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 188: Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain on Why Leaders Quit, How to Develop Better Self-Esteem, Why Balance is a Joke and How to Grow Your Resilience


Jessica Bealer and Gina McClain have both led in major ministries for over a decade. They’ve also seen a lot of leaders not make it. What’s the difference? In a super-candid discussion, Jessica and...

Apr-17-2018

CNLP Bonus 018: Shannon Miles on Starting a Rapidly Growing Company, Moving from A Scarcity Mindset to an Abundance Mindset, and What She Learned from Richard Branson


Shannon Miles is the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY Solutions. But life didn’t start that way for her. Raised in a very low-income home, she struggled in her early years to believe anything was possib...

Apr-12-2018

CNLP 187: Tim Elmore on Anxiety in Young Leaders and Overcoming the Battles We All Face in An Increasingly Stressed World


Almost every leader under 40 feels it – the constant stress, anxiety and uncertainty we’re all plagued by. Dr. Tim Elmore is a world-renowned expert on the issues facing today’s students and young ...

Apr-10-2018

CNLP 186: Daniel Im on What’s Wrong with Discipleship, False Maturity and Bi-Vocational Ministry


Something’s wrong with discipleship in most churches, but many leaders have no idea what’s broken, despite their best efforts to diagnose and fix it. Daniel Im gives a helpful diagnosis and a very ...

Apr-03-2018

CNLP 185: Greg Atkinson on How First Time Guests Get Alienated by Your Church Services


Greg Atkinson returns to the podcast after a very popular first interview about how most churches lose guests within the first ten minutes of a visit. In case you missed it, check out Episode 132 a...

Mar-27-2018

CNLP 184: Brian Houston on How to Attract the Top Leaders, Battling back From Burnout and The Personal Habits and Rhythms that Help Him Thrive


In a candid, personal and powerful conversation, Brian Houston talks about how Hillsong attracts and keeps great leaders, how he stays healthy as a leader, how he battled back from burnout a few ye...

Mar-20-2018

CNLP 183: Todd Wilson on Lessons from the Nuclear Navy and What the World’s Best Engineers Can Teach Church Leaders or Any Leader About Leadership


At age 20, Todd Wilson (now President of Exponential), joined the Nuclear Navy. What he learned there were some of the top leadership lessons anyone could glean. Todd shares his top five learnings ...

Mar-13-2018

CNLP 182: Cheryl Bachelder on How To Turn Your Failure Into Success, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen’s Meteoric Turnaround Decade, and How Servant Leadership Really Works


How do you turn failure into success? How do you turn something badly stagnated into an organization with exceptional momentum? In 2007, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was suffering badly in the quick s...

Mar-06-2018

CNLP 181: Brad Lomenick on Trends in Church Attendance, Online Engagement, Cool Churches, and Isolation in Leadership


Brad Lomenick is back on the podcast and sits down with Carey Nieuwhof  for a roundtable to discuss a number of trends in the church: church attendance, online engagement, the morphing of cool chur...

Feb-27-2018

CNLP 180: William Vanderbloemen on How to Gain a Competitive Advantage by Creating An Amazing Culture Staff and Volunteers Won’t Want to Leave


Every church and workplace has a culture. Unfortunately, often it’s a bad one. The Vanderbloemen Search Group has been named by Entrepreneur magazine and other organizations as one of America’s top...

Feb-20-2018

CNLP 179: Rich Birch on the Church Growth Flywheel – The 5 Things Growing Churches Do That Most Others Don’t


Rich Birch has interviewed over 200 leaders from the fastest growing churches in the US, and he’s taken good notes. He’s boiled down their best practices to 5 common strategies almost every growing...

Feb-13-2018

CNLP 178: Scott Sauls on Unhealthy Ambition, Envy and Isolation in Leadership


Scott Sauls offers some keen observations about the heart and soul of leaders. In this wide-ranging conversation, Scott talks about why our culture is so angry, and gives penetrating insights into ...

