Pivot Podcast

About Pivot Podcast

Over the past few years, church leaders have been forced to respond to several global crises in the blink of an eye. In a moment with little information and lots of uncertainty, churches reinvented nearly every aspect of church.

Season 5 of the Pivot podcast explores the changing landscape of the church. Our co-hosts will dig into difficult questions that faith leaders are asking now, and provide an understanding of the deeper cultural shifts that account for the unraveling of inherited models of church.  What are the four key pivots that today's church must make? New episodes post weekly on Thursdays.


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5.65: Exploring Pastoral Leadership Models: Micro Church

February 22, 2024

Discover a revolutionary ministry model with collaborative leadership in microchurches.

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5.64: Pivot Podcast Q&A Response Session

February 15, 2024

Get answers to burning questions on exhaustion, burnout, and leadership challenges in this insightful Q&A session.

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5.63: Lent: The Gift of Journeying in the Wilderness for Church Leaders

February 8, 2024

In uncertain wilderness seasons, find solace in Jesus' journey (Luke 4).

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5.62: Funding Forward: New Business Models for Ministry

February 1, 2024

Explore a sustainable financial framework for churches. Gain innovative strategies and finance advice for long-term stability with guest Grace Pomroy.

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5.61: Fostering Faith in Everyday Life

January 25, 2024

Shift focus from membership to impactful discipleship with insights from guests Tania Haber and Jason Van Hunnik.

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5.60: How to Start a New Ministry

January 18, 2024

Examine ministry inception nuances with hosts Alicia Granholm and Dwight Zscheile, joined by guest Michael Binder.

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5.59: Empowering Lay Leaders

January 11, 2024

In this episode, hosts Alicia Granholm and Dwight Zscheile discuss the church clergy shortage with guest Marianne Ell

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5.58: How to Help Your Church Change Through Design Thinking

January 4, 2024

In this Pivot podcast episode, Dwight Zscheile and guest Ramon Pastrano address the common struggle of church leaders navigating change, exploring challenges, and proposing a better approach, emphasizing design thinking

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5.57: How to Help Your Church Listen into a Hopeful Future

January 2, 2024

In this episode of the Pivot podcast, co-hosts Terri Elton and Dwight Zscheile, joined by guest Mark Lau Branson, explore alternative questions, embrace disruption, and align with God's actions in scripture for a hopeful future

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5.56: What does the birth of Jesus mean to you?

December 19, 2023

Unwrap the theological depth of the Nativity—the divine message in a humble manger with the Pivot podcast.

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5.55: The Harvest is Plentiful but the Laborers Are Few

December 14, 2023

Discover the synergy in church leadership with Dr. Samuel Deressa as we delve into the rapid growth of churches in Ethiopia and the rise of new leaders.

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5.54: How to Listen to Your Neighbors’ Spiritual Stories

December 7, 2023

Embrace change with active listening.

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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).

  • Terri Elton

    Terri is a teacher who loves Jesus and God’s world. She currently is a Professor of Leadership and Dean of Academic Affairs at Luther Seminary, but has also served in congregations and non-profit settings. In her free time, Terri loves to bike and explore nature. She, along with her husband Eric, believes the world is interesting and together they travel to different cultures and places as often as they can.

  • 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.

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