The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

By Carey Nieuwhof

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A Podcast About Leadership, Change and Personal Growth to Help Leaders Lead Like Never Before

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CNLP Bonus 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart
1:08:15

So, we’re back with another bonus episode to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of my latest course, The Art of Better Preaching. In many eyes (including mine), Danielle Strickland is one of the best communicators of our generation, and she’s Canadian. Danielle talks about how she discovered she was a communicator,…

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Jun 21, 2018
CNLP Bonus 019: #AskCarey Answers To Your Questions On Preaching and Public Speaking
44:32

Your questions are the best questions. I asked you to send me questions about preaching and public speaking and, man, did you respond! So, we’re back with another bonus episode of #AskCarey to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of my latest course,  The Art of Better Preaching. Welcome to #AskCarey…

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Jun 20, 2018
CNLP 197: Mark Clark and Carey Nieuwhof on How to Preach in a Way that Reaches Unchurched People and Maintains Biblical Integrity
1:03:00

Mark Clark and Carey talk about their different approaches to preaching, how to reach unchurched people and how to preach to churched and unchurched people with Biblical integrity. Plus, Carey and Mark share some of their favourite insights from their brand new course, The Art of Better Preaching. Welcome to Episode 197 of the podcast. Listen…

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Jun 19, 2018
CNLP 196: Bryan Carter on What Makes for Successful Succession, Navigating 300% Church Growth and The Racial Divide in America
1:10:16

Bryan Carter was 29 years old when he was asked to be the successor to a pastor who founded the church 28 years earlier. Much to everyone’s surprise, including Bryan’s, the transition went extremely well. Concord Church has tripled in size under his leadership, and Bryan shares why. He also talks about the racial divide…

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Jun 12, 2018
CNLP 195: Kevin Jennings on How to Help Your Online Platform Soar, How to Engineer a Successful Launch and Why Some Things Get Traction Online and Others Don’t
1:17:53

Kevin Jennings has done marketing and platform development with the likes of Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Reggie Joiner, and Dave Ramsey. Plus, he’s been a behind the scenes team member on my podcast and blog. Kevin shares his marketing secrets and we give you the step-by-step strategy we used that helped move this podcast to…

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Jun 05, 2018
CNLP 194: Jerry Hurley on Keys to Scaling Your Ministry, Leaving Corporate to Help Build Life Church and What Makes Working With Millennials Work
1:22:30

Jerry Hurley joined the staff at Life Church in 1998, when it was a single campus and running about 600 people. He’s been on the senior leadership team as it’s grown to over 80,000 attenders and 29 locations today. Jerry shares his top insights on scale, leaving the corporate world and recruiting staff and volunteers.…

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May 29, 2018
CNLP 193: Clay Scroggins on How the Digital Disruption is Changing Everything For Churches and Businesses
1:30:17

There’s no question we’re undergoing one of the biggest transformations in history, but the digital disruption that’s happening around us every day has caught most church and business leaders off guard. Clay talks about how large and small organizations are missing out on one of the greatest opportunities there is, and some ideas on how…

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May 22, 2018
CNLP 192: Caleb Kaltenbach on How to Embrace an Outraged and Polarized Culture Most Leaders No Longer Like
1:11:11

In a polarized culture filled with a growing number of angry people, how do you find your voice, counter arguments and keep your sanity? Messy Grace author Caleb Kaltenbach is back with a fresh look on how to embrace a culture of outrage and division. Conservatives and liberals both struggle to respond to the changes…

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May 15, 2018
CNLP 191: Christine Caine on Betrayal, Chaos and How to Still Trust God When You Don’t Understand Why Things Are Going The Way They’re Going
44:08

In a moving and personal interview, Christine Caine talks about how a deep personal betrayal a few years ago almost led her to leave ministry, and how cancer, chaos and all the things you can’t control can still be leveraged when you’re in leadership. Welcome to Episode 191 of the podcast. Listen and access the show…

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May 08, 2018
CNLP 190: Nick Vujicic Answers the Questions No One Usually Asks Him, and What He Believes Will Turn a Nation Around
1:13:51

Nick Vujicic has been interviewed hundreds of times by people, including Oprah Winfrey about being born without limbs, and his story has been told thousands of times. Sometimes your life can be defined by one incident or condition. So in this interview, Carey asked Nick about all the things he rarely gets asked about, like…

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May 01, 2018
CNLP 189: Rusty George on Leadership and Trust, Why We Misplace It and How to Trust People After You’ve Been Burned
1:07:54

Of all the things leaders struggle with, personal betrayal and hurt seem to run the deepest. In a very perceptive conversation, Rusty George talks about why leaders have their trust broken, how to recover, and how to not make the same mistakes again. Welcome to Episode 189 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes…

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Apr 24, 2018
CNLP 188: Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain on Why Leaders Quit, How to Develop Better Self-Esteem, Why Balance is a Joke and How to Grow Your Resilience
1:15:09

Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain have both led in major ministries for over a decade. They’ve also seen a lot of leaders not make it. What’s the difference? In a super-candid discussion, Jessica and Gina talk about how to develop more resilience and build better self-esteem. They also talk about why, as working moms, they…

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Apr 17, 2018
CNLP Bonus 018: Shannon Miles on Starting a Rapidly Growing Company, Moving from A Scarcity Mindset to an Abundance Mindset, and What She Learned from Richard Branson
1:15:41

Shannon Miles is the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY Solutions. But life didn’t start that way for her. Raised in a very low-income home, she struggled in her early years to believe anything was possible. Seven years ago, she founded BELAY Solutions with her husband, Bryan. In this special bonus episode, Shannon talks about her…

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Apr 12, 2018
CNLP 187: Tim Elmore on Anxiety in Young Leaders and Overcoming the Battles We All Face in An Increasingly Stressed World
1:13:10

Almost every leader under 40 feels it – the constant stress, anxiety and uncertainty we’re all plagued by. Dr. Tim Elmore is a world-renowned expert on the issues facing today’s students and young adults. We dive into why so many young adults feel constant anxiety and uncertainty and how to deal with it, with strategies…

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Apr 10, 2018
CNLP 186: Daniel Im on What’s Wrong with Discipleship, False Maturity and Bi-Vocational Ministry
58:06

Something’s wrong with discipleship in most churches, but many leaders have no idea what’s broken, despite their best efforts to diagnose and fix it. Daniel Im gives a helpful diagnosis and a very practical set of tips on how to move your church closer to Christ. Plus, he shares some bonus tips for bi-vocational pastors…

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Apr 03, 2018
CNLP 185: Greg Atkinson on How First Time Guests Get Alienated by Your Church Services
1:12:06

Greg Atkinson returns to the podcast after a very popular first interview about how most churches lose guests within the first ten minutes of a visit. In case you missed it, check out Episode 132 and this blog post outlining how to lose a first time guest in 10 minutes or less.  In today’s conversation, Greg walks…

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Mar 27, 2018
CNLP 184: Brian Houston on How to Attract the Top Leaders, Battling back From Burnout and The Personal Habits and Rhythms that Help Him Thrive
1:12:48

In a candid, personal and powerful conversation, Brian Houston talks about how Hillsong attracts and keeps great leaders, how he stays healthy as a leader, how he battled back from burnout a few years ago, and even shares his message prep process with us. Welcome to Episode 184 of the podcast. Listen and access the show…

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Mar 20, 2018
CNLP 183: Todd Wilson on Lessons from the Nuclear Navy and What the World’s Best Engineers Can Teach Church Leaders or Any Leader About Leadership
1:09:36

At age 20, Todd Wilson (now President of Exponential), joined the Nuclear Navy. What he learned there were some of the top leadership lessons anyone could glean. Todd shares his top five learnings with us, and shares how his experience in the nuclear navy shaped his thinking about leadership development and multiplication with Exponential and…

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Mar 13, 2018
CNLP 182: Cheryl Bachelder on How To Turn Your Failure Into Success, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s Meteoric Turnaround Decade, and How Servant Leadership Really Works
1:21:46

How do you turn failure into success? How do you turn something badly stagnated into an organization with exceptional momentum? In 2007, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was suffering badly in the quick service food industry. It had gone through four CEOs in seven years. Trust and morale were at all time lows. Sales were flat to…

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Mar 06, 2018
CNLP 181: Brad Lomenick on Trends in Church Attendance, Online Engagement, Cool Churches, and Isolation in Leadership
1:22:29

Brad Lomenick is back on the podcast and sits down with Carey Nieuwhof  for a roundtable to discuss a number of trends in the church: church attendance, online engagement, the morphing of cool church, isolation in leadership and much more. Plus, Brad and Carey talk about the vision behind the Rethink Leadership event happening in…

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Feb 27, 2018
CNLP 180: William Vanderbloemen on How to Gain a Competitive Advantage by Creating An Amazing Culture Staff and Volunteers Won’t Want to Leave
1:19:02

Every church and workplace has a culture. Unfortunately, often it’s a bad one. The Vanderbloemen Search Group has been named by Entrepreneur magazine and other organizations as one of America’s top workplace cultures. William Vanderbloemen explains the keys to creating an amazing workplace culture and why it will help you gain a competitive edge in…

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Feb 20, 2018
CNLP 179: Rich Birch on the Church Growth Flywheel – The 5 Things Growing Churches Do That Most Others Don’t
1:12:57

Rich Birch has interviewed over 200 leaders from the fastest growing churches in the US, and he’s taken good notes. He’s boiled down their best practices to 5 common strategies almost every growing church uses and shows you how you can implement them in your church, too. Welcome to Episode 179 of the podcast. Listen and…

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Feb 13, 2018
CNLP 178: Scott Sauls on Unhealthy Ambition, Envy and Isolation in Leadership
1:19:25

Scott Sauls offers some keen observations about the heart and soul of leaders. In this wide-ranging conversation, Scott talks about why our culture is so angry, and gives penetrating insights into why leaders end up with unhealthy ambitions, find themselves envious of others and wind up isolated. Welcome to Episode 178 of the podcast. Listen and…

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Feb 06, 2018
CNLP 177: Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger and Carey Nieuwhof on The Lies Leaders Believe
48:59

So many leaders believe things about themselves and about leadership that simply aren’t true. Carey joins up with Todd Adkins and Eric Geiger from the 5LQ Leadership Podcast for a co-broadcast of this special episode. They tackle some key lies leaders fall for again and again. Welcome to Episode 177 of the podcast. Listen and access…

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Jan 30, 2018
CNLP 176: Margaret Spicer on How to Get Next Gen Onto a Senior Leader’s Agenda and Making Families a Church Wide Mission
1:01:48

