5.46: Four Key Pivots for Today’s Church

Co-hosts Dr. Dee Stokes and Dwight Zscheile kick off season 5 of the podcast with an overview of the four key pivots for today's church

Welcome to a new season of Pivot! In the first of season 5 (Episode 5.46), our hosts Dr. Dee Stokes and Dwight Zscheile provide insights into the cultural shift that has/is taking place and where the church is going by engaging four key pivots: posture, focus, structure, and leadership.

In this episode (and throughout season 5), Dr. Dee and Dwight explore these key questions:

  • Does it feel like doing church is harder than it used to be?
  • Are fewer people available to volunteer?
  • Does it feel as if your congregation is less connected to your surrounding community?
  • Are people in your congregation less connected to God and each other?

The times have definitely changed. How do we understand what is going on, and how do we respond?

Listen in as we explore a key shift taking place in our culture today and the four pivots you and your faith community can make in order to faithfully respond.

Show Notes:

Meet Your Hosts

  • Dwight Zscheile

    Dwight Zscheile is vice president of innovation and professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary. His latest book is Leading Faithful Innovation: Following God into a Hopeful Future (with Michael Binder and Tessa Pinkstaff, Fortress Press, 2023).

  • Dr. Dee Stokes

    Dr. Dee Stokes is an entrepreneurial minister, educator, consultant, author, and podcaster. With 30 years of experience in education, Dr. Stokes understands what it means to be co-vocational and serve God in the Church and in the marketplace. She has worked at every level of education and has also served as a Senior Pastor, Formation and Connections Pastor, and Teaching Pastor. She has a passion for God and His Church and to see people walk in divine destiny. Her degrees are in Sociology (BA from UNC Charlotte), Public Administration (MPA from Devry University), Biblical and Theological Foundations (MBTF from Asbury Theological Seminary), and Educational Leadership (Ed.S. & Ed.D. from Liberty University). Dr. Stokes's research interests include Cultural Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Burnout, Transformational Leadership, unconscious bias, and spousal responsibility.