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MAG Bookkeeping exists to glorify God by sourcing People and Services that ignite a Leader’s possibilities and results. Led by Randy Ongie, MAG Bookkeeping is a company of the Miles Advisory Group, Inc. MAG Bookkeeping helps busy pastors and growing churches by serving as their virtual church bookkeeper connected to the duties of church accounting and payroll. Leveraging web-based technologies and deploying highly-qualified virtual bookkeepers, all based in the United States, we provide you ...
 
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Traditional, older churches often struggle to reach the next generation. Our services are typically not designed for them, and our leadership usually doesn't reflect them either. In this episode we discuss five ways to reach emerging generations such as: * Asking the tough questions * Establishing a cause to support * Raising up a pastor to plant e…
 
Have you ever felt like you don't have enough time in the day? Has anyone ever made you feel guilty for not being accessible? Each of us have the same 24 hours. How we use that time is dependent upon our life balance and making sure we have set boundaries with the people pulling at us. This episode looks at six ways we can not only manage our time …
 
The call to serve on church staff is exciting, especially when the experience is filled with joy and growth. But just like any other area of work, sometimes it is necessary to move on from a staff or volunteer position. Dr. Cobbs solicited input from 25 current or former church staff workers and asked them to share how they concluded it was time to…
 
Katie Allred is known around the country as an expert on social media and digital discipleship. Her Facebook group, Church Communications has over 30,000 members and offers practical tips and best practices for churches. She is a professor at the University of Mobile and a consultant for church and business leaders to improve their communication ef…
 
Leadership coach Shawn Lovejoy is a former pastor and is the CEO and founder of Courage to Lead. He works with pastors and business leaders across the country. Shawn joined Dr. Cobbs for a discussion on topics in leadership and many of the challenges leaders face both personally and professionally. Connect with Shawn Lovejoy: https://www.couragetol…
 
Everyone has questions and we are here to answer if possible. This episode addresses three questions from across the country: 1. How do you handle people who hurt you? 2. What is the most disappointing thing about ministry? 3. As church reopens, what has changed or is it back to "busyness"? Dr. Cobbs answers these questions candidly and prayerfully…
 
When building a team, we all start with great intentions. Then disruption comes and it's hard to tell where things went wrong. Can we get real? You may be sabotaging your team without even realizing it. Don't worry, this is actually a lot more common than you may think. On this episode of The CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy, Shawn describe…
 
As churches and businesses strive to recover from the impact of the pandemic, employees and volunteers are making their way back to work. How do we make sure people are welcomed back with tangible, productive expectations? Dr. Cobbs discusses three ways to re-engage staff and volunteer leaders by focusing on their strengths, well-being and offering…
 
Passion is central to being a courageous leader. But how can we channel our passion to produce our desired outputs? Derwin Gray, former NFL football player, founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, and today's podcast guest, believes it all lies in our motives. In this episode of The CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy, Derwin shares…
 
Have you ever hired someone who just wasn’t the right fit? How about promoted someone who wasn’t ready for it? On this episode of The CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy, Shawn shares what he has learned from the times he was too hasty when hiring or promoting. Looking back, Shawn explains that this happened when he neglected to objectively as…
 
I asked a few dynamic fathers to join me to discuss how faith and fatherhood intertwine. Josh Shelby, Dramone Taylor, and Jon Singletary opened up about the blessings and struggles of being a father. These three have unique circumstances that stretched them as men but have risen to be great dads who have a lot to share.…
 
Servant leadership is not an isolated event; it's a cultural shift. On this episode of the CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy, we are joined by Dino Rizzo, Executive Director of ARC Churches, Associate Pastor at Church of the Highlands, and author of Servolution. Shawn and Dino discuss how serving accelerates the efforts of leadership and sha…
 
The mental health of the pastor is often overlooked and under appreciated. Dr. Aisha Woods returns to discuss her doctoral research on clergy, mental health and the reality that oftentimes, pastors feel isolated and alone when help is what they need. This episode is a must for all pastors, the family or friends of pastors and those who want to pray…
 
There is a difference between managing people and leading them; the difference lies in your ability to inspire. You don’t have to be the most brilliant person in the room, just the most passionate to inspire your people. In this episode of The CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy, Shawn presents 4 foundational ways to become a more inspirationa…
 
Leading while in the second seat (as an Executive Pastor, Assistant Pastor, COO, etc.) is challenging but fulfilling when the person is truly called for the assignment. Dr. Cobbs sat down with Christopher J. Harris, the Executive Pastor of Crossover Church of Tampa to discuss insight into being successful while leading from the second seat.…
 
“What is my purpose?” Why is it often hard to answer that question? Not knowing the answer may feel paralyzing and unnerving. We have all been there, including Elizabeth Dixon, our guest on this episode of The CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy. Elizabeth leads Strategy, Hospitality, and Service Design at Chick-Fil-A, Inc. Listen in as she of…
 
The role of the church consultant is to help pastors and church leaders accomplish the assignment God has given to them. Guest J. Charity Ware is a consultant and owner of Ministry Up. She joins Dr. Cobbs for a discussion on what's trending in the church world and how consultants can help church leaders prepare for the future.…
 
“What is the #1 tension that keeps leaders awake at night?” The answer to this question was the reason Shawn Lovejoy founded and leads CourageToLead.com and serves as the topic of this episode of the CourageToLead Podcast with Shawn Lovejoy. Here Shawn shares the top tension every leader navigates on a consistent basis and the coaching insights he …
 
