The Post Covid Church podcasts are archived at the link below. Included is a synopsis for each episode:
Not Giving Up
Priorities NOW For Your Church Leaders: Two National Experts Here to Help!
“My Number One Job As A Pastor Is Not To Minister”
“When Faith Is Forbidden”
Building A Plane While Flying: Church Planting In A Pandemic
If you were following the “how to plant a church” textbook, you would not be inclined to do so during a pandemic. That’s exactly WHY Jeff Wolheter is doing that NOW. Listen to what this Post Covid Church plant looks like and here some important lessons for even established church leaders.
“Time To Focus on Mental Health”
In his 30 years of counseling Rev. Percy McCray has never seen a year like this past one. The Director of Faith Based Programs at Cancer Treatment Centers of America is optimistic, however, because Rev. McCray knows the power of the Christian faith can overcome mental stress. But, The Post Covid Church must do a better job tackling mental health. Listen to practical ways to not only survive, but thrive, during the darkest of times.
“As The Men Go, So Goes The Church”
As churches reopen and ministries regather, David Dusek, founder of Rough Cut Men Ministries says no group is more important than the men. David’s ministry focuses on encouraging and equipping men to live their lives for Christ by getting them to talk about what’s really going on in their lives. That means The Post Covid Church must encourage men to connect and go deeper. It also means that church leaders must be more honest and transparent.
You can listen to my entire conversation with David on The Post Covid Church Podcast, bit.ly/postcovidpodcast “As The Men Go, So Goes The Church”.
Smartly Defending The Faith
Those holding classical Christian beliefs have never been under more pressure. That’s why nationally renowned Christian author, speaker and “Stand to Reason” founder Greg Koukl is spending his life teaching Christians to think more clearly about their faith. Hear simple tactics to better prepare for those upcoming tough discussions, and how the church must encourage believers to ask tough questions.
Prepare for Persecution
The antipathy towards orthodox Biblical belief has quickly become an aggressive movement to silence the church in the public square. Michael Craven, Director of the Colson Fellows Program at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, says part of the problem is that Christians have only been taught half of the salvation story. Listen to how the church must do a better job telling the whole story, while at the same time preparing for greater persecution that will strengthen the church and mean the end of cultural Christianity.
Lessons From Haiti
Dr. Lucner Pierre is a seminary professor and senior pastor in Haiti, and his aggressive reaction to the pandemic induced shutdown provides lessons for The Post Covid Church in America. The key is looking for ways to connect, expand and serve. The shutdown has also cut out short-term mission work, which has provided an opportunity for the local church to step up and stand out.
“We’ve Made Christ A Hobby”
Dr. Jim Denison’s life is focused on apologetics: Defending and explaining the Christian faith and helping to equip Christians to do the same. In the wake of the DC attack on the Capitol, there is no better time to focus on what it means to be a Christian. In fact, Dr. Denison says if the church doesn’t quickly do a much better job of teaching a Christian Worldview, its impact will continue to lessen. The good news: “These could be our best days.” Listen to Dr. Denison’s steps to help us all think with a biblical insight.
Reimagining The Post Covid Church
The Post Covid Church will have to embrace at least some aspect of the multisite model to thrive because the pandemic has changed forever how people see and experience church. It means a large percentage of churches—-some estimate one in five—-will soon close. In this short clip, Greg explains that mergers are suddenly an option.
“Why Did God Put You On Earth?”
Two positives coming out of the pandemic: Believers reassessing their walk with Christ and and churches forced to focus on how they must change in order to fulfill the great commission and make disciples. Kelly Kannwischer, Co-founder and CEO of Future Church Co, is uniquely qualified to help both church leaders and members identify their strengths in order to help churches thrive.
Calling The Church To Thrive
Colson Center for Christian Worldview President John Stonestreet says the focus of The Post Covid Church must be on not just surviving. In fact, “If the church survives and doesn’t do what God has called it to do, it doesn’t matter that it survives or not.” That means helping Believers focus on what it means to have a Christian Worldview and live in “The Story”.
