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Dr. Paul Chappell is the senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and the President of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster CA. He is passionate about encouraging and equipping pastors and spiritual leaders for the work of Christ! The Spiritual Leadership Podcast is produced for this cause. This podcast will encourage, equip, and edify you for the work that Christ has called you to. This podcast is published once per month and there is no cost to subscribe. Each free monthly podcast incl ...
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The SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP CRISIS. It is one thing when congresspersons are mocked by the general populace, but it is even more serious when the credibility of ministers is put on the level of a crooked used car salesman. Perhaps it is time to take another look at the kind of personal character it takes to become a leader that can command respect and honor.
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The Spiritual Leadership Podcast with Ps. Andrew Pham aims to equip Christian emerging leaders to grow in spiritual maturity through Bible-based practical insights, personal anecdotes and through spiritual conversations. The hope of the Podcast is to help Christian emerging leaders accelerate their spiritual maturity so they can be more like Jesus and do more for Jesus through Bible-based insights and principles.
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Calibrate Life & Spiritual Leadership

David & Donna Delp

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The Calibrate Life & Leadership Podcast is for Christ-Following leaders who have a desire to calibrate their lives and lift those they love and lead. Co-hosts David and Donna Delp journeyed through grief after the death of their spouses after three decades of marriage. Finding each other, they began a new life with their blended families. They are absolutely committed to joyful living, joyful leading, and joyful relationships. The Calibrate Life Podcast is hosted at calibrate360.com and focu ...
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Spiritual Life and Leadership

Markus Watson

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Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a life of deep and abiding faithfulness to Jesus. In “Spiritual Life and Leadership,” Markus Watson and his guests explore what it means to be faithful leaders whose ministry flows from their ever-deepening relationship with God.
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In ministry leadership, how we respond to crises significantly impacts not just our journey, but also the communities we serve. Painful experiences like this can be crucibles that mold our character, highlight the importance of emotional presence, and underscore the need for institutional stami…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! This episode explores the critical role of joy in fostering deep connections within our communities. As Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson consider how an atmosphere of joy can be crafted and communicated through our actions, they discuss how this translates to effective ministry and church leader…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Strong sermons, pastoral care and counseling, leading Bible studies. These are all really important for effective ministry leadership. But leading a church or organization is more than just that, isn’t it? In this episode, Mike Bonem--consultant, coach, and author of The Art of Leading Change--…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Markus Watson and Tod Bolsinger reflect on their passion for exploration as an essential element of leadership, discussing the current crisis where the church often resists change and clings to the past rather than venturing into the unknown. Together, they explore the challenges in embracing e…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Warren Brown and Brad Strawn, authors of Enhancing Christian Life, explain how contemporary Christian practices can often lead to what they call a 'puny' experience of Christianity that elevates personal feelings of closeness to God over outward expressions of faith. They argue…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! This episode unpacks the concept of differentiation—how it allows us to recognize when someone else's anxiety affects us and vice versa, and the significance of maintaining our personal identity while staying connected in relationships. With vivid examples and relatable scenarios, we'll explore…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Healthy leadership is about paying attention to what God is up to in the people we’re leading. Our job, then, is not to force people to be something they’re not so they can support our own initiatives. Our job is to take note of how our people are wired and then help them live that out for the …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the powerful reminder that as pastors and leaders, we are not God and that recognizing our human limitations can prevent dysfunction within our ministries. This conversation will shed light on the protective nature of limitations for both…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Terry Walling is Founder and President of Leader Breakthru and the author of Unlikely Nomads. In this episode, Terry Walling shares about people he calls “nomads.” They love Jesus, but they don’t love the more traditional expressions of the church. They want to be part of the church, but the wa…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson unpack a powerful quote from Steve Carter, "You only learn resilience through the fire and through the suffering." This quote emerged from Steve Carter's experience of letting go of everything he had known and worked towards when he offered his r…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Daniel Lee is the academic dean for the Center for Asian American Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and author of Doing Asian American Theology. Daniel Lee discusses the fact that each of us does theology from a particular persepective. Recognizing our own "particularities" m…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore a powerful quote from Lisa Lamb: "An abdication