StrongTeams.com Podcast

Rodney Cox

Your host is Rodney Cox, president of Ministry Insights International, and author of the book Leading From Your Strengths®. Rodney and his guests discuss best practices in building strong teams—teams built on empathy, understanding, and trust, where every team member feels valued and contributes at the highest level possible.  Episode frequency is biweekly.

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Discover Your True Identity in Christ: Embracing God's Unconditional Love
May 13 2024
Discover Your True Identity in Christ: Embracing God's Unconditional Love
Do you struggle with feelings of shame, guilt or a distorted view of how God sees you? In this powerful interview, Don Ankenbrandt, author of the book "Your True Reflection," shares his transformative journey of uncovering his true identity in Christ.Over 30 years ago, during a day of solitude, Don had a revelation that he had been looking at his relationship with God through a distorted lens. He felt God was disappointed in him because of his repeated struggles with sin. But God spoke to Don's heart, revealing that he had a completely inaccurate perception of how his Heavenly Father saw him.  This experience set Don on a profound journey to study Scripture and discover the truth about who he is in Christ. What he found was life-changing - over 144 terms in the New Testament describing the believer's true identity, such as chosen, holy, blameless, adopted, redeemed, restored and renewed.In this interview, Don unpacks how truly understanding these terms and the spiritual blessings God has bestowed allows believers to break free from shame, overcome the lies of the enemy, and step into the abundant life Christ promises.You'll learn:The specific terms in Scripture that reshape our understanding of our identity in ChristHow to combat Satan's strategy of deception and distortion about God's lovePractical ways to let God's Word renew your mind about who you really areThe power of embracing your true reflection as one delighted in by your Heavenly FatherWhether you've struggled with shame, insecurity or feeling insignificant, this interview will open your eyes to the truth of how God sees you. Don's wisdom and passion for helping believers discover their identity in Christ is inspiring and transformative.Unlock the abundant life today by tuning in to this powerful conversation! You'll gain profound insights into God's unconditional love and learn how to see yourself through His eyes as His chosen, holy, blameless child.Host: Rodney CoxEmail us at information@ministryinsights.comTweet us at @Insights_IntlFollow us on LinkedInFollow us on FacebookThe podcast is a production of Ministry Insights. Visit us at ministryinsights.com.© 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mastering Successful Succession Planning for Church Leaders with Nancy Moore
Apr 22 2024
Mastering Successful Succession Planning for Church Leaders with Nancy Moore
One of the most critical moments for any church is navigating a senior pastoral transition. Getting it right can launch a new season of fruitful ministry. Getting it wrong can lead to devastating consequences like decline, conflict, and erosion of trust.So how can church leaders confidently hire the right long-term fit for their unique situation and church culture? In this episode, Rodney Cox talks to Nancy Moore, a true expert in the field of pastoral succession planning. Nancy has helped guide hundreds of churches through these delicate leadership changes over her decades of experience. Nancy shares a wealth of wisdom, including:Why churches must shift from operating on gut feelings to gathering hard data about their realityThe vital importance of first understanding a church's distinct culture, values and expectations  How assessments reveal a pastoral candidate's true working style beyond just their resumeThe evidence-based approach that's produced an 83% success rate in Nancy's succession placementsWhether your church is currently in transition or hoping to get ahead of future successions, you'll get practical insights and a clear path forward.Nancy's methods have earned phenomenal results and rave reviews from churches. As one leader said, "Her firm's guidance was invaluable in helping us navigate one of the most critical junctures we've faced."Listen now and get equipped to make a wise, long-lasting pastoral hire that propels your church toward its God-given vision.Read the Executive SummaryHost: Rodney CoxEmail us at information@ministryinsights.comTweet us at @Insights_IntlFollow us on LinkedInFollow us on FacebookThe podcast is a production of Ministry Insights. Visit us at ministryinsights.com.© 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Overcome Chaos Through Biblical Leadership Principles With Gary Harpst
Apr 8 2024
Overcome Chaos Through Biblical Leadership Principles With Gary Harpst
