Jeff and Jonny are pastors who want to encourage pastors of “smaller” churches. All most pastors see online are the churches that have grown into the thousands in just a few years, the ones that spread out around the city through multiple services and multiple campuses. The ministry leaders with the most influence are the mega church pastors with mega ministries, staffs, and dollars. Praise God for what He is doing in these large and influential churches! We benefit from their vision and influence.Jeff and Jonny know that there are hundreds of thousands, that have 200 or less in attendance. The work of these pastors and ministries can get lost in the shuffle, and they want to encourage, equip, support, inspire, and cheer on the pastors of 200churches – those churches with around 200 people, give or take a hundred or two! When they talk with guests like N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Dan Reiland, Carey Nieuwhof and so many more, they always turn the conversation to small church pastoral ministry.With humor, passion, conviction, and care Jeff and Jonny share methods and inspiration for the small church pastor. If you are a lay, bi-vocational, or solo pastor, the 200churches Podcast is for YOU!
Episode 424 - Rick Warren Coaches First Time Church Planter Willie Johnson
What a blast to use my podcast to introduce Rick Warren to a church planter who hasn't even launched his first public service yet!
Willie Johnson is with REDEFINE CHURCH in St. Louis MO. Rick's project these days is FinishingTheTask.com.
I asked Rick to coach Willie, from his perspective as a church planter who has handed off his church to the next guy - with Willie and his team yet to launch their very first service.
Willie would never ask this, so let me ask this for him - would you like to bless this new church plant?! Why not give them a one-time, or recurring gift as they get started? I love promoting what others are doing! Full disclosure - my church is forming a partnership and has sent thousands of dollars to Redefine Church, and I welcome you, if God so leads, to bless them also. They are a church plant with the Christian & Missionary Alliance!
Enjoy this church planting coaching session!
Episode 423 - The Secret Power of Kindness with Greg Atkinson
Greg Atkinson was on the 200churches Podcast 10 years ago! Way back in July of 2013 he joined us, when we were only six months old as a podcast - and now, ten years later he is back for the fourth or fifth time - with a great episode about something so fundamental to our Christian life, that we almost miss it: KINDNESS.
Check out Greg's book: The Secret Power of Kindness - 10 Keys to Unlocking Your Capacity to Change the World.
Check out Greg at GregAtkinson.com where you can find his other resources including coaching and consulting, his First Impressions Conference info, and more!
Thanks for helping us encourage so many pastors Greg!
Episode 422 - The Necessity of the Neighborhood Church with Sam Rainer
Jeff talks with Sam Rainer, Pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church in Florida, the President of Church Answers, and the author of the new book - The Surprising Return of the Neighborhood Church.
Sam is a great example of a 200church pastor who refuses to imagine a limit on his impact based on the size of his church. This is an encouraging conversation! Sam and his father Thom are co-hosts of the Rainer On Leadership Podcast - check it out. Their podcast is also on YouTube.
Episode 421 - Prayer, Evangelism, ChatGPT, and Church Answers with Thom Rainer
Thom Rainer is the co-host with his son Sam of the Rainer On Leadership Podcast, and the founder of ChurchAnswers.com and ChurchAnswers.University.
Thom is a research guy and a data guy and has studied the church for many years. He has written many books which you can see listed HERE. Thom and Jeff spoke about Thom's book, Pray and Go, which releases in June 2023, and about ChatGPT and pastors, and Thom's ministry membership site, Church Answers.
We talked about the HopeInitiative.com which helps church leaders change the culture of their church to reflect the heart of God for lost people.
For information about Church Answers University and questions about potential partial scholarships, contact email@example.com
Episode 420 - Finally! A Framework For Relational Discipleship with Robby Angle
Robby Angle is the CEO of Trueface.org and joins Jeff today to talk about what he and his team are doing with Trueface, about his life and background, and about how Trueface is resourcing churches with training in best practices for discipleship.
As Jeff said on the podcast, Trueface.org is offering some great training for you and your small group leadership, so you should definitely check it out!
Check out Robby's new book - The Cure For Groups - How to lead a small group people will talk about the rest of their lives!
And check out these other Trueface-related episodes:
Episode 61 with John Lynch - How Not To Impress God As A Pastor
Episode 64 with John Lynch - The Pastor's Secret To Breaking Sin's Power
Episode 304 with John Lynch - A Truckload of Pastoral Encouragement and Hope
Episode 239 with Steve Mason - What Authors and Small Church Pastors Dream of - A Story of Radical Life Change
Episode 419 - The Art and Heart of a Shepherd with Tony Franklin
Pastor Tony is the pastor of Nicholasville United Methodist Church in Nicholasville Kentucky. You are in for a real treat with a humble, godly, 200church pastor from Kentucky. Enjoy!
Check out Tony' book, Jesus, The Four Gospels in Politics HERE!
Pastoral Leadership in time of Crisis
Jeff, 413 with Todd was very helpful. I am sharing it with the FT Pastor search committee and my home church. Sam T
I so appreciate your courage to air this episode. Dave is an inspiring voice in the kingdom. I love your podcast and am thrilled you are back with season 2
Love these guys & their podcasts!
I really appreciate these two brothers for their genuineness and how they work off each other in a fun way. These two are real pastors who have a genuine concern for small church pastors, and this comes out in their dialog with each other, the topics featured and people they interview. They don't take themselves too seriously but their podcasts feature some seriously solid help and insights.
Definitely one of my favorite podcasts of all!