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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 28, 2020

Today's podcast is a real treat. Do you wonder if workplace culture should be one of your organization's core strategic objectives? Well, learn from today's special guest about treating culture as a strategy for your organization. 

Whether you work in a church, parachurch organization or company, the struggle to communicate can sometimes leave your culture in a painful, frustrating place.

So, What do you do?

Today, it’s a real pleasure to be talking with Jeff Lockyer, Lead Pastor at Southridge Community Church in St Catherines, Ontario, Canada.

Hi Jeff, and welcome to our podcast, today.

Find full shownotes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/s3e40-jeff-lockyer-2/

Dec 21, 2020

We've all heard the expression from hurried people that they're running from one thing to another as if their hair is on fire. Is this what God wants for your lives? Well, listen in as our guest today talks about practical steps for leaders to live an unhurried life.

Sometimes, a quote from a book is all that’s needed to stop you in your tracks and say, “Wow.”

Here’s what I mean. Listen to this quote from a book, I’ve just finished:

“Unholy hurry may make me look busy, but too often it keeps me from actually being fruitful in the ways Jesus wants me to be.”

As I read it again, let the words soak in:

“Unholy hurry may make me look busy, but too often it keeps me from actually being fruitful in the ways Jesus wants me to be.”

These words from a fantastic book titled, An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence. The book’s author, Alan Fadling, is my guest today. Welcome to our podcast, Alan!

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/uncategorized/s3-e19-alan-fadling-2/

 

Dec 14, 2020

If you happen to be married, I have a personal question for you: Have you ever noticed how a lingering frustration or a serious, unresolved issue in your marriage can eat at you at work and take you out of your game as a leader?

Believe me, I’ve experienced this, and I know I’m not alone. How to build a healthy marriage in ways that can help you become a healthy, better leader in the process is what my guest is all about.

Les Parrott and his wife Leslie have spent the past 30 years same helping others build healthy relationships. Les is a professor of psychology at Northwest University, in Kirkland, Washington, and they are founders of the Center for Healthy Relationships on the campus of Olivet University in Anza, California

As #1 New York Times best-selling authors, their books have sold over two million copies in more than two dozen languages, and include best-selling and Gold-medallion winner Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts.

Les, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/les-parrott-healthy-marriage/

Dec 7, 2020

Do you wish you could make your staff feel more truly appreciated, reduce staff turnover, increase loyalty, even reduce cynicism, and make a more positive work environment? If so, then today's episode is for you.

Dr. Paul White, Ph.D., is co-author, along with Gary Chapman, of the book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People. The book is based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages which has sold 9 million copies, worldwide.  

Dr. White is a psychologist, speaker, consultant, and author whose passion is "making work relationships work." For over 20 years, he has assisted businesses, government agencies, schools, and non-profit agencies to build positive work cultures by discovering how to overcome the most common obstacles faced. 

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/could-you-improv…-dr-paul-white-2/

Nov 30, 2020

Today's special guest is none other than the new president and Chief Operating Officer of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. Enjoy Al's conversation with Jay Bransford.

To everyone who's listening, you've got a front-row seat to a very special conversation. On Tuesday, November 3rd, we at BCWI, made a historic announcement that Jay Bransford has been named the new President and Chief Operating Officer of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. With more than 20 years of leadership in respected Christian organizations and for-profit companies, Jay was the top choice of an international search that involved 600 candidates. wondered what the best way would be to tell you about Jay's stellar credentials, character, and deep commitment to Jesus Christ. The best way is to have you meet and get to know him yourself. I’m delighted and grateful to welcome the new President and Chief Operating Officer of the Best Christian Workplaces InstituteJay Bransford  

Find full show notes https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/inspirational-wo…y-bransford-bcwi/

Nov 16, 2020

Have you been working to identify your blind spots? As a leader, overcoming your blind spots is important in becoming your best true self. Today, we highlight a tool that helps you do just that.

If you know anything about the Enneagram—or even if you aren’t familiar with the Enneagram—the next few minutes could be tremendously important to you, your relationship with God, and your continuing spiritual growth. My guest is Alice Fryling, who is a seasoned spiritual director, presenter, and the author of nine books, including her very popular book, Mirror for the Soul: A Christian Guide to the Enneagram.  Alice, welcome to the Flourishing Podcast.  

