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For 50 years between them, Pastor Bill Smutz and musician Sarah Bereza have survived and thrived in churches big and small, urban and rural, good and not so good. With generous hearts and healthy boundaries, they share practical advice for church staff about working smart, cutting out the bs, and embracing the good in ministry. New episodes on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

Getting to Nimble Sarah Bereza and Bill Smutz

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For 50 years between them, Pastor Bill Smutz and musician Sarah Bereza have survived and thrived in churches big and small, urban and rural, good and not so good. With generous hearts and healthy boundaries, they share practical advice for church staff about working smart, cutting out the bs, and embracing the good in ministry. New episodes on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.

    Why Nimble?

    Why Nimble?

    What is "nimbleness" and why should we value it as church leaders? Get in touch: sarah-bereza.com/gtn14 and calledpodcast@gmail.com

    • 21 Min.
    Hospitality (Plus an Announcement!)

    Hospitality (Plus an Announcement!)

    'Tis the season for hospitality! Bill and Sarah talk about open houses, small groups, alcohol, and what it means to focus on the church's social cohesion (not on our personal friendships).







    Plus an announcement! We are changing our podcast's name from "Called" to "Getting to Nimble." This change should show up in your podcast feed in December.







    This is our last episode of 2019 - looking forward to a new year of "getting to nimble"!















    Our Reads of the Week







    * She Said - Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey







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    About Called - At the Intersection of Life and Ministry







    For 50 years between them, Pastor Bill Smutz and musician Sarah Bereza have survived and thrived in churches big and small, urban and rural, good and not so good. With generous hearts and healthy boundaries, they share practical advice for church staff about working smart, cutting out the bs, and embracing the good in ministry. New episodes on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.















    Check out all the Called podcast episodes here, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    • 29 Min.
    Social Media for Church Staff

    Social Media for Church Staff

    Social media is tricky, so let's talk about how to use it wisely: Ask, "who is my neighbor?" Use it as a pastoral tool. Decide how (and if) you want to share about yourself and your family. And remember how powerful loose connections can be. Get in touch: calledpodcast.com and calledpodcast@gmail.com

    • 29 Min.
    Annual Reviews, on Called Ep. 13

    Annual Reviews, on Called Ep. 13

    Here's how to lead a productive, generous annual review process - and why you should.















    Annual Review Discussion Questions







    The following questions can be adapted to suit your church's needs.







    * What has been your greatest contribution to the mission of [Church Name] in the past year? At what moment in the past year did you feel most engaged in service to God and the mission of the church?* Describe a problem you encountered in the past year dealing with a member of the congregation or a coworker and how you resolved it. Did you feel supported by your supervisor and/or the personnel representative?* Describe an example of communication with a fellow staff member or member of the congregation you feel was particularly effective. Also describe an example of communication with a staff/church member you believe not to be effective or helpful. How might you communicate differently in the future?* Describe areas in which you would like to improve in your current position. * Rate the effectiveness of the church in providing you with the tools and resources necessary to perform your duties. 1 is not very effective, 5 is extremely effective. Provide examples to explain your answer.* Do you feel that your work is respected and valued by coworkers, your supervisor, [Council, Session etc.], and the members of the congregation?* If you could change anything about your position, what would it be?* Do you feel that the expectations for your role at the church are reasonable and well-defined?* In reference to both [Church Name]’s [Mission, Vision etc.] statement, and your specific position description, please list 3-5 goals for the coming year to improve job performance and/or job satisfaction.















    Our Reads of the Week







    * "No More 'Interim Pastors'" - Jan Edmiston* "'Ok Boomer' Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations" - Taylor Lorenz















    About Called - At the Intersection of Life and Ministry







    For 50 years between them, Pastor Bill Smutz and musician Sarah Bereza have survived and thrived in churches big and small, urban and rural, good and not so good. With generous hearts and healthy boundaries, they share practical advice for church staff about working smart, cutting out the bs, and embracing the good in ministry. New episodes on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.















    Check out all the Called podcast episodes here, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

    • 36 Min.
    Family at Church

    Family at Church

    Where does family fit in with our church ministries? Pastor Bill and church musician Sarah have encountered very different expectations and experiences. Get in touch: calledpodcast.com and calledpodcast@gmail.com

    • 29 Min.
    Flow and Movement in Services

    Flow and Movement in Services

    Want to avoid dead air and awkward pauses in worship services? Planning for flow can help. Bill and I share how we plan for a smooth flow in worship services, plus the small steps we take that make a big difference. Get in touch: calledpodcast.com and calledpodcast@gmail.com

    • 31 Min.

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