Feb-06-2018

CNLP 177: Todd Adkins, Eric Geiger and Carey Nieuwhof on The Lies Leaders Believe


So many leaders believe things about themselves and about leadership that simply aren’t true. Carey joins up with Todd Adkins and Eric Geiger from the 5LQ Leadership Podcast for a co-broadcast of t...

Jan-30-2018

CNLP 176: Margaret Spicer on How to Get Next Gen Onto a Senior Leader’s Agenda and Making Families a Church Wide Mission


Families are a huge part of every church, yet often church leaders behave like that isn’t the case. Margaret Spicer leads the Next Gen ministry from Crossway Church in Melbourne, Australia—Australi...

Jan-23-2018

CNLP 175: Bryan Miles on the Rise of Virtual Work and Virtual Workers and Why the Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore


What do you do with younger leaders who want to work remotely or from home? Is the office culture a dying culture? Bryan Miles is founder and CEO of BELAY Solutions a rapidly growing virtual compan...

Jan-16-2018

CNLP 174: Jeff Henderson on the Dos and Don’ts of Marketing Your Church or Product and the Backstory to the #FOR initiative


Jeff Henderson was a marketing executive with Chick-fil-A and the Atlanta Braves before he started leading churches. He opens his playbook and outlines the dos and don’ts of effective marketing and...

Jan-09-2018

CNLP 173: Craig Groeschel Deconstructs His Approach to Preaching, Leadership, Success, The Future and More


Craig Groeschel has become a virtual leadership encyclopedia. Plus he has a generous spirit and character to match it.   In a wide-ranging interview, Craig deconstructs his method for sermon prepar...

Jan-02-2018

CNLP 172: Robby Gallaty and Rabbi Evan Moffic on How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Preaching and Bring You Closer to Christ


Jesus wasn’t a blond haired blue eyed suburban teacher, but sometimes we treat him as though he was. Through two very different lenses, Robby Gallaty, an evangelical pastor, and Evan Moffic, a Jewi...

Dec-26-2017

CNLP 171: Jason Romano on Growing Up With An Alcoholic Dad and How Your Past Can Impact Your Present and Future


Author, speaker and former ESPN Producer Jason Romano’s dad took him to a football game when Jason was 10 years old. It was the first time Jason realized his dad was an alcoholic. Jason tells the p...

Dec-19-2017

CNLP 170: Esther Fedorkevich on Pro Tips on Getting Your Message Out There, How Anyone Can Get Published and How to Stand Out in a Crowded Marketplace


Esther Fedorkevich is one of the most successful agents in publishing today. In this episode, she shows anyone who has a message they want to get out what’s possible. She talks about how publishing...

Dec-12-2017

CNLP 169: Dave Ferguson on the Future of Church Growth and the Rapid Multiplication of Church Leaders and Churches


So much has changed and is changing in the church. And the good news is that the future is a much more level playing field than the past. Exponential President Dave Ferguson talks about the future ...

Dec-05-2017

CNLP 168: John Ortberg on The Problem with Hurry in Leadership, Why So Many Leaders Struggle With Intimacy and His Friendship with Dallas Willard


So many busy leaders struggle with intimacy in their marriages, in friendships and in their relationship with God. John Ortberg talks about why that is, how to address it and we also unpack his dec...

Nov-28-2017

CNLP 167: Chris Goeppner on Defying the Odds and Planting a Thriving Church in Rural Vermont


Chris Goeppner, his wife Penny and a couple of friends left South Florida to plant a church in New England – something Chris had earlier said he would never do. Chris shares how they overcame obsta...

Nov-21-2017

CNLP 166: Chris Durso on Culture, Justin Bieber and Reaching Young Adults in Hard to Reach Areas


Chris Durso has done ministry in New York City for years. He talks about using the culture to reach the culture, how the church interacts with people like Justin Bieber and what’s worked and hasn’t...

