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A place for leaders to find principles, strategies, and ideas that you can implement right now with the resources you have.

    CFTROU 0178B: Bonus Episode – You Are A Theologian: An Invitation to Know and Love God Well

    CFTROU 0178B: Bonus Episode – You Are A Theologian: An Invitation to Know and Love God Well

    CFTROU 0178B: Bonus Episode – You Are A Theologian: An Invitation to Know and Love God Well















    Theology reorients us to what is true, which is that God is the ultimate source of all things. It also has practical and daily applications that help us live life the way God intended and designed it. In this episode, we are happy to welcome Pastor J.T. English and renowned Bible teacher, Jen Wilkin. In addition to discussing theology, they also talk about their new book, You Are a Theologian: An Invitation to Know and Love God Well. You will hear about the relationship between biblical and theological literacy, how having a better understanding of theology can impact our churches, and the concept of deconstructing. Tune in to hear more about theology and how it can help us know God and based on that knowledge, live life well.



















    Key Points From This Episode:



    Biblical literacy and theological literacy and the relationship between them.

    Ways in which having a better understanding of theology can impact churches.

    The concept of deconstructing.

    Their thoughts on who they intended to target with their new book.

    How they are defining theology.

    Thoughts on how theology helps us live life well.

    How they came to terms with the topics in their book.

    Advice to pastors who may feel there is a lack of theological awareness in their churches.









    All good Bible study leads to theology, and all good theology should lead us back to our sacred text.Click To TweetOne of the reasons deconstruction happens in young adulthood is when ideas were not firmly put in place, either to say yes to or no to, in a time when children are forming their worldview.Click To Tweet

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    J.T. English on X (formerly Twitter)

    J.T. English on LinkedIn

    Jen Wilkin's Website

    Jen Wilkin on X (formerly Twitter)

    Knowing Faith Podcast

    You Are a Theologian Book on Amazon

    Jimmy on X (formerly Twitter)

    Leslee on X (formerly Twitter)

    Family Church Network



    Family Church on Facebook

    Family Church on Instagram

    Church for the Rest of Us on Twitter

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    • 30 min
    CFTROU 0177: Building an Internship Program

    CFTROU 0177: Building an Internship Program

    CFTROU 0177: Building an Internship Program















    In this episode, we are exploring the topic of developing an internship program, specifically geared towards college students. At Family Church, we believe that college students are a vital part of God’s design for our neighborhood churches and want to give them an opportunity to do real ministry work with real ministry responsibility. Joining our conversation are two of our leaders, Pastor Derek Simpson and Pastor Andrew Hernandez. They take us through 10 principles for building the foundation of a great internship program and share examples of how these principles have been implemented at Family Church. Remember, you can start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can! God is the multiplier.



















    Key Points From This Episode:



    Making disciples and the difference between that and only focusing on producing leaders.

    Collaboration vs. ownership and why we designate three different leaders to each intern.

    The motivation for having interns and valuing the process over the product.

    Are your interns handling real responsibility or just doing busy work?

    Providing interns with evaluated feedback in addition to experience.

    Extracting valuable leadership lessons: focusing on what the intern can gain from leadership and not only what they can do for leadership.

    Valuing accountability over activity and why it's important for interns to buy into this.

    Developing real people: customization over standardization.

    The importance of whole church exposure vs. only staff exposure.

    Remember to have fun and make memories.









    We invest in young leaders and we let them lead because we believe they are the leaders of today, not just the leaders of tomorrow.Click To TweetWe value collaboration and ultimately we believe that’s the best way to raise leaders for the kingdom.Click To TweetPart of discipleship is leadership.Click To Tweet

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Derek on LinkedIn

    Derek on Twitter

    Andrew on Twitter

    Jimmy on Twitter

    Leslee on X (formerly Twitter)

    Family Church Network



    Family Church on Facebook

    Family Church on Instagram

    Church for the Rest of Us on Twitter

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    • 25 min
    CFTROU 0176: Building a Healthy Multisite Worship Ministry

    CFTROU 0176: Building a Healthy Multisite Worship Ministry

    CFTROU 0176: Building a Healthy Multisite Worship Ministry















    In this episode, we are joined by Pastor Christian Ramos and Pastor John Stepp to discuss all things related to leading a worship ministry in a multisite environment. You will hear what multisite ministry is, multisite worship ministry goals, the importance of a family environment. They also talk about creating lifelong memories as a worship leader. We then dive into recruitment strategies and how to retain leaders in this program – through open communication. Our guests share the importance of letting things you love go in order to pour into other people, supporting other campuses, and more. Ultimately, these are lessons we learn from Jesus. Tune in!



















    Key Points From This Episode:



    How creating a family environment helps.

    The recruitment aspect of multi-site ministry, how to do it well, and why it’s imperative.

    Why multisite ministry is an employee retention program as well.

    The importance of having open communication within your ministry.

    Why you have to find a new way of thinking in your multi-site ministry.

    Why the leaders of multisite ministries need to be supportive of all campuses.

    The importance of pouring into other people.









    We’re disciple-makers first and foremost.Click To Tweet

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Christian on LinkedIn

    Christian on Instagram

    John on Instagram

    John on Twitter

    Jimmy on Twitter

    Leslee on Twitter

    Family Church Network



    Family Church on Facebook

    Family Church on Instagram

    Church for the Rest of Us on Twitter

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    • 27 min
    CFTROU 0175: Developing Theologically Grounded Leaders

    CFTROU 0175: Developing Theologically Grounded Leaders

    CFTROU 0175: Developing Theologically Grounded Leaders















    In this episode, Dr. Mark Warnock, Family Church's Residency Director, and Angel Turbeville, Family Church Village's Campus Director, talk about developing leaders. Theological grounding is more important than ever. In this episode, we examine how people’s beliefs can be formed by social media and how delving into theology in isolation can do more harm than good, particularly for those taking up leadership roles. In the face of polarization, followers of Jesus are called to prioritize unity and love. We stress the importance of heart formation, teaching the Bible, and building strong families rooted in the Bible. They also discuss the qualities and qualifications to be a community leader. Tune in for more valuable insights.





















