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The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in LifeWay’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at LifeWay and author of Small Groups For The Rest Of Us.
 
Unseen Leadership, hosted by Chandler Vannoy and Josh Hunter, explores the unseen stories that have made leaders who they are today. This is a podcast for young leaders to learn from those ahead of them by exploring the early days of their leadership, understanding the mistakes they made, and identifying the habits that shaped them. All to help you lead in the future. This podcast will be featuring guests like Carey Nieuwhof, Jamie Ivey, Clay Scroggins, Jackie Hill Perry, Levi Lusko, and man ...
 
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Pastor J.D. shares why humility and repentance are key in any discussion about Critical Race Theory. A glimpse inside this episode: Realize people mean different things by it, so you may not be on the same page. Don’t use a sledgehammer, use a scalpel when discussing systemic injustice of any kind. Have empathy and understand where the other person…
 
Pastor J.D. briefly explains Critical Race Theory and how injustice should be considered humbly, soberly, and charitably in the light of Scripture. A glimpse inside this episode: No one means the same thing by it; functionally when people talk about it, they have different definitions. Academically speaking, here is what it means: Frankfurt school,…
 
In Episode 562 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd continue to discuss creating an ideal team in order to thrive in a COVID/post-COVID world. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: What qualities you should look for in potential team members Why it is important to have a balanced team with mixed perspectives Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): …
 
How much should we talk about hell in our churches? What common myths do churches believe about winning new people to faith? In this episode of The One Thing podcast, Scott and Derek reflect on two episodes from the new Reach Australia ‘Mission Through The Church’ podcast series. SHOWNOTES Rico Tice podcast Andrew Heard podcast Reach Australia 2021…
 
In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Ben Mandrell are joined by Brad Lomenick, author of The Catalyst Leader and H3 Leadership. They discuss the following questions: What have you learned over the years about movements and the value they bring? How are you moving forward now? What does it look like to bring smaller…
 
In Episode 561 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss cultural, theological, and missiological issues that pastors need to be aware of. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: The major issues faced today How you can tie in your church history Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “I think the biggest issues on people’s minds right now are COVI…
 
In this re-broadcast of one of our most popular episodes, Pastor J.D. looks at the creation narrative and explains that an open Bible and an open mind are key when contemplating the concept of evolution. A glimpse inside this episode: The short answer is, “Yes.” This is one of those areas where Christians should be free to disagree. There are many …
 
In Episode 560 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss the philosophy and framework around life cycles. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: The levels of an organizational life cycle How important a team is to a healthy and thriving church Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “In every organization there are life cycles.” – @danielsangi “…
 
How to reflect deeply on a significant event for yourself or a ministry worker. SHOWNOTES Peter’s reflection tool: genevapush.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Slow-conversations.pdf Sydney mentoring: www.smbc.edu.au/study/christian-mentoring-course Brisbane mentoring: bst.qld.edu.au/mentoring-course/By LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network
 
In Episode 559 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss an outline for a sermon series on church planting “If you had four Sundays at the very beginning of the year in January, what are four big things you would talk about to begin the visioning process to a group of people about church planting?” In This Episode, You’ll Discover: What…
 
Pastor J.D. explains that it’s more about why than what we ask God. A glimpse inside this episode: Short answer is no, it is not wrong. Psalm 27:13: “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” Examples of things Christians prayed for. Here’s a handful, in no particular order: Hannah prayed for a son (1 Sam…
 
In Episode 558 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss what the well curve means for churches in the middle. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: What the well curve is Considerations for moving into 2021 and beyond for churches who are struggling Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “It’s hard to be a middle sized church because you usual…
 
Are you re-launching small groups for 2021? What should you do if you don’t have enough leaders? Featuring Richard Sweatman’s six errors to avoid. SHOWNOTES Richard Sweatman’s podcast about small groups called ‘the maturity podcast’: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/richard43133/episodes/2015-01-26T16_18_39-08_00 Richard’s Sweatman’s books: Writi…
 
In Episode 557 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss how to measure success post-COVID-19. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: Why evangelism declined in 2020 and how to make it a priority in 2021 Other metrics that need to be measured this year Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “What is success and how do we measure it at least for th…
 
In this episode of the Unseen Leadership podcast, Chandler Vannoy and Josh Hunter are joined by Trevin Wax who is senior vice president of Theology and Communications at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is also the general editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of multiple books, including Rethink Your Self, This Is Our Time, and Gospel Center…
 
