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The 5 Leadership Questions podcast, hosted by Todd Adkins, is brought to you by LifeWay Leadership. In each episode, the hosts ask five questions of different guests or on a particular leadership topic. The aim of this podcast, which now has close to 2 million downloads, is to inform and encourage Christian leaders no matter where they are serving—whether in the pastorate, the business world, non-profits, or on a volunteer basis. Our aim is to provide you with practical takeaways that you can implement today. We want to help you grow in character, knowledge, and skills. So join our community and subscribe today! You won’t regret it.

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The 5 Leadership Questions podcast, hosted by Todd Adkins, is brought to you by LifeWay Leadership. In each episode, the hosts ask five questions of different guests or on a particular leadership topic. The aim of this podcast, which now has close to 2 million downloads, is to inform and encourage Christian leaders no matter where they are serving—whether in the pastorate, the business world, non-profits, or on a volunteer basis. Our aim is to provide you with practical takeaways that you can implement today. We want to help you grow in character, knowledge, and skills. So join our community and subscribe today! You won’t regret it.

    Churches and COVID-19 #6: Embrace Church with Adam Weber

    Churches and COVID-19 #6: Embrace Church with Adam Weber

    In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Adam Weber, founder and lead pastor of Embrace Church. They discuss the following questions:







    * What do your Sunday services look like in the midst of COVID?* What were ways you were reviewing what success was during an ambiguous time?* What are you doing in specific ministry areas?* What's the tension of deciding when to continue something and when to cut it?* What is an obstacle that turned out to be a blessing throughout this process?* How have you adapted existing staff and volunteer responsibilites to meet your current needs?







    BEST QUOTES







    "It's easy to forget about online services when you have a full room.""It's very different to review what is happening in the room than what is happening online.""One of the things I loved about COVID, we found things in our staff we never knew they had as far as giftings.""We pride ourselves on being a really simple church and it has gotten more complex because of this.""Online is critical, whether you like it or not.""We are trying to figure out what we are going to do really, really well.""If there is anything you have wanted to trim, COVID is a perfect opportunity to do just that.""Staff discouragement has been the biggest obstacle.""It has been powerful to share stories more than ever. We are really trying to put stories into video and share them as much as possible.""We've challenged people to go outside the church walls and be the hands and feet of Jesus and we will put $2,000 behind you.""It's amazing how good will opens up the doors to share about Jesus."







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    5LQ Episode 176: Adam Weber

    • 36 min
    Churches and COVID-19 #5: Next Level Church with Josh Gagnon

    Churches and COVID-19 #5: Next Level Church with Josh Gagnon

    In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Josh Gagnon, founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church. They discuss the following questions:







    * What are the local government regulations your church is facing right now?* How have you handled different rules and regulations because you have sites in different geographical locations?* What does your Sunday service look like right now and how does it change week to week?* What does your preaching schedule look like?* What are you doing in specific ministry areas?* What are the biggest challenges you are facing right now? What are you doing to overcome those?







    BEST QUOTES







    "Usually I am working hard toward what's next, but now I have no idea how to plan for what's next because I have no idea what I am even going to be able to do.""God's given us influence and we don't want to give it back by being the rebel.""Just because we are a church of thousands doesn't mean we need to punish the location of three hundred and say you can't meet again until we can meet as thousands.""The goal right now isn't just new, the goal is effective.""One of the hardest things for us has been to wrap our minds around why we should do church in a way that we wouldn't even want to attend.""This is a step we have made to start meeting again, but not a step we've necessarily committed to." "If I am watching it at home, I feel like I need it to be shorter to keep my attention than if I was in the building.""Now, being a pastor on Monday comes with the emptiness at times of purpose.""I think this is a beautiful time for the church because the ground we are taking right now is not ground we have to give up when we move into the next season.""We have to figure out how to, number one, connect people and, number two, add value to their lives.""The need for Jesus did not decrease because COVID increased.""Clear communication in the face of uncertainty still brings resolve."







