217 episodes

Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a life of deep and abiding faithfulness to Jesus. In “Spiritual Life and Leadership,” Markus Watson and his guests explore what it means to be faithful leaders whose ministry flows from their ever-deepening relationship with God.

Spiritual Life and Leadership Markus Watson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 33 Ratings

Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a life of deep and abiding faithfulness to Jesus. In “Spiritual Life and Leadership,” Markus Watson and his guests explore what it means to be faithful leaders whose ministry flows from their ever-deepening relationship with God.

    217. Holding on or Venturing Forth, a Quick Conversation with Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson

    217. Holding on or Venturing Forth, a Quick Conversation with Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson

    Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking!Markus Watson and Tod Bolsinger reflect on their passion for exploration as an essential element of leadership, discussing the current crisis where the church often resists change and clings to the past rather than venturing into the unknown. Together, they explore the challenges in embracing exploration within the church, examine the role faith plays in embarking on new journeys, and contemplate how our structures often dissuade us from t...

    • 6 min
    216. Overcoming 'Puny' Spirituality, with Warren Brown and Brad Strawn, authors of Enhancing Christian Life

    216. Overcoming 'Puny' Spirituality, with Warren Brown and Brad Strawn, authors of Enhancing Christian Life

    Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking!In this episode, Warren Brown and Brad Strawn, authors of Enhancing Christian Life, explain how contemporary Christian practices can often lead to what they call a 'puny' experience of Christianity that elevates personal feelings of closeness to God over outward expressions of faith. They argue for a robust, 'supersized' form of Christian life, where followers of Jesus are deeply connected with their church community, contributing to and d...

    • 37 min
    215. The Contagion of Anxiety in Spiritual Leadership, a Quick Conversation with Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson

    215. The Contagion of Anxiety in Spiritual Leadership, a Quick Conversation with Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson

    Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking!This episode unpacks the concept of differentiation—how it allows us to recognize when someone else's anxiety affects us and vice versa, and the significance of maintaining our personal identity while staying connected in relationships. With vivid examples and relatable scenarios, we'll explore strategies to navigate crises and anxiety within our congregations and leadership teams without succumbing to the contagious nature of anxiety.Tod ...

    • 8 min
    214. Leading with Purpose and Authenticity, with Tommy Nixon, CEO of Urban Youth Workers Initiative

    214. Leading with Purpose and Authenticity, with Tommy Nixon, CEO of Urban Youth Workers Initiative

    Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking!Healthy leadership is about paying attention to what God is up to in the people we’re leading. Our job, then, is not to force people to be something they’re not so they can support our own initiatives. Our job is to take note of how our people are wired and then help them live that out for the sake of God’s mission.This is true, by the way, not only for the people we lead; it's true for the leader, too. In this episode, T...

    • 37 min
    213. Embracing Limitations as a Ministry Resource, a Quick Conversation with Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson

    213. Embracing Limitations as a Ministry Resource, a Quick Conversation with Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson

    Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking!In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the powerful reminder that as pastors and leaders, we are not God and that recognizing our human limitations can prevent dysfunction within our ministries. This conversation will shed light on the protective nature of limitations for both leaders and those entrusted to their care.Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss this quote from Mandy Smith in Episode 36, The Vulnerable Pastor:...

    • 6 min
    212. Unlearning Old Paradigms for Kingdom Leadership, with Terry Walling, author of Unlikely Nomads

    212. Unlearning Old Paradigms for Kingdom Leadership, with Terry Walling, author of Unlikely Nomads

    Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking!Terry Walling is Founder and President of Leader Breakthru and the author of Unlikely Nomads. In this episode, Terry Walling shares about people he calls “nomads.” They love Jesus, but they don’t love the more traditional expressions of the church. They want to be part of the church, but the way most of our churches are structured isn’t life-giving for them.Terry and I reflect together on what a “nomad” is, what “nomads” a...

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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33 Ratings

33 Ratings

TFEtim ,

Love the message...

Just listened to Breon Wells episode. What an understanding of Kingdom and stewardship that everyone....especially those that claim to be God’s children...must understand. Great interview Markus.
UPDATE: still listening a year later. This podcast is getting better and better.

ChristianGrowthCoach ,

Great variety

Love the different guests and topics on the podcast. Appreciate that there’s no fluff here. Pure substance. Markus carries so much depth himself and he’s able to bring out each unique expertise that his guests have as well.

aolson27 ,

Relevant conversations

Marcus has a great interviewing style. The guests bring great content and relevant conversations for leaders and Christians today. Thanks, Marcus!

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