Nov-14-2017

CNLP 165: Mark Batterson on How to Hear God’s Voice (and God’s Will For Your Life)


One of the top questions church leaders get is “how can I know I’ve heard from God” closely followed by “how can I know God’s will for my life?“ Mark Batterson has studied the subject in-depth and ...

Nov-07-2017

CNLP 164: Allyson Evans on Life Church’s Approach to Reaching Families, Unbelievable Growth, Hard Decisions and Leveling the Next Gen Playing Field


Allyson Evans came in from the marketing world to join the staff at Life.Church 16 years ago just as Life Church was opening its second location. She talks about working with Craig Groeschel, what’...

Oct-31-2017

CNLP 163: Erwin McManus on Living Fully Alive, Tackling Your Fears, Dealing with Critics and Creating Space For People Not Like You


Erwin McManus talks about his diagnosis of cancer, facing fear and how to deal with criticism.  In this wide-ranging and fascinating conversation, he also talks about being branded a heretic, creat...

Oct-24-2017

CNLP 162: Jarrid Wilson on Depression, Anxiety and Suicide and the Church’s Response To Mental Health


At age 15, Jarrid Wilson told a youth group leader he was depressed, and essentially felt dismissed. By age 19, the silence felt like it was killing him and he started googling painless ways to die...

Oct-17-2017

CNLP 161: Carlos Whittaker on Porn, Losing His Family, Hidden Sin and the Battle Back


Carlos Whittaker battled porn for much of his ministry life until it manifested itself in a relationship that almost cost him his family. In an honest conversation, he talks about clearing the cobw...

Oct-10-2017

CNLP 160: Dr. Henry Cloud on What All High Performing Leaders Have In Common, Investing in Yourself and Overcoming Dysfunction in Your Church


Dr. Henry Cloud coaches Fortune 100 company CEOs and top church leaders, and shares what they all have in common.  He also offers strategies on how to overcome common dysfunctional behaviours churc...

Oct-03-2017

CNLP 159: Ron Edmondson On Busting the 7 Myths that Break too Many Young Leaders


Leadership is never easy, but too many leaders succumb to myths that simply aren’t true. Ron Edmondson has mentored many leaders and shares a wealth of wisdom that will help all leaders, but especi...

Sep-26-2017

CNLP Bonus 017: 8 Keys to Breaking the 200 Barrier


In this special bonus episode, Brian Orme interviews Carey on the 8 key reasons 85% of churches never break the 200 attendance barrier. Welcome to Bonus Episode 017 of the podcast. Links Mentioned ...

Sep-20-2017

CNLP 158: Kara Powell on How to Tell if Your Church is Positioned to Draw Millennials and Her Personal Habits and Rhythms as a Leader and Mom


What does your church need to do to connect better with Millennials?  Kara Powell shares insights from research from 250 effective churches on practices that work for any size church in any setting...

Sep-19-2017

CNLP 157: Jon Acuff on What It Takes for You To Finish What You Start, Finding Your Career Path and The Rhythms and Routines That Make People Successful


New York Times best-selling author Jon Acuff is back on the podcast to talk about research he did about why some people finish their goals when most people don’t. In this wide-ranging interview, Ca...

Sep-12-2017

CNLP 156: Whit and Willie George – An Honest Conversation About Succession, Working With Family and Keeping Church on the Move Thriving


Willie George founded Church on the Move 30 years ago. Recently, he transitioned the senior leadership of the church to his son, Whit. How do you follow a legend? How do you keep a large, widely re...

Sep-05-2017

CNLP 155: Matt Engel on the Rise of Big Data and How To Use it To Pastor Your Church and Reach Your Community


The amount of data we have on people doubles every single year. But what does the rise of big data mean for local churches and even businesses.  Matt Engel talks about what big data is, how it’s ev...

Aug-29-2017

CNLP 154: Todd Fields on the Constant Change in Worship Music, What Makes a Great Worship Leader, Working with Andy Stanley and More


For over 20 years, Todd Fields has led worship leaders at North Point Church in Atlanta at their campuses, and more recently helped worship leaders around the world get better at their craft. Todd ...

