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Next Step Leadership is a podcast dedicated to helping you make your next step your best step. Your next step could very well determine the trajectory or direction of your life. Where we step, how we step, and when we step are all vital considerations for your next step. Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds combine decades of experience in ministry, higher education, writing, music, leading organizations, and developing teams to inspire you to aspire in life one step at a time. We desire to assi ...
 
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In this episode of Next Step Leadership, Tracy and Chris talk about practical ways to help others find balance in the uneven surfaces of life—while also remembering to apply that themselves. Tracy has used the book Equilibrium to guide church leaders to learn and live the key elements of a better life. The book is available for today’s leaders. The…
 
In the second segment of their interview with Trés Ward, Tracy and Chris love continuing to hear his story. Leaders are bombarded with gifts and dreams and ideas, and they often unfortunately miss opportunities right beside them to serve others. Trés talks about finding his true life purpose means helping others find theirs. Trying to find what God…
 
Tracy and Chris interview Trés Ward in this week’s episode of Next Step Leadership. Trés is a wonderful singer, musician, and teacher who has a heart for guiding the younger generation through these uncertain times. He presently serves as Assistant to the President and Director of Ministry Teams at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. His…
 
Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds usually interview guests. In this episode, they engage in a conversation with each other. They review recent podcasts and invite people to pursue help when situations aren’t easy. How can leaders become better at dealing with sadness, hurt, anger, grief, and uncertainty? How can leaders pause and seek support? What …
 
In their second interview with Pastor Kevin Bordeaux, Chris and Tracy appreciate the honesty as he tells his story. Many people in leadership are facing difficulties. Life is not always simple. Too many leaders lead in isolation. Kevin offers healthy insight through his experience and his wisdom. Stress, depression, burnout, anger, anxiety, and con…
 
Pastor Kevin Bordeaux talks with Tracy and Chris about pastoral work, family, and leadership. Kevin tells about his life and ministry. His major spiritual transformation reveals a journey of growth and development, and his story reminds leaders how life includes wonderful experiences and also seasons of change. Through his heart and vision for chur…
 
Chris and Tracy invite you to continue listening to Jacob TEN20 Thompson. Jacob is an author, poet, pastor, speaker, husband, and dad who lives with Friedreich’s Ataxia. He also lives with the love of Jesus giving him a hopeful destiny amid his physical struggles. Wise leaders recognize their weaknesses. Rather than denying their battles, they choo…
 
Life does not always go the way we prefer. Disappointments appear. Disturbances occur. How do we respond? How should we? Jacob Thompson tells his story about God meeting us in times of weaknesses and questions. Jacob is the author of From Diagnosis to Destiny: Your Trials Aren’t Meant to Break You; They’re Meant to Make You—a book offering authenti…
 
In the second conversation with author and leader Tim Elmore, Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell ask a few questions and listen again in amazement to Tim’s inspiring wisdom. Tim goes into more details of his book The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership: Embracing the Conflicting Demands of Today’s Workplace. Each chapter from the book includes a case…
 
Tim Elmore Is a well known leader, speaker, and author. His wisdom is an ideal fit for the Next Step Leadership podcast. Tracy and Chris ask Tim a few questions and his compassion comes with his responses. Churches, schools, and businesses need to hear Tim’s practical principles during today’s difficult seasons of life. Tim’s ministry, Growing Lead…
 
Chris and Tracy continue their conversation with international professor Eric Foster-Whiddon. With Eric’s learning and ministry experience, he has a compassion to serve deeply and train ministers to serve well. Today’s culture is desperate for artistic and intellectual leaders. Eric thinks biblically, academically, creatively, and as community. Tra…
 
Tracy and Chris are excited to talk with Eric Foster-Whiddon. Next Step Leadership continues inviting present and future leaders and learners who listen to others in their life journeys. Eric is today’s guest and brings ministry, music, and academic experience in the conversation. He’s a writer, thinker, and minister who hopes to see positive trans…
 
Tracy and Chris listen again to the insight of author and thinker Dr. Leonard Sweet. Through Dr. Sweet’s creative, wise, challenging perspective, he continues daring and luring leaders toward what really matters. What does that mean? He points leaders to the cross. He reminds listeners to stay in love with Jesus. Len hopes each student he teaches f…
 
Professor and author Leonard Sweet is the guest in this episode of Next Step Leadership. Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds are honored with this opportunity to learn from Dr. Sweet. His books, sermons, teaching, and social media comments have motivated today’s leaders to think creatively and wisely. During these seasons of change, Len offers insight…
 
Tracy and Chris think and talk and dream together again with JJ Getz. In this second conversation, JJ offers insight from the younger generation. She tells stories about growing up as a pastor’s child. Her experience has given a great understanding of what it is like in small churches with very little help. As she talks about her father, her memori…
 
In this week’s Next Step Leadership podcast, Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds interview JJ Getz—a young leader they have watched begin her journey of leadership. JJ is a voice today’s leaders need to hear. Her wise, creative mind, and her fresh ideas offer glimpses into what is needed in today’s culture. As time is traveling so rapidly, JJ believes…
 
