252 episodes

A weekly discussion for the established church about the challenges and issues church leaders face. Hosted by Sam Rainer (West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton FL) and Josh King (2ND Baptist, Conway AR). The show is produced by Jay Allen (facebook.com/jayallenlive/) in Dallas TX.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 140 Ratings

A weekly discussion for the established church about the challenges and issues church leaders face. Hosted by Sam Rainer (West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton FL) and Josh King (2ND Baptist, Conway AR). The show is produced by Jay Allen (facebook.com/jayallenlive/) in Dallas TX.

    Seeking Out Adoption When Your Church Is In Trouble (Ep. 252)

    Seeking Out Adoption When Your Church Is In Trouble (Ep. 252)

    For some churches, the best pathway to better health is through adoption. When a church is adopted, a healthier and stronger congregation receives a more vulnerable congregation into the family. How can you start the process if you are trying to lead the struggling church? Josh and Sam offer their insight into this phenomenon. Don't wait until a crisis hits. Now is the time to build bridges with other churches and pastors.

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    • 40 min
    Why Is Church Hiring So Hard Right Now? (Ep. 251)

    Why Is Church Hiring So Hard Right Now? (Ep. 251)

    There is a reshuffling of pastors and church members occurring right now. Many pastors are considering leaving, and many churches are looking to hire for a variety of positions. But it seems like potential candidates and congregations are not connecting. Why is church hiring difficult right now? Josh and Sam discuss some reasons why on this week's episode.

    Episode Sponsor:

    This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Texas Baptist College! TBC exists to glorify God by providing trustworthy Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service. Wherever God calls you, you can get the Christ-centered, Scripture-driven, and student-focused education you need at Texas Baptist College. Visit texasbaptist.com to learn more.

    • 36 min
    So You've Been Told You're the Next Lead Pastor... (Ep. 250)

    So You've Been Told You're the Next Lead Pastor... (Ep. 250)

    Your lead pastor has mentioned or hinted that you are next in line for the role. What should you do? And what are the pitfalls to consider? On this episode, Josh and Sam walk through several real-life case studies. In most scenarios, the pathway is not as clear as you might think. We discuss the realities of succession in the typical established church.

    Episode Sponsor:

    This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Texas Baptist College! TBC exists to glorify God by providing trustworthy Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service. Wherever God calls you, you can get the Christ-centered, Scripture-driven, and student-focused education you need at Texas Baptist College. Visit texasbaptist.com to learn more.

    • 37 min
    Inviting Guest Preachers: Who Do You Bring In & Why? (Ep. 249)

    Inviting Guest Preachers: Who Do You Bring In & Why? (Ep. 249)

    Few preachers are in the pulpit all 52 weeks of the year. When you are not preaching, who do you invite to fill your place? On this episode, Josh and Sam talk about whether or not it is wise to bring someone in from the outside or to utilize current staff. Should you be gone on holidays or not? They also discuss how to train up others in the church to be ready to preach in your absence.

    Episode Sponsor:

    This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Texas Baptist College! TBC exists to glorify God by providing trustworthy Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service. Wherever God calls you, you can get the Christ-centered, Scripture-driven, and student-focused education you need at Texas Baptist College. Visit texasbaptist.com to learn more.

    • 38 min
    Home, Church Campus Or Offsite: Where Should The Pastor's Office Be? (Ep. 248)

    Home, Church Campus Or Offsite: Where Should The Pastor's Office Be? (Ep. 248)

    The work-from-home movement went into full swing during the pandemic. Many pastors and church staff changed the way they worked. But what is best? How should you manage others? Josh and Sam talk about the pros and cons of working in different settings. Consistency and accountability are key to productivity.

    Episode Sponsor:

    This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Texas Baptist College! TBC exists to glorify God by providing trustworthy Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service. Wherever God calls you, you can get the Christ-centered, Scripture-driven, and student-focused education you need at Texas Baptist College. Visit texasbaptist.com to learn more.

    • 37 min
    Learning from Influencers Without Becoming a Mini-Me (Ep. 247)

    Learning from Influencers Without Becoming a Mini-Me (Ep. 247)

    You can learn from well-known influencers without trying to become just like the person influencing you. What is a healthy approach to learning from nationally-known church leaders? Josh and Sam make comments on their biggest influences and how they have been shaped. They also discuss the podcast phenomenon, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.

    Episode Sponsor:

    This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Texas Baptist College! TBC exists to glorify God by providing trustworthy Christian higher education for more faithful Kingdom service. Wherever God calls you, you can get the Christ-centered, Scripture-driven, and student-focused education you need at Texas Baptist College. Visit texasbaptist.com to learn more.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

Fayetteville, Ar Youth Pastor ,

Great Listen for Anyone

I’m a Youth Pastor of a small church. I have obtained so much valuable/God Centered information from these Pastors. They have stretched my thoughts, vision and ideology on the nuts/bolts of church ministry.

jschmidt79 ,

Love it!

Like Sam I am ready to fight at the drop of the hat

Pastor Ian in Ironwood ,

It's Ok, Outside of the Calvinism

Most of the topics are excellent and the group does a very good job at least talking about topics pastors and churches can certainly encounter.

I have nearly dropped them from my rotation over the subtle promotions of Reformed theology and the near constant references to Calvinistic pastors and ministries. After hearing one of the three express his lack of need to defend Calvinism, because it isso obviously right, in episode 153, I nearly dropped them right there.

At this point, I am about one more reference away from giving them the boot.

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