42 episodes

Your host is Rodney Cox, president of Ministry Insights International, and author of the book Leading From Your Strengths®. Rodney and his guests discuss best practices in building strong teams—teams built on empathy, understanding, and trust, where every team member feels valued and contributes at the highest level possible.  Episode frequency is biweekly.

StrongTeams.com Podcast Rodney Cox

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Your host is Rodney Cox, president of Ministry Insights International, and author of the book Leading From Your Strengths®. Rodney and his guests discuss best practices in building strong teams—teams built on empathy, understanding, and trust, where every team member feels valued and contributes at the highest level possible.  Episode frequency is biweekly.

    Overcome Chaos Through Biblical Leadership Principles With Gary Harpst

    Overcome Chaos Through Biblical Leadership Principles With Gary Harpst

    Are you a leader struggling with chaos in your organization? In this insightful podcast episode, we interview Gary Harpst, New York Times bestselling author and former CEO, about overcoming organizational chaos through timeless biblical leadership principles.
    Gary unpacks the three types of chaos leaders face - external chaos from circumstances, social chaos from team dynamics, and internal chaos from personal struggles. He shares how the Bible depicts God creating order out of chaos, giving us a model for bringing order ourselves.
    You'll learn Gary's fascinating perspective that all believers are called to biblical leadership to steward their spheres of influence. He emphasizes the necessity of building relational capital by embracing team diversity and differences by design.

    Gary also outlines his powerful "three-layer pyramid" distinguishing between what we can humanly provide (meeting needs, caring for others) versus what only Jesus can ultimately do (give new identity and purpose).

    Throughout the conversation, Gary compellingly argues for integrating faith principles into the workplace domain to fully unleash the power of the gospel in people's lives.

    You can read my article compilation of Gary's insights here: Read the Article

    Whether you lead a business, ministry, family or just yourself, this episode will equip you with a biblical framework for overcoming chaos and creating order that brings glory to God.

    Subscribe for more interviews on integrating biblical truth and leadership!

    Keywords: Biblical Leadership, Overcoming Chaos, Organizational Leadership, Leadership Principles, Faith and Work Integration, Leading Teams, Christian Workplace, Creating Order
    Host: Rodney Cox

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    © 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 25 min
    Rethinking How We Preach for the Digital Age

    Rethinking How We Preach for the Digital Age

    In our digital age, the way people consume content has radically shifted. Yet many churches still deliver monologue-style sermons designed for a reality that no longer exists.
    I recently interviewed David Murrow, an online preaching coach, who argues: "Preaching stopped working 20 years ago." As audiences migrated to social media and bite-sized videos, the traditional sermon format has struggled to capture attention.
    Murrow's fascinating proposed solution? A "hybrid preaching" model that blends shareable video segments into live services, mirroring how Jesus communicated profound truths through 38-second parables and object lessons.
    While acknowledging concerns about online content undermining in-person community, Murrow provides thought-provoking perspectives on adapting the timeless gospel through new mediums and formats, just as the church has done throughout history.
    Whether you're a pastor, church leader, or Christian wondering how to most effectively share your faith today, you won't want to miss Murrow's insights.
    Read Executive Summary: https://bit.ly/3VruFcU
    Host: Rodney Cox

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    • 27 min
    The Sacredness of Secular Work: How Your Job Matters to God

    The Sacredness of Secular Work: How Your Job Matters to God

    If you've ever struggled to connect your faith to your work or felt like your job was just a necessary evil, this episode is for you! Join me as I explore the powerful biblical truth that ALL work is sacred and eternally significant to God.

    I recently interviewed Jordan Raynor about his paradigm-shifting book "The Sacredness of Secular Work" and it completely transformed my perspective on faith and career. In this episode, I unpack some of the key ideas and share how our everyday work - no matter how mundane it may seem - is a vital way we worship God, love our neighbors, and participate in his redemptive mission.