Families are a huge part of every church, yet often church leaders behave like that isn’t the case. Margaret Spicer leads the Next Gen ministry from Crossway Church in Melbourne, Australia—Australia’s largest Baptist church. She talks about how she got kids, parents and students to become a church wide priority in a way senior leaders…

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Jan 23, 2018
CNLP 175: Bryan Miles on the Rise of Virtual Work and Virtual Workers and Why the Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore
1:06:28

What do you do with younger leaders who want to work remotely or from home? Is the office culture a dying culture? Bryan Miles is founder and CEO of BELAY Solutions a rapidly growing virtual company, voted by Entrepreneur Magazine as the #1 workplace culture in American in 2017. Bryan talks about how to create…

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Jan 16, 2018
CNLP 174: Jeff Henderson on the Dos and Don’ts of Marketing Your Church or Product and the Backstory to the #FOR initiative
1:04:56

Jeff Henderson was a marketing executive with Chick-fil-A and the Atlanta Braves before he started leading churches. He opens his playbook and outlines the dos and don’ts of effective marketing and shares the backstory and strategy behind one of the most viral marketing campaigns in the church in years, the #FOR initiative that’s been adopted…

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Jan 09, 2018
CNLP 173: Craig Groeschel Deconstructs His Approach to Preaching, Leadership, Success, The Future and More
1:32:29

Craig Groeschel has become a virtual leadership encyclopedia. Plus he has a generous spirit and character to match it.   In a wide-ranging interview, Craig deconstructs his method for sermon preparation and evaluation, talks about how his 20s and 30s prepared him for today, shares his thoughts on the future and fields a number of…

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Jan 02, 2018
CNLP 172: Robby Gallaty and Rabbi Evan Moffic on How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Preaching and Bring You Closer to Christ
1:34:43

Jesus wasn’t a blond haired blue eyed suburban teacher, but sometimes we treat him as though he was. Through two very different lenses, Robby Gallaty, an evangelical pastor, and Evan Moffic, a Jewish rabbi, look at the Jewishness of Jesus and share how knowing Jesus original context can draw you and your church closer to…

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Dec 26, 2017
CNLP 171: Jason Romano on Growing Up With An Alcoholic Dad and How Your Past Can Impact Your Present and Future
1:09:55

Author, speaker and former ESPN Producer Jason Romano’s dad took him to a football game when Jason was 10 years old. It was the first time Jason realized his dad was an alcoholic. Jason tells the painful story of growing up with an addicted parent, how he battled for the relationship and how he finally…

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Dec 19, 2017
CNLP 170: Esther Fedorkevich on Pro Tips on Getting Your Message Out There, How Anyone Can Get Published and How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace
1:18:04

Esther Fedorkevich is one of the most successful agents in publishing today. In this episode, she shows anyone who has a message they want to get out what’s possible. She talks about how publishing is changing, how to self-publish and what it takes to get a book deal. Carey and Esther also give you the inside…

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Dec 12, 2017
CNLP 169: Dave Ferguson on the Future of Church Growth and the Rapid Multiplication of Church Leaders and Churches
1:17:04

So much has changed and is changing in the church. And the good news is that the future is a much more level playing field than the past. Exponential President Dave Ferguson talks about the future of church growth, how to develop leaders and why every leader can have a shot at leaving a legacy…

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Dec 05, 2017
CNLP 168: John Ortberg on The Problem with Hurry in Leadership, Why So Many Leaders Struggle With Intimacy and His Friendship with Dallas Willard
1:02:24

So many busy leaders struggle with intimacy in their marriages, in friendships and in their relationship with God. John Ortberg talks about why that is, how to address it and we also unpack his decades-long friendship with Dallas Willard and how his writings and life continue to impact so many. Welcome to Episode 168 of…

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Nov 28, 2017
CNLP 167: Chris Goeppner on Defying the Odds and Planting a Thriving Church in Rural Vermont
1:09:12

Chris Goeppner, his wife Penny and a couple of friends left South Florida to plant a church in New England – something Chris had earlier said he would never do. Chris shares how they overcame obstacle after obstacle to become a church of 1,000 today that’s launching new locations. Welcome to Episode 167 of the…

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Nov 21, 2017
CNLP 166: Chris Durso on Culture, Justin Bieber and Reaching Young Adults in Hard to Reach Areas
58:49

Chris Durso has done ministry in New York City for years. He talks about using the culture to reach the culture, how the church interacts with people like Justin Bieber and what’s worked and hasn’t worked in reaching young adults. Welcome to Episode 166 of the podcast. Guest Links Chris on Instagram Chris on Twitter…

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Nov 14, 2017
CNLP 165: Mark Batterson on How to Hear God’s Voice (and God’s Will For Your Life)
1:17:05

One of the top questions church leaders get is “how can I know I’ve heard from God” closely followed by “how can I know God’s will for my life?“ Mark Batterson has studied the subject in-depth and shares 7 key ways people hear from God, and how hearing his voice can help you find his…

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Nov 07, 2017
CNLP 164: Allyson Evans on Life Church’s Approach to Reaching Families, Unbelievable Growth, Hard Decisions and Leveling the Next Gen Playing Field
1:05:13

Allyson Evans came in from the marketing world to join the staff at Life.Church 16 years ago just as Life Church was opening its second location. She talks about working with Craig Groeschel, what’s working for them in reaching families, tough decisions as they’ve grown and on a radical staffing decision that leveled the playing…

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Oct 31, 2017
CNLP 163: Erwin McManus on Living Fully Alive, Tackling Your Fears, Dealing with Critics and Creating Space For People Not Like You
1:15:24

Erwin McManus talks about his diagnosis of cancer, facing fear and how to deal with criticism.  In this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation, he also talks about being branded a heretic, creating a church where atheists get baptized and people from widely divergent views and walks of life find a home. Welcome to Episode 163 of…

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Oct 24, 2017
CNLP 162: Jarrid Wilson on Depression, Anxiety and Suicide and the Church’s Response To Mental Health
1:05:08

At age 15, Jarrid Wilson told a youth group leader he was depressed, and essentially felt dismissed. By age 19, the silence felt like it was killing him and he started googling painless ways to die. A decade later, at 29, he’s in a very different place, having battled depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. We…

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Oct 17, 2017
CNLP 161: Carlos Whittaker on Porn, Losing His Family, Hidden Sin and the Battle Back
1:21:47

Carlos Whittaker battled porn for much of his ministry life until it manifested itself in a relationship that almost cost him his family. In an honest conversation, he talks about clearing the cobwebs of sin out of his life by finally killing the spider that was spinning them all. He talks to leaders about what…

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Oct 10, 2017
CNLP 160: Dr. Henry Cloud on What All High Performing Leaders Have In Common, Investing in Yourself and Overcoming Dysfunction in Your Church
1:10:27

Dr. Henry Cloud coaches Fortune 100 company CEOs and top church leaders, and shares what they all have in common.  He also offers strategies on how to overcome common dysfunctional behaviours churches struggle with like broke thinking, dealing with problem people and more. Welcome to Episode 160 of the podcast. Guest Links Dr. Cloud on…

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Oct 03, 2017
CNLP 159: Ron Edmondson On Busting the 7 Myths that Break too Many Young Leaders
1:07:08

Leadership is never easy, but too many leaders succumb to myths that simply aren’t true. Ron Edmondson has mentored many leaders and shares a wealth of wisdom that will help all leaders, but especially young leaders. Welcome to Episode 159 of the podcast. Guest Links Ron on Facebook Ron on Instagram Ron on Twitter Ron…

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Sep 26, 2017
CNLP Bonus 017: 8 Keys to Breaking the 200 Barrier
39:39

In this special bonus episode, Brian Orme interviews Carey on the 8 key reasons 85% of churches never break the 200 attendance barrier. Welcome to Bonus Episode 017 of the podcast. Links Mentioned Be a part of the Breaking 200 Without Breaking You launch here Churchleaders.com Church Leaders Podcast: Episode 38 3 Insights from This Episode 1.…

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Sep 20, 2017
CNLP 158: Kara Powell on How to Tell if Your Church is Positioned to Draw Millennials and Her Personal Habits and Rhythms as a Leader and Mom
59:14

What does your church need to do to connect better with Millennials?  Kara Powell shares insights from research from 250 effective churches on practices that work for any size church in any setting. Plus, she shares how she gets it all done as an academic, mom, church leader, author and speaker. Welcome to Episode 158…

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Sep 19, 2017
CNLP 157: Jon Acuff on What It Takes for You To Finish What You Start, Finding Your Career Path and The Rhythms and Routines That Make People Successful
1:35:04

New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff is back on the podcast to talk about research he did about why some people finish their goals when most people don’t. In this wide-ranging interview, Carey also deconstructs some of the rhythms and routines that have made Jon successful. Finally, Jon offers some challenging public speaking advice…

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Sep 12, 2017
CNLP 156: Whit and Willie George – An Honest Conversation About Succession, Working With Family and Keeping Church on the Move Thriving
1:10:22

Willie George founded Church on the Move 30 years ago. Recently, he transitioned the senior leadership of the church to his son, Whit. How do you follow a legend? How do you keep a large, widely respected church growing? And how do you handle family tension? Carey interviewed Whit and Willie about all this and…

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Sep 05, 2017
CNLP 155: Matt Engel on the Rise of Big Data and How To Use it To Pastor Your Church and Reach Your Community
1:10:53

The amount of data we have on people doubles every single year. But what does the rise of big data mean for local churches and even businesses.  Matt Engel talks about what big data is, how it’s everywhere, and how to use it to better pastor your church and reach your community. Welcome to Episode…

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Aug 29, 2017
CNLP 154: Todd Fields on the Constant Change in Worship Music, What Makes a Great Worship Leader, Working with Andy Stanley and More
1:00:31

For over 20 years, Todd Fields has led worship leaders at North Point Church in Atlanta at their campuses, and more recently helped worship leaders around the world get better at their craft. Todd talks about the constant change in worship, working with Andy Stanley and Louie Giglio and offers advice to senior pastors and…

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Aug 22, 2017
CNLP 153: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge
1:20:57

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you have to be in charge in order to lead. Clay Scroggins talks about how to cultivate influence and gain authority when you’re not the senior leader. It’s possible, even when you’re young. Ask Clay, he’s doing it under Andy Stanley. Welcome to Episode 153 of…

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Aug 15, 2017
CNLP 152: Eugene Peterson on Why He Wrote the Message, The Rhythms of a Reflective Life + Mark Batterson and Adam Weber on Peterson’s Legacy
1:18:42

