Dealing with Doubt and Deconstruction
Pastor Jim explores the topic of doubt and the recent emphasis many have placed on deconstructing faith.
Questions About Creation
Pastor Jim explores questions about creation, Genesis, and the scientific controversies.
What Science Can and Can’t Teach Us
Pastor Jim explores recent breakthroughs in science and the limits of how far the scientific method can take us.
Faith and Science
Pastor Jim describes his early interest in science and how studying science deepened his faith.
The Reality of Spiritual Warfare
We conclude our conversations on stamina by taking a look at the reality of spiritual warfare and the need for spiritual stamina.
Leaders Manage Emotions
We continue our conversation on stamina by looking at the work of managing emotions.
What to Do With What You Feel
Pastor Jim explores how feels have become the leader of our perspective and actions and offers a better way to manage your emotions.
Stamina and Physical Health
Pastor Jim explores how physical health is connected to stamina and how it connects to a deepening spiritual life.
Developing and Maintaining Ministry Stamina
Pastor Jim explores the importance of perseverance and stamina and how to manage them well.
Leading A Team Through Change
In our final conversation on change, Pastor Jim explores the importance of teams and how to share the work of managing emotions and anxiety.
Change, Mission, and Facing Resistance
In this episode, Pastor Jim explores how change should be directly connected to the church's mission.
Knowing When Change is Necessary
We all know that change is inevitable but leading change can be one of the most challenging aspects of leadership.
Developing Preaching Authenticity
Pastor Jim explores the topic of authenticity in preaching and how to learn from the best while being free to be yourself.
The Importance of Application and Illustration
In this week's episode, we explore the importance of application and illustrations in building and delivering effective sermons.
Pastor Jim breaks down how he approaches sermon preparation and how to integrate your spiritual life into your sermon work.
Improving at Preaching
We begin a new series of conversations on the task and challenge of preaching.
10 Team Competencies
Pastor Jim continues to look at the dynamics of teams by listing the ten competencies teams should strive for.
The 10 Values of a Better Team (Continued)
In today's episode, we continue looking at the ten values that produce better teams.
The 10 Values of a Better Team
We continue our conversation on teams by looking at the ten key values pastor Jim believes make for a better team.
The Importance of Teams in Ministry
Pastor Jim explains the importance of teams and why Jesus chose to do ministry with others.
Am I Really Called to Vocational Ministry
Pastor Jim explores the topic of calling and how to evaluate a sense of being called to full-time vocational ministry.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 4)
In this episode, Pastor Jim wraps up his list of questions for evaluating a new hire and yourself.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 3)
We continue our conversation on Pastor Jim's sixteen questions for team and self-evaluation.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 2)
We continue our look at Pastor Jim's sixteen questions for team and self-evaluation.
Question for Hiring and Self-Evaluation (Part 1)
In this new series of discussions, we take a look at 16 questions of evaluation for hiring and self-evaluation.
Cultivating Excellence and Offering Appreciation
In our final conversation on developing a philosophy of ministry, Pastor Jim explores the topics of excellence and appreciation.
Developing People and Sharing Authority
Pastor Jim describes the necessity of developing others and why sharing authority is central to that work.
Setting Attitude and Sharing Vision
Pastor Jim explores the work of setting attitudes and sharing vision, two keys to his philosophy of ministry.
Developing Your Philosophy of Ministry
We begin a new series looking at Pastor Jim's philosophy of ministry and how you can clarify your own.
Pastor Oversight: Facing Decline
After looking at the four areas of pastoral oversight, Pastor Jim explores how they fit together and questions you can ask in your own oversight.
Pastoral Oversight: Organization
What are the organizational responsibilities of ministry and how was Jesus organizational.
Pastoral Oversight: Mission
Pastor Jim explores the oversight role of mission and how churches can maintain a rich sense of their missional purpose.
Pastoral Oversight: Relationships
Jim discusses the importance of relationships and how a pastor can provide relational oversight to the congregation they lead.
Humility and Meekness Matter Even More Than You Realize
Pastor Jim explores the important topics of humility and meekness.
Self-pity is Quick Sand
Self-pity is a trap and a pleasure of pain that keeps us stunted in our faith and effectiveness.
