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Traditional, older churches often struggle to reach the next generation. Our services are typically not designed for them, and our leadership usually doesn't reflect them either. In this episode we discuss five ways to reach emerging generations such as: * Asking the tough questions * Establishing a cause to support * Raising up a pastor to plant e…
 
Have you ever felt like you don't have enough time in the day? Has anyone ever made you feel guilty for not being accessible? Each of us have the same 24 hours. How we use that time is dependent upon our life balance and making sure we have set boundaries with the people pulling at us. This episode looks at six ways we can not only manage our time …
 
The call to serve on church staff is exciting, especially when the experience is filled with joy and growth. But just like any other area of work, sometimes it is necessary to move on from a staff or volunteer position. Dr. Cobbs solicited input from 25 current or former church staff workers and asked them to share how they concluded it was time to…
 
Katie Allred is known around the country as an expert on social media and digital discipleship. Her Facebook group, Church Communications has over 30,000 members and offers practical tips and best practices for churches. She is a professor at the University of Mobile and a consultant for church and business leaders to improve their communication ef…
 
Leadership coach Shawn Lovejoy is a former pastor and is the CEO and founder of Courage to Lead. He works with pastors and business leaders across the country. Shawn joined Dr. Cobbs for a discussion on topics in leadership and many of the challenges leaders face both personally and professionally. Connect with Shawn Lovejoy: https://www.couragetol…
 
Everyone has questions and we are here to answer if possible. This episode addresses three questions from across the country: 1. How do you handle people who hurt you? 2. What is the most disappointing thing about ministry? 3. As church reopens, what has changed or is it back to "busyness"? Dr. Cobbs answers these questions candidly and prayerfully…
 
As churches and businesses strive to recover from the impact of the pandemic, employees and volunteers are making their way back to work. How do we make sure people are welcomed back with tangible, productive expectations? Dr. Cobbs discusses three ways to re-engage staff and volunteer leaders by focusing on their strengths, well-being and offering…
 
I asked a few dynamic fathers to join me to discuss how faith and fatherhood intertwine. Josh Shelby, Dramone Taylor, and Jon Singletary opened up about the blessings and struggles of being a father. These three have unique circumstances that stretched them as men but have risen to be great dads who have a lot to share.…
 
The mental health of the pastor is often overlooked and under appreciated. Dr. Aisha Woods returns to discuss her doctoral research on clergy, mental health and the reality that oftentimes, pastors feel isolated and alone when help is what they need. This episode is a must for all pastors, the family or friends of pastors and those who want to pray…
 
Leading while in the second seat (as an Executive Pastor, Assistant Pastor, COO, etc.) is challenging but fulfilling when the person is truly called for the assignment. Dr. Cobbs sat down with Christopher J. Harris, the Executive Pastor of Crossover Church of Tampa to discuss insight into being successful while leading from the second seat.…
 
The role of the church consultant is to help pastors and church leaders accomplish the assignment God has given to them. Guest J. Charity Ware is a consultant and owner of Ministry Up. She joins Dr. Cobbs for a discussion on what's trending in the church world and how consultants can help church leaders prepare for the future.…
 
The best places to work typically have leaders who are self-aware and striving to become better at connecting with their team. On episode 48 we looked at signs of horrible bosses, this episode takes note of a few things leaders can do that will increase morale and help followers feel empowered and safe. Pastors, executives, volunteer leaders alike …
 
Leadership development is a must for pastors and church leaders. The Gallup organization has put much research into understanding the best way to grow as a leader is to develop one's strengths. This episode discusses the Gallup Strengths Assessment and how it can help you become a better leader and develop others as well.…
 
Effective communication during a crisis is imperative as leaders seek to guide people through tough times. This flashback episode was recorded during the first week of the most radical global crises of the modern era: the Coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Cobbs shares five key elements of effective communication that are applicable even today.…
 
