The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Lead Like Never Before

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A Podcast About Leadership, Change and Personal Growth to Help Leaders Lead Like Never Before

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CNLP 264: Sean Cannell Shares YouTube Secrets, Why The Future Online is Video, and How to Get Started on YouTube (Even From Scratch)
1:33:00

Sean Cannell started at almost nothing on YouTube a few years ago. Today his channel has over 750,000 subscribers and his videos have been viewed over 40 million times. Sean shares his YouTube...

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May 16, 2019
CNLP 263: Horst Schulze with Lessons From the Ritz-Carlton on Coaching the Best From a Team When You Can’t Pay Top Wages, What Guests Really Want, How to Satisfy a Customer and What To Do With Customer Complaints
1:22:17

At age 14, Horst Schulze left home to start in the hotel industry in Germany. What he learned there became the foundation for introducing true luxury to America when he founded the Ritz-Carlton hotel...

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May 14, 2019
CNLP 262: Nona Jones on What Most Organizations are Missing When It Comes to Facebook and Social Media Engagement and How to Use Facebook for Social Ministry, Not Just Social Media
1:20:02

Facebook’s Nona Jones shares about what most leaders are missing when it comes to getting people to engage on social media. Nona is also pioneering a way for churches to go beyond social media and...

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May 07, 2019
CNLP 261: Michael Hyatt On How To Focus in a Distracted World, How to Get More Done in Far Fewer Hours, and Why Succession Matters
58:19

Michael Hyatt is one of the top influencers in the leadership space today. His books consistently reach the New York Times best sellers list and his company helps millions of leaders a year become...

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Apr 30, 2019
CNLP 260: Ruth Haley Barton on How Busyness Ruins The Soul of Driven Leaders And How to Make Time for Rest
1:03:33

It’s so easy to run non-stop as a leader in the church and business world, and it’s killing us. Ruth Haley Barton is an incredibly driven leader, but she found herself pushing burnout at 30 as a...

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Apr 25, 2019
CNLP 259: Andrew Stanley on Making the Move from a Career in Finance to Full Time Stand-Up Comedy, Why and How Comedy Works, and on Being Andy Stanley’s Son and Charles Stanley’s Grandson
1:15:37

He never even thought about doing comedy until his final year in college. Less than four years later, Andrew Stanley quit his day job and went on the road full time as a comic whose career has really...

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Apr 23, 2019
CNLP 258: Rusty George on Suicide in Leadership, Grieving Your Losses and Recovering from Self-Righteous Legalism
1:07:08

Suicide is a growing problem in America, and one of the hardest to deal with personally and as a leader. Rusty George not only recently lost a campus pastor to suicide, he lost his friend of over...

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Apr 16, 2019
CNLP 257: Tyler Reagin on Leading a Large Organization When You’re Not a Detail Person and What It Takes to Become Self-Aware, Self-Accepting and Self-Confident in Leadership
58:09

Tyler Reagin meets thousands of leaders every year through the work he does as President of Catalyst. In this candid interview, he talks about what he’s seeing in today’s leaders, reflects on how...

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Apr 11, 2019
CNLP 256: Carly Fiorina on Her Journey from Secretary at a Real Estate Firm to CEO of a Fortune 20 Company to Running for President of the United States
1:03:11

Carly Fiorina has an unlikely journey as a leader. Carly talks how her approach to leadership and problem solving while a secretary at a real estate firm and then low level employee at AT&T...

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Apr 09, 2019
CNLP 255: Os Guinness on The Decline of America, The Current Crisis, and How Christians Can Move Forward in a Post-Christian Culture
48:50

Philosopher and writer Os Guinness thinks America is in its greatest crisis since the Civil War, and perhaps since the American Revolution. At the heart of the crisis is how people understand liberty...

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Apr 02, 2019
CNLP 254: Haydn Shaw On Leading Through Generation Tension at Work: What Helps Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X and Boomers Get Along
1:15:25

Talk to young leaders, and they’ll express frustration with their bosses. Talk to an older leader, and they’ll roll their eyes at some of the shortcomings of the next generation. How do you lead...

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Mar 28, 2019
CNLP 253: Kadi Cole on The New Rules for Men and Women in the Workplace and Creating A Culture that Leverages Female Leaders…Regardless of Your Theology
1:20:51

Here’s what’s so refreshing about Kadi Cole, often when the subject of female v. male leadership comes up, people tend to move into entrenched theological positions or stereotypes. Kadi doesn’t...

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Mar 26, 2019
CNLP 252: Kevin Queen on Winning Over Trust as a New Leader, Successful Succession and The Heart of Revival
1:10:59

What do you do when a well-known, charismatic founder of a highly visible, successful church resigns and you’re the successor? That was Kevin Queen’s situation in 2017 when he took over the Lead...

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Mar 19, 2019
CNLP 251: Drew Powell and Matt Warren on Why Attractional Church is Past Peak, Why It’s Changing and What’s Next for Weekend Services
1:25:53

The attractional church model has been the dominant church model for 20 years in growing churches and many leaders are noticing it’s not nearly as effective as it used to be. Few churches were...

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Mar 14, 2019
CNLP 250: Gary Chapman on How The Five Love Languages Can Improve Employee Performance at Work, Make Your Marriage Better and Foster a Better Relationship With Your Kids
1:07:58

Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages has sold more than 12 million copies and shows no signs of slowing down;  every year, it sells more copies than the year before. Gary talks about why the book...

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Mar 12, 2019
CNLP 249: Kara Powell and Steve Argue on Emerging Adulthood and Helping Teens, Young Adults, Parents and Leaders Thrive as Everything Changes
1:11:34

Every parent and every teen and young adult knows things are changing. So does every leader. But the real question is: How are things changing and what does it mean? Kara Powell and Steve Argue dive...

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Mar 05, 2019
CNLP 248: Joel and Nina Schmidgall on Why Marriage is Hard and Why Praying Circles Around Your Marriage Can Change More Than You Think
1:02:08

Anyone who has been married for a while knows it can be difficult, but marriage is often harder than most couples signed up for. Joel and Nina Schmidgall talk about the struggles they themselves and...

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Feb 28, 2019
CNLP 247: Clay Scroggins and Brad Lomenick Roundtable On Future Trends, The Attractional Church, The Rise of Charismatic Churches, And The Most Difficult Parts of Leadership
1:44:36

Everything’s changing in the church and culture so fast, how do you respond? In this year’s Rethink Leadership Roundtable, Clay Scroggins and Brad Lomenick join Carey to talk about future trends...

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Feb 26, 2019
CNLP 246: John Ortberg On What’s Wrong With How We Define Salvation and What It Really Means to Follow Jesus
1:13:53

It’s not often you get a deep dive into theology on this podcast, but today, we go there with John Ortberg. John talks about what’s wrong with how we define salvation in liberal and conservative...

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Feb 19, 2019
CNLP 245: Jud Wilhite on Developing New Strategies to Reach Unchurched People, What’s Working and What’s Not, and How to Lead Out of Your Vulnerabilities and Insecurities
1:21:40

Las Vegas is a place millions visit, but home to two million people who live there year round. 20,000 of those 2,000,000 Vegas residents attend a location of Central Church in Vegas. Jud talks about...

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Feb 14, 2019
CNLP 244: Scott Sauls On Why Non-Christians Hate Christians, Ineffective Evangelism and Resilience in a Turbulent World
1:05:44

Why do people outside the church show so much hostility toward or indifference to people inside the church? Scott Sauls has some intriguing answers, plus we talk about the most effective and least...

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Feb 12, 2019
CNLP 243: Rich Birch on the Nuts and Bolts of Church Growth – What the 6% of Growing Churches Do That Others Don’t
1:23:51

Here’s a question. When 94% of churches aren’t growing, what do the 6% do that the others don’t? Rich Birch has worked at three growing megachurches, and distills the things they do that others...

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Feb 05, 2019
CNLP 242: Frank Bealer on How to Seriously Boost Your Productivity During High Demand Seasons
1:22:30

Frank Bealer is one of the most productive people Carey knows, and he doesn’t say that lightly. Frank deconstructs how he has grown his productivity in 3 distinct seasons of his life as a leader in...

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Jan 30, 2019
CNLP 241: Ian Morgan Cron on Using Your Enneagram Number to Boost Self-Awareness, Spiritual Growth and Reduce Conflict at Work and at Home
1:16:07

The Enneagram is an ancient personality type profile, and over the last two years Ian Morgan Cron’s new book, The Road Back To You, has helped several hundred thousands of people discover what...

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Jan 29, 2019
CNLP 240: Annie F. Downs on the Secrets of Reaching a Large Audience and Connecting with A Growing Tribe by Keeping it Personal
1:24:17

So many women have much larger audiences than most male leaders, but most male leader are oblivious to it. So, Carey sits down and opens his notebook with author, podcaster and speaker Annie F....

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Jan 24, 2019
CNLP 239: Jon Gordon on Dealing with The Negative Voices in Your Head, Negativity in Your Organization and How to Stay Positive
47:22

At age 29, Jon Gordon’s wife told him she loved him but couldn’t stand his constant complaining and negativity. He decided to change. His decision led him to radically change his mindset. He...

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Jan 22, 2019
CNLP 238: Lysa TerKeurst on Living and Leading Through Personal Crisis, Disappointment, and Navigating What Part of Your Life Should Be Personal, Private or Secret
1:08:00

The last three years of Proverbs 31 President Lysa TerKeurst’s life have been almost unbelievable as she discovered infidelity in her marriage and lived through cancer and another life-threatening...

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Jan 15, 2019
CNLP 237: Ed Stetzer on Why Christians Are Losing the Culture War, How the Culture is Changing, and What’s Next For the Future Church
1:31:06

There’s no question everything is changing in culture and the church and few people have their finger as tightly on the pulse as author, blogger and thinker Ed Stetzer. In this wide-ranging...

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Jan 08, 2019
CNLP 236: Jonathan Pokluda on The Keys To Reaching and Influencing Tens of Thousands of Millennials Every Week
1:11:57

Everybody wants to do what God has allowed Jonathan Pokluda to do, but few do it. Jonathan Pokluda leads the Porch, the largest young adult ministry in America that reaches thousands live every...

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Jan 01, 2019
CNLP 235: John Van Pay on Leading America’s Fastest Growing Church While Being Home 5 Nights a Week, How to Find Margin Amidst Growth and How to Say No to Stay Focused
56:48

John Van Pay’s first decade of ministry didn’t go the way he planned. He was driven and ambitious, but his wife was ready to leave him. That caught John’s attention. He then went on to plant a...

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Dec 25, 2018
CNLP 234: Donnie Griggs on How To Make a Big Difference in a Small Town, What Works and What Doesn’t in Small Communities, and Finding Great Leaders
1:06:58

So many leaders write off small towns and villages as places not worth investing in. Donnie Griggs would beg to differ. He tells the story of how he planted a church in a town of 9000, only to see it...

