Andy Stanley

5 Podcasts That I’m Listening To

Moving to New York City intensified my love for podcasts. Riding the subway I lose mobile service and podcasting has become the best way to pass the time in the most productive way. I’ve always listened to podcasts, but the past 2 years my listening time significantly increased. Here are my top 5 favorite podcasts:
 

  1. The #AskGaryVee Show Podcast - great social media and business insights (warning: Gary’s language can be a little strong)

  2. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast - this is the podcast that I’ve listened to for the longest and always moves to the top of my list when new episodes come out. I wish there were more episodes than just once a month.

  3. Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast - the interviews on this podcast for church leaders are second to none. If you’re a church leader and you are not listening, please subscribe today.

  4. This Is Your Life Podcast with Michael Hyatt - Over the past half decade or so I’ve read and listened to as much Michael Hyatt as I can. I love his leadership insights and productivity hacks that he so openly shares.

  5. Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn - conversations with some incredible digital geniuses that are utilizing online marketing systems in effective and efficient ways.

 

Here are a few others on my subscribe list:

 

Also, I want to also highly recommend 3 other podcasts that I am very hands on with:

  1. Social Media Church Podcast - Jay Kranda and I talk Social Media for church leaders with some of the top practitioners around the world.

  2. Awesome Marriage Podcast - featuring Dr. Kim Kimberling, I have the privilege of co-hosting with Christina Dodson where we talk practically about how you can have an awesome marriage.

  3. Emotionally Healthy Leadership Podcast - Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas share openly and honestly about leadership from the trenches and how Emotionally Healthy Spirituality can transform your leadership.

Where I'm Learning

I believe strongly that leaders are learners.  We all learn in many ways both from experience as well as from other leaders and innovators via many different platforms.  I receive the question often of where I am learning and ask it even more.  I will likely make this a monthly post and look forward to hearing your responses as well.  Here are some of the key places I go to learn currently: Books

Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

Platform by Michael Hyatt

The iChurch Method by Jason Caston

 

Magazines:

Fast Company

Outreach

Church Executive

 

Blogs:

Michael Hyatt

Mashable

Ed Stetzer

 

Podcasts:

Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

Social Media Church with DJ Chuang

Catalyst Podcast

 

So where are you going to learn and grow as a leader? Any of these same places? I would love to know!

3 Questions with Tim Peters

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Tim Peters is a Church Marketing and Communications Consultant.  He has helped countless ministries maximize technology to better achieve their goals.  He also shares so much great content on his blog at TimPeters.org that will greatly benefit your Church or Ministry.  I'm honored to have him share some of his thoughts through these 3 Questions:

 

1)  What are some of the trends that you see in the church today that get you excited and what trends really concern you?

 

First, I sense many churches realizing the power of the Internet and now leveraging the Internet to reach more people with the Gospel. Secondly, I am excited to see the younger generation live on mission.  I mean ... really taking serious of the idea of bringing God's Kingdom to earth. Thirdly,  I am excited to see many non-pastoral men and women starting organizations and business with a Kingdom Focus.

 

2)  Other than the Bible, what 1 book has most shaped your ministry/leadership and why? 

 

Wow. Tough question. I would say, "Visioneering by Andy Stanley".  I see myself as a visionary and will never forget the impact this book made on me while in college dreaming about my future.

 

3)  For churches/ministries that are 3 steps behind when it comes to technology, where do you encourage them to start and how do they even begin to catch up?

 

Strategy, Strategy and Strategy. It is very difficult to use the Internet to reach people without a holistic approach to using available channels of technology communications.  Take time to understand the heart of your church, your audience and identify the right channels to use in connecting with members and potential church members.

Resource Suggestion: VideoTeaching.com

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I have to admit, I'm a LifeChurch.tv junkie.  I'm costantly blown away be the resources they put out there for FREE!  I've used their Youth Ministry videos, small group materials, and daily use the YouVersion iPhone App.  I just heard about a new set of resources they are putting out on VideoTeaching.com.  This is simply a website with downloadable video messages from some of the best communicators of the gospel from around the world!  Can you imagine needing to be out one Sunday or having lost your voice and your fill-in for the day is Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, or Mark Driscoll?  Pretty good back up plan... and it's FREE!  Actually, I wouldn't consider this a back up plan, but I would filter through these messages and find some opportunities for your congregation to experience the teachings of some of these great pastors on a regular basis.  I look forward to seeing what pastors/speakers are added to this list in the future and how this FREE resource like so many others that LifeChurch.tv has put out will impact our world in powerful ways with the message of Jesus Christ!

Podcast Suggestion: Catalyst Podcast

If you're not already listening to the Catalyst Podcast you need to be!  Some of the best interviews out there with some of the most innovative leaders in ministry today.  If you're planning to go back through some of their past podcasts here are a few interviews I would make sure to check out: Mark Driscoll, Rick Warren, Donald Miller, and Andy Stanley.  They're all fantastic though!  I would also add the interview with Gayle Haggard to that list.  Gayle's testimony and transparency is powerful as she has journeyed with her husband Ted, suffering for a sin she did not commit.  Her strength and courage is tremendous and will inspire you!  If you are a regular listener of the Catalyst podcast, I would love to hear what your favorite interviews were.  I would also love to hear any other podcast suggestions you might have.