The Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast

By Pete Scazzero

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The Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast is an exploration of common, frustrating themes in spiritual leadership and how to overcome them. Do you feel too overwhelmed to enjoy life, and see your best work not making an impact? If so, this leadership podcast is perfect for you. Bestselling author and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Founder Peter Scazzero helps his listeners develop a deep, inner life with Christ, execute healthy planning and decision making, structure team building, create a healthy culture, influence others, and much more.

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The Greatest Miracle of All: Learning to Love

Pete shares how the truths of 1 Corinthians 13 and learning to really love others impacted him personally, radically changing his leadership and the discipleship culture at the church.




Aug 13, 2018
John the Baptist: The Unlikely Emotionally Healthy Leader

Taken from a message given at the 2017 Emotionally Healthy Leadership Conference, Pete looks at three aspects that make John the Baptist an unlikely but extraordinary model of leadership.




Aug 06, 2018
The Most Important Question for Every Leader

It is easy to lead for God without listening to him. The word listen or hear is found more than 1500 times in the Bible. That is why the most important question every one of us must ask throughout our days is: “God, how are you coming to me, what might you want to say?” In this podcast, Pete gives specific examples of how he regularly applies this question to different areas of his life and discernment process.

Jul 31, 2018
Loving Your Enemies as “Saint Makers”

Pete discusses a number of powerful truths around Jesus’ command: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you... If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? (Matt. 5:43-45).

Jul 24, 2018
Climb the Ladder of Integrity

Pete introduces the ladder of integrity, a simple yet powerful tool to be used when we are feeling angry, frustrated, or hurt in a relationship or a situation.

Jul 17, 2018
Your Integrity and Your Leadership: Part 2

Living with integrity, whether you're in your twenties or seventies, is no small task. In this podcast, Pete lays the foundation for a leader’s integrity by discussing four critical areas: integrity with God, integrity with yourself, integrity in your marriage / singleness, integrity in your leadership.

Jul 10, 2018
Your Integrity and Your Leadership: Part 1

The first crisis the early church confronted was a crisis of integrity. Pete speaks on the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11 and shares why integrity is so important to leadership.

Jul 03, 2018
10 Questions to Ask in the Crucible of Differentiation

Pete shares 10 questions that became an anchor for him during a two-year period that served as a crucible of differentiation in his life.

Jun 25, 2018
Leadership Lessons from the Life of David

If you and I were sitting down with David towards the end of his life, and we asked him what tips might he have for our own leadership today, what might he say? Pete shares a few key tips he believes would be near the top of his list

Jun 19, 2018
Becoming a More Differentiated Leader: Part 2

In part 2 of this podcast series on Becoming a More Differentiated Leader, Pete talks about four practical truths that can help us make the radical transition of dismantling our false self in order to lead faithfully out of our true self in Christ.

Jun 12, 2018
Becoming a More Differentiated Leader: Part 1

Pete introduces the paradigm-shifting concept of differentiation as one significant reason why exercising excellent leadership is so hard and addresses three key questions can help us grow in differentiation and maturely navigate high-charged situations.

Jun 04, 2018
You Are Incredible

To live and lead like Jesus requires that we embrace the fact that we are people with deep weaknesses and vulnerabilities. At the same time, it also requires we embrace the glorious truth that we are incredible – with unique passions, histories, gifts, experiences, sufferings, and destinies. 

May 29, 2018
Lead Your People to Follow the Crucified Jesus: Part 2

Our human hearts desperately crave praise, notice, and honor (usually from the wrong places). But actually, we were made to be noticed and honored by God as the primary aim of our lives. In this podcast, Pete completes a 2-part study on the radical contrast of the world’s easy-to-follow discipleship to Jesus’ hard-to-follow discipleship.

May 22, 2018
Lead Your People to Follow the Crucified Jesus: Part 1

In part 1 of this podcast series, Pete shares 19-months worth of learnings on the theme of discipleship in the Gospel of Matthew and makes specific applications for leaders today.

May 15, 2018
10 Reasons Sabbath is Core to Leadership

Keeping Sabbath is a core spiritual practice – an essential means God uses to slow us down and mature us. In this podcast, Pete expounds on ten core reasons Sabbath is indispensable for those who lead in Jesus’ name.


