Rank #1: TTM S3E05: A Conversation on Pastoral Succession
As a pastoral leader, have you thought about retirement, the future of your church, succession? On this episode of “Things That Matter,” Pastor Brian Brodersen talks with Pastor Dave Rolph of Calvary Chapel Pacific Hills, CA, about pastoral transitions and succession of ministry. Dave shares that those in pastoral leadership should not be afraid to plan for retirement and ignore the practicality of life until Jesus' imminent return. While we look forward to eternity, Dave invites pastors to consider the future of their local church. “A church has always been identified by the community in church history, not by its pastor,” Dave shares. He then closes by reminding leaders that succession and transition does not mean they can no longer participate in ministry. Rather, it opens opportunities for other projects in ministry that could not happen if tied by that leadership role.
Rank #2: TTMS3E9: Knowing & Reaching Your Community
As we close season three of “Things That Matter,” we are excited to have Pastor Bill Buffington of Calvary Chapel Inglewood share on the vision and ministry happening in Inglewood, CA, and reaching young people in his inner-city community.
Rank #3: Things That Matter: Truth in a Post-Christian World
On this episode of “Things That Matter,” host Pastor Brian Brodersen is in studio with Sean McDowell, apologist and author of several books including coauthor of the latest edition of “Evidence That Demands A Verdict” with renowned father, Josh McDowell. Brian and Sean discuss thoughts on “truth” and how to reflect the truth of God’s word in a post-Christian world. From sharing concerns that Christian parents have toward their children’s faith, to the Church losing moral authority in the culture, Sean covers various aspects in this discussion on truth. Visit seanmcdowell.org to learn more about Sean’s speaking engagements, books and resources.
Rank #4: TTM Episode 14 - Revisiting Sexual Ethics
In this edition of Things That Matter, Pastor Brian and Josh revisit the topics of sexual ethics and gay marriage, as well as discuss the recent decision InterVarsity made for their staff.
Rank #5: TTM Episode 13 - Women in Ministry
Women in ministry is the topic of discussion in this edition of Things That Matter. Pastor Brian and Josh discuss the role of women in the church and how they can exercise their spiritual gifts.
Rank #6: TTM S3E04: Engaging Inner City Culture
Engaging the culture is vital as a believer to listen and understand the struggles of the community as we share the gospel message and seek to be available to minister. Pastor Tommy Cota of Hope Alive Church in Santa Ana, CA, shares his experience with God opening doors in Santa Ana through school programs like Released Time Education, a contract with the Department of Education and more that have led to connections and relationships with people in the community. He gives a powerful message that proclaims the need for continual engagement and ministry to the inner cities.
Rank #7: TTM S3E01: "Operation World" & The State of Modern Missions
Welcome to season three of Things That Matter. We pray that you are encouraged as we start a new topic-driven season. We begin our first episode with Pastor Brian Brodersen interviewing Patrick Johnstone. Patrick is the author of Operation World, which is a compilation of data on missions from around the globe. This book provides valuable information as a reference and guide for prayer. Patrick expounds on the origin of Operation World and provides a missional-focused presentation of modern Christianity and modern missions. He says, “The only ministry left to us to make an impact is to deeply influence a handful of people to become effective leaders in their own culture."
Rank #8: TTM Episode 6 - Practically Engaging the Transgender Movement
In this episode of Things That Matter, Pastor Brian and Josh discuss the cultural impact of the Transgender movement and how the Church should respond.
Rank #9: Things that Matter: Doing Church in the LGBT Community
Serving in a highly dense population with a huge emphasis of the LGBT community, Justin Thomas of Calvary of the Hill in Seattle, Washington, shares on this episode of “Things That Matter” that so often the Church can tend to people with certain issues but ignore others if the issue is too “messy.” Justin reminds us that we are doing life alongside a variety of people who all need to know the love of Christ.
Rank #10: TTM Episode 4 - The Declining Influence of Christianity in Western Culture
Do Christians have less of an influence culturally? Pastor Brian and Josh discuss the declining influence of Christianity in Western Culture in this episode of Things That Matter.
