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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.
 
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In the fourth week of this series, this devotion focuses on love and acceptance. Read We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 Reflect Listen to the devoti…
 
Hope in the Ordinary This series of devotions are meant to serve as a simple reminder of God's presence in the ordinary moment of everyday life. Throughout the summer, we'll share a devotion each week to remind you of God's presence and the power of hope. Every week, you'll find the scripture, prayer, and reflection question on the website along wi…
 
Hope in the Ordinary This series of devotions are meant to serve as a simple reminder of God's presence in the ordinary moment of everyday life. Throughout the summer, we'll share a devotion each week to remind you of God's presence and the power of hope. Every week, you'll find the scripture, prayer, and reflection question on the website along wi…
 
Hope in the Ordinary This series of devotions are meant to serve as a simple reminder of God's presence in the ordinary moment of everyday life. Throughout the summer, we'll share a devotion each week to remind you of God's presence and the power of hope. Every week, you'll find the scripture, prayer, and reflection question on the website along wi…
 
Are Christian fellowship and Christian conferencing the same or different things? Explore why the words fellowship and conferencing, which have come to mean very different things, are actually pointing to one of the essential means of grace for United Methodists. Christian Conferencing as a Means of Grace But first, a question: Who has impacted you…
 
What's the most unfashionable spiritual practice today? If you said fasting, you’d be in good company. It’s the means of grace that many people have difficulty practicing. One of the many reasons we find fasting difficult is the consumeristic culture we live in. We live in a world with short attention spans, and normalized consumption of social med…
 
This week as we focus on the sacrament of Holy Communion as a means of grace. You already know that the sacrament of Holy Communion is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. It’s a sign of God’s love for us. It’s a moment to be formed into the imago Dei. Like the previous means of grace we’ve explored, Holy Communion is about…
 
“All that increases our awareness of God is prayer.” -Rueben Job Prayer is an invitation simply to be with God and to be in God's presence. That's all the hope we need, isn't it? While you may think, “I know all I need to know about prayer,” today Tim and Sara offer a few reminders in the form of stories about what it means to engage in prayer as a…
 
Today, we’re exploring what it means to “search the scripture” as a means of grace. When we search the scripture, we do so to encounter God. We can encounter God in prayer, in creation, in worship, in community, and yes, in the scripture. Encountering God in scripture is one of the primary means of grace. Encountering God As you consider the means …
 
The means of grace are wonderful ways to encounter God and grow in your relationship with Jesus. Sometimes, however, we confuse the means with the end. Join us this week to explore a few misunderstandings around the means of grace. The means of grace are opportunities to grow in our understanding and experience of God’s love. It’s all too easy to t…
 
Today we’re setting the stage for a series on “Hope and the Means of Grace.” There is a two-fold purpose for this series. First, to encourage you as Christ-centered leaders to tend to your faith formation. Second, to revisit the means of grace as a source of hope. In each episode, we’ll explore one big idea as well as answer two questions: What’s t…
 
Where are you standing right now? No. I don’t mean literally. I’m referring to your leadership. It’s Easter! Christ is Risen! And I trust you experienced the joy, wonder, and power of the resurrection in worship on Sunday. The question is, where are you standing with your leadership? Are you standing on the Monday side of Easter or the Friday side …
 
As this episode drops, it’s Holy Week. Jesus followers are making the journey from the triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the table, the cross, and ultimately the empty tomb. It’s a busy week for many. But love doesn’t know the boundaries of busyness. Love doesn’t know the confines of a worship service or church building. The sacrificial love of Jes…
 
Are you like Simon Peter? Specifically, are you like Simon Peter when you are facing the unknown? While Jesus called Peter a rock, when the pivotal moments in Jesus’ ministry were unfolding, Simon Peter was less than courageous. Peter denied Jesus. Peter denied knowing Jesus. Peter denied having been with Jesus. When you find yourself with your fee…
 
