Ministry Leaders Anonymous
By Matt & Chris
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Ministry Leaders Anonymous is a new podcast produced by Ablaze Ministries hosted by Matt Rice & Chris Bartlett. Matt & Chris have over 34 years experience working & leading in ministry. They want to take the experience & skills they have developed over decades and offer them to ministry leaders everywhere. The work of ministry leaders, whether it is a youth minister, a director of religious education, a volunteer coordinator, or an unpaid retreat director, is a powerful and sometimes lonely mission. Ministry Leaders Anonymous is here to remind you that you are not alone, as well as to provide a moment of sanity during a busy week of ministry. Matt & Chris have just about seen it all, and they are ready to dive into & bring to light the hurts, hopes, & hungers of all ministry leaders. Ministry Leaders Anonymous will feature topics important to maintaining physical, spiritual, & mental health. They will discuss habits & proven successes for all kinds of ministries, as well as inviting insightful guests who bring important discussions & expertise. Ultimately, Ministry Leaders Anonymous is a place for all ministry leaders to find laughter, support, & community. Come join us every Thursday at your nearest podcatcher
||CleanAsking for Help||Asking for help can be very difficult. Especially if you're supposed to be the leader of your program and/or ministry. But adversity and challenge is how we all grow, and helping others when they ask for help allows us to grow in our own talents and st.||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinistry Is Temporary||What happens after the retreat, after the bible study, after the youth night? The faces within your ministry change as they move on to what God has called them to do. But have you prepared them to continue their faith life without your ministry?||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Introverted Leader||It's the battle of all time: Introverts vs. Extraverts! Who will win?! How about both? This week, Alyssa Trutter returns with Matt Rice to talk about the beautiful harmony that can be achieved by a ministry built from extraverts & introverts.||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResponding to Scandal||Sadly, when someone hears the Catholic Church in the news, they most likely expect to hear about the brokenness and often atrocious acts of those who abuse their power and office. But how do we, the ministry leaders that are working every day to show t.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPride's Place in Ministry||Pride is necessary for leaders of all types, but ministry leaders tend to swing between unnecessary insecurity and excessive pride. This week, Matt & Chris talk about staying true to the ministry leader God has called you to be as well as recognizing y.||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Immeasurable Fruits of Ministry||There is no greater feeling than seeing the fruits of your labor in ministry. But 99% of the time, we don't see how God is working in the hearts of those we serve. This week, Chris & Matt talk about how badly they wish that we could have accurate minis.||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerfecting Games for Every Ministry with Gwen Bartlett||Often, we only associate games & icebreakers with children & youth ministry. But Gwen Bartlett joins Chris this week to talk about WHY games succeed in youth ministry and how important they are to ministries of all ages.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBecoming the Guide, Not the Hero||This week, Chris & Matt talk about the StoryBrand Process by Donald Miller and how it can be used in your ministry. We know that sometimes we believe that our ministry or our job is to save those we serve. But no one sees themselves as the victim in th.||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaking the Time to Volunteer||We know that many ministry leaders have volunteered and that's how they became responsible for their ministry. But for all of the paid ministry leaders, do you take the time to do what you ask many others? Do you volunteer your time outside of work & r.||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Be So Hard on Yourself||How often do we let our insecurities control our ministry? This week, Chris shares a recent event where he lost sleep over his own shortcomings, and Matt & Chris talk about re-framing our insecurities and faults around the mission of our ministries & G.||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSuper Volunteers with Laura Gonzalez||What is a super volunteer? Where do you find them? How do you keep them? What makes them super? These are all questions that EVERY ministry leader asks, because we all need incredible volunteers for our ministries.||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Things Fall Apart||Chris is back! And man, does he have a story to tell. It's inevitable that in ministry something will not go according to the plan. But how do we as leaders react. What are some of the emotions that we feel, and how can God work through the situation.||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon't Squash the Punks with Alyssa Trutter||In this largely youth minister-focused episode of the show, Alyssa Trutter from Ablaze Ministries joins Matt to talk about being merciful in ministry, specifically restraining the urge to just squash those punks.