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Dec 18, 2018
CNLP 233: Daniel Pink on the Science Behind Perfect Timing, How Morning People, Night Owls and Everyone Else Can Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness
1:11:46

There’s a science to maximum performance and productivity. Daniel Pink talks about the research that shows how morning people (larks), night owls and everyone in between (third birds) can find the...

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Dec 11, 2018
CNLP 232: Christine Birch on Connecting New People Who Come to Your Church
1:21:14

Christine Birch has been part of three large churches in both Canada and the US. How do you connect people in a large church, and how do you connect them at your church? Christine shares her...

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Dec 06, 2018
CNLP 231: Jon Thompson on How to Discover Your True Calling and Gifting And Why Operating Outside of Either Can Be Exhausting and Dangerous
1:23:59

One of the more perplexing questions people ask is “What am I truly called and gifted to do?” Jon Thompson, Preaching and Vision Pastor of C4 Church and adjunct faculty at Tyndale Theological...

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Dec 04, 2018
CNLP 230: Pete Scazzero on Why So Many Successful Leaders Are Emotionally Immature, How to Tell Whether That’s You, and How to Become Emotionally Intelligent and Spiritually Mature
1:22:31

Pete Scazzero will be the first to tell you that while he was successful on the outside as a leader, he was immature on the inside, and his wife had had enough. That moved Pete on a journey to figure...

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Nov 27, 2018
CNLP 229: Larry Osborne on Why He Never Uses an Alarm Clock, The Keys to Staying Fresh in Leadership Four Decades In, and The Hardest Part of Raising Up New Leaders
1:05:07

Larry Osborne has been in ministry for over 4 decades and at his current church for 38 years…and he loves it. Larry talks about how to thrive, why he’s never had to take a sabbatical, why he...

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Nov 20, 2018
CNLP 228: Craig Groeschel on Handling the Pain That Comes With Life and Leadership, How God Can Redeem Self-inflicted Pain and Bring Hope in the Dark of Personal Suffering
1:00:37

Craig Groeschel leads one of the largest churches in America, but that doesn’t mean the journey has been easy. In this interview, Craig talks about the hard side of life and leadership – How the...

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Nov 15, 2018
CNLP 227: Terry Smith on Sharing Ideas With Jack Welch and Why Becoming a Hospitable Leader is the Key to Creating a Thriving Organization
1:07:38

Terry Smith was speaking at an event on a principle that was so compelling to Jack Welch, he asked Terry to teach him more. Terry tells the story of how he became friends with Jack and Suzy Welch,...

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Nov 13, 2018
CNLP 226: Adam Hamilton on How To Reach Thinking People, Planting one of the Largest Mainline Churches in the World, And How Tradition and Innovation Can Co-Exist
1:28:20

Adam Hamilton planted a mainline church 28 years ago. The goal was to reach thinking people who are skeptical of Christianity. His church quickly became one of the largest and fastest growing...

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Nov 06, 2018
CNLP 225: Joshua Gagnon and Daniel King on Breaking Growth Barriers from 30 People to 5000 People Without Blowing Your Church Apart
1:10:28

Josh Gagnon started Next Level Church in New England with 30 people on day one…in an auditorium that sat 800. Not a great recipe for success. On the second Sunday, Daniel King volunteered to join...

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Oct 31, 2018
CNLP 224: Levi Lusko on Planting Churches Where Nobody Plants Churches, Being Yourself in a Different Culture and Declaring War on the Issues that Plague You As a Leader
53:19

12 years ago, Levi Lusko left Southern California to plant a church in Montana. Today, Fresh Life Church has 12 locations, most of them in very small towns where few people would plant churches. Levi...

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Oct 30, 2018
CNLP 223: How to Break the Growth Barriers That Will Move Your Church Past 200, 600 and 1000 Attenders with Carl George and Warren Bird
1:16:54

So many churches attract new people but still can’t seem to grow. Why? What does it take for churches to break through the 200, 400 and 600 attendance growth barriers? Carl George and Warren Bird...

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Oct 25, 2018
CNLP 222: Patrick Lencioni on Saying No To Steve Jobs, Motivating Millennial Workers and The Three Qualities You Need to Look for To Create The Ideal Team
1:21:15

Patrick Lencioni has written some of the benchmark business books of this generation. In this conversation, he explains how saying no to Steve Jobs moved his life in a whole new direction. He unpacks...

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Oct 23, 2018
CNLP 221: Max Lucado On How He’s Written Over 120 Books, Why He Never Uses Ghostwriters, How to Stay Fresh in Leadership, And His Favorite Book
1:13:19

Max Lucado has published over 120 books. Yes, you read that right. In this episode, he talks about how he writes and leads a large ministry, his unusual editing process, how to stay fresh in...

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Oct 16, 2018
CNLP 220: Rachel Cruze with the Back Story on How Dave Ramsey Taught Her About Money, How to Teach Your Kids About Money, and The Top Financial Issues People Struggle With
1:04:42

Rachel Cruze talks about what motivates her as a public speaker and writer, what her dad, Dave Ramsey, has taught her, why going on commission is a much better system for your kids than allowance,...

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Oct 09, 2018
CNLP 219: Scott Harrison on How to Relate To High Capacity Leaders (and Donors), the Growth of Charity Water and What Being a Night Club Promoter Taught Him About Leadership
1:14:26

Scott Harrison founded charity: water over a decade ago, after declaring himself morally and spiritually bankrupt while living his twenties as a NYC night club promoter. In this interview, filmed...

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Oct 02, 2018
CNLP 218: Francis Chan On Battling Pride and Fame, Why He Left His Megachurch, And His Airbnb Church Experiment
1:05:20

In a moving and passionate conversation, Francis Chan talks about why he left his megachurch in Simi Valley, how he’s battled both pride and fame and why both can be so dangerous, what he learned...

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Sep 25, 2018
CNLP 217: Andy Stanley on How to Share Your Faith in a Post-Christian World, How to Respond to Your Critics, Overcoming His Judgementalism and the Irresistibility of Love
1:27:49

Andy Stanley outlines the argument he makes in his new book, Irresistible, and coaches leaders on how to have conversations with Christians who have walked away from their faith as well as atheists...

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Sep 18, 2018
CNLP 216: An Inside Look at A Book Launch Strategy, Pro Tips and a Q&A from the Launch Team
1:07:06

In this episode, Carey shares an overview of his team’s book launch strategy for his latest book, Didn’t See It Coming, which within hours of release became a multiple #1 Amazon best-seller in...

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Sep 13, 2018
CNLP 215: You Never Thought You’d Be a Cynic, Did You? Free Audio Book Bonus. Chapter One of Didn’t See It Coming
35:30

In this special episode, Carey shares the audio book version of Chapter One of his new book, Didn’t See It Coming. Chapter One chronicles how cynicism starts in the heart of most leaders, how to...

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Sep 12, 2018
CNLP 214: Nancy Duarte on What All Great Speeches and Talks Have in Common, The Biggest Communication Mistakes Preachers and Speakers Make, and How Speaking is Changing
1:06:25

Nancy Duarte is one of the leading experts in communication today, having advised and consulted 25 out of 35 of the biggest companies in the world and advised 84% of all top tech companies. Nancy...

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Sep 11, 2018
CNLP 213: Levi and Jennie Lusko on Losing their Daughter, and How to Fight through Grief to Keep Living and Leading
46:30

No one ever expects to lose a child, but that’s what happened in 2012 when Levi and Jennie Lusko’s 5 year old daughter, Lenya, died of an asthma attack. Levi and Jennie talk about what they...

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Sep 06, 2018
CNLP 212: Erwin McManus on How to Spot a Narcissist in Leadership, Overcoming The Need for Approval, and What He Experienced at the Global Leadership Summit 2018
1:06:43

In a wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to author, futurist, film-maker, designer and pastor Erwin McManus about his childhood, how he got over his need for approval, why narcissism is so...

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Sep 05, 2018
CNLP 211: Ann Voskamp Deconstructs Carey Nieuwhof’s Approach to Strategic Thinking, How He Creates His Content and Covers the 7 Things Every Leader Needs to Overcome to Thrive
1:45:52

This week we flip the mic, as multiple New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp does an in depth and personal interview with Carey Nieuwhof. Ann talks to Carey about how law prepared him for...

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Sep 04, 2018
CNLP 210: Tony Morgan and Carey Nieuwhof on Why Leaders Grow Cynical and How to Combat What Appears to Be An Occupational Hazard
32:20

Tony Morgan is the founder of the Unstuck Group and he admits that cynicism has been a life long battle. In this special episode, Tony interviews Carey for his show The Unstuck Group Podcast about...

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Aug 30, 2018
CNLP 209: Brady Shearer on Leveraging The Biggest Communication Revolution In 500 Years, Spotting Low Hanging Fruit OnLine, and Scaling Massive Growth
1:13:01

Brady Shearer is just 27 years old, and is figuring out how to seize the biggest communication revolution in 500 years.   He talks about what the digital revolution happening before our eyes means...

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Aug 28, 2018
CNLP 208: Dana Spinola on Following Your Dream, Scaling a Business and Coming Back After Burnout
1:27:58

When Dana Spinola was asked at age 5 what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was simple – “the best.” That drive pushed her on to many things, including launching her own company,...

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Aug 21, 2018
CNLP 207: Bobby Gruenewald on Leveraging First Mover Advantage, Innovation, AI, Technology and the Future Church
1:05:57

Bobby Gruenewald leveraged first mover advantage in building and selling an internet hosting service and the world’s largest wrestling fan site. Then he moved into church world, creating Church...

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Aug 14, 2018
CNLP 206: Les McKeown on Visionaries, Operators and Processors and How Each Is Necessary In Thriving Organizations
1:25:15

Les McKeown, serial entrepreneur and author of The Synergist and Predictable Success, is back after his first episode became one of the most downloaded ever on this podcast. This time, Les talks...

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Aug 07, 2018
CNLP 205: Eliot Crowther on Market Disruption, Explosive Growth, Scale and How Pushpay Grew from an idea to a Billion Dollar Company
1:13:43

In 2010, 24-year-old Eliot Crowther was in an almost dead end job as a door to door salesperson. Then he had an idea. Within months he and Chris Heaslip founded Pushpay. The fledgling company almost...

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Jul 31, 2018
CNLP 204: Jon Tyson on Reaching Cynics in NYC and What to do When the Burden of Leadership Feels Too Heavy
1:17:26

Jon Tyson went to New York City to plant a church and has had success in reaching thousands of New Yorkers. He talks about how the New York mindset is impacting young adults across America, what is...

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Jul 24, 2018
CNLP 203: Sam Collier on Growing Up without Privilege, Living a Double Life, Boundaries for Difficult People and How to Build Influence
48:16

Sam Collier is a speaker and host at North Point Ministries and the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group. Recorded live from the Orange Conference, Sam talks about growing up without...

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Jul 17, 2018
CNLP 202: #AskCarey Your Questions on How to Raise Money When No One Gives, Increasing Your Church’s First Time Guest Count, The Art of Question Asking, and How to Improve Your Side Hustle
43:01

Your questions are the best questions. So, we’re back with another special episode of #AskCarey to help you lead like never before as we celebrate reaching over 200 episodes for the podcast....