Eugene Peterson is a living legend. Carey talks to Eugene about the origin of the Message and the life rhythms he and his wife Jan adopted that helped produce the legacy millions have appreciated. Plus, Carey follows his conversation with Eugene with a round table discussion with  best selling authors Mark Batterson and Adam Weber…

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Aug 08, 2017
CNLP 151: Mark Clark on Apologetics for Post-Christian, Post-Modern Young Adults: Sex, Hell, Science and So Much More
1:22:18

Mark Clark pastors one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing churches. Attracting thousands of young adults, Mark has a unique approach to apologetics and preaching that’s connecting with a post-Christian, post-modern generation. Welcome to Episode 151 of the podcast. Guest Links Mark’s website Mark on Twitter Mark on Instagram Mark on Facebook  Links Mentioned TrainedUp.church…

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Aug 01, 2017
CNLP 150: Rural Multisite: Overcoming All The Odds To Create Vibrant Churches in Small Towns and Villages with Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman
1:21:15

Ten years ago, most people would have said multisite only works in large suburban centers. Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman have proved the experts wrong and built thriving mutisite churches in villages as small as 2000 people. In this honest interview, they share how they overcame the odds and isolate the principles to…

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Jul 25, 2017
CNLP 149: Kris Vallotton on the Rise of Bethel Church, Bethel Music and Reaching Young Adults Through Charismatic Ministry
55:42

Kris Vallotton talks about the incredible rise of Bethel Church, how to create a music culture like they have for Bethel Music, the number one need young adults have and how to meet it, and how God is using charismatic ministry to impact the most unlikely people. Welcome to Episode 149 of the podcast. Guest…

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Jul 18, 2017
CNLP 148: Jim Wideman on Staffing the Hardest (and Most Important) Position in Your Church
1:04:48

Where do you get your people? It’s one of the top questions leaders of growing churches get asked. After the senior pastor, one of the most important positions in any church these days is actually a surprise. Jim Wideman explains what staffing is in high demand and why. Welcome to Episode 148 of the podcast.…

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Jul 11, 2017
CNLP 147: Terry Linhart on How to Become a More Emotionally Intelligent, Self-Aware Leader
56:15

What’s the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective one? Often it’s self-awareness, and the willingness and desire to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. Terry Linhart shares from years of experience as a pastor and now professor on how to grow your EI and self-awareness as a leader. Welcome to Episode 147 of…

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Jul 04, 2017
CNLP 146: Rodney Cox on How to Create Greater Self-Awareness in Leaders and Teams to Help Your Organization Move Forward Together
51:57

Self-awareness is huge for any leader. But how do you find it? And how do you move your whole team to a place where everyone has greater awareness of strengths and weaknesses? Rodney Cox and Carey Nieuwhof look at how ministry assessments changed the game for Carey and his team, and what it might do…

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Jun 27, 2017
CNLP 145: Regi Campbell on Radical Mentorship For Men that Transforms their Leadership and Families
1:00:10

Mentoring is a buzz word these days…but how do you do it well? Regi Campbell, a serial entrepreneur who has founded 15 companies and serves as CEO in four, has devoted this phase of his life to creating a mentoring approach that produces incredible leaders and deep discipleship. He explains what radical mentoring is and…

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Jun 20, 2017
CNLP 144: Barnabas Piper on How Curious Leaders Gain a Distinct Advantage
56:48

Faith brings certainty, right? Well, yes, but it’s bigger than that. In a wide-ranging conversation with Carey Nieuwhof, Barnabas Piper, explains how his parents, John and Noel Piper, encouraged curiosity and how he came to view it not as the enemy of faith, but as its friend. Welcome to Episode 144 of the podcast. Guest…

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Jun 13, 2017
CNLP 143: David Platt on Overcoming the Struggles of His First Decade of Leadership
59:11

It’s easy to think the journey of leaders you admire to be easy. But that’s not always the truth. In a wide ranging interview about his time as a young mega-church pastor to his current role as President of the IMB, David Platt talks honestly and openly about his struggles as a young leader and…

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Jun 06, 2017
CNLP 142: Lance Witt on What Takes Pastors Out of Ministry and How to Guard Against It
1:09:09

So many leaders end up leading well at work but not leading well in life and at home. How does that happen? Does doing the work of God have to corrode your soul? Carey talks with former Executive Pastor and Teaching Pastor who now leads Replenish ministries and helps leaders get their soul back. Carey…

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May 30, 2017
CNLP Bonus 016: My Advice For Young Leaders And Developing Your Character With Doug Smith On The L3 Leadership Podcast
46:26

Today, I wanted to share this conversation that I had with a young leader to watch, Doug Smith. Doug had me as a guest on his podcast L3 Leadership earlier this year and we’re sharing it to celebrate the limited return of The High Impact Leader. I know you’ll enjoy this conversation as much as I…

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May 24, 2017
CNLP 141: Jonathan and Verna Del Turco on Working with Your Spouse in Ministry, Overcoming Tough Times and Leading Well at Home and in Ministry Over Four Decades
1:16:05

It’s one thing to be married for decades. It’s another to be a couple of who works together in ministry. How do you do it over the long haul without sacrificing your family, your church or killing each other? In a remarkably candid interview, Jonathan and Verna Del Turco share their secrets and talk about…

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May 23, 2017
CNLP 140: Tony Morgan on Discovering What Stage Your Church Is At In Its Lifecycle
1:06:41

Tony Morgan has helped over 200 churches in the last 8 years, and has observed that most churches go through predictable patterns in its lifecycle. Combining the insights of Les McKeown (Episode 112) and others, Tony has identified 7 specific stages in the life-cycle of a church and shows you where you need to be,…

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May 16, 2017
CNLP Bonus 015: The Five Lies Leaders Believe with Barnabas Piper and Todd Adkins on the 5LQ Podcast
52:35

  Last year, I had a refreshing and honest conversation with Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper on their podcast, 5LQ, about insecurity, inadequacy and the lies that leaders believe. Today, I wanted to share this conversation with you as a bonus episode because we’re celebrating the limited return of The High Impact Leader. I know…

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May 15, 2017
CNLP 139: Andrew Mellen On the Surprising Connection Between Clutter, Order and Great Leadership
1:09:56

The average person will spend a year of their life looking for misplaced keys, wallets, documents and other things they can’t find. The average executive spends 6 weeks per YEAR looking for lost documents. (No kidding.) Andrew Mellen is a professional organizer who says clutter is deferred decisions. He talks about why being organized matters,…

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May 09, 2017
CNLP 138: Bob and Maria Goff Behind the Scenes: Being Happily Married to Your Opposite, Overcoming Setbacks and Thriving in Life and Ministry
55:11

Few people you’ll ever meet are quite as vibrant or have had such a varied life as Bob and Maria Goff. In this personal interview, Carey talks to Bob and Maria about making their marriage work when they are pretty much opposite personalities, how they overcame set backs, and how to truly thrive in life…

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May 02, 2017
CNLP 137: Justin Dean on the Future Church in the Online World
1:05:54

Note: The first time we posted this episode we made a mistake in uploading the first interview I did with Justin back in 2016 on his time at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Great interview, but not the right one this time! The proper episode is now live here. If you downloaded Episode 137 on your phone…

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Apr 25, 2017
CNLP 136: Steve Fogg on Building an Online and Social Media Ministry For Your Church From Scratch
1:06:14

How do you build an online and social ministry for your church…from scratch? Steve Fogg spills the secrets on how to do it whether you’re a large or small church, and tells us how he built one that reaches thousands of online attenders every week. Steve has also given podcast listeners a free resource: 3 Essential…

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Apr 18, 2017
CNLP 135: Adam Weber on Planting A Megachurch as a Young Leader in a Mainline Denomination
1:12:03

You’ve heard all the excuses. Churches in this region don’t grow. Mainline denominations are dying. Adam Weber defied all the odds. He pastors one of the fastest growing churches in America and in one of the most unlikely places: South Dakota. And he did all this as a young United Methodist pastor. Welcome to Episode…

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Apr 11, 2017
CNLP 134: Carl George and Warren Bird on How to Break the 200, 600 and 1000 Attendance Barriers
1:18:26

What does it take for churches to break through the 200, 400 and 600 attendance growth barriers? Carl George and Warren Bird literally wrote the book on it, and share some of the surprising obstacles church leaders face and outline how to overcome them to reach more people. Welcome to Episode 134 of the podcast.…

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Apr 04, 2017
CNLP 133: Todd Adkins on Why Most Churches Do a Bad Job at Leadership Development and How to Turn That Around
1:12:13

The vast majority of churches struggle to recruit and keep volunteers and even staff. As a result, they can’t grow or expand. Todd Adkins explains why most church leaders struggle to develop leaders and explains how to turn that around. Welcome to Episode 133 of the podcast. Guest Links: Todd Adkins Todd on Twitter LifeWay Leadership on…

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Mar 28, 2017
CNLP 132: Greg Atkinson on The Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper: What People Are Looking for When They Come to Your Church
1:08:16

Would you ever send a secret worshipper to your church service? What do you think they’d find? We’re talking to Greg Atkinson who is a secret worshipper to large churches all around the U.S., and hear some of the things he’s seen and discovered that churches are doing great – and churches could do better.…

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Mar 21, 2017
CNLP 131: Kyle Idleman on Starting a Church at 22, Leading in a Megachurch and on Being a Writer
48:52

When he was in his early twenties, Kyle Idleman couldn’t get anyone to hire him as a preacher, so he started his own church, which grew to 1000. Two years later he left to join one of the largest churches in the US as a teaching pastor. Kyle and I talk about his journey as…

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Mar 14, 2017
CNLP 130: Scott Sauls on Cultivating True Friendships in a Lonely Culture and On Working With Tim Keller
1:14:22

Our culture has never been more connected, yet people have never felt more disconnected. Scott Sauls talks about how to cultivate true friendship, deep conversations and meaningful dialogue—especially with people who are different than you. Plus Carey asks Scott for his top lessons from working alongside Tim Keller in NYC for 5 years. Welcome to…

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Mar 07, 2017
CNLP 129: What ESPN Can Teach You About Social Media, Faith and Serving in the Local Church —An Interview with Jason Romano
51:02

When he was 27, Jason Romano landed his dream job — a producer at ESPN headquarters. A year later he became a Christian. He shares what ESPN is learning about social media, how to integrate your faith at work, and how church leaders can leverage business leaders in ministry. Welcome to Episode 129 of the…