||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorship Away or Worship Anyway?||When you lead a ministry at your parish, how do you worship with your community without the business of your ministry distracting you? This is the question that Chris & Matt are tackling this week, and they do not agree!||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Day of Healing with David Thies||This week, David Thies, a ministry leader & musician from Houston, Texas, continues the discussion on the Sabbath with Matt & Chris. Bringing a new perspective shared by many ministry leaders, David challenges the definition of the Sabbath and how we a.||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSet the Sabbath Apart||God has made the Sabbath holy. But for most ministry leaders, Sundays are often a day of work & ministry. How do you balance resting physically & spiritually with the needs of a parish community each Sunday?||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDelegation in Your Ministry||Ministry is not something one person can do alone. In this episode, Matt & Chris talk about the importance of delegation for your sanity & strength, as well as practical ways to identify situations where you may be able to delegate. Don't worry,||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInnovating in Ministry with Everett Fritz||Continuing the conversation from the previous episode, Green Growing Edge, Matt & Chris talk with speaker & author, Everett Fritz about the problems we need to solve in ministry and how we should approach innovating in ministry.||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Green Growing Edge||Are you only ministering from the front porch of the Church or are you also meeting people where they are, calling them back Home to the Church with you? This week, Matt & Chris have got more analogies just for you,||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHas Ministry Replaced Your Prayer Life?||Have you justified not praying to God because you talk about God all day? Matt & Chris struggle with the same problems everyone in ministry struggles with: how do you balance ministry life & personal prayer?||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaise Your Hand if You Feel Inadequate||How often do we hesitate in ministry because we know we are not the perfect person? This week, Matt & Chris talk about their own feelings of inadequacy and how we still need to share our gifts imperfectly. We all need to give God the opportunity to say,||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEvangelization versus Catechesis Round 1||Who wins in the battle between Evangelization versus Catechesis? The answer is the Church! This week, Matt & Chris talk about how dogs can't eat chocolate as well as the day they became friends at an ice cream shop,||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Find the Right Job in Ministry||This week, Matt & Chris offer great strategies for interviewing & evaluating your job in ministry. Email us your thoughts! firstname.lastname@example.org Support MLA on Patreon Follow MLA on Twitter Join the Discussion on Facebook||4/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDo I Need a Degree for Ministry?||In this week's episode, Matt & Chris hear from one listener about how the show is going so far, Chris listens to his heart of hearts, and we all discuss why university degrees can help or hinder your ministry. Email us your thoughts!||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting Isolation in Ministry||This week, Matt Rice & Chris Bartlett talk about what they're lives looked like when they entered the world of ministry. Isolation & loneliness is sometimes just an accepted part of ministry life, but it doesn't have to be that way!||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Ministry Leaders Anonymous||In this first welcome to Ministry Leaders Anonymous, Matt Rice & Chris Bartlett introduce themselves to the world, as well as why they wanted to start Ministry Leaders Anonymous. Email us your thoughts! email@example.com||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Perfect for Catholic Youth Ministers
Matt and Chris combine their 30+ years in youth ministry to provide real wisdom for those in catholic youth ministry. Their true friendship shines throughout the show and leads to great conversations.
If you are in the youth ministry field, you know it can be hard sometimes. Join Matt and Chris each week in the podcast for encouragement, ideas and maybe even a few laughs at their #dadjokes.
Find your home here!
So much of the youth ministry world is isolating and can feel like all of the pressure for everything “young and hip” about the parish has to come from you. This dynamic duo has lived through and found success in the youth ministry realm and are using this podcast to build a community of people who can support each other and talk about the hard topics together. They clearly see this podcast as an extension of their calling to serve God and build the Kingdom - let them help inspire you to seek growth and community in whatever capacity of ministry you work! If nothing else, you’ll get some laughs and feel like you just made two new random internet best friends.
This podcast is good for the head and the heart!