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200churches Podcast: Ministry Encouragement for Pastors of Small Churches
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200churches Podcast: Ministry Encouragement for Pastors of Small Churches

Author: Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig: Pastors, Leaders, Bloggers, Podcasters, and Encouragers

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Jeff and Jonny are pastors who want to encourage pastors of “smaller” churches. All most pastors see online are the churches that have grown into the thousands in just a few years, the ones that spread out around the city through multiple services and multiple campuses. The ministry leaders with the most influence are the mega church pastors with mega ministries, staffs, and dollars. Praise God for what He is doing in these large and influential churches! We benefit from their vision and influence.Jeff and Jonny know that there are hundreds of thousands, that have 200 or less in attendance. The work of these pastors and ministries can get lost in the shuffle, and they want to encourage, equip, support, inspire, and cheer on the pastors of 200churches – those churches with around 200 people, give or take a hundred or two! When they talk with guests like N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight, Dan Reiland, Carey Nieuwhof and so many more, they always turn the conversation to small church pastoral ministry.With humor, passion, conviction, and care Jeff and Jonny share methods and inspiration for the small church pastor. If you are a lay, bi-vocational, or solo pastor, the 200churches Podcast is for YOU!
432 Episodes
Jonny and Jeff talk with Dr. Jeannine Brown from Bethel Seminary in Minnesota about her soon to be released commentary on Philippians. Jeannine talks about the things that surprised her, inspired her, and challenged her. She shares a personal story about how the Apostle Paul in Philippians was her companion through a difficult time in her life, just when she was writing the book. This is one of many episodes in our Seminary Series - episodes with Seminary profs - FREE education! Enjoy!Pick up...
Alex and Alyssa are church planters in Lincoln NE with a uniquely interesting approach. People like Alex and Alyssa are going to change the world, one community at a time. The Millennial and GenZ generations are now the hope of the Church! When I met Alex I was so excited about what he and Alyssa were doing that I knew I would have to record with him, and then share it with you. Jonny and I had a great conversation with Alex - Enjoy!!
Jeff and Jonny reflect on Ava Green's ingenuity and improv as she takes her church completely portable, on Zoom, yet still meets hours each week with them! This episode will get your creative juices flowing! Enjoy!
Jeff and Jonny return LIVE for the first time in 8 months! We catch up on Jonny's digital ministry, talk Carey Neiuwhof's future series, small church resources 9 years ago and today, and also talk about Jonny's wife Kayla, and how she published her first book - To Light Their Way - Prayers and Liturgies for Parents. This was a fun breaking back into podcasting episode for us!
Scott Dalen, a small church pastor near Omaha, Nebraska joins Jeff on this episode to talk about the new normal, the liturgical year and Lectionary, and how he maintains life-giving relationships even in the blur of ministry. Another encouraging episode for pastors of small churches! Enjoy!
After an 8-month break, Jeff begins Season 03 of the 200churches Podcast. Jeff and Jonny will be bringing new content for a new year! Today, Jeff speaks to pastors about what Lifeway Research has presented as the pastor's greatest personal need for 2022, after polling 1,000 pastors! This need of so many pastors can be so easily met...
Leonard Sweet joins Jeff on the podcast today! They talk about loving your ZIP code well around your local church, plus a bunch more! You can find more of Leonard Sweet at
Michael Adam Beck joins Jeff and Jonny adds his two cents as well on this episode. Michael is a seminary professor, author, pastor, consultant, ministry coach, and a leader in the Fresh Expressions of the Church movement. He has co-authored a book with Leonard Sweet titled, Contextual Intelligence.Do you know what digital virtuality is? If not, listen up because it's fascinating and it exists in the lives of some of your church members whether you know what it is or not. This episode is...
A Brand New Episode that feels so retro! Jeff and Jonny are LIVE in studio together for this episode, talking about what they've been up to, catching their listeners up on the goings-on in their lives and ministries, and sharing what ministry is like in the (almost) new era.
How can I create this Coaching For Pastors episode and not share it with my 200churches listeners?? Here is another parallel episode for you - one I know you need! Enjoy! Check out Keith at Center Hope!
200churches listeners - this is a parallel episode with my Coaching For Pastors Podcast! This is episode 6 from that podcast and I think you're going to love it! Later this week another 200churches episode will be released, but I wanted to you get the benefit of this one. Two NASA engineers talking Church health and strategy - it's a fascinating conversation! Enjoy.If you like this episode, consider subscribing to the Coaching For Pastors Podcast. It's new, and it will only get BETTER. Subscr...
Larry Fowler is the founder of You'll find some new thoughts and opportunities for outreach and ministry in your church while listening to this episode. Larry Fowler has in the last four years started a ministry I have never heard of or thought of before. I think this will be an inspiring and thought provoking episode for you! Enjoy it!
Jeff talks with Benjamin Windle about his White Paper on 8 innovations to leading Millennials! You can get Ben's White Paper on this topic at his website. Ben is a pastor in Brisbane, Australia and you can check out his local church ministry HERE!
Greg Atkinson, from joins Jeff and has an unbelievable 50% off discount for 200churches listeners to the First Impressions Conference on November 4-6, so act fast! This is a great conversation about pastoral leadership in difficult times! Enjoy!
Jeff is co-releasing this first episode of the Coaching For Pastors Podcast right here in the 200churches feed. Jeff shares his motivation and vision for Coaching For Pastors and previews episode 002, which you don't want to miss...
Moe Dixon, a church planting ministry coordinator in New York City, joins Jeff on the podcast today to talk about race and how pastor's might approach it in their ministries. Moe is very blunt, cordial, and kind as he shares his perspective on the America he is raising a family in and doing ministry in, and how he has approached standing up for the marginalized in society, while remaining true to his calling and ministry.If you want to learn more on this very important and timely topic, Moe r...
Mandy Smith, lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati OH joins the guys to talk about how our pining for "back to normal" might just be very like the Israelites' complaining in the wilderness and desiring to "back to Egypt". What if we've been broken out of our prison and bondage and have actually been set free to pursue a better land of ministry?The basis for this conversation is from a post Mandy wrote for Missio Alliance. We hope you are challenged and encouraged to lead wi...
Dave Jacobs from and the Small Church Pastor Facebook group joins Jeff and Jonny to share a very personal message. As believers and as pastors we don't always agree on doctrine, and the guys hope to model deep love and unity in spite of differing doctrinal positions. Jesus called his followers to be one, enjoying unity and love, so that the world would know that the Father sent Him! We hope you are challenged toward unity by this episode! With... a little fun too!
Jeff and Jonny talk about where they are at in the summer of 2020, and what Season 2, which starts in September 2020, will be about. It's a fun conversation about pastoral life in 2020. So as the guys preview what Season 2 of 200churches will be about, we must declare that Season 1 was 350 episodes long. So we got a little carried away...
What a blast to use my podcast to introduce Rick Warren to a church planter who hasn't even launched his first public service yet! Willie Johnson is with REDEFINE CHURCH in St. Louis MO. Rick's project these days is I asked Rick to coach Willie, from his perspective as a church planter who has handed off his church to the next guy - with Willie and his team yet to launch their very first service.Willie would never ask this, so let me ask this for him - would you like to ...