Recently we crossed an unbelievable threshold with the Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast with over 10 million lifetime podcast downloads. I couldn't be more surprised, humbled, and thankful for this milestone moment.
I say "surprised" because back in 1996, when we first started, the term "emotional health" was considered heretical in much of the church!
Now 25 years later, we can see that the cultural landscape has changed dramatically. Not only is emotional health received, but in many ways, it is now considered a promotional buzzword.
In today's podcast, I share my observations of what I consider 3 counterfeit versions of emotional health that we settle for, but then cast a vision for an authentic life with God.
How we do Christmas as leaders is critically important. Pete talks about the concept of a Blue Christmas, which offers permission for people to stop and pay attention to their losses, while at the same time remembering the power and goodness of God.
It is hard to be a Christian at Christmas, especially if you are a pastor or leader. Pete shares five mistakes that we often make this time of year.
In part two of this podcast, Pete shares the final 5 of 10 shortcuts that leaders and pastors need to avoid.
In part one of this new two-part podcast, Pete expands on 5 of the 10 shortcuts that leaders and pastors need to avoid.
In part 2 of this two-part series, Pete continues to share a biblical perspective on growing older and the hazards of aging we should be careful to avoid.
In part 1 of this two-part series, Pete shares a biblical perspective on growing older and how this informs our understanding of "retirement" (really only a transition to the next phase of what God has for us), of work, and of how we lead people of all ages in our churches.
How is Christian planning and decision making different from that of secular planning and decision making? Pete touches on the dangers of making plans and decisions without God, and the four characteristics of what it means to follow God’s slow ways in planning and decision making.
Pete discusses what we can learn about leadership from the life of King Saul, and how leaders today can finish well.
In this podcast Pete talks about the unique dynamic of leadership and "dark nights of the soul," and how God uses these upheavals to transform us and bring us into a deeper communion with Him.
In part two of this series on triggers, hot buttons, and leadership, Pete shares six steps for how leaders can become aware of their triggers and hot buttons and how they can continue to grow in discipleship.
In part one of a two-part series, Pete discusses why understanding our personal triggers and hot buttons and those of our teammates is important for our leadership and teams.
Pete Scazzero shares his own journey to emotionally healthy leadership and the 4 inner-life issues that need to be in place in order to have an emotionally healthy leadership team.
In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus describes the qualities of spiritual maturity and ends with the words: Be perfect (i.e. perfectly mature) as your heavenly Father is perfect (i.e. perfectly mature). The word for perfect refers to a person coming of age, someone who is no longer a child or minor. In this podcast, Pete Scazzero explores these qualities of spiritual maturity. Listen and consider how Jesus may be calling you to great spiritual maturity today.
Social media has become perhaps the largest universal communication platform for sharing new information, ideas, current events, discussion and, also sadly has become a forum for unhealthy conflict. Pete shares thoughts based the Sermon on the Mount, how Jesus might have asked us to engage in social media. Listen and ponder how might Jesus be asking you to engage in your social media circle.
Millennials have become the largest segment of the U.S. population and have increasingly become the dominant culture in many of our churches. Pete shares some of the critical issues church leaders must address to make mature disciples of the Millennial generation, build sustainable communities, and reach the world effectively.
Drawn from a New Life Fellowship Church strategic planning day over 7 years ago, in this podcast Pete Scazzero shares 10 insightful leadership lessons he and the staff team identified during their planning meeting discussions. These lessons remain relevant to church leadership today.
Building healthy teams is one of the primary tasks for every leader, whether that leader is a lead pastor, a para-church ministry department head, a nonprofit or marketplace executive, a church board member, or a small group leader. In this podcast Pete summarizes 30-plus years’ experience of building teams into 5 key points.
One of the most challenging tasks of leadership, and life, is perspective. In this podcast Pete Scazzero attempts to give a long view of leadership around God’s process of making us “great” leaders.
Unmet and unclear expectations create havoc in churches, families, friendships, marriages, and leadership teams. In this podcast, Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas talk about the power of clarifying expectations to transform our lives and teams. They discuss how the issue of expectations intersects with discipleship, job descriptions, and the grief we experience when they remain unmet.
Large numbers of people enjoy attending church but do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Pete Scazzero shares his reflections on this massive problem and what we can do to equip people to create space to allow God’s will and presence full access in every area of their lives.
Pete Scazzero discusses the top 5 reasons leaders don't deal with elephants in the room and how to do so.
Christian leadership, like few other vocations, exposes us to levels of temptation that require a depth of spirituality. Why? Jesus’ sheep are at stake. In this podcast Pete Scazzero speaks with Rich Villodas about the great temptations that confront each of us at the different seasons of leadership.
Measuring ministry impact is biblical. The question is how do we that? The world’s way is measuring only numbers. While measuring numbers as one measure of success is biblical, when it is ALL we measure, it is unbiblical. Success is first and foremost doing what God has asked us to do, doing it his way, and in his timing. Join Pete Scazzero with Rich Villodas on this very theme!
Pete Scazzero & Rich Villodas discuss the question, "can you be a believer and not a disciple?"
Pete Scazzero is the Founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirtuality, and Rich Villodas is the lead paster at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York.