Top Leading Ideas Talks Podcast Episodes of 2018


Leading Ideas Talks podcast debuted in January 2018, providing a new way for Leading Ideas subscribers and other church leaders to learn cutting-edge leadership strategies from some of today’s most relevant thought leaders, including Robert Schnase, Kenneth Carter, Adam Hamilton, Ginger-Gaines Cirelli, and Olu Brown. These 10 episodes, hosted by Lewis Center Director Doug Powe and Associate Director Ann Michel, were among the most popular of the year. Look for upcoming Leading Ideas Talks in every other issue of Leading Ideas or subscribe at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play.

That'll Preach!“That’ll Preach” featuring Charley Reeb

How can you connect with more people and engage current parishioners better through preaching? Pastor Charley Reeb, author of That’ll Preach!: 5 Simple Steps to Your Best Sermon Ever, speaks with Lewis Center Director Douglas Powe.

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Kaleidoscope Effect“The Kaleidoscope Effect: What Emerging Generations Seek in Leaders” featuring Scott Chrostek

How can church leaders shift and adapt to the rapid cultural changes experienced by younger adults? Rev. Scott Chrostek, pastor of Resurrection Downtown in Kansas City, discusses his book The Kaleidoscope Effect: What Emerging Generations Seek in New Leaders with Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel.

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Multicultural Goes Beyond Race“Multicultural Goes beyond Race” featuring Jasmine Smothers

How do you do ministry with people who don’t look like you, sound like you, or think like you? Thought leader Rev. Jasmine Smothers and Lewis Center Director Douglas Powe discuss insights for doing effective ministry outside one’s native culture.

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Sacred Resistance“Sacred Resistance” featuring Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

How can churches grow beyond simply engaging in political activism and instead practice “sacred resistance?” Ginger Gaines-Cirelli, pastor of Foundry United Methodist Church in downtown Washington, DC, speaks with Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel about sacred resistance as a way of being grounded in the gospel and about who we are as people of faith.

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Becoming an Outward-Focused Church“Becoming an Outward-Focused Church” featuring Junius Dotson

How can we really see and hear the people in front of us? Thought leader Rev. Junius Dotson talks with Lewis Center Director Douglas Powe about moving from being inward focused to outward focused.

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Possibilities of Fresh Expressions“The Possibilities of Fresh Expressions” featuring Ken Carter and Audrey Warren

What can church look like in your neighborhood? Bishop Ken Carter and Rev. Audrey Warren discuss their book Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church with Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel. They examine the promise of new, nontraditional expressions of church that meet people where they are.

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Unafraid“Moving beyond Fear” featuring Adam Hamilton

Why does fear so often prevent leaders and congregations from taking action? Rev. Adam Hamilton, author of the new book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, speaks with Lewis Center Associate Director Ann Michel about how people of faith can move beyond the paralysis of fear.

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Revisiting the Five Practices“Ministry Beyond the Wall: Revisiting the Five Fruitful Practices” featuring Robert Schnase

How can congregations more effectively practice fruitful ministry? Bishop Robert Schnase discusses his revised book, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, with Lewis Center Director Douglas Powe.

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Dream Big to Reach New People“Dream Big to Reach New People” featuring Olu Brown

How can dreaming big help your church reach more people? Rev. Olu Brown of Impact Church in Atlanta speaks with Lewis Center Director Douglas Powe about how to creatively reach new people through extreme hospitality and by dreaming big.

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Leading in Small Church or Multichurch Settings“Leading in Small Church or Multi-Church Settings” featuring Lew Parks

Are you a pastor serving more than one church? Or a leader in a congregation that’s part of a multi-church ministry? Dr. Lew Parks, a small church vitality expert, and Lewis Center Director Douglas Powe explore perspectives and practices that can help ministry flourish even in a church that doesn’t have its own pastor — or a pastor who doesn’t serve just one church.

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