The best places to work typically have leaders who are self-aware and striving to become better at connecting with their team. On episode 48 we looked at signs of horrible bosses, this episode takes note of a few things leaders can do that will increase morale and help followers feel empowered and safe. Pastors, executives, volunteer leaders alike …
 
In this podcast, discuss how to create a culture of generosity in local churches with Jon Bennett. Jon Bennett is a communicator, leadership coach, and senior level generosity strategist. He has worked with some of the fastest growing and most dynamic churches and ministries in America. He has decades of experience partnering with dynamic leaders t…
 
Leadership development is a must for pastors and church leaders. The Gallup organization has put much research into understanding the best way to grow as a leader is to develop one's strengths. This episode discusses the Gallup Strengths Assessment and how it can help you become a better leader and develop others as well.…
 
Effective communication during a crisis is imperative as leaders seek to guide people through tough times. This flashback episode was recorded during the first week of the most radical global crises of the modern era: the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Cobbs shares five key elements of effective communication that are applicable even today.…
 
As many leaders examine how to move into a new season of life professionally or personally, it is easy to get stuck with what's comfortable and familiar. Dee C. Marshall is gifted at helping leaders focus on development and stretching themselves to become better at what they do. She has worked on Wall St., works with politicians and national leader…
 
Volunteers are the engine to your organization. How you recruit, develop and mobilize people is essential to the success of your efforts. Veronica Patterson, has lead volunteers for years at Higher Dimension Church. She is masterful at recruitment and retention and associates it all with building relationships and organizational structure. She is t…
 
"It's lonely at the top" is an adage that those who are in leadership know to be true. Bishop Joseph Walker, the pastor of Mount Zion Nashville and the Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship joins us to discuss the topic of loneliness. His new book, "Leadership and Loneliness" is on sale now and available by clicking here. Whether y…
 
In the new episode of Beyond the Call, we speak with Pastor Chris Hitte of Jesus Church about how he's pursuing the vision that God has placed in his life. Chris Hitte is the Lead and Founding Pastor of Jesus Church in Daytona Beach, FL. Planting from the ground up in 2018, he and his wife, Brittany have served together in full-time ministry for 17…
 
In this podcast, we speak with Crockett Davidson of Stadia Church Planting about how to plant and sustain a church during a whirlwind year like 2021. Crockett Davidson has served on the boards of different church planting networks, coached multiple planters and is obsessed with helping the church live on mission. He is the Southeast Regional Direct…
 
Should pastors get involved in public service? Dr. Michael Evans, Sr thinks so. He is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church and the first African-American mayor of Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Evans joins us to discuss why he got involved in public service and why it is important for pastors and church leaders to be ready to serve in the capacity God cal…
 
Church planting is an extremely difficult task. The average lifespan of a new church plant is less than three years. In other words, not all churches survive. On this episode I share why I eventually closed the church I started, and offer tips on how to avoid the same fate. If you are a church planting pastor or part of a launch team, you want to h…
 
Having your ministry online opens the door to so many possibilities. At the same time, most are unaware that there are guidelines to follow to keep your online interactions legally compliant. On the new episode of Beyond the Call, we talk about establishing churches and ministries online and keeping them protected.…
 
What’s all the hype about Clubhouse? Why is everyone on TikTok? And how should church leaders respond? Should we use it or avoid it at all costs? I asked social media expert Jennifer Benton to explain the new app and the advantages and disadvantages of these popular platforms.By Anthony Cobbs
 
Once you’ve officially become a 501(c)(3) organization, there are a few key things that you should know about in order to remain in compliance with IRS statutes. In this podcast, we discuss 6 main ways an organization can lose 501(c)(3) status.By StartCHURCH
 
Finding and overseeing church staff is difficult, especially when you don't have a strategy or processes in place. Human Resource expert Krystal Speed and Dr. Ray Malone, Director of Human Resources at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, discuss considerations for church leaders concerning hiring the right people and why HR is so important to …
 
As church and ministry leaders, you likely faced unique hurdles in 2020 that you haven't met before-especially when it came to your finances. So moving forward, how do we prepare to be financially healthy in the new year? In this podcast, we share 4 ways you can financially strategize to better serve your own organization in 2021.…
 
As we step into the New Year, it's time to prepare for tax season. While this can be an overwhelming time of year for pastors and ministry leaders everywhere, it doesn't have to be! To help you approach tax season with confidence, we have created a 2021 tax calendar specifically for churches and ministries. We hope and pray this helps you in your m…
 
With the New Year here, it’s time to finally start the dream God has laid on your heart! But the legal process of establishing a church or ministry can be intimidating. With so much paperwork and so many rules to follow, you can feel uncertain about taking your first step.In today’s podcast, we’re going to dive into how the StartRIGHT Service can h…
 
On the new episode of Beyond the Call, we speak to Matt Steen of Chemistry Staffing about realigning your church after a difficult year, as well as how to make hard decisions with grace. Matt Steen has served the local church for over two decades as a youth pastor, church planter, and executive pastor. Certified as an Urban Church Planter Coach by …
 
Now that we're in the midst of the holiday season, it's a vital time for ministry leaders to get everything in place so that they can start the new year with momentum! On the new episode of Beyond the Call, we dive deep into how you can plan ahead and use your annual board meeting to leave an even bigger impact on the Kingdom of God in 2021.…
 
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