The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast with Seth Muse

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Tales from the Trenches: The Jester becomes the Jest

July 15th, 2019

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast:

Tales from the Trenches Edition!

This week I tell a story of ultimate humiliation. When does a fun office environment become a toxic one? When does a fun boss become a bully? I'll tell you about a humiliating experience I had at the hands of a boss that you won't believe. Did we fight? Hug it out? You'll have to find out!

The Seminary of Hard Knocks is produced by sethmuse.com, where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

The Shunning: Tales from the Trenches, Ep. 89

June 17th, 2019

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week I'm trying something new. I want to dive into some of my own leadership experiences from time to time and take a few life-lessons from them. This week's story (a more "Serial" approach to the podcast) is about a few times I've witnessed the church shun me and others. It's a very throwback episode, going back to the reason it's called The Seminary of Hard Knocks!

Links from the Show

That Church Conference - Sign up for the BEST communications conference out there!

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

A tool to help your pastor that ultimately helps you w/Justin Trapp, Ep. 88

June 10th, 2019

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Justin Trapp has a sermon-planning tool that will help pastors write clear and compelling messages, which will in turn, give communication directors more time to create slides and graphics for the weekend! It's called Sermonary and we'll tell you all about it on this episode of The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast!

Links from the Show

Sermonary.co
Justin Trapp on Twitter

That Church Conference - Sign up for the BEST communications conference out there!

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Follow Seth on Instagram
Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

Using Digital Discipleship as a Strategy w/Stan Rodda, Ep. 84

May 6th, 2019

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Stan is a neat guy. His beard is epic. He is a campus pastor using digital discipleship on purpose as a strategy. Our discussion meanders into cage-fighting and the occasional karate demonstration, but most of the time we stay pretty fixed on how you can use the online world to drive the offline world towards Jesus. 

Links from the Show

Stan's Blog
Blog about Carey's webinar we discussed HERE.

That Church Conference - Sign up for the BEST communications conference out there!

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

Why Pastor’s Should Write Blogs w/ Brandon Cox

December 3rd, 2018

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week, I get to sit down with Brandon Cox who is a former Saddleback pastor, now a church planter and last, an avid blogger! How does he do it? Why does he do it? Listen in and find out how pastors can leverage (and keep up with) a healthy blog. 

Links from the Show

Brandon's Website
Brandon on Twitter
Brandon's Church Blog

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Working with Dreamers but Still Getting Things Done w/ Evan McBroom, Ep. 70

November 5th, 2018

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week's episode has the incredible Evan McBroom from Fishhook! We're talking about how dreamers and doers can work together without murdering each other's faces, so check it out!

Links from the Show:

Fishhook.us 

Follow Seth on Instagram

Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Toppling Ministry Silos w/Stephen Brewster, ep. 66

September 9th, 2018

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

In this week's episode, I talk with Stephen Brewster about how to identify and destroy ministry silos within your church's staff and teams. Silos are all about making things easier for you or your department. Stephen brings a lot of experience to the table to discuss how to lead your team away from this model and towards teamwork. We also may or may not have a rap battle in the middle. 

Links from the Show:

Text Stephen for help here: 615-457-7261 

Stephenbrewster.me (Free Social Media Map)

Follow Stephen on Instagram

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Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

5 Attitudes of Successful Church Communicators, ep. 57

May 7th, 2018

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Find the show notes at www.sethmuse.com/57 

In this week's episode, I'm diving into 5 Attitudes of Successful Church Communicators. You can measure your follower growth and reach, but how do you measure your influence? You'll need that to get a lot of things done at your church. Lemme break it down for you real nice.

