Center for Congregations Podcast

Your congregation is important. And we know that leading and serving in congregations is hard work. Join current and former Center for Congregations consultants Dr. Terrance Bridges, JC Campbell, Abby Miller, Shellie Riggs Jordan, McKenzie Scott Lewis, Ben Tapper, Matt Burke as they interview thought leaders and experts to encourage, inspire and help you find the right information and resources to address your congregation's needs. Center for Congregations staff will share what they're learning through work with congregations. Speakers, authors and congregational practitioners will share their stories and best practices to help your congregation thrive.

The views expressed by podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the podcast does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Views and opinions expressed by CfC employees are those of the employees and do not necessarily reflect the view of the CfC. If you have any questions about this disclaimer, please contact us at 866.307.2381 or

Religion & Spirituality
S6 E12: Reframing Fundraising
Rev. Dr. Quincy McGhee discusses alternative ways of thinking about fundraising.
41 min
S6 E11: Congregations Are Doing Good and Doing ...
Four of the Center for Congregations staff sit down to talk about their work with congregations.
42 min
S6 E10: Faith and The Arts Belong Together
Rev. Lisa Cole Smith discusses her congregational community and its connection to the arts.
45 min
S6 E9: What We Can All Learn from Thriving Rura...
Rev. Brad Thie shares the hallmarks of thriving rural congregations.
47 min
S6 E8: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Y...
Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions shares his perspective on the benefits and drawbacks of Artificial Intelligence.
64 min
S6 E7: Kids These Days
Lenmarie Pascall discusses how urban culture is the dominant culture for youth.
41 min
S6 E6: Congregations in a Time of Transition
Rev. Tim Lake and Rev. Raymond Dix Jr. discuss how change has impacted their congregations.
62 min
S6 E5: Caring for Your Congregation's Building
Nathan Parr of Smart Church Solutions talks facility care and maintenance.
54 min
S6 E4: Valuing Roots over ROI — Navigating Chan...
Rev. Julian DeShazier discusses navigating change.
55 min
S6 E3: Mental Health Is a Team Sport
Rev. Jermine Alberty discusses the importance of training and community for mental health support.
51 min
S6 E2: Congregations Can Help with Suicide Prev...
Glen Bloomstrom (US Army Chaplain, Colonel, Retired) joins Matt and Shellie to discuss suicide prevention.
42 min
S6 E1: Breathe New Life: Finding Rhythms of Rest
Brenda Jank of Run Hard, Rest Well discusses a framework for rhythms of rest for leaders.
60 min
S5 E21: Young Adults: Which Ones Do You Mean?
Rev. Dr. Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes shares how congregations can engage with young adults.
49 min
S5 E20: Marketing: The Art of Knowing Your Audi...
Tyler Harden shares the impact of knowing who you are as a congregation and who you want to reach.
52 min
S5 E19: Wholeness through Brokenness
Dr. Nii Addy discusses how neuroscience can inform understanding mental health.
48 min
S5 E18: The Liturgy of Politics
Kaitlyn Schiess discusses her book The Liturgy of Politics and how congregations can better engage in political spaces.
62 min
S5 E17: There Has To Be A Better Way: Mental He...
Aaron and Janell Lane discuss mental health and how congregations can serve in this area.
47 min
S5 E16: Multivocational Ministry Can Be Healthy
Dr. Jessica Brown discusses the challenges of multivocational ministry and how to thrive in it.
65 min
S5 E15: Understanding Generational Differences
Rev. Dr. Marcus Carlson discusses how we can better understand generational differences in order to strengthen our congregations.
53 min
S5 E14: Focusing on Health, Not Size
Dale Sellers from 95Network discusses the specific challenges and wonderful opportunities of small- to mid-size congregations.
62 min
S5 E13: Becoming Culturally Intelligent
Dr. David Livermore discusses cultural intelligence and it's value for congregations.
69 min
S5 E12: So What Have We Learned?
Reflecting on the first half of 2023.
40 min
S5 E11: It Takes a Village: Foster Care and Ado...
Michelle Jackson shares about how congregations can support foster care.
65 min
S5 E10: Telephone Poles Passing by the Window
Rev. Greg Pimlott discusses self-care for leaders.
53 min
S5 E9: Hybrid Congregations: You Can Be in Two ...
Jason Moore spends time with McKenzie and Matt to discuss hybrid congregational experiences.
54 min