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Feb 28, 2017
CNLP 128: Mark Batterson on Chasing Down Your Dreams Without Fear
1:05:16

So you’ve got dreams that seem impossible. So what? Few voices in the church are as encouraging as Mark Batterson’s voice. Mark talks to Carey about how to chase down your dreams and kill the fear that’s holding you back. Welcome to Episode 128 of the podcast. Guest Links: Mark Batterson Mark Batterson’s website Mark on…

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Feb 21, 2017
CNLP 127: Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick: Roundtable on Their Worst Mistakes and Best Decisions in Leadership
1:25:39

Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick talk to Carey about their best and worst decisions on five key issues: strategy, team, momentum, culture and personal leadership. Raw, honest and authentic, this conversation is packed with insight. The conversation continues at Rethink Leadership 2017 in Atlanta Georgia April 26-28. www.RethinkLeadership.com. Welcome to Episode 127 of the podcast.…

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Feb 14, 2017
CNLP 126: Mike Bonem on Thriving as a Second Chair Leader and How to Lead Up
58:30

Not all of us are senior leaders. So what happens when that’s you? Do you have to be the #1 leader to make an impact. Mike Bonem explains how to lead up to your senior leader, and discussed the strategies and principles that help second chair leaders thrive. Welcome to Episode 126 of the podcast.…

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Feb 07, 2017
CNLP 125: David Kinnaman on the Clergy Crisis and State of Pastors Today
1:14:02

How are pastors really doing? Why are fewer and fewer people going into ministry? What are the danger signs for pastors today for their soul, their family and their future? Barna Group President David Kinnaman explains the findings behind one of the largest studies of Pastors in America ever conducted. Not everything is good, but…

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Jan 31, 2017
CNLP 124: Ken Costa on How to Discover Your Calling, Hope in the Workplace, and Connecting with Millennials
46:56

Ken Costa has an impressive resume. He has been the chairman of some of the world’s largest investment banks, advisor to some of the most powerful people in the world, and is a committed Christian who believes Jesus is the hope of the world. Carey talks to Ken about integrating faith at work, finding your…

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Jan 24, 2017
CNLP 123: How to Have Meaningful, Life-Giving Conversations with Non-Christians: An Interview with Rose Zacharias Meeder
1:16:26

How do you have meaningful conversations—even friendships—with people who are radically different than you and who don’t share the same values you do? Few are better at doing this than Rose Zacharias Meeder. A married woman with four kids, Rose has built many friendships with people from the divorced, to the Buddhist, to the atheist,…

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Jan 17, 2017
CNLP Bonus 014: #AskCarey Part 13
42:28

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey to celebrate the launch of The High Impact Leader Course this month. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 13.   Questions Featured in this Episode 1. 04:43: I’ve been enjoying your High…

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Jan 13, 2017
CNLP 122: Essentialism’s Greg McKeown on How To Simplify Your Life and Focus on What Produces Exponential Results
48:45

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of podcast host Carey Nieuwhof’s favourite books of the last five years. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to Greg about how leaders can apply the principles of Essentialism to multiply their impact. Welcome to Episode 122 of the podcast. Guest Links: Greg McKeown Essentialism:…

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Jan 10, 2017
CNLP 121: James Emery White on the Rise of Generation Z: A Post-Christian, Post-Millennial Generation
1:05:17

There’s a generation after the Millennials that looks like it will be even harder to reach than Millennials. Meet Generation Z —people born after 1991. Academic, theologian and Pastor James Emery White talks about what your church needs to do to reach them. Welcome to Episode 121 of the podcast. And who wants to win…

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Jan 03, 2017
CNLP Bonus 013: #AskCarey Part 12—2 Million Downloads Giveaway
43:44

Your questions are the best questions. To celebrate 2 million downloads of the podcast, we’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 12. And to celebrate and thank YOU, the listeners, between January 1-10th, I’m giving away free Starbucks. You…

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Jan 01, 2017
CNLP 120: Jared Hogue on Being a Young Entrepreneur in Church Ministry
1:04:29

Jared Hogue has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid. Jared talks about how to use that drive to create incredible volunteer teams and the ups and downs of running a side business or ministry that can change a lot for you and the people you’ll reach. Welcome to Episode 120 of the podcast.…

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Dec 27, 2016
CNLP 119: Louie Giglio on Preaching That Connects With Today’s Young Adults
45:02

Louie Giglio returns to the podcast and talks about the kind of preaching that actually connects with today’s young adults and other lessons learned from 20 years of Passion Conferences that have attracted hundreds of thousands of college students. Plus, Louie answers a few rapid fire questions from podcast listeners and tells us what he…

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Dec 20, 2016
CNLP 118: A Roman Catholic Every Evangelical Leader Needs to Get To Know – A Conversation with Father James Mallon
1:01:45

Often there’s a great divide between Protestants and Roman Catholics. But what if there’s more that unites us than we think? Father James Mallon leads a global movement that is revitalizing local parishes using many of the same methods that revitalize Protestant and evangelical churches. His findings have attracted the attention of Rick Warren, Nicky…

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Dec 13, 2016
CNLP 117: Why You’re Always So Disappointed—Getting Over Expectation Hangover with Christine Hassler
1:01:20

Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again. Ever wonder why? Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again? Ever wonder why? Christine Hassler is a life coach (with roots in Christianity) who coaches Hollywood stars, business leaders and others on how to cure expectation hangover. Welcome to Episode 117 of the podcast. Guest Links: Christine Hassler ChristineHassler.com Expectation Hangover:…

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Dec 06, 2016
CNLP 116: Aussie Dave on How to Use Social Media Devotions to Share the Gospel
51:58

He’s called the #1 follow in the Christian world on Instagram. @AussieDave, Dave Adamson, is my guest as he talks about how his Instagram account grew from 600 to over 22K followers as he created a daily devotional. Dave shares his philosophy, strategy and approach in a way that can help you develop and grow…

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Nov 29, 2016
CNLP 115: Sean Seay on Winning in Leadership While Failing at Home and How He Got Healthy
1:23:39

Sean Seay founded what by all means is a very successful church, reaching thousands. But while things were going well at work, they really fell apart at home. Sean takes us through an incredibly candid conversation about what he needed to deal with as a person, leader, husband, father and Christ-follower, and how he got…

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Nov 22, 2016
CNLP 114: William Vanderbloemen on How to Know When It’s Time to Quit
53:56

So…how do you know when it’s time to quit? Few people are better positioned to talk about it than William Vanderbloemen, who deals with staff and churches in transition every day. William shares some amazing insights on when you should stay and when you should go. Welcome to Episode 114 of the Podcast. Guest Links: William…

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Nov 15, 2016
CNLP 113: unSeminary’s Rich Birch on Why Some Churches Beat the Odds and Grow
1:02:39

Rich Birch has worked for three large churches that have launched over a dozen new locations, and he’s seen many small and mid-sized churches turn things around. What’s their secret? They do unreasonable things. Welcome to Episode 113 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Rich Birch Rich on Facebook Rich on Twitter Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged…

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Nov 08, 2016
CNLP 112: Les McKeown on Getting Your Church or Organization into a Place of Predictable Success
1:00:45

How do some organizations and churches get themselves into a place of regular, predictable success? It’s less mysterious than you think. Author and business leader Les McKeown takes you through the seven stages of every organization’s life cycle, from early struggle to death rattle, and shows you how to find predictable success. Welcome to Episode…

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Nov 01, 2016
CNLP 111: How to Find Your True Calling —An Interview with Exponential’s Todd Wilson
1:10:11

Wonder if you’ll ever find your real calling? Are you called to ministry? How would you know? An ex-engineer with the US nuclear navy, Todd Wilson answered a call to ministry, founding Exponential and many other things as a Kingdom entrepreneur. His latest venture is to help leaders find their true calling, and in this…

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Oct 25, 2016
CNLP 110: Jeff Brodie, Carey Nieuwhof and Jeff Henderson on Navigating a Successful Transition: Stepping Out of And Into the Lead Pastor’s Chair
1:10:23

In late 2015, Carey Nieuwhof stepped out of the Lead Pastor role at Connexus Church (the only role he’d ever had) and assumed a new role as Founding and Teaching Pastor, while Jeff Brodie became the new Lead Pastor. A year into the transition, by all accounts, the move has been a success. Jeff Henderson—Lead…

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Oct 18, 2016
CNLP 109: Chuck Swindoll on How He Interprets the Scripture and Stays Fresh in Leadership
54:01

Few preachers have the legacy that Chuck Swindoll has. Author of many books and thousands of sermons, Chuck discusses his most recent book, Searching the Scriptures, and the method he uses to stay fresh in preaching and leadership. Welcome to Episode 109 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Chuck Swindoll Searching the Scriptures: Find the Nourishment Your…

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Oct 11, 2016
CNLP 108: Tony Morgan on Why Churches Get Stuck…and How to Get Your Church Moving Again
52:27

Why do churches get stuck? Tony Morgan visits dozens of stuck churches every year and helps them get unstuck. He shares his findings and shares some top learnings on how to get your church moving again. Welcome to Episode 108 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Tony Morgan Episode 6 Tony on Facebook. Tony on Twitter. Tony…

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Oct 04, 2016
CNLP 107: Ben Snyder on The Surprise and Challenge of Becoming a Megachurch Pastor at Age 35
59:21

A year ago, Ben Snyder got a surprise phone call from his boss, a well-known and loved megachurch pastor, who had just been diagnosed with a disease. Ben was asked to become the new lead pastor of a massive church. Surprisingly, it’s gone well for everyone. Listening to Ben will help you understand why. Welcome…

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Sep 27, 2016
CNLP 106: Kara Powell on How Many Average Churches are Actually Reaching Millennials
43:01

It’s easy to think only large churches with big staffs and significant budgets can reach young people. The truth is they are. But new research shows they’re not the only ones. Kara Powell shares brand new research on how average churches with few staff and little money are reaching young adults in the same way…

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Sep 20, 2016
CNLP 105: Dan Reiland – 35 Years of Wisdom from An Exceptional Church Leader
1:07:12

Dan Reiland talks about what it’s been like to work with John Maxwell for over 30 years, about how they vritually created the role of Executive Pastor, and what he’s learning serving as the XP of one of the largest churches in the country (12 Stone). Dan even tells us the top 5 leadership lessons…

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Sep 13, 2016
CNLP Bonus 012: #AskCarey Part 11
33:34

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 11. Questions Featured in this Episode 2:49   How many entry level staff still focus on building relationships in the church? As you switch to a…

