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The Influence Podcast is a collection of inspiring and challenging conversations, aimed at empowering the entire spectrum of church leadership, from lead pastor to lead volunteer. It is a chance for you to hear from the premier voices in church leadership…voices who are redefining what church leadership looks like. It's the audio companion to Influence Magazine, a resource full of practical tools, informative news and powerful biblical principles. Visit us online at InfluenceMagazine.com
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Now displaying: April, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Brian Stiller about five drivers behind Christianity’s explosive growth worldwide.

Stiller is a global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, and author of From Jerusalem to Timbuktu: A World Tour of the Spread of Christianity, recently published by IVP Books.

To learn more about Brian Stiller, visit BrianStiller.com.

Episode Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction of podcast
  • 00:45 TruFire Sunday school curriculum sponsor ad
  • 01:08 Introduction of Brian Stiller
  • 01:18 What From Jerusalem to Timbuktu is about
  • 03:30 Evangelicalism's explosive growth over the last century
  • 05:46 An overview of the five drivers behind this growth
  • 07:28 Driver #1: The Holy Spirit
  • 11:57 Drivers #2 and 3: Bible translation and indigeneity
  • 19:19 Drivers #4 and 5: Engaging the public square and holistic ministry
  • 24:29 Hopeful or fearful about Christianity's future?
  • 27:39 How to follow Brian Stiller or the World Evangelical Alliance online
  • 28:20 Conclusion
Apr 9, 2018

The vast majority of churches in America are small. In the Assemblies of God, for example, 75 percent of all churches report fewer than 200 people in weekly attendance. Nearly 60 percent report fewer than 100. And nearly one-third report fewer than 50.

Unfortunately, there are few books about how to lead a small church. Karl Vaters’ new book, Small Church Essentials is one of the best, and it’s both hopeful and helpful. (See our review here.)

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Vaters about the unique challenges and opportunities facing small-church pastors. Vaters is teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California, and an Assemblies of God minister. He blogs regularly about small-church leadership at NewSmallChurch.com.

Episode 135 Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction of podcast topic
  • 00:39 Voyage: Trusting Jesus in Untrusted Waters sponsor ad
  • 01:17 Introduction of Karl Vaters
  • 01:55 Why “church growth” talk is so frustrating to small-church pastors
  • 06:47 Why a “Now what?” attitude is so important
  • 10:08 Why small churches require different leadership structures than big churches
  • 13:28 Why we need a broader definition of “church growth”
  • 18:06 How small churches cast vision
  • 23:37 How small churches disciple people
  • 29:16 How small churches utilize facilities
  • 34:00 How to follow Karl Vaters online
  • 34:47 Conclusion
Apr 2, 2018

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, senior editor John Davidson talks to Mike Santiago about the whys and hows of giving feedback — both positive and negative — to the leadership team at your church.

Santiago is pastor of Focus Church as well as  a member of the Church Multiplication Network’s Field-Based Team, coordinating training for church planters in the Assemblies of God (USA). You can connect with him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. His handle is @CheckTheMike. 

Episode 134 Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction of podcast topic
  • 00:29 Mega Sports Camp sponsor ad
  • 01:07 Introduction of Mike Santiago
  • 01:43 Why is it important to give quality feedback to your team?
  • 02:42 Why are annual and quarterly employee reviews insufficient feedback?
  • 04:10 When is the right time (or wrong time) to offer feedback?
  • 06:45 How often should you deliver feedback to your team?
  • 08:33 What’s the best method for delivering feedback, especially difficult feedback?
  • 10:30 How does critical feedback help the person receiving it?
  • 14:00 How should pastors receive feedback?
  • 16:56 Conclusion
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