Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a podcast all about leadership, change and personal growth. The goal? To help you lead like never before—in your church or in your business. Carey interviews top leaders like Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Chuck Swindoll, Brian Houston, Jon Acuff, Kara Powell, Chris Brown, Louie Giglio, Thom Rainer, Mark Batterson, Ravi Zacharias, Lewis Howes, Christine Hassler, Jenni Catron, William Vanderbloemen and many more. The podcast features a mix of well-known and everyday leaders whose insights bring tremendous value to your development as a leader. For insightful posts on leadership, change and personal growth and podcast show notes, go to www.careynieuwhof.com.

CNLP 133: Todd Adkins on Why Most Churches Do a Bad Job at Leadership Development and How to Turn That Around


The vast majority of churches struggle to recruit and keep volunteers and even staff. As a result, they can’t grow or expand. Todd Adkins explains why most church leaders struggle to develop leader...

Mar-28-2017

CNLP 132: Greg Atkinson on The Secrets of a Secret Church Shopper: What People Are Looking for When They Come to Your Church


Would you ever send a secret worshipper to your church service? What do you think they’d find? We’re talking to Greg Atkinson who is a secret worshipper to large churches all around the U.S., and h...

Mar-21-2017

CNLP 131: Kyle Idleman on Starting a Church at 22, Leading in a Megachurch and on Being a Writer


When he was in his early twenties, Kyle Idleman couldn’t get anyone to hire him as a preacher, so he started his own church, which grew to 1000. Two years later he left to join one of the largest c...

Mar-14-2017

CNLP 130: Scott Sauls on Cultivating True Friendships in a Lonely Culture and On Working With Tim Keller


Our culture has never been more connected, yet people have never felt more disconnected. Scott Sauls talks about how to cultivate true friendship, deep conversations and meaningful dialogue—especia...

Mar-07-2017

CNLP 129: What ESPN Can Teach You About Social Media, Faith and Serving in the Local Church —An Interview with Jason Romano


When he was 27, Jason Romano landed his dream job — a producer at ESPN headquarters. A year later he became a Christian. He shares what ESPN is learning about social media, how to integrate your fa...

Feb-28-2017

CNLP 128: Mark Batterson on Chasing Down Your Dreams Without Fear


So you’ve got dreams that seem impossible. So what? Few voices in the church are as encouraging as Mark Batterson’s voice. Mark talks to Carey about how to chase down your dreams and kill the fear ...

Feb-21-2017

CNLP 127: Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick: Roundtable on Their Worst Mistakes and Best Decisions in Leadership


Jud Wilhite and Brad Lomenick talk to Carey about their best and worst decisions on five key issues: strategy, team, momentum, culture and personal leadership. Raw, honest and authentic, this conve...

Feb-14-2017

CNLP 126: Mike Bonem on Thriving as a Second Chair Leader and How to Lead Up


Not all of us are senior leaders. So what happens when that’s you? Do you have to be the #1 leader to make an impact. Mike Bonem explains how to lead up to your senior leader, and discussed the str...

Feb-07-2017

CNLP 125: David Kinnaman on the Clergy Crisis and State of Pastors Today


How are pastors really doing? Why are fewer and fewer people going into ministry? What are the danger signs for pastors today for their soul, their family and their future? Barna Group President Da...

Jan-31-2017

CNLP 124: Ken Costa on How to Discover Your Calling, Hope in the Workplace, and Connecting with Millennials


Ken Costa has an impressive resume. He has been the chairman of some of the world’s largest investment banks, advisor to some of the most powerful people in the world, and is a committed Christian ...

Jan-24-2017

CNLP 123: How to Have Meaningful, Life-Giving Conversations with Non-Christians: An Interview with Rose Zacharias Meeder


How do you have meaningful conversations—even friendships—with people who are radically different than you and who don’t share the same values you do? Few are better at doing this than Rose Zachari...

Jan-17-2017

CNLP Bonus 014: #AskCarey Part 13


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey to celebrate the launch of The High Impact Leader Course this month. Scroll down to see what questions I ta...

Jan-13-2017

CNLP 122: Essentialism’s Greg McKeown on How To Simplify Your Life and Focus on What Produces Exponential Results


Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of podcast host Carey Nieuwhof’s favourite books of the last five years. In this wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to Greg ...

Jan-10-2017

CNLP 121: James Emery White on the Rise of Generation Z: A Post-Christian, Post-Millennial Generation


There’s a generation after the Millennials that looks like it will be even harder to reach than Millennials. Meet Generation Z —people born after 1991. Academic, theologian and Pastor James Emery W...

Jan-03-2017

CNLP Bonus 013: #AskCarey Part 12—2 Million Downloads Giveaway


Your questions are the best questions. To celebrate 2 million downloads of the podcast, we’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. ...

