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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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Rest, relaxation, and play are possible...even with demanding schedules. Ministry and leadership are demanding. There's no way around that fact. But, ministry and leadership are life-giving when we care for ourselves as leaders. In today's short episode we offer two ideas to make rest, relaxation, and play possible in your life. And they’re easier …
 
We have a big question, but a short episode for you this week. It continues our theme of rest, relaxation, and play. Here it is: What are the ingredients for joy and meaning in your life? “Ingredients for Joy and Meaning,” is all about taking a moment to name what it looks like when things are going really well in your family. Said just a bit diffe…
 
Are you ready for a different angle on rest, relaxation, and play? This week, tune in as we talk to someone whose work it is to facilitate the experiences that most of us participate in for entertainment, relaxation, and fun. Amy Burgess is a mom, the Rosie Red mascot for the Cincinnati Reds, as well as an Executive Director and Choreographer for C…
 
Where do those three things fall on your priority list? If you’re like many people these are the first things that fall off our priority list when busyness creeps in. Did you know that 35% of Americans don’t get 7-9 hours of sleep a night? Or that 77% of the US workforce does not take all the paid time off they earn in a year? As we continue explor…
 
Holy Moments. You’ve experienced these moments. Time stands still. You’re overcome with the presence of God. You might even question whether the moment is really happening. You’re standing on holy ground (ok, in this case, we were sitting, recording a podcast). Holy moments can’t be crafted, predicted, or rehearsed. They simply unfold. And when the…
 
If you want to build community, or deepen community connections, join us for Episode 178 as we seek to model grace-filled, curious conversation about topics we can sidestep in our communities. Episode 178 is Part 1 of a two-part conversation with April Casperson. April serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Ohio Conference. …
 
If you’ve been a part of a community, you’ve likely experienced conflict within that community. Sometimes our differences are easy to explore together. At other times, the conflict leads to division. The challenges to leaders during these seasons are great. But, if you’re willing to reimagine who God is inviting you to be, you just might experience…
 
What is community? Community is about the inter-relatedness of people. In other words, it starts with relationships. It’s about belonging to something larger than ourselves. Community helps people say, “I am a valued part of this body and have contributions to make”. When we see ourselves as a part of a community, we think about how we are related …
 
At the intersection of Jesus, accountability, and corporate life is our guest, Courtney Hilbert. Add Courtney’s passion for leading youth, writing Christian fiction, baking and you find a woman of integrity who embraces accountability in the workplace, church, and in the ministries she leads. If you’ve ever wondered how faith and corporate life int…
 
Stories, history, current reality, and Scripture come together in this week’s conversation with Charles Boayue Jr. Charles is a District Superintendent in the Michigan Conference of the UMC and takes us on a leadership journey to point to the importance of accountability. You’re invited to explore both the full picture and details that accompany ac…
 
What’s your personal accountability practice? Not sure what we mean? Listen to Episode 173 with Jessica Moffatt and explore the intersection of courage and accountability. Jessica is a pastor and coach who helps teams listen for God’s voice to make faithful decisions. First, we explore how humility, offering ourselves to God, and self-awareness con…
 
Is accountability a bad word? Short answer: NO! It’s the fuel for productivity, engagement, and growth for leaders. When there is clarity and responsibility, accountability becomes a positive force for change and growth. Why then, do so many of us despise accountability? When accountability is used in punitive ways, it often leads to shame and blam…
 
What happens when you ask 15 leaders for their best wisdom on self-awareness? You get stories, poignant reminders, examples, challenging circumstances, diverse perspectives, and enough wisdom to fill several volumes. Whether you choose to listen all at once or in several sessions, these leaders remind us how God is with us deepening our self-awaren…
 
In our conversation today, we’re talking with Barry Burns about leadership and self-awareness. As a pastor, District Superintendent, and Dean of the Cabinet, Barry offers us wide-angle and close-up views of how self-awareness comes into play in leadership. We explore the impacts of social media and seasons of ministry as well as how self-care and h…
 
What is your first memory of becoming self-aware? How about your most recent memory? The reality is, we are never finished growing in self-awareness. In our conversation this week with Rae Lynn Schlief, we talk about self-awareness through different seasons of life and ministry. From the first moment of radical self-awareness in the midst of clinic…
 
What is self-awareness for Christ-centered leaders? Our conversation with Curnell Graham offers you a way to experience self-awareness that you may not have considered. He turns self-awareness inside out and invites you to focus on God-awareness through his stories, life experience, and leadership. From acknowledging the barriers and -isms that att…
 
Find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/167 What is self-awareness? Tim and Sara highlight five aspects of self-awareness that are essential for leaders and in daily life. Explore these five aspects and listen throughout the month of March to episodes highlighting how different leaders continue to deepen their self-aware…
 
Can you name your four most important relationships? Yes, we’re really asking. Episode 166 is a conversation with Dennis Miller. Dennis serves as the District Superintendent of the Foothills District in the West Ohio Conference. As we conclude a month focused on relationships, Dennis reminds us of the essential relationships that nurture a leader’s…
 
You may have heard someone utter the phrase, “the church would be great if it weren’t for the people. And while we can smile and shake our heads in understanding, people are the church. People make up the body of Christ. So while people are complicated, relationships are at the center of the church. Our relationship with Jesus, our relationships wi…
 
Do you see yourself as a leader? Do you need to see yourself as a leader to be a leader? Perhaps you’ve never paused long enough to answer either of those questions. Perhaps you assume the first is true. Therefore, the second question has yet to emerge as a question you’d consider. Or, perhaps you’ve only ever associated leadership with a title or …
 