As many leaders examine how to move into a new season of life professionally or personally, it is easy to get stuck with what's comfortable and familiar. Dee C. Marshall is gifted at helping leaders focus on development and stretching themselves to become better at what they do. She has worked on Wall St., works with politicians and national leader…
 
Volunteers are the engine to your organization. How you recruit, develop and mobilize people is essential to the success of your efforts. Veronica Patterson, has lead volunteers for years at Higher Dimension Church. She is masterful at recruitment and retention and associates it all with building relationships and organizational structure. She is t…
 
"It's lonely at the top" is an adage that those who are in leadership know to be true. Bishop Joseph Walker, the pastor of Mount Zion Nashville and the Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship joins us to discuss the topic of loneliness. His new book, "Leadership and Loneliness" is on sale now and available by clicking here. Whether y…
 
Should pastors get involved in public service? Dr. Michael Evans, Sr thinks so. He is the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church and the first African-American mayor of Mansfield, Texas. Dr. Evans joins us to discuss why he got involved in public service and why it is important for pastors and church leaders to be ready to serve in the capacity God cal…
 
Church planting is an extremely difficult task. The average lifespan of a new church plant is less than three years. In other words, not all churches survive. On this episode I share why I eventually closed the church I started, and offer tips on how to avoid the same fate. If you are a church planting pastor or part of a launch team, you want to h…
 
What’s all the hype about Clubhouse? Why is everyone on TikTok? And how should church leaders respond? Should we use it or avoid it at all costs? I asked social media expert Jennifer Benton to explain the new app and the advantages and disadvantages of these popular platforms.Bởi Anthony Cobbs
 
Finding and overseeing church staff is difficult, especially when you don't have a strategy or processes in place. Human Resource expert Krystal Speed and Dr. Ray Malone, Director of Human Resources at the Baptist General Convention of Texas, discuss considerations for church leaders concerning hiring the right people and why HR is so important to …
 
Early in the days of the pandemic, our friend Sherita Childress, a licensed mental health therapist and social worker helped us with tips and tools of self-care back on episode #11. Six months later, Covid numbers continue to rise and people are struggling with fatigue, anger, and even guilt. Sherita Childress joins us again to encourage pastors, c…
 
As Covid numbers soar across the country, many churches remain exclusively online while some have slowly relaunched in person worship. Dr. Kenneth Kemp is taking on Covid in two different ways. He is a pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in San Antonio but also a medical doctor. As a pulmonologist he sees firsthand the devastation of this v…
 
Hiring the right staff is an important part of any organization. For a church, it is important that individuals not only have the right skill set but fit the culture. Eight years ago, William Vanderbloemen launched a search firm that helps churches find the right people for staff roles. Today, the Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier source of…
 
Should believers get involved in politics and social issues? What is the connection the church has to Capitol Hill? Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner has served in the political arena for decades. She is one of the most respected names in Washington and works to bring awareness to issues of the marginalized. This episode is a discussion of her faith and…
 
Whether an Assistant or Executive Pastor, COO or VP, the second in charge at a church or business has a tremendous responsibility to be both leader and follower. On this episode of Church Unfiltered Podcast, I sat down with two of the most effective “seconds” in ministry. Rev. Jewel M London, the Pastoral Assistant at The Church Without Walls in Ho…
 
2 Brothers. 2 Pastors. 2 Thriving ministries in the same city. Pastors Ray Brown and Pas Michael Steve Brown are the senior pastors of dynamic churches in San Antonio, their hometown. Resurrection Church and TRUE VISION CHURCH both have two locations each, ministers to thousands of people, and are thriving even during a pandemic. This episode is a …
 
Those who work in a ministry role face loss like everyone else. The truth is we are often expected to carry on and continue pouring out even though we need time to recover. Jo Angelia Waters is the former First Lady of Antioch Baptist Church in San Antonio. She stood by her husband’s side as he fought cancer yet insisted on attending and serving in…
 
Pastor YPJ is a dynamic man of God, pastor, and a prophetic voice that influences actors, musicians, young people and believers across the world. He has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media and his teaching clips have gone viral time and time again. We talked about building a platform that glorifies God, understanding the times we are…
 