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Jul 12, 2018
CNLP 201: Joshua Gagnon Interviews Carey Nieuwhof on Crazy Risks, What Carey Would Change about the High Impact Leader and Whether it’s Working for Him Now, and What He’s Doing Next
31:52

In this special episode, Joshua Gagnon, Pastor of Next Level Church, interviews Carey for his podcast and talks about a crazy stupid risk Carey took almost three years ago, what he would change now...

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Jul 11, 2018
CNLP 200: Joshua Gagnon on Rapid Growth, Launching Big and Staying Sane in Leadership
1:05:04

Joshua Gagnon planted Next Level Church a decade ago. It’s become the fastest growing and one of the largest churches in New England history, and has now expanded into Florida. Joshua talks about...

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Jul 10, 2018
CNLP 199: John S. Dickerson on What Journalism Can Teach Leaders, The Massive Change in Culture and How the Church Can Respond
1:28:06

John S. Dickerson started in journalism straight out of college and soon found himself writing for the New York Times, CNN and USA Today. Today, he’s a 35 year old pastor of a mega church. John...

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Jul 03, 2018
CNLP 198: Kristen Ivy on the Impact of Divorce on Kids, Developing a Parenting Strategy, and How to Connect Meaningfully with Your Kids in a Crazy, Busy Life
1:13:47

Kristen Ivy is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, one of the largest next-gen ministry organizations in the world. In a candid and personal conversation, Kristen talks about the impact...

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Jun 26, 2018
CNLP Bonus 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart
1:08:15

So, we’re back with another bonus episode to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of my latest course, The Art of Better Preaching. In many eyes (including mine), Danielle...

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Jun 21, 2018
CNLP Bonus 019: #AskCarey Answers To Your Questions On Preaching and Public Speaking
44:32

Your questions are the best questions. I asked you to send me questions about preaching and public speaking and, man, did you respond! So, we’re back with another bonus episode of #AskCarey to help...

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Jun 20, 2018
CNLP 197: Mark Clark and Carey Nieuwhof on How to Preach in a Way that Reaches Unchurched People and Maintains Biblical Integrity
1:03:00

Mark Clark and Carey talk about their different approaches to preaching, how to reach unchurched people and how to preach to churched and unchurched people with Biblical integrity. Plus, Carey and...

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Jun 19, 2018
CNLP 196: Bryan Carter on What Makes for Successful Succession, Navigating 300% Church Growth and The Racial Divide in America
1:10:16

Bryan Carter was 29 years old when he was asked to be the successor to a pastor who founded the church 28 years earlier. Much to everyone’s surprise, including Bryan’s, the transition went...

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Jun 12, 2018
CNLP 195: Kevin Jennings on How to Help Your Online Platform Soar, How to Engineer a Successful Launch and Why Some Things Get Traction Online and Others Don’t
1:17:53

Kevin Jennings has done marketing and platform development with the likes of Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Reggie Joiner, and Dave Ramsey. Plus, he’s been a behind the scenes team member on my...

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Jun 05, 2018
CNLP 194: Jerry Hurley on Keys to Scaling Your Ministry, Leaving Corporate to Help Build Life Church and What Makes Working With Millennials Work
1:22:30

Jerry Hurley joined the staff at Life Church in 1998, when it was a single campus and running about 600 people. He’s been on the senior leadership team as it’s grown to over 80,000 attenders and...

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May 29, 2018
CNLP 193: Clay Scroggins on How the Digital Disruption is Changing Everything For Churches and Businesses
1:30:17

There’s no question we’re undergoing one of the biggest transformations in history, but the digital disruption that’s happening around us every day has caught most church and business leaders...

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May 22, 2018
CNLP 192: Caleb Kaltenbach on How to Embrace an Outraged and Polarized Culture Most Leaders No Longer Like
1:11:11

In a polarized culture filled with a growing number of angry people, how do you find your voice, counter arguments and keep your sanity? Messy Grace author Caleb Kaltenbach is back with a fresh look...

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May 15, 2018
CNLP 191: Christine Caine on Betrayal, Chaos and How to Still Trust God When You Don’t Understand Why Things Are Going The Way They’re Going
44:08

In a moving and personal interview, Christine Caine talks about how a deep personal betrayal a few years ago almost led her to leave ministry, and how cancer, chaos and all the things you can’t...

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May 08, 2018
CNLP 190: Nick Vujicic Answers the Questions No One Usually Asks Him, and What He Believes Will Turn a Nation Around
1:13:51

Nick Vujicic has been interviewed hundreds of times by people, including Oprah Winfrey about being born without limbs, and his story has been told thousands of times. Sometimes your life can be...

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May 01, 2018
CNLP 189: Rusty George on Leadership and Trust, Why We Misplace It and How to Trust People After You’ve Been Burned
1:07:54

Of all the things leaders struggle with, personal betrayal and hurt seem to run the deepest. In a very perceptive conversation, Rusty George talks about why leaders have their trust broken, how to...

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Apr 24, 2018
CNLP 188: Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain on Why Leaders Quit, How to Develop Better Self-Esteem, Why Balance is a Joke and How to Grow Your Resilience
1:15:09

Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain have both led in major ministries for over a decade. They’ve also seen a lot of leaders not make it. What’s the difference? In a super-candid discussion, Jessica...

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Apr 17, 2018
CNLP Bonus 018: Shannon Miles on Starting a Rapidly Growing Company, Moving from A Scarcity Mindset to an Abundance Mindset, and What She Learned from Richard Branson
1:15:41

Shannon Miles is the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY Solutions. But life didn’t start that way for her. Raised in a very low-income home, she struggled in her early years to believe anything was...

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Apr 12, 2018
CNLP 187: Tim Elmore on Anxiety in Young Leaders and Overcoming the Battles We All Face in An Increasingly Stressed World
1:13:10

Almost every leader under 40 feels it – the constant stress, anxiety and uncertainty we’re all plagued by. Dr. Tim Elmore is a world-renowned expert on the issues facing today’s students and...

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Apr 10, 2018
CNLP 186: Daniel Im on What’s Wrong with Discipleship, False Maturity and Bi-Vocational Ministry
58:06

Something’s wrong with discipleship in most churches, but many leaders have no idea what’s broken, despite their best efforts to diagnose and fix it. Daniel Im gives a helpful diagnosis and a...

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Apr 03, 2018
CNLP 185: Greg Atkinson on How First Time Guests Get Alienated by Your Church Services
1:12:06

Greg Atkinson returns to the podcast after a very popular first interview about how most churches lose guests within the first ten minutes of a visit. In case you missed it, check out Episode...

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Mar 27, 2018
CNLP 184: Brian Houston on How to Attract the Top Leaders, Battling back From Burnout and The Personal Habits and Rhythms that Help Him Thrive
1:12:48

In a candid, personal and powerful conversation, Brian Houston talks about how Hillsong attracts and keeps great leaders, how he stays healthy as a leader, how he battled back from burnout a few...

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Mar 20, 2018
CNLP 183: Todd Wilson on Lessons from the Nuclear Navy and What the World’s Best Engineers Can Teach Church Leaders or Any Leader About Leadership
1:09:36

At age 20, Todd Wilson (now President of Exponential), joined the Nuclear Navy. What he learned there were some of the top leadership lessons anyone could glean. Todd shares his top five learnings...

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Mar 13, 2018
CNLP 182: Cheryl Bachelder on How To Turn Your Failure Into Success, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s Meteoric Turnaround Decade, and How Servant Leadership Really Works
1:21:46

How do you turn failure into success? How do you turn something badly stagnated into an organization with exceptional momentum? In 2007, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was suffering badly in the quick...

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Mar 06, 2018
CNLP 181: Brad Lomenick on Trends in Church Attendance, Online Engagement, Cool Churches, and Isolation in Leadership
1:22:29

Brad Lomenick is back on the podcast and sits down with Carey Nieuwhof  for a roundtable to discuss a number of trends in the church: church attendance, online engagement, the morphing of cool...

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Feb 27, 2018
CNLP 180: William Vanderbloemen on How to Gain a Competitive Advantage by Creating An Amazing Culture Staff and Volunteers Won’t Want to Leave
1:19:02

Every church and workplace has a culture. Unfortunately, often it’s a bad one. The Vanderbloemen Search Group has been named by Entrepreneur magazine and other organizations as one of America’s...

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Feb 20, 2018
CNLP 179: Rich Birch on the Church Growth Flywheel – The 5 Things Growing Churches Do That Most Others Don’t
1:12:57

Rich Birch has interviewed over 200 leaders from the fastest growing churches in the US, and he’s taken good notes. He’s boiled down their best practices to 5 common strategies almost every...

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Feb 13, 2018
CNLP 178: Scott Sauls on Unhealthy Ambition, Envy and Isolation in Leadership
1:19:25

Scott Sauls offers some keen observations about the heart and soul of leaders. In this wide-ranging conversation, Scott talks about why our culture is so angry, and gives penetrating insights into...

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Feb 06, 2018
CNLP 177: Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger and Carey Nieuwhof on The Lies Leaders Believe
48:59

So many leaders believe things about themselves and about leadership that simply aren’t true. Carey joins up with Todd Adkins and Eric Geiger from the 5LQ Leadership Podcast for a co-broadcast of...

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Jan 30, 2018
CNLP 176: Margaret Spicer on How to Get Next Gen Onto a Senior Leader’s Agenda and Making Families a Church Wide Mission
1:01:48

Families are a huge part of every church, yet often church leaders behave like that isn’t the case. Margaret Spicer leads the Next Gen ministry from Crossway Church in Melbourne,...

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Jan 23, 2018
CNLP 175: Bryan Miles on the Rise of Virtual Work and Virtual Workers and Why the Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore
1:06:28

What do you do with younger leaders who want to work remotely or from home? Is the office culture a dying culture? Bryan Miles is founder and CEO of BELAY Solutions a rapidly growing virtual company,...

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Jan 16, 2018
CNLP 174: Jeff Henderson on the Dos and Don’ts of Marketing Your Church or Product and the Backstory to the #FOR initiative
1:04:56

Jeff Henderson was a marketing executive with Chick-fil-A and the Atlanta Braves before he started leading churches. He opens his playbook and outlines the dos and don’ts of effective marketing and...

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Jan 09, 2018
CNLP 173: Craig Groeschel Deconstructs His Approach to Preaching, Leadership, Success, The Future and More
1:32:29

Craig Groeschel has become a virtual leadership encyclopedia. Plus he has a generous spirit and character to match it.   In a wide-ranging interview, Craig deconstructs his method for sermon...

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Jan 02, 2018
CNLP 172: Robby Gallaty and Rabbi Evan Moffic on How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Preaching and Bring You Closer to Christ
1:34:43

Jesus wasn’t a blond haired blue eyed suburban teacher, but sometimes we treat him as though he was. Through two very different lenses, Robby Gallaty, an evangelical pastor, and Evan Moffic, a...

