For the Road: Podcasts to Ponder

Not my actual commute… but there is a metaphor in here.

Since my new church is 35 minutes from home, I have had time to listen to more podcasts. Truthfully, the light, brief format is making me want to create my own- maybe someday! Until then, here are a few podcasts from outside of church world that have given me new insights into faith formation ministry. Enjoy!

What if procrastination leaves room for the Holy Spirit!? The Surprising Habits of Original Thinkers by Adam Grant on Ted Talks Daily identifies the “sweet spot” of procrastination. There are some big visioning projects that I have decided to let ruminate a little longer because of this podcast.

Here’s something to think about when planning your next meeting: brainstorming does not help creativity! Find out more about what does inspire our best work in another Adam Grant podcast about the Daily Show on WorkLife.

Our Dangerous Obsession with Perfectionism is Getting Worse is a must listen for anyone working with children and youth. I am convinced that it has never been more urgent to speak about how God brings us to abundant life beyond our culture’s relentless focus on perfectionism and achievement. I will share more about that in a November webinar with Practical Resources for Churches – registration link coming soon.

The importance of play and fostering grit and resilience by Mind Matters are not just for gifted kids. How might we create church environments that encourage healthy growth and development?

And for something that is both humorous and spiritual, have a listen to Anne Lamott’s Twelve Truths I Learned from Life and Writing.

Help me fill my commute time! What podcasts have you thinking about ministry in new ways? Let me know in the comments.

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