42 episodes

In each episode, we are going to work to give you one easy to understand concept and tell you at least one story that illustrates the concept being put into practice. The concept will be easy to understand, but it will require your very best self and a good deal of practice over time if you are going to implement it.

The Leader's Journey Podcast Jim Herrington & Trisha Taylor

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9, 31 Ratings

In each episode, we are going to work to give you one easy to understand concept and tell you at least one story that illustrates the concept being put into practice. The concept will be easy to understand, but it will require your very best self and a good deal of practice over time if you are going to implement it.

    Listening and Learning: An African-American Leader Shares His Story

    Listening and Learning: An African-American Leader Shares His Story

    The pain related to racial injustice in the US found its voice in recent weeks and we have all been challenged to listen and learn from the experience of our Black friends and neighbors. As leaders, our challenge is to see the air we breathe and the water we swim in, then respond with empathy and action while inviting others to do the same.
     
    Our friend Pastor Johnny Gentry sat down to talk with us about his experience and blessed us with his vulnerability and courage. Pastor Johnny is lead pastor, apostle and visionary at Free Indeed Church International in Northeast Houston and he is the CEO and founder of Community Works CDC. He leads side-by-side with his wife Jenice Gentry. They have four children.
     
    We hope you'll listen in.
    Resources:
    Visit https://www.communityworkscdc.org/ to learn more about Pastor Johnny's nonprofit, Community Works CDC, a faith-based community outreach ministry committed to At-Risk Youth, Ex-offender Re-entry and Economic Redevelopment in Northeast Houston.
    More information about Pastor Johnny's church can be found at http://freeindeedchurch.org
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    • 39 min
    Not Just Stress: Leading in Crisis, Grief and Trauma

    Not Just Stress: Leading in Crisis, Grief and Trauma

    The pandemic is not just about working from home and watching Netflix. It's not even just about the heightened levels of stress that almost everyone is feeling. For many, the pandemic has brought varying levels of grief and trauma, and leaders are not immune. 
     
    Grief and trauma require different kinds of leadership and different kinds of self-care. Offering realistic hope looks different when people are grieving or traumatized. Minimizing the effects of grief and trauma makes things worse, not better. 
     
    In this episode, Sherri Meyer-Veen and Greg Town join us to explore the ways that many are experiencing traumatic losses even if they have not been infected with Covid-19 or faced the loss of loved ones from the disease. 
     
    References:
    All Our Losses, All Our Griefs Leading Beyond the Blizzard Trauma for leaders podcast series:
    An Introduction to Trauma for Leaders Part 1 An Introduction to Trauma for Leaders Part 2 An Introduction to Trauma for Leaders Part 3

    • 40 min
    Becoming More of Who I Was Created To Be

    Becoming More of Who I Was Created To Be

    In this episode, John Sparks talks about a way of thinking about discipleship that is elegantly simple and comprehensive enough to align us with the example and teachings of Jesus for the abundant life. He also shares about the importance of highly effective teams in reaching our goals in our congregations and organizations.
    This is the sixth and last episode in our series on our book Learning Change: Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal. That book came out of our work with what was then known as Ridder Church Renewal and is now known as Churches Learning Change. A group of leaders in that first group came to be dear friends and also contributors to this book, describing their experience with learning to lead in new ways.
    John Sparks is the Pastor of Adult Ministry at Centerpoint Church in Kalamazoo, MI. His passion is spiritual formation and discipleship along the lines of the teaching of Dallas Willard and others. John and his wife Sarita have 3 grown children.
    Conversation Overview
    What is a disciple?  What is the connection between discipleship and transformation?  Mental model of transformation  What role do spiritual practices play in transformation? Community of grace and truth  When do we need to put a team around something?  How do committees from thee teams we’re talking about? Register for our upcoming webinar!
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    • 29 min
    Now What?

    Now What?

    As we continue to think about moving from crisis management to leadership, we explore how leaders are confronting “the new normal, the now normal, and the next normal.”
    In our conversation with Nate Pyle, we think about how leaders can help their organizations hold on to their core identities while also making bold adaptations to a changing reality. As the pandemic continues to unfold, the only constant is change, and leaders are having to make new decisions and prepare for their organizations for what is next.
    Conversation Overview
    The need for routine Differentiation from government and societal forces The push-pull of keeping the operational work going while also leaning into the adaptive demands of the crisis Holding on to core identity while also adapting and experimenting Before coronavirus, our context was changing but the pandemic has disrupted us enough to make deep change possible What gets us through coronavirus is what will help us get through what is after coronavirus Communicate widely and stay connected Prepare for the impact of long-standing emotional wounds after the crisis ends About Nate Pyle: 
    Nate is an author, blogger and ordained pastor in the Reformed Church of America. In addition to contributing to Learning Change, Nate has written two books: Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood, and More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overcoming Grace, Currently, Nate serves as the pastor of  Christ’s Community Church in Fishers, Indiana where he lives with his wife and three children. He tweets at @natepyle79. 
    Source: Toni Kennedy
    Register for our upcoming webinar!
    Recommended Episodes: 
    The Big Picture: Pandemic, Anxiety, and Society From Crisis Management to Leadership in a New Normal After the Adrenaline: Self-care in a Time of Crisis Leading in Uncertain Times (COVID-19) The Overfunctioning Trap: Learning to be responsible FOR me and TO you Getting From Here to There: The Power of Creative Tension Courage and Love with Jessica Shults and Brian Stone Naked and Unashamed with Chip Sauer Personal and Congregational Transformation with Drew Poppleton Thank you for listening. If you enjoy listening to The Leader’s Journey Podcast, the best way to support us is to take just a few seconds and leave a rating and/or comment over on iTunes or share it with your friends on Facebook … Thank you!