The Digital Revolution: Making Disciples
In the middle of a crisis strong leaders are thinking forward, counting on more disruption and planning for a very different future. Dr. Elaine Friedrich’s career experience blended ministry and higher education leadership into her current position as Director of Digital Discipleship for Mt. Bethel United Methodist in Marietta GA.
She is uniquely positioned to help churches of all sizes see that they need to shift focus and resources if they want to stay connected with their members and fulfill the great commission: reaching “the least, the last and the lost.” In this short video, Dr. Friedrich emphasizes that for The Post Covid Church, this is a time of OPPORTUNITY, not despair.
After The “Covid Wilderness”
It may be comforting for Christians yearning to “return to normal”, but the reality is the church was shrinking in many ways, including influence, long before the doors shut. That’s why
Dr. Thom Rainer, a church leadership expert, says we’re in the “Covid Wilderness”. He likens it to the time when God’s people, freed from Egyptian slavery, wandered. Just as many of those reacted to hardship by asking to return to what they remembered as the safety of slavery, so too are many Christians today—-including far too many in leadership positions——pleading for a return to the past.
Dr. Ranier, Founder/CEO of “Church Answers”, a church leadership training group, says in this short video that now as then, it’s the wrong approach.
Listen to my conversation with Dr. Ranier at
“Jesus Didn’t Die To Put Butts In Seats”
Dr. George Barna is the preeminent researcher of the Christian faith in America and he says that for the church to regain its influence, it must make big changes now. It starts at the top and includes changing both how pastors define success and what they teach so that many more Christians have a Biblical Worldview.
“Run Towards The Roar”
The pandemic is making all of us reassess not only what’s truly important in life, but also what it means to live by faith. Suddenly, even the concept of “church” is upended. John Robertson is a crisis management expert, and a former pastor, who is well positioned to help The Post Covid Church thrive through taking this extraordinary opportunity to help staff and laity discover their strengths and use them for Christ.
Rethinking Seminaries: Strengthening The Post Covid Church
Seminaries are facing the same upheaval as other secondary educational institutions, but some are fortunate to have pivoted before the pandemic. Dr Matt Ayars, President of Wesley Biblical Seminary, says the technological revolution is not only helping better prepare pastors but also strengthening the laity.
Isolation, Fear, Anxiety: Filling an Emotional Need
Covid-19 has not only dealt a devastating physical blow, it’s also caused extensive mental health damage. The Post Covid Church is uniquely positioned to serve those suffering. Unfortunately, a stigma remains. Dr. Tarama Fleming is a licensed professional counselor who strongly believes the Christian faith is uniquely positioned to heal.
Church Is Not a Sunday Morning Thing
Pastor and best selling author Jonathan “JP” Pokluda always focuses on where the church is going. So, he was ready to quickly pivot when the doors closed. Covid-19 meant not just enhancing the on-line worship experience, but also making small group discipleship front and center at Harris Creek Baptist in Waco, TX. Listen to what the church demands from members and how the pandemic forced the staff to make radical changes.
Little Church Doing Big Things
Grace Chapel only has 180 members in West Columbia SC, but this non-denominational church has done amazing things to stay connected and strengthen the foundation for future disciple making.
“There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be A Church”
The Center for Health Churches is designed for a time such as this: To help churches not survive, but thrive. Founder Dr. Bill Wilson shares the key aspects of a healthy church, the number one trait that makes successful churches stand out and how The Post Covid Church must re-launch if it’s to help fill the vast void in the hearts of so many.
Churches Coming Together: A Model for The Post Covid Church
Already it’s clear The Post Covid Church will be smaller. That means to restore its impact and influence, Christians will have to do a better job working together. Listen to how churches in Wichita, Kansas are showing the way.
Post Covid Home Church Movement
An inspiring story of Bobby and Lydia Goin who opened their home as church doors closed. Brushing aside fear of Covid, and answering God’s call, this Kansas couple has attracted searching Believers who are experiencing a deeper walk with Christ.
Shrinking, Then Flourishing: Lessons from History for The Post Covid Church
Persecutions, plagues and cultural indifference have struck the Christian church from the beginning. Today is no different. Listen to what we can, and must learn, from Father Christopher Viscardi, S.J., an optimistic historian who sees a smaller but stronger Post Covid Church.