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/the-enneagram-as…th-alice-fryling/

Nov 9, 2020

Every leader leaves a wake behind them. Whether the wake is positive or negative depends on their integrity. Today's episode is for Christian leaders who hope to live and finish strong. What are the secrets that are creating an integrity gap in your life, today? To learn about the common pitfalls and anecdotes that will help you flourish, stay tuned!

If you’re a leader, or if you work alongside a leader, or you aspire to be a leader, get ready. We’re going to talk about one of the biggest trouble spots leaders face. Something we’ve never talked about here on the podcast. Here’s the trouble spot: 

Leaders who preach one set of values yet live by another are not just harming themselves. A leader’s lack of integrity may generate immense internal guilt and shame, but it also limits the effectiveness of any organization he or she leads.  

Jeff and Terra Mattson are the married co-founders of Living Wholehearted and the Courageous Girls Movement. They coach leaders in a variety of settings, from corporate offices to leadership retreats and individual counseling. Their professional experience and research have formed their unique perspective on the relationship between leadership and integrity.  

Their new book is called Shrinking the Integrity Gap: Between What Leaders Preach and Live. Jeff & Terra know this issue inside and out—and they’ve got some insightful, practical answers you can use. Jeff & Terra, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.  

Find full show notes https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/why-exceptional-…nd-terra-mattson/

 

Nov 2, 2020

What are four ways you can improve diverse relationships in your organization? Today's guest brings insights from her life and her book called The Colors of Culture.

What if you could look at racism, racial righteousness, and personal identity in a way that didn't threaten you but rather moved you inside to truly love others from the perspective of us having “one blood,” because we’re all made in the image of Jesus.   

 My guest today is going to show you how and why this tremendous, radical truth speaks to where you live and work and walk with God.   

 It gives me great pleasure to welcome in Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo, author of a timely and significant new book from Intervarsity Press titled, The Colors of Culture: The Beauty of Diverse FriendshipMelindaJoy, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast. 

Find full show notes here 

Oct 26, 2020

This summer we experienced upheaval regarding race in our country and around the world. Do you believe the Christian workplace should be the model for racial healing amid civil unrest? Well, today's episode highlights a multicultural workplace that is doing just that. Listen now to learn how.

Normally, I’m joined on the podcast by one guest. Today, I’m honored and grateful to welcome two guests—two tremendous leaders serving one, dynamic multicultural church outside Baltimore, Maryland. In the next few minutes, we're going to talk about a historic challenge and opportunity facing the church in America right now. Their ministry perspective, their stories, their devotion to love, and serve Jesus Christ will inspire you like nothing else.   

I want to welcome in Frank Eastham, Chief Operating Officer, and Tim Samuel, Chief Financial Officer for Bridgeway Community Church, in the Columbia and Owings Mills regions outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Frank, Tim, thanks for joining me here on the Flourishing Culture Podcast.  

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/going-beyond-div…community-church/

Oct 19, 2020

In this episode, I am joined by a senior pastor that has led one of the most significant culture transformations in our history. Listen now to hear the story.

It’s my pleasure to welcome to the microphone Aaron Couch, lead pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Parker, Colorado. 

Find full show notes https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/a-story-of-signi…tion-aaron-couch/

Oct 5, 2020

No matter what leadership role we're in, we should be thinking about succession. Listen in as Peter Greer describes the seven practices to navigate mission-critical leadership transitions.

It gives me great joy to welcome in one of our most popular guests on the Flourishing Culture Podcast, the President and CEO of HOPE International, Peter Greer. Peter, so good to see you.

I’m looking at a fresh copy of the new book you’ve co-authored with Doug Fagerstrom, who is CEO of Marketplace Chaplains. The title of your book is Succession: Seven Practices to Navigate Mission-Critical Leadership Transitions. Congratulations on the book. 

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/do-you-have-a-gr…plan-peter-greer/

Sep 28, 2020

Do you wonder, "how do I build a culture of trust in my department or organization"? Listen in as an author, Boyd Bailey describes the essential habits of relational leaders.

Thanks for joining us. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Boyd Bailey, author of Essential Habit of Relational Leaders: Building a Culture of Trust.

