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Last year was certainly one of the most difficult, stressful, and exhausting for many pastors and their churches. COVID forced them to move into the digital sphere like never before and find new and innovative ways to engage with their communities while juggling state guidelines and regulations. Whether you're leading a megachurch in a large city o…
 
Josh & Stan launch a new season of Rescuing Churches with return guest Karl Vaters. Karl is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California and the author of several phenomenal books on small church ministry. This episode will tackle everything from COVID's impact on the Local Church to essentials for church h…
 
Many people talk about starting the New Year off right and making New Year's resolutions. This year might be harder than ever for some of us to keep those resolutions, but when it comes to church life, we should strive to start the year with some fundamental, core values. Today we'll look at six of them: Accurate, useful, practical teaching of the …
 
As pastors, we all long for God to do mighty works. In fact we love the idea more than almost anything. In our simple minds we think of crowds coming to our church as a work of God. We imagine great spiritual moves and spiritual growth, evangelism and discipleship happening at exponential rates. And when we imagine all this, it is a simple work of …
 
Stan and Josh discuss five of the worst things pastors can do when their church is in crisis mode or decline: Whining and grumbling. Vent on social media. Doubt Despair Quit Scripture references mentioned in this episode: Matthew 11:28-29 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 John 21 Ephesians 4:29 Philippians 2:14 James 5:9 Support the show (https://614ministries.o…
 
Today on the show, Stan and Josh discuss four common misconceptions that people — including pastors, elders, and ministry volunteers — often have about "the church." People don't want to come. The church is a building or location. The church is a weekly or bi-weekly meeting. The millennial and younger generations are more into entertainment than bi…
 
Josh discusses his latest blog post, outlining five attributes that make up effective church communication ministers: An unparalleled ability to multitask, meet tight deadlines, and work well under pressure. An innate understanding of the church's brand. No concern for the spotlight or recognition. A talent and love for the art of storytelling. A w…
 
If you're a pastor longing for your church to have a healthy foundation, there are five things that you can do as you work toward this goal. Stan and Josh will expand upon all of these in today's episode: Prioritize your personal walk with God. Practice and teach grace. Practice love for one another. Preach cross-centered and Christ-exalting messag…
 
As recent as May 2020, Barna Research found that: 3/10 pastors (31%) say they’re struggling w/ their emotional wellbeing. 26% admit to struggling w/ their relational wellbeing. Over half admit to being tired. (51%) 2 in 5 admit to feeling primarily exhausted (41%) Sad (41%) We discussed these statistics in our episode On Why Rest Matters For Pastor…
 
Healthy churches have healthy men's ministries. But how do we go about establishing one and why are they so essential? Stan and Josh chat about the current state of our culture and just how important discipleship truly is within the sphere of the church and revitalization. Resources mentioned in this episode: Man In The Mirror Ministries: https://m…
 
In this episode of Rescuing Churches, Stan & Josh discuss the need to guard the Gospel, the leadership, and the flock and how that works within the model of a healthy church. Resources mentioned in this episode: Pastor Stan's "Strong Church" series is available at northsidemobile.org or via Northside's sermon audio podcast. Support the show (https:…
 
In general, human beings are visual creatures that engage better with content when they have something on which they can focus besides the speaker. In this episode, Stan and Josh discuss one of Josh's recent Church Communications blog posts which looks at five ways to complement sermons with digital and social media. In this episode: Why you should…
 
In this episode of Rescuing Churches, Stan & Josh talk about the importance of pastors being well-rested. Links mentioned in this episode: COVID-19 Conversations: Many Pastors Are Tired, Overwhelmed And Lonely Pastors Are Not Quitting In Droves Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)By Stan & Josh Givens
 
Josh discusses his recent blog post on church social media managers, detailing four reasons why this role is essential, particularly in the midst of COVID. Articles referenced in this episode: Church Social Media Managers: You're More Valuable And Needed Than Ever Before Types of Trolls and the Spells that Kill Them Links mentioned in this episode:…
 
Stan and Josh discuss the three different types of "awes" churches should exhibit to their local communities as seen through the context of the early Church in Acts 2. "Faith Under Fire" by Andrew White — https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Under-Fire-Middle-Conflict/dp/1854249622 Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)…
 
Josh discusses his recent blog post "Why Storytelling Matters Even In Small Church Marketing," touching on some practical ways churches can connect with their audiences through digital and social media and the centuries-old art of storytelling. You can read the original blog post here: https://www.jdgivens.com/home/why-storytelling-matters-even-in-…
 
Stan and Josh discuss the various types of church revitalization, while also clarifying what revitalization is NOT. Other topics include pastor-to-pastor counseling, coaching, and how 6.14 Ministries engages in revitalization efforts. Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)By Stan & Josh Givens
 
Stan and Josh discuss the need for churches to ensure that their worship services honor and glorify God in the midst of a culture that seeks entertainment value. Other topics include generational differences and overcoming "sacred cows" in the church. Read Stan's original blog post here: https://www.embracingthecross.com/home/entertainment-expectat…
 
