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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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May 16, 2022
Would you like your leadership to be more inspirational? In my new book, I write about Inspirational Leadership as a key to a flourishing workplace but it begs the question, "how do you develop it?" Our guest today believes having a discerning life is the key. Listen in as we discuss spiritual principles and practices that will change your life and leadership.

I’m delighted to welcome Steve Macchia, Founder and President of Leadership Transformations Inc. Steve is the author of numerous books—the most recent one is The Discerning Life. He also has years of experience as a pastor and leader in Christian ministry.  

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e20stevemacchia

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May 9, 2022
As organizations, we often ask, how do we multiply our organization's impact? But isn't a better question how do we multiply our organization's leadership? Today, we'll talk with an internationally known leader and author who will help us develop and multiply our organization's leadership.

I’m delighted to welcome Dave Ferguson. He is the lead pastor and co-founder of Community Christian Church, a thriving multi-site community in the Chicago area. He also is the visionary for NewThing, an international church-planting movement, and president of the Exponential Conference. Dave has also written a number of books including Exponential, Hero Makers, and BLESS. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7ep19daveferguson

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May 2, 2022
Does your organization have an operating system that links your vision down to your employees' daily and weekly actions? Well, find out how many entrepreneurial companies and ministries are discovering how an effective operative system can lead to improved outcomes and impact.

In order to effectively lead an organization, senior leaders need a management framework and practical tools to keep the organization moving forward. Employees are looking to senior leaders to bring them together for a common purpose. Wise leaders have learned how to implement systems that support the growth of their organizations. What steps can you take to increase your effectiveness as a leader and position your organization for growth? We’ll address these issues on today’s podcast. 

I’m delighted to welcome Doug Hall, whose consulting firm, Resources for CEOs, equips leaders to more effectively run their businesses and position themselves for growth.   

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e18doughall

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Apr 25, 2022

Today, our conversation is about flourishing leaders leading flourishing workplaces. What are some of the key rhythms a leader must practice to flourish? What are some key rhythms an organization must practice to flourish?

I’m delighted to welcome Pete Kelly, CEO of Apartment Life. Pete has been leading Apartment Life, a unique business–as-ministry organization, for several years. Prior to that, he was with Cru for 24 years, developing leaders, and also doing front-line ministry in several settings.  

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e17petekelly

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Apr 18, 2022

Today, you'll have an opportunity to listen in on a conversation with one of the leaders highlighted in my new book, Road to Flourishing. I know you'll be encouraged by his wit and wisdom as he describes steps to achieving a thriving mission fueled by their flourishing culture.

I’m delighted to welcome Doug Mazza, President Emeritus of Joni and Friends. Doug was with Joni and Friends from 1999 to 2019, overseeing an era of tremendous growth in the ministry. He currently serves on their board. At Joni and Friends, they share the hope of the Gospel and give practical help to people impacted by disability. Earlier in his career, Doug was a top American executive for Suzuki and then Hyundai.  

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e16dougmazza

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Apr 11, 2022

Does your organization have strong and deep leadership talent? Well today, we talk about how to develop leaders with character based on an environment of feedback and accountability.

As you grow your organization, how are you investing in the people who will carry out the mission that God has given you? Today we will talk about investing in leaders who are committed to following Jesus in their businesses. The principles of leadership development and Christian values apply whether you are leading in a Christian ministry or a marketplace business. In both contexts, we are called to steward the people we lead and fulfill the vision God has given us. 

 I’m delighted to welcome Mike Sharrow, President, and CEO of The C12 Group. Mike has had a fruitful career in a variety of settings, including leadership in health care, consulting, and nonprofits before focusing on growing a local C12 practice in Texas, and then taking on the leadership of The C12 Group.  

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e15mikesharrow

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Apr 4, 2022

Have you wondered if it would be helpful to invest in improving your team's effectiveness? Today, our episode uncovers the transformational power of experiences and how they build community in the workplace.

I’m delighted to welcome Rusty Chadwick, Director of WinShape Teams. In addition to leading WinShape Teams, Rusty also speaks, writes, and creates development experiences for teams and leaders. Rusty understands the power of transformational experiences. He is the co-author of the book Team Work: 13 Timeless Principles for Creating Success and Fulfillment as a Team Member. He is also the author of an e-book, Retreating Together to Accomplish More. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e14rustychadwick

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Mar 28, 2022

Do you think about improving the effectiveness organization by engaging your employees in discussion groups? Well in today's episode, we talk about approaches to help inspire your employees by connecting vision to their work. Listen in as we discuss practical ways to be sure your strategy and leadership is sustainable.

