In July my boss, Todd Adkins, and I launched a podcast called 5 Leadership Questions. Todd is the director of Leadership at LifeWay Christian Resources, and our team’s aim is to resource and train churches in their efforts at developing volunteers and raising up leaders.
We thought a weekly podcast would be a helpful thing to connect with church leaders, offer practical and life advice, and encourage them. We always use the same format – 5 questions with a guest or about a pertinent topic. We have had on John Piper (Yes, interviewing one’s dad about leadership in the home is both fun and a tad awkward.), Dave Ramsey, John Maxwell, Jeff Vanderstelt, Thabiti Anyabwile, Thom Rainer, and many others. In the coming weeks we will have Max Lucado, Brian Houston, Carey Nieuwhof, Darrin Patrick and more. We always ask the same 5 questions which launch lively conversations.
- Who are you learning from?
- What is the main point of emphasis for your leadership team (or self) right now?
- What obstacles are you currently facing in leadership, either in your organization or personally?
- What does leadership in your home look like?
- What would you tell your 20-year-old self about preparing to lead?
The responses we get from leaders are almost invariably thoughtful, personal, insightful, and brutally honest. Each brings his or her own experience and personality, and the conversation is applicable well beyond the bounds of just organizational leadership. I have learned a ton about parenting, discipleship, marriage, discipline, work-ethic, humility, and more just hosting and asking questions.
If you are a podcast listener, would you subscribe? You will be challenged and encouraged and I think you’ll enjoy it along the way!
If you are interested in other resources for training your church’s staff and volunteers check out
- Ministry Grid – an online volunteer and leadership training platform. With over 4,000 videos covering everything from greeters to executive staff and a full suite of management, tracking, and assigning tools Ministry Grid will allow you to train your team in a deeper, better way than ever before. Get a free 30 day trial for your whole church here.
- Ministry Training Essentials – sequenced practical video training for church volunteers. Ministry Training Essentials is designed to be used as a group and provides practical, foundational training in particular key areas of ministry for volunteers. Preview the content for free here.
- The church leaders blog at Lifeway