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Ministry Leaders and their families live in a “glass house”—an environment where they are left vulnerable to the stress of ministry, the criticism of others, and feel the spotlight on their personal weaknesses. Lifeway's "The Glass House" is a space where ministry leaders will shed light on the challenges they often don't feel permission to talk about. Listeners who work in the trenches of church life will feel seen and gain tools to navigate ministry and life. Those who live outside this "g ...
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After every Sunday church service, the biggest thing on the pastor's mind, is how quickly the following Sunday's message is coming. Sermon preparation doesn't just effect the pastor, it also effects the entire family. On today's show Ben and Lynley share with a live audience filled with student ministry leaders at the Lifeway Headquarters in Nashvi…
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One of the best tools young parents have, is the tips from older parents a little further down the road! On today's episode of The Glass House, Ben and Lynley share with you practical tools for being intentional in your parenting while serving in ministry. From family closers to teaching your kids how to return a question, you'll hear practices tha…
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There is no typical work week for a pastor. Unforeseen life events, people in crisis, or administrative tasks will always be ever-changing week to week. While being flexible is necessary in ministry, so is establishing healthy boundaries and time management skills. On today's show, Ben Skipper, Senior Pastor of Carterville Baptist Church in Petal, …
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We cannot believe we are already at our 100th episode! It’s been quite a journey and we are so thankful for the guests who came and shared their life and story with us. This show wouldn’t be what it is without vulnerability and transparency, and we’re thankful to create a space where ministry leaders can experience both. To our listeners, we are so…
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Head to college, get married, land your dream job, have kids, go to church, and live the American Dream. It's the reality most American Christians are living in, and it's where the Ley Family found themselves when they experienced a calling from God asking them to leave it all behind. On today's episode, Michael and Naomi Ley share their experience…
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A recent study discovered that over 1/2 of pastors over the age of 50 had less than $50,000 in their retirement fund and no expectation they would ever retire. On today's episode of The Glass House, Ben and Lynley dive into a topic that no pastor likes talking about: finances! Dr. Hance Dilbeck from GuideStone joins in this conversation and shares …
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Too often pastors and their wife feel pressure to step into any role necessary and serve the church. However, we all have different personalities, gifts, strengths, and yes, even weaknesses. On today's show Ben and Lynley discuss Clifton Strengths Finder with Ed O'Neal. Ed O'Neal is an American Veteran, leadership developer, and executive coach for…
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Ministry leaders typically spend time caring and discipling their congregation, and often times forget the very people they're in the trenches with. Caring for your staff and team is crucial for the overall health and impact of a church's ministry. On today's show, Pastor Mark and Jenna Hallock share ways they've created a healthy culture and cared…
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We all know that living in the glass house is hard, but growing up in it can be even harder. Today Ben and Lynley are concluding this 3 part series on what it's like to grow up in the glass house. Today's conversation is two Lifeway employees, Tyler Litton and Heather Burczynski. Tyler is the manager of Media Creative and Heather serves as the Exec…
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One of the most common feedback we hear is how much you love hearing about raising kids in the glass house. You've spoken, and we've listened! We're so excited to share this series with you! Over the next few episodes you'll hear from those who grew up in the glass house. And even though all of these people were pastor's kids, they all have unique …
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One of the most common feedback we hear is how much you love hearing about raising kids in the glass house. You've spoken, and we've listened! We're so excited to share this series with you! Over the next few episodes you'll hear from those who grew up in the glass house. Today's we're kicking off this series with Kelly Minter. Kelly Minter is an a…
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The Glass House is starting a new series interviewing pastors' wives! We will hear from the different generations what it required of them to be a pastor's wife when they were younger. On today's show we have Veronica Geear, wife of JD Greear, Senior Pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina. Veronica shares some incredible wisdom in having peo…
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Have you ever asked your spouse a simple question, like, "whats for dinner?" and all of a sudden they're making a snarky comment back to you? Have you ever found yourself responding out of irritation and frustration when your spouse or kids simply ask you a question? On today's show Nicole Zasowski describes to us what happens when we are operating…
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On August 23rd, 2005 people all over the country were glued to the television watching the largest hurricane in recent history move towards the Gulf Coast. As if a category 5 hurricane wasn’t enough of a threat, the levees that protect New Orleans, Louisiana from incoming water, collapsed. On today’s show Dr. Fred Luter shares his experience of los…
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What happens when we hide who we really are? What happens when we let God do a work in 90% of our life, while trying to hide the other 10% from Him? It's so incredibly powerful to come clean to people in your life and confess your sins to others. Typically, it's where the healing that needs to take place begins. In today's episode you'll hear a mes…
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Today, on this special episode of the Glass House, we are dropping into your feed on a Friday to bring you an important re-air of an episode that means a great deal to us at the Glass House. This episode on transitioning church, with our guests, Adam Mason and Dr. Phil Jett, is especially dear to us because of Dr. Jett's recent passing. It was our …