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    Nextlevel.church/kids

    • 42 min
    Churches and COVID-19 #4: The Village Church with Josh Patterson

    Churches and COVID-19 #4: The Village Church with Josh Patterson

    In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Josh Patterson, lead pastor of The Village Church. They discuss the following questions:







    * What current local regulations are in Dallas? What does your Sunday service look like right now and how does that change week to week?* What are you doing in different ministry areas?* What advice would you share to listeners on how to think strategically during this time?* What are the biggest challenges you are facing and what are you doing to overcome these challenges?* Where are you leading your team and their focus?* How have you adapted roles during this time?







    BEST QUOTES







    "Our question as it relates to meeting has not been politically motivated, but it has been pastorally motivated.""We are in a particular zone where the numbers are going in the wrong direction, and as a church of our size we didn't want to contribute in anyway to growing numbers.""This season is pressing us to find new forms of what it means to gather, and, candidly, those forms in many ways look like how the church has gathered since the beginning.""In a season where there is so much leader fatigue and energy being used to direct in new ways of ministry, just taking weekend services off the table for a season allows our energy to be directed toward getting other ministries up and off the ground.""How do we do this in a digital/virtual space that is meaningful and connective?""Our group ministry has been woven into the fabric of our culture for years, and that has helped keep things tight in a time when we are spread out.""COVID has allowed us to ask some questions that we didn't feel the same burden to answer before that we do now.""Leaders have to slow down and begin to do some of the difficult strategic work.""I don't want to brush over the need to lament the loss that is present in this context.""There is a work that is happening right now in me, in us as a staff, in us as a church, in us as a community, and if I simply find myself wishing for a bygone day or a future day, then I miss where the Lord is working and He is working right now in this day.""The gospel is moving forward, and I want to be a part of that."







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    Creature of the Word by Matt Chandler, Josh Patterson, and Eric Geiger

    • 39 min
    Churches and COVID-19 #3: Saddleback Church with Jay Kranda

    Churches and COVID-19 #3: Saddleback Church with Jay Kranda

    In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Jay Kranda, online campus pastor of Saddleback Church. They discuss the following questions:







    * What does your Sunday service currently look like? What are you planning on doing moving forward?* What does your online service look like?* When we return to in-person gatherings, how will you handle online services? What do you think the church will look like for the next few years? How will online church play into that?* How do you effectively disciple people online? What's the difference in doing it when they are geographically far and geographically near?* What are the goals and metrics churches should have to say this was an effective Sunday?* What are some vanity things people got hyped about the first three weeks and they weren't a reflection of reality?* What are some of the biggest challenges you are facing and how are you overcoming them?







    BEST QUOTES







    "We have gone all digital with our services. The only things that are happening in person are food bank type initiatives."







    "Our orthodoxy is great for preserving the faith, but also with technology you have to be more nimble."







    "To do this well you have to create native content for these platforms."







    "I'm excited for the church to embrace digital, but I am still fearful that the investment needs to happen to do things right."







    "Online has a huge on-ramp through streaming, online groups, online discipleship opportunities."







    "I do think that some of the most innovation is going to come out of people coming out of seminary that have giftings in teaching and realize that they can build an audience and then they can build a church."







    "Build your audience and then use that to figure out where you are going to plant your church or churches."







    "Don't get worried about how many people you can reach, think about who you should be reaching."







    "We still believe that we want people to be in physical community."







    "All of what we do online is moving watchers into community or online to offline."







    "There is always an underlying strategy where we are trying to move you to something longterm."







    "A lot of people underestimate the value of having a streaming experience on your website that is very clear. YouTube and Facebook are great, but they are a very distractive platform for long-term engagement."







    "How many people did not just view it, but watched it for at least ten minutes?"







    "Most churches really need to focus in on how to do digital right locally."







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    Church Online Platform

    • 41 min
    5LQ Episode 441: Philip Langford

    5LQ Episode 441: Philip Langford

    In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Philip Langford, president of IJM. They discuss how churches can work with IJM through Freedom Sunday and about leading through crisis.







