The number of people listening to podcasts is increasing. Last year, 57 million people listened to at least an average of one podcast a week. That number grew 23% between 2015 and 2016. With more listeners, the number of podcasts available has proliferated at almost the same pace. I probably listen to between 5 to 20 podcast episodes a week. I’ve learned from experience that there are some excellence podcasts and some that are a total waste of my time. If you are venturing into the podcast world or are interested in some good ones to subscribe to, here are my current recommendations.
Incidentally, if you are listening to podcasts on the default app that came on your phone, give the Overcast app a try. It’s worth a few bucks.
#1 The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
My favorite. Carey’s podcast is the best of the best. The combination of A-list guests, insightful content, and a relaxed interview style make this the must listen to podcast for church leaders. Carey usually drops either one or two podcasts a week with fresh content.
#2 Rainer on Leadership
Thom Rainer is the CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources. His podcast are usually short (15-20 minutes) and present well-researched solutions to issues in ministry. Thom “gets” ministry and his podcast is great for short commutes to and from work.
#3 The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
The content is often a preview or review of information that Andy communicates at a leadership conference that you would pay to attend. By listening to his podcast, you get it for free! I find his best content is on staff leadership and communicating vision. The only drawback to this podcast is that there is only one episode updated a month - it is easy to forget about if you don’t automatically subscribe.
#4 The EST. Church Podcast
A group of ministry leaders gathers together to tackle uber practical issues in more established churches. How to structure new member classes? How to schedule hospital visits? Very helpful title descriptions help me skip listening to ones that I don’t think will be helpful to my ministry.
#5 How I Built This with Guy Raz
Not specifically a ministry podcast, but worthwhile and very well done. Great for longer commutes. Guy Raz of NPR interview business leaders and let's them tell their stories of how they succeed and failed in their lives. My favorite episodes so far are his interviews with Howard Schultz and Barbara Corcoran.
What podcast do you listen to? Which podcast should I consider for my list?