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Insights and resources for Christian leaders to deepen your relationship with Christ, the congregation and your local community. The church and your community need you to lead. LeaderCast covers faith topics that trip us up, hold us back, and guide us forward…all so you can lead a movement of Jesus followers.

Transforming Mission LeaderCast with Tim Bias & Sara Thomas Tim Bias & Sara Thomas

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Insights and resources for Christian leaders to deepen your relationship with Christ, the congregation and your local community. The church and your community need you to lead. LeaderCast covers faith topics that trip us up, hold us back, and guide us forward…all so you can lead a movement of Jesus followers.

    The Great Thanksgiving

    The Great Thanksgiving

    This week, as you gather around the dining room table, kitchen table, card table, or hospital table with the people you love to celebrate Thanksgiving, know that we’re giving God thanks for you. 
    While this week is hyper-focused on the American holiday of Thanksgiving, we want to remind you of something that occurs more frequently (for most) than annually. 
    When we come to the table to celebrate Holy Communion, the liturgy of the Great Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to participate in the mighty acts of God. The liturgy recalls, affirms, invites, and celebrates. 
    During Episode 205, Tim and I walk through portions of the liturgy. It is a reminder that while we may move through the liturgy quickly, there are many moments to pause and give thanks. 
    As you listen, reflect, and give thanks this week, perhaps the Great Thanksgiving will be a reminder of that “outward sign of an inward grace” available to you throughout the year. 
    Wishing you and yours a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful for you!

    • 25 min
    Episode 204: 3 Reminders for Christ-Centered Leaders About Practicing Gratitude in Challenging Times

    Episode 204: 3 Reminders for Christ-Centered Leaders About Practicing Gratitude in Challenging Times

    We all know we should be grateful for what we’ve been given, whether it’s an experience or a tangible gift. But, hard situations can make gratitude difficult. Today we have three reminders for being grateful in hard, or difficult, situations.    Explore three psalms alongside four reminders (that double as prayers) to guide you through difficult seasons and practice gratitude. 
     
    First, explore Psalm 30. 
    In this psalm, we experience David who is overwhelmed with gratitude because of God’s saving work in his life. David called out to God for help and God responded. David recognized he couldn’t emerge from where he was without God and God answered. 
     
    David had only one response: Thank you, God. This is a complete response. Sometimes, those three words are all you can muster. Pray these words. Repeat these words. Cry out to God with the words. 
     
    Second, turn to Psalm 32. 
    When you’ve done something or people have treated you in a way that you feel as though there is no return, turn to Psalm 32 and David’s response to God. David broke a boundary with Bathsheba. This Psalm is believed to be his response to God’s forgiveness after that affair. 
     
    Remember, you can be forgiven. Seek God’s love. And remember, no matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you.
     
    Third, explore Psalm 34.
    In this psalm we experience David feeling alone and left behind. When you feel abandoned, even if by the people who should be loving you, remember God’s grace renews your spirit.
     
    Together, these three psalms serve as a reminder of God’s goodness, God’s steadfast love, and God’s forgiveness. Here’s one final reminder that bears repeating: God loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it.
     
    Write it down/Talk it Out
    In what circumstances is it easy to give God thanks? What circumstances is it difficult to give God thanks? Reflect on why there is a difference.  Who are the people that remind you, No matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you. Give thanks to God for them, then reach out and thank them.

    • 22 min
    Episode 203: 5 Reasons Christ-Centered Leaders Need to Teach Gratitude

    Episode 203: 5 Reasons Christ-Centered Leaders Need to Teach Gratitude

    What scripture reminds you to practice gratitude? 
    Join Tim or Sara this week as they explore five scriptures that lead to five reasons Christ-centered leaders need to teach gratitude. Will the scripture that came to mind be included in this episode? Read more and listen to Episode 203 to find out.
    From a boy with fish to Jesus and Joshua, you’ll hear scripture that reminds us of God’s presence, encourages you to take a 25,000-foot perspective, and that God’s in the restoration business. 
    If you know you should be grateful, but don’t always practice gratitude, here are five reasons to practice, and teach gratitude.
    Before reading any further, what are your reasons for teaching and practicing gratitude? 
    Here’s our top five list. Listen to the episode to explore the corresponding scriptures that each of these reasons comes from. 
    Five reasons to Teach and Practice Gratitude.
    Reminders of God’s goodness are all around us. God’s goodness invites a response of gratitude. God is in the restoration business. Leaders need to take a 25,000-foot perspective, especially when people are grumbling about “what we don’t have.” Instead, it’s an invitation to name what you do have. What is in front of you. Those are reasons to be grateful to God.  We’re God's people who are chosen, blessed, broken, and given. God’s grace breaks in at each of those moments, leading to gratitude. God’s in all things. God’s goodness is present in our life. God’s given you the opportunity to recognize God’s goodness. It’s an opportunity to be thankful.  Write it down/Talk it Out
    Which Scripture resonated with you? Take time this week to explore it in gratitude to God. What aspect of teaching gratitude is your growing edge as a leader? 