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Sep 12, 2016
CNLP Bonus 011: #AskCarey Part 10
28:03

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church, dealing with ‘committee-led’ churches, and how to engage volunteers. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 10. Questions Featured in this Episode 1:38 How…

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Sep 11, 2016
CNLP Bonus 010: #AskCarey Part 9
32:04

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 9. Questions Featured in this Episode 1:45 What did you do to engage unchurched people for Christmas services? 9:55 What is there for leaders who…

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Sep 10, 2016
CNLP Bonus 009: #AskCarey Part 8
34:21

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 8.   Questions Featured in this Episode 1:43 What are the pros and cons of breaking down church membership, and how does that look for…

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Sep 09, 2016
CNLP Bonus 008: #AskCarey Part 7
30:09

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to evaluate the health of your church and its leadership, dealing with the distrust of committee-led churches, and how to show appreciation to volunteers Welcome to Ask Carey…

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Sep 08, 2016
CNLP Bonus 007: #AskCarey Part 6
23:12

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 6. Questions Featured in this Episode 1:39 We’re going through a rebuilding phase in our church’s life. What are some of the mistakes you’ve made…

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Sep 07, 2016
CNLP 104: Casey Graham on What Church Leaders Can Learn From 7 Figure CEOs
1:13:23

Casey Graham has interviewed dozens of CEOs of 7 figure businesses. Surprisingly, the same issues entrepreneurs face in growing their companies to beyond $200,000, $600,000 and even a million dollars in revenue are almost identical to the issues church leaders face in growing their churches past 200, 600 and 1000 weekend attendees. Carey and Casey…

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Sep 06, 2016
CNLP 103: Gavin Adams…Unscripted on the Pressures of Leadership, Getting Healthy and (Massively) Growing a Church
1:05:28

This episode is a great example of why I love the chance to do this podcast. Gavin Adams, lead pastor of Woodstock City Church—a rapidly growing church of 8,500—talk off the cuff about what he learned on sabbatical, getting healthy and the challenges of scaling a church. Welcome to Episode 103 of the Podcast.   Guest…

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Aug 30, 2016
CNLP 102: What Leaders and Communicators Can Learn from Improv – Andrew Bright on the Rules of Improv
1:03:11

Improv has always fascinated me, so when I had a chance to sit down with Andrew Bright, I jumped at it. What shocked me is not only what the rules of improv can teach you about comedy, but what they can teach you about leadership. Welcome to Episode 102 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Andrew Bright…

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Aug 23, 2016
CNLP 101: Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation
56:17

Lee Kricher did something few pastors do; he’s led the church he founded, twice. Coming back 13 years ago, he led it back from near death to a growing church strongly positioned to reach into a new generation. Here’s his story. Welcome to Episode 101 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Lee Kricher Amplify Church For a…

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Aug 16, 2016
CNLP 100: Creating an Evangelism Culture – Peyton Jones on Planting Churches for Unchurched People
59:06

Peyton Jones is a self-described serial church planter with a heart for evangelism. From being beat up for the sake of the Gospel, to starting a church at a Starbucks, to coaching leaders on reaching the most unreached people in Western culture, Peyton shares his never boring story. Welcome to Episode 100 of the Podcast. Guest…

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Aug 09, 2016
CNLP 099: What Smaller Church Pastors Really Need and Why – An Interview with 200 Churches’ Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig
59:02

Only a small percentage of churches ever grow past 200 attenders. Enter Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig, whose podcast and blog, 200churches.com, is a resource to small church pastors everywhere. Jeff, Jonny and I discuss what small church pastors really need, and why. Welcome to Episode 99 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig…

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Aug 02, 2016
CNLP 098: Becoming a High Capacity Leader – Deconstructing Frank Bealer’s Habits and Schedule
1:22:12

What are the habits and disciplines that make high capacity leaders, high capacity? I interview Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer, who became President of an Insurance Company at age 23 and has continued to be promoted into positions of high influence and responsibility at a young age. Frank shares his strategy, approach and schedule in detail…

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Jul 26, 2016
CNLP 097: Young and Burning Out — How Grant Vissers Crashed in Year One of Ministry But Found New Life
1:01:00

At 25, Grant Vissers, a newlywed and fresh graduate of Princeton, started ministry at two small rural churches with his wife Konnie, and within a few months started burning out. He talks about how it happened, why it happened, and how he battled back to continue ministry in a fresh context with fresh passion (and…

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Jul 19, 2016
CNLP 096: Larry Osborne on How to Close the Back Door at Your Church and Truly Align Your Team
1:06:05

Few people have been in leadership as long or effectively as Sticky Church author and North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larry talks about why it took so long for North Coast to grow to a large church, how to close the back door at your church and how to truly…

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Jul 11, 2016
CNLP 095: The Challenges of Scaling a Church – An Interview with Rusty George
51:07

Rusty George didn’t plant Real Life Church, but he saw it grow from a small gathering in a movie theater to a multisite church of over 5000 attenders. Rusty talks openly and honestly about the highs and lows of growth, staffing, change and raising money to fund a vision to reach unchurched people. Welcome to…

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Jul 05, 2016
CNLP 094: Matt Chewning on Planting a Church From Scratch…in Boston
53:57

Of all the things Boston is known for, being kind to church planters is one NOT of them. But Matt Chewning heard a call, left a career in corporate America and started Netcast Church. Matt shares the ins and outs of how his church has become one of the fastest growing churches in New England.…

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Jun 28, 2016
CNLP 093: How to Train And Develop More Leaders More Quickly: Scott Magdalein
53:46

Every church struggles with having enough volunteers and leaders. But are the leaders you have well-trained, well-equipped and prepared for the task ahead? Carey Nieuwhof talks with Trained Up founder Scott Magdalein on how to train more leaders more efficiently. Welcome to Episode 93 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Scott Magdalein TrainedUp Build Your Own Trainer Profiles…

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Jun 21, 2016
CNLP 092: Start-Up Church…Lessons from the Trenches of Church Planting with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa
1:02:12

As many leaders know first hand, starting a church isn’t easy. Carey has an honest conversation about the ups and downs of planting a church with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa, six months into planting Downtown Harbor Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Welcome to Episode 92 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Adam Duckworth and John Garippa Adam…

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Jun 14, 2016
CNLP 091: Lane Jones on the Ups and Downs of the Early Days of North Point
1:05:25

What were the early days of North Point really like? You would think that becoming the largest church in America (according to Outreach Magazine) would be birthed out of an easy start. But that wasn’t the case. Lane Jones walks us through the backstory on the founding of North Point, its early struggles, why they…

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Jun 07, 2016
CNLP 090: How to Become a Rock Star Executive Assistant: An Interview with Sarah Piercy
1:04:34

Seven years ago at age 22, Sarah Piercy became Carey Nieuwhof’s executive assistant. In this candid and honest interview, Sarah shared how she learned not only to be an exceptional executive assistant (in Carey’s view), but how she did it in an ever-growing church and exploding wider ministry with no previous training. Welcome to Episode…

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May 31, 2016
CNLP 089: Brian Houston On Hillsong and the Ingredients That Have Defined His Leadership
55:35

There are few stories like Hillsong and very few leaders who have had the impact that Brian Houston has had. Carey sat down in person with Brian on a recent Outcry tour stop in Toronto as they discuss the ingredients that have forged Brian into the leader he is today. Welcome to Episode 89 of the Podcast.…

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May 22, 2016
CNLP 088: A Step By Step Guide to Breaking the 200 Attendance Barrier: An Interview with Martin Daland
57:07

How do you break the 200 attendance barrier? Martin Daland became the senior leader in a conflicted small church of 180. Within two years, he saw his church grow to more than 300. He talks about how he changed pastoral care, fought burn out, and got the church healthy. Amazingly, he did this in Norway, where…

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May 16, 2016
CNLP 087: Starting a Church From Scratch in a New Community and Some Insights on Mentoring with Josh Pezold
57:47

Josh Pezold has done at least unique things in the last few years. He’s parachuted into New England to start a church from scratch in a community in which he never lived, and he chose Carey Nieuwhof as a personal mentor. We talk about both in today’s podcast. Welcome to Episode 87 of the Podcast.  …

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May 10, 2016
CNLP 086: Josh Whitehead on Why Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors and Business Leaders Don’t Trust Each Other, and How to Fix it
1:00:31

In 2003, Joshua Whitehead left the business world to start serving at Faith Promise Church. Since 2005, he’s served as Executive Pastor and has seen the church grow to 5 locations and 6,800 people. Josh and I talk about why so many leaders don’t trust each other and how to overcome the gap. Welcome to Episode 86 of…

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May 03, 2016
CNLP 085: Whit George on How to Work with Family in Ministry, Taking Over Leadership, and Learning How to Lead in A Brand New Role
1:03:33

Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is known for innovation. It’s also about to undergo a significant leadership transition. Today I talk with the driving force behind much of the creative innovation at the church in the last decade, Whit George, who is the Executive Pastor and one-day Senior Pastor of COTM, as he…

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Apr 26, 2016
CNLP 084: Leading a Rapidly Growing Turn Around Church at Age 29: An Interview with Brent Ingersoll
59:47

Leading a turnaround church is tough. Leading it after the previous leader experienced moral failure is even harder. Doing it all at age 29 makes the story remarkable. Brent Ingersoll stepped directly from student ministry into the senior leader’s chair where he’s led the church to rapid growth and expansion in an area in which…

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Apr 19, 2016
CNLP 083: Ravi Zacharias on How Preaching And Evangelism Need to Change to Reach the Next Generation
37:49

Few people alive today have spoken to as many non believers and believers alike as Ravi Zacharias. In this interview, Ravi shares what’s changed in people’s attitudes toward Christianity and what needs to change in Western preaching to effectively share the Gospel with the next generation. Welcome to Episode 83 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Ravi…

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Apr 12, 2016
CNLP 082: David Kinnaman on How Christians are Increasingly Perceived by the Unchurched as Irrelevant and Extreme
1:03:37

Is telling others about Jesus an act of extremism? What about waiting for marriage to have sex? David Kinnaman, author, speaker and President of Barna Research,  joins us with some shocking findings on what unchurched people really think about Christians and gives us practical ideas on how to bridge the gap between Christianity and the…

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Apr 05, 2016
CNLP 081: A Step By Step Guide to Minimizing Opposition When Leading Organizational Change with Rob Cizek
58:56

