Equip & Engage

52. Attendance vs. engagement (with Nona Jones)

December 16, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Carolyn Farny, Nona Jones

Nona Jones—author, preacher, and business leader—joins us to share her passion for bringing the mission of the Church into digital spaces. Plus, Nona offers insight to pastors feeling the tension between participation on Sundays and ongoing engagement throughout the week.  Learn more about Nona Jones: https://www.nonajones.com/http://www.nonajones.com

51. Carey Nieuwhof on the urgency (and hesitancy) around digital discipleship (Part 2)

December 8, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Carolyn Farny, Carey Nieuwhof

In the final part of our interview, Carey Nieuwhof describes how technology—along with strategy—can have a big impact on the effectiveness of ministry. Plus, Carey offers insight into the key components churches should keep in mind when developing their own theology of technology. Download The Finish Strong Challenge ebook: https://bit.ly/3p9ws1b Learn more about Carey Nieuwhof: https://careynieuwhof.com/

50. Carey Nieuwhof on healthy leadership & ending the year strong (Part 1)

December 5, 2022 • Carey Nieuwhof, Justin Tarsiuk, Carolyn Farny

Carey Nieuwhof—leadership expert and founding pastor—is back on Equip & Engage to discuss personal well-being, church health, and how to maximize resources beyond Sunday. Plus, Carey offers insight into effective church volunteer recruitment. Download The Finish Strong Challenge ebook: https://bit.ly/3p9ws1b Learn more about Carey Nieuwhof: https://careynieuwhof.com

49. The legacy of the Church & technology (with Chris Larson)

November 11, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Chris Larson, Chris Elliott

Chris Larson—president and CEO of Ligonier Ministries—joins us to discuss Ligonier’s 50+ year history of investing in technology to make the gospel more accessible. Plus, Chris dives into the 500-year legacy of the Reformation. Learn more about Ligonier: https://www.ligonier.org/http://www.ligonier.org Download the Ligonier app: https://subsplash.com/ligonier/app Check out the State of Theology report: https://thestateoftheology.com

48. Nicole Smithee on renewing strength & preparing for revival (Part 2)

November 4, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Nicole Smithee, Chris Elliott

In the final part of our interview, Nicole Smithee describes the challenges of being a church leader in today’s climate and the opportunity of using this season to bring positive change to the Church. Plus, Nicole shares a note of encouragement for women in ministry.  Learn more about Iridescent Women: https://iridescentwomen.com 

47. Nicole Smithee on community & spiritual formation in digital spaces (Part 1)

October 21, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Nicole Smithee, Chris Elliott

Nicole Smithee—CEO and cofounder of Iridescent Women—joins us to discuss the opportunities and challenges of using digital spaces for spiritual formation and discipleship. Plus, Nicole shares her background in ministry and her heart for equipping and connecting women.

46. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra on balancing the Church’s digital presence (Part 2)

October 10, 2022 • Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Carolyn Farny, Chris Elliott

In the final part of our interview, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra describes the effects of social media on younger generations. Plus, we dive into the best ways forward for the Church’s digital presence.

45. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra on the potential & pitfalls of social media for Christians (Part 1)

September 26, 2022 • Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Carolyn Farny, Chris Elliott

Join our conversation with Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra—senior writer and faith-and-work editor for The Gospel Coalition—as we discuss the role and influence of social media and technology on Christian life. Plus, we dive into the collaboration and research that went into Sarah’s latest book, “Social Sanity in an Insta World.”

44. Pastor burnout & holistic wellbeing (with Marty Sawyers)

August 19, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Marty Sawyers

Marty Sawyers is president and CEO of Full Strength Network, where he gets a front-row seat to the ever-changing dynamic of pastors’ wellbeing. In this episode, Marty (also a former pastor himself) joins us to discuss what it’s like to be a church leader in today’s climate. Plus, we’ll dive into 6 key facets of wellbeing that make for healthier pastors and, ultimately, healthier churches.

43. Forming spiritual habits in an age of distraction (with Mark Batterson)

July 29, 2022 • Nick Bogardus, Carolyn Farny, Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson—author and lead pastor of National Community Church—joins us to discuss the unique challenges of doing ministry in an overwhelmingly digitized and politicized age. Plus, we dive into the power and impact of spiritual habits and prayer.

42. Mike Cosper on learning from failure & the future of the Church (Part 2)

July 12, 2022 • Carolyn Farny, Nick Bogardus, Mike Cosper

In the final part of our interview, Mike Cosper describes how and what we can learn from the recent high-profile failures in the Church. Plus, we dive into the good the local church is doing in the world day after day.

41. Mike Cosper on navigating power & failure in the Church (Part 1)

June 24, 2022 • Carolyn Farny, Nick Bogardus, Mike Cosper

Join our conversation with Mike Cosper—author, pastor, and Director of Podcasting at Christianity Today—as we discuss what made “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” an essential story to tell. Plus, Mike shares what lessons the Church can take away from this and similar stories over the last 10 years.

40. How to build trust & empathy with the next generation (with Heather Thompson Day)

May 27, 2022 • Heather Thompson Day, Nick Bogardus, Carolyn Farny

In the final part of our interview, Heather describes how younger generations have been shaped by technology and what they actually want (and need) from the Church today.

39. What church leaders may not know about Gen Z (with Heather Thompson Day)

May 13, 2022 • Carolyn Farny, Nick Bogardus, Heather Thompson Day

Join our conversation with Dr. Heather Thompson Day—professor, author, and interdenominational speaker—as we consider how to reach the next generation with the gospel. Plus, Heather shares her insight on what church leaders can learn from Gen Z and their digital habits. Learn more about Heather Thompson Day: https://www.heatherthompsonday.com/

38. Navigating hybrid ministry through a missional lens (with Beth Guckenberger)

April 22, 2022 • Justin Tarsiuk, Beth Guckenberger, Carolyn Farny

Beth Guckenberger—renowned author and Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries—joins us to discuss how technology creates unique opportunities to connect people with the gospel. Plus, Beth shares her insight on how the local Church can benefit from adopting a more missional perspective. Learn more about Back2Back Ministries: https://back2back.org/