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The Learn + Lead Podcast features pastors, church planters and lay leaders from churches of all sizes who share their stories of growth and provide tools that you can use in your congregation. With topics such as starting new small groups, upping your social media game, narrative budgeting, how to lead a recovery ministry and many more, there is something to help churches of all sizes to learn more and lead well.
 

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Episode 36: Fresh Expressions of Church with Rev. Dr. Michael Beck

“Churches do not get healthy and then do mission; churches get healthy by doing mission.” Check out this conversation with Rev. Dr. Michael Beck on Fresh Expressions and how you can form a new faith community in places where people are already gathering in contemporary culture.

Episode 35: Enneagram Personality Types and What Those Numbers Mean with Beth and Jeff McCord

Have you ever wondered, “What is this Enneagram thing I hear my friends, family and coworkers talking about?” Perhaps you know about the Enneagram already and are looking for a deeper dive conversation and resources to live and lead more faithfully into the calling God gave you. In this episode, Beth and Jeff McCord dig into all things Enneagram including the theological discussion behind the Enneagram.

Episode 34: GET UP - Burnout to Breakthrough with Rev. Charity Goodwin

A “3” on the Enneagram, mom to two toddlers (one with autism), serving two churches, and a daily rhythm of rippin’ and running’ to get it all done, Charity hit the floor. Literally. After what she describes as an “emotional heart attack,” she began a journey to find herself again and start living into the true purpose and calling God gave her while helping others to do the same.

Episode 33: From Cuba to Kansas City with Freddy Tames Miraglia

Freddy and his wife Yuri along with their three children answered Gods call to leave Cuba and start a new Hispanic church in Kansas City.

Episode 32: How to Diversify Decision-Making Teams with Nikki Lerner

Learn the first steps to becoming a multicultural leader and practical ways you diversify leadership teams in your church.

Episode 31: The Mission Filter with Rev. Dr. Barry Winders

What if you had a filter that would help you create a more effective planning and decision-making process for fulfilling your mission? Rev. Dr. Barry Winders, a United Methodist ordained elder in the Missouri Conference, talks about what he has learned in his 50 years of ministry and how to improve your decision-making with core ideas and initiatives through The Mission Filter.

Episode 30: 4 Pillars of a Multi-Cultural Organization with Nikki Lerner

Nikki Lerner is a singer, author, speaker, and culture coach based in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. She spent over 20 years leading and building a successful multicultural creative department of over 150 people in an organization of over 4,000 people. A professional musician since the age of 19, Ms. Lerner is classically trained and has a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She uses music and creative arts as a tool to bring people together cross-culturally and share a message of unity and reconciliation in a unique and powerful way that lectures, how-tos, sermons, or books just cannot accomplish.

Episode 29: From Prison to Purpose with Courtney Trankle

What do you do when you hit rock bottom? When you've lost all that matters in your past and your future to addiction? Courtney Trankle grew up an army brat and became addicted to drugs in her teen years. She spent 25 years using and trafficking drugs in Missouri before she landed in prison. In this episode, you’ll hear about Courtney's journey of addiction and how God gave her Beauty for Ashes and is using her story for His glory.

Episode 28: Disruption, Innovation and the Multi-ethnic Church with Mark DeYmaz

Mark DeYmaz began working for a church when he graduated college. This led to an 18-year career in student ministry in all white churches. In the late 1990s, after a move to Little Rock, AR to serve at a well-established church, it dawned on DeYmaz that the only people of color in an otherwise amazing church were janitors. He quit the church and launched a 20 + year journey of bringing together diverse men and women from all walks of life and economic backgrounds who would worship God together as one.

REPLAY: Episode 21: Tempered Resilience and How Leaders are Formed in the Crucible of Change with Tod Bolsinger

You may not question whether you can lead change, but you’ve probably asked yourself if you can survive it. With so many decisions (and criticisms) coming at our church leaders, how do they prioritize what to do first while simultaneously dealing with the soul-sucking internal resistance they often face when trying to make changes? Tod Bolsinger, author of Canoeing the Mountains and his most recent book, Tempered Resilience shares how you can move from surviving in the crucible of change to ...

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