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As a preacher, are you just transferring information or speaking from a transformed place? No one can preach God’s Word well without first being personally transformed by it.

Craft & Character Steve Carter

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 120 Ratings

As a preacher, are you just transferring information or speaking from a transformed place? No one can preach God’s Word well without first being personally transformed by it.

    Healing What You Can’t Erase with Christopher Cook

    Healing What You Can’t Erase with Christopher Cook

    In this episode of Craft & Character, Steve Carter interviews the Win Today Podcast host Christopher Cook about how leaders can transform their mental, emotional, and spiritual health from the inside out.
    Christopher shares wisdom he has learned, how the reliance on the Holy Spirit is everything, and what courage looks like as you face past trauma.
    This episode explores key insights from Cook’s new book Healing What You Can’t Erase and will give you some practical steps to partner with the Holy Spirit to take your next right step in your personal spiritual formation.
    BIO
    Christopher Cook is a leadership coach, author, and podcast host focused on transformation and wholeness. With an aptitude for strategy and execution, his ability to unearth clarity out of complexity drives his mission to help individuals and organizations thrive in their true identity. His work has appeared in outlets such as SUCCESS Magazine, and he has spent over a decade coaching leaders in both the marketplace and non-profit sectors. His weekly podcast, Win Today with Christopher Cook, equips wellness-minded listeners to move beyond the limitations of self-help, and instead, toward an integrated life of wholeness from the inside out. Pulling from his own experiences with adversity and personal transformation, these efforts, embodied by his passion for mental health, emotional health, and spiritual maturity, along with his educational credentials in business administration, leadership, and ministry, have led to helping people experience healing and transformation in their spirit, mind, and body.
    EPISODE LINKS
    @wintodaychris
    Wintoday.tv
    New Book: Healing what You Can't Erase
    @steveryancarter
    @craft_character
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    • 59 min
    How to Avoid Pastoral Burnout with Alan Briggs

    How to Avoid Pastoral Burnout with Alan Briggs

    In this episode of Craft & Character, Steve Carter interviews leader, coach, and author Alan Briggs about avoiding burnout and finishing the race well.
    Alan recently released a new book called AntiBurnout that will help you lead for the long haul by sharing practical steps that he has learned advising pastors and business leaders. This episode is so practical and will help you take a good hard look within to see if how you are working today is actually going to work well for you in the seasons to come.
    BIO
    Alan Briggs helps CATALYTIC LEADERS leverage CATALYTIC MOMENTS for SYSTEMIC CHANGE. He serves businesses and nonprofits as a Leadership Coach, Sabbatical Coach, team consultant, podcaster, and speaker. He founded and leads Stay Forth Coaching to help leaders experience deep health and impact and create healthy cultures around them.
    He curated the "Right Side up Journal" as a three-month journey to find healthy and proactive rhythms, and he uses it every day. His latest book AntiBurnout; a lighter way to live and lead in a heavy world invites leaders in any field to resist the pull toward exhaustion and overwhelm and experience lighter leadership. The principles, frameworks and tools in this book stem from 13 years of coaching leaders.
    Alan's past books, Staying is the New Going, Guardrails, and Everyone's a Genius focus on specific areas to be faithful to your creative wiring and unique calling.
    EPISODE LINKS
    @alanbriggs on Instagram
    Stayforth.com
    New Book: AntiBurnout
    @steveryancarter
    @craft_character
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    • 41 min
    How to Love the Life You Already Have with Luke Norsworthy

    How to Love the Life You Already Have with Luke Norsworthy

    In this episode of Craft & Character, Steve Carter interviews Westover Hills Senior Pastor Luke Norsworthy about having the internal character to meet the six demands of life.
    It can be so easy to give time and energy wondering if my life would be better if I was in a new role or at a new church; but Luke beautifully articulate to love the life you already have isn’t about changing your circumstances but being the version of yourself that inhibits your life.
    Luke walks us through each of the six demands that he writes about in his new book How To Love The Life You Already Have.
    BIO
    Luke, his wife Lindsay, and their three daughters live in Austin, TX where Luke is the senior minister of the Westover Hills Church. He is the author of God over Good, Befriending Your Monsters, and How to Love the Life You Already Have. For a decade, he has hosted Norsworthy, a podcast that helps his listeners navigate faith in the modern world.
    EPISODE LINKS
    Luke's New Book: How to Love the Life You Already Have
    Podcast: Norsworthy
    Website: www.lukenorsworthy.com
    His Church: Westover Hills Church
    @lukeanorsworthy
    @steveryancarter
    @craft_character
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    • 59 min
    Grieve, Breathe, Receive with Steve Carter