Flourishing organizations have a sustainable strategy. For your strategy to be sustainable, it needs to be threaded throughout your organization. Strategy isn’t just for your executive team but should be embraced by everyone. How do you lead in a way that equips and empowers your teams to carry out the vision and mission of your ministry in their everyday work? We’ll address that topic on today’s podcast. 

 I’m delighted to welcome Jos Snoep, President and CEO of Bible League International. Jos began his ministry with Bible League International in the Netherlands in 2005, and he has served in various leadership roles before assuming the position of President several years ago.   

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e13jossnoep

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Mar 21, 2022
Do you have a vision to see your organization making a greater impact? Well today, we talk with a leader who has positioned his organization to do just that. Listen in as we talk about how he has prepared the soil to create an intentional flourishing culture, facilitating the expansion of their vision.

I’m delighted to welcome Kevin Enders, President of 4KIDS. We’ve talked with Kevin before and I’m looking forward to today’s conversation. He has built a strong team and highly engaged staff at 4KIDS.  

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e12kevinenders

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Mar 14, 2022

If there was one thing that you could work on as a leader that would improve your relationship with others, and your organization's effectiveness, what would it be? In today's episode, we discuss building trust, the core to Inspirational Leaders, and a Flourishing Workplace.

At the core of a flourishing workplace is the level of trust that exists between leaders, leaders and employees, and among employee groups.  Today our podcast topic is Building Trust, the Core of Inspirational Leadership, and a Flourishing Workplace.   

Joining me today is BCWI’s president, Jay Bransford.  Jay welcome back to the flourishing culture podcast.   

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e11allopusjaybransfordtrust

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Mar 7, 2022

Would you ever ask yourself the question, how would a flourishing workplace culture impact the performance of my team or my organization? Well, today, we'll talk with two business leaders who outline the steps they've taken to build a flourishing workplace facilitating their bank's growth from startup to one billion in assets in just fourteen years.

Along with serving Christian ministries, we work with marketplace organizations to assess employee engagement and culture. In these organizations, excellence is a result of strong values and integrity in their leadership. If you’re a Christian leader in a marketplace organization, how do you value your employees and offer them opportunities for uplifting growth? We’ll explore flourishing in a business setting on today’s podcast.  

I’m delighted to welcome Laura Jones and Shon Cass, senior leaders with Texas Security Bank. This bank has been serving businesses in Texas since 2008 and has been intentional about developing a flourishing culture for its employees. Let's meet them and learn about how they are committed to growing in excellence and shared values in this marketplace organization.  

Welcome, Laura and Shon. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e10texassecuritybank

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Feb 28, 2022

Today is a special and unique episode, listen to my conversation with a leader who is in his fifth decade of spiritual and organizational leadership. He can honestly say, each organization he has served was healthier when he left than when he started. Learn from his immense wisdom and listen to his personal challenge for you at the end of our conversation.

Organizations have seasons of growth and change. Through each season your leadership team needs a variety of competencies to help your organization thrive. Our guest today will help you understand the skills that you need to find and build into your leadership team. These principles apply whether you lead a small ministry or a large, complex organization. 

I’m delighted to welcome Jim Tomberlin who is the Multisite and Merger Strategist at The Unstuck Group. Jim has pastored churches in New Mexico and Germany, grown a megachurch in Colorado, and pioneered the multisite strategy for a megachurch in Illinois. He has been consulting and coaching church leaders in multisite strategy for more than 15 years.  

Welcome back, Jim. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e09jimtomberlin

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Feb 21, 2022

What would happen in your organization if a top leader, as they say, was hit by a bus? Well, today we talk to a leader who was and lived to talk about it. Listen in as we learn how to prepare our organization for the next generation by investing in rising leaders.

Developing future leaders is an important part of any healthy organization and is core to long-term flourishing. Who is engaged in coaching the next generation of leaders for your organization? Does the process include a focus on spiritual maturity as well as leadership principles? We’ll address these topics and also consider fruitfulness in different seasons of life with our guest today. 

 I’m delighted to welcome Alec Hill to the podcast today. Alec is the President Emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is a cancer survivor and the author of Living in Bonus Time, as well as Just Business – a book on Christian ethics. Currently, Alec's focus is coaching emerging leaders.   

