The Top 5 Podcast Episodes of 2022

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2022 was a banner year for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, and it’s all because of some incredible listeners. Thank you!

Not only did we cross 25 million downloads, but I also hosted some of my favorite guests of all time.

From Malcolm Gladwell, Bob Goff, Patrick Lencioni, and Brian Zahnd to Ramit Sethi, Terry Crews, Susan Cain, and Shauna Niequist, the conversations I’ve had with leaders on the CNLP have been rich, diverse, and thought-provoking.

But none of it would be possible without you – the listener – and that’s why I’m always fascinated to discover which podcast episodes resonated the most with you in the previous year.

In this blog post, we’ve collected the five most downloaded and listened-to podcast episodes of 2022. Maybe you’ve missed a couple (or are just curious about what everyone else found fascinating), but you can listen to any of these episodes by following the links in their description.

So, starting at #5, here are the top five most-listened-to episodes of 2021.

The Top 5 Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast Episodes of 2022

5. Episode 479: Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey grew up in a church culture he describes as “white, racist, and paranoid fundamentalism.” After deconstructing his faith in his late teens, Philip recounts how he came back to faith (or found authentic Christianity) and why he loves talking to “exvangelicals.”

He also talks about how writing has changed and how to write about your family pain while your family is still living.

4. Episode 476: Clay Scroggins

Clay Scroggins, bestselling author and speaker, explains why he stepped away from leading a church full-time, how to tackle the rapid change that every leader is facing, what he’s learning about being his own boss, and how vulnerability is critical to great leadership.

3. Episode 470: D.J. Soto and Nona Jones

D.J. Soto, Founder of VR Church, and Nona Jones of Meta/Facebook give a primer on the metaverse, how Web3 will be different from Web2 and Web1, VR church, NFTs, DAOs, blockchain, and more as we explore what’s next online and in real life. We also explore virtual reality church.

2. Episode 471: Craig Groeschel and Bobby Greunewald

Life.Church’s Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel and Bobby Gruenewald (Creator of YouVersion and Church Online) talk about the future of hybrid church.

In this interview, Craig and Bobby talk about the limits of digital and physical church, the strengths and weaknesses of each, their new presence in the Metaverse, and how different kinds of church can break through people’s physical and spiritual facades to get to authentic life change.

1. Episode 469: Mark Sayers

Mark Sayers joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about the profoundly disorienting change leaders have been experiencing over the last two years, future church trends, and what to expect in 2022 and beyond.

We cover supply chain disruptions, critical race theory, the revenge of nature, deconstruction, and the challenge of control.

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Carey Nieuwhof
Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.