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95% of churches in the U.S. are under 500 in average attendance. Small and mid-size churches truly are the backbone of the Church in America. Join Dale Sellers and Caralee Culpepper, part of the team at 95Network, as we host conversations that specifically relate to the small and mid-size church context.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 17 Ratings

95% of churches in the U.S. are under 500 in average attendance. Small and mid-size churches truly are the backbone of the Church in America. Join Dale Sellers and Caralee Culpepper, part of the team at 95Network, as we host conversations that specifically relate to the small and mid-size church context.

    Evangelism Is A Lifestyle (w/ Nicole Vallance) - Episode 158

    Evangelism Is A Lifestyle (w/ Nicole Vallance) - Episode 158

    It's been said that "dynamite comes in small packages." That is certainly the case when it comes to Nicole Vallance and her contagious passion for evangelism. Nicole accepted Jesus into her heart as a young college student and has never looked back. Although life has brought some setbacks to Nicole, she remains steadfast in her desire to see everyone experience a personal relationship with Jesus.
    Today's 95Podcast conversation with Dale and Nicole is filled with hope that our churches will return to the mission of evangelizing our communities. Nicole has devoted her life to sharing Jesus with anyone and everyone along with training churches in practical ways of sharing their faith.

    Show Notes: https://www.95network.org/evangelism-is-a-lifestyle-w-nicole-vance-episode-158/


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    Get Your Burning Before You Get Your Learning (w/ Stacey Foster) - Episode 157

    Get Your Burning Before You Get Your Learning (w/ Stacey Foster) - Episode 157

    Stacey Foster knows what it's like to have a "testimony" of being far from God. However, his actual testimony began on the night he lay on his bed and asked Jesus to save him. That night Stacey started a journey that was unimaginable to him at that moment.
    Stacey joins Dale to talk about many things currently impacting the church and society. His work with church leaders through Compassion International is having a significant impact in America and worldwide.

    Show notes: https://www.95network.org/get-your-burning-before-you-get-your-learning-w-stacey-foster-episode-157/


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    PODCAST RECAST: Doing Ministry From Jesus Instead of For Him (w/ Bob Hamp) - Episode 156

    PODCAST RECAST: Doing Ministry From Jesus Instead of For Him (w/ Bob Hamp) - Episode 156

    Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to do something special for this week's 95Podcast so we brought back the most popular podcast of all time. Today's PODCAST RECAST features the conversation originally released in December 2020 with Bob Hamp. Whether you hearing it again or it's your first time, Bob has a pertinent reminder for each of us on today's PODCAST RECAST of Episode 59.
    "Freedom is not the absence of something, it's the presence of Someone."
    This man changed my life... Bob Hamp is the Founder of Think Differently Academy and is a Marriage & Family Therapist. I talk about him a lot in my book Stalled, particularly regarding the profound effect his teaching called "The Problem Jesus Came to Solve" had on my life and my journey towards health.
    So you may be able to imagine how much of an honor it is to be sharing this conversation Austin and I got to have with Bob on the podcast today.
    Not only will you hear him play something on his "office guitar" at the opening of the episode, but you'll also get to listen to a conversation about why we need to change how we think about "freedom" and how you can take steps today to start doing ministry from Jesus instead of for Jesus (which was the game-changing shift for me). Listen in!

    Show Notes: https://www.95network.org/podcast-recast-doing-ministry-from-jesus-instead-of-for-him-w-bob-hamp-episode-156/


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    How Leading Through The Pandemic Brought Personal Freedom (w/ Rusty Richards) - Episode 155

    How Leading Through The Pandemic Brought Personal Freedom (w/ Rusty Richards) - Episode 155

    Pastor Rusty Richards has always been an overachiever. He's also been blessed to serve in ministries that have experienced steady growth throughout his ministry experiences of serving in several staff roles before becoming a Lead Pastor. However, the impact of leading his church and team through the beginning of the 2020 pandemic shutdown brought to the surface some things that Rusty had been burying inside for many years.
    Rusty joins Dale on today's podcast to discuss how he came face to face with some deep-seated issues, hurts, and trauma that could no longer be avoided. He transparently walks us through his path to healing as he has sought the much-needed help he was looking for. Rusty's story will impact every leader.

    Show Notes: https://www.95network.org/how-leading-through-the-pandemic-brought-personal-freedom-w-rusty-richards-episode-155/
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    Nothing Is Wasted (w/ Davey Blackburn) - Episode 154

    Nothing Is Wasted (w/ Davey Blackburn) - Episode 154

    Have you ever been living in the joy of knowing you are doing precisely what the Lord has called you to do while being exactly where He wants you? And then, suddenly, out of nowhere, the most imaginable tragedy happens??? If so, you can relate to Davey Blackburn's story.
     
    The Lord has been so faithful in Davey's life as he discovered a level of grace and comfort that most people never know. Today's podcast is a shining example of how "nothing is wasted" when we give even the most unexplainable life experiences to Jesus.

    Show Notes: https://www.95network.org/nothing-is-wasted-w-davey-blackburn-episode-154/
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    Untapped Church (w/ Derek Sanford) - Episode 153

    Untapped Church (w/ Derek Sanford) - Episode 153

    Derek Sanford is the Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his wife Kim and their three children. Derek became Lead Pastor after serving for many years in various ministry roles under Pastor Al Detter. After transitioning to Lead Pastor, Derek began to implement a plan to raise and release volunteers throughout the ministry of Grace Church.
    Dale and Derek discuss the process involved in empowering volunteers to lead most areas of the church. This fascinating conversation concerns how to equip your church to thrive by utilizing the gifts within your local church body.

    Show notes: https://www.95network.org/untapped-church-w-derek-sanford-episode-153/
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Gwen Rutz ,

One of my favorites!

This is one of my favorite podcasts! Dale and Austin do a great job interviewing guests. They’re heart for eople and the church is evident and they’re offering a resource that truly helps the pastor and church succeed. Keep up the good work! I Iove it!

rleefrench ,

John Michael Clark episode

Please have someone on next time who can speak about marriage without coming across as a know-it-all and extremely dismissive of folks who disagree with him. JMC came across as a guy who has all the answers and anyone who disagrees is doing gymnastics. Male headship is not a cure for clinical depression.

JH583 ,

Pracitical and much needed

As a vocational minister at a small church, this is what I need. I love the conversations and espeically the context for the majority of the church that isn't glamorous or drawing all the attention like the "successful" churches that are huge. Thank you, Austin! You have another fan.

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