By the By, I'm Speaking at a Free Conference Soon

Catch me at That Church Summit May 23-25, 2018. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

Links from the Show:

Join the Seminary of Hard Knocks Facebook group at sethmuse.com/group

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts
Follow Seth on Instagram

A Communications Workflow that Prevents Insanity w/Darrel Girardier, ep. 48

February 25th, 2018

The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast w/ Seth Muse

Show notes available at www.sethmuse.com/48 

 

Getting your Pastor to Post on Social Media, Ep. 47

February 19th, 2018

The Seminary of Hard Knocks with Seth Muse

Show notes are at www.sethmuse.com/47 

 In this episode, I give you a few ideas for your pastor to post on his/her personal social media accounts that can help get them started engaging online. See the full blog of ideas here.

Encouraging Entrepreneurs in the Church, w/Terrace Crawford, Ep. 39

October 10th, 2017

Church Communications from a Loveable Troll.

Show Notes available at www.sethmuse.com/39

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The Signs of Burnout and How to Avoid It w/ Meghan Howard, Ep. 37

September 12th, 2017

Welcome to The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast! It's church communications from a loveable troll.

The show notes for this episode are found at www.sethmuse.com/37 so check those out.

Meghan Howard is the associate pastor at Fairborn United Methodist in Fairborn, OH. She takes "wears multiple hats" to a new level and you'll hear her story in this episode about how she has battled burnout.

Learn to recognize burnout and combat it from a veteran who has been there! Thanks for listening!

Leading Church Communications when You’re not in Charge w/ Katie Allred, Ep. 32

May 31st, 2017

Leading Church Communications when You're not in Charge w/ Katie Allred, Ep. 32

Show Notes for this episode are found at www.sethmuse.com/32

On this episode of The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast...

Katie Allred stops by to talk about how church communicators can lead when they aren't in charge. It's one more way we're helping you win back your day and enjoy what you do!

Katie Allred is Digital Communications Associate at Brentwood Baptist Church in Tennessee and the co-founder of the Church Communications Facebook Group. 

 

How to Get Hired in Church Communications w/ Holly Tate, Ep. 30

May 17th, 2017

How to Get Hired in Church Communications with Holly Tate of Vanderbloemen Search Group

Holly is the Director of Business Development at Vanderbloemen, a pastor search firm that knows what churches are looking for when it comes to hiring staff. She shares a lot of great insights for those looking for a job as well as those who already have a job and just need some direction. 

She's a ton of fun, so don't miss this episode of The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse!

 

Show Notes are available at www.sethmuse.com/30

 

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Communicating Vision During a Capital Campaign w/ Adam McLaughlin and Ryan Deaton, ep. 26

April 19th, 2017

Communicating Vision During a Capital Campaign

Adam McLaughlin of ChurchMarketingIdeas.com and his pastor at Life Church in Ft. Meyers, FL, Ryan Deaton stop by to discuss how they communicated their vision to their church during a capital campaign.

Capital campaigns are the WORST! But these guys managed to bring their church through it smiling and giving as much as or more than they were beforehand! Hear their success story in this episode and connect with them using the links below.

Show Notes at www.sethmuse.com/26

Links

Adam on Twitter // Ryan on Twitter

Life Church

Advancing the Kingdom Magazine

Isn't the Name of Jesus by Covenant Worship

Armed and Ready by Sweet Comfort Band (full disclosure, I chose this song because of the epic album cover alone.)

 

Why You Need a Ministry Coach Yesterday, Ep. 20

March 7th, 2017

The Seminary of Hard Knocks helps pastors and ministry leaders make better decisions with confidence and clarity!

In This Show:

- How coaches can help leaders lead well.

- What makes a good coach?

Links:

Seth Muse Coaching

That Church Conference Coaching

Seth's eBook at Download Youth Ministry

Church Growth Strategies that Involve Everyone, ep. 19

February 28th, 2017

Kenny Jahng is an entrepreneur, former church staffer, and church social media guru. He now spearheads a "done for you" church social media company called Church Butler and helps churches understand and utilize online giving at GenerosityLabs.org.

My conversation with Kenny today is about nine ways you can involve your people in church growth. Show notes are available at www.sethmuse.com/19.

Visit SethMuse.com for more on church leadership and communications. Make better decisions with confidence and clarity!