Confession is good for the soul. Explore the practice of confession from two different perspectives as you continue your Lenten journey. As leaders, there will be moments you mess up. The question is, will you own up to the mess up or seek to cover it up? Your character, specifically your Christian character, is being exposed at this moment. There …
 
If there is no self-denial there is no following Jesus. While at first glance that may seem like a bold statement, think of it instead as a countercultural statement. After all, Jesus’ invitation reminds us, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23. In a world where personal pref…
 
Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32 (MSG) Forgive others as Christ has forgiven you. (Eph 4:32) We have all experienced anger, bitterness, and perhaps even vengeance. Forgiveness brings peac…
 
Lent is upon us. This week we’ll speak and hear the words, “remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return” as the sign of the cross is placed on foreheads. The journey of Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter. We’ve planned a series of podcasts for Lent that will help you approach lent with hope.…
 
God has gifted you in a unique way. That means your strengths bring hope to life differently than your spouse, your colleague, and even your friends. Today we’re exploring how leaders create hope in different ways. Specifically, how your strengths show up and create hope for different people in different ways. In this episode, Tim and Sara use two …
 
A leader’s relationship with hope begins with your relationship with Jesus. If we’re resurrection people, and we are, our relationship with Jesus will guide all of our relationships. Today, we want to focus on why communicating with hope is a leadership imperative. We’ll explore a speech from Martin Luther King Jr that you’ve likely heard, or at le…
 
Mikaela Shiffrin. Vincent Zhou. Joe Burrow. Queen Elizabeth. Kyle Mullen. All of the above people were in the news over the weekend. Some are likely more familiar than others. Their names, whether familiar or not, are a small part of their story. Their relationships, life focus, talents, and heritage add to their story. Some were born into their ro…
 
As we continue our focus on “Hope Throughout the Year,” this month we’ll be exploring hope and relationships. At the end of 2021, Gallup International found that global hope and happiness were decreasing around the world compared to 2020. It appears this is mostly fueled by fears of economic instability and the global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemi…
 
Reason 3: Discipling You to Lead with Hope You’re a Christ-centered leader. You’re also a Jesus follower. As we focus on hope throughout the year, we are creating this to be a resource for leaders in their walk with Jesus. Hope Throughout the Year is a place where we’re asking questions about the intersection of faith and daily life, where we’re in…
 
We’re on week 2 of 3, walking through the reasons we’re focusing on hope throughout the year. Today, we want to talk about the second reason we’re focusing on hope throughout the year. It’s simple: we want to help you offer weekly reminders of God’s presence and power. As Christ-centered leaders, sometimes the very thing we forget to do is focus on…
 
Encouragement looks different for different people. Some people respond to a written word or a phone call. Others to a card or a text message. For some, it’s simply your presence. Last week, we introduced the 3 reasons for this year-long focus on hope. Hope throughout the year is designed to do the following: 1) To provide hope-filled encouragement…
 
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe we’re already in 2022, but here we are. Today, we’re introducing the big theme for LeaderCast for 2022 and what's guiding Hope Throughout the Year. Our Mission At the beginning of every podcast episode, you hear us say, “resources for Christ-centered leaders to navigate the challenges and opportunities of courag…
 
Merry Christmas! You’ve likely heard the familiar passage from Luke 2 several times the past couple of weeks. So as we conclude the year with, Love is a Big Deal, here are a few reminders why love is a big deal…especially this time of year. Love enters the world in a messy chaotic manger. Love comes to us as a baby. Love arrives in an unlikely plac…
 
When you think about joy, what comes to mind? Join Tim and Sara for three reasons “Joy is a Big Deal” and experience the wonder of a child alongside moments of learning from everyday life. When you pause to read again (or listen again) to the scripture’s account of the witnesses to the birth of Christ. It was filled with all sorts of emotions. Can …
 
In a world where violence continues to be normalized, trauma is accelerating at an exponential rate, and wholeness is being co-opted by self-help gurus, we need a little peace! No, we’re not talking about “peace and quiet” or calm. While those things are good, the Prince of Peace offers a more robust experience of peace. Episode 208 explores four r…
 
