Ministry Podcast

What is the Revitalization Preaching Points series?

An interview with Deron Biles • August 14, 2017 • Kenneth Priest & Deron Biles

The Revitalization Preaching & Teaching Point series assist pastors in leading their churches in revitalization. As a part of this episode, Kenneth and Deron Biles discuss the Preaching Points series and how it can help turn your church around. Deron served as the Minister/Church Relations Director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention before coming to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Extension Education and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology in June 2006. In 2012, he also assumed the role of Associate Dean for the Doctor of Ministry Program. Deron currently serves as the Director of the Professional Doctoral Program in the School of Preaching and Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Preaching in the School of Theology and the School of Preaching.

Discipleship & Revitalization

An interview with Spencer Plumlee & Lance Crowell • July 24, 2017 • Spencer Plumlee, Lance Crowell & Kenneth Priest

In this episode of the RevTalks Podcast, Kenneth talks with Lance Crowell and Spencer about their book "Rhythms" and the process of discipleship in a church and specifically within revitalization. Spencer has served in churches in South Carolina and Texas as a youth minister, college minister, and discipleship pastor. Most recently, Spencer served as Grow Pastor at Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth prior to coming to Riverview Baptist Church in March 2013. Lance serves the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention as an Associate in the Church Ministries Department. His areas of ministry include Discipleship, Online Training, Men's, Family, Young Adults, and Young Married ministries.

Dealing with Change in Revitalization

An interview with Barry Creamer • July 11, 2017 • Kenneth Priest and Barry Creamer

Revitalization pastors are constantly dealing with change within the church. In this episode of RevTalks Podcast, Kenneth talks with Barry Creamer about how pastors can deal with change emotionally and practically. Barry Creamer has served as president of Criswell College since 2014, after spending a combined 10 years as both a member of the faculty and as the Vice President of Academic Affairs. For more than 20 years Barry pastored churches across Texas, and he continues to preach conferences, teach lay audiences, and serve as interim pastor for churches in transition.

A Conversation on Revitalization in New Mexico

An interview with Alan Stoddard • March 21, 2017 • Kenneth Priest & Alan Stoddard

Alan Stoddard is a pastor in Ruidoso, New Mexico and has implemented revitalization through prayer, evangelism and discipleship. Listen as Kenneth and Alan discuss how God has worked in the life of his church.

A Conversation on Revitalization in New England

An Interview with Nate Pickowicz • February 17, 2017 • Kennth Priest & Nate Pickowicz

Kenneth and Nate discuss Nate's heart for revitalization in his context of New England. Nate is the pastor of Harvest Bible Church in New Hampshire and the author of the book Reviving New England: The Key to Revitalizing Post-Christian America

Issues Pastors Face in Revitalization

An interview with Bill Henard • November 28, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Bill Henard

In this episode, Kenneth and Bill discuss some of the various things that a pastor can face when he is leading a church in revitalization or addressing the issue of church health. Bill serves as the Executive Director of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists and also wrote "Can these Bones Live: A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization."

Establishing a Legacy to Reach Future Generations

An Interview with Lee Kricher • October 25, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Lee Kricher

Kenneth and Lee discuss how in revitalization how congregations can use the legacy model in order to reach future generations. Lee is the Senior Pastor of Amplify Church earned a Masters degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Are Pastors Leaving the Ministry?

A conversation with Scott McConnell • October 6, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Scott McConnell

Kenneth and Scott crunch the numbers and discuss if and why pastors are leaving the ministry. Scott McConnell is executive director of LifeWay Research and has researched the needs of churches for ten years.

A Pastor's Education

An Interview with Thor Madsen • September 13, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Thor Madsen

Kenneth and Thor discuss the value of a pastor continuing his education. Thor serves as the Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of PhD Programs for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Evangelism in the Local Church

An Interview with Ernest Easley • September 13, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Ernest Easley

Kenneth and Ernest discuss the priority of evangelism in the church and equipping pastors to be the evangelist that they need to be to lead their church. Ernest Easley is the Professor of Evangelism at Union University and Hast more than 30 years of pastoral ministry experience.

The Role of an Interim Pastor

An interview with Tommy Kiker • September 1, 2016 • Tommy Kiker and Kenneth Priest

During a transition time of a pastorless church, an interim can help prepare the church for their next pastor. Tommy Kiker is the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, James T. Draper, Jr. Chair of Pastoral Ministry, and Chair of the Pastoral Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Sunday School as an Evangelism Strategy

An interview with Allan Taylor • August 22, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Allan Taylor

Kenneth and Allan discuss the importance of keeping Sunday School focused on evangelism and using the Sunday School ministry as an evangelistic outreach. Allan Taylor joined Lifeway Christian Resources in August 2015 to provide help, training and assistance to churches and Ministers of Education across the country. Allan served 20 years as the Minister of Education at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Georgia.

Leading in Times of Transition

An interview with Jeff Iorg • August 11, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Jeff Iorg

How do you lead a church in situations where key staff and/or leaders have left and you are leading the church while building a a leadership team? This week, Kenneth discusses this scenario with the president of Gateway Seminary, Jeff Iorg.

The Importance of the Pulpit

Interview with Steven Smith • August 1, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Steven Smith

This week Kenneth interviews Steven Smith about the importance of the pulpit in the life of the church and the proclamation of the message during the Sunday morning time and the pastor's role in the teaching of God's Word. Steven is the VP for Student Services and Professor of Communication at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Helping Pastors Be Better Leaders

Interview with Jason K. Allen • July 11, 2016 • Kenneth Priest & Jason K. Allen

This week Kenneth interviews Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, on how the church can be more effective and the key leadership issues that are facing pastors today.