Rescuing Churches with Stan & Josh Givens

Rescuing Churches with Stan & Josh Givens

A weekly discussion on church revitalization and pastoral life featuring 6.14 Ministries founder and Executive Director Stan Givens, hosted by Communications Director Josh Givens.

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July 27, 2021 63 min

In anticipation of our upcoming Shepherd's Summit pastoral conference, we wanted to take this week to replay one of our previous interviews with Karl Vaters who will be the featured keynote speaker at the event.

This episode tackles everything from COVID's impact on the Local Church At Large to essentials for church health, leadership, and much more.

Access Karl and his ministry and resources at his official website karlvat...

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In this episode, Josh takes listeners inside the best pro tips for managing and enhancing your Sunday morning livestream, as well as your overall online engagement. 

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July 13, 2021 25 min

In this week's episode, Stan and Josh tackle the difficult issue of allowing God & the Holy Spirit to lead our worship services and sermons rather than ourselves.?

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Stan & Josh discuss the importance of the church talking about God outside the walls of the building.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Jonny Gaston and Reach My City

Life On Mission

The Shepherd's Summit 2021 with Karl Vaters

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Stan and Josh discuss Josh's latest blog post dealing with how healthy churches can and should focus on streamlining their communication procedures in ways that keep everything smooth, uncomplicated, simple, and as peaceful and stressless as possible.

Links mentioned in this episode:

The Best Communication Techniques For Healthy Churches To Use In 2021

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June 22, 2021 24 min

This week on the show Stan & Josh conclude their three-part discussion on imagery used in the Bible to represent and describe the Local Church. In this episode, they cover 5) The Priesthood of Believers and 6) The Family of God. 

Links mentioned in this episode: 

Images of the Church: Part 1

Images of the Church: Part 2

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June 15, 2021 24 min

Stan & Josh continue their three-part discussion on imagery used in the Bible to represent and describe the Local Church. In this episode, they cover 3) The Body of Christ and 4) The Bride of Christ.

Links mentioned in this episode: 

Register for the Shepherd's Summit

karlvaters.com 

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June 8, 2021 26 min

Stan & Josh kick off the start of a three-part discussion on imagery used in the Bible to represent and describe the Local Church. In this episode, they'll cover 1) the imagery of the flock and 2) the imagery of the building. 

Resources mentioned in this episode:

"They Smell Like Sheep" by Dr. Lynn Anderson

"They Smell Like Sheep: Volume 2" by Dr. Lynn Anderson 

Links mentioned in this episode: 

Register for the...

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Stan & Josh discuss some recent Barna Group research and statistics on young family church attendance and how pastors can reach and relate to the young family demographic. 

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May 25, 2021 24 min

Stan & Josh discuss the concept of every local church having a footprint in its surrounding and immediate community.

Links mentioned in this episode:

On Evangelizing In A Divisive Culture (with Jonny Gaston)

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Stan and Josh sit down with local evangelist and minister Jonny Gaston of Reach My City to discuss his personal testimony and the importance of evangelism in today's culture.

Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

The Bible Study Podcast with Jonny Gaston

"Seven Steps To Freedom" — Neil Anderson

Reach My City

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May 11, 2021 36 min

Why is it so imperative that we take time to pause a corporate worship service and allow believers to share what God has done or is doing in their lives? How is the Local Church negatively affected when we fail to include personal testimonies? Why are so many pastors afraid to let people stand and speak? 

You might be surprised that Stan had to learn some of these lessons the hard way in his early lead pastor years. Listen as he and...

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Stan and Josh are joined by Birmingham, AL-based radio personality and speaker Rick Burgess of the nationally syndicated "Rick and Bubba Show" which airs to over 1.2 million people weekly. Rick has coauthored multiple New York Times bestselling books that are autobiographical in nature, but his latest release is a 40-day devotional designed to disciple men, a personal passion and calling from the Lord. How to Be a Man, the ...

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This week Stan & Josh discuss Josh's recent blog post titled "Hey, Pastor: Here Are Ten Easy Ways To Demolish Your Reputation On Facebook." 

  • Portraying yourself and/or your life as flawless. 
  • Failing to monitor and manage photos, statuses, and content in which you've been tagged.
  • Ignoring messages and comments.
  • Blasting another local church or fellow pastor. 
  • Assuming the role of theology police. 
  • Insulting or degradi...
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    Stan & Josh discuss five introspective questions every local church should ask in regards to the lost world: 

  • Does your church serve or shun the lost?
  • Does your church huddle together and speak badly of the lost?
  • Does your church fear the lost and broken?
  • Does your church grieve and weep for the lost? — Psalm 119:36 
  • Does your church seek to understand and reach out to the lost?
  • Other points of discussion include:

  • "Falling away...
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    Stan and Josh discuss effective and practical ways that your church can impact its local community and be authentic and relational in a culture full of pointless noise and phoniness:

  • Build connections with the local schools and teachers. 
  • Minister to and feed the homeless in your community. 
  • If you see an ambulance in your neighborhood, check on that family.
  • Stand outside hospitals and pray for patients.
  • Drive-thru prayer ministry

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    Stan and Josh discuss Josh's recent Church Comms blog post centering on four ways to make your church website more welcoming:

  • Have some sort of welcome message on the homepage. 
  • New Here page
  • Use real photos over stock photos whenever possible.
  • Make the staff page easy to find.
  • Links mentioned in this episode: 

    "Four Ways To Make Your Church Website More Welcoming" 

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    March 30, 2021 26 min

    Stan & Josh discuss six essential elements of what it means to be a strong church as per Paul's letter to the Church at Ephesus in 1st Timothy. Discussion topics include: 

  • Strong churches guard the content and spread the Gospel. 
  • Strong churches have men who pray passionately for the lost. 
  • Strong churches have leadership pursuing godly lifestyles. 
  • Strong churches discern cultural stumbling blocks and stay strong in the Word. 
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    Managing pressures, stresses, and strains is a normal part of every leadership position and can often feel overwhelming. If you've been in Church Communications Ministry for any length of time, then you've likely encountered some pressures and you've learned how to navigate in, around, or through them.

    This week on the show, Josh shares five common pressures from his 15-plus years in Church Comms and discusses some thou...

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    Stan and Josh speak with Interim Youth Pastor Caleb Howell of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Mississippi about the effects of the pandemic on teens, current statistics on adolescent depression, how to reboot and re-strategize student ministry, and much more.

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    "Experiencing God" by Henry & Richard Blackaby

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