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The Flourishing Culture Podcast

Welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast, brought to you by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Each week, we bring you timely, transformative truths from the Christian workplace you can use to build a flourishing culture and a thriving organization. Listen in as Al Lopus, President of BCWI, conducts interviews with Best Christian Workplace leaders. Learn more at www.bcwinstitute.org.
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Dec 17, 2018

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Miles McPherson, Lead Pastor, of The Rock Churchmulti-site congregation with five campuses in San Diego. 

Hi Miles, and welcome to our podcast, today.   

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e58-miles-mcpherson/

Nov 19, 2018

Sitting across from me, today, is one the most gifted, experienced professionals who really understands how to build a healthy organizational culture. In the next few minutes, he’s going to walk us through a proven strategy designed to help you increase the success of every new employee starting out in your organization. Who wouldn’t want that?

I want to welcome in Chad Carter, Senior Director of Human Resources for The Gideons International. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, The Gideons International focuses on telling people about Jesus through associating together for service, sharing personal testimony, and by providing Bibles, New Testaments, or portions in 95 languages through 200 countries. For the past 7 years, Chad has played a huge leadership role in this legendary ministry organization.

Hi Chad, and welcome to our podcast, today.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e37-chad-carter/

Nov 12, 2018

How do you help ensure the effectiveness and impact of your organization? The answer is by building a healthyflourishingsustainable culture. And the way to do that is by knowing these six measures of leadership excellence that drive such a culture.

Our guest today knows inspirational leadership inside and out. What she has to say about inspirational leadership could be golden and transformational for your culture.

Today we have the pleasure of visiting with Tami HeimPresident of Christian Leadership Alliance (CLA). CLA is equipping and uniting more than 6,000 mission-focused Christians who lead today’s high-impact nonprofit ministries, churches, educational institutions and businesses. Tami has been actively involved in the CLA community for more than 6 years, and we have great respect for her.

Find full show notes here   http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e6-tami-heim-cla

Oct 29, 2018

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Steve Machhia, Founder and President of Leadership Transformations. Based in Lexington, Massachusetts, and with offices in Colorado Springs and Houston, Leadership Transformations holds up the clear foundational truth that “a transformed leader is a transformed organization.”

Hi Steve, and welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e57-steve-macchia/

Oct 22, 2018

Barry Slauenwhite has had a remarkable 34 years with Compassion Canada. In his time as President and CEO, Compassion Canada has experienced more than a 10-fold growth to become one of Canada’s largest Christian Non-Profit.

Barry, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

There’s a question I want to ask you that gets at one of the big reasons behind Compassion Canada’s remarkable growth. Before I ask you this question, give us a brief summary of what Compassion is all about.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e56-barry-slauenwhite/

Oct 16, 2018

We’re often asked, are their better times than others to start measuring the health of your staff culture? We believe one of the best times is when there is a transition to a new top leader. Today we will find out if that’s true, even if your father was the previous leader!

Seacoast Church in CharlestonSouth Carolina, is known as one of the most innovative churches around and is often credited with being the first multisite church in the country.

Greg Suratt is Seacoast’s Founding Pastor and is now leading the Association of Related Churches known as (ARC).

Today we have the pleasure to talking with Greg’s son, Josh Surratt, who is Lead Pastor atSeacoast Church. And with Josh is his wife, Lisa Surratt, who serves as Seacoast’s Director of Culture.

Josh, Lisa, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast!

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e32-josh-and-lisa-surratt/

Oct 8, 2018

In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn six personal powerful convictions that have turned a church culture and its ministries upside-down.

These six truths are so applicable to almost every church, you’ll say, “Wait, you’re telling our story, our struggles, and our desire to improve the health of our culture.

The man with the remarkable story to tell is Jeff Lockyer, Lead Pastor at Southridge Community Church in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e54-jeff-lockyer/

Oct 1, 2018

360 Degree Feedback for Pastors and Christian leaders is something we are asked about frequently. Today we have the pleasure of visiting with Joel Engle, Pastor of Preaching and Vision of ChangePoint Church in Anchorage, Alaska. Joel and his leadership team recently experienced a 360 process that was quite eye opening.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e53-joel-engle/

Sep 24, 2018

Imagine you’re the president of a church denomination of 2,000 individual congregations. You’re responsible for scores of pastors, their ministry teams, and hundreds of missionaries across the world.