Each month we take questions from listeners across the country. Three listeners’ questions we are answering in this episode: 1. What are determining factors for reopening churches? 2. What is the hardest part of ushering in change to a traditional church? 3. What is the biggest difference between secular staff supervision and church staff?…
 
“Apologetics” is the religious discipline of defending religious doctrines through systematic argumentation and discourse. Studies show that many people who claim to be Christians are unable to explain what they believe and why. This episode of Church Unfiltered Podcast I sat down with Lisa Fields, founder of Jude 3 Project and editor of the book “…
 
Covid-19 changed the way church is done in many ways. One particular way is the adjustment worship leaders and musicians had to adjust to social distancing and safety concerns. We asked three dynamic worship leaders, Danielle Gulley of Now Word Church, Ananias Montague from Salem Baptist Church, and Jay Terrell from Resurrection Church to discuss h…
 
What’s it like having a ministry that is in the spotlight, speaks truth to power, and always under scrutiny? Pastor Jamal Bryant the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta has one of the most storied ministries in recent years. Yet it does not come without cost. We sat down to discuss staying true to your ministry call with one of…
 
Mentors can help shape the life of a person in such a way it could mean the difference between success and failure. This is true even in ministry as people seek guidance on how to sharpen their gifts and develop as leaders. Dr. Maurice Watson, senior pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and longtime mentor of this show's host, …
 
Once the pandemic subsides, what is the plan for your church to resume operations? Among the many areas of concern, there are five specific components of the church that are deserving of attention: worship services, mental and emotional health, office hours and structure, budgeting and sustaining an online presence. This episode looks at these five…
 
Planting a church is a difficult task. Imagine doing so in the midst of a global pandemic! Pastor Onterio is the former Young Adult and EChurch Pastor at the Potter’s House under Bishop TD Jakes. He has traveled the world as an evangelist and now has founded Courageous Church. He joins us to discuss knowing when to plant a church, pressing through …
 
Prior to the pandemic, statistics showed the decline in church attendance. Now that months have passed since public gatherings have taken place, the chances of regular attendees returning are in jeopardy. Some people will joyfully return, while some will not. And others have moved on to new churches already. This episode looks at four reasons why p…
 
Remember when Shaq and Kobe were on the same team? What about Durant, Westbrook and Harden? Despite how talented these players and teams were they couldn’t stay together.⠀ As leaders, when you have high capacity players on your team you have to coach them properly for maximized effectiveness. Even in the church. ⠀ The new episode of Church Unfilter…
 
This episode answers incredible questions from our listeners such as: * Why do churches that claim to be progressive justify their traditional practices? * How should church leaders address sensitive issues like mental health? * What characteristics should a leader look for in hiring a new church staff member? Gain insight on the questions people a…
 
With the heaviness of pandemic concerns and social unrest weighing on so many people, I gathered together a few of the most brilliant minds I know for a discussion on dealing with it all spiritually, mentally and emotionally. ⠀ Little did I know one of the most prolific conversations I’ve had would take place. You have to listen to these episodes o…
 
With the heaviness of pandemic concerns and social unrest weighing on so many people, I gathered together a few of the most brilliant minds I know for a discussion on dealing with it all spiritually, mentally and emotionally. ⠀ Little did I know one of the most prolific conversations I’ve had would take place. You have to listen to episode 14 of Ch…
 
During the pandemic many pastors and church leaders leaned on their denomination for support and guidance. ⠀ I sat down for a discussion with Dr. David Hardage, Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He is responsible for providing leadership to an organization made up of more than 5,000 churches across Texas and beyond. ⠀ ⠀…
 
During the Covid season many churches have learned the importance of creativity and innovation. Pastor Terrance Johnson and the Higher Dimension Church have been operating creatively for 20 years. Pastor J sits down with us and discusses how he has led a young, mostly millennial attended church through tough times personally, floods, Hurricane Harv…
 
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