Rank #11: TTM Episode 11 - Overcoming Anxiety
Apple has recently created an app called “Breathe” to help users manage their stress levels. The creation of this app acknowledges that anxiety is a real issue in our culture for Christians and non-Christians alike. Pastor Brian and Josh discuss what the Bible says about anxiety and how to overcome this epidemic in this episode of Things That Matter.
Rank #12: TTM Season 3 Top Episodes: Nazareth
Enjoy the top episodes from last season of "Things That Matter," as we near season 4 premiering this fall! This episode features guest comedian Nazareth Rizkallah as he shares his testimony, insight to the tension between Israel and Palestine, and how the Lord opened the opportunity to minster to refugee families through the ministry he leads called Voice of the Refugees.
Rank #13: TTM Episode 3 - Atheism
Atheism is the topic of discussion in this edition of Things That Matter. Pastor Brian and Josh address how Christians should engage Atheists in Western Society and review Larry Alex Taunton’s book, “The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist.”
Rank #14: TTM Episode 8 - Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare
Demon Possession and Spiritual Warfare are the topics of discussion in this week’s episode of Things That Matter. Pastor Brian and Josh give insight on what spiritual warfare looks like in the life of a Christian and analyze Richard Gallagher’s article titled, “As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.”
Rank #15: TTM Episode 18 - Civility and Using Right Language
Pastor Brian and Josh examine civility in today’s culture and discuss various terms that are often used within the church, analyzing the right use for each term in language.
Rank #16: TTM S2 Podcast Edition: Daniel Fusco on Church Planting and Leadership Transitions
Enjoy this episode of “Things That Matter” on podcast, featuring Pastor Daniel Fusco of Crossroads Community Church in the Pacific Northwest. Pastor Brian Brodersen and Daniel discuss the challenges God presents to us in ministry. Daniel shares how God took him from being a hedonist, young college student to a church planter. He also shares how God led him to connect with Pastor Bill Ritchie to transition into pastoring Crossroads. Daniel closes by explaining how God has opened opportunities to apply practical ministry to reach the culture and community surrounding Crossroads.
Rank #17: Things That Matter: Moving Out of Your Ministry Comfort Zone & The Paul Initiative
Welcome to season 4 of “Things That Matter!” We are excited to share many new episodes as host Pastor Brian Brodersen discusses current events, cultural trends and other things that matter to Christians. On this episode, Pastor Ed Hickey of Calvary Chapel London in Ontario, Canada, discusses the need for ministry leaders and the Church to be available for the “next opportunity.” Ed planted a church in the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada, and pastored there for 15 years until he felt a conviction of being too comfortable spiritually. Since then, Ed has planted a new church in Ontario and has established many ministry connections in other parts of the world, including The Paul Initiative. Visit thepaulinitiative.com for more information. Through prayer, fasting and holding onto God’s promises, Ed has witnessed so many divine appointments because he chose to take the “next opportunity” before the Lord.
Rank #18: TTM Episode 16 - Tips on Preparing a Sermon
In this episode of Things That Matter, Pastor Brian provides different tips on how to prepare for a sermon, from studying for the sermon to final prep before giving the sermon.
Rank #19: TTM Episode 19 - Innovation and Church Planting
Pastor Brian and Josh discuss church planting. While planting a church may be exciting for a pastor, it is often so easy to burn out when church growth performs slowly. Simply put, God is who brings church growth. It is not based on the models or programs used, but it is a matter of the heart. Remain steadfast in your pastoral ministry and let the Lord lead.
Rank #20: TTM Episode 2 - Pastors Conference Recap
In this week’s episode, Pastor Brian and Josh deliver a recap of the 2016 Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference. The Pastors Conference featured a variety of pastors and speakers who spoke on an array of topics including the conference theme of “Grace and Truth,” current cultural trends, society’s impact on the church and how the church should respond.