Stan and Josh discuss why the Church At Large must rely on the "one another" passages from Scripture, particularly as pastors and churches continue to navigate the current craziness of the ongoing COVID crisis. You can listen to Stan's original sermon on the "one another" passages here: https://northsidemobile.org/media/417149-1661243-2642050/membe…
 
Josh takes us through his most recent Communications blog post which outlines a few habits churches should consider breaking if they want to have any chance of seeing guests return for a second visit: Refusing to enhance complex parking lots or repair dilapidated ones. Making the greeting time super awkward. Neglecting the kids facilities. Ignoring…
 
Stan and Josh dissect a recent Barna article which finds that "One In Three Practicing Christians Has Stopped Attending Church During COVID-19." Read the article here: https://www.barna.com/research/new-sunday-morning-part-2/ CDC statistics on the flu here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm Support the show (h…
 
"They Smell Like Sheep" by Dr. Lynn Anderson is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/They-Smell-Like-Sheep-Leadership/dp/1582292973 Learn more about the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide at the official Life On Mission site here: http://lifeonmissionbook.com/conversation-guide Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)…
 
In this episode, Stan and Josh take a few minutes to define church instability and the things that can contribute to this phenomenon, followed by some Scriptural principles on how pastors and leaders can deal with instability. You find Stan's message "Strong Women" from the "Strong Church" series here: https://northsidemobile.org/media/417149-16612…
 
Stan and Josh are joined by special guest and local prayer minister Jack Skinner to discuss the importance of prayer and how it works in the body of Christ. If you're interested in any of Jack's prayer booklets, just reach out to us by e-mail at 614rebuild@gmail.com and we'll be happy to send them your way. Support the show (https://614ministries.o…
 
Stan and Josh take a look at the top four things that should weigh on the heart and mind of every pastor as they preach the Gospel and care for their people. Stan also discusses three things that pastors should NOT be burdened for. Here's a video/audio link for the Spurgeon sermon referenced by Stan: https://youtu.be/AMm-Tj_9h0A "Compel Them To Com…
 
Pastor, author, and speaker Karl Vaters joins Josh and Stan by phone from southern California to share his personal story, discuss his books, and talk all things small church world. Topics include everything from small church relational dynamics, shepherd vs. rancher model, and pastoral care to attendance expectations vs. health and much more. Be s…
 
Communications Director and Rescuing Churches host Josh Givens discusses his recent blog post on church Facebook Pages and why your header image designs should be of the highest quality. Read Josh's original blog post on his site here: https://www.jdgivens.com/home/yes-your-churchs-facebook-page-needs-an-epic-cover-photo-or-video-heres-why Support …
 
Stan and Josh take a few minutes to navigate through the issues many churches are now facing and dealing with in the wake of emerging from the COVID pandemic and what this time has revealed about the local Church. Topics include worship, family issues, fellowship, discipleship, and more. "How Do You Kill A Million People?" by Andy Andrews — https:/…
 
If you're a pastor or involved in ministry at any level, then you're likely aware that this pandemic has reshaped many aspects of church life, as well as the culture and nation as a whole. Today on the show, Stan and Josh discuss nine potential effects of the COVID quarantine and how this time of uncertainty has adjusted many elements of church lif…
 
Stan and Josh welcome longtime Pastor Matt Rutland of First Congregational Christian Church in Douglas, Georgia to the show and discuss everything from his personal testimony of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction to his thoughts on ministry vision, motivation, joys, and the elements of a healthy church. Support the show (https://614ministries.or…
 
Stan and Josh discuss the role of the pastor in the modern day small church and what it means to "equip the saints." Listen to "The Basics of Good Discipleship" — https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-basics-of-good-discipleship/id1494654074?i=1000469486036 "Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster — https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803…
 
Let's take a look at these four dangerous mindsets that pastors and churches can easily fall into if they are not careful. Want to send us your pastoral thoughts on the COVID-19 situation? Reach out to us at 614rebuild@gmail.com. "Letters To The Church" by Francis Chan — https://letterstothechurchbook.com/ Support the show (https://614ministries.or…
 
Whether it's complaints about not enough money to pay staff members or whether it's those early Sunday mornings when you have to scrape up the dead possum in the parking lot, sometimes there's nothing quite like being a small church pastor. "The God Ask" by Steve Shadrach: https://www.amazon.com/God-Ask-Biblical-Approach-Personal-ebook/dp/B00CIKKBX…
 
Today we take a look at five things every small modern-day church should have if it wishes to survive in the current culture and see a potential for growth or an emergence from decline. Follow Josh's blog about Church Communications at jdgivens.com. For more on the "front door" of your church, read Josh's post "Five Technologies For The Small, Heal…
 
Stan and Josh discuss five practical responses that church leaders and pastors should exhibit in order to help their communities live above the cultural fear of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado: https://maxlucado.com/products/anxious-nothing-finding-calm-chaotic-world/ https://www.amazon.com/Anxious-Nothing-Finding-Chaotic…
 
Stan and Josh welcome Pastor Paul Dziadul of Lake Wildwood Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia to the show and discuss several aspects of healthy pastoral ministry, including vision, motivation, discipleship, longevity, endurance, encouragement for fellow small church pastors, and much more. Life On Mission book, kit, resources, and other materials: h…
 
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