May 10, 2018
Revisiting the Dark Night of Leadership

God has a great plan for you. But if you are going to become the extraordinary human being He intends and be a blessing to the world, you will have to navigate the dark nights that will come your way.

May 02, 2018
What Season are You In?

Discerning what season you, and your ministry, are in right now is one of our most important leadership tasks. In this podcast Pete expounds on the seasons of Fall (transitions), Winter (death), Spring (fruitfulness), and Summer (abundance), examining how each holds its own gift from God – if we cooperate with it.

Apr 24, 2018
Why Great Leaders are Great Grievers: Part 2

In part 2 of this series, we will look at the journey of Job as a model of a leader who integrated his sadness, anger, and depression in ways that made him an even greater leader who continues to speak to us today.


Apr 18, 2018
Why Great Leaders are Great Grievers: Part 1

In this podcast, Pete explores David’s integration of great leadership with great grieving and why this is so critical for us today.

Apr 11, 2018
Limits: God’s Grace in Disguise, Part 2

Limits are often the last place we look for God. The problem is that when we fail to look for God in our limits, we often bypass him. In this podcast, Pete considers Adam and Eve in the Garden, Jesus being tempted by Satan in the desert, and David at the height of his power and influence.

Apr 03, 2018
Limits: God's Grace in Disguise, Part 1

One of the greatest spiritual challenges for leaders revolves around how we frame and respond to the limits God places around us. In this podcast, Pete begins offering a biblical framework to understand limits as gifts of grace from the hand of God and answers three of the most common questions he hears.

Mar 27, 2018
Finding God’s Rhythm’s for Your Life: Part 2

In part 2 of this podcast, Pete issues an invitation to get deeply anchored in God by deliberately structuring your life in ancient spiritual practices that have stood the test of time.

Mar 20, 2018
Finding God’s Rhythms for Your Life: Part 1

Most leaders are starved for time. Few of us have a sustainable, long-term plan that answers the question: How can I live and lead in a way that is calm, relaxed, and filled with contentment in Jesus? In part one of this podcast, Pete discusses how to deliberately structure our lives around God’s rhythms.

Mar 15, 2018
Redefining Success Jesus’ Way: Part 3

In Part 3 of this 3-part series, Pete answers five FAQ’s that emerge over and over again around the topic of redefining success Jesus' way and discusses the challenge of "to do the work before the work.”

Mar 06, 2018
Redefining Success Jesus' Way: Part 2

In Part 2 of this podcast, Pete offers three different examples of how to redefine success in ways that look beyond numbers. He then looks closely at the three factors necessary to internalize the kind of radical change necessary to make the doing of God’s will, regardless of where it leads, the measure of our success.

Feb 28, 2018
Redefining Success Jesus' Way: Part 1

Defining success as a Christian leader is one of our most challenging, vexing and difficult tasks. In part 1 of this podcast, Pete looks at two idols that dominate current Western culture and church leadership.

Feb 20, 2018
The 3 Biggest Mistakes We Make in Developing Leaders

One of the most important topics for any leader is how we develop other leaders. The future of our ministries depends on it. In this podcast, Pete shares the top three mistakes he has made and observed in leadership development over the decades.

Feb 14, 2018
2 Keys to Creative Leadership

Many leaders are overworked, tired, and weighed down with too much to do in too little time. In this podcast, Pete discusses two keys to creative leadership: Sabbath and silence.

Feb 07, 2018
Church History Matters to Your Leadership

This podcast traces the history of Christianity and how this impacts our discipleship and our leadership today.

Jan 18, 2018
Finding God in Transitions

Embracing transitions is one of the critical leadership tasks every leader must master if we are to do God’s work, God’s way, and in God’s timing. Sadly, endings and transitions are often poorly handled in our families, ministries, organizations, and teams. This podcast explores the inner work we must do as leaders if we are to cooperate with God in this difficult work of endings and new beginnings.

Jan 04, 2018
Don't Forget the Blue in Christmas

How we do Christmas as leaders is critically important. Pete talks about the concept of a Blue Christmas, which offers permission for people to stop and pay attention to their losses, while at the same time remembering the power and goodness of God.

Dec 14, 2017
5 Mistakes Leaders Make at Christmas

It is hard to be a Christian at Christmas, especially if you are a pastor or leader. Pete shares five mistakes that we often make this time of year.

