Welcome to The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast!
This podcast is where ministry leaders can come to learn leadership concepts that may not have been covered in the traditional seminary. Whether you need help planning a mission trip, running a staff meeting, or just understanding how to answer prayer requests about the volume of the band, pastors and ministry leaders can find help all under one roof!
New episodes release every other Tuesday of the month!
Using my scars, screw ups, and successes, I want to help you navigate ministry life with a fewer bruises!
How to Get Hired in Church Communications with Holly Tate of Vanderbloemen Search Group Holly is the Director of Business Development at Vanderbloemen, a pastor search firm that knows what churches are looking for when it comes to hiring staff. She shares a lot of...read more
The Power of Networking with Jeanette Yates Jeanette is the Communications Director at Southside United Methodist in Florida and has become a pro in a very short time. How? Because she networks like a boss! Find out her secrets in another exciting episode of The...read more
Slaying Online Trolls and Other Magical Beasts You approach a large door. Do you go in? Y or N You open the door and find a huge troll! Do you (A)ttack, (R)un or use (M)agic? If you've been in charge of social media of a company or church, you've likely encountered...read more
Every church has an all-church email. How can you live without it? However, most emails are deleted before they are even opened and you have to listen to the same old tired response when they don't show up for things: "I didn't know about it!" What if I told you that...read more
Communicating Vision During a Capital Campaign Adam McLaughlin of ChurchMarketingIdeas.com and his pastor at Life Church in Ft. Meyers, FL, Ryan Deaton stop by to discuss how they communicated their vision to their church during a capital campaign. Capital campaigns...read more
Capturing Great Video Testimonies with Ben Stapley Ben Stapley from Liquid Church stops by to give us a LOT of practical insight on how to capture those really great video testimonies and baptism stories. He even talks about how to collect stories in your church for...read more
Be Known for Something with Mark MacDonald If you feel like your church is being ignored by your community despite your best efforts to wave your arms and make loud noises to get their attention, this podcast is for you. It's possible that they actually see you, but...read more
The Seminary of Hard Knocks helps pastors lead and communicate with confidence and clarity. You have about 10 minutes to convince visitors to come back once they set foot on your church property. Did you catch that? So make the most of it! A solid Guest Connections...read more
The Seminary of Hard Knocks helps pastors lead and communicate with confidence and clarity. Van Baird is a co-founder of That Church Conference for church communicators and creative directors. He and I talk about how discipleship could or should work on social media...read more