If It Wasn’t for These People…
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim explores why leaders are called to believe in the best for the people they pastor and how you can rediscover that optimism.
Which Type of Power are You Working From
Jim discusses the three types of power and how Jesus flipped how his disciples should think about them.
Living in the Spirit
What does it mean to live in a constant fellowship with the Spirit? Pastor Jim explores the role of the Spirit in all of life.
Learning to Abide in Prayer
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim tackles the topic of prayer. What doe sit mean to abide in prayer.
Finding Ways to Stay in Scripture
Scripture is at the center of the life of a believer, but in today's episode, Pastor Jim explores the significance of abiding and living daily in those scriptures.
Why We’re Reluctant to Embrace Our Brokenness
Pastor Jim explores our brokenness and why embracing this position of dependence is critical to spiritual leadership.
The Dangers of Externalized Ministry
Ministry comes with a nearly constant danger of externalizing and professionalizing the work. Jim explores how to keep that work personal and authentic.
A Commitment to Living with Joy
Why is joy so hard to hold on to and why is it so important? Pastor Jim explores the seventh and final of his personal commitments—living joyfully.
Curiosity and a Commitment to Learning
Pastor Jim describes his commitment to love learning as we talk books, education, and hobbies.
Why Change Can Feel Too Risky
Pastor Jim explores the topic of change and why taking risks can leave us feeling stuck and nostalgic.
Taking Responsibility and the Risk of Unresolved Anger
Do I acknowledge my mistakes or am I always blaming others and using the pulpit to vent my unresolved anger?
Learning To Be Yourself
Too often our sense of identity is driven by comparison. Jim explains the importance of thinking theologically about who you are.
The Importance of Personal Integrity
Why is integrity so critical for a healthy life and ministry and why are secrets so destructive?
Making Personal Commitments: Know God
Jim explains how he developed his seven personal commitment and discusses the first, know God.
Is it wrong to want more influence?
What is the pastor's relationship to influence and should we be attempting to grow it?
What is Spiritual Leadership?
Pastor Jim unpacks his definition of spiritual leadership: “walking in the Spirit’s life, making and keeping life commitments, earning trust, demanding little for ourselves, and lifting others up.”
Faith For the Future of Your Church
In this week's episode, Pastor Jim describes his commitment to beliving in the future with his congregation. Jim draws a distinction between strategic planning and believing together.
People-Centered and Team-Based
It's easy to get lost in the leadership vocabulary and technique and forget the core of loving people.
COVID and the Future of the Church
What kind of long-term impact will the COVID crisis have on churches and the way we do ministry?
Navigating Conspiracies, Politics, and Diverse Opinions
How should the church worship in the midst of deep divisions, growing controversies, and opinions?
How to Make Good Decisions During a Crisis?
In today's episode, Jim and I discuss how to make good decisions during a crisis and how to avoid decision fatigue.
Discussing the Personal Impacts of COVID19
COVID19 has changed so much about pastoral ministry but how are those changes impacting ministers personally. In this episode, we take a look at the signs of stress, anxiety, and decision fatigue.
Dealing with Expectations and Disappointment
In this episode, Jim describes the reality of pastoral disappointment. Pastors not only feel disappointment, but they also inflict it on others. It's a reality that frames the work we do as pastors.
The Risk of Growing A Church While Not Growing As A Person
Jim outlines the second of his five pastoral commitments: be a growing person. There are risks in basing your leadership on outward responsibilities and perceptions. A leader must be constantly giving attention to personal growth.
What We’re Missing in our Conversations About Leadership
For several decades the church has given a lot of attention to the topic of leadership. There are conferences, podcasts, books, and academic programs all helping pastors become better leaders. In this episode, we discuss the pastoral interest in leadership and what might be missing from those conversations.
Vocation and Sensing A Call to Ministry
A Ph.D. in aerospace engineering is not a typical preparation for pastoral ministry, but God often prepares us in unexpected ways. In this episode, Jim discusses his own path to ministry and how each of us can process our own vocational calligns.
An Introduction to the Podcast
What we hope this podcast will be is a wide-ranging series of conversations to help you grow as a person and as a spiritual leader. In this first episode, we take a few moments to introduce one another and introduce you to what’s to come.