Simplify Church | Helping Everyday Pastors Simplify Life In Ministry

Welcome to Simplify Church, the podcast for everyday pastors who are tired of doing it all alone, and long to lead their church from a place of joy, not overwhelm and burnout. Most churches in America have an average worship attendance of less than 350. This means for most pastors and church planters, you have to wear a lot of different hats. And what works for a large church, might not work for you. It’s crazy to say, but it can be really hard to find community, encouragement and practical ideas for your congregation - especially if you’re not serving at a large church or part of a large network.  We’re here to help fill the void that exists for ”everyday” church planters, leaders and pastors. Drawing on decades of experience from serving in various roles and types of churches, our hosts Mike Whittymore and Greg Braswell share actionable tips, honest conversations, and interviews with those in the trenches of doing life and ministry. We discuss mental health for pastors, church growth strategies, and the practical challenges of leading a budget-strapped congregation and leading people to Christ. 
 We dive into topics like: How do you lead from a healthy place? How do you manage it all when you can’t afford to hire another staff member? How do you know when you’re approaching burnout…and what can you do about it? How do you grow a small, struggling church? How do you deal with discouragement? Each week you will find encouragement, wisdom, and practical tools and support to equip and encourage you as you lead your church. More than that, you’ll find a weekly oasis from the burdens of ministry.

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Episodes

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

For many of our churches, Easter brings about the highest attendance of the year. What's your plan for connecting with and following up with the new names and faces that will be part of your services? On this week's episode, Greg & Mike take an intentional look at the Easter follow up process.

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

Ministry takes a significant toll, especially on our families. On this week's episode, Mike & Greg talk about this important reality and discuss some safe guards that can be helpful.
Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

So many Pastors and Church leaders find themselves all alone while trying to lead. Build a leadership team to share the load the responsibility can be a daunting and time consuming process, but it's the only way to prevent burnout. On this week's episode Greg & Mike talk through how to build a team.
Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

Criticism often comes with the job of ministry. It can be hurtful, overwhelming and from places we don't expect. But criticism can be helpful if we rightly understand how to process it. On this week's episode, Mike & Greg unpack some important tips for dealing with criticism in ministry.
Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

On this week's episode Greg and Mike have an important discussion on the importance of getting hospitality right at your church and the difference it can make. 
Show Notes: 
Book Recommendations: https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Comes-House-Key-Post-Christian/dp/143355786X
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Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Tuesday Feb 20, 2024

On this week's episode Mike & Greg take a deep dive into what it means to have a Gospel centered culture in your church and how to build one. This is a great episode on how to break through the ambiguity that can often accompany this important topic. 
Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Tuesday Feb 13, 2024

On this week's episode Mike and Greg challenge pastors and leaders to rethink what healthy growth looks like church. They provide a unique strategy for growth that will not only benefit the church, but the life of the pastor as well. 
Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Tuesday Feb 06, 2024

On this week's episode, Mike and Greg talk through the importance of investing into your ministry team and staff. Using proven methods, they give you 4 key strategies that are easy to implement and that are sure to pay huge dividends.
Need more resources for your ministry?
FREE MINI COURSE
Bookkeeping Basics for Busy Pastors: What Every Pastor Needs to Know About Church Money Management
 
FREE PASTORAL RESOURCES
7 Keys to Building a Solid Financial Foundation for Your Church
 
SIMPLIFY CHURCH INSIGHTS
Get church financial advice, leadership tips, and organizational best practices delivered to your inbox to help you simplify and grow your church. Subscribe Now.
 
A BETTER WAY TO BUDGET
Church Budget Blueprint: The #1 Church Budgeting Course for Small & Growing Churches
 
WE MAKE MANAGING CHURCH FINANCES SIMPLE
Grab a Free Consult: SimplifyChurch.com

Tuesday Jan 30, 2024

For many of us who are leading ministries or are in charge of creating new opportunities, it can challenging to come up with something new. On this week' episode Mike & Greg talk through some new and fresh ideas you can implement in ministry. 

Tuesday Jan 23, 2024

On this week's episode, Mike & Greg talk through how to effectively communicate direction for your ministry. No matter what role you're in, there are 4 critical questions that every leader needs to ask. These  questions are guaranteed to make a positive impact on your team and help you move the ball further down the field! 

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