    You'll discover:
    Why an "abridged gospel" that only focuses on personal salvation is hindering our witness in the workplaceHow pursuing excellence and integrity in our jobs is one of our greatest opportunities for evangelismWhat it looks like to steward our talents and cultivate the world in a way that reflects the image of our CreatorPractical ways to connect your faith to your work and find renewed purpose in your vocationWhether you're an entrepreneur, artist, corporate executive, or stay-at-home parent, this episode will bring you immense encouragement and inspiration to step into your calling with joy!

    Read my blog post here: https://bit.ly/3PegWCx

    #FaithAndWork #TheologyOfVocation #WorkAsWorship #ChristianPodcast #IntegratingFaithAndWork
    Host: Rodney Cox

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    • 27 min
    Leadership Is Overrated

    Leadership Is Overrated

    What enables some teams to achieve incredible results under intense pressure, while others flounder? Retired Navy SEAL leader Kyle Bucket and business leader Chris Mefford have seen extraordinary teams accomplish the near impossible across military, government, nonprofit, and corporate worlds.  
    In this episode, Chris and Kyle decode the key practices that set elite teams apart. Drawing from experience leading special operations and guiding thriving corporate cultures, they explain the flaws in most organizations’ assumptions about leadership, motivation, and culture – and why traditional management tactics often backfire.
    Instead, Chris and Kyle advocate for “self-led teams” built on peer leadership, radical transparency about weaknesses, and candid feedback. They outline six practical steps any leader or manager can start taking to unlock greater alignment, innovation, ownership and fulfillment from groups. 
    You’ll learn:
    • Why investing in recognition, community and purpose pays exponentially higher dividends than incentivizing individual performance
    • How humility and “emotional capital” from senior leaders create psychological safety for teams to take ownership
    • Why elite military units and thriving business teams often defer to junior members rather than the highest-ranking officers  
    Gain unconventional yet evidence-based insights from Chris and Kyle on how to strengthen team cohesion, agility, and fulfillment in your organization. The results can be record-breaking.
    Host: Rodney Cox

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    • 47 min
    Building a Strong Senior Leadership Team: A Conversation with Tony Morgan of The UnStuck Group

    Building a Strong Senior Leadership Team: A Conversation with Tony Morgan of The UnStuck Group

    What separates a church that’s just getting by from one that’s thriving and making an impact in people’s lives? Strong leadership – and specifically, a strong senior leadership team. 
    My guest on the StrongTeams.com podcast this week is Tony Morgan, founder of the Unstuck Group, an expert on team development and alignment. Tony consults with churches to help get them “unstuck” and move forward into their God-given potential and purpose. He’s worked with over 650 churches of all sizes. 
    In this conversation, Tony and I discuss:
    Why singular leadership falls short and senior teams are essential, especially as a church growsCommon questions churches ask that lead them astray in building their team  The right criteria and questions to use in selecting senior team membersHow a high-functioning senior team should operate and empower those “downstream”Navigating transitions when a current team member may not be the right fit  Executive Summary: Download or Read Here
    The UnStuck Group: https://theunstuckgroup.com/
    Host: Rodney Cox

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    © 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 32 min
    Strengthening Pastoral Integrity | Dr. David Fletcher

    Strengthening Pastoral Integrity | Dr. David Fletcher

    Rodney Cox spoke with Dr. David “Fletch” Fletcher, founder of XPastor.org, about the vital yet often overlooked topic of strengthening integrity in church leadership.

    David, or Fletch as he is called by his friends, served as a pastor for 35 years in single and multisite churches ranging in size from 1,000-8,000 members. In 2003 he founded XPastor.org which has become a popular resource for leaders in today’s complex church world.
    You can find David Fletcher at www.xpastor.org.



    Host: Rodney Cox

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    The podcast is a production of Ministry Insights. Visit us at ministryinsights.com.

    © 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.

    • 31 min

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