, trust, humility and a willingness to die to self to do accomplish the mission to which God has called the church.

This kind of leadership shift will mean the demise of the people-pleasing, co-dependent leader who longs to be liked. But maybe that’s okay.

The church needs thousands of new leaders who are willing to be incredibly unpopular but will resolve to do what needs to be done.

Somedays I wonder how many Christian CEOs of small and large companies might have been in ministry if our model, expectations and attitude was different.

Next Time Your Pastor Behaves Like a CEO

So what would make this situation better?

Think twice before you say the church needs more shepherds. Or if you do talk about the need for shepherds, talk about the kind of shepherd David was. We sure need more of those.

And think three times before you slam the idea of church leaders being CEOs.

Read a book like Jim Collin’s Good to Great.

Think more deeply about whether the church needs more entrepreneurs. (For reasons outlined here, I believe that’s exactly what we need.)

Realize that truly great CEOs often model exactly what scripture talks about in terms of great leadership, and that maybe our entire mission would advance if we valued those gifts more deeply.

And finally, next time someone says your pastor is behaving like a (Level 5) CEO, be thankful.

More people might be in heaven because of it.

If you want to drill down further, I wrote much more about why the vast majority of churches don’t grow in my latest bookLasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Can Help Your Church Grow.

What Do You Think?

I realize this is an emotional subject, so play nice in the comments.

But what do you think?

Is the quick dismissal of potentially effective leadership in the church hurting us? How?

Scroll down and leave a comment.

careyjeff

CNLP 056: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow—An Interview with Jeff Henderson and Carey Nieuwhof

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 which few church leaders are prepared.

But maybe the future belongs to the churches that are willing to have the most honest conversations at a critical time.

In this special episode, I sit down with Jeff Henderson and turn the tables. Jeff interviews me on the seven things it takes for your church to have a lasting impact. Listen as we talk through these vital questions from my new book, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grownow available at LastingImpactBook.com.

Welcome to Episode 56 of the podcast!

careyjeff

Guest Links

Gwinnett Church

Gwinnett Church on Facebook

Gwinnett Church on Twitter

Preaching Rocket

Jeff Henderson on Twitter

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Perry Noble; Episode 2

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Kara E. Powell

LastingImpactBook.com

Lasting Impact | Amazon.com

Lasting Impact | iBooks Store

Lasting Impact | Orange Store

Quotes from Carey

My new book, Lasting Impact, is now available!

Take advantage of the FREE audiobook when you order Lasting Impact this week

If you order my book, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, October 6-12, you’ll receive a free audio version of the book with additional commentary.

Lasting Impact frames seven pivotal conversations every church team needs to have, covering subjects like declining church attendance, team health, creating a culture volunteers love and how to engineer change in your church.

You can place your order at LastingImpactBook.com! But hurry. The bonus goes away at midnight on Monday, October 12.

 A New Episode Every Week…Just Subscribe

The podcast releases every Tuesday morning.

Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from great leaders such as  Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Pete Wilson, David Kinnaman, Caleb Kaltenbach, Kara Powell, Casey Graham, Perry Noble, and Andy Stanley.

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Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.

Hopefully this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?

The best way to do that is to rate the podcast in iTunes and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn Radio as well.

Your rating and review helps gets the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.

Thank you for being so awesome.

Next Episode: Aaron Harris

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 it in his twenties, deeply convinced that Jesus is the only way. Aaron shares what he wishes was different in the way the church talks about same-sex issues and why he still loves Jesus and the church.

Subscribe for free now, and you won’t miss Episode 57.

In the meantime, got a question?

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CNLP 052: How Craig Groeschel Stays Healthy, Relevant and Passionate in Ministry

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 Carey about how he has stayed passionate and healthy over two decades of ministry.

Welcome to Episode 52 of the Podcast.

2014

Guest Links:  Craig Groeschel 

#Struggles: Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World

Life Church

Craig on Twitter

Craig on Instagram

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Episode 1; Andy Stanley 

Marcus Buckingham

Perry Noble

Bill Hybels

Louie Giglio

Eric Liddell

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

You can be one of the most influential leaders in your community and still struggle with discouragement and inadequacy. Craig Groeschel tells us how he stays fueled in his ministry.