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In today’s episode, The Glass House shares a sermon Ben preached recently at Sagemont Church in Houston, Texas. The message is from Luke 16, where Jesus tells of a shrewd manager who used worldly wealth to gain friendships. Ben shows how the most important thing a church can do – including both staff and members – is to invest in its relationships …
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With only 20 days left in the year many of us are reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the new year. This season is often seen as an opportunity for reflection, gratitude, renewal of commitments, and the setting of new goals. But what does a new start really bring us? Do we have more excitement in the anticipation of a new season, or in the …
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Over the last several episodes we’ve talked about the unique challenges of ministry leaders living in the glass house of church leadership. We’ve recently received a letter challenging one of our episodes addressed to small churches, and the lack of relevancy to the "super small church", a category of churches we didn’t realize we weren’t speaking …
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Picture yourself in a situation where telling a small lie could potentially save someone from a great deal of harm. Is it ever morally justifiable to deceive for the greater good? Welcome to another thought-provoking episode of "The Glass House" with Ben and Lynley Mandrell. It’s a special episode this week as our producer, Angie Elkins, puts us “o…
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Ministry is complex and making mistakes is inevitable. On today’s show Ben and Lynley sit down with three ministry couples who are transparent about their biggest mistakes they’ve made and learned from over the years. Jarrett and Debbie Stephens, Corey and Melody Caine, and Mark and Janet Dance share with us how they have navigated the challenges o…
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Church staffs are inundated with male leadership. On ministry nights or get togethers where spouses are included, husbands of women on staff can easily feel like the odd man out. On today’s show Ben and Lynley explore the complexities of this dynamic with Robert and Tasha Calvert. Robert and Tasha Calvert have been married for over 20 years, togeth…
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When a pastor or ministry leader falls, it impacts the entire family and community. Walking through a tragedy like this is difficult for everyone. Today’s guest has walked this road firsthand as a daughter of a pastor who had a very public fall from their church ministry position. Lisa Whittle shares with us how her father’s actions and the reactio…
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All of us, including pastors and pastor’s families, need God’s grace every day. The question is not whether we will fail, but where will we turn when we do? On today’s episode Ben and Lynley have a candid conversation with Dr. Ed and Kathy Litton as they share their unique challenges and the mistakes they made in pastoral ministry. Ed and Kathy Lit…
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One third of special needs families say they have left a church because they didn’t feel seen and welcomed, or because there wasn’t a ministry for their child. With 1 in 36 children in the United States being identified with autism, it’s time for the American church to not just welcome families with special needs, but to truly serve them! On today'…
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True or False: Hiring your friend is a great idea? On today’s show we tackle the conversation of friendships and whether or not you should hire your friends. Friendships can be complicated as it is, so at what cost do you risk the friendship to have the opportunity to work together? Ben and Lynley share personal stories about their own friendships …
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In today’s episode we have an honest conversation with couples Chris and Libby Philips and Landon and Tara Dowden about their biggest mistakes in ministry. Our guests don’t hold back as they confess to a range of mistakes, including betrayal of a confidence, overcommitment, people-pleasing, and even a fistfight between one of the couples’ own child…
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As ministry leaders we know the order of priorities are God, family, church, but we also know that’s not how it always works. Too often our priorities are distorted due to us living outside of our means with our energy, time, and gifts. Overworking ourselves inevitably leads to affecting the overall mental, emotional, and spiritual health of our fa…
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In design, it is often said, there should be an unexpected element in every room. We have decided to lean into this rule in podcasting as well and throw in something completely unexpected. We have asked our producer, Angie Elkins, to completely surprise us with questions that we hope will help you get to know us better, provoke you to think about s…
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With differing personalities, marital needs, and rhythms of shifting seasons it is inevitable that mistakes are going to be made along the way. We have made plenty of them and today we are excited to sit down with Nick and Meredith Floyd to talk about their biggest mistakes throughout their ministry journey. Nick and Meredith met when they were bot…
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As leaders, we can have dreams, hopes, and visions… but only one of those is going to lead our people. Today’s guest is the brilliant Bryan Rose who shares with us exactly what vision is, how we receive it, cast it, and follow through. Whether you’re leading a small, medium, or large church, this episode is for you! Bryan Rose is the Senior Lead Na…
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Steve Cuss has become a favorite guest for us here at the Glass House. We decided to share one of our favorite previous episodes with you today that features Steve and some excellent advice on how to manage change in your ministry. We also talk about managing our own anxiety as leaders and at the end of the episode, Steve gave Lynley some unforgett…
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Forgiveness is something we never graduate from. It’s an ongoing process of healing that God is working in our lives. This week, we are sharing a sermon Ben preached at Forest Hills in the Nashville area about his journey with forgiveness. We pray you’ll be challenged by this word & share it with someone who comes to mind as you listen. Mentioned: …