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Dec 26, 2017
CNLP 171: Jason Romano on Growing Up With An Alcoholic Dad and How Your Past Can Impact Your Present and Future
1:09:55

Author, speaker and former ESPN Producer Jason Romano’s dad took him to a football game when Jason was 10 years old. It was the first time Jason realized his dad was an alcoholic. Jason tells the...

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Dec 19, 2017
CNLP 170: Esther Fedorkevich on Pro Tips on Getting Your Message Out There, How Anyone Can Get Published and How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace
1:18:04

Esther Fedorkevich is one of the most successful agents in publishing today. In this episode, she shows anyone who has a message they want to get out what’s possible. She talks about how...

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Dec 12, 2017
CNLP 169: Dave Ferguson on the Future of Church Growth and the Rapid Multiplication of Church Leaders and Churches
1:17:04

So much has changed and is changing in the church. And the good news is that the future is a much more level playing field than the past. Exponential President Dave Ferguson talks about the future of...

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Dec 05, 2017
CNLP 168: John Ortberg on The Problem with Hurry in Leadership, Why So Many Leaders Struggle With Intimacy and His Friendship with Dallas Willard
1:02:24

So many busy leaders struggle with intimacy in their marriages, in friendships and in their relationship with God. John Ortberg talks about why that is, how to address it and we also unpack his...

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Nov 28, 2017
CNLP 167: Chris Goeppner on Defying the Odds and Planting a Thriving Church in Rural Vermont
1:09:12

Chris Goeppner, his wife Penny and a couple of friends left South Florida to plant a church in New England – something Chris had earlier said he would never do. Chris shares how they overcame...

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Nov 21, 2017
CNLP 166: Chris Durso on Culture, Justin Bieber and Reaching Young Adults in Hard to Reach Areas
58:49

Chris Durso has done ministry in New York City for years. He talks about using the culture to reach the culture, how the church interacts with people like Justin Bieber and what’s worked and...

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Nov 14, 2017
CNLP 165: Mark Batterson on How to Hear God’s Voice (and God’s Will For Your Life)
1:17:05

One of the top questions church leaders get is “how can I know I’ve heard from God” closely followed by “how can I know God’s will for my life?“ Mark Batterson has studied the subject...

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Nov 07, 2017
CNLP 164: Allyson Evans on Life Church’s Approach to Reaching Families, Unbelievable Growth, Hard Decisions and Leveling the Next Gen Playing Field
1:05:13

Allyson Evans came in from the marketing world to join the staff at Life.Church 16 years ago just as Life Church was opening its second location. She talks about working with Craig Groeschel,...

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Oct 31, 2017
CNLP 163: Erwin McManus on Living Fully Alive, Tackling Your Fears, Dealing with Critics and Creating Space For People Not Like You
1:15:24

Erwin McManus talks about his diagnosis of cancer, facing fear and how to deal with criticism.  In this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation, he also talks about being branded a heretic,...

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Oct 24, 2017
CNLP 162: Jarrid Wilson on Depression, Anxiety and Suicide and the Church’s Response To Mental Health
1:05:08

At age 15, Jarrid Wilson told a youth group leader he was depressed, and essentially felt dismissed. By age 19, the silence felt like it was killing him and he started googling painless ways to die....

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Oct 17, 2017
CNLP 161: Carlos Whittaker on Porn, Losing His Family, Hidden Sin and the Battle Back
1:21:47

Carlos Whittaker battled porn for much of his ministry life until it manifested itself in a relationship that almost cost him his family. In an honest conversation, he talks about clearing the...

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Oct 10, 2017
CNLP 160: Dr. Henry Cloud on What All High Performing Leaders Have In Common, Investing in Yourself and Overcoming Dysfunction in Your Church
1:10:27

Dr. Henry Cloud coaches Fortune 100 company CEOs and top church leaders, and shares what they all have in common.  He also offers strategies on how to overcome common dysfunctional behaviours...

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Oct 03, 2017
CNLP 159: Ron Edmondson On Busting the 7 Myths that Break too Many Young Leaders
1:07:08

Leadership is never easy, but too many leaders succumb to myths that simply aren’t true. Ron Edmondson has mentored many leaders and shares a wealth of wisdom that will help all leaders, but...

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Sep 26, 2017
CNLP Bonus 017: 8 Keys to Breaking the 200 Barrier
39:39

In this special bonus episode, Brian Orme interviews Carey on the 8 key reasons 85% of churches never break the 200 attendance barrier. Welcome to Bonus Episode 017 of the podcast. Links Mentioned Be...

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Sep 20, 2017
CNLP 158: Kara Powell on How to Tell if Your Church is Positioned to Draw Millennials and Her Personal Habits and Rhythms as a Leader and Mom
59:14

What does your church need to do to connect better with Millennials?  Kara Powell shares insights from research from 250 effective churches on practices that work for any size church in any setting....

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Sep 19, 2017
CNLP 157: Jon Acuff on What It Takes for You To Finish What You Start, Finding Your Career Path and The Rhythms and Routines That Make People Successful
1:35:04

New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff is back on the podcast to talk about research he did about why some people finish their goals when most people don’t. In this wide-ranging interview,...

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Sep 12, 2017
CNLP 156: Whit and Willie George – An Honest Conversation About Succession, Working With Family and Keeping Church on the Move Thriving
1:10:22

Willie George founded Church on the Move 30 years ago. Recently, he transitioned the senior leadership of the church to his son, Whit. How do you follow a legend? How do you keep a large, widely...

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Sep 05, 2017
CNLP 155: Matt Engel on the Rise of Big Data and How To Use it To Pastor Your Church and Reach Your Community
1:10:53

The amount of data we have on people doubles every single year. But what does the rise of big data mean for local churches and even businesses.  Matt Engel talks about what big data is, how it’s...

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Aug 29, 2017
CNLP 154: Todd Fields on the Constant Change in Worship Music, What Makes a Great Worship Leader, Working with Andy Stanley and More
1:00:31

For over 20 years, Todd Fields has led worship leaders at North Point Church in Atlanta at their campuses, and more recently helped worship leaders around the world get better at their craft. Todd...

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Aug 22, 2017
CNLP 153: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge
1:20:57

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you have to be in charge in order to lead. Clay Scroggins talks about how to cultivate influence and gain authority when you’re not the senior...

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Aug 15, 2017
CNLP 152: Eugene Peterson on Why He Wrote the Message, The Rhythms of a Reflective Life + Mark Batterson and Adam Weber on Peterson’s Legacy
1:18:42

Eugene Peterson is a living legend. Carey talks to Eugene about the origin of the Message and the life rhythms he and his wife Jan adopted that helped produce the legacy millions have appreciated....

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Aug 08, 2017
CNLP 151: Mark Clark on Apologetics for Post-Christian, Post-Modern Young Adults: Sex, Hell, Science and So Much More
1:22:18

Mark Clark pastors one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing churches. Attracting thousands of young adults, Mark has a unique approach to apologetics and preaching that’s connecting with a...

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Aug 01, 2017
CNLP 150: Rural Multisite: Overcoming All The Odds To Create Vibrant Churches in Small Towns and Villages with Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman
1:21:15

Ten years ago, most people would have said multisite only works in large suburban centers. Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman have proved the experts wrong and built thriving mutisite...

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Jul 25, 2017
CNLP 149: Kris Vallotton on the Rise of Bethel Church, Bethel Music and Reaching Young Adults Through Charismatic Ministry
55:42

Kris Vallotton talks about the incredible rise of Bethel Church, how to create a music culture like they have for Bethel Music, the number one need young adults have and how to meet it, and how God...

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Jul 18, 2017
CNLP 148: Jim Wideman on Staffing the Hardest (and Most Important) Position in Your Church
1:04:48

Where do you get your people? It’s one of the top questions leaders of growing churches get asked. After the senior pastor, one of the most important positions in any church these days is actually...

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Jul 11, 2017
CNLP 147: Terry Linhart on How to Become a More Emotionally Intelligent, Self-Aware Leader
56:15

What’s the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective one? Often it’s self-awareness, and the willingness and desire to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. Terry Linhart...

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Jul 04, 2017
CNLP 146: Rodney Cox on How to Create Greater Self-Awareness in Leaders and Teams to Help Your Organization Move Forward Together
51:57

Self-awareness is huge for any leader. But how do you find it? And how do you move your whole team to a place where everyone has greater awareness of strengths and weaknesses? Rodney Cox and Carey...

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Jun 27, 2017
CNLP 145: Regi Campbell on Radical Mentorship For Men that Transforms their Leadership and Families
1:00:10

Mentoring is a buzz word these days…but how do you do it well? Regi Campbell, a serial entrepreneur who has founded 15 companies and serves as CEO in four, has devoted this phase of his life to...

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Jun 20, 2017
CNLP 144: Barnabas Piper on How Curious Leaders Gain a Distinct Advantage
56:48

Faith brings certainty, right? Well, yes, but it’s bigger than that. In a wide-ranging conversation with Carey Nieuwhof, Barnabas Piper, explains how his parents, John and Noel Piper, encouraged...

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Jun 13, 2017
CNLP 143: David Platt on Overcoming the Struggles of His First Decade of Leadership
59:11

It’s easy to think the journey of leaders you admire to be easy. But that’s not always the truth. In a wide ranging interview about his time as a young mega-church pastor to his current role as...

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Jun 06, 2017
CNLP 142: Lance Witt on What Takes Pastors Out of Ministry and How to Guard Against It
1:09:09

So many leaders end up leading well at work but not leading well in life and at home. How does that happen? Does doing the work of God have to corrode your soul? Carey talks with former Executive...

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May 30, 2017
CNLP Bonus 016: My Advice For Young Leaders And Developing Your Character With Doug Smith On The L3 Leadership Podcast
46:26

Today, I wanted to share this conversation that I had with a young leader to watch, Doug Smith. Doug had me as a guest on his podcast L3 Leadership earlier this year and we’re sharing it...

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May 24, 2017
CNLP 141: Jonathan and Verna Del Turco on Working with Your Spouse in Ministry, Overcoming Tough Times and Leading Well at Home and in Ministry Over Four Decades
1:16:05

It’s one thing to be married for decades. It’s another to be a couple of who works together in ministry. How do you do it over the long haul without sacrificing your family, your church or...

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May 23, 2017
CNLP 140: Tony Morgan on Discovering What Stage Your Church Is At In Its Lifecycle
1:06:41

Tony Morgan has helped over 200 churches in the last 8 years, and has observed that most churches go through predictable patterns in its lifecycle. Combining the insights of Les McKeown (Episode 112)...

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May 16, 2017
CNLP Bonus 015: The Five Lies Leaders Believe with Barnabas Piper and Todd Adkins on the 5LQ Podcast
52:35

  Last year, I had a refreshing and honest conversation with Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper on their podcast, 5LQ, about insecurity, inadequacy and the lies that leaders believe. Today, I wanted to...

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May 15, 2017
CNLP 139: Andrew Mellen On the Surprising Connection Between Clutter, Order and Great Leadership
1:09:56

The average person will spend a year of their life looking for misplaced keys, wallets, documents and other things they can’t find. The average executive spends 6 weeks per YEAR looking for lost...