  1. Discover what keeps your passion white hot. Craig said he grew up going to church but didn’t follow Christ, so he developed a massive passion to bring people to God. “Put me in a room full of lost people, and I come to life,” Craig expressed emphatically. He says you’ve got to find that thing that breaks your heart, and stay close to that to keep you motivated. If you lose that, find something else that creates a divine hunger inside of your heart. Additionally, live in prayer so you can contemplate the goodness of God in your work, in your routine and in your life. If you give yourself permission to be close to God in nontraditional ways, it’s can be liberating.
  2. Take care of your body. Craig is committed to his routine in the gym and in his diet because he knows if he cares for himself, he can bring the best his best self to everything God puts in front of him. “It was more of a spiritual decision than a physical decision,” he said. “I want to bring everything to God to serve Him, so I take it seriously.” It’s also important that you give yourself time off from work, so you can recharge the other elements in your life that make you feel complete, whether it’s your family, your marriage or a hobby.
  3. Learn from everyone and anyone you can. You can learn from anyone because everyone has a story. You don’t have to learn from someone who’s “bigger” than you are. You can find new ways to learn from others if you see the right opportunity to do so. Put yourself around people who give you the gift of disorientation, those who aren’t just one step ahead, but 5 to 20 steps in front of you. Pay the most attention to the places where you find yourself giving pushback, because you can learn the most where you don’t understand the context. Information is everywhere now. There’s no excuse not to learn.

Quotes from Craig

Grow Your Church And Get Exclusive Early Bird Bonuses

My new book, Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow, releases October 6th 2015 and is available now for pre-order.

If you order now, you’ll get some exclusive, limited time pre-order bonuses included for free:

1. The audio book version of Lasting Impact.

2. The e-book version.

3. Access to an exclusive webinar with me on how to have powerful conversations with your team.

Plus, the first 1000 people to order the book will get a limited edition Lasting Impact poster.

Click here to get your copy now. Better yet, order a dozen for your team and make sure everyone gets the bonuses!

A New Episode Every Week…Just Subscribe

The podcast releases every Tuesday morning. And this month, we’re adding three bonus episodes on Thursdays to celebrate the podcasts 1st birthday.

Subscribe for free and never miss out on wisdom from great leaders such as  Jon Acuff, Mark Batterson, Pete Wilson, David Kinnaman, Caleb Kaltenbach, Kara Powell, Casey Graham, Perry Noble, and Andy Stanley. Plus get the one year retrospective bonus episode and two #AskCarey episodes where I answer your questions.

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Appreciate This? Rate the Podcast.

Hopefully this episode has helped you lead like never before. That’s my goal. If you appreciated it, could you share the love?

The best way to do that is to rate the podcast in iTunes and leave us a brief review! You can do the same on Stitcher and on TuneIn Radio as well.

Your rating and review helps gets the podcast in front of new leaders and listeners. Your feedback also lets me know how I can better serve you.

Thank you for being so awesome.

Next Episode:Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, Alycia Wood and Margaret Manning

How do you share your faith in a world in which people are 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.

Subscribe for free now, and you won’t miss Episode 53.

Plus, you’ll get the bonus 1 year anniversary episodes and special Ask Carey episodes in September.

In the meantime, got a question?

Scroll down and leave a comment!

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CNLP 025: The Changes You Need to Make As Your Church Grows—An Interview With Jenni Catron

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, Jenni Catron has led a lot of change.

In this episode, Jenni shares what’s she’s learned through over a decade of leading change in growing churches.

Welcome to Episode 25 of the Podcast.

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Guest Links

JenniCatron.com

Jenni Catron on Twitter

Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

CLOUT: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Andy Stanley; Episode 1

John Ortberg

Cross Point Church

Pete Wilson

The Orange Conference 2015

OrangeConference.com/SeniorLeader

Donald Miller

Jon Acuff

Reggie Joiner

Doug Fields

Jeff Henderson

Jud Wilhite

Perry Noble

Josh Gagnon

Patrick Lencioni

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

Growth can be uncomfortable, and change can be difficult. But in order to get the results you want to see in your ministry, are you willing to accommodate the growing pains that come with change? Jenni Catron tells us how to embrace the tension, make the transition and persevere.

