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Season Four Ep. 077 // Larry Brey on Where Do We Go From Here?
New year, new look, new perspective, new season... same Leading Second.
We are back with season 4 of the Leading Second Podcast and we’ll be bringing you new episodes every Thursday this Spring!! This first episode of the season is dropping on Leading Second’s fourth birthday and we couldn’t have lined up a better guest to get things kicked off and started on the right foot.
Our guest today has become such a great friend to me, as well as anybody who regularly listens to this podcast. He is a campus pastor at Elevation Church, a team builder, and honestly one of the absolute best second chair leaders in the world. Our conversation today is with the one and only, Larry Brey.
Things look different today than they did a year ago. We’ve gone through a season of change unlike most of us have ever experienced before. Things that used to work, no longer work anymore. The needs people have right now, are not the needs that we were addressing a year ago. The solutions that we had for problems, need to be adjusted now. And things that seemed so important, we’ve realized, are maybe not quite as pressing.
So… Where do we go from here??
That is the big question that we tackle today. With everything that has gone on and everything that has changed, what now? Pastor Larry is filled with so much wisdom, and this episode is packed with great takeaways that will help navigate this season of life and ministry.
Some of the questions that we tackle in this episode are:
How have things changed?
What good do you see that this season has brought out of leaders and the local church?
What do you think the leaders who will thrive in the coming season look like?
What would you say to the leader who is experiencing alignment issues right now?
Pastor Larry even opens up a lot about some of his own struggles this past year. So if you’ve felt isolated in this past year or like you’re facing challenges by yourself, know that you’re not alone in any of this. We’d love for you to join our community and tribe on Facebook because we are all better together.
If you get nothing else out of this episode, be sure to catch Pastor Larry’s prayer for second chair leaders towards the end of the episode. He is somebody who prays continually for people in our shoes.
I hope this episode leaves you encouraged.
Until next week, let's run strong and in health.
Season Three Ep. 76 // Christ Fellowship Team on Organizational Clarity, and Church Life After COVID
This week I am joined by Brandon Catoe, Ryan McDermott, and Dave Simiele. These incredible men are all leaders at Christ Fellowship Church, under the leadership of Pastors Todd & Julie Mullens. Christ Fellowship Church is a thriving, life-giving, multi-site church in South Florida. I had the opportunity to be with them for a leadership gathering almost a year and a half ago, called Church United. Their team and their culture so impacted me that I’ve been looking forward to having them on the podcast ever since. There is something so unique and authentic about their culture.
Like all of us, they are wrestling with life after COVID, as well as organizational clarity and restructuring. We can glean a lot here, so grab your team and let’s join this conversation with the team from Christ Fellowship.
Season Three Ep. 75 // Kayla Stoecklein on Leadership Health
This week's episode is another conversation taken from an online meet-up. If you're not already, I'd love for you to be a part of our tribe over on Facebook at The Leading Second Collective, so you don't miss out on these. They are so fun and prove to always bring us conversations that leave a mark.
We've had Kayla Stoecklein on the podcast before, so if you haven't heard that, I definitely recommend going back and listening to that episode as well (Ep. 054). Her story is truly incredible. Since her last time on the podcast, she has come out with a book! It's titled "Fear Gone Wild: A Story of Mental Illness, Suicide, and Hope Through Loss," and it is brilliant and has truly life-saving potential. We get to hear a bit about the book and her heart behind it.
One of my favorite things about Kayla is how she prioritizes mental health and tries to break the shame associated with talking about it. She gives us permission to be human. In this season, I've had a reborn commitment that leadership health is far more critical than just leadership ability. In this season, we've seen that the lasting leaders are the ones who have committed to personal health.
If anyone reading this has had moments or seasons of burnout, depression, challenges with your mental health, or you just want to stay healthy… this conversation is for you.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
Season Three Ep. 74 // Noah Herrin on Gen Z Leading and Viral Jesus
The leadership game changes for every generation. Millennials are almost 40 now and Gen Z are coming up on 25. Are you a Gen Z leader? Maybe you lead a team of them? If you don’t already, you’re sure to lead them in the very near future. Wherever you are on that scale, this conversation is for you! I hope this speaks to Gen Z leaders themselves, as well as to the pastors or people who are leading Gen Z.
Our Conversation today is with Noah Herrin. Since the last time we had Noah on the Leading Second Podcast, he’s recently moved to Atlanta, GA where he is now on staff at Neighborhood Church. He is also the author of a new book! It’s called Viral Jesus: How One Man Broke the Algorithm Forever.
I had such a great time talking to Noah about how we view and approach ministry today. We both have recently sat on the thought of digging the wells deeper in our own lives and truly focus ministry on making disciples. Those things don’t always come with big crowds and sexy titles but are so necessary.
My hope in today’s conversation is that it will help us to be sharp and effective in leading a new generation of leaders and Christ followers called Gen Z.
Season Three Ep. 73 // I Am With You: A Conversation with Chris Durso and Ralph Castillo
This is the first installment of a series that we will be periodically doing called, 'I Am With You.' Where we sit down and have a conversation with a lead pastor and of their key team members.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a live meet-up with Pastor Chris Durso and Ralph Castillo from Saints Church in New York. Chris has been planted at his father’s church for many years and was the youth and young adult pastor before being handed the role of the lead pastor, in January of this year. Talk about a crazy time to jump into the role of lead pastor. Ralph and Chris grew up together and have been doing ministry together for years, so their connection runs deep, as you will see as our conversation unfolds. They discuss the challenges that their relationship brings, but also the blessing that it's been for them. This episode is a fun glimpse into an incredible relationship of mutual honor and respect.
This was a live meet-up, so on top of the questions that I had planned for Chris and Ralph, people who were tuned in and watching got to submit questions that they wanted to be answered by Chris and Ralph. There were some fantastic questions asked and we tried to get to as many of them as we could during our conversation.
Be sure to join us for future meet-ups on our Leading Second Collective on Facebook, so you can join in and ask questions!
Season Three Ep. 72 // John Morgan on Identifying and Protecting Our Lives & Churches From Division
Join us as we have a conversation with truly life-saving potential for leaders of any capacity and people from any walk of life. We have John Morgan talking with us about identifying and guarding against division. John has been in ministry for more than three decades now, serving in many different roles. He is a coach, a strategist, and a communicator who lives to see the local church healthy and thriving. He works with leaders all over and personally helped shape the way that I thought when it comes to leading from the second chair.
Today, division can come in so many forms in our lives. It can be found in churches, in marriages, in friendships, in work. This topic covers so many bases, but when we actively work against division and towards honor, we can see all of these areas in our lives healthy and thriving. John introduces and takes us through the honor slide, which goes from honor to familiarity, to contempt, to dishonor, and finally leads to division. But he then talks us through reversing that slide and bringing us back to honor.
Please do not listen to this episode alone. Or if you do, send it to somebody so you can discuss it together afterward. This is such a needed conversation today.
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