Dec 05, 2017
10 Shortcuts Leaders/Pastors Need to Avoid: Part 2

In part two of this podcast, Pete shares the final 5 of 10 shortcuts that leaders and pastors need to avoid.

Nov 30, 2017
10 Shortcuts Leaders/Pastors Need to Avoid: Part 1

In part one of this new two-part podcast, Pete expands on 5 of the 10 shortcuts that leaders and pastors need to avoid.

Nov 16, 2017
Growing Older in the New Family of Jesus, Part 2

In part 2 of this two-part series, Pete continues to share a biblical perspective on growing older and the hazards of aging we should be careful to avoid.

Oct 31, 2017
Growing Older in the New Family of Jesus, Part 1

In part 1 of this two-part series, Pete shares a biblical perspective on growing older and how this informs our understanding of "retirement" (really only a transition to the next phase of what God has for us), of work, and of how we lead people of all ages in our churches.

Oct 26, 2017
God's Slow Ways in Planning and Decision Making

How is Christian planning and decision making different from that of secular planning and decision making? Pete touches on the dangers of making plans and decisions without God, and the four characteristics of what it means to follow God’s slow ways in planning and decision making.

Oct 19, 2017
Why Do So Many Leaders Finish Poorly?

Pete discusses what we can learn about leadership from the life of King Saul, and how leaders today can finish well.

Oct 12, 2017
The Dark Nights of Leadership

In this podcast Pete talks about the unique dynamic of leadership and "dark nights of the soul," and how God uses these upheavals to transform us and bring us into a deeper communion with Him.

Oct 03, 2017
Triggers, Hot Buttons and Leadership: Part 2

In part two of this series on triggers, hot buttons, and leadership, Pete shares six steps for how leaders can become aware of their triggers and hot buttons and how they can continue to grow in discipleship.

Sep 28, 2017
Triggers, Hot Buttons and Leadership: Part 1

In part one of a two-part series, Pete discusses why understanding  our personal triggers and hot buttons and those of our teammates is important for our leadership and teams.

Sep 21, 2017
How Emotionally Healthy is Your Leadership Team?

Pete Scazzero shares his own journey to emotionally healthy leadership and the 4 inner-life issues that need to be in place in order to have an emotionally healthy leadership team.

Sep 14, 2017
Jesus' 7 Qualities of Spiritual Maturity

In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus describes the qualities of spiritual maturity and ends with the words: Be perfect (i.e. perfectly mature) as your heavenly Father is perfect (i.e. perfectly mature). The word for perfect refers to a person coming of age, someone who is no longer a child or minor. In this podcast, Pete Scazzero explores these qualities of spiritual maturity. Listen and consider how Jesus may be calling you to great spiritual maturity today.

Sep 06, 2017
How Might Jesus Have us Engage Social Media?

Social media has become perhaps the largest universal communication platform for sharing new information, ideas, current events, discussion and, also sadly has become a forum for unhealthy conflict. Pete shares thoughts based the Sermon on the Mount, how Jesus might have asked us to engage in social media. Listen and ponder how might Jesus be asking you to engage in your social media circle.

Aug 22, 2017
5 Core Issues for Leading Millennials

Millennials have become the largest segment of the U.S. population and have increasingly become the dominant culture in many of our churches. Pete shares some of the critical issues church leaders must address to make mature disciples of the Millennial generation, build sustainable communities, and reach the world effectively.

Aug 15, 2017
10 Leadership Lessons From My Years at New Life Fellowship

Drawn from a New Life Fellowship Church strategic planning day over 7 years ago, in this podcast Pete Scazzero shares 10 insightful leadership lessons he and the staff team identified during their planning meeting discussions. These lessons remain relevant to church leadership today.  

Aug 07, 2017
5 Keys to Building a Healthy Team

Building healthy teams is one of the primary tasks for every leader, whether that leader is a lead pastor, a para-church ministry department head, a nonprofit or marketplace executive, a church board member, or a small group leader. In this podcast Pete summarizes 30-plus years’ experience of building teams into 5 key points.

Jul 31, 2017
Becoming a Great Leader – The Big Picture

One of the most challenging tasks of leadership, and life, is perspective. In this podcast Pete Scazzero attempts to give a long view of leadership around God’s process of making us “great” leaders.

