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Episode 229: Crawford Loritts makes navigating culture simple

How do you want your life to impact the culture around you? Rusty sits down with Crawford Loritts, an influential pastor and evangelist to tackle that question and mor...

Episode 228: Tiana Spencer makes overcoming shame simple

It’s human to wrestle with your identity or to wonder what’s next when you're healing from traumatic experiences. Maybe you’ve wondered where to connect with God in th...

Episode 227: Clint Dupin makes church planting simple.

Clint Dupin from Eastown church gets real about the highs and lows of leading a church plant during COVID. Listen to his conversation with Rusty as they unpack the les...

Episode 226: Shawn Lovejoy makes between Sundays simple

It takes an incredible amount of courage to lead and even more to ask for help with your leadership. That’s why Rusty sits down with Shawn Lovejoy, founder & CEO o...

Episode 225: Theresa Brennan makes understanding Roe v Wade simple

Rusty sits down with Theresa Brennan from the Right to Life League to make sense of the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the practical steps churches can take to support...

Episode 224: Tod Bolsinger makes surviving sabotage simple

How can you prepare for sabotage? What does it look like to build resilience as a leader in a time of conflict and controversy? Tod Bolsinger explores these questions ...

Episode 223: Drew Moore makes becoming a disciple making church simple.

The great commission calls us to go out and make disciples. But what does that look like for churches in a post COVID world? Rusty chats with Drew Moore, pastor of Can...

Episode 222: Leading through Crisis Without Becoming One

Rusty sits down with the executive pastor at Real Life Church, Fred Gray, as they look back on how they’ve navigated various crises across 10+ years and share their ti...

Episode 221: Comedian Andrew Stanley makes being funny simple

Comedian Andrew Stanley sits down with Rusty to share tips on navigating a career in comedy and how you can find the funny in your own life..

Episode 220: Kevin Burrell makes predicting winners and making disciples simple

Rusty sits down with Chicago White Sox talent scout Kevin Burrell as they talk baseball, discipleship, & what to look for in upcoming talent.

Episode 219: Monte Wilkinson makes interns, transitions and life wisdom simple.

Monte Wilkinson knows a thing or two about leading interns, getting hired at a new church, and navigating major church transitions. If you’re facing any of these thing...

Episode 218: Scott Magdalien makes recruiting volunteers simple

Scott Magdalein has the future of the church in mind with Serve.HQ. Sit down with Scott and Rusty as they talk about finding healthy spiritual rhythms after COVID, cre...

Episode 217: How I Broke This (Listener Giveaway)

Rusty shifts gears for this episode of How I Broke This to celebrate the incredible listeners who’ve been a part of Leading Simple over the years. And be sure to liste...

Episode 216: Leadership legend Dan Reiland makes culture simple.

Rusty sits down with one of the nation’s most innovative church thinkers, Dan Reiland, for a leadership masterclass as they talk about building culture and being an ef...

Episode 215: Jodi Tonarelli makes being an Executive Pastor simple.

Executive Pastor, Jodi Tonarelli sits down with Rusty this week. Jodi shares her thoughts on what it takes to be an executive pastor and how male pastors can better em...

Episode 214: Ricky Jenkins helps us overcome church trauma and build multi-ethnic churches.

What do Notre Dame, the Coachella Valley, and John Adams have in common? Pastor Ricky Jenkins. Listen as Rusty and Pastor Jenkins talk through churches healing from tr...

Episode 213: Karl Vaters makes thriving in a small church simple

There are unique challenges and advantages that come with leading a small church. Author and mentor Karl Vaters is passionate about helping small church leaders naviga...

Episode 212: Carl Kuhl makes deciding where to plant simple

Planting a church, but you’re unsure where to start? Carl Kuhl joins Rusty on the podcast to share some of his experiences planting Mosaic Christian Church, which wa...

Episode 211: How I Broke this - Preaching for Depth

Rusty dives into another mistake he made on this episode in a segment called How I Broke This. Who is your favorite communicator? Why? Rusty has a few and, at some poi...

Episode 210: Dodgers scout Marty Lamb makes spotting talent simple

Rusty sits down with Marty Lamb, a Los Angeles Dodgers scout for the past 24 years. Listen as they talk through how to spot talent, what it means to develop it, and Ma...

Episode 209: Making Leadership Learnings Simple this Summer with Brad Williams

Brad Williams is back on the podcast as he and Rusty break down the various leadership lessons they’ve learned this summer.

Episode 208: Kyle Idleman makes living under a microscope simple.

Southeast Christian Church’s Senior Pastor Kyle Idleman joins Rusty on the podcast. Rusty and Kyle sit down to talk about church planting and what it was like growing ...

Episode 207: How to win a world series and build a winning culture with Ned Yost

Rusty sits down with World Series Winner and former Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost to talk baseball and how faith can impact leadership.

Episode 206: How to Make Avoiding Burnout Simple with Lance Witt

Lance Witt, founder of REPLENISH ministries and former Saddleback pastor, joins Rusty on the podcast to talk about all things related to burnout: what it is, how to sp...

Episode 205: Savannah from Barna Group simplifies stats on life after COVID

Savannah Kimberlin from Barna Group joins Rusty on this week’s episode to share some of the latest research around COVID’s effect on culture and religion. Take a liste...

Episode 204: Growmentum founders make church growth simple.

Kye Chung and Lee Coate from Growmentum sit down with Rusty and share their insights on what it takes to grow your organization. Special thanks to Growmentum for spons...

Episode 203: How I Broke This: Staff Culture

Rusty returns with How I Broke This, a series where he shares the lessons learned from his misses as a leader. This week, Rusty reflects on how he broke his staff cult...

Episode 202: Sharing your faith with a friend made simple with Search Ministries' Paul Hicks

Paul Hicks from Search Ministries joins Rusty on the podcast this week. If you’ve ever wondered how to get more confident in sharing the gospel with people who may not...

Episode 201: Mark & Michelle McKinney makes being a pastor's wife and adoption simple…as if!

Mark and Michelle McKinney are co-pastors, parents, and the first dynamic duo on Leading Simple. Rusty sits down with the two of them to talk about the ups and downs o...

Episode 200: My kids make growing up as a Pastors kid simple.

For the 200th episode, Rusty’s daughters join him to talk about what it’s really like to be a pastor’s kid. Their perspective isn’t just helpful for pastors who are pa...

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