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May 09, 2017
CNLP 138: Bob and Maria Goff Behind the Scenes: Being Happily Married to Your Opposite, Overcoming Setbacks and Thriving in Life and Ministry
55:11

Few people you’ll ever meet are quite as vibrant or have had such a varied life as Bob and Maria Goff. In this personal interview, Carey talks to Bob and Maria about making their marriage work when...

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May 02, 2017
CNLP 137: Justin Dean on the Future Church in the Online World
1:05:54

Note: The first time we posted this episode we made a mistake in uploading the first interview I did with Justin back in 2016 on his time at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Great interview, but not...

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Apr 25, 2017
CNLP 136: Steve Fogg on Building an Online and Social Media Ministry For Your Church From Scratch
1:06:14

How do you build an online and social ministry for your church…from scratch? Steve Fogg spills the secrets on how to do it whether you’re a large or small church, and tells us how he built one...

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Apr 18, 2017
CNLP 135: Adam Weber on Planting A Megachurch as a Young Leader in a Mainline Denomination
1:12:03

You’ve heard all the excuses. Churches in this region don’t grow. Mainline denominations are dying. Adam Weber defied all the odds. He pastors one of the fastest growing churches in America and...

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Apr 11, 2017
CNLP 134: Carl George and Warren Bird on How to Break the 200, 600 and 1000 Attendance Barriers
1:18:26

What does it take for churches to break through the 200, 400 and 600 attendance growth barriers? Carl George and Warren Bird literally wrote the book on it, and share some of the surprising obstacles...

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Apr 04, 2017
CNLP 133: Todd Adkins on Why Most Churches Do a Bad Job at Leadership Development and How to Turn That Around
1:12:13

The vast majority of churches struggle to recruit and keep volunteers and even staff. As a result, they can’t grow or expand. Todd Adkins explains why most church leaders struggle to develop...

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Mar 28, 2017
CNLP 132: Greg Atkinson on The Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper: What People Are Looking for When They Come to Your Church
1:08:16

Would you ever send a secret worshipper to your church service? What do you think they’d find? We’re talking to Greg Atkinson who is a secret worshipper to large churches all around the U.S., and...

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Mar 21, 2017
CNLP 131: Kyle Idleman on Starting a Church at 22, Leading in a Megachurch and on Being a Writer
48:52

When he was in his early twenties, Kyle Idleman couldn’t get anyone to hire him as a preacher, so he started his own church, which grew to 1000. Two years later he left to join one of the largest...

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Mar 14, 2017
CNLP 130: Scott Sauls on Cultivating True Friendships in a Lonely Culture and On Working With Tim Keller
1:14:22

Our culture has never been more connected, yet people have never felt more disconnected. Scott Sauls talks about how to cultivate true friendship, deep conversations and meaningful...

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Mar 07, 2017
CNLP 129: What ESPN Can Teach You About Social Media, Faith and Serving in the Local Church —An Interview with Jason Romano
51:02

When he was 27, Jason Romano landed his dream job — a producer at ESPN headquarters. A year later he became a Christian. He shares what ESPN is learning about social media, how to integrate your...

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Feb 28, 2017
CNLP 128: Mark Batterson on Chasing Down Your Dreams Without Fear
1:05:16

So you’ve got dreams that seem impossible. So what? Few voices in the church are as encouraging as Mark Batterson’s voice. Mark talks to Carey about how to chase down your dreams and kill the...

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Feb 21, 2017
CNLP 127: Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick: Roundtable on Their Worst Mistakes and Best Decisions in Leadership
1:25:39

Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick talk to Carey about their best and worst decisions on five key issues: strategy, team, momentum, culture and personal leadership. Raw, honest and authentic, this...

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Feb 14, 2017
CNLP 126: Mike Bonem on Thriving as a Second Chair Leader and How to Lead Up
58:30

Not all of us are senior leaders. So what happens when that’s you? Do you have to be the #1 leader to make an impact. Mike Bonem explains how to lead up to your senior leader, and discussed the...

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Feb 07, 2017
CNLP 125: David Kinnaman on the Clergy Crisis and State of Pastors Today
1:14:02

How are pastors really doing? Why are fewer and fewer people going into ministry? What are the danger signs for pastors today for their soul, their family and their future? Barna Group President...

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Jan 31, 2017
CNLP 124: Ken Costa on How to Discover Your Calling, Hope in the Workplace, and Connecting with Millennials
46:56

Ken Costa has an impressive resume. He has been the chairman of some of the world’s largest investment banks, advisor to some of the most powerful people in the world, and is a committed Christian...

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Jan 24, 2017
CNLP 123: How to Have Meaningful, Life-Giving Conversations with Non-Christians: An Interview with Rose Zacharias Meeder
1:16:26

How do you have meaningful conversations—even friendships—with people who are radically different than you and who don’t share the same values you do? Few are better at doing this than Rose...

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Jan 17, 2017
CNLP Bonus 014: #AskCarey Part 13
42:28

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey to celebrate the launch of The High Impact Leader Course this month. Scroll down to see what questions I...

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Jan 13, 2017
CNLP 122: Essentialism’s Greg McKeown on How To Simplify Your Life and Focus on What Produces Exponential Results
48:45

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of podcast host Carey Nieuwhof’s favourite books of the last five years. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to Greg...

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Jan 10, 2017
CNLP 121: James Emery White on the Rise of Generation Z: A Post-Christian, Post-Millennial Generation
1:05:17

There’s a generation after the Millennials that looks like it will be even harder to reach than Millennials. Meet Generation Z —people born after 1991. Academic, theologian and Pastor James Emery...

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Jan 03, 2017
CNLP Bonus 013: #AskCarey Part 12—2 Million Downloads Giveaway
43:44

Your questions are the best questions. To celebrate 2 million downloads of the podcast, we’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode....

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Jan 01, 2017
CNLP 120: Jared Hogue on Being a Young Entrepreneur in Church Ministry
1:04:29

Jared Hogue has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid. Jared talks about how to use that drive to create incredible volunteer teams and the ups and downs of running a side business or ministry that...

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Dec 27, 2016
CNLP 119: Louie Giglio on Preaching That Connects With Today’s Young Adults
45:02

Louie Giglio returns to the podcast and talks about the kind of preaching that actually connects with today’s young adults and other lessons learned from 20 years of Passion Conferences that have...

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Dec 20, 2016
CNLP 118: A Roman Catholic Every Evangelical Leader Needs to Get To Know – A Conversation with Father James Mallon
1:01:45

Often there’s a great divide between Protestants and Roman Catholics. But what if there’s more that unites us than we think? Father James Mallon leads a global movement that is revitalizing local...

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Dec 13, 2016
CNLP 117: Why You’re Always So Disappointed—Getting Over Expectation Hangover with Christine Hassler
1:01:20

Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again. Ever wonder why? Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again? Ever wonder why? Christine Hassler is a life coach (with roots in Christianity)...

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Dec 06, 2016
CNLP 116: Aussie Dave on How to Use Social Media Devotions to Share the Gospel
51:58

He’s called the #1 follow in the Christian world on Instagram. @AussieDave, Dave Adamson, is my guest as he talks about how his Instagram account grew from 600 to over 22K followers as he created a...

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Nov 29, 2016
CNLP 115: Sean Seay on Winning in Leadership While Failing at Home and How He Got Healthy
1:23:39

Sean Seay founded what by all means is a very successful church, reaching thousands. But while things were going well at work, they really fell apart at home. Sean takes us through an incredibly...

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Nov 22, 2016
CNLP 114: William Vanderbloemen on How to Know When It’s Time to Quit
53:56

So…how do you know when it’s time to quit? Few people are better positioned to talk about it than William Vanderbloemen, who deals with staff and churches in transition every day. William shares...

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Nov 15, 2016
CNLP 113: unSeminary’s Rich Birch on Why Some Churches Beat the Odds and Grow
1:02:39

Rich Birch has worked for three large churches that have launched over a dozen new locations, and he’s seen many small and mid-sized churches turn things around. What’s their secret? They do...

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Nov 08, 2016
CNLP 112: Les McKeown on Getting Your Church or Organization into a Place of Predictable Success
1:00:45

How do some organizations and churches get themselves into a place of regular, predictable success? It’s less mysterious than you think. Author and business leader Les McKeown takes you through the...

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Nov 01, 2016
CNLP 111: How to Find Your True Calling —An Interview with Exponential’s Todd Wilson
1:10:11

Wonder if you’ll ever find your real calling? Are you called to ministry? How would you know? An ex-engineer with the US nuclear navy, Todd Wilson answered a call to ministry, founding Exponential...

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Oct 25, 2016
CNLP 110: Jeff Brodie, Carey Nieuwhof and Jeff Henderson on Navigating a Successful Transition: Stepping Out of And Into the Lead Pastor’s Chair
1:10:23

In late 2015, Carey Nieuwhof stepped out of the Lead Pastor role at Connexus Church (the only role he’d ever had) and assumed a new role as Founding and Teaching Pastor, while Jeff Brodie became...

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Oct 18, 2016
CNLP 109: Chuck Swindoll on How He Interprets the Scripture and Stays Fresh in Leadership
54:01

Few preachers have the legacy that Chuck Swindoll has. Author of many books and thousands of sermons, Chuck discusses his most recent book, Searching the Scriptures, and the method he uses to stay...

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Oct 11, 2016
CNLP 108: Tony Morgan on Why Churches Get Stuck…and How to Get Your Church Moving Again
52:27

Why do churches get stuck? Tony Morgan visits dozens of stuck churches every year and helps them get unstuck. He shares his findings and shares some top learnings on how to get your church moving...

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Oct 04, 2016
CNLP 107: Ben Snyder on The Surprise and Challenge of Becoming a Megachurch Pastor at Age 35
59:21

A year ago, Ben Snyder got a surprise phone call from his boss, a well-known and loved megachurch pastor, who had just been diagnosed with a disease. Ben was asked to become the new lead pastor of a...

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Sep 27, 2016
CNLP 106: Kara Powell on How Many Average Churches are Actually Reaching Millennials
43:01

It’s easy to think only large churches with big staffs and significant budgets can reach young people. The truth is they are. But new research shows they’re not the only ones. Kara Powell shares...

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Sep 20, 2016
CNLP 105: Dan Reiland – 35 Years of Wisdom from An Exceptional Church Leader
1:07:12

Dan Reiland talks about what it’s been like to work with John Maxwell for over 30 years, about how they vritually created the role of Executive Pastor, and what he’s learning serving as the XP of...

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Sep 13, 2016
CNLP Bonus 012: #AskCarey Part 11
33:34

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 11. Questions Featured...

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Sep 12, 2016
CNLP Bonus 011: #AskCarey Part 10
28:03

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church,...

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Sep 11, 2016
CNLP Bonus 010: #AskCarey Part 9
32:04

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 9. Questions Featured...

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Sep 10, 2016
CNLP Bonus 009: #AskCarey Part 8
34:21

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 8.   Questions...

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Sep 09, 2016
CNLP Bonus 008: #AskCarey Part 7
30:09

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to evaluate the health...