How do you deal with competing interests, complex issues and people under your care who are both working down the hall and dispersed around the world?

Our guest, today, is going to tell us how he’s handled it all—and not only survived, but in fact, thrived! He’s going to offer insight and wisdom on how inspirational leadership can go a long way to creating a healthy culture. Believe me, you’re in for a treat.

Today we have the pleasure of visiting with John StumboPresident of The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

 

Find the full show notes here: http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e5-john-stumbo-cma

Sep 17, 2018

It’s a privilege and pleasure to welcome Leighton Ford. Leighton is a Christian leader whom God has called and gifted as an evangelist and later called to identify, develop and network leaders of a new generation.

He is also the author of several books including Transforming Leadership … which is used widely now in seminaries globally. You might also know another one of his books called… The Attentive Life.

Leighton, welcome to our podcast, today.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e52-leighton-ford/

Sep 10, 2018

Imagine if your staff culture changed for the better through higher levels of trust, better overall management, greater compassion, plus an increasing level of fairness and integrity.

My guest has seen this come true in his organization--and a transformed staff culture can happen in your organization too.

Today, I want to welcome Brad Carr, Founder and President of SonicAire, a very successful Christian-led company in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And what a story he has to tell.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e50-brad-carr

 

Sep 3, 2018

“How engaged would you like your staff to be at work, where people trust one another, give their all, and feel unified and productive in fulfilling the organization’s mission?” 

 Wait till you hear how my guest, today, answers this question—because I think it points to some great results that would thrill any leader. 

Let me welcome Duane Zook, CEO, of Josh McDowell Ministry, based in Plano, Texas.  Hi Duane and welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.  

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e50-duane-zook/

 

Aug 20, 2018

I’d like to dedicate today’s entire podcast to youour listener, and your leadership.  Who you are and who you desire to become as a follower of Jesus, and as a leader serving in his name, matters deeply to God.  When it comes to leadership, what you’re about to hear from our guest, could… I believe, be life-shaping, even life changing, for you.  

My guest, is Phyllis Hennecy Hendry. For the past 16 years, Phyllis has served as President and CEO of Lead Like Jesus, which brings leaders face-to-face with Jesus for transformation that impacts individuals, organizations, and nations. 

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e48-phyllis-hennecy-hendry/

Aug 13, 2018

Here’s a “what if” scenario you’ll find it hard to refuse? Let’s say you invested in the stock market. After one year, you’d feel pretty good to see your investment increase by 21%. But then imagine the value of investment increasing 81% of its original amount in just four years.

81%!

81% is how much the level of staff engagement has grown at Rolling Hills Christian Church in El Dorado Hills, California. How did they do it?

Here to tell us the answer is Rolling Hills’ Executive Pastor, Eric Bergen.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e47-eric-bergen/

Jul 30, 2018

As you slow down to savor this Thanksgiving holiday, take some time to reflect on the heart of your leadership. Enjoy this listener favorite from our archives, as Ruth Haley Barton teaches spiritual disciplines to keep our leadership centered on Christ.

How does a busy Christian leader – with a full plate of responsibilities and activities – maintain an abundant spiritual life so they can effectively lead from that place?

Today, Al is talking with Dr. Ruth Haley Barton, the founder of the Transforming Center located in Wheaton, IL.  Ruth is a seasoned spiritual director, teacher, retreat leader and author of several spiritual formation books and resources.

Tune in to this illuminating, important and deeply rich conversation, as Al and Ruth discuss the dangers of living out of our false, untransformed selves, and how to cultivate spiritual rhythms to draw us into the presence of God.

Read the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/encore-ruth-haley-barton

Jul 23, 2018

Our conversation today will center around the question: What does a leader do to build high levels of trust in their organization? As we'll learn, it has a lot to do with making regular trust deposits into your culture through transparency, consistency and integrity.

It is our distinct privilege to talk with Bill Robinson, one of our early champions of organizational culture in Christian workplaces. Bill is perhaps best known for his role as president of Whitworth University for 17 years, retiring in 2010. For more than 10 years, Whitworth held the record for the highest scores on the BCWI Employee Engagement Survey in Christian higher education.

