Next Step Leadership is a podcast dedicated to helping you make your next step your best step. Your next step could very well determine the trajectory or direction of your life. Where we step, how we step, and when we step are all vital considerations for your next step. Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds combine decades of experience in ministry, higher education, writing, music, leading organizations, and developing teams to inspire you to aspire in life one step at a time. We desire to assist you in making your next step your very best step.
Interview with Kevin Durham, Part 1 - Season 2, Episode 31
Kevin Durham is a fascinating communicator, leader, film maker, and story teller. His own life journey has inspired Kevin to help others find their own stories. Tracy and Chris enjoy their conversation with him and believe you will also. Kevin created the film Miracle Matt, and connected to many athletes helping them see the transformation of lives through the love of Jesus. Films and stories open eyes and hearts. Kevin continues asking people, “What is your story?” As you listen to this podcast, realize your story is important. Churches and leaders can lead people into the story of what it really means to follow Jesus.
Equilibrium for Groups - Season Two, Episode 30
In this episode of Next Step Leadership, Tracy and Chris talk about practical ways to help others find balance in the uneven surfaces of life—while also remembering to apply that themselves. Tracy has used the book Equilibrium to guide church leaders to learn and live the key elements of a better life. The book is available for today’s leaders. The stories and questions and guidelines offer peace during these difficult seasons of life. Rather than being victims of cultural conflict, leaders can choose to balance heathy responses to gain growth and development. Equilibrium brings peace and healing. Do not miss the opportunity to receive the biblical balance in these seasons of life.
Interview with Tres Ward, Part 2 - Season Two, Episode 29
In the second segment of their interview with Trés Ward, Tracy and Chris love continuing to hear his story. Leaders are bombarded with gifts and dreams and ideas, and they often unfortunately miss opportunities right beside them to serve others. Trés talks about finding his true life purpose means helping others find theirs. Trying to find what God is doing and how we can be a part of that. Trés asks others, “What is in your hands?” as he offers humble guidance. Leaders can serve well as they help that marriage of occupation and vocation. It is about much more than money and temporary pleasure. It is about serving others as we serve God. It is about not only knowing what we do but why we do that.
Interview with Tres Ward, Part 1 - Season Two, Episode 28
Tracy and Chris interview Trés Ward in this week’s episode of Next Step Leadership. Trés is a wonderful singer, musician, and teacher who has a heart for guiding the younger generation through these uncertain times. He presently serves as Assistant to the President and Director of Ministry Teams at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. His story is a reminder that what we learn helps prepare us to serve in rolls of leadership we are not always expecting. We should not waste any opportunities to learn, grow, and prepare for where God is taking us. Trés leads with humility and compassion, and those traits are obvious as he tells his story.
Chris & Tracy - Fighting Loneliness in Leadership - Season Two, Episode 27
Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds usually interview guests. In this episode, they engage in a conversation with each other. They review recent podcasts and invite people to pursue help when situations aren’t easy. How can leaders become better at dealing with sadness, hurt, anger, grief, and uncertainty? How can leaders pause and seek support? What is stopping us from aggressively and appropriately finding the help we need? Who do we have in our lives that truly want to know how we are doing and what they can do to help? Take time to listen to this podcast and also have a friend join you in a conversation after they listen. Make a commitment to be there to help one another. Let us not lead alone.
Interview with Kevin Bordeaux, Part 2 - Season Two, Episode 26
In their second interview with Pastor Kevin Bordeaux, Chris and Tracy appreciate the honesty as he tells his story. Many people in leadership are facing difficulties. Life is not always simple. Too many leaders lead in isolation. Kevin offers healthy insight through his experience and his wisdom. Stress, depression, burnout, anger, anxiety, and conflict are portions of today’s stories. How are you dealing with stress? Who are you talking to? Are you getting help? If not, why not? If so, where are you getting help? How is your family effected by your condition? How can you start a mental, emotional, and spiritual journey toward better health? For all leaders, the last few years have been difficult. For all leaders, pressure is real. Listen to Kevin’s thoughts, and learn steps you should take to make your next steps your best steps.
Great Podcast full of wisdom
Wonderful teachings and discussions that teach the heart and the spirit. Wisdom in what is needed for discipleship and growing the future teachers and leaders in Christ.
A Supreme Blessing
I love to listen to podcasts, specifically podcasts on leadership. As such a young leader it is important for me to learn and grow in my leadership abilities but more than that, to grow in God. This podcast has been a supreme blessing to me in both areas.
True, time-tested leadership wisdom
This podcast is refreshing — a weekly conversation between friends reflecting on their decades as leaders and Christ-followers. Chris & Tracy share practical, substantive wisdom. Love it!