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 246: John Ortberg On What’s Wrong With How We Define Salvation and What It Really Means to Follow Jesus


It’s not often you get a deep dive into theology on this podcast, but today, we go there with John Ortberg. John talks about what’s wrong with how we define salvation in liberal and conservative ci...

Feb-19-2019

CNLP 245: Jud Wilhite on Developing New Strategies to Reach Unchurched People, What’s Working and What’s Not, and How to Lead Out of Your Vulnerabilities and Insecurities


Las Vegas is a place millions visit, but home to two million people who live there year round. 20,000 of those 2,000,000 Vegas residents attend a location of Central Church in Vegas. Jud talks abou...

Feb-14-2019

CNLP 244: Scott Sauls On Why Non-Christians Hate Christians, Ineffective Evangelism and Resilience in a Turbulent World


Why do people outside the church show so much hostility toward or indifference to people inside the church? Scott Sauls has some intriguing answers, plus we talk about the most effective and least ...

Feb-12-2019

CNLP 243: Rich Birch on the Nuts and Bolts of Church Growth – What the 6% of Growing Churches Do That Others Don’t


Here’s a question. When 94% of churches aren’t growing, what do the 6% do that the others don’t? Rich Birch has worked at three growing megachurches, and distills the things they do that others don...

Feb-05-2019

CNLP 242: Frank Bealer on How to Seriously Boost Your Productivity During High Demand Seasons


Frank Bealer is one of the most productive people Carey knows, and he doesn’t say that lightly. Frank deconstructs how he has grown his productivity in 3 distinct seasons of his life as a leader in...

Jan-30-2019

CNLP 241: Ian Morgan Cron on Using Your Enneagram Number to Boost Self-Awareness, Spiritual Growth and Reduce Conflict at Work and at Home


The Enneagram is an ancient personality type profile, and over the last two years Ian Morgan Cron’s new book, The Road Back To You, has helped several hundred thousands of people discover what thei...

Jan-29-2019

CNLP 240: Annie F. Downs on the Secrets of Reaching a Large Audience and Connecting with A Growing Tribe by Keeping it Personal


So many women have much larger audiences than most male leaders, but most male leader are oblivious to it. So, Carey sits down and opens his notebook with author, podcaster and speaker Annie F. Dow...

Jan-24-2019

CNLP 239: Jon Gordon on Dealing with The Negative Voices in Your Head, Negativity in Your Organization and How to Stay Positive


At age 29, Jon Gordon’s wife told him she loved him but couldn’t stand his constant complaining and negativity. He decided to change. His decision led him to radically change his mindset. He became...

Jan-22-2019

CNLP 238: Lysa TerKeurst on Living and Leading Through Personal Crisis, Disappointment, and Navigating What Part of Your Life Should Be Personal, Private or Secret


The last three years of Proverbs 31 President Lysa TerKeurst’s life have been almost unbelievable as she discovered infidelity in her marriage and lived through cancer and another life-threatening ...

Jan-15-2019

CNLP 237: Ed Stetzer on Why Christians Are Losing the Culture War, How the Culture is Changing, and What’s Next For the Future Church


There’s no question everything is changing in culture and the church and few people have their finger as tightly on the pulse as author, blogger and thinker Ed Stetzer. In this wide-ranging intervi...

Jan-08-2019

CNLP 236: Jonathan Pokluda on The Keys To Reaching and Influencing Tens of Thousands of Millennials Every Week


Everybody wants to do what God has allowed Jonathan Pokluda to do, but few do it. Jonathan Pokluda leads the Porch, the largest young adult ministry in America that reaches thousands live every Tue...

Jan-01-2019

CNLP 235: John Van Pay on Leading America’s Fastest Growing Church While Being Home 5 Nights a Week, How to Find Margin Amidst Growth and How to Say No to Stay Focused


John Van Pay’s first decade of ministry didn’t go the way he planned. He was driven and ambitious, but his wife was ready to leave him. That caught John’s attention. He then went on to plant a chur...

Dec-25-2018

CNLP 234: Donnie Griggs on How To Make a Big Difference in a Small Town, What Works and What Doesn’t in Small Communities, and Finding Great Leaders


So many leaders write off small towns and villages as places not worth investing in. Donnie Griggs would beg to differ. He tells the story of how he planted a church in a town of 9000, only to see ...