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Sep 08, 2016
CNLP Bonus 007: #AskCarey Part 6
23:12

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 6. Questions Featured...

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Sep 07, 2016
CNLP 104: Casey Graham on What Church Leaders Can Learn From 7 Figure CEOs
1:13:23

Casey Graham has interviewed dozens of CEOs of 7 figure businesses. Surprisingly, the same issues entrepreneurs face in growing their companies to beyond $200,000, $600,000 and even a million dollars...

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Sep 06, 2016
CNLP 103: Gavin Adams…Unscripted on the Pressures of Leadership, Getting Healthy and (Massively) Growing a Church
1:05:28

This episode is a great example of why I love the chance to do this podcast. Gavin Adams, lead pastor of Woodstock City Church—a rapidly growing church of 8,500—talk off the cuff about what he...

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Aug 30, 2016
CNLP 102: What Leaders and Communicators Can Learn from Improv – Andrew Bright on the Rules of Improv
1:03:11

Improv has always fascinated me, so when I had a chance to sit down with Andrew Bright, I jumped at it. What shocked me is not only what the rules of improv can teach you about comedy, but what they...

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Aug 23, 2016
CNLP 101: Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation
56:17

Lee Kricher did something few pastors do; he’s led the church he founded, twice. Coming back 13 years ago, he led it back from near death to a growing church strongly positioned to reach into a new...

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Aug 16, 2016
CNLP 100: Creating an Evangelism Culture – Peyton Jones on Planting Churches for Unchurched People
59:06

Peyton Jones is a self-described serial church planter with a heart for evangelism. From being beat up for the sake of the Gospel, to starting a church at a Starbucks, to coaching leaders on reaching...

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Aug 09, 2016
CNLP 099: What Smaller Church Pastors Really Need and Why – An Interview with 200 Churches’ Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig
59:02

Only a small percentage of churches ever grow past 200 attenders. Enter Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig, whose podcast and blog, 200churches.com, is a resource to small church pastors everywhere. Jeff,...

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Aug 02, 2016
CNLP 098: Becoming a High Capacity Leader – Deconstructing Frank Bealer’s Habits and Schedule
1:22:12

What are the habits and disciplines that make high capacity leaders, high capacity? I interview Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer, who became President of an Insurance Company at age 23 and has...

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Jul 26, 2016
CNLP 097: Young and Burning Out — How Grant Vissers Crashed in Year One of Ministry But Found New Life
1:01:00

At 25, Grant Vissers, a newlywed and fresh graduate of Princeton, started ministry at two small rural churches with his wife Konnie, and within a few months started burning out. He talks about how it...

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Jul 19, 2016
CNLP 096: Larry Osborne on How to Close the Back Door at Your Church and Truly Align Your Team
1:06:05

Few people have been in leadership as long or effectively as Sticky Church author and North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larry talks about why it took so long...

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Jul 11, 2016
CNLP 095: The Challenges of Scaling a Church – An Interview with Rusty George
51:07

Rusty George didn’t plant Real Life Church, but he saw it grow from a small gathering in a movie theater to a multisite church of over 5000 attenders. Rusty talks openly and honestly about the...

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Jul 05, 2016
CNLP 094: Matt Chewning on Planting a Church From Scratch…in Boston
53:57

Of all the things Boston is known for, being kind to church planters is one NOT of them. But Matt Chewning heard a call, left a career in corporate America and started Netcast Church. Matt shares the...

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Jun 28, 2016
CNLP 093: How to Train And Develop More Leaders More Quickly: Scott Magdalein
53:46

Every church struggles with having enough volunteers and leaders. But are the leaders you have well-trained, well-equipped and prepared for the task ahead? Carey Nieuwhof talks with Trained Up...

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Jun 21, 2016
CNLP 092: Start-Up Church…Lessons from the Trenches of Church Planting with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa
1:02:12

As many leaders know first hand, starting a church isn’t easy. Carey has an honest conversation about the ups and downs of planting a church with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa, six months into...

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Jun 14, 2016
CNLP 091: Lane Jones on the Ups and Downs of the Early Days of North Point
1:05:25

What were the early days of North Point really like? You would think that becoming the largest church in America (according to Outreach Magazine) would be birthed out of an easy start. But that...

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Jun 07, 2016
CNLP 090: How to Become a Rock Star Executive Assistant: An Interview with Sarah Piercy
1:04:34

Seven years ago at age 22, Sarah Piercy became Carey Nieuwhof’s executive assistant. In this candid and honest interview, Sarah shared how she learned not only to be an exceptional executive...

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May 31, 2016
CNLP 089: Brian Houston On Hillsong and the Ingredients That Have Defined His Leadership
55:35

There are few stories like Hillsong and very few leaders who have had the impact that Brian Houston has had. Carey sat down in person with Brian on a recent Outcry tour stop in Toronto as they...

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May 22, 2016
CNLP 088: A Step By Step Guide to Breaking the 200 Attendance Barrier: An Interview with Martin Daland
57:07

How do you break the 200 attendance barrier? Martin Daland became the senior leader in a conflicted small church of 180. Within two years, he saw his church grow to more than 300. He talks about how...

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May 16, 2016
CNLP 087: Starting a Church From Scratch in a New Community and Some Insights on Mentoring with Josh Pezold
57:47

Josh Pezold has done at least unique things in the last few years. He’s parachuted into New England to start a church from scratch in a community in which he never lived, and he chose Carey...

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May 10, 2016
CNLP 086: Josh Whitehead on Why Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors and Business Leaders Don’t Trust Each Other, and How to Fix it
1:00:31

In 2003, Joshua Whitehead left the business world to start serving at Faith Promise Church. Since 2005, he’s served as Executive Pastor and has seen the church grow to 5 locations and 6,800...

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May 03, 2016
CNLP 085: Whit George on How to Work with Family in Ministry, Taking Over Leadership, and Learning How to Lead in A Brand New Role
1:03:33

Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is known for innovation. It’s also about to undergo a significant leadership transition. Today I talk with the driving force behind much of the creative...

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Apr 26, 2016
CNLP 084: Leading a Rapidly Growing Turn Around Church at Age 29: An Interview with Brent Ingersoll
59:47

Leading a turnaround church is tough. Leading it after the previous leader experienced moral failure is even harder. Doing it all at age 29 makes the story remarkable. Brent Ingersoll stepped...

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Apr 19, 2016
CNLP 083: Ravi Zacharias on How Preaching And Evangelism Need to Change to Reach the Next Generation
37:49

Few people alive today have spoken to as many non believers and believers alike as Ravi Zacharias. In this interview, Ravi shares what’s changed in people’s attitudes toward Christianity and what...

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Apr 12, 2016
CNLP 082: David Kinnaman on How Christians are Increasingly Perceived by the Unchurched as Irrelevant and Extreme
1:03:37

Is telling others about Jesus an act of extremism? What about waiting for marriage to have sex? David Kinnaman, author, speaker and President of Barna Research,  joins us with some shocking findings...

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Apr 05, 2016
CNLP 081: A Step By Step Guide to Minimizing Opposition When Leading Organizational Change with Rob Cizek
58:56

Leading change is hard, but Rob Cizek has navigated those waters successfully. Rob sits down with Carey and shares a practical step-by-step approach to leading organizational change that will...

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Mar 29, 2016
CNLP 080: How to Have An Awesome Marriage AND Still Be An Awesome Leader. An Interview with Dr. Kim Kimberling
55:03

Leadership is hard to begin with. But leaders also need to lead at home. Can you be an awesome leader AND have an awesome marriage? Marriage expert Dr. Kim Kimberling has an honest conversation about...

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Mar 22, 2016
CNLP 079: Mars Hill 2 Years Later: An Insider’s Account of What Happened with Justin Dean
1:10:05

In late 2014, Mars Hill closed its doors as Pastor Mark Driscoll and all the key staff left and disbanded the church as it then was. What happened at Mars Hill, though, was not all bad. I interview...

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Mar 15, 2016
CNLP 078: Perry Noble on How He’s Radically Changed His Approach to Leadership
55:58

Driven, controlling people have a leadership style that will take their organizations in a certain direction, but almost always cap it at a smaller size than they’d like. Perry Noble talks about...

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Mar 08, 2016
CNLP 077: What Near Death Experiences Tell Us About the Biblical Heaven: An Interview with John Burke
1:27:06

What can church leaders learn from the thousands of near death experiences people have reported? Are they consistent with biblical depictions of heaven? John Burke shares years of research he’s...

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Mar 01, 2016
CNLP 076: Raising the Dead: An Interview with Brian Wangler on How He Found New Life and Ushered in Growth in Four Stuck or Dying Churches
1:09:55

Is there hope for dying or stuck churches? Yes, there is. Brian Wangler has led four stuck or dying churches into dramatic growth. One church grew from 5 to 100 in a village of 400. He led another...

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Feb 23, 2016
CNLP 075: Insights on Millennials From a Millennial Leader. An Interview with Jonathan Pearson
53:57

So, what are the strengths and weaknesses of leaders under 35? Jonathan Pearson has written a book for Millennials and, at age 29, leads a campus of 1400 for a large church. He offers some honest,...

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Feb 16, 2016
CNLP 074: The Future Church, Reaching Millennials and Our Biggest Mistakes in Leadership. A Candid Conversation with Geoff Surratt, Brad Lomenick and Carey Nieuwhof
1:08:37

Sometimes the best conversations cover a range of topics, and that’s exactly what happens as Carey Nieuwhof sits down backstage with Geoff Surratt and Brad Lomenick to talk about the future of the...

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Feb 09, 2016
CNLP 073: Jarrett Stevens on How to Say No in Leadership, City Ministry and Understanding Scripture
1:05:24

Jarrett Stevens worked at mega-churches, but six years ago went Chicago to plant Soul City Church in the heart of the Chicago. Carey and Jared talk about how to say no in a growing ministry (it’s...

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Feb 02, 2016
CNLP 072: Matt Keller on the Key to Everything That Too Many Leaders Lack
54:57

Is there a key to everything? Matt Keller thinks there is. And many leaders lack it. The good news is, the key can be acquired. Matt and I spend our time today unpacking the one thing that could...

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Jan 26, 2016
CNLP 071: Jenni Catron on Becoming an Extraordinary Leader
52:04

What make a leader extraordinary? Jenni Catron joins me to talk about the four dimensions of leadership that move a leader from ordinary to become the best at what they do. Welcome to Episode 71 of...

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Jan 19, 2016
CNLP Bonus 006: #AskCarey Part 5
37:59

Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church,...

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Jan 14, 2016
CNLP 070: A Nitty Gritty Guide To Social Media with North Point’s Dave Adamson
1:14:24

How does North Point do social media? Dave Adamson walks us into the strategy North Point Church in Atlanta has adopted. Dave gets into very specific details AND—best of all—makes super helpful...

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Jan 12, 2016
CNLP 069: A Completely Different Take on Reaching Millennials with Haydn Shaw
1:17:40

So you’ve read all the stuff about millennials leaving the church? Author and generational expert Haydn Shaw has a very different perspective than many. He thinks our panic is premature and offers...