    Key Points From This Episode:



    Training individuals to start new churches.

    The need for spiritual development and helping people grow in their faith.

    The cultural changes and challenges pastors face in the current era of technology and secularization.

    The impact of social media on the formation of people's beliefs and the necessity of theological grounding.

    Biblical examples of people who maintained faithfulness to God in hostile cultures.

    The importance of teaching the Bible.

    Who should be developed to be leaders, according to the book Deep Discipleship.

    The role of leaders as undershepherds.

    The “qualifications” required of leaders, including the immersion in community, and the rejection of isolation.

    Why it’s important for pastors to stay connected with their leaders and continually monitor their character and beliefs.











    We're in a season culturally where it is so much more important to theologically ground.Click To TweetThe Bible has a lot of examples of people who have lived out faithfulness to God in hostile, unfriendly cultures.Click To TweetLeaders need to immerse themselves so they're not living lives of isolation, they're living lives immersed in the community that they're leading.Click To Tweet

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Mark on Twitter

    Angel on Twitter

    Deep Discipleship by J.T. English

    Jimmy on Twitter

    Leslee on Twitter

    Family Church Network



    Family Church on Facebook

    Family Church on Instagram

    Church for the Rest of Us on Twitter

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    This will help us place the podcast in front of more pastors and ministry leaders. It also lets us learn from you. Thank you for taking the time to get the word out about Church for the Rest of Us.

    • 25 min
    CFTROU 0174: Caring Well for Kids & Students

    CFTROU 0174: Caring Well for Kids & Students

    CFTROU 0174: Caring Well for Kids & Students















    In this episode, we discuss how Family Church has taken initiative in protecting our students and kids in our ministry environments. Jake Kimbrell, Minister to Students and Families at Family Church Sherbrooke, and Wendi Serna, Director of Family Ministry at Family Church Jupiter, join the conversation to talk about the importance of safeguarding our students and kids from abuse. They also explain what the book of John teaches us in chapter 10 about protecting our young ones. They also explain the benefits of creating and updating great policies, why a comprehensive onboarding process matters, how to properly vet prospective staff and volunteers, and the resources that Family Church uses to create a safer environment for all who walk through our doors. As we explore topics related to abuse in this episode, we ask that you listen with care.





















    Key Points From This Episode:



    What John 10 teaches us about protecting our children.

    Caring Well: what it means and why it matters.

    How the ideas of Caring Well manifest in our ministry areas (specifically students and kids).

    The benefits of creating great policies and updating them regularly.

    Taking a closer look at our onboarding process for new staff and volunteers.

    How a comprehensive onboarding process can lead to fewer problems down the line.

    How we get to know potential staff and volunteers on a deeper level, and why this is helpful.

    The methods and models of safety that we follow.

    Resources that can help you to create a safer environment at your church.











    We want our churches to be as safe as possible. We live in a broken world and there are no guarantees, but we want to do all we can to protect our kids and our students.Click To TweetYou can always make a policy that’s good, but then every year we like to refine that and make it better.Click To Tweet

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Jake on LinkedIn

    Wendi on LinkedIn

    John 10 ESV

    Caring Well

    Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused

    Church Cares

    Jimmy on Twitter

    Leslee on Twitter

    Family Church Network



    Family Church on Facebook

    Family Church on Instagram

    Church for the Rest of Us on Twitter

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    This will help us place the podcast in front of more pastors and ministry leaders. It also lets us learn from you. Thank you for taking the time to get the word out about Church for the Rest of Us.

    • 27 min
    CFTROU 0173: Engagement–The Fuel that Drives Membership & Mission

    CFTROU 0173: Engagement–The Fuel that Drives Membership & Mission

    CFTROU 0173: Engagement–The Fuel that Drives Membership & Mission













    In this episode, we dive into church engagement, and the culture, systems, and processes that drive it. Our guest hosts are Bev Bonner, Director of Connections and Groups, Jimmy Muir, Pastor of Family Church Sherbrooke, and Jose DaSilva, Pastor of Iglesia Familiar Greenacres. They discuss how Family Church builds culture using tools like common language and teams focused on greeting and hospitality. These teams receive training on how to build a warm and welcoming environment for our church members and guests. They also talk about the systems and processes that helps drive engagement. An example of this is the First Connection events that takes place on the first Sunday of each month at all Family Church locations. Tune in to listen to the people and strategies that foster active participation and meaningful connections at Family Church.

















    Key Points From This Episode:



    The importance of multicultural engagement at church.

    Defining what a speed bump is in this context, and how they are used as engagement tools.

    Greeting and hospitality teams and the value of training them.

    The systems and processes that follow the culture.

    What First Connection is and the important role it plays at Family Church.









    The culture, systems, and processes are actually the understructure that helps us shepherd people onto the mission.Click To TweetAny church of any size can be intentional about creating an environment that feels like family, and that's what we really go for as a church.Click To Tweet

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

    Bev on Twitter

    Jimmy on Twitter

    Family Church Sherbrooke

    Iglesia Familiar Greenacres

    Jimmy on Twitter

    Leslee on Twitter

    Family Church Network



    Family Church on Facebook

    Family Church on Instagram

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    This will help us place the podcast in front of more pastors and ministry leaders. It also lets us learn from you. Thank you for taking the time to get the word out about Church for the Rest of Us.

    • 27 min

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