Dec-18-2018

CNLP 233: Daniel Pink on the Science Behind Perfect Timing, How Morning People, Night Owls and Everyone Else Can Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness


There’s a science to maximum performance and productivity. Daniel Pink talks about the research that shows how morning people (larks), night owls and everyone in between (third birds) can find the ...

Dec-11-2018

CNLP 232: Christine Birch on Connecting New People Who Come to Your Church


Christine Birch has been part of three large churches in both Canada and the US. How do you connect people in a large church, and how do you connect them at your church? Christine shares her experi...

Dec-06-2018

CNLP 231: Jon Thompson on How to Discover Your True Calling and Gifting And Why Operating Outside of Either Can Be Exhausting and Dangerous


One of the more perplexing questions people ask is “What am I truly called and gifted to do?” Jon Thompson, Preaching and Vision Pastor of C4 Church and adjunct faculty at Tyndale Theological Semin...

Dec-04-2018

CNLP 230: Pete Scazzero on Why So Many Successful Leaders Are Emotionally Immature, How to Tell Whether That’s You, and How to Become Emotionally Intelligent and Spiritually Mature


Pete Scazzero will be the first to tell you that while he was successful on the outside as a leader, he was immature on the inside, and his wife had had enough. That moved Pete on a journey to figu...

Nov-27-2018

CNLP 229: Larry Osborne on Why He Never Uses an Alarm Clock, The Keys to Staying Fresh in Leadership Four Decades In, and The Hardest Part of Raising Up New Leaders


Larry Osborne has been in ministry for over 4 decades and at his current church for 38 years…and he loves it. Larry talks about how to thrive, why he’s never had to take a sabbatical, why he never ...

Nov-20-2018

CNLP 228: Craig Groeschel on Handling the Pain That Comes With Life and Leadership, How God Can Redeem Self-inflicted Pain and Bring Hope in the Dark of Personal Suffering


Craig Groeschel leads one of the largest churches in America, but that doesn’t mean the journey has been easy. In this interview, Craig talks about the hard side of life and leadership – How the ea...

Nov-15-2018

CNLP 227: Terry Smith on Sharing Ideas With Jack Welch and Why Becoming a Hospitable Leader is the Key to Creating a Thriving Organization


Terry Smith was speaking at an event on a principle that was so compelling to Jack Welch, he asked Terry to teach him more. Terry tells the story of how he became friends with Jack and Suzy Welch, ...

Nov-13-2018

CNLP 226: Adam Hamilton on How To Reach Thinking People, Planting one of the Largest Mainline Churches in the World, And How Tradition and Innovation Can Co-Exist


Adam Hamilton planted a mainline church 28 years ago. The goal was to reach thinking people who are skeptical of Christianity. His church quickly became one of the largest and fastest growing mainl...

Nov-06-2018

CNLP 225: Joshua Gagnon and Daniel King on Breaking Growth Barriers from 30 People to 5000 People Without Blowing Your Church Apart


Josh Gagnon started Next Level Church in New England with 30 people on day one…in an auditorium that sat 800. Not a great recipe for success. On the second Sunday, Daniel King volunteered to join J...

Oct-31-2018

CNLP 224: Levi Lusko on Planting Churches Where Nobody Plants Churches, Being Yourself in a Different Culture and Declaring War on the Issues that Plague You As a Leader


12 years ago, Levi Lusko left Southern California to plant a church in Montana. Today, Fresh Life Church has 12 locations, most of them in very small towns where few people would plant churches. Le...

Oct-30-2018

CNLP 223: How to Break the Growth Barriers That Will Move Your Church Past 200, 600 and 1000 Attenders with Carl George and Warren Bird


So many churches attract new people but still can’t seem to grow. Why? What does it take for churches to break through the 200, 400 and 600 attendance growth barriers? Carl George and Warren Bird l...

Oct-25-2018

CNLP 222: Patrick Lencioni on Saying No To Steve Jobs, Motivating Millennial Workers and The Three Qualities You Need to Look for To Create The Ideal Team


Patrick Lencioni has written some of the benchmark business books of this generation. In this conversation, he explains how saying no to Steve Jobs moved his life in a whole new direction. He unpac...

