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Many pastors and church leaders today feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and frustrated that their churches don’t seem to be making mature disciples. The Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast explores the paradigms and practices leaders need to transform their church culture and multiply deeply changed disciples.

The Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast Pete Scazzero

    • Religion & Spirituality

Many pastors and church leaders today feel overwhelmed, exhausted, and frustrated that their churches don’t seem to be making mature disciples. The Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast explores the paradigms and practices leaders need to transform their church culture and multiply deeply changed disciples.

    5 Marks of a Godly, Highly-Differentiated Leader Pt. 1

    5 Marks of a Godly, Highly-Differentiated Leader Pt. 1

    Everything rises and falls on the character and inner life of the leader.

    The apostle Paul seemed to believe so as well. He writes to his spiritual son Timothy that “whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.” (1 Tim. 3:1)
     
    I believe the great need of our day is for us to become godly, highly-differentiated leaders while developing other leaders in the same way.

    In today's episode, I share five marks of a highly-differentiated leader and how to start becoming one today. Truth be told - it's hard work. But MUCH harder should you avoid the work.


    Highly-differentiated leadership is the pathway to freedom, a lighter yoke, less worry, better relationships, clearer goals, and more joy!

    • 30 min
    Contending for Deep Rest in a World of Unrest

    Contending for Deep Rest in a World of Unrest

    Every day, people all around us live in a chronic state of dread, anxious about what tomorrow will bring.

    Nations and economies are crumbling. News media agitates our deepest fears. It often feels like the ground is shaking beneath our feet.

    In a time like this, it is critical that we continue to LIVE and LEAD out of deep rest in Christ.

    But how do we break free from the gravitational pull of bad news and despair?

    I believe we must recalibrate a biblical vision of HOPE. (Hint: it's more than optimism)
     
    Let's be clear – this doesn't happen easily. We must contend for God's vision of reality and vigilantly pursue deep rest in Christ.

    In today's podcast episode, I share keys to cultivating hope and deep rest.

    • 30 min
    Emotionally Healthy Hiring (Paid or Volunteer) Pt. 2

    Emotionally Healthy Hiring (Paid or Volunteer) Pt. 2

    Hiring new staff (paid or volunteer) is one of the most difficult responsibilities of church leadership.  The difference between the right hire and the wrong hire will have long-term consequences in your church.

    Two weeks ago on the podcast, I brought the first part of "Emotionally Healthy Hiring (Paid or Volunteer)", in which we covered the first 7 principles that leaders must consider before making a hire.

    Today, I bring the second part, offering the next 6 out of 13 principles for emotionally healthy hiring. (It's shocking to hear how often principle #11 is overlooked when hiring staff!)

    • 30 min
    Emotionally Healthy Hiring (7 Principles for Success)

    Emotionally Healthy Hiring (7 Principles for Success)

    Churches around the world are rebuilding in a post-pandemic world. Leaders are assembling new teams and desperately trying to fill vacant positions.

    The temptation to cut corners in your hiring process (paid or volunteer) is ENORMOUS. When you feel the pressure to onboard a new worship leader or children's pastor in order to keep "the wheels on the bus", it's easy to make poor hiring decisions.
    In today's podcast, I share 7 out of 13 principles that MUST be considered before your next hire. On the following podcast, I'll release part two of this series with the remaining principles. 

    • 30 min
    Don't Trade Your Inner Life for the Illusion of Momentum

    Don't Trade Your Inner Life for the Illusion of Momentum

    Today, very few church leaders feel like they are winning.
    We look at our churches compared to what they used to be or what we'd like them to be, and it's hard to feel like we're making a real difference.

    So we're faced with a difficult temptation...

    Do we use our best energy to chase the perception of momentum? Or do we pursue heaven's perspective and seek to live with integrity from the inside out?
    In today's podcast, I want to encourage you as a pastor or church leader. Jesus is King and He is ruling over the whole world – including your church!

    • 29 min
    Living in the Desert Without Leaving Your Life

    Living in the Desert Without Leaving Your Life

    Great news! I'm officially back from my summer sabbatical and I'm excited to share with you insights from my time away. 
    In the 3rd - 5th centuries, early Christian men and women fled to the desert to escape the moral compromise in the church and the idols of the world. They did this, not out of self-righteousness, but in order to send a life raft to the church and be a gift to the world. 

    The truth is – we must find a new way to live as desert fathers and mothers if we are going to live with deep peace and a powerful witness.
    In today's podcast, I share 8 ways you can create for yourself a desert from which you can better love God and love others.
     

    • 29 min

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