Everything You Need to Know About Pastoring Small Churches

September 15, 2018 ...

In this podcast, Karl and Leith discuss: How small churches should think about growth and success; The particular challenges, including finances, that pastors of small churches face; What resources are available to pastors of small churches; and Why we need more — not fewer — small churches in the United States. Read a Portion of …

To Speak or Not to Speak

July 2, 2018 ...

Over the years, the leadership team at The Navigators has been asked to speak out on many topics. For example: abortion; political candidates; LGBT issues and same-sex marriage; refugees and immigration; race relations; class injustice; tax reform; women’s rights; creation stewardship (environmentalism); assisted suicide; and dignity and care for the elderly. There are others, but …

Leading a Denomination

April 15, 2018 ...

In this podcast, you’ll be inspired in your place of leadership as George shares: What leadership examples in Scripture were particularly meaningful to him; How he developed core values for his tenure; How God led him to this unique ministry calling; and The challenges and joys of leadership. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: …

The Thriving Rural Church

October 3, 2017 ...

Our culture is dominated by urban growth, cosmopolitan thinking and global concerns. But the needs and opportunities of rural places are significant as well. And church leaders willing to embrace the challenge discover the potential of rural ministry for unique kingdom impact. Contextual Contrasts Rural culture is historically very different from urban and suburban culture. …

Matching Up Pastors and Churches

November 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, you’ll learn: Guiding principles for sifting through candidates; How to avoid common mistakes made in the pastor search process; Whether to consider pastors who have been fired from a church; and What search firms offer churches that are looking for new pastors. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: There have been times …

No Recommended Retirement Age for Pastors

October 31, 2016 ...

“Age is not necessarily good predictor of effectiveness,” said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). “There are 75 year olds who have active and growing ministries, and 40 year olds whose ministries are struggling and lacking fruit.” George Wood, general superintendent of Assemblies of God, said, “My most productive years have …

Being a Pastor’s Wife

August 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear Kay share: How to manage spoken and unspoken expectations of the pastor’s wife; What pastors’ spouses can do to set boundaries; Her experience being vulnerable and grieving publicly; and Advice for church members in caring for their pastor’s spouse. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: So Kay you have …

Volunteers Recruit Volunteers

March 14, 2016 ...

The questions went on and on until eventually they caught on to the answer I was trying to communicate to them: volunteers recruit volunteers. Some of them looked puzzled. Some were surprised. Others looked relieved. It made perfect sense, once they understood. Looking for good volunteers? Start with your current volunteers. Five people recruiting is …

Curbs on a Road

March 10, 2016 ...

Randall Bach, president of Open Bible Churches, called ethical standards “curbs on a road, keeping fellow travelers on course.” He said, “The most effective form of formal and relational accountability is that which is mutual. Just as pastors are accountable to congregations, congregations are accountable for protectively caring for their pastors and for conducting themselves …

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