Jan-01-2017

CNLP 120: Jared Hogue on Being a Young Entrepreneur in Church Ministry


Jared Hogue has been an entrepreneur since he was a kid. Jared talks about how to use that drive to create incredible volunteer teams and the ups and downs of running a side business or ministry th...

Dec-27-2016

CNLP 119: Louie Giglio on Preaching That Connects With Today’s Young Adults


Louie Giglio returns to the podcast and talks about the kind of preaching that actually connects with today’s young adults and other lessons learned from 20 years of Passion Conferences that have a...

Dec-20-2016

CNLP 118: A Roman Catholic Every Evangelical Leader Needs to Get To Know – A Conversation with Father James Mallon


Often there’s a great divide between Protestants and Roman Catholics. But what if there’s more that unites us than we think? Father James Mallon leads a global movement that is revitalizing local p...

Dec-13-2016

CNLP 117: Why You’re Always So Disappointed—Getting Over Expectation Hangover with Christine Hassler


Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again. Ever wonder why? Ever find yourself disappointed…again and again? Ever wonder why? Christine Hassler is a life coach (with roots in Christianity) wh...

Dec-06-2016

CNLP 116: Aussie Dave on How to Use Social Media Devotions to Share the Gospel


He’s called the #1 follow in the Christian world on Instagram. @AussieDave, Dave Adamson, is my guest as he talks about how his Instagram account grew from 600 to over 22K followers as he created a...

Nov-29-2016

CNLP 115: Sean Seay on Winning in Leadership While Failing at Home and How He Got Healthy


Sean Seay founded what by all means is a very successful church, reaching thousands. But while things were going well at work, they really fell apart at home. Sean takes us through an incredibly ca...

Nov-22-2016

CNLP 114: William Vanderbloemen on How to Know When It’s Time to Quit


So…how do you know when it’s time to quit? Few people are better positioned to talk about it than William Vanderbloemen, who deals with staff and churches in transition every day. William shares so...

Nov-15-2016

CNLP 113: unSeminary’s Rich Birch on Why Some Churches Beat the Odds and Grow


Rich Birch has worked for three large churches that have launched over a dozen new locations, and he’s seen many small and mid-sized churches turn things around. What’s their secret? They do unreas...

Nov-08-2016

CNLP 112: Les McKeown on Getting Your Church or Organization into a Place of Predictable Success


How do some organizations and churches get themselves into a place of regular, predictable success? It’s less mysterious than you think. Author and business leader Les McKeown takes you through the...

Nov-01-2016

CNLP 111: How to Find Your True Calling —An Interview with Exponential’s Todd Wilson


Wonder if you’ll ever find your real calling? Are you called to ministry? How would you know? An ex-engineer with the US nuclear navy, Todd Wilson answered a call to ministry, founding Exponential ...

Oct-25-2016

CNLP 110: Jeff Brodie, Carey Nieuwhof and Jeff Henderson on Navigating a Successful Transition: Stepping Out of And Into the Lead Pastor’s Chair


In late 2015, Carey Nieuwhof stepped out of the Lead Pastor role at Connexus Church (the only role he’d ever had) and assumed a new role as Founding and Teaching Pastor, while Jeff Brodie became th...

Oct-18-2016

CNLP 109: Chuck Swindoll on How He Interprets the Scripture and Stays Fresh in Leadership


Few preachers have the legacy that Chuck Swindoll has. Author of many books and thousands of sermons, Chuck discusses his most recent book, Searching the Scriptures, and the method he uses to stay ...

Oct-11-2016

CNLP 108: Tony Morgan on Why Churches Get Stuck…and How to Get Your Church Moving Again


Why do churches get stuck? Tony Morgan visits dozens of stuck churches every year and helps them get unstuck. He shares his findings and shares some top learnings on how to get your church moving a...

Oct-04-2016

CNLP 107: Ben Snyder on The Surprise and Challenge of Becoming a Megachurch Pastor at Age 35


A year ago, Ben Snyder got a surprise phone call from his boss, a well-known and loved megachurch pastor, who had just been diagnosed with a disease. Ben was asked to become the new lead pastor of ...

Sep-27-2016

CNLP 106: Kara Powell on How Many Average Churches are Actually Reaching Millennials


It’s easy to think only large churches with big staffs and significant budgets can reach young people. The truth is they are. But new research shows they’re not the only ones. Kara Powell shares br...

Sep-20-2016

CNLP 105: Dan Reiland – 35 Years of Wisdom from An Exceptional Church Leader


Dan Reiland talks about what it’s been like to work with John Maxwell for over 30 years, about how they vritually created the role of Executive Pastor, and what he’s learning serving as the XP of o...