Welcome, Alec. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e08alechill

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Feb 14, 2022

Do you have a strong leadership bench pipeline that will facilitate your organization's future growth? Well, today we discuss how to develop a leadership pipeline that will produce four new generations of leadership for your organization.

I’m delighted to welcome Mac Lake. He is the author of The Multiplication Effect: Building a Leadership Pipeline That Solves Your Leadership Shortage. Mac has a passion for leadership development in the local church. He served at Seacoast Church in South Carolina developing leaders for their multi-site movement. He's launched The Multiply Group which now operates under the oversight of the North American Mission Board to help develop leaders for church planting. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s7e07maclakemultiplygroup

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Feb 7, 2022

Imagine just finishing a thirteen-year run leading a large, global, Christian ministry. What would you consider your legacy? What would your plans be? How did the selection of your successor go? What was your involvement in helping in the process? Well today, we have a great privilege of having a conversation with Doug Nuenke, who just finished a thirteen-year term as the President of The Navigators. Listen in to hear his responses on these and other questions.

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s706dougnuenke

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Jan 31, 2022

What is your secret weapon as a leader? Well, today Richard Blackaby shares his timeless truths for effective leadership including effective spiritual leadership. Join us as Richard shares his wisdom and coaches us on the secrets of spiritual leadership.

There are so many important topics in leadership – and voices telling us how to be better leaders. But as Christian leaders, what is distinctive about our leadership? How do we steward God’s agenda for our organizations and develop as a spiritual leader? We’ll address the topic of Spiritual Leadership in our discussion today and focus on moving people onto God’s agenda.

I’m delighted to welcome Richard Blackaby. He is the President of Blackaby Ministries International and has written and co-authored many books, some with his father, Henry Blackaby – including the revised Experiencing God book and Spiritual Leadership - a key leadership book. Spiritual Leadership has been out for a number of years and is still highly influential on this important topic.

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/s705richardblackaby

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Jan 24, 2022

On a scale of one to ten, how would your employees rate the level of celebration and fun in your organization? Listen in as today's guest gives examples of how celebration and fun have helped create a flourishing workplace culture.

How do you create a workplace with engaged staff who enjoy their work and the people they work with? Today we are going to talk about the value of celebration and fun, and how these underlying values can make a difference for people in their everyday workplace experience.  

I’m delighted to welcome Dawn Pearcy. She is the Manager of Organizational Development at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/S704dawnpearcycalvarychapel

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Jan 17, 2022

Do you see yourself continuing to flourish as a leader in Christian service to age 84 or beyond? Well, today my conversation is with just such a leader. I hope this episode will challenge you to think about how you steward the gifts and experience God has blessed you with long-term.

What are the habits and practices that you need as a leader to be effective in the long run? One of the keys is self-leadership – taking responsibility for your ongoing growth. As years of leadership stretch into decades of leadership, how can you stay effective and focused? We will address these issues today in our conversation. 

I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Jerry White. He is the International President Emeritus of The Navigators.  

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/jerrywhitenavigators

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Jan 10, 2022

Are you finding it difficult to fill your open positions? As we start out the new year, listen in for some timely tips to hire great people in this challenging environment.

How do you find the very best people to be part of your organization? Recruiting and hiring top talent can be challenging, especially in today’s competitive labor market. But mistakes in hiring can be costly, not just financially, but in terms of employee morale and engagement.  

I’m delighted to welcome Tara VanderSande, Senior Engagement, and Talent Consultant, here at the Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Welcome, Tara. 

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/S702taravandersande

Share the love. If you enjoyed this episode, please rate it on Apple Podcasts and write a brief review. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-flourishing-culture-podcast/id1060724960?mt=2  By doing so, you will help spread our podcast to more listeners, and thereby help more Christian workplaces learn to build flourishing cultures. Follow our Host, Al Lopus, on Twitter https://twitter.com/allopus Follow our Host, Al Lopus, on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/allopus/ Email our host at info@bcwinstitute.org 

Jan 3, 2022

Are you ready to lead your workplace in 2022? Well, listen in as we talk about the workplace trends that will impact the way you manage and experience your workplace in 2022.  Listen in to see if you agree, and more importantly, if you are ready to lead for the future?     

Find full show notes here: https://bit.ly/bcwiworkplacetrends2022

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