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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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 

https://www.amazon.com/Disciple-Making-Ch...

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February 25, 2020 24 min

Josh asks Stan about five things that get under his skin as a pastor. 

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Stan and Josh discuss how good branding can help your church foster good relationships with your congregants and your community, particularly within the process of revitalization.

Read Josh's original blog post here:
https://www.jdgivens.com/home/three-reasons-why-branding-matters-in-church-revitalization

Church Communications Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/churchcomm/

"It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It...

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Stan and Josh share their thoughts on the From Embers To A Flame Conference which they attended at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL in January.

Briarwood Presbyterian: https://briarwood.org/

Embers To A Flame: https://www.emberstoaflame.org/

Buy the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Embers-Flame-Revitalize-Your-Church/dp/1596380713

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February 11, 2020 23 min

Stan & Josh answer some feedback concerning last week's podcast and Stan offers some additional insight, clarification, and explanations concerning the issue of "substance vs. show" within modern church culture.

Midway Church: https://midwaychurch.com/

The Shift Conference: https://theshiftcc.com/

Thom Rainer: https://thomrainer.com/

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February 4, 2020 27 min

Stan & Josh discuss the issue of substance vs. show within the context of modern church culture in relation to Malachi 1:10. If you're a pastor, this could be scary stuff! 

"The Great Adventure" by Steven Curtis Chapman used with permission from The Stable Collective artist management agency.

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January 28, 2020 23 min

Sometimes you can't help but laugh at the crazy things that happen in pastoral ministry!

"The Great Adventure" by Steven Curtis Chapman used with permission from The Stable Collective artist management agency.

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