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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Podcast Season Sort

5.86: The Practical Discipleship Revolution: Mark Scandrette and the “Jesus Dojo”

July 18, 2024

In this Pivot Podcast episode, Mark Scandrette shares his innovative "Jesus Dojo" concept and transformative spiritual practices that bring Jesus' teachings to life.

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5.85: Is Your Church Ready for Lay-Led Ministry?

July 11, 2024

Discover how the church is adapting to changing times with a shift towards lay-led ministry, supported by ordained clergy.

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5.84: Building Beloved Community in Challenging Times with Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers

July 2, 2024

Stephanie Spellers shares inspiring insights on nurturing spiritual practices that transform lives and create authentic, loving communities of faith.

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5.83: Discipling the Disillusioned: Christian Authenticity with Yolanda Solomon

June 27, 2024

Yolanda Solomon shares her journey from skeptic to passionate disciple-maker, offering insights for church leaders seeking to foster genuine faith in a world craving sincerity.

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5.82: Biblical Justice: Bridging the Gap Between Scripture and the Streets

June 20, 2024

Inés Velasquez-McBryde joins hosts Dr.Alicia Granholm and Rev. Dr. Terri Elton to explore the rich biblical foundations of pursuing justice in our churches and ministries.

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5.81: Changing Church Culture Through Spiritual Practices

June 13, 2024

In this episode of the Pivot Podcast, Dr. Jinna Jin shares stories, strategies, and encouragement for overwhelmed pastors.

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5.80: The Future is Lay-Led: How Lay Ministry Training is Transforming Churches

June 6, 2024

In this episode of the Pivot podcast, Rev. Clara King discusses how small, rural churches can empower laypeople, with the church's "edges" driving innovation and collaborative ministry.

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5.79: Bonhoeffer’s Secret to Faithful Discipleship with Tripp Fuller

May 30, 2024

In this episode of the Pivot Podcast, Dwight Zscheile and Katie Langston are joined by Tripp Fuller to discuss the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its relevance for church leaders today.

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5.78: Church Leadership Q&A: Insights and Strategies for Pastoring Today

May 23, 2024

Hosts Terri Elton, Alicia Granholm, and Dwight Zscheile join in this Pivot podcast episode to answer our listeners' questions.

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5.77: The Displacement of Enchantment

May 16, 2024

Despite many leaving traditional churches, people remain spiritually curious and committed. Dr. Andy Root joins in this Pivot podcast episode.

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5.76: Coaching Training for Church Leaders

May 9, 2024

Discover the transformative power of coaching for pastors on the latest episode of the Pivot podcast with guest Dawn Alitz.

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5.75: How to have Spiritual Conversations with Your Neighbors: Let’s Talk about the Difference Jesus Makes

May 2, 2024

Discover how to talk about Jesus with neighbors of different beliefs with guests Danielle Cummings and Mike Wu.

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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.

  • Alicia Granholm

    Alicia Granholm is senior director of Faith+Lead and a leadership and church consultant based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She helps pastors and leaders engage culture to make a lasting impact. For nearly two decades, she has trained, equipped, and empowered followers of Jesus to engage their local communities by contextualizing the Gospel and its application. Alicia compassionately crosses cultural boundaries having lived, studied, traveled, and served in 25 countries on six continents. Alicia has a Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Global Consulting (Regent University), MDiv (Bethel Seminary), and MA in Teaching (University of St. Thomas).

Upcoming Leadership Training Series


Apply the insights of Brené Brown’s work to your faithful leadership.

Upcoming Lay Leader Training Cohort


The School for Lay Ministry is Back! Reserve your spot today.

Upcoming Preaching Workshop


Address controversial topics from the pulpit with wisdom, humor, and grace.