Oct-23-2018

CNLP 221: Max Lucado On How He’s Written Over 120 Books, Why He Never Uses Ghostwriters, How to Stay Fresh in Leadership, And His Favorite Book


Max Lucado has published over 120 books. Yes, you read that right. In this episode, he talks about how he writes and leads a large ministry, his unusual editing process, how to stay fresh in leader...

Oct-16-2018

CNLP 220: Rachel Cruze with the Back Story on How Dave Ramsey Taught Her About Money, How to Teach Your Kids About Money, and The Top Financial Issues People Struggle With


Rachel Cruze talks about what motivates her as a public speaker and writer, what her dad, Dave Ramsey, has taught her, why going on commission is a much better system for your kids than allowance, ...

Oct-09-2018

CNLP 219: Scott Harrison on How to Relate To High Capacity Leaders (and Donors), the Growth of Charity Water and What Being a Night Club Promoter Taught Him About Leadership


Scott Harrison founded charity: water over a decade ago, after declaring himself morally and spiritually bankrupt while living his twenties as a NYC night club promoter. In this interview, filmed b...

Oct-02-2018

CNLP 218: Francis Chan On Battling Pride and Fame, Why He Left His Megachurch, And His Airbnb Church Experiment


In a moving and passionate conversation, Francis Chan talks about why he left his megachurch in Simi Valley, how he’s battled both pride and fame and why both can be so dangerous, what he learned w...

Sep-25-2018

CNLP 217: Andy Stanley on How to Share Your Faith in a Post-Christian World, How to Respond to Your Critics, Overcoming His Judgementalism and the Irresistibility of Love


Andy Stanley outlines the argument he makes in his new book, Irresistible, and coaches leaders on how to have conversations with Christians who have walked away from their faith as well as atheists...

Sep-18-2018

CNLP 216: An Inside Look at A Book Launch Strategy, Pro Tips and a Q&A from the Launch Team


In this episode, Carey shares an overview of his team’s book launch strategy for his latest book, Didn’t See It Coming, which within hours of release became a multiple #1 Amazon best-seller in it’s...

Sep-13-2018

CNLP 215: You Never Thought You’d Be a Cynic, Did You? Free Audio Book Bonus. Chapter One of Didn’t See It Coming


In this special episode, Carey shares the audio book version of Chapter One of his new book, Didn’t See It Coming. Chapter One chronicles how cynicism starts in the heart of most leaders, how to kn...

Sep-12-2018

CNLP 214: Nancy Duarte on What All Great Speeches and Talks Have in Common, The Biggest Communication Mistakes Preachers and Speakers Make, and How Speaking is Changing


Nancy Duarte is one of the leading experts in communication today, having advised and consulted 25 out of 35 of the biggest companies in the world and advised 84% of all top tech companies. Nancy t...

Sep-11-2018

CNLP 213: Levi and Jennie Lusko on Losing their Daughter, and How to Fight through Grief to Keep Living and Leading


No one ever expects to lose a child, but that’s what happened in 2012 when Levi and Jennie Lusko’s 5 year old daughter, Lenya, died of an asthma attack. Levi and Jennie talk about what they experie...

Sep-06-2018

CNLP 212: Erwin McManus on How to Spot a Narcissist in Leadership, Overcoming The Need for Approval, and What He Experienced at the Global Leadership Summit 2018


In a wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to author, futurist, film-maker, designer and pastor Erwin McManus about his childhood, how he got over his need for approval, why narcissism is so preva...

Sep-05-2018

CNLP 211: Ann Voskamp Deconstructs Carey Nieuwhof’s Approach to Strategic Thinking, How He Creates His Content and Covers the 7 Things Every Leader Needs to Overcome to Thrive


This week we flip the mic, as multiple New York Times best-selling author Ann Voskamp does an in depth and personal interview with Carey Nieuwhof. Ann talks to Carey about how law prepared him for ...

Sep-04-2018

CNLP 210: Tony Morgan and Carey Nieuwhof on Why Leaders Grow Cynical and How to Combat What Appears to Be An Occupational Hazard


Tony Morgan is the founder of the Unstuck Group and he admits that cynicism has been a life long battle. In this special episode, Tony interviews Carey for his show The Unstuck Group Podcast about ...

