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Join Alan and Trent as they discuss issues in pastoring and in church leadership. The Enduring Churches podcast is building churches and leaders that last.

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Join Alan and Trent as they discuss issues in pastoring and in church leadership. The Enduring Churches podcast is building churches and leaders that last.

    Episode 72: Replay of Pastoring a Family Run Church

    Episode 72: Replay of Pastoring a Family Run Church

    • 25 min
    Episode71:Replay of our Interview with Paul McGinnis

    Episode71:Replay of our Interview with Paul McGinnis

    We are on a break working on new content. We selected this interview with Paul McGinnis of VOMO, a volunteer management solution for your church.
     
    Be sure to check them out.

    • 37 min
    Episode 70: Your Calling Keeps You There

    Episode 70: Your Calling Keeps You There

    Episode 70: Your Calling Keeps You There
     
     
    We had a great time discussing our stories with you. Here's some important takeaways.
     
    Your calling keeps you there...

    When things are going wrong.


    When people are questioning your decisions.


    Only to leave if God’s calls elsewhere - its a pull not a push.

    • 29 min
    Episode 69: Sticky Statements that Have Carried Us

    Episode 69: Sticky Statements that Have Carried Us

    Episode 69: Sticky Statements that have Carried Us
     
    Inspired by some quotes listed by Dr. Chuck Lawless

     
    http://chucklawless.com/2020/06/simple-leadership-statements-that-have-challenged-me-through-the-years-part-1/

     
     
    From Alan:
    A good sermon begins with a good text.
     
    A dull pencil is better than a sharp mind.
     
    The best way to pastor is by keeping the baptismal waters stirring.
     
    What happens when it works?
     
    You only have to please an audience of One.
     
    Trent 
    A lack of planning on your part does not make a crisis on my part
     
    Remember your audience
     
    Its all good and its getting better!

    • 23 min
    Episode 68: Personal Challenges to Enduring in Ministry

    Episode 68: Personal Challenges to Enduring in Ministry

    Episode 68: Personal Challenges to Enduring in Ministry
     

    Loneliness

     

    Personal sin

     

    Marital/Family problems

     

    Spiritual drift

     

    Emotional toll of ministry

     

    Dwelling on the down moments

     

    Financial mismanagement or not making enough

     

    Health issues

    • 28 min
    Episode 67: How to Spot a Contentious Church and How to Help It

    Episode 67: How to Spot a Contentious Church and How to Help It

    Episode 67: How to Spot a Contentious Church and How to Help It
     
    Most people don’t see the depth of how contentious a church can become because they themselves are not contentious.
     
    Some root causes

    Short pastor tenures with the same long term lay leadership.


    A history of contention.


    Ask lots of questions about history before you go to that church.


    A stubborn attraction to the past.


    Structures and attitudes that promote disharmony.


    An unchallenged church bully. - shadow pastor


    Business meetings that become a free for all.


     
    What to do?

    Don’t be surprised: the enemy loves discord.


    If without a pastor consider an intentional interim or transitional pastor.


    Address it directly and work with through the pain.


    Encourage prayer for one another.


    Pray for Godly leaders to emerge


    Consider structures that make it harder to have contention.


    Move challenging business meeting items to teams or boards for consideration.


    Consider if you can survive it.


    We are called to say "yes" to God even if it means staying and fighting


    Someone needs to be "the guy" who will change things so its better for the next guy


    Have a good group of mentor pastors to be able to visit with.


    Be constantly communicating with your spouse and kids - ask them how they are feeling

    • 33 min

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