Rusty George is the Lead Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie. Under his dedicated leadership, Crossroads Christian Church aspires to flourish as a vibrant community committed to guiding individuals in their journey to discover and follow the path of Jesus.
Beyond leading Crossroads Church, Rusty is a global speaker, leader and teacher focusing on making real life simple. Rusty has also written several books and can be heard weekly on his podcast, Leading Simple with Rusty George.
Aside from being a loyal Chiefs, Royals, and Lakers fan, Rusty is first and foremost committed to his family. Rusty has been married to his wife, Lorrie, for over twenty-five years, and they have two daughters, Lindsey and Sidney. As a family, they enjoy walking the dogs, playing board games together, and watching HGTV while Rusty watches ESPN on his iPad.
Episode 286: My former professor, Dr. JK Jones, makes the soul simple
How do we understand the soul? One of my most influential professors from my time in school shares with us some of the lessons he has learned over the course of his life when it comes to the soul. In his latest book A Soul's House, Dr. Jones helps you understand that spiritual formation goes beyond a mere checklist of activities to complete. Instead, it is a lifelong transformational journey, empowered by God's grace and pursued for His glory, as beautifully explained in this book.
Dr. J.K. Jones is the former Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Eastview Christian Church, Normal, Illinois and the former director of the MA in Spiritual Formation at Lincoln Christian University. He currently teaches part-time in the graduate studies program at Ozark Christian College, while continuing to travel, teaching and preaching as opportunities arise.
Episode 285: Making Thanksgiving Simple
The holidays often don't resemble the picturesque 'Hallmark' scenes depicted on TV. In reality, they can be quite chaotic. Consider the rush to plan activities, decide on destinations, create guest lists, manage expenses that seem to escalate unexpectedly. Amidst it all, we're reminded to express gratitude, but it can feel overwhelming, right?
I recently discovered something incredibly helpful—the four 'A's of Thanksgiving. I discuss these in detail on an episode of Simple Faith.
Episode 284: How to connect with your church 24/7 with Chris Sharpe
My passion is making faith simple, and one of the tools I love is Subsplash. Subplash is a company that focuses on how we can reach people beyond Sunday. What if you could extend ministry outside of the weekend experience? I talk with the guy in charge of Subsplash, Chris Sharpe about why he loves partnering with churches and what he sees about connecting with your audience 24/7.
You can find out more about one of our favorite ministry tools at Real Life Church at http://subsplash.com/simple
Episode 283: Gary Kahn turns your marketplace into a mission field.
Ever wondered how a pastor's kid from Trinidad and Tobago ended up ministering love in the American marketplace? Join me as I sit down with Gary Kahn as he takes us through his unique faith walk. Gary's life story is inspiring: from a restless pastor's kid exploring his understanding of God to hearing God's call and moving toward ministry. His 32 years of ministry have seen their fair share of crises and questioning, but through it all, Gary found his way back to the unshakeable foundations of his faith.
And it doesn't end at the pulpit. Gary navigated the transition from traditional pastoral work into chaplaincy, bringing Christ's love into the workplace. He uncovers the process of building relationships with people who may not necessarily step foot in a church and shares how these connections create a platform to exhibit the love of Christ in real life ways. Gary also shares about his latest book, "That Didn't Go the Way I Thought," where he provides a refreshing take on faith and life's surprising twists. Listen in to this week's Simple Faith.
Special thanks to our sponsor, Subsplash! You can find our more about one of our favorite ministry tools at Real Life Church at http://subsplash.com/simple
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Episode 282: William Vanderbloemen helps us have faith and works in getting a job
Are you ready to unlock the secrets to standing out as a top candidate in an executive search? Join us as we sit down with William Vanderbloemen, who brings fascinating insights from his analysis of 30,000 interviews, unveiling the 12 essential habits that differentiate the standouts from the rest. Surprisingly, these weren't about a high IQ or an Ivy League education – but teachable habits like responsiveness that can make a world of difference.
Then, we shift our focus to why human-to-human skills, liberal arts degrees, and a track record of performance are crucial indicators of future success. The conversation takes an interesting turn as we debate the significance of allowing candidates to ask questions during interviews, the misunderstood dynamics of job transitions, and balancing leadership with testimony in a church setting. Plus, we talk about William's new book, 'Be a Unicorn,' a game-changer in how we perceive careers and personal growth.
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Episode 281: Lessons from leaving Real Life Church
How do you know when it's time to go? After 20 years at Real Life Church my family and I made the decision to make a move. In this episode I cover why and the lessons I learned along the way.
Insightful, entertaining, and encouraging
Rusty brings his unique mix of humor, concern for the Church reaching the lost, and his creative leadership style and strategies every podcast. I always look forward to the broad representation of guests that he brings on to learn from and we get to listen in. Outstanding!!
Great conversations from one of the best pastors around
Biased, yes, this is biased. Rusty is the lead pastor of my home church, Real Life Church in Santa Clarita California. He’s also a friend and one of the kindest, most giving men I know. I have listened to many of the episodes of this podcast and they are filled with inspiring conversations that show his heart in helping others and having talks to inspire our world. Give it a listen, what do you have to lose, it’s free?
great topics for Jesus followers
Good conversations with very interesting guests!!!