of leadership is also an abuse of leadership." Lisa's perspective as a preaching professor adds a unique angle to the discussion, highlighting the responsibility of leaders to recognize and …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this conversation, Adam McHugh, the author of Blood From a Stone, opens up about his transition from ministry as a hospice chaplain to the world of wine, becoming a wine tour guide and sommelier. Adam shares about the emotional rollercoaster that goes along with redefining one's identity and…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the transformative power of vocation as they discuss a poignant quote by Steven Garber. Join them as they unpack how each person's calling is woven into the very meaning of God's work in the world. They shed light on the profound implicat…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! When I walked the Camino de Santiago in 2022, it was something I had been longing to do for years. After a fairly traumatic experience at a church I'd been serving, the thought of just walking with Jesus for an extended time felt like exactly what I needed. I walked the Camino together with Jon…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the concept of disequilibrium and its impact on systems, leadership, and organizational health. They discuss how prolonged equilibrium can be detrimental to a system's ability to adapt and innovate, and how crises and moments of disequili…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Would your neighborhood even notice if your church ceased to exist? I imagine that’s a question many of us have thought about. Maybe you’ve even posed that question to your congregation. Maybe the question should be, as churches, how do we become more present to our neighborhood.? That’s what I…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the technological challenges faced by congregations during the pandemic. They discuss a quote from Scott Thumma about the hybrid and customizable nature of the world and its implications for congregations. Tod shares insights on the importance of aligning…
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The apostle Paul’s solemn charge to Timothy was to “preach the Word.” Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (2 Timothy 4:2) Biblical preaching and teaching is the expounding of the Word of God to a world that needs to hear it. Of course, the gospel is our central message i…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Barry Rowan has had a 40-year career in leading businesses after graduating from Harvard Business School. He and his wife are entering into a new encore calling, which includes his new book, The Spiritual Art of Business. Barry Rowan, in this episode, challenges the dualism of the sacred and th…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the distinction between change and transition. Quoting D. Michael Lindsay, they discuss how change happens in an instant, whereas transition unfolds over weeks, months, and sometimes years. Bolstering this idea with personal anecdotes, they delve into the…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Michael Rhodes is lecturer in Old Testament at Carey Baptist College and the author of Just Discipleship: Biblical Justice in an Unjust World. From the biblical concept of justice and the role of worship in shaping our approach to justice, to the practicalities of addressing poverty and racial …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore the challenge of being fully authentic as a ministry leader. The conversation centers around a quote from Sara Bereza, highlighting the difficulty people in professional ministry face when trying to be their true selves. Through an explor…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Scott Thumma is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Hartford International University and Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Scott is also Principal Investigator of a study titled Exploring the Pandemic Impact on Congregations. In this episode, Scott Thumma shares insig…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson unpack a quote by Andy Crouch emphasizes the importance of finding the right meaningful risk in unlocking flourishing for both oneself and those entrusted to their care. Tod and Markus discuss the concept of meaningful risk as distinct from mere risk-taking, emph…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Todd Hunter leads Churches for the Sake of Others, a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America, and is the author of What Jesus Intended: Finding True Faith in the Rubble of Bad Religion. In this episode, Todd Hunter and I discuss “bad religion,” “good religion,” and what it means to be t…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this quick conversation Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson explore a thought-provoking quote from Alexia Salvatierra, a professor at Centro Latino at Fuller Theological Seminary. The quote, "If you don't listen, you can't see what God is doing," sparks a deep discussion on the importance of lis…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Jeff Crosby is President and CEO of ECPA, the trade association of Christian pulishers, and the author of The Language of the Soul: Meeting God in the Longings of Our Hearts. In this episode, I’m speaking with Jeff Crosby about our longings. We discuss a Portuguese word—saudade—which, according…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss the role of anger in leadership. They emphasize the importance of acknowledging and addressing anger in a healthy way, shifting the focus from retaliation to addressing the systems that need to be changed. They highlight the significance of understanding …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Roy Inzunza is corporate chaplain at Hoehn Motors in San Diego and works as an adaptive leadership coach with Tod Bolsinger. In this episode, Roy Inzunza shares about his experience as a corporate chaplain. He shares not only how he began to see needs in the staff and in the organization that n…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, we’ve gathered a panel of experienced coaches in the world of church ministry to discuss the challenges of adapting to a rapidly changing landscape and the importance of embracing an adaptive approach to ministry leadership. Joining Markus Watson on the panel are Matt Lake, Jon…