Leading change is hard, but Rob Cizek has navigated those waters successfully. Rob sits down with Carey and shares a practical step-by-step approach to leading organizational change that will maximize buy in and minimize opposition. Welcome to Episode 81 of the podcast.   Guest Links: Rob Cizek RobCizek.Com Northshore Christian Church Rob on Twitter Links Mentioned…

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Mar 29, 2016
CNLP 080: How to Have An Awesome Marriage AND Still Be An Awesome Leader. An Interview with Dr. Kim Kimberling
55:03

Leadership is hard to begin with. But leaders also need to lead at home. Can you be an awesome leader AND have an awesome marriage? Marriage expert Dr. Kim Kimberling has an honest conversation about marriage and leadership. Welcome to Episode 80 of the podcast. Guest Links: Kim Kimberling AwesomeMarriage.Com Awesome Marriage Podcast 7 Secrets to…

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Mar 22, 2016
CNLP 079: Mars Hill 2 Years Later: An Insider’s Account of What Happened with Justin Dean
1:10:05

In late 2014, Mars Hill closed its doors as Pastor Mark Driscoll and all the key staff left and disbanded the church as it then was. What happened at Mars Hill, though, was not all bad. I interview Justin Dean about the good that happened, what he learned, what could have been better, and what…

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Mar 15, 2016
CNLP 078: Perry Noble on How He’s Radically Changed His Approach to Leadership
55:58

Driven, controlling people have a leadership style that will take their organizations in a certain direction, but almost always cap it at a smaller size than they’d like. Perry Noble talks about how he stopped being so controlling and learned to lead with love and how you can too. Welcome to Episode 78 of the podcast.…

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Mar 08, 2016
CNLP 077: What Near Death Experiences Tell Us About the Biblical Heaven: An Interview with John Burke
1:27:06

What can church leaders learn from the thousands of near death experiences people have reported? Are they consistent with biblical depictions of heaven? John Burke shares years of research he’s done comparing NDE’s and scripture to bring us a vivid and fascinating account of what happens after people die. Welcome to Episode 77 of the podcast.…

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Mar 01, 2016
CNLP 076: Raising the Dead: An Interview with Brian Wangler on How He Found New Life and Ushered in Growth in Four Stuck or Dying Churches
1:09:55

Is there hope for dying or stuck churches? Yes, there is. Brian Wangler has led four stuck or dying churches into dramatic growth. One church grew from 5 to 100 in a village of 400. He led another church to over 1000 in attendance. Here’s how it happened. Welcome to Episode 76 of the podcast.…

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Feb 23, 2016
CNLP 075: Insights on Millennials From a Millennial Leader. An Interview with Jonathan Pearson
53:57

So, what are the strengths and weaknesses of leaders under 35? Jonathan Pearson has written a book for Millennials and, at age 29, leads a campus of 1400 for a large church. He offers some honest, humble insights about his generation and how to work with them. Some insights on Millennials…from a Millennial leader. Welcome…

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Feb 16, 2016
CNLP 074: The Future Church, Reaching Millennials and Our Biggest Mistakes in Leadership. A Candid Conversation with Geoff Surratt, Brad Lomenick and Carey Nieuwhof
1:08:37

Sometimes the best conversations cover a range of topics, and that’s exactly what happens as Carey Nieuwhof sits down backstage with Geoff Surratt and Brad Lomenick to talk about the future of the church, who’s really reaching the next generation and ask each leader what their biggest mistakes in leadership were. While this backstage conversation…

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Feb 09, 2016
CNLP 073: Jarrett Stevens on How to Say No in Leadership, City Ministry and Understanding Scripture
1:05:24

Jarrett Stevens worked at mega-churches, but six years ago went Chicago to plant Soul City Church in the heart of the Chicago. Carey and Jared talk about how to say no in a growing ministry (it’s so hard!), the unique challenges of city ministry and about Jarrett’s new book on how to teach people scripture.…

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Feb 02, 2016
CNLP 072: Matt Keller on the Key to Everything That Too Many Leaders Lack
54:57

Is there a key to everything? Matt Keller thinks there is. And many leaders lack it. The good news is, the key can be acquired. Matt and I spend our time today unpacking the one thing that could change everything in your leadership. Welcome to Episode 72 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Matt Keller MattKellerOnline.Com…

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Jan 26, 2016
CNLP 071: Jenni Catron on Becoming an Extraordinary Leader
52:04

What make a leader extraordinary? Jenni Catron joins me to talk about the four dimensions of leadership that move a leader from ordinary to become the best at what they do. Welcome to Episode 71 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Jenni Catron  The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul,…

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Jan 19, 2016
CNLP Bonus 006: #AskCarey Part 5
37:59

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church, dealing with ‘committee-led’ churches, and how to engage volunteers. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 5. PS. We also have some isolated mystery…

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Jan 14, 2016
CNLP 070: A Nitty Gritty Guide To Social Media with North Point’s Dave Adamson
1:14:24

How does North Point do social media? Dave Adamson walks us into the strategy North Point Church in Atlanta has adopted. Dave gets into very specific details AND—best of all—makes super helpful suggestions for churches with no staff and resources or leaders who are just getting started. Welcome to Episode 70 of the Podcast. Guest Links:…

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Jan 12, 2016
CNLP 069: A Completely Different Take on Reaching Millennials with Haydn Shaw
1:17:40

So you’ve read all the stuff about millennials leaving the church? Author and generational expert Haydn Shaw has a very different perspective than many. He thinks our panic is premature and offers deep insight into every generation your church is trying to reach: Millennial,s GenXrs, Boomers, and Elders. Welcome to Episode 69 of the Podcast. Guest…

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Jan 05, 2016
CNLP Bonus 005: #AskCarey Part 4
36:01

You’ve got leadership questions. Chances are, you’re not the only one asking it. Welcome to another bonus episode of the podcast where I take my best shot at your leadership questions as 2016 launches with all of its promise. Wel;ome to Ask Carey, Part 4. Questions Featured in this Episode 2:25 How do you make changes…

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Dec 31, 2015
CNLP 068: Joe Sangl on How to Increase Giving At Your Church and Help for Bi-Vocations Pastors
56:36

How do you get more money for ministry? Joe Sangl and I have an honest conversation about how to increase givings at your church, why people don’t give and even how bi-vocational pastors can think differently about earning income. Welcome to Episode 68 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Joe Sangl JosephSangl.com I Was Broke. Now…

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Dec 29, 2015
CNLP 067: Chris Brown on Pastors, Personal Finances and Creating Margin
56:03

Money. It’s a problem if you have it and if you don’t. Today, I sit down with Chris Brown, who each week speaks to millions of people through radio and his podcasts about getting through the struggle of money. We dig into why church leaders often have such a strange relationship with money. Welcome to Episode…

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Dec 22, 2015
CNLP 066: Time Management and More Practical Tech Hacks With Geek Pastor, Wayne Cordova
55:28

Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not. The good news is that GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova, my guest on Episode 34, is back with his best practical tips to help you get more done in less time. Wayne will walk you through everything from free apps every team should be using, to how to get rid of…

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Dec 15, 2015
CNLP 065: Louie Giglio on The Back Story of Passion, His Nervous Breakdown, and How He Came Back
49:19

Most leaders will experience a burnout of some kind at some point in their journey. For Louie Giglio, that happened in 2008, when he experienced a nervous breakdown during one of the hardest seasons of his life. Now, as the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and founder of Passion Conferences—a global movement of college-aged people…

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Dec 08, 2015
CNLP 064: Jon Acuff on How to Make People Laugh, Two Years of Hustle and More
35:18

Very few people utilize humour better than Jon Acuff. I sat down with Jon backstage and asked him for his top tips on making people laugh and about his life as a solo enterpreneur and author. Plus, Jon shares a project he has planned for January that he’s inviting my podcast listeners into! Welcome to…

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Dec 01, 2015
CNLP 063: Stepping Into the Senior Leader’s Chair – An Interview with Tim Guptill
1:03:05

Ever wonder what it’s like to become the senior leaders in an organization? Ever wonder what it’s like to succeed a successful leader who’s been there for 44 years? Tim Guptill has done both, and tells the story of how he stepped into the senior leader’s role of the largest church in Eastern Canada after…

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Nov 24, 2015
CNLP 062: Jerry Gillis on Attractional or Missional Church? How One MegaChurch is Doing Both
55:33

Jerry was doing something rare: leading a growing megachurch in Buffalo NY, when he got tired of running ‘a machine.’ After a year of prayer and study, he decided being an attractional church wasn’t enough, and The Chapel started becoming far more missional. The interview outlines how that happened, and what happened next. Welcome to…

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Nov 17, 2015
CNLP 061: The Insecure Leader – An Interview with Josh Gagnon
1:02:46

Why are so many leaders—even successful leaders—insecure? In this exceptionally candid interview, Josh Gagnon, who pastors the 5th fastest growing church in America, talks about insecurity, ambition and how to overcome your personal issues while leading Welcome to Episode 61 of the Podcast.   Guest Links Josh Gagnon Episode 17 The Joshua Gagnon Leadership Podcast Josh…

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Nov 10, 2015
CNLP Bonus 004: #AskCarey Part 3
45:51

Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to Part 3 of the Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions and take my best shot at an answer. On this episode: advice to young leaders, the way I organize my…

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Nov 05, 2015
CNLP 060: Sue Miller on the Key to Attracting and Engaging Amazing Volunteers
52:49

Why do some leaders attract and keep amazing volunteers while others don’t? Sue Miller who effectively led volunteers for several decades shares the pivotal differences between teams that are winning and teams that are losing when it comes to volunteers. Welcome to Episode 60 of the Podcast. Guest Links Not Normal: Seven Quirks of Incredible…

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Nov 03, 2015
CNLP 059: Lewis Howes on What it Takes To Be Great
51:11

Lewis Howes is one of the most listened to podcasters on the planet. A former pro-football player and professional athelete turned life-style entrepreneur, Lewis focuses on what makes people great. He’s also not currently a part of a local church, but is very interested in spirituallity. As usual with Lewis, a fasincating conversation ensues. If…

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Oct 27, 2015
CNLP 058: Beth Marshall on How Pastoral Care Grows and Kills Churches and Leaders
1:06:26

Some church leaders love pastoral care, others don’t. But everyone needs it. Author, speaker and former New Spring Pastoral Care Coordinator Beth Marshall explains how handling pastoral care well can make or break the growth of your church and your health as a leader. Welcome to Episode 58 of the Podcast.   Guest Links Grief…

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Oct 20, 2015
CNLP 057: Aaron Harris: A Gay Man’s Perspective on What He Wishes Was Different in the Church
1:53:23

