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LEAD Pods are the official USMB podcast devoted to leadership development and spiritual growth for Mennonite Brethren churches.

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LEAD Pods are the official USMB podcast devoted to leadership development and spiritual growth for Mennonite Brethren churches.

    104 | Stronger Together: Insights from the New Southern District Minister (Brian Harris)

    104 | Stronger Together: Insights from the New Southern District Minister (Brian Harris)

    Brian Harris is back on LEAD Pods this week discussing his new role as the southern district minister. After previously serving as the church planting mobilizer, Brian now acts as a "pastor to the pastors" by providing support, coordination, and advocacy across the southern district of MB churches. In this interview, Brian shares insights from his first few months of meeting with church leaders, unpacking themes like the desire for collaboration between churches on initiatives in mission...

    • 41 min
    103 | Passing the Baton & Looking Ahead (Don Morris)

    103 | Passing the Baton & Looking Ahead (Don Morris)

    Don Morris has served in MB leadership for decades, most recently as USMB national director. As he prepares for retirement, this week we look back on Don's career as he reflects on the joys and challenges facing our denomination. Much has changed in church leadership and in American culture, but our MB family of churches has also grown and expanded so much with guidance from Don's leadership. In this episode, Don shares some encouragement for those of us leading congregations today, thou...

    • 47 min
    102 | Compiling, Writing, and Sharing Your Generational Story (Elaine McAllister)

    102 | Compiling, Writing, and Sharing Your Generational Story (Elaine McAllister)

    You likely know the names and some details about your grandparents, but can you list all eight of your great-grandparents? Most Americans can't, and although we may not have had very close relationships to them, there is a lot of value in "generational storytelling" where we can learn from our family history and be proud of where we came from. On this episode, we talk with author Elaine McAllister. She is an accomplished author of seven published books, and she is passionate about h...

    • 44 min
    101 | Why YOU Should Attend Convention This Summer (Kelsey Ensz & Daniel Rodriguez)

    101 | Why YOU Should Attend Convention This Summer (Kelsey Ensz & Daniel Rodriguez)

    As we inch closer to summertime, we're also preparing for our biennial USMB pastors' conference and national convention coming to Omaha this July. On this episode we're joined by Kelsey Ensz and Daniel Rodriguez who both serve on the planning committee for the convention. They both share stories of how past conventions have been helpful to their ministries and provide some details of why YOU should consider joining us this year. To learn more or sign up, visit usmb.org/usmb-gathering-2024.

    • 40 min
    100 | Looking Back & Looking Ahead! (USMB Staff)

    100 | Looking Back & Looking Ahead! (USMB Staff)

    We made it to 100 episodes! Wahoo! Thank you for listening over the past four years.Today Matt talks with the entire USMB staff as we look back and reflect on our favorite episodes, go through some fun trivia, and share details about a $100 prize giveaway for the listeners. The USMB staff also shares a bit about their hearts behind the ministry, and we look ahead to what the next 100 episodes may look like for the podcast. Thanks for listening with us, and be sure to 1) follow us on soci...

    • 26 min
    099 | The How, Why, and "What's Next" of USMB Church Planting (Scott Thomas)

    099 | The How, Why, and "What's Next" of USMB Church Planting (Scott Thomas)

    This week Matt talks with Scott Thomas, the new interim USMB Church Planting Mobilizer. Scott shares his extensive experience in church planting, having been involved with literally hundreds of church plants across the U.S. during his time with Acts 29 and serving as a lead pastor for 17 years. Scott passionately discusses the importance of continually planting new churches and why it's a crucial strategy for both spreading the gospel AND revitalizing existing churches. Scott emphasizes ...

    • 46 min

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