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 26, 2022 25 min

This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss Josh's latest blog post and examine the ministry relationship between church communicators and pastors — a relationship that they both share and understand. Things get even more fun and interesting when you toss a father & son relationship into the mix!

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This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss the two key questions that pastors and church leaders should be able to answer about their churches: 

  • What are people saying about your church in the community? 
  • What the people of your church speaking into the community? 
  • Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    Life On Mission: lifeonmissionbook.com

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    This week on the show, Josh breaks down the nuts and bolts of the marketing and branding world and how and why they can and should apply to the Local Church. The episode also covers a few church marketing tips, thoughts, and strategies, including: 

  • Having someone in place to handle marketing for your church.
  • Using your website to promote the Gospel and Jesus.
  • Leveraging your church's social media platforms to guide people toward J...
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    This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss three core elements that should be evident in every healthy Local Church: 

  • People striving for holiness. 
  • People becoming less selfish. 
  • Leadership focused on discipleship and training others for ministry. 
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    June 7, 2022 30 min

    This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss Josh's latest blog post and take a deep dive into some practical church social media management tips. Topics discussed include: 

  • Keeping your social media pages and profiles clean and professional. 
  • Highlighting your volunteers. 
  • Using recurring posts. 
  • Engagement
  • Not comparing yourself to or being intimidated by the competition. 
  • Authenticity 
  • Humor 
  • Brevity 
  • Not feeling the need to be ever...
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    May 31, 2022 25 min

    This week on the show Stan discusses eight keys to lowering the trauma impact of conflict within your church as seen through Nehemiah 4:7-23. 

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    May 24, 2022 26 min

    This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss what can happen when The Blame Game erupts within church leadership, particularly with the context of declining churches. Episode also includes how a church can move away from brokenness and toward rebuilding. 

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    This week on the show Stan and Josh discuss ten ways to gradually make creative changes and adjustments to traditional worship services.

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    jamieharvill.com

    How To Use 'Goodly' Correctly In A Sentence

    How To Change Your Church (Without Killing It) by Gene Appel

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    Stan and Josh sit down with Northside Bible Church Assistant Pastor and local Celebrate Recovery leader Steven Mathews to discuss everything from the definition of a recovery community to recovery ministry outreach and strategies.

    Relevant Links and Resources:

    celebraterecovery.com

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    This week on the show Josh dispels four myths about digital ministry and makes the case that it is just as important and valuable for Kingdom work as in-person ministry and discipleship.

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    On Church Communications As a Ministry, Not A Function

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    April 12, 2022 24 min

    This week on the show, Stan & Josh discuss the reality of burnout, in the ministry, signs and warnings to look for,  and touch on three necessary actions for leaders on the edge of burnout: 

  • Get with your spiritual mentor. 
  • Get alone with God. 
  • Share your struggles with your spiritual team. 
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    This week on the show Josh discusses the crazy, complex, wonderful, and sometimes just plain  ole weird world inside the P.K. bubble as he dialogues with his dad about growing up as a pastor's kid and eventually heeding the call to ministry. 

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    March 25, 2022 16 min

    This week on the show Stan & Josh preview this year's Shepherds' Summit pastoral conference scheduled to be held April 28-30 at Northside Bible Church. 

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    Shepherds' Summit 2022 page

    Shepherds' Summit 2022 registration and payment

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    March 10, 2022 31 min

    This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss why and how every healthy local church should have a footprint of love within its community. 

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    March 1, 2022 30 min

    This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss why it's so critical and necessary for pastors to remember that on any given Sunday they could have believers, unbelievers, mature Christians, or carnal Christians in the room. 

    Resources mentioned in this episode: 

    "He That Is Spiritual" by Lewis Sperry Chafer— available on Amazon here.

    Also available on christianbook.com here

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    February 15, 2022 22 min

    This week on the show Stan & Josh discuss Josh's recent blog post: "Deal With Criticism Like A Seasoned Specialist, Not A Blubbering Baby." Several of these tips apply to ministry leadership in general, not just leadership in Church Communications: 

  • First, do nothing. Take a deep breath and chill out. 
  • Ask yourself if the criticism is actually true. 
  • Ask yourself how Jesus would respond. 
  • Don't take the criticism pe...
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    February 8, 2022 32 min

    This week on the show, Stan & Josh discuss why it's important for pastors to be prepared and "on guard" against the attacks that not only come from the Enemy, but also those that occur within the Church and the attacks from the culture. 

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    Stan and Josh are joined via Zoom by Youth & Young Adults Pastor Neal McKinney of First Baptist Punta Gorda, Florida to discuss our current culture's effect on youth ministry. Together the guys cover everything from the impact of COVID to the recent trends, cultural divides, and much more.

    Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

    "Artificial Maturity" by Tim Elmore

    "Artificial Maturity" also available on...

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    January 25, 2022 25 min

    Oftentimes pastors can struggle with finding their personal value in things like how well the church is doing, how many programs their church is running, and what the attendance numbers look like. This week on the show, Stan & Josh tackle the question: What actually makes us valuable as ministers of the Gospel? 

    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    "Elijah: A Man of Heroism and Humility" by Chuck Swindoll

    "Elijah: A M...

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