The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast

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NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on COVID, Vaccines, and Getting Back to Church

"Gatherings indoors are now riskier than they were before Delta came along," says Dr. Francis Collins, "and especially if you have unvaccinated people in the group, they are really at high risk.”

Sho Baraka: Why You Will Be a Better Church Leader If You Help Your Artists

“The more we ostracize and we push creatives to the margins," says Sho Baraka, "the church will find itself continuing to fight culture wars that are dated.”

Sarah Zylstra: What Pastors Should Do When Discouraged by All the Bad News

"It feels like everything's negative all the time," says Sarah Zylstra. "But there is more to the story...God is working in amazing ways all over the world."

Derwin Gray: Why the (Multiethnic) Church Is Impossible Without the Gospel

“There is a majestic, beautiful power," says former NFL player and pastor Dr. Derwin Gray, "when [people of] unlikely difference become a community.” 

Matt Chandler Helps Church Leaders See What Is Important During Divided Times

“What The Village Church and Acts 29 need from me," says Matt Chandler, "is my heart fully satisfied and alive in Jesus Christ."

Angela Craig: Digital Church Is Biblical, but Only If You Do It Like This

"One of the biggest questions people ask is, ‘Is digital church really biblical?’" says Angela Craig. "And I think it can not be biblical and it can be.”

Jay Kim: How COVID-19 Has Impacted My View of Online Church

“It’s undeniable," says Jay Kim, "that this time has rehabituated and reformed us as people in a variety of ways."

DJ Soto: Why Virtual Reality Church Is Just As Legitimate As Gathering in Person

"It’s not a little side thing that we’re doing," says DJ Soto. "This is the body of Christ in the metaverse.”

Doug Logan: Why True Racial Reconciliation Has to Start With Jesus

“I like to frame up the conversation about racial reconciliation with just reconciliation," says Dr. Doug Logan, Jr., "because that's what we've been given.”

Dennae Pierre: This One Thing Is Essential to Effective Racial Healing

“You can't just move to the intimate act of reconciliation in the midst of a severe fight," says Dennae Pierre. "We have to have ways to help remind each other to be still. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’"

Raymond Chang: Global Christian Persecution Can Help You Understand Racism in America

“I grieve whenever I hear that Christians are persecuted around the world," says Raymond Chang. "The same thing happens along racial lines. That same sort of collective pain transfers over to the people within your pews and in your congregations.”

Race and the Church Podcast Series: Listen. Be Informed. Lead.

In our podcast series, "Race and the Church," we take on a difficult, complex topic and explore how the church can lead the way in pursuing true racial reconciliation and solidarity.

John Onwuchekwa: Why ‘Racial Solidarity’ Is a Better Term Than ‘Racial Reconciliation’

“I think in the racial conversation, we do need to shift the conversation just from reconciliation to solidarity," says John Onwuchekwa, "and I think that’s what you see in Acts 6. You don't get unity by talking about unity.”

Best of ChurchLeaders: Christine Caine on How God Is Preparing You for Something He’s Already Prepared for You

"We are nowhere near as ready for the things that we think we're ready for," says Christine Caine. "So God has to prepare us for the thing he has already prepared for us.”

Best of ChurchLeaders: Tim Mackie and Jon Collins on Why It’s Hard to Understand the Bible

BibleProject's Tim Mackie and Jon Collins say it's not surprising if people find the Bible hard to understand. "Most people," says Tim, "aren’t in the habit of reading ancient texts from across the planet from thousands of years ago, and that’s what the Bible is."

Best of ChurchLeaders: Kara Powell on the #1 Reason Youth Leave the Church—And How to Reverse the Trend

"Our vision," says Dr. Kara Powell, "is that churches and youth ministries would be the first place where young people feel like they can go with their tough questions."

Laurence Koo: A Call for the American Church to Welcome Single (LGBTQ) Believers

“Especially in America, there’s such a loneliness," says Laurence Koo. "How do I even fit into a community that’s so based on only families and married people?"

Preston Sprinkle: Jesus Left the 99 to Pursue the One—And That Means Trans People

“I would recommend that a pastor with a group of leaders work hard at educating yourself" about trans identities, says Preston Sprinkle. "We can’t pretend that this is such a fringe issue that it's not worth our interest to engage in."

Caleb Kaltenbach: Do You See the LGBTQ Community Through God’s Eyes?

“God is the most empathetic being in the entire universe," says Caleb Kaltenbach, who observes, "Nobody is empathetic from a distance."

Rachel Gilson: How Jesus Helps Me Say No to My Same-Sex Desires

"You can’t only say no," says Rachel Gilson. "You have to say yes. Yes to Christ the only strength I know.”

Mike Stone Seeking $750k in Defamation Lawsuit Against Russell Moore

Mike Stone is seeking $750K in damages from former ERLC president Russell Moore in defamation lawsuit, claiming that leaked letters penned by Moore cost Stone the SBC presidency.

Beth Moore, Part 1: How Galatians Is ‘Astonishingly Relevant’ to American...

“You name any issue on the table today in the church at large," says Beth Moore, "it's somewhere most likely reflected in [Galatians].”

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