243 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
    • 4.7 • 138 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.

    Having "The Talk": Premarital Counseling Advice (Ep. 243)

    Having "The Talk": Premarital Counseling Advice (Ep. 243)

    What are some best practices for leading premarital counseling sessions? On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss their approaches. What are some good questions to ask couples? How can you not make this counseling a waste of everyone's time? Two books to consider as resources are Right from the Start and The Meaning of Marriage.

    Episode Sponsors:

    Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit SWBTS.edu to learn more about how you can get started.

    You need to learn more about two great resources from Church Initiative. The makers of GriefShare and DivorceCare offer a team of experienced coaches. They equip your church members to get the program started—so it’s not on your plate.

    Pastors are saying these are among the easiest, most effective ministries they’ve ever offered. Check out GriefShare and DivorceCare.

    • 39 min
    Why Churchgoers Stay With Bad Pastors | A Follow-Up Conversation (Ep. 242)

    Why Churchgoers Stay With Bad Pastors | A Follow-Up Conversation (Ep. 242)

    Most pastors love their churches and sacrifice much to serve the people they lead. Unfortunately, there are a few rotten examples out there. Why do some churchgoers stay with them? On this episode, Josh and Sam talk about the reasons why people tolerate and stick with bad pastors.
    This episode is a follow-up conversation to a recent article at Church Answers here: https://churchanswers.com/blog/why-do-some-churchgoers-stick-with-bad-pastors/

    Episode Sponsors:

    Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit SWBTS.edu to learn more about how you can get started.

    You need to learn more about two great resources from Church Initiative. The makers of GriefShare and DivorceCare offer a team of experienced coaches. They equip your church members to get the program started—so it’s not on your plate.

    Pastors are saying these are among the easiest, most effective ministries they’ve ever offered. Check out GriefShare and DivorceCare.

    • 35 min
    Leaving A Church Without Burning Bridges (Ep. 241)

    Leaving A Church Without Burning Bridges (Ep. 241)

    Almost every pastor will make a transition to another church at some point. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss how you can leave without making a mess on your way out. There are some simple but edifying ways to shepherd your church as you transition. Burning bridges will inevitably haunt you, sometimes even years later. Learn how you can avoid the trouble of leaving poorly.

    Episode Sponsors:

    Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit SWBTS.edu to learn more about how you can get started.

    You need to learn more about two great resources from Church Initiative. The makers of GriefShare and DivorceCare offer a team of experienced coaches. They equip your church members to get the program started—so it’s not on your plate.

    Pastors are saying these are among the easiest, most effective ministries they’ve ever offered. Check out GriefShare and DivorceCare.

    • 36 min
    How To Transition Church Staff Without Firing Them (Ep. 240)

    How To Transition Church Staff Without Firing Them (Ep. 240)

    People make transitions, and sometimes you must help a person move from his or her current ministry position to a new one. There are good ways to transition church staff without firing them. On this episode, Josh and Sam talk about best practices and tips for showing grace when someone's time as a staff person closes.

    Episode Sponsors:

    Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit SWBTS.edu to learn more about how you can get started.

    You need to learn more about two great resources from Church Initiative. The makers of GriefShare and DivorceCare offer a team of experienced coaches. They equip your church members to get the program started—so it’s not on your plate.

    Pastors are saying these are among the easiest, most effective ministries they’ve ever offered. Check out GriefShare and DivorceCare.

    • 30 min
    Leading When There Is No Lead Pastor (Ep. 239)

    Leading When There Is No Lead Pastor (Ep. 239)

    When a lead pastor transitions to another church, there is a void. If you are on staff or in a position of leadership, the interim period can be a difficult one to navigate. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss what you should do and what you shouldn't do during the interim. You can manage the interim by building excitement while at the same time not building your own kingdom.

    Episode Sponsors:

    Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit SWBTS.edu to learn more about how you can get started.

    You need to learn more about two great resources from Church Initiative. The makers of GriefShare and DivorceCare offer a team of experienced coaches. They equip your church members to get the program started—so it’s not on your plate.

    Pastors are saying these are among the easiest, most effective ministries they’ve ever offered. Check out GriefShare and DivorceCare.

    • 36 min
    How Involved Should The Pastor Be With Hiring Staff? (Ep. 238)

    How Involved Should The Pastor Be With Hiring Staff? (Ep. 238)

    The hiring process at churches can be frustrating. What level of the pastor's involvement is appropriate? Some churches have an elder board. Others have a personnel committee. In some cases, the lead pastor calls all the shots. Josh and Sam discuss best practices with the hiring process.

    Episode Sponsors:

    Located in Fort Worth, Texas, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is committed to providing theological education for individuals engaging in Christian ministry. Southwestern Seminary offers a variety of degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Just this year, our friends at Southwestern launched new 8-week online classes, which means you don’t have to wait until the next full semester to begin. If you are interested in taking the next step in ministry, visit SWBTS.edu to learn more about how you can get started.

    You need to learn more about two great resources from Church Initiative. The makers of GriefShare and DivorceCare offer a team of experienced coaches. They equip your church members to get the program started—so it’s not on your plate.

    Pastors are saying these are among the easiest, most effective ministries they’ve ever offered. Check out GriefShare and DivorceCare.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 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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