Leading through Chaos
About the show
The Pivot podcast provides lessons and stories from church leaders who are igniting imagination, creating collaborations, launching experiments, and dreaming of new possibilities for God’s church. It focuses on two questions: How might we use the uncertainty and disruption of this time to reimagine church, ministry, and leadership? And how might the Christian faith be a resource for making spiritual sense of current realities and leaning into the future that is emerging?
Episode 13: Embracing What's New
February 8th, 2021 | Season 2 | 20 mins 33 secs
christianity, church, community, coronavirus, lead, leader, louise johnson, ministry, online ministry, pandemic, pastor, pivot, possibility, terri elton
Welcome to season 2. Join Terri Elton from Luther Seminary and Louise Johnson from LEAD as they discuss where we find ourselves now. We continue to live in a liminal space, but even amidst the uncertainty, new possibilities and connections are happening.
Episode 12: Reflections and Learning
September 1st, 2020 | Season 1 | 43 mins 5 secs
christianity, church, community, coronavirus, leader, ministry, online ministry, pandemic, pastor, pivot
As church leaders, the pandemic has been and is causing us to rethink so much. Reflect with us on these changes, specifically around community, capacity, and competency.
Episode 11: Promising Innovation
August 25th, 2020 | Season 1 | 34 mins 26 secs
christian innovation, christianity, church innovation, coronavirus, leadership, ministry, pastor, pivot
Christian innovation is different than secular innovation, but what makes it unique?
Episode 10: Creating Conditions
August 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 36 mins 55 secs
Like the times our GPS isn't able to reroute us, the things we were doing before are no longer working. Where is the church going now? For more, listen to this conversation about creating conditions.
Episode 9: Permanent Whitewater
August 4th, 2020 | Season 1 | 30 mins 43 secs
christianity, church, complexity, leadership, mind traps, ministry, pastor, thrive
Leading right now is like navigating through relentless whitewater rapids. If you are questioning everything right now, you are not alone.
Episode 8: Our New Home
July 28th, 2020 | Season 1 | 24 mins 37 secs
christianity, church, coronavirus, leadership, ministry, pastor, schedules
It's time to begin to build sustainable patterns for this time we are living in.
Episode 7: Exhausted in the Wilderness
July 21st, 2020 | Season 1 | 20 mins 41 secs
christianity, church, clergy, coronavirus, exhaustion, fatigue, pastor, rest, sabbath
Pastors and church leaders are experiencing fatigue and exhaustion. Join us for a conversation on the realities facing pastors now.
Episode 6: Love Your Neighbor Part 2
July 16th, 2020 | Season 1 | 32 mins 2 secs
christianity, community, leadership, love, neighbors
A continuing conversation about loving our neighbors in online community.
Episode 5: Love Your Neighbor Part 1
June 30th, 2020 | Season 1 | 24 mins 9 secs
christianity, love your neighbor, neighbor, online community
Who is your neighbor on Zoom? When community includes online spaces, we are called to love our neighbors in both familiar and new ways.
Episode 4: Community
June 16th, 2020 | Season 1 | 23 mins 35 secs
christian community, church, community, online church, pastoral leadership
Community, whether online or in-person, is all about engagement. Real community is also about communication and vulnerability. Let's imagine what that can look like.
Episode 3: Lament
June 9th, 2020 | Season 1 | 23 mins 5 secs
Lament is a language that changes how we communicate with God. Lament powerfully expresses complex feelings and situations.
Episode 2a: Loss and George Floyd
June 5th, 2020 | Season 1 | 25 mins 44 secs
There are many responses to loss. The killing of George Floyd includes grief that expresses itself in acts like protesting, giving, and listening. In the middle of loss, what can we do to address racism?
Episode 2: Loss
June 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 23 mins 37 secs
The basic contours of what it means to do ministry are gone. Our congregations miss much of community life. How do we engage the various layers of loss.
Episode 1: Pivot
May 27th, 2020 | Season 1 | 20 mins 58 secs
What does it mean to pivot? How can Christian leaders help their congregations and organizations respond to times of chaos and crisis–faithfully and effectively?