A Model for The Post Covid Church
This outward focused approach supports families so that a stronger Christian bond can be built within the home. It’s an approach sadly lacking in the US, but Rev. Dr. Warren Lathem says it’s a key to strengthening the church.
Why Do We Want to Go Back THERE?
The church is not a building, but a body of Believers. Theologian, pastor, writer T.M. Moore, author of “The Church Captive”, calls The Post Covid Church to release itself from captivity to our culture. Listen to specific ways leaders and laity can truly make a difference in the post pandemic world.
Making The Church “More Than A Shout and a Dance”
Seeing the victim of a vicious hate crime forgive and befriend allowed award winning journalist Charlotte Graham to search her soul. She sees the state of Mississippi doing the same thing. Listen to her fascinating perspective and her call for The Post Covid Church to be more than “a shout and a dance.”
Strengthening Marriages=Strengthening The Church
The collapse of the traditional family structure is not only the biggest cause for most of America’s problems, it’s also the reason our churches are shrinking in numbers and influence. Listen to solutions from JP De Gance, whose Communio non-profit is showing how The Post Covid Church can make a difference.
If You Won’t Serve, This Church Isn’t For You
The ability to see an opportunity to serve and turn it into action is the sign of a church’s DNA. See how Rev Robert Hahn and his rural Maryland congregation quickly moved to serve 13-thousand meals a week to needy children, and mend relations between the police and the community. It’s a Post Covid Church Model.
A Smaller, Stronger Post Covid Church
The consensus is The Post Covid Church will be smaller. What will it take to make it stronger? Award winning author Dr. Kevin Watson has some answers.
NOT “The Most Segregated Hour of the Week”
DaySpring Community Church is an evangelical rarity— racially integrated. The key: Leaders setting a tone early, and living the Gospel that is preached.
Small Churches: Big Opportunities
The small churches with little experience on-line had to pivot quickly to serve at home members. One church leader says those small churches may be in better position to thrive as The Post Covid Church.
“I challenge people to Google ‘Churches that close because they gave too much for global missions’. You won’t find any.” Dr. Duane Brown, Director of Church Partnerships for One Mission Society says The Post Covid Church must become much more committed to missions in order to fulfill its calling.
“Intentional”: Roadmap for Racial Healing
“It’s not man’s agenda. It’s Biblical” Two pastors, one black, one white, both lifelong residents of a state long associated with racial hatred, share their experiences and answers for racial healing in light of the latest racial outrage.
Separating The Wheat From The Chaff
Rev. Randy Russ is a commissioned United Methodist Deacon with a Ph. D. in marketing who predicts the Post Covid Church will shrink, and he thinks that’s a good thing….if. If the church pivots without fear and uses the laity innovatively to better serve a culture searching for answers.
“Humpty Dumpty”: A Priest’s Call For Change
The Covid-19 pandemic has broken the “egg” of life as we know it. A comparison to the famous nursery rhyme provides an opportunity for much needed change in the church.
Rushing Into The Pandemic: A Model For Cooperation
The Orlando Salvation Army command pivoted quickly and is serving more than ever. Lessons that will help The Post Covid Church fulfill its mission.
Taking Risks For The Kingdom
Christian entrepreneur Joe Stradinger says it’s not a time to fret, but the time for church leaders to take risks if they want The Post Covid Church to fulfill its mission.
An Inner City Pastor’s Optimistic Look at the Post Covid Church
Prophetic, positive and unyielding, Brother Devon Adams’ inspiring look at where the church is heading. It will be smaller, but stronger.
Technology Bringing The Church Together
Churches that come out of the shut down stronger are using technology to not only stream worship services, but to hyper-connect. Dr. Keith Grubbs, Senior pastor of Park Place Baptist in Pearl, MS shares the unique outreach efforts that are keeping the church community together.
The Biblical basis for dealing with grief and fear
How best can the church help those grieving during this crisis, and how should we face fear? Dr. James Kilgore has more than four decades of counseling and pastoring experience. He shares the most effective ways those suffering can be helped by the body of Christ in this episode of “The Post Covid Church” podcast.