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.... Show More

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August 4, 2020 29 min

Stan and Josh discuss why the Church At Large must rely on the "one another" passages from Scripture, particularly as pastors and churches continue to navigate the current craziness of the ongoing COVID crisis.

You can listen to Stan's original sermon on the "one another" passages here:
https://northsidemobile.org/media/417149-1661243-2642050/members-one-of-another

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Josh takes us through his most recent Communications blog post which outlines a few habits churches should consider breaking if they want to have any chance of seeing guests return for a second visit: 

  • Refusing to enhance complex parking lots or repair dilapidated ones. 
  • Making the greeting time super awkward. 
  • Neglecting the kids facilities. 
  • Ignoring the church website.
  • Failing to follow up. 
  • Read his post on overhauling your church we...

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    July 21, 2020 37 min

    Stan and Josh dissect a recent Barna article which finds that "One In Three Practicing Christians Has Stopped Attending Church During COVID-19."

    Read the article here: https://www.barna.com/research/new-sunday-morning-part-2/

    CDC statistics on the flu here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm

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    "They Smell Like Sheep" by Dr. Lynn Anderson is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/They-Smell-Like-Sheep-Leadership/dp/1582292973

    Learn more about the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide at the official Life On Mission site here: http://lifeonmissionbook.com/conversation-guide

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    In this episode, Stan and Josh take a few minutes to define church instability and the things that can contribute to this phenomenon, followed by some Scriptural principles on how pastors and leaders can deal with instability. 

    You find Stan's message "Strong Women" from the "Strong Church" series here: https://northsidemobile.org/media/417149-1661243-2566973/strong-women 

    You can also search "Northside Bible ...

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    Stan and Josh are joined by special guest and local prayer minister Jack Skinner to discuss the importance of prayer and how it works in the body of Christ. If you're interested in any of Jack's prayer booklets, just reach out to us by e-mail at 614rebuild@gmail.com and we'll be happy to send them your way. 

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    June 23, 2020 22 min

    Stan and Josh take a look at the top four things that should weigh on the heart and mind of every pastor as they preach the Gospel and care for their people. Stan also discusses three things that pastors should NOT be burdened for.

    Here's a video/audio link for the Spurgeon sermon referenced by Stan: https://youtu.be/AMm-Tj_9h0A

    "Compel Them To Come In" at The Spurgeon Center: https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/se...

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    Pastor, author, and speaker Karl Vaters joins Josh and Stan by phone from southern California to share his personal story, discuss his books, and talk all things small church world. Topics include everything from small church relational dynamics, shepherd vs. rancher model, and pastoral care to attendance expectations vs. health and much more.

    Be sure to visit Karl's official website at https://www.karlvaters.com/

    You can also le...

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    Communications Director and Rescuing Churches host Josh Givens discusses his recent blog post on church Facebook Pages and why your header image designs should be of the highest quality. 

    Read Josh's original blog post on his site here: https://www.jdgivens.com/home/yes-your-churchs-facebook-page-needs-an-epic-cover-photo-or-video-heres-why

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    Stan and Josh are joined by two special ladies for an episode full of insight, wisdom, experience, and humor on the life of the pastor's wife. 

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    Stan and Josh take a few minutes to navigate through the issues many churches are now facing and dealing with in the wake of emerging from the COVID pandemic and what this time has revealed about the local Church. Topics include worship, family issues, fellowship, discipleship, and more.

    "How Do You Kill A Million People?" by Andy Andrews — https://www.amazon.com/How-You-Kill-Million-People/dp/0849948355

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    If you're a pastor or involved in ministry at any level, then you're likely aware that this pandemic has reshaped many aspects of church life, as well as the culture and nation as a whole. Today on the show, Stan and Josh discuss nine potential effects of the COVID quarantine and how this time of uncertainty has adjusted many elements of church life. Topics include: church budgets, small groups, attendance, digital communic...

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    As quarantine and gathering size restrictions are lifted, Stan and Josh take a minute to discuss five important things that the local Church should do coming out of this time where many people have been separated and isolated. 

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    Stan and Josh welcome longtime Pastor Matt Rutland of First Congregational Christian Church in Douglas, Georgia to the show and discuss everything from his personal testimony of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction to his thoughts on ministry vision, motivation, joys, and the elements of a healthy church. 

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    May 5, 2020 23 min

    Stan and Josh discuss the role of the pastor in the modern day small church and what it means to "equip the saints."

    Listen to "The Basics of Good Discipleship" — https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-basics-of-good-discipleship/id1494654074?i=1000469486036

    "Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster —
    https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803887/celebration-of-discipline-special-anniversary-edition/

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    Let's take a look at these four dangerous mindsets that pastors and churches can easily fall into if they are not careful. 

    Want to send us your pastoral thoughts on the COVID-19 situation? Reach out to us at 614rebuild@gmail.com. 

    "Letters To The Church" by Francis Chan — https://letterstothechurchbook.com/

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    Whether it's complaints about not enough money to pay staff members or whether it's those early Sunday mornings when you have to scrape up the dead possum in the parking lot, sometimes there's nothing quite like being a small church pastor.

    "The God Ask" by Steve Shadrach: https://www.amazon.com/God-Ask-Biblical-Approach-Personal-ebook/dp/B00CIKKBX6

    The Three Circles: http://lifeonmissionbook.com/conversation-gui...

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    April 14, 2020 21 min

    Today we take a look at five things every small modern-day church should have if it wishes to survive in the current culture and see a potential for growth or an emergence from decline.

    Follow Josh's blog about Church Communications at jdgivens.com.

    For more on the "front door" of your church, read Josh's post "Five Technologies For The Small, Healthy, Revitalizing Church" here: https://www.jdgivens.com/home/...

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    April 7, 2020 22 min

    Stan and Josh discuss why sermon series planning is so important and Stan gives some practical tips, pointers, advice, and thoughts from his 40-plus years of pastoral experience. 

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    April 4, 2020 25 min

    Stan and Josh discuss practical ways that pastors can and should continue to guide, lead, shepherd, disciple, and evangelize during the ongoing nationwide Coronavirus pandemic. 

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