In this episode of Next Step Leadership, Chris and Tracy continue their conversation about ministry with Doug Bursch. Doug is an author and pastor, and he again offers deep care for today’s leaders. Social media has helped create divisive, devouring conversations. Doug seeks to guide Christian leaders toward reconciliation. Is our only concern abou…
 
Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell welcome pastor, author, and speaker Doug Bursch to this podcast. Glancing into the future through the lens of the present, Doug talks about authentic pastoral ministry. There are more expectations than ever before of what a pastor should be and do. Those large and diverse expectations create a difficult climate for …
 
Chris and Tracy continue listening to singer and author Michele Pillar tell her story about when her life was tangled and how she finally became untangled. These days it is vital we learn from servant leaders like Michele. Healing comes through vulnerability, seeking help, receiving healing, and becoming untangled. She felt God had picked the wrong…
 
In this fascinating episode of Next Step Leadership, Tracy and Chris interview award winning singer Michele Pillar. Michele’s story is important for leaders to hear during these days when headlines, churches, friendships, and families are impacted by choices. Though popular through her amazing voice, Michele held deep hurts. Those pains influenced …
 
Author and Executive Pastor Dan Reiland continues his guidance for today’s leaders. Chris and Tracy enjoy the insight Dan provides, especially during the complicated seasons for today’s churches, businesses, and relationships. Dan talks about key points from his book, Confident Leader: Become One, Stay One. What are legitimate or illegitimate sourc…
 
In this episode of Next Step Leadership, Tracy and Chris talk with author and leader Dan Reiland. Dan offers deep insight from his role as an Executive Pastor of 12Stone Church, and his many years in various leadership positions. He tells his story and talks about how we can become leaders and continue serving as leaders. The confidence that is nee…
 
As their conversation with Jamie Cain continues, Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell think with Jamie about rejoicing well and grieving well. Many of life’s seasons are painful. Many are just what leaders are experiencing and enduring now. What can leaders learn? How can leaders respond? Leaders need honest, transparent, authentic friends. Leaders mus…
 
Chris and Tracy interview Jamie Cain in this episode of Next Step Leadership. Jamie talks about his vocational journey. Like many leaders, his story didn't go the way he expected. But his adventure has allowed Jamie to continue influencing the lives of others. His education and experience provide wisdom during these seasons of change. Many people a…
 
Tracy continues talking to Chris about his new book, Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces. Chris and Tracy focus on the meaning of the chapters, and offer thoughts on how these guidelines are vital for living and leading. How does your life need symmetry? What causes your own uneven surfaces? How can you better apply thes…
 
Tracy Reynolds turns this episode around and interviews Chris Maxwell, his co-host. Tracy asks Chris about his new book, Equilibrium: 31 Ways to Stay Balanced on Life’s Uneven Surfaces. This is Maxwell’s eleventh book and it offers honest stories, reflections, and steps for obtaining a better life amid all the chaos surrounding us. If leaders expec…
 
Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell continue their interesting discussion with author and pastor Tod Bolsinger. Tod serves as the Executive Director of Church Leadership Institute at Fuller Seminary, CEO of A. E. Sloan Leadership Company, and worked in pastoral ministry for many years. His heart beats for leadership development. In this conversation, …
 
Chris and Tracy interview author and coach Tod Bolsinger. Tod has years of experience in pastoral and academic leadership, and he offers challenges for today’s learners. His books dare leaders to see how things are not just as they have always been. It is time for adjusting. It is time for learning. It is time for change. Tod addresses adaptive lea…
 
Russell Board is again interviewed by Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell. He continues telling his story and inviting us all to take whatever next steps God would have us take. In addition to his global mission work, Russell is also an author of several books. He talks about his books, which are great for today’s leaders and learners. His latest book…
 
Chris and Tracy enjoy their conversation with author and missionary Russell Board. His servant leadership style brings a fitting story to the ongoing dialogue in the Next Step Leadership podcasts. Russell talks about his personal narrative and his years bringing hope around the world. His first prayer to God, his decades of obedience, his ongoing r…
 
In this episode, Chris and Tracy continue talking to Lee Grady about discipleship and mentoring. The next step journey is not always easy, but we aren’t meant to endure this adventure alone. Lee tells us about his latest book, Follow Me: How to Make Disciples Like Jesus Did. The book is Lee’s life message on discipleship. His stories inspire today’…
 
In Episode 51 of Next Step Leadership, Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds enjoy a conversation with Lee Grady. Lee desires to continue writing and leading with the hope of ministering and mentoring around the world. He defines discipleship as the process any Christian goes through to become a mature follower of Jesus. Those who become disciples are t…
 
Chris and Tracy continue their conversation with best-selling author Philip Yancey. Philip tells more of the sad stories from his years growing up in a legalistic church and with a difficult home environment. Where the Light Fell, Philip’s latest book, is his memoir. And as he communicates in the book, and in all of his bestselling books, Phillip i…
 