    • 23 min
    The Big Picture: Pandemic, Anxiety and Society

    The Big Picture: Pandemic, Anxiety and Society

    We've been focused on leadership in our own little part of the world but when we watch the news or see what people post on social media, we find ourselves wondering, “What is going on in the big picture?” 
    Maybe a better question is, “What happens to us collectively, as a society, when we go through a time like this?” What happens when we get to the 30,000-foot view?
    Systems thinking can help us with this. In this episode, we laugh a lot as we talk about one of the lesser-known principles of systems theory—societal regression—as we look at the ways that our collective anxiety shows up in some patterned and predictable ways—conflict, distance, polarization, and blame. We also talk about how to be the kind of leader that our society needs right now.
    Conversation Overview
    Bowen’s 8th concept of emotional process in society Symptoms we can see The vicious cycle Looking at ourselves—how we contribute to the reactivity and how we can respond differently Resources:
    For a  short and accessible explanation of societal emotional process theory, we recommend chapter 8 of The 8 Concepts of Bowen Theory by Roberta Gilbert. 
    For a deeper dive and for the information Mike referenced, you can go to: Family Therapy in Clinical Practice by Murray Bowen (p. 279) and Family Evaluation by Michael Kerr and Murray Bowen (pp. 342-343). 
    About Michael De Ruyter
    Michael has been a Pastor for over 20 years. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI) and Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA). He is passionate about how people grow and change and how churches can walk along with someone on the journey towards a flourishing and whole life.
    Thank you for listening. If you enjoy listening to The Leader’s Journey Podcast, the best way to support us is to take just a few seconds and leave a rating and/or comment over on iTunes or share it with your friends on Facebook … Thank you!

    • 29 min
    From Crisis Management to Leadership in a New Normal

    From Crisis Management to Leadership in a New Normal

    Virtually all of us agree that we’re in a crisis and none of us know how long it will last. How do we prepare ourselves and our organizations for whatever is going to be normal? Leaders are beginning to make a shift from crisis management to long-term leadership toward an uncertain future. In this episode, we explore what it looks like for leaders to resist the temptation to accelerate a return to normal and instead to evaluate our mental models, imagine new possibilities and recapture our sense of mission.
    Conversation Overview: 
    Self-leadership What to do when you don't know how long a season will last Scenario planning The importance of thoughtful leadership Here are some additional resources regarding leading in these times of uncertainty and anxiety Leading in Uncertain Times (COVID-19) Systems Thinking in Anxious Times 20 Questions to Help with COVID-19 Anxiety Practices of Calm Presence Managing Stress by Managing Yourself Thank you for listening. If you enjoy listening to The Leader’s Journey Podcast, the best way to support us is to take just a few seconds and leave a rating and/or comment over on iTunes or share it with your friends on Facebook … Thank you!

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

FUMC Ginger ,

So useful as a tool for real change

I have listened to both new podcasts more than once. They are increasingly helpful each time I listen. The reinforcement of principles learned during our Leaders Journey sessions is so helpful. There is so much information, the podcasts help bring it to a level of more personal understanding. Thank you for sharing.
The overfunctioning podcast hit home for me. Thanks to the training we have been through with the Leader’s Journey, I am better at controlling my over function button. This podcast gave me a refresher and a different perspective from which to see myself.

jj da amazing ,

Real, Relational and Rejuvenating

I have been so blessed by Jim and Tricia’s podcast. They have helped me tremendously to grow in self compassion, given me tools to work through conflict, anxiety and stress. Nothing about my life has changed but I feel so different because of their work. Thank you, Jim and Tricia, for you hard work and dedication to coaching. It truly makes a difference.

papajohnl ,

Leadership insight that goes beyond technique!

Jim and Trisha are incredible leaders and people. I have witnessed their impact in my own life and in the lives of many people in our church. This podcast makes available the wealth of their wisdom and expertise to anyone who’s fortunate enough to come across it. If you’re a leader looking to go beyond popular technique into the deeper territory of who a leader is, I think you’ll really like this podcast. Their starting point for leadership is that it truly emerges from a leader’s being and that any substantial growth, change or breakthrough therefore starts within the leader. I’m grateful for them and highly recommend this!

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