    Grieve, Breathe, Receive with Steve Carter

    In this special episode, the host of the Craft & Character, Steve Carter, unpacks how holy weekend is an incredible gift to anyone walking out a grief journey.
    Steve opens up about what led to him writing these words, what his hope is for Grieve, Breathe, Receive, and how to honor what comes up when change shows up.
    This is a book that will help you know what to do when life shocks us or we experience hurt, loss, death, an end to a relationship, or any form of change.
    Give this episode a listen and may it show you how to grieve with hope.
    BIO
    Steve Carter is the bestselling author of The Thing Beneath The Thing, host of the Craft and Character podcast, a coach to communicators who are looking to find their unique voice or take their next step of growth in speaking and teaches regularly at churches, conferences, and various businesses around the country. His next book Grieve, Breathe, Receive releases on May 7th, 2024. He is the former lead teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and currently serves as the lead pastor at Forest City Church. Steve lives outside Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and two kids.
    EPISODE LINKS
    Books: Grieve, Breathe, Receive and The Thing Beneath The Thing
    Social - @steveryancarter on IG, Twitter, and Threads
    www.stevecarter.org
    @craft_character
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    • 52 min
    The Slower Way with Micha Boyett

    The Slower Way with Micha Boyett

    In this Craft & Character episode, Steve Carter interviews author and youth pastor Micha Boyett about her new book Blessed Are The Rest Of Us.
    Micha talks about how she discovered the slow way when her son was born with Down Syndrome and later diagnosed with autism, she was drawn into the ancient teachings of the Beatitudes.
    In a culture that values performance, perfection, and strength, Micha found in this small passage of ancient text a new language to honor the worth of her son and to push against the intrinsic ableism in our culture’s response to disability: blessed—whole—are the weak ones, the grieving ones, the ones who long for peace, the misunderstood.
    In other words, blessed are the rest of us, who will never live up to the world’s exacting standards. Micha shares what this could look like fully embodied in our churches today.
    BIO
    Micha Boyett is an award winning podcaster, as well as a writer and speaker. In addition to Blessed Are The Rest of Us, she is the author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer and a contributor to the New York Times bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer, edited by Sarah Bessey. She cohosts The Lucky Few podcast and is the creator and host of The Slow Way podcast.
    EPISODE LINKS
    Book: Blessed Are the Rest of Us
    @micahboyett on Instagram and Threads
    @steveryancarter
    @craft_character
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    • 53 min
    Why Every Pastor Must Learn to Listen, Listen, Speak with Jay Kim

    Why Every Pastor Must Learn to Listen, Listen, Speak with Jay Kim

    In this episode of Craft & Character, Steve Carter interviews author and pastor Jay Kim about how to hear God’s voice and communicate truth in a noisy world.
    Jay unpacks what led him to write his new book that comes out on April 16th called Listen, Listen, Speak. He talks about how discernment, mastering the art of listening well to God and one another, and also being able to clearly speak to the times is important for every preacher.
    Jay is one of the wisest, most thoughtful and accessible pastoral voices of our day. His insights will help you in your time alone with God, leading one-on-one meetings with staff, congregants, elders as well as helping to best engage, respond, and speak order into the chaos.
    BIO
    Jay Y. Kim serves as lead pastor at WestGate Church in the Silicon Valley of California and is the author of Listen, Listen, Speak (Faithwords, 2024), Analog Christian (IVP, 2022), and Analog Church (IVP, 2020). Jay is also host of the Digital Examen podcast and the Making Space podcast.
    EPISODE LINKS
    Jay’s new book: Listen, Listen, Speak: Hearing God and Being Heard in a Noisy World
    Jay’s other books: Analog Church, Analog Christian
    Website: jaykimthinks.com
    @jaykimthinks
    @steveryancarter
    @craft_character
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

AlanTheBriggs ,

Steve and this podcast are the real deal

I am so grateful for Steve, the work he does and the conversations he hosts. This is such a needed podcast!

williamb1965 ,

Informative grace

As a new Pastor, I am intrigued and interested in this topic and this podcast gave me some insight as to my next steps. Also, as someone who practiced Islam for years and who witnessed my own father, take a pilgrimage to Mecca I know the importance of loving your neighbor, and strive to live it out. Grateful

Austinjwalker ,

So helpful and practical

I’ve been listening since the beginning and it continues to be an amazing resource with super practical tips and helpful new/different paradigms. It’s also helped build up the number of communicators I’m listening to and learning from month to month. If you preach with any regularity, make sure this podcast is in your rotation.

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