Boyd is the president of the Georgia chapter of the National Christian Foundation and the founder of Wisdom Hunters, a ministry whose daily devotional emails help more than 100,000 readers connect with Christ. He is also co-founder of Ministry Ventures, which has coached more than 1,000 faith-based nonprofits in board development, administration, fundraising, and more. 

Find full show notes https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/skills-relationa…e-to-build-trust/

Sep 21, 2020

As we progress through this pandemic, how are you shepherding the employees God has entrusted to you? In today's episode, we hear from the CEO of a large diverse ministry share how they are demonstrating care for their Outstanding Talent.

The story my guest is about to share has a huge, potential upside. It’s a story that speaks to the #1 challenge every organization, every workplace culture, and every leader is facing right now.   

For nearly 60 years, Bethesda has been offering faith-based care to seniors and then reinvesting their net revenue to support missionary endeavors around the world. Based in Colorado Springs, Bethesda operates more than 21 senior living facilities in 18 communities throughout the country. Their culture challenges speak to innovative strategies and some remarkable successes. Dana Rasic, CEO of Bethesda Associates—have I set the bar high enough for you?   

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/high-level-trust…tment-dana-rasic/

Sep 14, 2020

Have you heard "culture eats strategy for breakfast"? Do you believe it? In today's episode, I interview a CEO who has turned three, faith-based organizations around by focusing on workplace culture as the strategy for change. 

I’m so pleased thave with me is Dusty Rubeck, President of CDF Capital, based in Irvine, California. Dusty, it’s really a pleasure to welcome you to the Flourishing Culture Podcast. 

Find full show notes here: https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/culture-accelera…ess-dusty-rubeck/

Sep 7, 2020

Does your organization have invisible pillars that will sustain it in troubled times and good times? In this episode, you'll hear about a compelling example that does just that. 

One of the keys to organizational success is Fantastic Teams that work effectively cross-functionally—and one of the keys to Fantastic Teams is breaking down silos that can needlessly weaken the health of your workplace culture. Here, to share with us how to break down silos—and improve your culture in other clear, practical ways—is Doug Mazza, Former President of Joni and Friends.

Hi Doug and welcome to our podcast, today.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/season-3-episode…joni-and-friends/

Aug 31, 2020

Do you feel that as Christian leaders our greatest good is cultivating nearness with God? In this episode, we outline three steps to do just that. 

My guest today is Ruth Haley Barton. A sought-after teacher, author, retreat leader, and trained spiritual director. She’s one of the leading Christian voices today, for developing a vibrant inner life for Christian leaders. Her most recent book is titled Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeing God in the Crucible. I can’t wait to hear her insights, stories and wisdom that speak to a leader’s transformation and how it intersects with an organization’s culture.

Find the full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/s3e49-ruth-haley-barton/

Aug 24, 2020

We hear today's leaders ask, "How can we build spiritual and emotional well being of our employees?" Today's podcast directly answers that question with practical tips that build Life Giving work. 

Would you care to take a guess of how good it feels to be on the staff of a rescue mission whose culture is in the top ten percent of all rescue missions in the U.S?

Would you like your culture to experience the same kind of trust, transparency and unity?

Today we have the pleasure of visiting with Vann EllisonPresident and CEO of St. Matthew’s House in Naples, FL.

Hi, Vann, and welcome to our podcast, today.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/s3e43-vann-ellison-2/

Aug 3, 2020

Do you wish your organization was growing? Today, we listen to the CEO of a Christian-owned business link revenue growth with the degree that his people are growing.

We often receive feedback about the encouragement our listeners feel and the ideas they receive from our podcast. That’s why we choose guests that are actually “certified Best Christian Workplaces,” and today is no exception.

Today, we have the pleasure of talking with Troy Meachum, President of ACR SUPPLY COMPANY, North Carolina’s leading HVACR wholesale distributor.

Troy is relatively new to our growing BCWI family, and I believe you’ll find today’s discussion encouraging and practical as you seek to improve the health of your culture.

Hi Troy, and welcome to our podcast.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/s3e35-troy-meachum-2/

Jul 27, 2020

If you saw a billboard summarizing your workplace culture what would it say? Well, today we talk with a leader who believes in making and investing in workplace culture. Listen to specific ideas that you can implement in your organization today. 

Today, we have a special treat for you. My guest is Allan Kelsey the Associate Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area.

