The Herding Cats Podcast

By Todd Hixenbaugh

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The podcast for children's pastors, by children's pastors that seeks to help individuals in ministry who want to take their ministry to the next level. Weekly interviews with top ministry, children, and student experts helps to keep you up to date on all of the new trends and the time honored traditions relating to children's ministry. The host, Todd Hixenbaugh, helps to provide an experience each week and ask questions that lifelong children's ministry folks, as well as newbies, are asking.

Episode Date
Episode 0021: Executive Director of INCM: Michayla White
As the Executive Director for the International Network of Children’s Ministry, Michayla oversees the ministry and provides guidance for initiatives that inspire and equip the kidmin community. For over a decade, she has had the privilege of serving in various aspects of the children’s and family ministry community. Michayla married her best friend and childhood sweetheart. They are having a blast raising two little boys.
May 20, 2019
Episode 0020: Executive Director of Orange- Kristen Ivy
Kristen Ivy is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange and co-author of "Playing For Keeps", "Creating a Lead Small Culture", and "It’s Just a Phase So Don't Miss It”. Kristen earned her bachelors of education from Baylor University in 2004 and a Master of Divinity from Mercer University in 2009. Before joining Orange, she worked in the public school system as a high school Biology and English teacher, where she learned firsthand the joy and importance of influencing the next generation. Kristen lives outside Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Matt and their children Sawyer, Hensley, and Raleigh. For more information, visit, or connect with her on Instagram @_Kristen_Ivy.
May 13, 2019
Episode 0019: Preachers'N'Sneakers, Chill Girl Culture, and How Ignoring the Business Is Bad for your Ministry
What is Chill Girl Culture? How is ignoring business culture bad for your ministry? What the heck is Preachers'N'Sneakers? All of that and more can be found in this episode.
May 09, 2019
Episode 0018: Justin Herman on Being Fired From His Job.... And A Little Bit of Controlled Chaos
Justin Herman recently was fired from his job at Sandals Church. He gets real and honest about what happened as well as what he has learned from the situation. He also talks about his social media game, a little bit of middle school ministry strategy, and a teaser about a new book??????
May 06, 2019
Episode 17: Future Flying Saucers and some other things with Anne Marie Gosnell
Creator of the website and object lesson coach, Anne Marie Gosnell, talks about how to create stories that make an impression and how to create eternal results through our teaching.
Apr 15, 2019
Episode 16: Stuff You Can Use with Lynne Howard
Lynne Howard was born and raised in Marion, Indiana, where I attended Indiana Wesleyan University. She received a degree in Children's Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and has worked. in churches doing full time children's ministry and writing curriculum for over 13 years. She currently is the Lead Editor for children's ministry at Stuff You Can Use.
Apr 09, 2019
Episode 015: 3 Ways to Become a Leader Factory using "The Process"
I have wondered for years about how to become an effective leader. What I didn't realize is that it has a lot more to do with how I grow the Kingdom of God than how great I am. I have 3 ways to make disciples and become a leader factory using, "The Process."
Mar 26, 2019
Episode 14: 3 Hacks for Creatives In Children's Ministry
This is the audio version of a blog post that was published on March 19th, 2019. It centers around the idea that creatives within children's ministry can hack the time they are given during the week to optimize projects by structuring and planning.
Mar 19, 2019
Episode 013: Elementary School to Middle School Transitions with Dan Istvanik
Dan talks about how to effectively partner with middle school leaders to transition children from pre-teen and elementary environments to middle school. Also, he details event ideas, and ways for folks to integrate ministries much earlier than promotion Sunday!
Mar 18, 2019
Episode 012: How to Make a "Wow" Statement With Your Environments with Gabe Boucher
Gabe talks about how to do first impressions at the next level in children's ministry and how to welcome families well.
Mar 15, 2019
Episode 011: Building a Solid Children's Ministry with Dale Hudson
Dale talks about his time in children's ministry as well as about a website and training he offers. This is a podcast all about how to build a strong children's ministry.
Mar 15, 2019
Episode 010: Not Normal Volunteers with Adam Duckworth
Adam sits down with Todd and discusses volunteers as well as the book he wrote alongside Sue Miller.
Mar 15, 2019
Episode 09: Leading Volunteers, Programs, and Yourself with Beth Cunningham
Beth Cunningham talks about her time so far at Church of the Highlands as well as how to lead at high levels as a children's pastor
Mar 15, 2019
Episode 08: Teaching the Least of These To Pray with Adam Weber
Adam Weber talks about prayer, his book, and how to bring prayer into the home. Invigorating conversation about how to help parents hurdle the barrier of prayer with children.
Mar 15, 2019
Episode 7: The Puppets Are Coming Alive! How to Incorporate Puppets Into Your Teaching With JJ Graves
JJ Graves and Todd talk about how to make puppetry a fun and relevant experience no matter what type of church you attend. He also tells a cool story about Ronald McDonald showing him how to build a puppet....
Mar 03, 2019
Episode 06: How Mentioning Your Easter Event From The Stage In Adult Services Kills Attendance (And What To Do Instead.)
In this episode, Todd talks about the importance of not becoming too attached to advertising events from the stage of our churches. He also lays out a four step plan to effectively advertise the event and maximize the impact you can have each time.
Feb 27, 2019
Preseason Ep. 5: With Friends Like These...... Nick Blevins On Coaching and How We Can Leverage What We Learn To Impact the Church
Nick and Todd sit down to talk through coaching, volunteer training, and how being in a coaching group with Tony Morgan changed his ministry.
Feb 24, 2019
Preseason Ep. 3: Create Disney-esque Large Group Spaces Like Lisa Molite
Lisa and Todd talk through creating amazing large group spaces and how to construct a team to make it happen
Feb 24, 2019
Preseason Ep. 4: You Too, Can Have Moves Like Jagger In Large Group - with Jarrod Harris
Jarrod and Todd sit down to discuss how to lead, train, recruit, and release leaders to execute at high levels in Large Group areas.
Feb 24, 2019
Preseason Ep. 2: Improving Day-by-Day with Caleb Mason from The Learner's Corner Podcast
Todd and Caleb discussion how to improve as a leader, and employee on this episode of The Herding Cats Podcast.
Feb 24, 2019
Preseason Ep. 1: Building Efficient Volunteer Teams and Recruiting More Men Into Children's Ministry with Andrae Jones
In this episode, Andrae and Todd have a conversation about the number of men Andrae has recruited into his church's children's program and why it is important. They also touch on the training and the process volunteers go through as well as what in the world "Real Deal Fridays" are on Andrae's Instagram. Hailing from One Community Church in Plano, TX, this is one conversation that is a big, loud, and fun as the state Andrae comes from.
Feb 22, 2019