Becoming a Life-Long Learner w/ Josh Blankenship, Ep. 18

February 14th, 2017

In this episode, I talk with Josh Blankenship about how to continue learning without school. Many leaders are thrown into situations where they must quickly learn something new or it's a bust! 

Josh has worked in high-demand churches and some slower-paced ones and he has learned the number one thing they have in common: Leaders must always be bettering themselves.

We talk bout a few hacks that can help you continue learning new tricks, even if you're an old dog! 

Get the show notes for today's episode HERE.

Transitions in Ministry w/ Tom Pounder, ep. 11

November 8th, 2016

Tom Pounder has been in youth ministry for almost 20 years. Just recently he began a transition out of youth ministry and into church communications.  Transitions are a part of ministry life and how you handle them can make or break you. My conversation with Tom gives great insight to how pastors should look at transitions and some good and bad ways to handle it. Tom is the host of the YM Sidekick podcast and blogs at www.ymsidekick.com.

Creating a System for Great Feedback with Wes Gay, ep. 10

October 25th, 2016

Today on the podcast Wes Gay stops by to talk about Millennials, great feedback systems for organizations, and how to cook a perfect steak! Wes is passionate about equipping his generation to become the greatest generation of leaders. Through a process called the Millennial Pipeline, he helps organizations build cultures that create leaders worth following. He's an executive coach, consultant, and Forbes.com contributor, or he finds out what companies do to find and keep great millennial talent. Show Notes can be found at www.sethmuse.com/episode10

Leading Volunteers with Michael Wallace, Episdode 09

October 11th, 2016

One of the most common questions I hear from ministry leaders is how to recruit, train, lead, and even dismiss volunteers. In this episode, I hang out with an old friend to talk about how to go about leading a team of volunteers well. Michael Wallace has been in student ministry for almost 17 years and has led large volunteer teams with excellence during that time. Catch his Creative Student Ministry podcast on iTunes!

Really Mean: When Worship is Too Loud, Ep. 07

September 14th, 2016

I share the worst prayer request I've ever heard on this episode of The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast! What could your people really mean when they say that the worship band is "too loud?" Put on your squishy earplugs and let's find out while we headbang to some God of Wonders, dude. If you like what you hear, find more practical ministry insights at www.sethmuse.com.

Collaboration Between Churches with guest: Jeff Harding, Ep. 06

August 30th, 2016

Seth sits down with friend and youth pastor, Jeff Harding, of Trinity Fellowship Church in Richardson, TX. Seth and Jeff have collaborated on several events with their youth ministries during Seth's time as a youth pastor. Jeff and Seth have a great time in the studio talking about previous events: what went wrong, what went right, and how collaborating enhanced their ministries at their respective churches!

A Policeman, a Poet, and a Pastor: Race Relations, Part 2, Ep. 05

August 16th, 2016

Part 2 of a very insightful conversation between friends about race relations in America today.  

A Policeman, a Poet, and a Pastor: Race Relations, Part 1, Ep. 04

August 2nd, 2016

Part 1 of a very insightful conversation between friends about race relations in America today.

5 Steps to Great Delegation, Ep. 03

July 19th, 2016

Leaders delegate so that they can do what only they can do. In this week's session of the podcast, Seth talks about five key steps to delegating tasks well so that new leaders are trained up and you can get back to doing what you do best!

Four Systems You Need Regardless of Your Church Size, Ep. 02

June 30th, 2016

Numbers matter, but sometimes actually limit our ministry reach. No matter how large or small your church is, these four systems are vital and necessary for any ministry to be successful!

Four Fatal Risks of a Safe Ministry, Ep. 01

June 28th, 2016

Chuck Norris isn't safe. Neither is Jesus. Let me tell you about the time I met Chuck at an eighth grade girls basketball game. As we play it safe in ministry, we actually could be missing what God is calling us to.

Welcome to the Seminary of Hard Knocks, Ep. 00

June 27th, 2016

Welcome to the Seminary of Hard Knocks! This podcast is designed to help ministry leaders make confident decisions with clear purpose!