Aug-22-2017

CNLP 153: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge


One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you have to be in charge in order to lead. Clay Scroggins talks about how to cultivate influence and gain authority when you’re not the senior leader...

Aug-15-2017

CNLP 152: Eugene Peterson on Why He Wrote the Message, The Rhythms of a Reflective Life + Mark Batterson and Adam Weber on Peterson’s Legacy


Eugene Peterson is a living legend. Carey talks to Eugene about the origin of the Message and the life rhythms he and his wife Jan adopted that helped produce the legacy millions have appreciated. ...

Aug-08-2017

CNLP 151: Mark Clark on Apologetics for Post-Christian, Post-Modern Young Adults: Sex, Hell, Science and So Much More


Mark Clark pastors one of Canada’s largest and fastest growing churches. Attracting thousands of young adults, Mark has a unique approach to apologetics and preaching that’s connecting with a post-...

Aug-01-2017

CNLP 150: Rural Multisite: Overcoming All The Odds To Create Vibrant Churches in Small Towns and Villages with Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman


Ten years ago, most people would have said multisite only works in large suburban centers. Chad Merrell, Paul Smith and Philip Thurman have proved the experts wrong and built thriving mutisite chur...

Jul-25-2017

CNLP 149: Kris Vallotton on the Rise of Bethel Church, Bethel Music and Reaching Young Adults Through Charismatic Ministry


Kris Vallotton talks about the incredible rise of Bethel Church, how to create a music culture like they have for Bethel Music, the number one need young adults have and how to meet it, and how God...

Jul-18-2017

CNLP 148: Jim Wideman on Staffing the Hardest (and Most Important) Position in Your Church


Where do you get your people? It’s one of the top questions leaders of growing churches get asked. After the senior pastor, one of the most important positions in any church these days is actually ...

Jul-11-2017

CNLP 147: Terry Linhart on How to Become a More Emotionally Intelligent, Self-Aware Leader


What’s the difference between an effective leader and an ineffective one? Often it’s self-awareness, and the willingness and desire to become a more emotionally intelligent leader. Terry Linhart sh...

Jul-04-2017

CNLP 146: Rodney Cox on How to Create Greater Self-Awareness in Leaders and Teams to Help Your Organization Move Forward Together


Self-awareness is huge for any leader. But how do you find it? And how do you move your whole team to a place where everyone has greater awareness of strengths and weaknesses? Rodney Cox and Carey ...

Jun-27-2017

CNLP 145: Regi Campbell on Radical Mentorship For Men that Transforms their Leadership and Families


Mentoring is a buzz word these days…but how do you do it well? Regi Campbell, a serial entrepreneur who has founded 15 companies and serves as CEO in four, has devoted this phase of his life to cre...

Jun-20-2017

CNLP 144: Barnabas Piper on How Curious Leaders Gain a Distinct Advantage


Faith brings certainty, right? Well, yes, but it’s bigger than that. In a wide-ranging conversation with Carey Nieuwhof, Barnabas Piper, explains how his parents, John and Noel Piper, encouraged cu...

Jun-13-2017

CNLP 143: David Platt on Overcoming the Struggles of His First Decade of Leadership


It’s easy to think the journey of leaders you admire to be easy. But that’s not always the truth. In a wide ranging interview about his time as a young mega-church pastor to his current role as Pre...

Jun-06-2017

CNLP 142: Lance Witt on What Takes Pastors Out of Ministry and How to Guard Against It


So many leaders end up leading well at work but not leading well in life and at home. How does that happen? Does doing the work of God have to corrode your soul? Carey talks with former Executive P...

May-30-2017

CNLP Bonus 016: My Advice For Young Leaders And Developing Your Character With Doug Smith On The L3 Leadership Podcast


Today, I wanted to share this conversation that I had with a young leader to watch, Doug Smith. Doug had me as a guest on his podcast L3 Leadership earlier this year and we’re sharing it to celebra...

May-24-2017