Last week as we began our journey of advent, we started exploring why God with us, the incarnation, is a big deal. And, in turn, asking the question, what is the truth and consequence of this season for Christ-centered leaders? This week, explore why hope is a big deal for Christ-centered leaders. There are at least three reasons hope is a big deal…
 
Advent is upon us. This is a season of preparation. It’s a season of anticipation. Throughout December we'll explore the question, "What’s the big deal about advent for Christ-centered leaders?" This episode bridges the gratitude theme from November with our focus for December centering around the incarnation. What's the Big Deal About Advent? Part…
 
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 an…
 
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 seaso…
 
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 he…
 
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…
 
“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 immi…
 
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 a…
 
The missional identity of a local congregation is essential to embrace the people in your local context. This week, Karen Cook will encourage you to lead in ways that connect the local church's unique identity to its mission field. We explore church mergers, the different life stages of a local congregation, and the importance of knowing your uniqu…
 
Where is the first German-speaking Methodist Church located? No, we’re not asking a random trivia question. It’s a question about history. Listen to Episode 198 and get the answer. For now, we’ll tell you this: it’s probably not located where you think. This month, we’re diving into the importance of history and context in leadership. To get us sta…
 
Leadership as service is a selfless, loving way to lead. In the context of the Christian community, when a leader focuses on service, Jesus is the one we are serving. But, there is one thing that gets in the way of leadership as service. What is it? Entitlement. Before you dismiss the fact that you’re not “entitled” or don’t occasionally behave in …
 
As we continue exploring the theme. “Leadership as Service” this week we’re hearing from Bishop Cal Holloway. Bishop Holloway shares his wisdom and reminders for Christ-centered leaders. As you listen, you’ll find places to hit the pause button and reflect on what Bishop shares. From exploring what it means to believe and trust Jesus to becoming a …
 
Leadership as service begins with modeling your life after Jesus. This week, Lizzy Ortiz, Pastor of St. Mark’s UMC and Iglesia Hispana, offers encouragement for unity in the body of Christ. Lizzy’s leadership is modeled after Jesus. She serves first and through that service, she is a leader. As you listen to Episode 195, you’ll hear how relationshi…
 
As leaders, sometimes we plant seeds, sometimes we water them, and still others we till the soil to nurture others towards growth. Listen as Tim and Sara explore one question that will help you lead others by serving first. Whatever season of leadership you are in, let’s explore what it means to be a leader who serves. One of the ways leaders serve…
 
As we wrap up this month’s focus on having a growth mindset and being a learning leader, here’s a simple reminder: as leaders, relationships are central to everything we do. Episode 193 invites you to consider five ways practicing a growth mindset can help you navigate the local and global challenges that continue to emerge. Some of these practices…
 
Learning leaders get things wrong. And you already know, for many, it is hard to be wrong. Leaders make mistakes...and it’s hard. And then there’s uncertainty and emotional exposure you feel as a leader...that IS hard, too. Here’s the thing: you can do hard things. In this episode, you'll be reminded that you can do hard things. You'll hear how lea…
 
“Growth mindset leaders want to be challenged.” Carol Dweck Growth happens when there is enough challenge and support offered to a leader. When there is too much or too little of either element, growth doesn't happen. Instead, leaders experience stagnation, uncertainty, overwhelm, and coddling. If you’re not growing as a leader, it’s likely there’s…
 
Uncertainty has a way of messing with our thinking, feelings, and behavior. At times the uncertainty looks like doubt. Other times, it looks like the need to learn a new skill. Still other times, it’s wrapped up in decision fatigue or endless options that overwhelm you. You’ve likely found yourself in one of these situations in the past week, if no…
 
What would you say about the power of being a learning leader? In this episode, we focus on the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset for Christ-centered leaders. Join us for Episode 189 to explore how each of these characteristics can show up in Christ-centered leaders and what you may need to consider to continue becoming a lear…
 
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