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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June 30, 2020 32 min

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/

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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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Our Communications Director Josh Givens discusses five tech tools to help small churches maintain a solid digital and social media presence. 

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March 24, 2020 24 min

Stan and Josh discuss the defining aspects of discipleship and how it relates to the life of a healthy church. 

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Stan and Josh discuss five practical responses that church leaders and pastors should exhibit in order to help their communities live above the cultural fear of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado: 
https://maxlucado.com/products/anxious-nothing-finding-calm-chaotic-world/
https://www.amazon.com/Anxious-Nothing-Finding-Chaotic-World/dp/0718096126

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Stan and Josh welcome Pastor Paul Dziadul of Lake Wildwood Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia to the show and discuss several aspects of healthy pastoral ministry, including vision, motivation, discipleship, longevity, endurance, encouragement for fellow small church pastors, and much more.

Life On Mission book, kit, resources, and other materials: http://lifeonmissionbook.com/

"Conversion and Discipleship: You Can't Have One ...

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March 3, 2020 22 min

Stan and Josh discuss how and why we often overcomplicate ministry, how Jesus handled ministry, what we can learn from His example, and what it all means for us in the bigger picture. 

“The Disciple Making Pastor: The Key To Building Healthy Christians In Today’s Church” by Bill Hull

https://www.amazon.com/Disciple-Making-Pastor-Bill-Hull/dp/0800716086

“The Disciple-Making Church” by Bill Hull 

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