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EP 252 – Knowing and Loving Your Church, Community and Family with Ryan Durham

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EP 252 - Knowing and Loving Your Church, Community and Family with Ryan Durham

Welcome back to the boot camp, everyone! Today we have an extraordinary episode featuring Pastor Ryan Durham, the 2023 Replanter of the Year.

Ryan shares his story of moving to Loop City, a small farming and ranching community in central Nebraska, where the local church was on the brink of closure after being without a pastor for years. Initially committing to serve once a month, Ryan and his wife, Brandy, fell in love with the congregation, leading them to a full-time ministry.

Before moving to Loop City, Ryan and Brandy were part of the Calvary Family of Churches, where they received training for replanting under leaders like Mark Hallock. This rigorous preparation shaped Ryan’s passion for replanting and pastoral ministry.-

Ryan and Brandy’s philosophy of knowing, leading, feeding, and protecting their congregation led them to immerse themselves deeply in the Loop City community. Ryan even took on a job with the city to build stronger ties.

Stay tuned for more insightful discussions, and until next time, keep serving diligently and faithfully!

Episode Timestamps:
00:00 – Welcome Back to the Boot Camp
00:08 – Introducing Pastor Ryan Durham
00:36 – The Journey to Loop City
02:26 – Joining the Calvary Family of Churches
03:40 – Challenges and Unexpected Turns
07:42 – Big Wins in Ministry
12:42 – Loving and Knowing Your Community
14:44 – Lessons Learned and Advice
22:02 – Prayer and Closing Thoughts

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EP 251 – Setting Effective Goals in Church Renewal (Part 2): Practical Insights with Brandon Moore

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EP 251 - Setting Effective Goals in Church Renewal (Part 2): Practical Insights with Brandon Moore

In today’s episode, Brandon Moore is back with us to share some practical insights we discussed on setting and establishing goals as church renewal leaders.

Establishing clear goals is crucial for any church renewal leader. Goals help to keep the mission focused and the congregation aligned with the overarching vision of the church. Here are the main points we covered:

Starting with Evaluation: One consistent theme in our conversation was the importance of starting with an evaluation to define reality. Whether it’s leadership, ecclesiology, or missiology, the first step is to assess where your church currently stands.

Here’s how you can break it down:

  1. Leadership (Shepherding and Strategy): – Evaluate your current leadership team and their effectiveness. Ask questions like: Who are the potential leaders? Who can you pour into?
  2. Ecclesiology (Church Maturity): – Assess the spiritual maturity of the church. – Measure factors like joy in worship, unity in the congregation, and compassionate outreach.
  3. Missiology (Mission and Outreach): – Get to know your community. Conduct surveys or simply meet with community leaders. – Assess how well your church’s mission aligns with meeting community needs.

Clarify Direction: Once you’ve evaluated your current situation, the next step is to clarify the direction.

  1. Vision and Mission: Ensure that your church’s vision and mission statements are not just words on a napkin but are lived out and understood by the congregation. – Realign your vision and mission if they do not clearly inform your strategic objectives.
  2. Set Leadership Goals: Identify key leadership goals, such as developing and mentoring new leaders. – Establish clear objectives for equipping, resourcing, and encouraging your leadership team.
  3. Define Ecclesiology Goals: Focus on church maturity. For instance, set goals to improve areas in need, such as increasing unity or encouraging more compassionate actions within your community.
  4. Set Missiology Goals: Based on your community assessment, set actionable goals to reach out and serve your community better. – Prioritize engaging with your community beyond the church walls.

Implementation: Now that you have a clear direction, it’s time to set those goals into action:

  1. Create a Quarterly Plan: Break down your goals into manageable quarterly actions.
    1. For instance:
      1. Quarter 1: Evaluate and define the reality of your current leadership, health, and community engagement.
      2. Quarter 2: Clarify and refine your church’s vision, mission, and set specific objectives.
      3. Quarter 3-4: Implement the strategies and start executing your goals.
  2. Build a Team: Work with a supportive team throughout this process. Involving others helps to distribute responsibilities and creates a sense of ownership.
  3. Regular Check-Ins: Consistently revisit and review your goals and progress. Adjust as necessary to stay on track.