    BEST QUOTES







    "We are all about protecting the poor from violence.""IJM is embarking on this 2030 vision where we actually picture getting to this place where a half billion of the world's poorest and most vulnerable to violence are actually safe and protected and able to grow up into the lives that God imagined for them.""We lead out of who we are on the inside.""A crisis of this scale always affects the poor most profoundly, so in a nutshell we are seeing violence and vulnerability increase everywhere we work around the world.""What has been really profound about these days is there is a way in which this pandemic has brought to light the more hidden pandemic of violence that affects the poor every day.""Necessity is the mother of invention and we are actually seeing amazing innovations, particularly the use of technology to speed up prosecutions of traffickers.""We've been able to lead many of our government and other partners to begin to take on some of these more virtual means that are actually making things more efficient.""Our mission with Jesus is fundamentally the same, and this is not the time to hunker down, but actually to move out in generosity.""You are the beloved son of the Most High, the heir of the King, and he loves you and what you are trying to do and let that be the source of strength and courage for you.""Recognize the voice of shame which I think is the enemy's favorite tool.""Longing and desire, uniquely given by God, is that engine for vision, creativity, curiosity, and imagination, that is so critical to actually walking with Jesus and the things He is trying to fix."







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    Just Courage by Gary Haugen

    • 35 min
    Churches and COVID-19 #2: Mariners Church with Eric Geiger

    Churches and COVID-19 #2: Mariners Church with Eric Geiger

    In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Eric Geiger, senior pastor of Mariners Church. They discuss the following questions:







    * What are the current government restrictions in your location?* How have you led through this time to bring clarity to your culture? And clarity to why you are doing what you are doing?* What does your Sunday service currently look like? What are you planning on doing moving forward?* What are you doing in each specific ministry?* How are you moving people from online into a deeper relationship both with the church and with the Lord?* What are the biggest challenges you are facing and how are you overcoming those?* How have you adapted existing staff and volunteer responsibilities to meet your current needs? If new roles have emerged, what are those roles and responsibilities?







    BEST QUOTES







    "Just like an offensive coordinator, we would call plays based on what we saw in our culture.""In June, we called play two, which is Mariners hosted at home and we started giving resources for people who wanted to invite neighbors and friends who wanted to watch the service together.""When we go to a new play, we are going to keep the previous one running.""Whatever level of comfort you have this is how we are going to serve you during the pandemic. You go where you feel the most comfortable.""We are using our campus mainly outside other than a few staff that are in the office.""We are starting to build more outside thinking for the physical version of these current digital programs.""In the summer we experimented with an online theology class. We had about a thousand people sign up to study systematic theology for eight weeks.""This fall we are going to do three more different types of theological classes that we may not have been doing if it wasn't a pandemic.""We are trying to use this time to deepen our people, not just put our services online.""All kinds of destructive behaviors that are implications of isolation, those are rising too.""There are smart people all up and down the spectrum of should we meet or not meet. That means that the ministry leader is just going to be disappointing people at all times.""The number of people who serve weekly in outreach right now is essentially the same number of people that would serve during a big campaign."







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    Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
347 Ratings

347 Ratings

AndrewBushard ,

Thought Provoking and Enjoyable: A Winner!

I have been listening to the New Churchs Q&A podcast as well as the EST The Established Church podcast to improve my leadership skills and to stimulate my leadership thinking. These podcasts led me to this podcast here and I declare it another winner in the Lifeway Podcast Network. Some of the reviewers complain about the joking, but I like the joking. Though these guys act sillier than I do, the joking makes the podcast a joy to listen to and it demonstrates that God believers can exemplify a life of fun. Sometimes these guys get too idealistic and sometimes they say stuff like "A leader is responsible for everything that happens in their organization." While the idea of taking as much responsibility as possible makes leaders great, we have to remember what one pastor said, "If God ordains it, man can't stop it." So no, we are not responsible for everything. That's just a minor drawback, because this podcast serves its purpose well and it gets me thinking, so I'm giving the podcast 5 stars. The production is of highest quality, and I look forward to learning more from this podcast. Keep it up! Another winner from the Lifeway Podcast Network.

Alex Hamilton ,

Content is “so good” once the music stops

Good info on leadership, but the podcast is made worse by two annoying things: first, the intro/outro music. Second, Todd (I think—either Todd or Chandler) using the default response of “so good” to whatever the guest just said. I wish I had a bell to ring for every time I hear “so good” on this podcast.

Andy Pgh ,

Jenaye White

Adding Jenaye White just took this podcast to a new level. It needed a significant change up. I hope she stays as cohost.

Update: where is Jenaye at? Bring her back.

Also, the music is much too long. The intro is still running 2 minutes in and it’s distracting.

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