Aaron Harris knew from the time he was young that he was attracted to other men. After running from the church as a teen he ran back into the church in his twenties, deeply convinced that Jesus is the only way. Aaron shares what he wishes was different in the way the church talks about same…

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Oct 13, 2015
CNLP 056: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow—An Interview with Jeff Henderson and Carey Nieuwhof
59:36

You’ve probably noticed … Churches aren’t growing. Young adults are walking away. Volunteers are hard to recruit. Leaders are burning out. And the culture is changing faster than ever before. There’s no doubt the church is in a moment in history for which few church leaders are prepared. But maybe the future belongs to the churches that are willing…

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Oct 06, 2015
CNLP 055: Brad Lomenick on The 3 Essential Components It Takes To Lead in Today’s Culture
1:20:34

The skills and character required for leadership are changing, and leaders want to know whether they have what it takes to lead well in a changing culture. Carey brings Brad Lomenick back on the podcast to talk about 3 essential components it takes to lead in today’s culture. Plus, Brad is giving away 25 copies…

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Sep 29, 2015
CNLP Bonus 003: #AskCarey Part 2
42:53

Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to Part 2 of the Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions and take my best shot at an answer. Questions Featured in this Episode 3:00 Is it always necessary to…

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Sep 24, 2015
CNLP 054: Jud Wilhite With Practical Help on Transitioning a Church
1:15:03

The vast majority of churches in Western culture are not church plants, they’re churches that need to be transitioned. Jud Wilhite gives an exceptionally honest and helpful explanation of how he transitioned Central Christian Church in Las Vegas from success…to even greater success, sharing lots of transferable principles. Welcome to Episode 54 of the Podcast.…

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Sep 22, 2015
CNLP Bonus 002: #AskCarey Part 1
47:54

Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to the very first Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions and take my best shot at an answer. Questions Featured in this Episode 3:50 How and what do you communicate…

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Sep 17, 2015
CNLP 053: How Evangelism and Apologetics Are Changing–Interviews with Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, Alycia Wood and Margaret Manning
1:22:06

How do you share your faith in a world in which people seem to be losing interest in Christianity? In this special episode, Carey interviews four leading apologists, including Ravi Zacharias, about how apologetics is changing and what to do next. Welcome to Episode 53 of the Podcast. Guest Links Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Let My…

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Sep 15, 2015
CNLP Bonus 001: The Best of Year One
1:09:17

It’s been an incredible year. And this week, the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast turns one! To celebrate, we put together a retrospective, best of year one! While we couldn’t include every episode, we found some highlights that are designed to move your mind (and heart) into new leadership space. Think of it as a 1:09…

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Sep 10, 2015
CNLP 052: How Craig Groeschel Stays Healthy, Relevant and Passionate in Ministry
1:04:07

It’s one thing to develop great strategy for effective ministry, but it’s quite another to stay personally healthy and passionate in the midst of leading one of the fastest growing churches in the world. Craig Groeschel gets personal as he talks to Carey about how he has stayed passionate and healthy over two decades of…

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Sep 08, 2015
CNLP 051: The Nerdist’s Guide to Awesome Social Media for Your Church or Organization—An Interview with NewSpring’s Chris Dunagan
1:02:30

Almost everyone has a social media presence these days, but how do you make it awesome? NewSpring Church’s Social Media Director Chris Dunagan explains, in super helpful detail, their approach to social media and how to truly connect with the people you’re trying to impact. Welcome to Episode 51 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Chris Dunagan…

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Sep 01, 2015
CNLP 050: Growing Up As the Pastor’s Kid—An Honest Conversation with Barnabas Piper
1:04:25

What’s it like to grow up as the pastor’s kid? Better yet, what’s it like to grow up as John Piper’s son? Barnabas Piper talks openly and honestly about the pressures of being a PK and how it messed with  his faith before he found the grace of Jesus Christ. Welcome to Episode 50 of…

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Aug 25, 2015
CNLP 049: Stop the Hate: How Christians Can Get Along When They Disagree. An Interview with Scott Sauls
53:44

It seems Christian dialogue these days is characterized by a intolerance, misunderstanding and hatred. How do you love people you disagree with? How do you keep your cool when you have strong feelings? And what is our intolerance of each other doing to the mission of the church? Pastor and author Scott Sauls discusses how…

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Aug 18, 2015
CNLP 048: How to Change a Church Quickly—An Interview with Jeff Price
54:47

You should wait a year before you change anything, right? Isn’t that what every leader knows? Well, that’s not how Jeff Price did it. Jeff shares how he created a mandate for massive change quickly in an established church and lived to tell about it. Welcome to Episode 48 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Jeff Price…

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Aug 11, 2015
CNLP 047: Breaking Down the Divide Between Business and Church—An Interview with David McDaniel
1:02:28

There are business leaders in almost every congregation. But often, there’s a divide—even a debate—about how to use business ideas to further the church’s mission. David McDaniel, a Harvard MBA who has worked as an entrepreneur, a church leader (leading North Point’s multisite strategy) and as a church elder talks about where business ideas come…

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Aug 04, 2015
CNLP 046: Why Children’s Ministry Might be the Most Important Position on Your Team–An Interview with Gina McClain
57:40

Many senior leaders dismiss family ministry as something that simply needs to be done but don’t assign it the priority deserves. That’s why every leader needs to hear Gina McClain. An incredible leader, Gina has spearheaded thriving family ministry at Lifechurch.tv and at Faith Promise Church and shares so much…including how to hire the ideal…

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Jul 28, 2015
CNLP 045: The Key Ingredients to Great Chemistry Between Leaders and Their Assistants—An Interview with eaHELP Founder Bryan Miles
57:13

What makes for a great relationship between a leader and their assistant? Why do so many leaders have affairs with their assistants? What are some best practices every leader and their assistant can adopt that will move your vision forward? Bryan Miles, CEO of eaHELP, shares his best practices. Welcome to Episode 45 of the…

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Jul 21, 2015
CNLP 044: The Ups and Downs (And Everything in Between) of Starting a Church: An Interview with Jeanne Stevens
56:18

The life of a church planter has so many ups and downs. Jeanne Stevens and her husband Jarrett learned that the hard way, when after over a decade on the staff of some well known mega-churches, they found the courage to leave the comfort of what they knew to plant a church in downtown Chicago.…

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Jul 14, 2015
CNLP 043: What’s Next in Multisite—How New Locations, Mergers and Aquistions Could Impact Most Churches
1:03:54

Should your growing church go multisite? Should your declining church consider merger? Leading multisite expert Jim Tomberlin talks about how the multisite movement is changing and how more and more churches are pursuing mergers and acquisitions. Welcome to Episode 43 of the Podcast.   Guest Links: Jim Tomberlin MultiSite Solutions Multisite Solutions Blog E-mail: jim@multisitesolutions.com Jim…

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Jul 07, 2015
CNLP 042: The Enterpreneurial Church Leader–An Interview with Brady Shearer
54:10

Church media is changing, and 24 year old Brady Shearer saw an opportunity to help. Brady explains how his passion for church media and announcements led him to start a side business, Pro Church Tools, that has grown quickly and exponentially into a sizeable company, and how he’s learning to adopt to the massive growth…

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Jun 30, 2015
041: How to Build Your Personal or Church Platform without Being Selfish—An Interview With Daniel Decker
1:05:34

So you or your church wants to establish a bigger platform to increase your audience or reach. But how do you do it effectively without coming across as…selfish? Daniel Decker has helped authors reach the New York Times best seller list and helped many leaders, churches and businesses build their platforms without compromising their character.…

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Jun 23, 2015
CNLP 040: Churches That Reach Millennials–An Interview with Geoff Surratt
57:35

Of all the questions facing the church, how to reach Millennials is one of the most pressing. Author and church planting expert Geoff Surratt, shares how some churches are becoming effective at reaching millennials using widely different methods. Welcome to Episode 40 of the Podcast.   Guest Links: Geoff Surratt  Seacoast Church GeoffSurratt.com Geoff Surratt on…

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Jun 16, 2015
CNLP 039: How to Build a High-Performing Team from Scratch—An Interview with Chris Lema
1:07:18

Most of us think if we could hire or recruit a few superstar leaders, it would catalyze growth for our church. What if that theory is just dead wrong? Chris Lema, author, blogger and entrepreneur, walks you through how to build and develop a great team from inside your church or organization. Welcome to Episode…

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Jun 09, 2015
CNLP 038: What to Do When Your Prayer Life Stalls Out—An Interview With Jared Brock
54:00

It’s no secret, the prayer life of many church leaders—and Christians—leaves much to be desired. Jared Brock, a ministry leader in his 20s, was no exception. So he set off on a 37,000 mile trip around the world to discover prayer in all its forms. Here’s what he learned, and how it can help you.…

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Jun 02, 2015
CNLP 037: Creating an Incredible Team Culture—An Interview with Chris Rivers
34:18

How do you make sure your team stays aligned with your mission and vision? Chris Rivers’ job at NewSpring Church in South Carolina was to teach new staff NewSpring’s culture. The challenge was they were adding up to ten new staff per WEEK. Chris explains how they did it, and what you need to do…

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May 26, 2015
CNLP 036: Why Churches Die—An Interview With Thom Rainer
48:46

What are the signs your church might die? Why are so many churches dying? In this episode, blogger, podcaster and Lifeway CEO Thom Rainer outlines why so many churches fail to thrive. Welcome to Episode 36 of the Podcast. Guest Links: Thom Rainer ThomRainer.com Rainer on Leadership Thom Rainer on Twitter Thom Rainer on Facebook LifeWay…

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May 19, 2015
CNLP 035: Leading Young At North Point—An Interview with Clay Scroggins
53:39

At age 30, he was asked to lead a church of 6000. At age 34, he was asked to lead North Point Community Church, a campus with 14,000 attenders, where Andy Stanley is the Senior Pastor. In this episode, we’ll talk to Clay Scroggins about the challenges of leading when you’re young, and how he’s…

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May 12, 2015
CNLP 034: 21 Practical Tech Hacks That Will Free Up Your Time To Lead—An Interview with Geek Pastor Wayne Cordova
1:05:47

Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not. In an incredibly helpful, practical episode, GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova walks leaders through beginner, intermediate and geek level apps, tools, hacks and strategies that can help every leader free up time to do the real work of leadership. So whether you love tech or hate it, this episode…

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May 05, 2015
CNLP 033: Growing Up With Gay Parents—An Interview with Caleb Kaltenbach
58:43

