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The Sustainable Ministry Show

The Sustainable Ministry Show - The place where we talk about church, sustainable practices for ministry, and other random subjects that are on our minds. For more about our team, visit ministryarchitects.com
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Sep 13, 2021

Many churches have pivoted online during the pandemic - but is it important to stay online? On this week’s episode, the team talks about what it means to do ministry and worship both onsite and online and what it might mean for your community.

Aug 2, 2021

When people ask you why your church exists, what do you tell them? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the importance of a well-written, well-cast vision, one that helps people focus on what God is calling your church to do.

Jul 19, 2021

Once you've got your volunteer team, getting them engaged, equipped, and excited for the year ahead is an important step! On this week’s episode, the team talks about the importance of getting your volunteers invested in your kickoff volunteer trainings. 

Jun 28, 2021

Is your church figuring out how to reopen? What are you doing about masks? Is it okay to pass the peace? And what about hugs? On this week’s episode, the team talks about what to do as we start to move out of the cloud of the pandemic – while recognizing we’re not all the way there yet.

Jun 7, 2021

How do you know when you’ve got the right person in the right place in your ministry? On this week’s episode, the team talks more about volunteers and how to make sure you've got people serving in the role that fits them best.

May 10, 2021

On this week’s episode, the team talks about fun! Fun may not always be the goal in your ministry, but here’s how it can play a worthwhile part in getting there.

Apr 26, 2021

If you're going to make Sabbath work, you've gotta plan for it! On this week’s episode, the team talks about how to prepare for your Sabbath, including a strategy to help you plan flexibility into your week.

Apr 12, 2021

Is it really alright to take a break when the world is like...well, this?On this week’s episode, the team talks about the importance of Sabbath – even, and especially, during these upside-down times. 

Mar 22, 2021

Don't let current circumstances stop you from building and growing your ministry team! On this week’s episode, the team debunks some myths around volunteer recruitment during this time of upside-down ministry.

Mar 8, 2021

Don't just call them volunteers - the work is bigger than that! On this week’s episode, the team discusses three big myths about recruiting people to serve in key roles at your church.

Feb 9, 2021

How are you using this unique Lenten season to prepare your congregation for this year's Easter? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the advantages of planning for Easter now, as well as discussing the types of needs your congregants might be feeling during this Lenten season.

Jan 26, 2021

It's not too early to start looking ahead - especially given the times in which we're doing ministry! On this week’s episode, the team talks about preparing for Easter, and how the changes that will come this year can still make Easter fruitful.

Dec 29, 2020

Every ministry has turnover - so how do you find the next right fit for your open position? On this week’s episode, the team talks tips for starting the search process for your next ministry leader, including how to prepare, who to include, and where to begin.

Dec 8, 2020

A light shines in the darkness - but in the middle of a pandemic, can we see it? On this week’s episode, the team talks about this, the season before Christmas, and the different ways we can help our congregations get ready to welcome the newborn baby – even in the middle of this upside-down time.

Oct 29, 2020

What does it take to make a church's family ministry fruitful - and sustainable? On this week’s episode, Bryant welcomes author and pastor Chris Sasser to talk about the essentials of family ministry, and the steps you can take to build bridges between parents and the church.

Sep 29, 2020

What do you do when the job feels like a lot? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the importance of self-care in your ministry, especially in these times when so much around us is draining.

Sep 15, 2020

When a Major Event is over, what should you do - other than take a nap? On this week’s episode, the team talks about what happens after a Major Event, and what is and is not different in that process during the pandemic.

Sep 7, 2020

Why do you do the events you do - and could the pandemic give you a chance to do some much-needed pruning? On this week’s episode, the team talks about the Major Events Calendar, a tool for establishing rhythm in your ministry, and how our current circumstances might give you opportunities for growth and change.

Aug 18, 2020

How are you feeling as you look at your ministry calendar for the fall? On this week’s episode, the team discusses the very real fatigue many of us are feeling right now, including tips for facing your weariness with grace and love.

Jul 28, 2020

How are you feeling about ministry this fall? On this week’s episode, Bryant welcomes children’s ministry expert Annette Safstrom to the podcast team, discussing how finding ways to be grateful during this time can help your ministry to become more innovative. 

Jul 7, 2020

Welcome back to the Sustainable Ministry Show! On this week’s episode, Bryant and Aqueelah reconnect for the first time on the podcast since the beginning of the pandemic, discussing the journey of the last four months and what it means for churches and church systems as we strike a new way forward.

May 1, 2020

When a church empowers its youth, God shows up in incredible ways - and during this season, the church needs that power more than ever! On this week’s episode, Mark is joined by two teenagers, Colette and Avery, to talk through how listening to the youth in your church can be a source of amazing innovation, especially during this unprecedented time.

Apr 18, 2020

Now that we're past the chaos of planning for an Easter under quarantine, we can turn our attention to the road ahead - but what does that even mean? On this week’s episode, Mark and the team talk with ministry pro Jen DeJong to hear her thoughts on how long we might find ourselves in this unprecedented season, and how we can plan to be innovative for an extended period of time. 

Apr 9, 2020

This is a uniquely stressful time, so as ministry leaders, what kind of toolbox do we need to make sure we don't buckle under the weight? On this week’s episode, Ministry Architects founder Mark DeVries and our panel welcome special guest Margaret Burnett to talk about resilience, and how centering yourself can help center your kids and your church.

Apr 3, 2020

As our churches begin to adapt to doing life in this unprecedented time, what should our ministry begin to look like? On this week’s episode, Ministry Architects founder Mark DeVries and familiar Sustainable Ministry Show voice Aqueelah Ligonde talk with the team about doing ministry in the middle of this moment of crisis, focusing on how to move from a place of survival to a posture of service to the community and the world. 

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