Practical Examples Here are some practical examples of the goals we discussed:

  1. Leadership Goal: Month 1: Identify three potential leaders. – Month 2: Meet with each potential leader to gauge their willingness to grow. – Month 3: Develop a plan to train and develop these leaders.
  2. Ecclesiology Goal: Focus on increasing church unity. Plan small groups or community events that encourage members to connect more deeply.
  3. Missiology Goal: Set up quarterly community service projects based on the needs identified during your community assessment.

Closing Thoughts: Setting effective goals in church renewal involves evaluating your current situation, clarifying your direction, and implementing actionable steps. These goals should align with your church’s vision and mission, fostering leadership, ecclesiology, and missiology growth. By taking intentional steps and involving your team, you can make significant strides toward a healthier and more dynamic church community. I hope this episode provides a practical framework to start setting and achieving your church renewal goals. If you have any tips or experiences to share, please let us know. Let’s continue this journey of replanting and renewing our churches, one goal at a time!

00:00 Welcome Back to Replant Bootcamp
00:19 Exploring Denver and Calvary Con
01:53 Goal Setting in Church Leadership
03:31 Practical Steps for Leadership Goals
15:32 Evaluating and Setting Ecclesiology Goals
21:53 Understanding and Setting Missiology Goals
24:58 Concluding Thoughts and Prayer

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EP 250 – Leading From the Middle with Josh Ellis

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EP 250 - Leading From the Middle with Josh Ellis

This week we welcome Dr. Josh Ellis to the bootcamp. Josh is the Executive Director at the Union Baptist Association in Houston, TX.

Josh talks to us about the three main groups that you will be shepherding in most churches and the six leadership ingredients needed for leadership with each group.

Josh introduced us to the concept of “Leading from the Middle,” an idea that he’s pieced together from various leadership theories. Rooted in Everett Rogers’ “Diffusion of Innovations,” this strategy identifies three groups within any organization: the front, the middle, and the back. Here’s how Josh envisions these groups:

  • Front Group (Scouts): Early adopters who are enthusiastic and ready to forge ahead. These are your go-getters. They don’t need convincing but require clear direction and resources to forge ahead. Provide vision, encouragement, and the necessary resources to keep them motivated and aligned.
  • Middle Group: Majority of members who adopt change at a steady pace. This is where most of our congregation will be. It’s crucial to invest in this group by using all six essential leadership ingredients: build trust, cast vision, equip, resource, encourage, and serve.
  • Back Group: Those who are more resistant or slower to embrace change, often due to healing, learning, or adapting. This group often comprises individuals who are healing, resistant, or taking their time to adapt. Build trust, offer encouragement, and serve them to gently guide them forward at their own pace.

Josh highlighted six essential ingredients for effective leadership. Let’s go through these briefly:

  • Build Trust: It is essential for the back group to feel secure and included.
  • Cast Vision: It is crucial for all groups especially the front group, to maintain clear objectives and direction.
  • Equip: Most critical in the middle group to prepare them for future leadership roles.
  • Resource: Providing the necessary tools, especially important for the front group.
  • Encouragement: Necessary for all groups, particularly the back group and the front group dealing with initial pushback.
  • Serve: Show genuine care and support, which makes the back group feel valued.

One key takeaway from Josh’s strategy is resisting the urge to treat leadership as a linear continuum. Not everyone should or will move from the back to the front. Each person’s journey is unique, and our leadership approach should respect that individuality.