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Jan 05, 2016
CNLP Bonus 005: #AskCarey Part 4
36:01

You’ve got leadership questions. Chances are, you’re not the only one asking it. Welcome to another bonus episode of the podcast where I take my best shot at your leadership questions as 2016...

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Dec 31, 2015
CNLP 068: Joe Sangl on How to Increase Giving At Your Church and Help for Bi-Vocations Pastors
56:36

How do you get more money for ministry? Joe Sangl and I have an honest conversation about how to increase givings at your church, why people don’t give and even how bi-vocational pastors can think...

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Dec 29, 2015
CNLP 067: Chris Brown on Pastors, Personal Finances and Creating Margin
56:03

Money. It’s a problem if you have it and if you don’t. Today, I sit down with Chris Brown, who each week speaks to millions of people through radio and his podcasts about getting through the...

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Dec 22, 2015
CNLP 066: Time Management and More Practical Tech Hacks With Geek Pastor, Wayne Cordova
55:28

Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not. The good news is that GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova, my guest on Episode 34, is back with his best practical tips to help you get more done in less...

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Dec 15, 2015
CNLP 065: Louie Giglio on The Back Story of Passion, His Nervous Breakdown, and How He Came Back
49:19

Most leaders will experience a burnout of some kind at some point in their journey. For Louie Giglio, that happened in 2008, when he experienced a nervous breakdown during one of the hardest...

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Dec 08, 2015
CNLP 064: Jon Acuff on How to Make People Laugh, Two Years of Hustle and More
35:18

Very few people utilize humour better than Jon Acuff. I sat down with Jon backstage and asked him for his top tips on making people laugh and about his life as a solo enterpreneur and author. Plus,...

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Dec 01, 2015
CNLP 063: Stepping Into the Senior Leader’s Chair – An Interview with Tim Guptill
1:03:05

Ever wonder what it’s like to become the senior leaders in an organization? Ever wonder what it’s like to succeed a successful leader who’s been there for 44 years? Tim Guptill has done both,...

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Nov 24, 2015
CNLP 062: Jerry Gillis on Attractional or Missional Church? How One MegaChurch is Doing Both
55:33

Jerry was doing something rare: leading a growing megachurch in Buffalo NY, when he got tired of running ‘a machine.’ After a year of prayer and study, he decided being an attractional church...

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Nov 17, 2015
CNLP 061: The Insecure Leader – An Interview with Josh Gagnon
1:02:46

Why are so many leaders—even successful leaders—insecure? In this exceptionally candid interview, Josh Gagnon, who pastors the 5th fastest growing church in America, talks about insecurity,...

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Nov 10, 2015
CNLP Bonus 004: #AskCarey Part 3
45:51

Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to Part 3 of the Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions...

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Nov 05, 2015
CNLP 060: Sue Miller on the Key to Attracting and Engaging Amazing Volunteers
52:49

Why do some leaders attract and keep amazing volunteers while others don’t? Sue Miller who effectively led volunteers for several decades shares the pivotal differences between teams that are...

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Nov 03, 2015
CNLP 059: Lewis Howes on What it Takes To Be Great
51:11

Lewis Howes is one of the most listened to podcasters on the planet. A former pro-football player and professional athelete turned life-style entrepreneur, Lewis focuses on what makes people great....

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Oct 27, 2015
CNLP 058: Beth Marshall on How Pastoral Care Grows and Kills Churches and Leaders
1:06:26

Some church leaders love pastoral care, others don’t. But everyone needs it. Author, speaker and former New Spring Pastoral Care Coordinator Beth Marshall explains how handling pastoral care well...

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Oct 20, 2015
CNLP 057: Aaron Harris: A Gay Man’s Perspective on What He Wishes Was Different in the Church
1:53:23

Aaron Harris knew from the time he was young that he was attracted to other men. After running from the church as a teen he ran back into the church in his twenties, deeply convinced that Jesus is...

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Oct 13, 2015
CNLP 056: 7 Powerful Conversations That Will Help Your Church Grow—An Interview with Jeff Henderson and Carey Nieuwhof
59:36

You’ve probably noticed … Churches aren’t growing. Young adults are walking away. Volunteers are hard to recruit. Leaders are burning out. And the culture is changing faster than ever...

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Oct 06, 2015
CNLP 055: Brad Lomenick on The 3 Essential Components It Takes To Lead in Today’s Culture
1:20:34

The skills and character required for leadership are changing, and leaders want to know whether they have what it takes to lead well in a changing culture. Carey brings Brad Lomenick back on the...

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Sep 29, 2015
CNLP Bonus 003: #AskCarey Part 2
42:53

Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to Part 2 of the Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions...

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Sep 24, 2015
CNLP 054: Jud Wilhite With Practical Help on Transitioning a Church
1:15:03

The vast majority of churches in Western culture are not church plants, they’re churches that need to be transitioned. Jud Wilhite gives an exceptionally honest and helpful explanation of how he...

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Sep 22, 2015
CNLP Bonus 002: #AskCarey Part 1
47:54

Every leader has questions. And if you’ve got a question, chances are someone has the same question too. Welcome to the very first Ask Carey bonus episode of the podcast where I take your questions...

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Sep 17, 2015
CNLP 053: How Evangelism and Apologetics Are Changing–Interviews with Ravi Zacharias, Nabeel Qureshi, Alycia Wood and Margaret Manning
1:22:06

How do you share your faith in a world in which people seem to be losing interest in Christianity? In this special episode, Carey interviews four leading apologists, including Ravi Zacharias, about...

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Sep 15, 2015
CNLP Bonus 001: The Best of Year One
1:09:17

It’s been an incredible year. And this week, the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast turns one! To celebrate, we put together a retrospective, best of year one! While we couldn’t include every...

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Sep 10, 2015
CNLP 052: How Craig Groeschel Stays Healthy, Relevant and Passionate in Ministry
1:04:07

It’s one thing to develop great strategy for effective ministry, but it’s quite another to stay personally healthy and passionate in the midst of leading one of the fastest growing churches in...

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Sep 08, 2015
CNLP 051: The Nerdist’s Guide to Awesome Social Media for Your Church or Organization—An Interview with NewSpring’s Chris Dunagan
1:02:30

Almost everyone has a social media presence these days, but how do you make it awesome? NewSpring Church’s Social Media Director Chris Dunagan explains, in super helpful detail, their approach to...

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Sep 01, 2015
CNLP 050: Growing Up As the Pastor’s Kid—An Honest Conversation with Barnabas Piper
1:04:25

What’s it like to grow up as the pastor’s kid? Better yet, what’s it like to grow up as John Piper’s son? Barnabas Piper talks openly and honestly about the pressures of being a PK and how it...

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Aug 25, 2015
CNLP 049: Stop the Hate: How Christians Can Get Along When They Disagree. An Interview with Scott Sauls
53:44

It seems Christian dialogue these days is characterized by a intolerance, misunderstanding and hatred. How do you love people you disagree with? How do you keep your cool when you have strong...

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Aug 18, 2015
CNLP 048: How to Change a Church Quickly—An Interview with Jeff Price
54:47

You should wait a year before you change anything, right? Isn’t that what every leader knows? Well, that’s not how Jeff Price did it. Jeff shares how he created a mandate for massive change...

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Aug 11, 2015
CNLP 047: Breaking Down the Divide Between Business and Church—An Interview with David McDaniel
1:02:28

There are business leaders in almost every congregation. But often, there’s a divide—even a debate—about how to use business ideas to further the church’s mission. David McDaniel, a Harvard...

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Aug 04, 2015
CNLP 046: Why Children’s Ministry Might be the Most Important Position on Your Team–An Interview with Gina McClain
57:40

Many senior leaders dismiss family ministry as something that simply needs to be done but don’t assign it the priority deserves. That’s why every leader needs to hear Gina McClain. An incredible...

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Jul 28, 2015
CNLP 045: The Key Ingredients to Great Chemistry Between Leaders and Their Assistants—An Interview with eaHELP Founder Bryan Miles
57:13

What makes for a great relationship between a leader and their assistant? Why do so many leaders have affairs with their assistants? What are some best practices every leader and their assistant can...

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Jul 21, 2015
CNLP 044: The Ups and Downs (And Everything in Between) of Starting a Church: An Interview with Jeanne Stevens
56:18

The life of a church planter has so many ups and downs. Jeanne Stevens and her husband Jarrett learned that the hard way, when after over a decade on the staff of some well known mega-churches, they...

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Jul 14, 2015
CNLP 043: What’s Next in Multisite—How New Locations, Mergers and Aquistions Could Impact Most Churches
1:03:54

Should your growing church go multisite? Should your declining church consider merger? Leading multisite expert Jim Tomberlin talks about how the multisite movement is changing and how more and more...

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Jul 07, 2015
CNLP 042: The Enterpreneurial Church Leader–An Interview with Brady Shearer
54:10

Church media is changing, and 24 year old Brady Shearer saw an opportunity to help. Brady explains how his passion for church media and announcements led him to start a side business, Pro Church...

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Jun 30, 2015
041: How to Build Your Personal or Church Platform without Being Selfish—An Interview With Daniel Decker
1:05:34

So you or your church wants to establish a bigger platform to increase your audience or reach. But how do you do it effectively without coming across as…selfish? Daniel Decker has helped authors...

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Jun 23, 2015
CNLP 040: Churches That Reach Millennials–An Interview with Geoff Surratt
57:35

Of all the questions facing the church, how to reach Millennials is one of the most pressing. Author and church planting expert Geoff Surratt, shares how some churches are becoming effective at...

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Jun 16, 2015
CNLP 039: How to Build a High-Performing Team from Scratch—An Interview with Chris Lema
1:07:18

Most of us think if we could hire or recruit a few superstar leaders, it would catalyze growth for our church. What if that theory is just dead wrong? Chris Lema, author, blogger and entrepreneur,...

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Jun 09, 2015
CNLP 038: What to Do When Your Prayer Life Stalls Out—An Interview With Jared Brock
54:00

It’s no secret, the prayer life of many church leaders—and Christians—leaves much to be desired. Jared Brock, a ministry leader in his 20s, was no exception. So he set off on a 37,000 mile trip...

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Jun 02, 2015
CNLP 037: Creating an Incredible Team Culture—An Interview with Chris Rivers
34:18

How do you make sure your team stays aligned with your mission and vision? Chris Rivers’ job at NewSpring Church in South Carolina was to teach new staff NewSpring’s culture. The challenge was...

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May 26, 2015
CNLP 036: Why Churches Die—An Interview With Thom Rainer
48:46

What are the signs your church might die? Why are so many churches dying? In this episode, blogger, podcaster and Lifeway CEO Thom Rainer outlines why so many churches fail to thrive. Welcome to...

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May 19, 2015
CNLP 035: Leading Young At North Point—An Interview with Clay Scroggins
53:39

At age 30, he was asked to lead a church of 6000. At age 34, he was asked to lead North Point Community Church, a campus with 14,000 attenders, where Andy Stanley is the Senior Pastor. In this...