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One of our favorite things, on the Glass House team, is to hear from you. Today, we’re asking our friend and biblical counselor, Adam Mason to help us answer. We talk about everything from “what’s your favorite game?” to the responsibilities of the pastor’s wife. We discuss how to get along with other staff members and what to do when you think it’…
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The SBC 2023 wrapped just a couple of weeks ago, and one of the highlights for Team Lifeway is always the special breakfast we host for those attending the SBC. This year, Ben and Lynley invited Phil and Jennifer Rothschild to be their special guest to discuss the importance of making peace with our inner critic. If this is the first time you’ve li…
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Recently Lynley was a guest on the Ministry Wives Podcast with host Christine Hoover to discuss how she and Ben navigated their last transition in ministry. When God calls us, it doesn’t always mean the transition will be smooth or easy. Lynley shares with Christine about what went well, what didn’t, and how God’s hand was evident in the transition…
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Did you have a hero as a kid that always knew what to do under pressure? Many of us struggle to know what to do and even struggle with anxiety and fear about big decisions at home and work. Ben recently preached at Long Hollow Church, in the Nashville area and shared this message based on Jehoshaphat in the Old Testament in the book of II Chronicle…
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Did you know that one of the most undervalued positions inside the church walls is the student pastor? That was a big surprise to Lynley and I when we heard author Steve Cuss say this. So we’ve invited Ben Trueblood, the Director of Student Ministry here at Lifeway, and Brian Preston who serves as the student minister at Battle Creek Church in Okla…
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The Glass House can often be a fragile place to live, but when ministry couples experience trauma serving in ministry it becomes an extremely tender place to be. Pastors and their wives often deal with families in their churches who are forced to face this tragedy, but what do they do when sudden loss by suicide touches their own family?Today Ben a…
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So many of you have requested this topic, so today Lynley and I are joined by Lange and Jamie Patrick who are sharing their story in ministry- with fostering and adoption, after having biological children. So many ministry couples find themselves in different places when God speaks to them about expanding their family through foster and adoption. T…
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Pastors are getting older and young adults are drifting away from the vocation of pastoral ministry. These facts have important implications for the future of the church. That’s why we invited Shane Pruitt onto the show today to discuss his newest book, Calling Out the Called: Discipling Those Called to Ministry Leadership. It makes us wonder about…
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Over the years, we’ve been give a lot of advice. One of our favorite things to do on the show is to ask our guests to share some of the best advice they’ve been given. Today is the 3rd edition in this special series of episodes. You may have missed some of these episodes of The Glass House, so we’ve linked them below to make it easy for you to list…
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Partnership between spouses in ministry can be a challenge, but it can also produce extremely fruitful rewards. Today, Ben and Lynley are sharing some of their most vulnerable stories of partnership fails and wins. Mentioned in this episode: What if It’s Wonderful by Nicole Zasowski One Man Band by Old Dominion Connect with the Glass House on Insta…
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Today on The Glass House, we are welcoming our friend, former pastor and new author, Mike Minter. Mike pastored one single church for 48 years in the Washington, D.C. area. We’ve had many requests from pastors and ministry leaders about doing an episode on how you can know when it is time to quit or move on to a new church. Answering the question a…
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Today on The Glass House, we are welcoming Mark and Brenda Croston to the show. Mark serves at Lifeway as the Director for Black Church Ministries, and Brenda is the founder of Simple Truth Ministries, as well as an author, speaker and trainer for Lifeway. When Mark was pastoring, his first wife died of cancer. He and Brenda are sharing their story…
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Today on The Glass House we’re discussing a hot topic that has been the source of much debate for centuries inside the church. Author, speaker, Bible teacher and podcast host, Jen Wilkin joins us today to lend her insight into this polarizing topic. This episode will not only enlighten you, but give you Biblical resources as you continue to have th…
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Today on The Glass House we’re joined by JD and Veronica Greear, the pastor of Summit Church, to unpack a book that JD recommended to Ben recently. This taps into many secret fears that pastors and ministry leaders have about when we reach that second half of life and find the better part of our career over. How do we navigate the massive career sh…
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We all face criticism, and learning to handle it is one of life’s greatest challenges. But how often have we stopped to think of how critical we can be of others? Ben recently preached at Long Hollow Church, in the Nashville area and shared this message based on a story in the book of Nehemiah. We thought it was such a timely message for the Glass …
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Today on The Glass House, we are welcoming RT Kendall to discuss a topic that never gets old because it requires a daily practice - total forgiveness. For pastors and those serving in the church, we cannot fully love the people we serve when we keep a record of wrongs. Our prayer is that this conversation will challenge you to search your own heart…
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Today on The Glass House, we are welcoming church planters from Jackson, MS, Scott and Candiss Fortenberry, to talk about the issues of mental health in ministry. This topic isn’t an easy conversation because often it comes with shame, loneliness and a lot of questions that don’t have easy answers. We hope today’s show inspires you to break down th…
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