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 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

CNLP Bonus 019: #AskCarey Answers To Your Questions On Preaching and Public Speaking


Your questions are the best questions. I asked you to send me questions about preaching and public speaking and, man, did you respond! So, we’re back with another bonus episode of #AskCarey to help...

Jun-20-2018

CNLP 197: Mark Clark and Carey Nieuwhof on How to Preach in a Way that Reaches Unchurched People and Maintains Biblical Integrity


Mark Clark and Carey talk about their different approaches to preaching, how to reach unchurched people and how to preach to churched and unchurched people with Biblical integrity. Plus, Carey and ...

Jun-19-2018

CNLP 196: Bryan Carter on What Makes for Successful Succession, Navigating 300% Church Growth and The Racial Divide in America


Bryan Carter was 29 years old when he was asked to be the successor to a pastor who founded the church 28 years earlier. Much to everyone’s surprise, including Bryan’s, the transition went extremel...

Jun-12-2018

CNLP 195: Kevin Jennings on How to Help Your Online Platform Soar, How to Engineer a Successful Launch and Why Some Things Get Traction Online and Others Don’t


Kevin Jennings has done marketing and platform development with the likes of Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey, Reggie Joiner, and Dave Ramsey. Plus, he’s been a behind the scenes team member on my podca...

Jun-05-2018

CNLP 194: Jerry Hurley on Keys to Scaling Your Ministry, Leaving Corporate to Help Build Life Church and What Makes Working With Millennials Work


Jerry Hurley joined the staff at Life Church in 1998, when it was a single campus and running about 600 people. He’s been on the senior leadership team as it’s grown to over 80,000 attenders and 29...

May-29-2018

CNLP 193: Clay Scroggins on How the Digital Disruption is Changing Everything For Churches and Businesses


There’s no question we’re undergoing one of the biggest transformations in history, but the digital disruption that’s happening around us every day has caught most church and business leaders off g...

May-22-2018

CNLP 192: Caleb Kaltenbach on How to Embrace an Outraged and Polarized Culture Most Leaders No Longer Like


In a polarized culture filled with a growing number of angry people, how do you find your voice, counter arguments and keep your sanity? Messy Grace author Caleb Kaltenbach is back with a fresh loo...

May-15-2018

CNLP 191: Christine Caine on Betrayal, Chaos and How to Still Trust God When You Don’t Understand Why Things Are Going The Way They’re Going


In a moving and personal interview, Christine Caine talks about how a deep personal betrayal a few years ago almost led her to leave ministry, and how cancer, chaos and all the things you can’t con...

May-08-2018

CNLP 190: Nick Vujicic Answers the Questions No One Usually Asks Him, and What He Believes Will Turn a Nation Around


Nick Vujicic has been interviewed hundreds of times by people, including Oprah Winfrey about being born without limbs, and his story has been told thousands of times. Sometimes your life can be def...

May-01-2018

CNLP 189: Rusty George on Leadership and Trust, Why We Misplace It and How to Trust People After You’ve Been Burned


Of all the things leaders struggle with, personal betrayal and hurt seem to run the deepest. In a very perceptive conversation, Rusty George talks about why leaders have their trust broken, how to ...

Apr-24-2018

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