  1. Face the uncomfortable. Sometimes your circumstances don’t make sense in the present, but when you nurture your situation with faith, the potential in other seasons is limitless. Keep tension in front of you when you’re in those seasons of growth and momentum, and stay in the vision God has put into your heart. Ask yourself, “Am I being faithful to what’s in front of me now?” Look beyond the current obstacle and focus on the outcome. The primary goal should be to reach people with your ministry and lead them to the gifts of the gospel; growth just happens to be the byproduct.
  2. Introduce new systems, but be prepared for pushback. In ministry we want to operate like a small family, and sometimes others are resistant to processes or systems in fear of a “corporate” feel. But the key here is balance. Identify the tension point and introduce a system as a solution rather than making it seem like an oppressive process. Be mindful that you and your staff may not be in the same season, but if you’re quick to identify the “what” and the “how,” it’s easier for others to embrace “why.” There’s also a fear that if everyone’s not happy, then maybe there shouldn’t be change; however, that’s a recipe for paralysis, and you won’t accomplish anything. Jenni says that sometimes you just have to shock the system and do something radical to start fresh and propel your ministry.
  3. Identify the “who” and “what” of leadership. Jenni gives a great analogy of leadership in the church being like the relationship between a car engine and oil. The engine is like the “who,” of the ministry, and the oil is like the “what.” The engine can’t run without the oil. The oil has to be healthy and tended to. But the oil is irrelevant if the engine isn’t running, so we have to pay attention to the people on our teams and how we’re managing them. There are also many Biblical references that support this. In the book of Exodus, Jethro tells Moses he was unfit to delegate; the job was too big for him. He reminds Moses that he’s going to wear himself out and wear out the people in the process. Sometimes there is a little bit of pride in you that says, “I’ve got this,” but we have to ensure that we have the right people in the right seats to lead because the engine will stall if the systems aren’t working well.

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CNLP 007: Delayed Adolescence: Why So Many Young Adults Fail to Thrive—An Interview with Ted Cunningham

Well into their twenties, or even thirties, many young adults are still reliant on their parents for financial help and increasingly postpone things like marriage, responsibility and their future.

Delayed adolescence is a growing issue for parents, leaders as well as for young adults themselves. In this episode, Ted Cunningham explains why it’s happening and what to do about it.

If you want to do a better job as a parent, manager or employer, or you want some more insight and independence as a young leader, this is a don’t miss interview.

AND….this week, I’m launching the first contest for this podcast. Scroll all the way to the bottom to enter to win a free copy of my book, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity and be entered to win the grand prize—admission to the Orange Conference 2015, and coffee with me and Jon Acuff.

Welcome to Episode 7 of the podcast.

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Guest Links: Ted Cunningham

Ted Cunningham is an author, a speaker and the pastor of Woodland Hills in Branson, Missouri. During our conversation, Ted provides fascinating insights to church leaders and parents about how to ensure kids grow up ready to enter life, and for young leaders about how to take on more responsibility than their peers might be ready to embrace.

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

The links and resources mentioned in this episode include:

CNLP 002: How Perry Noble Hit Bottom While Pastoring One of America’s Largest Churches & How He Battled Back

CNLP 004: Why Young Adults Are Walking Away from the Church & What You Can Do About It—An Interview with Kara Powell

CNLP 005: When Leadership Ruins Your Family: How to Live and Lead Differently—An Interview with Craig Jutila

Fun Loving You: Enjoying Your Marriage in the Midst of the Grind by Ted Cunningham

Young and In Love: Challenge the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage by Ted Cunningham

Trophy Child: Saving Parents from Performance, Preparing Children for Something Greater Than Themselves by Ted Cunningham

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The Language of Sex: Experiencing the Beauty of Sexual Intimacy by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

From Anger to Intimacy: How Forgiveness Can Transform Your Marriage by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

Great Parents, Lousy Lovers: Discover How to Enjoy Life with Your Spouse While Raising Kids by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

As Long As We Both Shall Live: Experience the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt

Sacred Marriage: Celebrating Marriage as a Spiritual Discipline by Gary Thomas

Why “Just Turn Down His Microphone” is A (Really) Bad Leadership Strategy

3 Things You Can Do Right Away

Ted says that many millennials are enthusiastic about taking on new responsibilities. They just need to be led into the right direction. Here are 3 things you can start doing now to guide today’s generation of leaders. 

1. Examine their ties. Talk to young adults about who they’re still tied to, and then have the hard conversations. Are their parents still paying their rent, their phone bill, their insurance? Talk to them about what they need to do to absorb that responsibility for themselves.

2. Enable them to make their own decisions. A millennial may ask, “What do you think?” Turn it around on them and ask, “I don’t know. What do YOU think?” Let them work their way through the problem to find a solution.

3. If you’re a young leader…assume more responsibility. Challenge what your parents or boss thinks you’re capable of and take on more responsibility sooner.

And if you’re a young leader….

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Next Episode: Rich Birch

Next week, we’ll talk to Rich Birch, who writes a blog at unseminary.com, and isn’t afraid of asking the tough questions.

Are contemporary churches really that contemporary anymore, or are we fooling ourselves? Rich, one of the most forward looking church leaders around today, looks at the rapid cultural changes happening in North America and talks about how church leaders can do a better job of advancing the mission of the church as we move into the future.

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