With 30,000 weekend attendees on several campuses, Gateway is one of the largest and fasting growing churches in the country.

I believe Gateway’s rapid growth over its 17 years, has been possible because of their healthy culture that Allan has helped to cultivate.

Hi Allan, and welcome, again, to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/blog/s3e28-allan-kels…gateway-church-2/

Jul 20, 2020

I’m excited about our show today because we are going to hear about a total culture transformation story that gets at the heart of our vision here at the Best Christian Workplaces Institute: We believe Christian-led organizations should set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world, and that includes Bible Colleges who prepare workers for Christian ministry.

We have the pleasure of talking with Mark MaxwellPresident of Prairie College in Three HillsAlberta Canada. From its founding in 1922, the heartbeat of Prairie College (originally founded by Mark’s grandfather as Prairie Bible Institute) has been to know Christ and make Him known. Over the years, Prairie has prepared 17,000 students to serve God in 114 countries around the world.

In BCWI’s 15-year history and the 900-plus organizations we’ve had the opportunity to serve, Prairie College has made one of the single greatest before-and-after improvements of its culture. It continues to be an incredible culture transformation.

Find full show notes here http://blog.bcwinstitute.org/s3e36-mark-maxwell/

 

Jul 13, 2020

The interruptions in our normal routines caused by the COVID-19 crisis is challenging us to rethink our approach to many things. Yes, it is allowing us to rethink our Christian values and how we apply them in our lives and in our organizations. How do we, as Christian leaders, encourage flourishing families? Especially at the beginning of our children's lives. Listen in to this new and challenging research on how Christian organizations deal with key, family-friendly policies.

It’s really a pleasure to welcome in Dr. Denise Daniels, Professor of Management at Seattle Pacific University. Denise, welcome to the Flourishing Culture Podcast.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/importance-of-fa…an-organizations/

Jul 6, 2020

As leaders in Christian organizations, we have the rare opportunity in the midst of this pandemic and social upheaval to influence our workplace culture and the world at large. Listen in as a best-selling author, Philip Yancey encourages us to be different by reaching out and exhibiting grace. Listen in as he encourages us to be healers and bridge builders in our divided world.

Philip Yancey is one of the most popular and revered Christian writers on the planet. His 30 books have sold 15 million copies. His bestsellers, include The Jesus I Never Knew, and Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference? Among his many well-read books is one that speaks to the upheavals and uncertainties of our present time. What my guest, Philip Yancey, has to share with you in the next few minutes will touch you wherever you live and work, and however, you’re seeking to follow Jesus.

How’s that for an intro? Philip Yancey, welcome to the Flourishing Culture podcast.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/philip-yancey-leaders-model-grace/

Jun 29, 2020

We consider it a great privilege to serve Christian led organizations making huge difference in our world.  Today we learn from a ministry called Advocates for Community Transformationknown as ACT in Dallas TX.  Listen to how they have built a flourishing workplace culture, caring for their employees holistically so they can better serve under-resourced neighborhoods

It’s my pleasure to welcome in Anna Bridges, Director of Talent & Culture for ACT Advocates for Community Transformation in Dallas, Texas.

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/a-commitment-to-…orkplace-culture/

Jun 22, 2020

Imagine being the CE0 of a one hundred and eighty employee children's home in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they are not just surviving, they are thriving. How? Well, listen in as my colleague Cary Humphries talks with their CEO. He's grateful, he's a learner, and he's a world-class trust builder. Listen in now!

I’m Cary Humphries, Regional Director for the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, filling in for Al Lopus. I’m delighted to have as our guest, Kevin Hewitt, President and CEO of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio. Welcome, Kevin, to the Flourishing Culture Podcast. 

Find full show notes here https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/position-your-or…recedented-times/

Jun 15, 2020

As a leader what would you do if you discovered you had an unhealthy workplace culture where there are strong silos between departments, poor communication, and lack of trust between leaders and staff? Well, today's podcast is a great case study of an organization that has seen its culture transformed. And as a result, are better prepared to face today's unique challenges.

It’s my pleasure to welcome to the microphone Mike Kremnitzer Director of Benefits and Human Resources for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

Find full show notes https://www.bcwinstitute.org/podcast/healthy-culture-…t-of-uncertainty/

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