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Pastors are surrounded by stress-inducing circumstances. Whether it be the uncivil culture in which we minister, family burdens, financial pressure, dealing with problems in the church, or any number of other factors, stress is a daily reality for pastors. But if stress is a daily realty for pastors, the availability of God’s grace is too. Jesus to…
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A few days ago, our church hosted our annual World Impact Missions Conference. One of our guests here for the conference was Dr. Kevin Folger, who is the North American Director for Spiritual Leadership Asia. The Spiritual Leadership Asia initiative has grown as God has continued to open amazing doors of opportunity for ministry in some of the most…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Markus Watson and Tod Bolsinger discuss a quote from Jeff Crosby. The quote, "The absence of conflict is not always possible nor always good," sparks a conversation about the importance of healthy conflict in leadership and personal growth. They share their experiences as an Enneagram 9 and an …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Jay Kim is lead pastor at Westgate Church in the Silicon Valley, and author of a new study on Colossians titled, One Jesus, One People. Syncretism refers to the blending of two belief systems. In this episode, Jay Kim and Markus Watson discuss syncretism in terms of its subtle effects on the ch…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss a quote from Scot McKnight. The quote challenges the notion that leaders ought to control and asserts, instead, that leaders, particularly pastors, are actually followers of Jesus. Bolsinger emphasizes the importance of biblical leadership, rooted in self…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Angie Ward is director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Denver Seminary and the author of Uncharted Leadership: 20 Case Studies to Help Ministry Leaders Adapt to Uncertainty. What if you’ve got a problem and you cannot for the life of you find a solution. You also can’t find a book that tel…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson talk about the importance of relationship in ministry leadership. They discuss how leaders can fall into the trap of narcissism when they lack deep relationships, leading to a sense of loneliness that they try to fill with success or power. They also explore how …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! E.K. Strawser is a co-vocational pastor of Ma Ke Alo o in Honolulu and the author of Centering Discipleship: A Pathway for Multiplying Spectators into Mature Disciples. We've got a lot of discipleship programs in our churches. But how effective are they? Are they leading to real transformation …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! 1In this episode Markus Watson and Tod Bolsinger discuss the challenges faced by ministry leaders in times of change. They discuss a quote from Kurt Fredrickson that highlights how churches were previously overprogrammed and under-discipled. Tod Bolsinger emphasizes the need for adaptive thinki…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! We live in a world in which it is so easy to demonize and dehumanize people who are not like us. Or we categorize people and forget their humanity. But that’s the exact opposite of what Jesus did. Jesus humanized people. He treated every human being as a beloved child of God. Jesus treated ever…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss the influence of the Enlightenment and individualism on middle-class white individuals, and how this impacts their understanding of faith and community. They emphasize the importance of engaging with different perspectives and reading the…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Jennifer Holberg is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Calvin University and author Nourishing Narratives. The church gives us stories to imagine ourselves into. Stories shape us. At the same time, pastors and ministry leaders need to recognize that every person in our church b…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss the vital role of relationships in ministry leadership. Tod emphasizes the importance of cultivating partnerships, friendships, and mentorships as essential sources of support and vulnerability. They explore the connection between relatio…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Jim Wilder is the author Renovated: God, Dallas Willard, and the Church That Transforms and the resident neurotheologian at Life Model Works. In this episode, Jim Wilder discusses how we become who we are created to be through the lens of neurotheology. In other words, what role does your brain…
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss a quote by Nicholas Pierce that highlights the challenge of letting go of the past to embrace the future. They explore the work of the Church Leadership Institute in helping leaders navigate the changing world while remaining faithful to …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! Shannon Kiser is Director of Training and Coaching for Fresh Expressions North America and one of the pastors at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Virginia. In this episode, we have a great conversation about how she and the congregation she pastors have experimented with new forms of …
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Send me a text! I’d love to know what you're thinking! In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson delve into the importance of understanding and empathizing with others' beliefs, especially in times of political and cultural polarization. They discuss the role of churches in bridging divisions and striving for unity, highlighting the need to …
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In the process of leading a church family and building a congregation, there are times when you need a restart. Sometimes this needed reset is because the church has gone through a specific trial or need. Other times, it’s simply the process of a spiritual leader stepping back, renewing his own heart and focus, and then helping the church family re…
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