If you’re missing specific relationships, there’s likely a good reason. The pandemic has removed one of the spaces we need relationships. As a result, we’ve spent more time with fewer people. Yes, it’s for a very good reason. Yes, we’ll continue to do it as long as we have to. But, anyone else just want to go to a game, concert, or performance? You…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/podcast Episode 162 Is Your To-Do List Never Ending? What is on your list of competing demands? Maybe they don’t feel like demands. Maybe the things that keep you busy also energize you, empower you, and even fulfill your purpose. Whether you call them demands, invitations,…
 
Find the full show notes on the episode page https://transformingmission.org/podcast Look for episode 161 The demands of ministry are ever-changing. During a global pandemic and deep polarization in our country, it can feel like the demands are multiplying in front of you. At the very same time, you’re continuing to learn new ways of being in minis…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/160 While articulating your why can feel like a big question, it’s the fuel that propels leadership. Explore with Bill Lyle, Lead Pastor of Peace UMC in Pickerington, Ohio how starting with why has propelled his leadership. What’s the Motivation Behind Your Purpose Bill off…
 
You can find show notes for Episode 159 at https://transformingmission.org/podcast Each month throughout 2021, the podcast will focus on one theme. Episode 159 sets the foundation for everything that follows with a conversation around purpose. Courage and Purpose We begin with the question, “Why is knowing your purpose essential to being a courageo…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/158 The end of the year is here! Wasting time or wishing time away doesn't serve anyone. But, 2020 was... Challenging Interesting Strange Chaotic Anxiety-producing Crazy Out of control Like no other year "Your description here" So as we come to the end of this year, we offe…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/157 What values ground your leadership? Once you can name those values, as a leader, you have a place from which decisions can be made. Without an understanding of your values, you may have a hard time making decisions. With this in mind, our conversation today is with Chri…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/podcast Follow the link to Episode 156. When was the last time you had a conversation with someone that extended past the surface pleasantries? If you’re having a hard time thinking about that experience, today’s episode just might remind you to hold space for a deep conver…
 
You can find show notes for Episode 154 at https://transformingmission.org/podcast Thoughtfulness comes in many forms. It can take the form of a text message to check-in, an extra 15 minutes on a telephone call, or doing something to help someone. Mother Teresa said, “Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity. If you learn this art of being…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/152 Winning Others Over. For some, winning others over is as natural as putting one foot in front of the other. For others, it's a challenge. And for still others, they'd rather leave that role to someone else. Today we have a conversation with Barbara Fillion, a local and …
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/podcast Look for Episode 150. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. And the Beautiful. That's a pretty good summary of life, isn't it? We're a combination of all of those elements in one marvelous human being. Today's episode features a conversation with Todd Richards, Associate Pas…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/148 Are you prone to action bias? Do you have an impulse to act in order to gain a sense of control over a situation and eliminate a problem? That's action bias. Or, do you tend to think about things, ponder them for a period of time, turn the idea over in your head, and co…
 
You can find show notes to this episode at https://transformingmission.org/podcast Are you naturally competitive or collaborative? Often, that's the dichotomy presented - especially in the church. But what if there is a third way? What if you compete so that everyone wins? Doing so necessitates collaboration. Today, Tim and Sara have a conversation…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/podcast What is the most courageous action you can take as a leader? Yes, we're really asking you. As you consider that question, listen to Episode 143 with Mariah Miskimen. Get ready to explore how her Clifton Strengths are intersecting with life, leadership, and maternity…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/142 Courageous conversations are not always easy conversations. But, they are the conversations that invite us to stay focused. As leaders, you continue to navigate a season with new obstacles continuing to emerge at regular intervals. I won't name all the obstacles you've …
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/141 Are you someone who is always trying new things? Or, would you rather stick with the patterns, habits, and rituals that currently define your life? You're likely a little of both. And, depending on the circumstances, you might be ready for an experiment or wanting to ke…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/140 Hope is not wishful thinking. For Marie Smith, "God is in every part of every step that I take." That's a deep, abiding hope. This episode of LeaderCast, we have a conversation with Marie about her top 5 CliftonStrengths (Woo, Positivity, Arranger, Communication, Includ…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/139 I choose you. As you lead people to follow Jesus, there are challenges, disagreements, and different opinions that arise. In our conversation today with Brian Harkness, you'll hear how one pastor is building relationships with the leaders at the church and members of th…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/138 Are you a leader? Do you enjoy the process of learning new things? Are you a Jesus follower? If you said yes to any of those questions, Episode 138 is for you. Today's episode is a conversation with Nikki Baker. Reflect on your natural talents as you hear how Nikki's to…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/137 Relational discipleship. What does it look like in this season of ministry? Today, we have a conversation with Dave Warner, Pastor of Engage Newark, and the Director of the Play Cafe in Newark, Ohio. As you listen to Episode 137, you'll hear Dave share how relational di…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/136 What's next for the podcast? ....insert a drumroll. Ok, no drumroll. Just a simple announcement. What's next? Interviews, conversations, and collaborations with Christian leaders who are leveraging their Clifton Strengths and leading with courage. We're calling the seri…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/134 Read John 14:8-9 Reflect This scripture addresses part of the anxiety the disciples had with the departure of Jesus. It addresses the situation of those who wonder what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, who is no longer present. How can one follow an absent Lord? Jesu…
 
You can find show notes for this episode at https://transformingmission.org/134 Read John 20:20-22 Reflect God is a missionary God. To be a follower of Jesus is to continue in God’s mission in loving the world. The resurrection is not an individual and private religious experience. It is a corporate reality that involves a mission to the world. To …
 
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