4 episodes

Welcome to Simplify Church, the podcast for everyday pastors who are tired of doing it all alone, and long to lead their church from a place of joy, not overwhelm and burnout.

Most churches in America have an average worship attendance of less than 350. This means for most pastors and church planters, you have to wear a lot of different hats. And what works for a large church, might not work for you.

It’s crazy to say, but it can be really hard to find community, encouragement and practical ideas for your congregation - especially if you’re not serving at a large church or part of a large network. 

We’re here to help fill the void that exists for ”everyday” church planters, leaders and pastors.

Drawing on decades of experience from serving in various roles and types of churches, our hosts Mike Whittymore and Greg Braswell share actionable tips, honest conversations, and interviews with those in the trenches of doing life and ministry.

We discuss mental health for pastors, church growth strategies, and the practical challenges of leading a budget-strapped congregation and leading people to Christ. 

We dive into topics like: How do you lead from a healthy place? How do you manage it all when you can’t afford to hire another staff member? How do you know when you’re approaching burnout…and what can you do about it? How do you grow a small, struggling church? How do you deal with discouragement?

Each week you will find encouragement, wisdom, and practical tools and support to equip and encourage you as you lead your church. More than that, you’ll find a weekly oasis from the burdens of ministry.

Simplify Church | Helping Everyday Pastors Simplify Life In Ministry Simplify Church

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Welcome to Simplify Church, the podcast for everyday pastors who are tired of doing it all alone, and long to lead their church from a place of joy, not overwhelm and burnout.

Most churches in America have an average worship attendance of less than 350. This means for most pastors and church planters, you have to wear a lot of different hats. And what works for a large church, might not work for you.

It’s crazy to say, but it can be really hard to find community, encouragement and practical ideas for your congregation - especially if you’re not serving at a large church or part of a large network. 

We’re here to help fill the void that exists for ”everyday” church planters, leaders and pastors.

Drawing on decades of experience from serving in various roles and types of churches, our hosts Mike Whittymore and Greg Braswell share actionable tips, honest conversations, and interviews with those in the trenches of doing life and ministry.

We discuss mental health for pastors, church growth strategies, and the practical challenges of leading a budget-strapped congregation and leading people to Christ. 

We dive into topics like: How do you lead from a healthy place? How do you manage it all when you can’t afford to hire another staff member? How do you know when you’re approaching burnout…and what can you do about it? How do you grow a small, struggling church? How do you deal with discouragement?

Each week you will find encouragement, wisdom, and practical tools and support to equip and encourage you as you lead your church. More than that, you’ll find a weekly oasis from the burdens of ministry.

    Ep 3.Get To Know Your Hosts Part 1: A Sit Down With Greg Braswell

    Ep 3.Get To Know Your Hosts Part 1: A Sit Down With Greg Braswell

    This week we take a deep dive into the mind and story of Greg Braswell. He walks us through nearly 20 years of ministry, tells some great stories, and shares with us some of the theologians and leaders that have made a huge impact on him. Greg's a passionate leader and follower of Christ. His heart for everyday Pastors and Leaders is contagious and we are confident it will be an encouragement to you.
     
     
    Show links:
    Greg's Recommendation:  The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. You can order it here:https://www.amazon.com/Valley-Vision-Collection-Puritan-Devotions/dp/0851512283

    • 59 min
    Ep 2. Helping Pastors and Churches Thrive: The Story of SimplifyChurch.com with Chief Simplifier Josh Henry

    Ep 2. Helping Pastors and Churches Thrive: The Story of SimplifyChurch.com with Chief Simplifier Josh Henry

    What is Simplify Church? What do we do? Where did the idea come from? How can I simplify my ministry? We will answer these questions and much more as we sit down with Simplify Church's founder and Chief Simplifier, Josh Henry. You won't want to miss Josh's incredible story!
    Simplify Church began in 2006 with a goal of supporting pastors and churches and helping them thrive.
    Although we’ve evolved and grown as a company, our heartbeat remains the same. We are for pastors and churches.
    Our sweet spot is helping small-to-medium size churches with church finances. We believe you shouldn’t have to be a large church to get the support you need. We get church and business. And we’re here to take the burden of managing church finances off your shoulders.
    To learn more about how we can help simplify your ministry, head to https://www.simplifychurch.com
     
     

    • 56 min
    Ep 1. Why Pastors Need Rest (And Why It’s So Hard to Do) With Stephen Boster

    Ep 1. Why Pastors Need Rest (And Why It’s So Hard to Do) With Stephen Boster

    “Why is rest so hard?”
     
    Does the stress of ministry sometimes feel overwhelming? Do you ever feel like you’re hanging on by a thread…or facing down burnout.
     
    According to one survey, over 75% of pastors report being “highly” or “extremely” stressed. And yet so often we don’t do anything about the problem.
     
    We know the Bible calls us to rest. We know our souls need rest. And yet, how do you rest when the demands on your time and energy are seemingly never-ending?
     
    In this first episode of Simplify Church, we are digging into the challenge of finding rest as a pastor. Our guest for this episode, Stephen Boster, has a lot to say about this topic.
     
    Join us for this very honest and real conversation about the importance of rest in ministry!  
     
    Links from today's show:
    Connect With Stephen: www.servantsbydesign.com
    Outsource Your Overwhelm: www.simplifychurch.com
    2 Geeks & a Microphone: https://youtu.be/WAQ797eILR0
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Simplify Church Trailer

    Simplify Church Trailer

    Are you ready to say goodbye to the stress and overwhelm of doing ministry alone?
    It's time to simplify life in ministry! 
     
    Welcome to Simplify Church, the podcast for everyday pastors who are tired of doing it all alone, and long to lead their church from a place of joy, not overwhelm and burnout.
     
    Most churches in America have an average worship attendance of less than 350. This means for most pastors and church planters, being a pastor involves wearing many hats. And what works for a large church, might not work for you.
     
    We exist to help fill the void that exists for "everyday" pastors, leaders and church planters.
     
    Each week you will find encouragement, wisdom, and practical tools and support to equip and encourage you as you lead your church. More than that, you'll find a weekly oasis from the burdens of ministry.
     
     

    • 1 min

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