Caleb Kaltenbach has an incredible story. Born to parents who soon divorced to pursue gay relationships, Caleb grew up to become a Christian and then a pastor, much to the alarm of his parents. Caleb shares his honest, gutwrenching story of confusion, hope and reconcilliation with his mom, his dad and their partners. Welcome to…

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Apr 28, 2015
CNLP 032: How Mark Batterson Writes—A Behind The Scenes Look at the Publishing Life of a Pastor and NYT Bestselling Author
1:06:36

New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson has written 12 books in ten years that have sold millions of copies. What’s even more remarkable is he’s done this while planting a church and raising a family. Mark takes us on a rare behind-the-scenes tour to show us his process for writing and how he gets…

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Apr 21, 2015
CNLP 031: Reaching Hollywood: Keys to Planting a Church Where No One Goes to Church—An Interview with Joseph Barkley
57:59

The culture in Hollywood California is as resistant to Christianity as almost any. Church planter Joseph Barkley shares strategies around community, how to do church and innovation that are making an impact in otherwise resistant city. Welcome to Episode 31 of the Podcast. Guest Links JosephBarkley.com Radius Church Joseph Barkley on Twitter Josephy Barkley on…

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Apr 14, 2015
CNLP 030: Small Church, Mid-sized Church or Megachurch, Which is Better? An interview with Karl Vaters
58:51

Is there a ‘best’ size for church? Why do so many people distrust mega-churches? Why do others look down on small churches? Karl Vaters of NewSmallChurch.com and Carey Nieuwhof engage that debate on this week’s episode and try to settle once and for all whether a small church, mid-sized church or megachurch is best. Welcome…

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Apr 07, 2015
CNLP 029: Next Generation MegaChurch—How Transparency and Seeking God Reaches Millennials: An Interview with John Stickl
55:09

At 29, John Stickl became the pastor of a church of 1500. 4 years later, the church is 4500 and is growing with millennials who are anxious to connect with God. John talks about how his leadership team listens for the voice of God and how this journey has stretched him as a leader. Plus,…

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Mar 31, 2015
CNLP 028: How To Create High Performing Teams in Any Size Organization—An Interview with Warren Bird
45:10

Whether your church or organization is large or small, it needs a team. Better than that, it needs a high performing team. How do you get one in place? Warren Bird studied some of the best teams around today, and shares his findings. Welcome to Episode 28 of the podcast.   Guest Links WarrenBird.com Warren Bird…

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Mar 24, 2015
CNLP 027: How to Know When It’s Time to Move On – An Honest Interview About Leadership, Personal Growth and Leaving Before It’s Too Late with Brad Lomenick
50:13

How do you know it’s time to move on? Brad Lomenick explains why he thinks many leaders stay on too long, and shares why he stepped back from leading a world class organization when he was just 40. Welcome to Episode 27 of the podcast.   Guest Links Brad Lomenick on Twitter Brad Lomenick on…

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Mar 17, 2015
CNLP 026: Creating a Great Leadership Culture—An Interview with Tim Stevens
50:18

How do you create a great leadership culture? Tim Stevens, author of Fairness is Overrated, talks about the essential elements every church leader needs to have in place in terms of personal integrity, finding the right team, building the right culture and learning how to lead in a crisis. Welcome to Episode 26 of the…

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Mar 10, 2015
CNLP 025: The Changes You Need to Make As Your Church Grows—An Interview With Jenni Catron
52:51

How do you handle growth when it comes your way? What do you need to do with staff, structure and scale as your church grows? From record industry executive, to executive leadership at Cross Point Church and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Jenni Catron has led a lot of change. In this episode, Jenni shares what’s…

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Mar 03, 2015
CNLP 024: Churchless: Why And How America is Learning to Live Without the Church—An Interview with David Kinnaman
1:00:35

What does it mean to be the church in a post-Christian culture? And why are more and more American Christians becoming churchless? David Kinnaman, President of Barna Research Group, talks about why Americans are becoming churchless more quickly than ever before, and what to do about it. Welcome to Episode 24 of the Podcast. This…

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Feb 23, 2015
CNLP 023: Why People Are Attending Church Less Often And How to Respond—An Interview with Will Mancini
57:16

One trend almost every church leader is talking about today: people who attend church are attending less often.   This podcast episode is the second part of a 5 part series on why people are attending church less often. Part 1: 10 Reasons Even Committed Church Attenders Are Attending Less Often Part 2: CNLP Episode 23: Why People Are…

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Feb 17, 2015
CNLP 022: How to Kill—And Rebuild—Your Marriage. An Interview With Justin And Trisha Davis
1:02:26

So you were in love. And then life and leadership happened, jeopardizing, and sometimes even killing, almost everything you once valued in each other. Justin and Trisha Davis honestly and candidly share how their marriage fell apart, and—more important—how God rebuilt it. Welcome to Episode 22 of the Podcast. Don’t Miss the Orange Conference 2015 Senior…

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Feb 10, 2015
CNLP 021: 90 Days To Momentum—A 10 Step Process to Regaining Lost Momentum. An Interview With Brian Dodd
50:03

Momentum is such a difficult thing to gain and such an easy thing to lose. What happens if you don’t have it? Can you regain it? And can you regain it quickly? Brian Dodd explains the 10 steps he used to help a flatlined organization get back on track in 90 days and how those…

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Feb 02, 2015
CNLP 020: How to Get Volunteers to Own Your Mission Like Staff Do—An Interview With Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer
48:02

Feel like nobody owns the mission like you do? What if you could change that? Frank Bealer from Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina shares how they have motivated thousands of volunteers to own the mission as much as staff do to help grow the church to over 18,000 people in 8 years. Welcome to…

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Jan 27, 2015
CNLP 019: How to Replace Yourself: Why Every Leader (Even Young Leaders) Need a Succession Plan to be Successful—An Interview with William Vanderbloemen
43:54

Why on earth would you think about succession, especially if you’re a young leader? Well, one of the hallmarks of great leadership is replacing yourself. Second, there is no success without a succession plan for any leadership role. William Vandenbloemen explains why finding your replacement is an essential part of great leadership at all ages…

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Jan 20, 2015
CNLP 018: What Makes Content Go Viral and How You Can Make A Bigger Impact Online. An Interview with Brian Orme
42:45

How do you get people to share the content you create? Ever wonder if you can you make something go viral? Those are great questions that most leaders wonder about at one time or another. In this episode, we answer those questions and much more as we talk to a leader who’s had experience getting 100…

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Jan 13, 2015
CNLP 017: Your Excuses are Gone—How to Grow a Big Church Anywhere (Even In New England). An Interview with Josh Gagnon
54:16

It’s easy to use your context as an excuse (it’s SO tough to grow a church here…). There are some areas in which you just can’t grow a church, right? Maybe not. Lead Pastor Josh Gagnon shares the strategy behind Next Level Church in New Hampshire—a church that grew to 4 locations and 2000 people in…

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Jan 06, 2015
CNLP 016: How Anyone Can Become a Better Communicator — An Interview With Jeff Henderson
50:09

Can anyone become a better communicator? Jeff Henderson thinks so. Whether you speak every weekend or are simply trying to improve your presentations in the boardroom, Jeff shares what will kill your next presentations or talk and what will make it great. Welcome to Episode 16 of the Podcast. Guest Links Gwinnett Church Gwinnett Church…

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Dec 30, 2014
CNLP 015: Turning Around a Declining Church without Blowing It Apart – An Interview with Dom Ruso
43:06

So how do you turn around a declining church without blowing it apart? Can it even be done? Or will it always take years to do, if it’s even possible? Dom Ruso talks about how he leveraged the past to help bring a church into a new future, more than doubling in size in just…

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Dec 23, 2014
CNLP 014: Why Sex is So Seductive – An Interview with XXXchurch.com’s Ryan Russell
48:20

Sex takes down more than its fair share of leaders and families. So why is sex so seductive? How do you open up an honest dialogue about sex with your kids or with your church?  I interview XXXChurch.com’s Ryan Russell. Welcome to Episode 14 of the podcast. Guest Links: Ryan Russell XXXChurch.com XXXChurch on Facebook XXXChurch…

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Dec 16, 2014
CNLP 013: The Emptiness of Success, the Promise of Evangelism and the Multi-Ethnic Church—An Interview With Derwin Gray
53:03

So is success…empty? Why is it that the highs we all experience when we succeed at something never seem to outlast the lows or the hollowness that comes afterward? Derwin Gray has more than a little experience with that emotional journey. From making millions in the NFL, to leading one of America’s fastest growing churches,…

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Dec 09, 2014
CNLP 012: Strategic Leadership Lessons From Disney – An Interview with Steven Barr
46:58

What can your church or organization learn from Disney? More than you might think. Disney is not just a fantastic family vacation, it’s an amazing leadership organization that has sharpened many leaders. In today’s interview, I talk to Steven Barr, Executive Director of Cast Member Church in Orlando—a church created to minister exclusively to Disney employees,…

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Dec 02, 2014
CNLP 011: Overcoming Discouragement, Dissatisfaction and Overwhelm in Leadership – An Interview with Pete Wilson
46:18

Ever want to give up? No matter how successful you are you, you still struggle. Pete Wilson, lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville—a church plant that’s grown to over 5,000 on 5 campuses—talks about seasons in which he’s had to overcome discouragement, dissatisfaction and being overwhelmed as a leaders. Pete’s insights can help…

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Nov 25, 2014
CNLP 010: How to Rapidly Navigate Change in a Traditional Church Context – An Interview with Ron Edmondson
48:56

How you do you navigate change when your context is really…traditional? Sometimes the very idea can seem impossible. In today’s interview, Ron Edmondson shares several important principles that have helped him and his team lead significant change at a plateaued traditional church and more than double attendance in under two years. AND, don’t miss my…

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Nov 18, 2014
CNLP 009: Why Work Is Such a Struggle, Social Media and Narcissism — An Interview with Jon Acuff
50:52

Why is it that so many of us struggle with work? Does everyone have a dream job? And does social media and leadership make you narcissistic? Just a few of the issues we touch on today as I interview New York Times Best selling author and social media expert Jon Acuff. These are just a…

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Nov 11, 2014
CNLP 008: Are Contemporary Churches Losing Their Edge in a Changing Culture? – An Interview with Rich Birch
49:31

Are contemporary churches really that contemporary anymore, or are we fooling ourselves? In today’s podcast, Rich Birch, one of the most forward looking church leaders around today, looks at the rapid cultural changes happening in North America and talks about how church leaders can do a better job of advancing the mission of the church as…

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Nov 04, 2014