Aug-30-2018

CNLP 209: Brady Shearer on Leveraging The Biggest Communication Revolution In 500 Years, Spotting Low Hanging Fruit OnLine, and Scaling Massive Growth


Brady Shearer is just 27 years old, and is figuring out how to seize the biggest communication revolution in 500 years.   He talks about what the digital revolution happening before our eyes means ...

Aug-28-2018

CNLP 208: Dana Spinola on Following Your Dream, Scaling a Business and Coming Back After Burnout


When Dana Spinola was asked at age 5 what she wanted to be when she grew up, her answer was simple – “the best.” That drive pushed her on to many things, including launching her own company, Fab’ri...

Aug-21-2018

CNLP 207: Bobby Gruenewald on Leveraging First Mover Advantage, Innovation, AI, Technology and the Future Church


Bobby Gruenewald leveraged first mover advantage in building and selling an internet hosting service and the world’s largest wrestling fan site. Then he moved into church world, creating Church Onl...

Aug-14-2018

CNLP 206: Les McKeown on Visionaries, Operators and Processors and How Each Is Necessary In Thriving Organizations


Les McKeown, serial entrepreneur and author of The Synergist and Predictable Success, is back after his first episode became one of the most downloaded ever on this podcast. This time, Les talks ab...

Aug-07-2018

CNLP 205: Eliot Crowther on Market Disruption, Explosive Growth, Scale and How Pushpay Grew from an idea to a Billion Dollar Company


In 2010, 24-year-old Eliot Crowther was in an almost dead end job as a door to door salesperson. Then he had an idea. Within months he and Chris Heaslip founded Pushpay. The fledgling company almos...

Jul-31-2018

CNLP 204: Jon Tyson on Reaching Cynics in NYC and What to do When the Burden of Leadership Feels Too Heavy


Jon Tyson went to New York City to plant a church and has had success in reaching thousands of New Yorkers. He talks about how the New York mindset is impacting young adults across America, what is...

Jul-24-2018

CNLP 203: Sam Collier on Growing Up without Privilege, Living a Double Life, Boundaries for Difficult People and How to Build Influence


Sam Collier is a speaker and host at North Point Ministries and the Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group. Recorded live from the Orange Conference, Sam talks about growing up without pri...

Jul-17-2018

CNLP 202: #AskCarey Your Questions on How to Raise Money When No One Gives, Increasing Your Church’s First Time Guest Count, The Art of Question Asking, and How to Improve Your Side Hustle


Your questions are the best questions. So, we’re back with another special episode of #AskCarey to help you lead like never before as we celebrate reaching over 200 episodes for the podcast. Welcom...

Jul-12-2018

CNLP 201: Joshua Gagnon Interviews Carey Nieuwhof on Crazy Risks, What Carey Would Change about the High Impact Leader and Whether it’s Working for Him Now, and What He’s Doing Next


In this special episode, Joshua Gagnon, Pastor of Next Level Church, interviews Carey for his podcast and talks about a crazy stupid risk Carey took almost three years ago, what he would change now...

Jul-11-2018

CNLP 200: Joshua Gagnon on Rapid Growth, Launching Big and Staying Sane in Leadership


Joshua Gagnon planted Next Level Church a decade ago. It’s become the fastest growing and one of the largest churches in New England history, and has now expanded into Florida. Joshua talks about w...

Jul-10-2018

CNLP 199: John S. Dickerson on What Journalism Can Teach Leaders, The Massive Change in Culture and How the Church Can Respond


John S. Dickerson started in journalism straight out of college and soon found himself writing for the New York Times, CNN and USA Today. Today, he’s a 35 year old pastor of a mega church. John tal...

Jul-03-2018

CNLP 198: Kristen Ivy on the Impact of Divorce on Kids, Developing a Parenting Strategy, and How to Connect Meaningfully with Your Kids in a Crazy, Busy Life


Kristen Ivy is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, one of the largest next-gen ministry organizations in the world. In a candid and personal conversation, Kristen talks about the impact ...

Jun-26-2018

CNLP Bonus 020: Danielle Strickland on Becoming a Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time to Move On and Being a Rebel At Heart


So, we’re back with another bonus episode to help you lead like never before AND celebrate the launch of my latest course, The Art of Better Preaching. In many eyes (including mine), Danielle Stric...

Jun-21-2018