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May 12, 2015
CNLP 034: 21 Practical Tech Hacks That Will Free Up Your Time To Lead—An Interview with Geek Pastor Wayne Cordova
1:05:47

Some leaders are tech geeks. Others are not. In an incredibly helpful, practical episode, GeekPastor.com’s Wayne Cordova walks leaders through beginner, intermediate and geek level apps, tools,...

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May 05, 2015
CNLP 033: Growing Up With Gay Parents—An Interview with Caleb Kaltenbach
58:43

Caleb Kaltenbach has an incredible story. Born to parents who soon divorced to pursue gay relationships, Caleb grew up to become a Christian and then a pastor, much to the alarm of his parents. Caleb...

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Apr 28, 2015
CNLP 032: How Mark Batterson Writes—A Behind The Scenes Look at the Publishing Life of a Pastor and NYT Bestselling Author
1:06:36

New York Times best-selling author Mark Batterson has written 12 books in ten years that have sold millions of copies. What’s even more remarkable is he’s done this while planting a church and...

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Apr 21, 2015
CNLP 031: Reaching Hollywood: Keys to Planting a Church Where No One Goes to Church—An Interview with Joseph Barkley
57:59

The culture in Hollywood California is as resistant to Christianity as almost any. Church planter Joseph Barkley shares strategies around community, how to do church and innovation that are making an...

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Apr 14, 2015
CNLP 030: Small Church, Mid-sized Church or Megachurch, Which is Better? An interview with Karl Vaters
58:51

Is there a ‘best’ size for church? Why do so many people distrust mega-churches? Why do others look down on small churches? Karl Vaters of NewSmallChurch.com and Carey Nieuwhof engage that debate...

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Apr 07, 2015
CNLP 029: Next Generation MegaChurch—How Transparency and Seeking God Reaches Millennials: An Interview with John Stickl
55:09

At 29, John Stickl became the pastor of a church of 1500. 4 years later, the church is 4500 and is growing with millennials who are anxious to connect with God. John talks about how his leadership...

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Mar 31, 2015
CNLP 028: How To Create High Performing Teams in Any Size Organization—An Interview with Warren Bird
45:10

Whether your church or organization is large or small, it needs a team. Better than that, it needs a high performing team. How do you get one in place? Warren Bird studied some of the best teams...

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Mar 24, 2015
CNLP 027: How to Know When It’s Time to Move On – An Honest Interview About Leadership, Personal Growth and Leaving Before It’s Too Late with Brad Lomenick
50:13

How do you know it’s time to move on? Brad Lomenick explains why he thinks many leaders stay on too long, and shares why he stepped back from leading a world class organization when he was just 40....

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Mar 17, 2015
CNLP 026: Creating a Great Leadership Culture—An Interview with Tim Stevens
50:18

How do you create a great leadership culture? Tim Stevens, author of Fairness is Overrated, talks about the essential elements every church leader needs to have in place in terms of personal...

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Mar 10, 2015
CNLP 025: The Changes You Need to Make As Your Church Grows—An Interview With Jenni Catron
52:51

How do you handle growth when it comes your way? What do you need to do with staff, structure and scale as your church grows? From record industry executive, to executive leadership at Cross Point...

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Mar 03, 2015
CNLP 024: Churchless: Why And How America is Learning to Live Without the Church—An Interview with David Kinnaman
1:00:35

What does it mean to be the church in a post-Christian culture? And why are more and more American Christians becoming churchless? David Kinnaman, President of Barna Research Group, talks about why...

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Feb 23, 2015
CNLP 023: Why People Are Attending Church Less Often And How to Respond—An Interview with Will Mancini
57:16

One trend almost every church leader is talking about today: people who attend church are attending less often.   This podcast episode is the second part of a 5 part series on why people are...

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Feb 17, 2015
CNLP 022: How to Kill—And Rebuild—Your Marriage. An Interview With Justin And Trisha Davis
1:02:26

So you were in love. And then life and leadership happened, jeopardizing, and sometimes even killing, almost everything you once valued in each other. Justin and Trisha Davis honestly and candidly...

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Feb 10, 2015
CNLP 021: 90 Days To Momentum—A 10 Step Process to Regaining Lost Momentum. An Interview With Brian Dodd
50:03

Momentum is such a difficult thing to gain and such an easy thing to lose. What happens if you don’t have it? Can you regain it? And can you regain it quickly? Brian Dodd explains the 10 steps he...

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Feb 02, 2015
CNLP 020: How to Get Volunteers to Own Your Mission Like Staff Do—An Interview With Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer
48:02

Feel like nobody owns the mission like you do? What if you could change that? Frank Bealer from Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina shares how they have motivated thousands of volunteers to...

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Jan 27, 2015
CNLP 019: How to Replace Yourself: Why Every Leader (Even Young Leaders) Need a Succession Plan to be Successful—An Interview with William Vanderbloemen
43:54

Why on earth would you think about succession, especially if you’re a young leader? Well, one of the hallmarks of great leadership is replacing yourself. Second, there is no success without a...

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Jan 20, 2015
CNLP 018: What Makes Content Go Viral and How You Can Make A Bigger Impact Online. An Interview with Brian Orme
42:45

How do you get people to share the content you create? Ever wonder if you can you make something go viral? Those are great questions that most leaders wonder about at one time or another. In this...

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Jan 13, 2015
CNLP 017: Your Excuses are Gone—How to Grow a Big Church Anywhere (Even In New England). An Interview with Josh Gagnon
54:16

It’s easy to use your context as an excuse (it’s SO tough to grow a church here…). There are some areas in which you just can’t grow a church, right? Maybe not. Lead Pastor Josh Gagnon...

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Jan 06, 2015
CNLP 016: How Anyone Can Become a Better Communicator — An Interview With Jeff Henderson
50:09

Can anyone become a better communicator? Jeff Henderson thinks so. Whether you speak every weekend or are simply trying to improve your presentations in the boardroom, Jeff shares what will kill your...

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Dec 30, 2014
CNLP 015: Turning Around a Declining Church without Blowing It Apart – An Interview with Dom Ruso
43:06

So how do you turn around a declining church without blowing it apart? Can it even be done? Or will it always take years to do, if it’s even possible? Dom Ruso talks about how he leveraged the past...

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Dec 23, 2014
CNLP 014: Why Sex is So Seductive – An Interview with XXXchurch.com’s Ryan Russell
48:20

Sex takes down more than its fair share of leaders and families. So why is sex so seductive? How do you open up an honest dialogue about sex with your kids or with your church?  I interview...

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Dec 16, 2014
CNLP 013: The Emptiness of Success, the Promise of Evangelism and the Multi-Ethnic Church—An Interview With Derwin Gray
53:03

So is success…empty? Why is it that the highs we all experience when we succeed at something never seem to outlast the lows or the hollowness that comes afterward? Derwin Gray has more than a...

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Dec 09, 2014
CNLP 012: Strategic Leadership Lessons From Disney – An Interview with Steven Barr
46:58

What can your church or organization learn from Disney? More than you might think. Disney is not just a fantastic family vacation, it’s an amazing leadership organization that has sharpened many...

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Dec 02, 2014
CNLP 011: Overcoming Discouragement, Dissatisfaction and Overwhelm in Leadership – An Interview with Pete Wilson
46:18

Ever want to give up? No matter how successful you are you, you still struggle. Pete Wilson, lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville—a church plant that’s grown to over 5,000 on 5...

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Nov 25, 2014
CNLP 010: How to Rapidly Navigate Change in a Traditional Church Context – An Interview with Ron Edmondson
48:56

How you do you navigate change when your context is really…traditional? Sometimes the very idea can seem impossible. In today’s interview, Ron Edmondson shares several important principles that...

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Nov 18, 2014
CNLP 009: Why Work Is Such a Struggle, Social Media and Narcissism — An Interview with Jon Acuff
50:52

Why is it that so many of us struggle with work? Does everyone have a dream job? And does social media and leadership make you narcissistic? Just a few of the issues we touch on today as I interview...

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Nov 11, 2014
CNLP 008: Are Contemporary Churches Losing Their Edge in a Changing Culture? – An Interview with Rich Birch
49:31

Are contemporary churches really that contemporary anymore, or are we fooling ourselves? In today’s podcast, Rich Birch, one of the most forward looking church leaders around today, looks at the...

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Nov 04, 2014
CNLP 007: Delayed Adolescence: Why So Many Young Adults Fail to Thrive—An Interview with Ted Cunningham
53:57

Well into their twenties, or even thirties, many young adults are still reliant on their parents for financial help and increasingly postpone things like marriage, responsibility and their future....

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Oct 28, 2014
CNLP 006: How to Grow Your Small, Mid-sized or Large Church By Effectively Positioning Your Team —An Interview with Tony Morgan
50:42

Ever wonder what helps and hinders the growth of your church or organization? You’re not alone. In this episode, we reveal how your volunteer and staff team can hinder your church from growing,...

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Oct 21, 2014
CNLP 005: When Leadership Ruins Your Family: How to Live and Lead Differently—An Interview with Craig Jutila
54:06

Sometimes leadership makes you hard to live with. Ever felt that in your family? Craig Jutila, a key ministry leader at one of America’s largest churches, went home one day to find his wife had...

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Oct 14, 2014
CNLP 004: Why Young Adults Are Walking Away from the Church & What You Can Do About It—An Interview with Kara Powell
47:39

You want kids to follow Christ. You want your kids to follow Christ. And yet between 40-50% of students who are active in the church in their senior year of high school will drift away from the...

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Oct 07, 2014
CNLP 003: The Best Practices Church Leaders Can Adopt from Business Leaders & Vice-Versa — An Interview with Casey Graham
44:57

What can church leaders learn from the CEO of a company that made the Inc. 5000 list and was named Infusionsoft’s 2013 Marketer of the Year? Lots. And what can business leaders learn from church...

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Sep 30, 2014
CNLP 002: How Perry Noble Hit Bottom While Pastoring One of America’s Largest Churches & How He Battled Back
55:23

Anxiety. Depression. Simply feeling overwhelmed. Ever been there as a leader? Welcome to Episode 2 of the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. In this episode, I interview Perry Noble, Lead Pastor of...

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Sep 23, 2014
CNLP 001: How Andy Stanley Keeps Growing as a Leader, Why North Point Became So Big & More — An Interview with Andy Stanley
39:53

Andy talks about how he keeps growing as a leader, why, in his view, North Point grew as rapidly as it did to become one of America’s largest churches, and how Andy and his team are adapting to a...

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Sep 08, 2014
CNLP Preview: A Sneak Peak Into What Top Leaders Are Saying About Leadership Today
8:21

Ever wish you could have a conversation with top leaders about the issues that matter most in day to day leadership? So do I. Which is why I’m launching my new leadership podcast. That’s exactly...

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Sep 02, 2014
CNLP Intro: The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast Introduction

Welcome to the first preview episode of my new Leadership Podcast! In this ten minute teaser episode (scroll to the bottom or just jump to iTunes), I share the heart behind why I’m doing the...

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Aug 28, 2014