Pastor J.D. talks about why the definitions of friendship and marriage are vital to understanding the Bible’s intent for relationships. A glimpse inside this episode: I’ve heard more and more people propose some sort of committed, same-sex, non-sexual romantic friendships for those who want to uphold the Christian sexual ethic. This, they say, avoi…
 
In Episode 556 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss suggested priorities for the new year. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: Why you should use this time to determine what ministries are your priority for 2021 How auditing the past helps you plan for the future Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “You shouldn’t have too many priorit…
 
Are you an overworker or an underworker in ministry? Derek and Maddy discuss workaholism and hyper-Calvinism. SHOWNOTES The Good Life In The Last Days (Mikey Lynch): https://matthiasmedia.com.au/products/the-good-life-in-the-last-days Zeal Without Burnout (Christopher Ash): https://www.thegoodbook.com.au/zeal-without-burnout-tfl Podcast episode on …
 
In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Larry Osborne, author and teaching pastor at North Coast Church. They discuss succession planning and how people choose to live in echo chambers. BEST QUOTES “There are no good transitions, there are only good people.” “Godly people can make weird s…
 
Pastor J.D. discusses the purpose of the Second Amendment and a Christian perspective of self-defense. A glimpse inside this episode: Is self-defense ok for the Christian? Yes (Biblical evidence: Old Testament law; Jesus letting disciples have swords.) What about turning the other cheek? In Romans 12, God tells the Christian to not ever seek vengea…
 
1 – Ensure you’re in a healthy place. 2 – Be deliberate about what you’re doing. Do the key things, not everything. 3 – Build the church calendar around mission. 4 – Lead through others. 5 – Get a coach. SHOWNOTES Christopher Ash, Zeal without Burnout: https://www.thegoodbook.com.au/zeal-without-burnout-tfl Look out for the upcoming ‘mission’ serie…
 
In Episode 555 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed share encouragement for pastors and church leaders as we move out of 2020 and into 2021. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: The challenges we’ve faced in 2020 Encouragement for moving forward into 2021 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “Pastors have had to learn in 2020 to lead through a hi…
 
In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. They discuss navigating leadership during times of crisis and being a better leader through learning. BEST QUOTES “The cultural moment now is more complex than it has been an…
 
Pastor J.D. explains original sin and why it’s bad news that makes the good news of salvation possible. A glimpse inside this episode: Original sin is where we all sinned in Adam. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all people, because all sinned” (CSB). The…
 
In Episode 554 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss how the church should multiply in the midst of a culture continuing to grapple with COVID. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: Some of the challenges the church will continue to face in 2021 How you grow in micro-ways and a macro-way Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “How in the mi…
 
Simon Sinek, Patrick Lencioni and John Doerr have all written secular books with huge application to ministry. Fill your stocking with these 3 resources. Key quote: “put more wood behind fewer arrows” (Larry Page). SHOWNOTES The Infinite Game: https://simonsinek.com/product/the-infinite-game/ The Advantage: https://www.tablegroup.com/books/the-adva…
 
In Episode 553 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed discuss church multiplication in a COVID-19 era. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: Considerations for the next six months If you have to choose between building back and multiplying Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “If you are an unchurched person and you are looking for a reason to not g…
 
We have an extra special episode of Ask Me Anything for you. Pastor J.D. wrote a short evangelistic book this year called, Searching for Christmas: What if There’s More to the Story than You Thought?, to put a gift in the hands of Christians for those they’re reaching out to. A lot of the normal Christmas Eve services, you might not be able to invi…
 
In Episode 552 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss strategies for staffing especially in light of this economic uncertainty. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: Why a leadership pipeline is so important during this time How to align your priorities with staff and volunteers Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “The larger your church …
 
“I’m starting to realise that unless we getting that leading-through-leaders’ model happening well I’m going to become the blockage.” 1 year ago Rick Zylstra planted a church in Brisbane. Listen to his account of the joys and challenges of planting Aura Church on the latest episode of The One Thing. aurachurch.org.au…
 
In Episode 551 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed continue to discuss how COVID-19 has affected church planting. In This Episode, You’ll Discover: Why now may be the time to empower volunteers How much caution is needed for staffing decisions Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches): “For all the new church plants, the question is should we staff…
 
In this episode of the Unseen Leadership podcast, Chandler Vannoy and Josh Hunter are joined by Christy Nockels who is a wife, mother, podcaster, and worship leader for global movements like Passion Conferences and IF:Gathering. And she is also now an author with her debut book The Life You Long For. During their conversation, they discuss how to r…
 
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