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    Episode 202: Giving God Thanks, The Journey of Practicing Gratitude

    Episode 202: Giving God Thanks, The Journey of Practicing Gratitude

    Is an “attitude of gratitude” enough? 
    Before you answer, consider the source of your gratitude. If your gratitude is circumstantial or based only on feelings, what happens when the circumstances around you are hard? Do you simply stop being grateful?
    We hope not.
    As Christ-centered leaders, God is the source of our gratitude. As such, regardless of circumstances, God’s goodness is present. That’s why gratitude is essential. Once we decide we need to practice gratitude and want to practice gratitude out of response to God’s goodness, we’ve started the journey of gratitude. 
    One Journey of Gratitude
    We agree we need to be grateful. We discipline ourselves to be grateful. We keep it up as a disciplined habit, whether we feel like it or not. It becomes a joy—we are thankful for the privilege. We’re nurtured by a relationship with God that responds to God’s goodness with gratitude. As a leader, you have the opportunity to model for others something more than an attitude of gratitude. You have the opportunity to practice gratitude with the people you lead. The only question is, will you?
    Write it Down/Talk it Out
    Do you value the kindness of God's work? Said, as we talked about in this episode, “Is God good, and do you start with God’s goodness? What are you going to do about it? Where are you on the gratitude journey and what's your next step in practicing gratitude?  What did you learn about yourself and being grateful from this episode?

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    The Intersection of Immigration, Faith, and the Future Church with Scott Hicks

    The Intersection of Immigration, Faith, and the Future Church with Scott Hicks

    “Why don’t they follow the rules?” 
    If you’ve ever heard this question asked about immigration, join Scott Hicks, Immigration Attorney and Pastor, for Episode 201. Scott’s deep faith and grace-filled perspectives guide you to explore: 
    the myths about immigration how a culture of fear is perpetuating these myths how faith informs our response to immigration.  Then, explore with Scott how a shifting landscape is inviting a local congregation to innovate and connect as a community through technology. 
    Myths About Immigration
    Scott explores the myths perpetuated by lack of knowledge and media that keep individuals on a long waiting list that can last from 7-50 years. Additionally, he shares how long-term and recent history continues to perpetuate practices that are racist. 
    Culture of Fear
    When it comes to conversations about immigration, Scott explores how fear has informed the debate in congress. From threats of violence to “stealing jobs” the culture of fear around immigration has created a system that is enforcement based and runs contrary to what data shows to be true. 
    Perspective of Faith
    As an immigration attorney and pastor, Scott holds space to explore not only the legal implications of immigration but invites us to consider the faithful response as followers of Jesus. He reminds us of the greatest commandments and how loving God and not oppressing the foreigner, protecting orphans and widows appears throughout scripture. If loving God and loving our neighbor guides our actions as Christ-centered leaders, are there things we should be doing differently around immigration? We’ll let you decide.
    Finally, Scott reminds us that being a follower of Jesus is not connected to a political party or a political ideology. Instead, when we start with our faith in Jesus, we lead others to encounter the love of God we know in Jesus. 
    Innovating Church
    When it comes to the intersection of church and immigration, Scott continues to be an advocate and educator. The challenges of the pandemic brought another reality to the local church Scott pastors. Explore with him how they’ve pivoted to an online community that is not only reaching people in their community but around the country. 
    Write it Down/Talk it Out
    Where are you starting in your understanding of immigration?  How do loving God and loving others guide your actions or inactions as a leader?  What is dying in your leadership so that new life can emerge.  Are you starting with Jesus? Or maybe the better question is what's the difference between starting with Jesus and starting from a political, whether it be liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican point of view? What new challenges and opportunities are emerging in this time of leadership for you?   

    • 55 min
    We Should Do A Podcast About That

    We Should Do A Podcast About That

    Episode 200.
    Wow. 
     
    Beginning places are important. Your starting point as a leader is important. But so is the journey. Pausing to take stock of where you’ve been and where you’re going is an important part of being a Christ-centered leader. 
     
    It seems like another lifetime that Tim & I sat in the District Offices in Dublin, Ohio with sound pads all around us recording the first episode on my old Apple laptop. While the District Offices have now moved, we’ve both taken on different or additional roles, and we no longer record the episodes in person (we didn’t do it for long), the podcast is going strong at Episode 200! 
     
    As I (Sara) write this, I’m not sure I thought we’d stick with it for 3.5 years, let alone get to Episode 200. If you’ve watched anyone or anything grow, you know the feeling!  But, here we are: “We Should Do a Podcast About That” comes at a great time when we’re exploring the importance of history and context in leadership. 
     
    There are a couple of new things in this episode. One at the beginning and one at the end. You’ll pick up on them as you listen to “We Should Do A Podcast About That”
     
    As you listen to Episode 200 you’ll hear the lessons we’ve learned about ourselves as leaders, the things that tripped us up, and a few defining moments in the past 3 years. 
     
    We share our journey as a way of inviting you into a time of reflection on your own leadership and growth over the past three years. You’ll hear plenty of laughter and poking fun. 
     
    But most of all, you’ll hear appreciation. Appreciation for you, our listeners. Appreciation for our guests. Appreciation for the journey we’ve been on over the three years of recording episodes. 
     
    Thank you for being on this journey with us. For reflecting on ideas, insights, and continuing to grow as a Christ-centered leader. Soon, we’ll have something we hope you’ll join us for in 2022. We thought it might be ready to be shared when episode 200 dropped, but it’s not. So hang tight for just a couple more weeks as we put the final touches on an invitation for 2022. 
     
    Explore the episodes from 2021 here.
     
    Finally, if you’re wondering the technical parts of podcasting, here’s a download of the gear, programs, and resources we use if you might be interested in launching your own podcast. 
     
    I’ll tell you this: it’s A LOT of work. Pastors, I compare it to writing a sermon every week.
     
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    • 27 min

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