Sep-13-2016

CNLP Bonus 012: #AskCarey Part 11


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 11. Questions Featured ...

Sep-12-2016

CNLP Bonus 011: #AskCarey Part 10


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to grow a church, dealin...

Sep-11-2016

CNLP Bonus 010: #AskCarey Part 9


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 9. Questions Featured i...

Sep-10-2016

CNLP Bonus 009: #AskCarey Part 8


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode! Welcome to Ask Carey Part 8.   Questions Featured...

Sep-09-2016

CNLP Bonus 008: #AskCarey Part 7


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode: it’s everything from how to evaluate the health o...

Sep-08-2016

CNLP Bonus 007: #AskCarey Part 6


Your questions are the best questions. We’re back with another bonus episode of Ask Carey. Scroll down to see what questions I tackle this episode. Welcome to Ask Carey Part 6. Questions Featured i...

Sep-07-2016

CNLP 104: Casey Graham on What Church Leaders Can Learn From 7 Figure CEOs


Casey Graham has interviewed dozens of CEOs of 7 figure businesses. Surprisingly, the same issues entrepreneurs face in growing their companies to beyond $200,000, $600,000 and even a million dolla...

Sep-06-2016

CNLP 103: Gavin Adams…Unscripted on the Pressures of Leadership, Getting Healthy and (Massively) Growing a Church


This episode is a great example of why I love the chance to do this podcast. Gavin Adams, lead pastor of Woodstock City Church—a rapidly growing church of 8,500—talk off the cuff about what he lear...

Aug-30-2016

CNLP 102: What Leaders and Communicators Can Learn from Improv – Andrew Bright on the Rules of Improv


Improv has always fascinated me, so when I had a chance to sit down with Andrew Bright, I jumped at it. What shocked me is not only what the rules of improv can teach you about comedy, but what the...

Aug-23-2016

CNLP 101: Turning Around a Dying Church – Lee Kricher on Setting A Church Up For The Next Generation


Lee Kricher did something few pastors do; he’s led the church he founded, twice. Coming back 13 years ago, he led it back from near death to a growing church strongly positioned to reach into a new...

Aug-16-2016

CNLP 100: Creating an Evangelism Culture – Peyton Jones on Planting Churches for Unchurched People


Peyton Jones is a self-described serial church planter with a heart for evangelism. From being beat up for the sake of the Gospel, to starting a church at a Starbucks, to coaching leaders on reachi...

Aug-09-2016

CNLP 099: What Smaller Church Pastors Really Need and Why – An Interview with 200 Churches’ Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig


Only a small percentage of churches ever grow past 200 attenders. Enter Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig, whose podcast and blog, 200churches.com, is a resource to small church pastors everywhere. Jeff, ...

Aug-02-2016

CNLP 098: Becoming a High Capacity Leader – Deconstructing Frank Bealer’s Habits and Schedule


What are the habits and disciplines that make high capacity leaders, high capacity? I interview Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer, who became President of an Insurance Company at age 23 and has conti...

Jul-26-2016

CNLP 097: Young and Burning Out — How Grant Vissers Crashed in Year One of Ministry But Found New Life


At 25, Grant Vissers, a newlywed and fresh graduate of Princeton, started ministry at two small rural churches with his wife Konnie, and within a few months started burning out. He talks about how ...

Jul-19-2016

CNLP 096: Larry Osborne on How to Close the Back Door at Your Church and Truly Align Your Team


Few people have been in leadership as long or effectively as Sticky Church author and North Coast Senior Pastor Larry Osborne. In a wide-ranging conversation, Larry talks about why it took so long ...

Jul-11-2016

CNLP 095: The Challenges of Scaling a Church – An Interview with Rusty George


Rusty George didn’t plant Real Life Church, but he saw it grow from a small gathering in a movie theater to a multisite church of over 5000 attenders. Rusty talks openly and honestly about the high...

Jul-05-2016

CNLP 094: Matt Chewning on Planting a Church From Scratch…in Boston


Of all the things Boston is known for, being kind to church planters is one NOT of them. But Matt Chewning heard a call, left a career in corporate America and started Netcast Church. Matt shares t...

Jun-28-2016

CNLP 093: How to Train And Develop More Leaders More Quickly: Scott Magdalein


Every church struggles with having enough volunteers and leaders. But are the leaders you have well-trained, well-equipped and prepared for the task ahead? Carey Nieuwhof talks with Trained Up foun...

Jun-21-2016

CNLP 092: Start-Up Church…Lessons from the Trenches of Church Planting with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa


As many leaders know first hand, starting a church isn’t easy. Carey has an honest conversation about the ups and downs of planting a church with Adam Duckworth and John Garippa, six months into pl...

Jun-14-2016