Are you a leader struggling with chaos in your organization? In this insightful podcast episode, we interview Gary Harpst, New York Times bestselling author and former CEO, about overcoming organizational chaos through timeless biblical leadership principles.Gary unpacks the three types of chaos leaders face - external chaos from circumstances, social chaos from team dynamics, and internal chaos from personal struggles. He shares how the Bible depicts God creating order out of chaos, giving us a model for bringing order ourselves.You'll learn Gary's fascinating perspective that all believers are called to biblical leadership to steward their spheres of influence. He emphasizes the necessity of building relational capital by embracing team diversity and differences by design.Gary also outlines his powerful "three-layer pyramid" distinguishing between what we can humanly provide (meeting needs, caring for others) versus what only Jesus can ultimately do (give new identity and purpose). Throughout the conversation, Gary compellingly argues for integrating faith principles into the workplace domain to fully unleash the power of the gospel in people's lives.You can read my article compilation of Gary's insights here: Read the ArticleWhether you lead a business, ministry, family or just yourself, this episode will equip you with a biblical framework for overcoming chaos and creating order that brings glory to God.Subscribe for more interviews on integrating biblical truth and leadership!Keywords: Biblical Leadership, Overcoming Chaos, Organizational Leadership, Leadership Principles, Faith and Work Integration, Leading Teams, Christian Workplace, Creating OrderHost: Rodney CoxEmail us at information@ministryinsights.comTweet us at @Insights_IntlFollow us on LinkedInFollow us on FacebookThe podcast is a production of Ministry Insights. Visit us at ministryinsights.com.© 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Sacredness of Secular Work: How Your Job Matters to God
Mar 11 2024
The Sacredness of Secular Work: How Your Job Matters to God
If you've ever struggled to connect your faith to your work or felt like your job was just a necessary evil, this episode is for you! Join me as I explore the powerful biblical truth that ALL work is sacred and eternally significant to God.I recently interviewed Jordan Raynor about his paradigm-shifting book "The Sacredness of Secular Work" and it completely transformed my perspective on faith and career. In this episode, I unpack some of the key ideas and share how our everyday work - no matter how mundane it may seem - is a vital way we worship God, love our neighbors, and participate in his redemptive mission.You'll discover:Why an "abridged gospel" that only focuses on personal salvation is hindering our witness in the workplaceHow pursuing excellence and integrity in our jobs is one of our greatest opportunities for evangelismWhat it looks like to steward our talents and cultivate the world in a way that reflects the image of our CreatorPractical ways to connect your faith to your work and find renewed purpose in your vocationWhether you're an entrepreneur, artist, corporate executive, or stay-at-home parent, this episode will bring you immense encouragement and inspiration to step into your calling with joy!Read my blog post here: https://bit.ly/3PegWCx#FaithAndWork #TheologyOfVocation #WorkAsWorship #ChristianPodcast #IntegratingFaithAndWorkHost: Rodney CoxEmail us at information@ministryinsights.comTweet us at @Insights_IntlFollow us on LinkedInFollow us on FacebookThe podcast is a production of Ministry Insights. Visit us at ministryinsights.com.© 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.
Leadership Is Overrated
Feb 26 2024
Leadership Is Overrated
What enables some teams to achieve incredible results under intense pressure, while others flounder? Retired Navy SEAL leader Kyle Bucket and business leader Chris Mefford have seen extraordinary teams accomplish the near impossible across military, government, nonprofit, and corporate worlds.  In this episode, Chris and Kyle decode the key practices that set elite teams apart. Drawing from experience leading special operations and guiding thriving corporate cultures, they explain the flaws in most organizations’ assumptions about leadership, motivation, and culture – and why traditional management tactics often backfire.Instead, Chris and Kyle advocate for “self-led teams” built on peer leadership, radical transparency about weaknesses, and candid feedback. They outline six practical steps any leader or manager can start taking to unlock greater alignment, innovation, ownership and fulfillment from groups. You’ll learn:• Why investing in recognition, community and purpose pays exponentially higher dividends than incentivizing individual performance• How humility and “emotional capital” from senior leaders create psychological safety for teams to take ownership• Why elite military units and thriving business teams often defer to junior members rather than the highest-ranking officers  Gain unconventional yet evidence-based insights from Chris and Kyle on how to strengthen team cohesion, agility, and fulfillment in your organization. The results can be record-breaking.Host: Rodney CoxEmail us at information@ministryinsights.comTweet us at @Insights_IntlFollow us on LinkedInFollow us on FacebookThe podcast is a production of Ministry Insights. Visit us at ministryinsights.com.© 2023 Ministry Insights International, Inc. All rights reserved.