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Season Three Ep. 76 // Christ Fellowship Team on Organizational Clarity, and Church Life After COVID
This week I am joined by Brandon Catoe, Ryan McDermott, and Dave Simiele. These incredible men are all leaders at Christ Fellowship Church, under the leadership of Pastors Todd & Julie Mullens. Christ Fellowship Church is a thriving, life-giving, multi-site church in South Florida. I had the opportunity to be with them for a leadership gathering almost a year and a half ago, called Church United. Their team and their culture so impacted me that I’ve been looking forward to having them on the podcast ever since. There is something so unique and authentic about their culture.
Like all of us, they are wrestling with life after COVID, as well as organizational clarity and restructuring. We can glean a lot here, so grab your team and let’s join this conversation with the team from Christ Fellowship.
Season Three Ep. 75 // Kayla Stoecklein on Leadership Health
This week's episode is another conversation taken from an online meet-up. If you're not already, I'd love for you to be a part of our tribe over on Facebook at The Leading Second Collective, so you don't miss out on these. They are so fun and prove to always bring us conversations that leave a mark.
We've had Kayla Stoecklein on the podcast before, so if you haven't heard that, I definitely recommend going back and listening to that episode as well (Ep. 054). Her story is truly incredible. Since her last time on the podcast, she has come out with a book! It's titled "Fear Gone Wild: A Story of Mental Illness, Suicide, and Hope Through Loss," and it is brilliant and has truly life-saving potential. We get to hear a bit about the book and her heart behind it.
One of my favorite things about Kayla is how she prioritizes mental health and tries to break the shame associated with talking about it. She gives us permission to be human. In this season, I've had a reborn commitment that leadership health is far more critical than just leadership ability. In this season, we've seen that the lasting leaders are the ones who have committed to personal health.
If anyone reading this has had moments or seasons of burnout, depression, challenges with your mental health, or you just want to stay healthy… this conversation is for you.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
Season Three Ep. 74 // Noah Herrin on Gen Z Leading and Viral Jesus
The leadership game changes for every generation. Millennials are almost 40 now and Gen Z are coming up on 25. Are you a Gen Z leader? Maybe you lead a team of them? If you don’t already, you’re sure to lead them in the very near future. Wherever you are on that scale, this conversation is for you! I hope this speaks to Gen Z leaders themselves, as well as to the pastors or people who are leading Gen Z.
Our Conversation today is with Noah Herrin. Since the last time we had Noah on the Leading Second Podcast, he’s recently moved to Atlanta, GA where he is now on staff at Neighborhood Church. He is also the author of a new book! It’s called Viral Jesus: How One Man Broke the Algorithm Forever.
I had such a great time talking to Noah about how we view and approach ministry today. We both have recently sat on the thought of digging the wells deeper in our own lives and truly focus ministry on making disciples. Those things don’t always come with big crowds and sexy titles but are so necessary.
My hope in today’s conversation is that it will help us to be sharp and effective in leading a new generation of leaders and Christ followers called Gen Z.
Season Three Ep. 73 // I Am With You: A Conversation with Chris Durso and Ralph Castillo
This is the first installment of a series that we will be periodically doing called, 'I Am With You.' Where we sit down and have a conversation with a lead pastor and of their key team members.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a live meet-up with Pastor Chris Durso and Ralph Castillo from Saints Church in New York. Chris has been planted at his father’s church for many years and was the youth and young adult pastor before being handed the role of the lead pastor, in January of this year. Talk about a crazy time to jump into the role of lead pastor. Ralph and Chris grew up together and have been doing ministry together for years, so their connection runs deep, as you will see as our conversation unfolds. They discuss the challenges that their relationship brings, but also the blessing that it's been for them. This episode is a fun glimpse into an incredible relationship of mutual honor and respect.
This was a live meet-up, so on top of the questions that I had planned for Chris and Ralph, people who were tuned in and watching got to submit questions that they wanted to be answered by Chris and Ralph. There were some fantastic questions asked and we tried to get to as many of them as we could during our conversation.
Be sure to join us for future meet-ups on our Leading Second Collective on Facebook, so you can join in and ask questions!
Season Three Ep. 72 // John Morgan on Identifying and Protecting Our Lives & Churches From Division
Join us as we have a conversation with truly life-saving potential for leaders of any capacity and people from any walk of life. We have John Morgan talking with us about identifying and guarding against division. John has been in ministry for more than three decades now, serving in many different roles. He is a coach, a strategist, and a communicator who lives to see the local church healthy and thriving. He works with leaders all over and personally helped shape the way that I thought when it comes to leading from the second chair.
Today, division can come in so many forms in our lives. It can be found in churches, in marriages, in friendships, in work. This topic covers so many bases, but when we actively work against division and towards honor, we can see all of these areas in our lives healthy and thriving. John introduces and takes us through the honor slide, which goes from honor to familiarity, to contempt, to dishonor, and finally leads to division. But he then talks us through reversing that slide and bringing us back to honor.
Please do not listen to this episode alone. Or if you do, send it to somebody so you can discuss it together afterward. This is such a needed conversation today.
Season Three Ep. 71 // Joshua Bingle on Post-Modernism and the Leadership Implications of Worldview
For this episode, I have a conversation with our great friend Joshua Bingle. He is the Pastor of Genesis Church in Spokane, WA, and has such a brilliant mind. We talk all about the necessity of a Biblical Worldview (especially for those of us in Church leadership), postmodern thought, and digging wells.
So many of the big conversations our culture is having this year really stem from the ecosystem of worldview. As young leaders, we can be tempted to jump on every trendy and popular train of thought that comes our way or looks good from a graphic on Instagram. But how often right now are we stopping to consider the gospel’s place in our worldview conversations? This is one area where those of us in leadership cannot afford to be trendy or popular. The well that we draw from matters. It is so important to have a deep well in Christ and draw the foundation for our thoughts from there. Unity is paramount in this season.
Resources referenced in this episode are:
Cynical Theories by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
Neil Shenvi’s Apologetics
Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
Born After Midnight by A.W. Tozer
Resilient Faith by Gerald Sittser
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Are you looking for a podcast that will speak truth, give direction, speak purpose in your life? Brandon has a way of asking the right questions, pulling out the right words with guest that will move you forward along with your team. In leading along side my husband, we are thankful for this podcast and continually to encourage our team to not miss an episode.
Love this podcast! Each episode has some nugget that I take away. Sometimes my toes are stepped on, sometimes my heart is encouraged, sometimes my mind asks questions, sometimes my spirit is stirred...
No matter what though, I always take away something meaningful and relevant for my role as a second chair leader! Thank you!