Chris and Tracy are honored to interview best-selling author Philip Yancey. Philip’s latest book is his memoir titled, Where the Light Fell. The book describes how Philip endured difficult seasons, yet found biblical truth and faith through his painful experiences. Racism, fundamentalism, tension, questions, and many other segments of his life proc…
 
In this podcast Chris and Tracy continue their conversation with Rebecca Shirey. Sight Unseen, Becky‘s book, offers a healthy perspective for discerning what God is doing in our lives and where He is taking us. Becky and her husband Lou have learned much through the years. Their hearts and their hopes are revealed in the book. Becky shares more of …
 
In Episode 47 of Next Step Leadership, Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds talk to Rebecca Shirey. Her book, Sight Unseen, tells her story of how God comes to us in unexpected ways. Becky describes her life journey in this week’s podcast. Every leader has a story. Every learner has a story. Becky and her husband Lou are wonderful examples for today’s …
 
Dr. Mark Rutland, international leader and bestselling author, speaks again with Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds in this episode of Next Step Leadership. Mark offers honest and needed thoughts from his years of service through leading. He provides lessons learned from the Old Testament stories included in his newest book “Of Kings and Prophets.” P…
 
Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell are honored to begin 2022’s Next Step Leadership podcasts with interviewing Dr. Mark Rutland. Mark has served in many leadership roles of pastoring, a college president, guiding a mission organization, and a bestselling author. People around the world hear and respect Mark’s voice. In this episode Chris and Tracy li…
 
Another year ends. Another year begins. Tracy and Chris continue their conversations, this time glancing back at 2021 and ahead at 2022. What lessons did we learn from the last few years, as difficult as they were? What dreams and hopes and prayers do we bring with us into a new year? What is the most important? How can we make 2022 a year of our b…
 
Yes, it is time to talk about the Christmas season. Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell discuss this time of year—the memories, the hopes, the hurts, and the ideas on how to lead as December nears an end. As you listen, think about your Christmas memories. What are your favorite holiday songs? What experiences cause you to smile whenever you think abo…
 
In the third episode with singer songwriter Justin Reynolds, Tracy and Chris continue enjoying their conversations. Justin knows about serving with a variety of leaders in the church culture, so he brings an honest perspective today’s leaders need to ask themselves and seek answers. With music such a key, inspiring, and, often, controversial role i…
 
Chris and Tracy continue their dialogue with Justin Reynolds. Justin’s song brings the intro and out-row in the podcast, and in today’s episode Justin tells more about his new music. The process, the work, the commitment, the dedication, the endurance: leaders need to learn from the work of musical art. Time must be invested in music, in ministry, …
 
Casual Americans https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu2WayIol1ousoImXjXT04g/featured Chris Maxwell and Tracy Reynolds interview Tracy’s son, Justin Reynolds. Justin’s music is playing to begin and end each podcast. He’s Tracy’s son and is a very talented musician, singer, and songwriter. As Coach TJ Rosene mentioned in Episode 38, leadership is more …
 
In Episode 39 of Next Step Leadership, Tracy and Chris continue their dialogue with Coach TJ Rosene, the men’s basketball coach at Emmanuel College and the Director of Coach Development at Point Guard College. Coach Rosene offers practical insight about leading others during these difficult times. He guides athletes and coaches toward victory on th…
 
Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell invite you to listen in on their conversation with TJ Rosene, the men’s basketball coach at Emmanuel College. Coach Rosene brings valuable information for all leaders through his years of coaching, speaking, and guiding young leaders. He impacts people, offering a much needed perspective of how to win in the game of…
 
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, so in this week’s podcast Doug Beacham and Tracy Reynolds interview Chris Maxwell about his personal story about a life changing experience. Do today’s leaders know the needs of those who battle epilepsy—or other health issues? Do our churches and businesses creative a climate that shows deep care of those peop…
 
In the third episode of Tracy and Chris talking with Dr. Doug Beacham, they reverse roles. Bishop Beacham offered great wisdom and stories in the previous shows, but here he asks Chris and Tracy to offer their thoughts on what is needed in these times. What are the real issues of leadership the younger generation needs? What are the challenges they…
 
In Next Step Leadership’s episode 35, Chris and Tracy continue their interview with Dr. Doug Beacham. Bishop Beacham is the General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. The conversation is for those who lead and serve in any area. Dr. Beacham has learned through the years that wherever God has sent us is where we should …
 
Dr. Doug Beacham is the General Superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He offers great insight on leadership as he talks with Tracy Reynolds and Chris Maxwell in this episode of Next Step Leadership. Through Bishop Beacham’s decades of service in areas of pastoring, writing, speaking, and leading many people, he has led we…
 
In today’s episode of Next Step Leadership, Chris and Tracy invite leaders to listen in on one of their honest conversations with each other. They reveal their hopes and questions. They offer suggestions of how today’s leaders can actually learn leadership and life lessons from Jesus. Can leaders relax and unite? Can leaders intentionally develop r…
 
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