00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction
01:02 Exploring Leadership in General
01:29 Understanding ‘Leading from the Middle’
05:35 Application of Leading from the Middle in Replanting
10:40 Leadership Activities and Strategies
25:55 Final Thoughts and Prayer

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Ep 249 – Pastoral Grit and Tactical Patience with Tim Williams

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Ep 249 - Pastoral Grit and Tactical Patience with Tim Williams

In this episode, we revisit with Tim Williams two and a half years after his initial appearance. Tim shares his challenging yet inspirational journey of replanting Gladewater Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, Texas. He discusses the significant hurdles faced, including living in an RV, balancing multiple jobs, and navigating church politics, with a notable incident where he was almost fired right after being ordained.

Tim emphasizes the importance of tactical patience, pastoral grit, and faithfulness in ministry, likening it to not microwaving a brisket—profound changes take time and care.

He also highlights the love and support required from other men in ministry and the joy of seeing spiritual growth in his congregation. Tim concludes by asking for prayers for their upcoming church relaunch and finding ways to better serve their community.

00:00 Introduction and Guest Reintroduction

00:32 Tim’s Early Challenges in Ministry

01:37 Settling Down and Remodeling

02:11 Transition to Co-Vocational Ministry

03:07 Reflecting on Emotional Cycles and Wins

04:36 Ordination and Initial Struggles

06:56 Replanting and Community Engagement

13:31 Lessons Learned: Don’t Microwave the Brisket

17:27 Pastoral Grit and Faithfulness

23:49 Closing Thoughts and Prayer

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EP 248 – Setting Ministry Goals with Brandon Moore

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EP 248 - Setting Ministry Goals with Brandon Moore

In this episode, we return to the boot camp with Brandon Moore, now settled in Knoxville, Tennessee, after completing his residency in Colorado. Brandon shares his replanting journey and the lessons learned from the Calvary family of churches, emphasizing the importance of a shepherd-first mentality. The discussion focuses on the significance of spirit-led goal setting in ministry, addressing whether goal setting is unspiritual and highlighting the necessity of intentionality, accountability, and involving others in the process.

Key areas for goal setting include leadership, ecclesiology, and missiology, along with celebrating small wins to maintain morale.

00:00 Welcome Back to the Boot Camp

00:14 Brandon Moore’s Replanting Journey

01:29 Lessons from Colorado

03:11 The Importance of Goal Setting in Ministry

04:06 Is Goal Setting Unspiritual?

09:36 Benefits of Goal Setting

15:32 Types of Goals for Pastors

23:52 Final Thoughts and Prayers

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EP 247 – Replanting when The Mission Field Changes with Frederick Clement

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EP 247 - Replanting when The Mission Field Changes with Frederick Clement

In this episode of the Replant Bootcamp, we are joined by Fred Clement from One Family Church in Dayton, Ohio, who shares his experiences and challenges in replanting a church. Fred talks about the transition from Meadowdale Baptist Church to One Family Church, the importance of engaging the community, and maintaining relationships established by the previous congregation. He also addresses the cultural and demographic shifts within the community and how they have impacted the church. Fred emphasizes intentional evangelism and creating a culture that aligns with the mission of God. Listeners will also hear about Fred’s personal journey and strategies for leading a diverse congregation through challenging times.

00:00 Introduction to Replant Bootcamp

00:21 Meet Fred Clement

01:11 The Journey to One Family Church

06:06 Challenges in Replanting

13:02 Engaging the Community

21:56 Navigating Cultural Dynamics

26:30 Prayer and Closing Remarks

EP 243 – Navigating Life as a Replant Family

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EP 246 – Redeeming Your Time with Jordan Raynor

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EP 246 - Redeeming Your Time with Jordan Raynor
In this episode, we are joined by Jordan Raynor, author of ‘Redeeming Your Time.‘ We dive into why Raynor wrote the book, emphasizing its unique Christian approach to time management and productivity.
Raynor discusses how the Gospel provides a different foundation for these topics, highlighting the importance of learning from Jesus Christ’s example.
JimBo shares personal experiences on how the book has transformed his ministry and family life, focusing on being present and purposeful. The episode also offers practical steps for pastors to improve their time management, including commitment tracking systems and managing digital distractions. Raynor concludes by emphasizing the significance of time stewardship as a biblical command.
00:00 Introduction and Special Guest Announcement
00:41 Why Write ‘Redeeming Your Time’?
01:36 The Gospel’s Approach to Time Management
04:00 Personal Struggles with Time Management
07:02 Defining Productivity in Ministry
14:16 Commitment Tracking System
21:05 Practical Tips for Managing Distractions
26:33 Conclusion and Prayer

