This series dives into some of the concepts from our book Learning Change: Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal. That book came out of our work with what was then known as Ridder Church Renewal and is now known as Churches Learning Change.
There was a group of pastors in that first group who came to be dear friends and also contributors to this book, describing their experience with learning to lead in new ways.
Personal and Congregational Transformation with Drew Poppleton
Drew is a pastor, a leader, a thinker, and a friend. In this episode Drew, Trisha, and Jim explore how personal transformation precedes–and accompanies– corporate transformation.
Naked and Unashamed with Chip Sauer
Leaders who lead with authenticity waste less energy on hiding, pretending and looking good and have more energy for creative, effective leadership.
In this episode, we talk with Chip Sauer. Chip wrote the chapter on authenticity in our book Learning Change. Chip has been a pastor in Charlevoix, MI for more than a decade. He’s married to Alisa and they have two kids, John and Anna.
Courage and Love with Jessica Shults and Brian Stone
In a world that fosters fear and hostility, leading with courage and love is transformational.
Jessica Shults is the lead pastor of Standale Reformed Church near Grand Rapids, MI. She and her husband Matt, also a pastor at Standale, have two teenage boys. Brian Stone is in business in Kalamazoo, MI where he lives with his wife Cathy. Brian and Cathy also lead the Resilient Marriage conference and offer marriage mentoring through Blessing Ranch Ministries. They have three young adult children.
Getting From Here to There: The Power of Creative Tension with Nate Pyle
Effective leaders mobilize people around a shared vision. But how do we lead a group of people from here to there? And how do we even know when we’ve gotten there?
Nate is an author, blogger and ordained pastor in the Reformed Church of America. In addition to contributing to Learning Change, Nate has written two books: Man Enough: How Jesus Redefines Manhood, and More Than You Can Handle: When Life’s Overwhelming Pain Meets God’s Overcoming Grace
The Overfunctioning Trap: Learning to be responsible FOR me and TO you with Michael DeRuyter
As leaders, it easy to think that we are responsible for everyone and everything. Life gets easier when we realize that we are responsible for ourselves and to others. Michael has been a Pastor for over 20 years. He attended Calvin College and Calvin Seminary (Grand Rapids, MI) and Fuller Seminary (Pasadena, CA). He is passionate about how people grow and change and how churches can walk along with someone on the journey towards a flourishing and whole life.
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