Jul 05, 2017
Clarify Expectations and Change Your Life

Unmet and unclear expectations create havoc in churches, families, friendships, marriages, and leadership teams. In this podcast, Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas talk about the power of clarifying expectations to transform our lives and teams. They discuss how the issue of expectations intersects with discipleship, job descriptions, and the grief we experience when they remain unmet.



Jun 06, 2017
Jesus Lives in Your Bones, But Does He Live in Your Heart?

Large numbers of people enjoy attending church but do not have a personal relationship with Jesus. Pete Scazzero shares his reflections on this massive problem and what we can do to equip people to create space to allow God’s will and presence full access in every area of their lives.

May 02, 2017
Elephants in the Room

Pete Scazzero discusses the top 5 reasons leaders don't deal with elephants in the room and how to do so.

Apr 04, 2017
The Great Temptations of Leadership

Christian leadership, like few other vocations, exposes us to levels of temptation that require a depth of spirituality. Why? Jesus’ sheep are at stake. In this podcast Pete Scazzero speaks with Rich Villodas about the great temptations that confront each of us at the different seasons of leadership.

Mar 06, 2017
Measuring Success God’s Way

Measuring ministry impact is biblical. The question is how do we that? The world’s way is measuring only numbers. While measuring numbers as one measure of success is biblical, when it is ALL we measure, it is unbiblical. Success is first and foremost doing what God has asked us to do, doing it his way, and in his timing. Join Pete Scazzero with Rich Villodas on this very theme!

Feb 01, 2017
Can You Be a Believer and Not a Disciple?


Pete Scazzero & Rich Villodas discuss the question, "can you be a believer and not a disciple?"


Pete Scazzero is the Founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirtuality, and Rich Villodas is the lead paster at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York.


Jan 03, 2017
Transitions & The Art of Letting Go

Pete Scazzero & Rich Villodas discuss transitions, letting go, and all that it entails—both in the church and in everyday life.


Pete Scazzero is the Founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirtuality, and Rich Villodas is the lead paster at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York.

Nov 01, 2016
Limits & Leadership

Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas talk about limits and leadership and answer the question, what does it mean to find God in our limits?


Oct 08, 2016
The Power of the Genogram in Building Healthy Teams

Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas share how understanding genograms has served as a powerful tool to create a healthy, transformational, team culture at New Life Fellowship over the last twenty years.

Sep 01, 2016
The Leader's Spouse, Pt 2

In this month's podcast Pete shares part 2 of his interview with his wife Geri about being a leader's spouse.

Aug 02, 2016
The Leader's Spouse


In this month's podcast Pete interviews his wife Geri about being a leader's spouse.


Jul 12, 2016
Emotionally Healthy Hiring

In this month's podcast Pete and Rich talk about Emotionally Healthy Hiring.

May 03, 2016
The EHS Course as Discipleship Formation in Your Church

Join Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas as they discuss how the EHS Course can be a discipleship formation in your church.  

Feb 25, 2016
Embracing Silence

Join Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas as they discuss the importance of embracing silence in our daily lives. 

Feb 02, 2016
Endings and New Beginnings

Join Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas as they discuss this pivotal leadership theme.

Jan 05, 2016
Culture and Team Building
Dec 01, 2015
Emotionally Healthy Planning and Decision Making

In this podcast you will hear about emotionally healthy planning and decision making out of Pete Scazzero's new book, The Emotionally Healthy Leader. This conversation is being led by Rich Villodas (Pastor of New Life Fellowship in New York) who is joined by Pete Scazzero (Founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality).

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Oct 03, 2015
EHS Leader Book Preview
Sep 22, 2015
Leading Out of Your Singleness
Sep 22, 2015
Projection and Transference
Sep 22, 2015
The EHS Course
Sep 22, 2015
Facing Your Shadow
Sep 22, 2015
Practice Sabbath Delight
Sep 22, 2015
Slowing Down for Loving Union
Sep 22, 2015
The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation
Sep 22, 2015
Five Levels of Transformation
Sep 22, 2015
Emotionally Unhealthy Leader
Sep 22, 2015
Powers and Principalities Part 2
Sep 22, 2015
Powers and Principalities
Sep 22, 2015
Leading out of Your Marriage or Singleness
Sep 22, 2015
Leading out of Our Marriages
Sep 22, 2015
Marriage and Sex Part 2
Sep 22, 2015
Marriage and Sex Part 1
Sep 19, 2015