Since his retirement, Bill continues to play significant roles in Christian leadership positions.  He serves as Chairman of the Princeton Theological Seminary Board, and for a year, he played a key role as interim President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Find the full show notes at http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/46-bill-robinson-whitworth-university

Jul 9, 2018

Communicating effectively is a core competency for any leader. Today we have the pleasure of talking with Pam Marmon, the Founder and CEO of Threefold Tribe where she helps growing churches multiply. Pam is also the Founder and CEO of Marmon Consulting, a growth management consulting firm that helps growing companies scale.

Hi Pam and welcome to our podcast, today.

Fill full shownotes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e46-pam-marmon/

Jul 2, 2018

Here’s a question: What could have motivated one the most innovative churches in the country to invest in a human resources function to help build their staff culture?

The answer just might speak to where your church, organization, or business can improve the health of your own culture.

With me in the studio is Chris Taylor, who serves as director of human resources for Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Hi, Chris, and welcome to our podcast.

Find full shownotes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e45-chris-taylor/

Jun 16, 2018

How can you continually develop a staff both professionally and spiritually to better advance the vision and mission of your Christian ministry? Our guest, today, has walked this path and has more than a few practical insights and stories to help you strengthen your people and improve the health of your culture.

Today, we have the pleasure of visiting with Scott Wiggins the Director of Staff at Pinelake Church, a multi-site church in Mississippi. Pinelake has over 125 staff and, today, has a very healthy staff culture. Scott’s role is to train and develop the church staff spiritually and professionally.

Find full shownotes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/s3e23-scott-wigg…inelake-church-2/

Jun 11, 2018

One of the questions people most often ask is this: “How long does it take to improve the health of an organization’s culture?” What would you say? Six months? . . . A year?

It’s natural to think that most people want their culture to change and be better in a relatively short amount of time. The fact is, true, meaningful transformation of a culture often takes three to five years. There’s a huge benefit in this for you and your organization.

My guest, today helped lead his company through an amazing five-year culture transformation. His story may speak directly into your story and the things you most desire for your culture.

As the CEOJarrod Graetz has been leading 89.9 LightFM through an impressive culture change and is now five years into the journey. Over those five years we have seen their employee culture move from ‘critical moment’ not far above to “highly ‘flourishing,” today.

Hey, mate, and welcome to our podcast, today!

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e42-jarrod-graetz-89-9-lightfm/

Jun 4, 2018

The story you’re about to hear is simply extraordinary.

In BCWI’s 15 years, we’ve worked with over 900 churches, organizations and companies. On average, their level of employee engagement is 53.5%. Fifty-three employees out of a hundred and engaged in their work. That’s significantly better than the U.S. average of 33% reported by Gallup.

Today we are talking with a guest where 91%, of the staff are fully engaged in their work! That’s remarkable.

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Steve Crawley, CFO and spokesman for BMA America.

Based in Conway, Arkansas, BMA America is a family of seven ministries, each with a unique directive, to help fulfill the Great Commission.

 Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3-e41-steve-crawley/

May 14, 2018

My guest, today has some answers you can use and create positive results.

Her name is Pam Marmon, and she’s the Founder of Threefold Tribe, a consulting firm whose mission statement will cause you to lean forward and say, “Tell me more.” Pam, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e39-pam-marmon/

May 7, 2018

Today we are going to talk about one of the most dreaded, yet important parts of a leaders job….. addressing performance concerns… with truth and grace.

To help us navigate these treacherous waters — we have the pleasure of talking with Tara VanderSande, a true leader in Talent Development serving, in the current role of Staff Development Director at Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area.

Hi Tara and welcome to our podcast!

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e38-tara-vandersande/

Apr 9, 2018

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations. Based in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Classical Conversations is leading the home-centered education movement by teaching parents and students the classical tools of learning in order to discover God’s created order and beauty. Since its founding in 1997, Classical Conversations has involved 114,000 students, from 42,000 families in 2,300 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 16 countries.

Hi Robert, and welcome to our podcast, today.

Find full show notes here  http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e34-robert-bortins-jr/

Apr 2, 2018

In the next few minutes, you’re going to discover how the presence and power of one word can radically improve organizational culture—perhaps even your culture.

The word I’m talking about is “trust.” Today we have the pleasure of visiting with Brad Eisenmann, President of Aspen Group, an integrated design, build, and furnish firm exclusively for churches, based in Frankfort, Illinois.

Hi, Brad, and welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Find full shownotes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e33-brad-eisenmann/

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