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EP 245 – Parenting with Core Values with Special Guest Audrea Stewart

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EP 245 - Parenting with Core Values with Special Guest Audrea Stewart

My wife, Audrea, joins me again to discuss parenting strategies focused on core values. JimBo and Audrea share their experiences of raising their three children with guiding principles such as respect, integrity, self-control, and joyfulness.

They describe how these values shape their family identity and parenting approach, including influences from mentors and brain science-backed literature. The conversation also covers the importance of modeling behavior, spiritual discipleship, and the significance of maintaining consistency between spoken beliefs and daily actions.

The episode emphasizes the long-term impact of instilling a strong family identity and the practical application of core values in everyday life.

01:25 Diving Into Core Values and Parenting Strategies
02:47 The Genesis of Our Core Values
06:23 Character Development and Family Identity
08:22 Implementing Core Values in Daily Life
15:04 The Importance of Modeling Behavior
23:55 Seeking Mentorship and Discipling Others
26:47 Concluding Thoughts on Family Identity and Core Values

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EP 244 – California Replanting: A Replanting Conversation with Michael Denton

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EP 244 - California Replanting: A Replanting Conversation with Michael Denton

Revival and Community Engagement: Replanting with Pastor Michael Denton

In this episode, we conversate with Michael Denton, a surfer pastor and replanter from First Baptist Church in Nipomo, California. Michael shares his replanting journey, emphasizing the importance of relationships, community engagement, and strategic discipleship. He delves into his personal and pastoral experiences, offering valuable insights for those considering replanting. We discuss the roles of mentors, coaches, friends, and counselors, and how these relationships have supported his ministry. Michael also highlights his family’s involvement in the church, particularly his son’s leadership and discipleship efforts. We wrap up with essential prayer requests for his ministry and community revival.

00:00 Welcome to the Episode: Introducing Michael Denton
00:05 Michael Denton’s Journey to Replanting in California
01:47 The Challenges and Triumphs of Three Years in Ministry
02:33 Advice for New Replanters: Mentorship and Community Engagement
05:43 Cultivating Love and Service in the Community
13:30 Discipleship and Family: Leading by Example
22:03 Closing Thoughts and Prayers for Replanters

EP 243 – Navigating Life as a Replant Family

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EP 243 - Navigating Life as a Replant Family

The Stewe Krewe joins us this week to share their experiences and insights from their experience growing up in a replant.

The discussion covers the challenges and blessings of moving for ministry, the importance of family bonding, advice for pastors on spending quality time with their families, and the unique perspectives of the children as pastor’s kids. They emphasize the value of creating core family values, the impact of ministry on family life, and the crucial balance between church responsibilities and family relationships.

00:00 Introducing the Stew Krewe: A Family Affair
00:49 The Big Move: From New Orleans to Jacksonville
01:24 Adjusting to New Beginnings and Challenges
02:05 Kids’ First Memories of the Replant in Jacksonville
04:26 Advice for Pastors from the Family Perspective
06:45 Family Time: Building Bonds and Making Memories
09:53 Advice for Replant Pastors’ Kids: Being an Example and Helping Out
17:16 Nostalgic Tales from the Church
17:32 Favorite Childhood Memories
18:32 The Challenges and Joys of Church Replanting
19:48 The Best and Worst Parts of Having Kids in a Replant
20:23 Dealing with Negativity in Ministry
22:10 Embracing Imperfection and Authenticity
22:52 The Hardest Part of Being a Pastor’s Wife
24:42 Raising Kids with Core Values
25:49 Final Thoughts on Parenting and Family Values

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