Podcasts for Church Leaders

Top 17 Podcasts for Church LeadersLast Updated: September 17th, 2020

In today’s world, church leaders are needed now more than ever and are looked to as a source of hope, strength, and courage.  At Missional Marketing, we value our church leaders and understand the challenges they face regularly.  It’s normal for church leaders to feel anxious, intimidated, inadequate, and burnt out at times.  The important thing to remember is that God has called you to lead and believes you are more than capable.  

If you’re a church leader looking for resources, we’ve gathered 17 of the top podcasts to offer you support, ideas, and guidance. Whether you’re an experienced leader or are just considering stepping into a leadership role, these free podcasts can help offer strategies, encouragement, and inspiration on leading within the church.

  1. Missional Marketing’s Church Growth Podcast https://missionalmarketing.com/church-growth-podcast/ 

If you’re looking to grow your church, this podcast is for you.  Every Friday, Jason Hamrock’s Church Growth podcast offers in-depth conversations with guest influencers, established church leaders, and strategists centered around growing your church and reaching new people. This podcast combines insight from communications professionals with digital marketing to help position your church for long term growth.  The best part about this podcast is that it breaks down simple next steps that you can take within your church.


  1. Carey Nieuwhof’sLeadership Podcast https://careynieuwhof.com/mypodcast/

Carey Nieuwhof’s Leadership podcast features powerful conversations with some of the biggest names in Christian leadership to help you reach your full potential. The goal of the podcast is to help leaders not just survive but thrive within the church.  Some of the top guests include Andy Stanley, Mark Sayers, and Lysa TerKeurst.  


  1. Unseminary https://unseminary.com/

The Unseminary podcast is the content you wish you had access to in seminary school.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed and underprepared as a leader, this podcast is for you.  Unseminary strives to offer helpful insight and practical advice to pastors and leaders to help your ministry flourish. 


  1. 200Churches https://www.200churches.com/podcast.html

200Churches is an incredible asset for leaders of small churches, and understands the unique challenges that small churches face.  Every episode is designed to uplift and encourage small church leaders and offers valuable advice on navigating leadership roles.


  1. Unstuck Church Podcast https://theunstuckgroup.com/podcast/

If your church has hit a plateau and is going through a dry season, this podcast offers helpful insight on moving forward.  Each week, Tony Morgan leads conversations about getting churches unstuck by tackling common challenges and giving actionable solutions for leaders to help breathe life back into their church.  Some of their key topics include church health, growth, benchmarks, and trends.  


  1. Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast https://www.life.church/leadershippodcast/

Craig Groeschel’s Leadership podcast is a great resource for leaders of churches of all sizes, primarily focusing on growth.  A great aspect of this podcast is that it offers interactive Q&A sessions where listeners can submit their real problems and questions to be discussed on the show.  


  1. Church Leaders Podcast https://churchleaders.com/category/podcast

The Church Leaders Podcast boldly tackles some of the toughest and most controversial challenges leaders face and topics within the church.  Some of their podcasts center on leading within an election year, loving difficult people as a pastor, and racial issues.   Many episodes feature high-profile guests like Jeremey Camp.  This is a podcast you don’t want to miss!


  1. ChurchPulse Weekly https://stateofthechurch.com/churchpulseweeklylive

State of the Church’s podcast, ChurchPulse, features different thought leaders weekly to discuss trends and how the church can help.  This is a great podcast for church leaders to gain inspiration and see new perspectives on the challenges they may be facing.


  1. Josh Gagnon Leadership Podcast https://joshuagagnon.com/podcasts/

Pastor and author, Josh Gagnon hosts the Leadership podcast to give guidance, advice, and encouragement to leaders within the church.  This is a great resource for leaders needing to renew their excitement and passion for leading and those that may be feeling insecure with their leadership abilities.  


  1. Rainer on Leadership https://churchanswers.com/podcasts/rainer-on-leadership/

The Rainer on Leadership podcast covers every topic leaders are facing today.  We like this podcast because it doesn’t just focus on leadership within the church, but also emphasizes the importance of self-care and taking time to focus on building a strong personal relationship with God.  


  1. 5 Leadership Questions https://leadership.lifeway.com/podcast-5lq/

In every episode, co-hosts Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy ask their guests five questions on a topic or book surrounding leadership.  After each episode, listeners walk away with actionable next steps they can implement within their local community and church. 


  1. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast https://northpoint.org/podcasts

Founder and pastor of North Point Ministries, Andy Stanley, hosts this podcast to help leaders have the right tools to grow and reach their full potential.  Andy is a great communicator and breaks down challenging topics into simple terms.  This is a great resource for all leaders, regardless of status or experience level.  


  1. Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller https://storybrand.com/about/

Building a StoryBrand’s podcast is geared for leaders that have a business mindset.  With an emphasis on marketing, every episode is about growing both your brand and your church’s brand.


  1. The Aggressive Life with Brian Tome https://www.briantome.com/podcasts

Brian Tome’s Podcast, The Aggressive Life, focuses on taking risks and boldly persevering through challenges or difficult situations, even when the rest of the world is saying to give up.  Every episode is packed with passion and features influential thought leaders, CEOs, authors, and more.  This is a podcast you don’t want to miss.


  1. Patrick Lencioni https://www.tablegroup.com/at-the-table/

Patrick Lencioni hosts the At the Table podcast alongside guests who are experts in leadership and business for powerful, in-depth conversations.  This podcast doesn’t just focus on leading within the church, but being a strong leader within all aspects of an individual’s life.  Every episode contains practical advice the listener can apply to their daily life.


  1. The Church Communications Podcast https://churchcommunications.com/podcast/

Katie Allred and Kenny Jahng co-host this podcast that offers great strategies, tips, and ideas for churches on powerfully utilizing their social media platforms.  This podcast emphasizes the importance of marketing for churches looking to communicate with their local community better.  If you’re a leader looking to grow your church, this podcast is worth subscribing to.


  1. Family Ministry Podcast https://nickblevins.com/family-ministry-podcast/

Nick Belvin’s Family Ministry podcast covers a wide range of topics that can be applied to a leader’s personal life and church.  With a family focus, this podcast dives into discussions on children’s and youth ministry, parenting, leading within a small church, and more! This podcast is especially a great resource for youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, and children’s ministry leaders.  


We hope that these podcasts spark inspiration and renew your spirit as a leader.  If you’re looking for more resources on growing and strengthening your church, Missional Marketing is here to help.  Whether you’re ready to begin an outreach campaign or looking to boost your online engagement, our team is happy to discuss your unique needs as a leader and goals for your church.  Fill out a contact us form today or give us a call at 480-420-2007 to see how we can help meet your needs.  

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