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Wise Counsel for Pastors & Church Leaders is a teaching series released 36 times per year. Each video offers encouragement and helpful training on current issues churches are facing. Rick Howerton is the host of the video series. He’s a regional consultant for the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has been a pastor, church planter, campus minister and disciple resource author for Lifeway. You can contact him at or (615) 438-8806.

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Wise Counsel Episodes

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Episode 1 – Prayer and Fasting

Episode 2 – Five Responsibilities of Undershepherds

Episode 3 – Four Ways to Create a Culture of Love

Episode 4 – Loving People Far From Christ

Episode 5 – How to Parent a Spiritual Babe

Episode 6 – Five Ways to Motivate People to Share the Gospel

Episode 7 – Motivating Your Church to Be Evangelistic

Episode 8 – Five Marks of a Spiritually Immature Staff Member and What to Do About Them

Episode 9 – Four Times Procrastination Is the Right Thing to Do

Episode 10 – Creating a Powerful Deacon Ministry

Episode 11 – Six Practices of Pastors Who Exhibit Authority in Meetings

Episode 12 – The Three Lane Church

Episode 13 – Five Undeniable Reasons to Fire a Staff Member

Episode 14 – About the Lead Pastor Job Description

Episode 15 – How to Create a Healthy Staff Culture

Episode 16 – How to Get and Keep Men in Groups

Episode 17 – Wise Counsel for Extraordinary Pastors

Episode 18 – Is Your Church Being the Church or Doing Church?

Episode 19 – Leading Until They Believe in You

Episode 20 – Four Overlooked Reasons Church Members Aren’t Becoming Mature Disciples

Episode 21 – Ten Characteristics of Irresistible Team Leaders

Epiosde 22 – Four Phrases to Avoid When Dismissing a Staff Member

Episode 23 – Ten Easy Way Pastors Can Strengthen Sunday Schools and Small Groups

Episode 24 – Disciple Making, Asking the Hardest Question of All

Episode 25 – How to Get Sunday School Classes and Small Groups to be on Mission

Episode 26 – Pastors Aren’t Exempt – As Far as it Depends on You, Live at Peace With Everyone

Episode 27 – Six Essential Disciple-Making Imperatives

Episode 28 – Six Non-Negotiable Attitudes of a Christian Leader

Episode 29 – Five Unquestionable Reasons Pastors Should Say No to a Great Idea

Episode 30 – Prayer Hairs Worth Splitting, Praying the List vs. Praying in Faith

Episode 31 – Five Practical Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Church Ministry

Episode 32 – Being Sensitive Enough to be Insensitive

Episode 33 – Advice Giving vs. Mining for Wisdom

Episode 34 – Getting 100% of the Story

Episode 35 – Don’t Be an Over-Leader Pastor

Episode 36 – Helping Church Members Understand (Supposedly) Unanswered Prayer


Episode 1 – Being Chosen as a Leader/Pastor is a Miraculous Thing

Episode 2 – Dealing with Church Members who are “New-Averse”

Episode 3 – The Biblical Mindset for Church-Growth

Episode 4 – Where Choir Should Fit Into Your Church

Episode 5 – Pastors Who Are Unteachable Will Soon Fail

Episode 6 – 9 Characteristics of Teachable Church Leaders

Episode 7 – 4 Questions to Guide Effectiveness of Your Staff

Episode 8 – Reasons We Don’t Effectively Make Disciples

Episode 9 – When the Leader “Misses” the Moment

Episode 10 – Encouragement During Hard Times in the Ministry

Episode 11  – Embracing “Shepherding”

Episode 12 – Effective Leaders Don’t Fly by the Seat of Their Pants

Episode 13 –  Should Preachers Be More Concerned About What Their Seminary Professors Think or What Their People Need?

Episode 14 – Setting Effective Visions for Your Church

Episode 15 – 5 Things to Think About When Determining a Church’s Vision

Episode 16 – Think Like a Church-Planter, Not a Church-Reviver

Episode 17 – Effective Pastors Are Preachers, Pastors, AND Leaders

Episode 18 – Don’t Confusing “Feelings” With Heartfelt Worship

Episode 19 – The Key to Discipleship: Spend Time With God Daily

Episode 20 – Pastors of Growing Churches Dream BIG

Episode 21 – Having the Right People in the Right Places Doing the Right Things is Crucial

Episode 22 – Making Hard Calls – Reaching Others With the Gospel

Episode 23 – Characteristics of an Effective Pastor

Episode 24 – Leaders Must Lead, Avoid Fear

Episode 25 – Seven Ways to Saturate the Church Body with the Vision Statement

Episode 26 – The Right, Reasonable, and Biblical Responsibilities of the Local Pastor

Episode 27 –  The Revolutionary Principle – Being an Experimental Church

Episode 28 – Your Church’s Work Environment – Which is it?

Episode 29 – One Statement Pastors of Growing Churches Never, Ever Make

Episode 30 – How to Purposefully Attain and Retain Volunteers

Episode 31 – Should Your Church Have a “Meet and Greet” Time?

Episode 32 – Practical Practices of Pastors Who Make it to the End

Episode 33 – Seven Excellent Elements of a Vision-Casting Talk

Episode 34 –  “On Your Knees” Leadership

Episode 35 – The Most Important and Most Overlooked Principle When Budgeting

Episode 36 – Two Sensible and Wise Ways to Kill an Ineffective Ministry


Episode 1 – 5 Undeniable Resolutions Transformational Pastors Should Make

Episode 2 – The Art of Saying, “No”

Episode 3 – Four Pitfalls Every Church Leader Should Avoid Like the Plague

Episode 4 – Four Creative Ways to Say Thanks to Church Leaders

Episode 5 – Six Reasons a Church-Wide Campaign is Great for Your Church

Episode 6 – Are You a Leader? Leaders Take People Where They Need to Go.

Episode 7 – Church Discipline, Protecting the Church You Lead

Episode 8 – Five Words of Wisdom for Courageous Pastors and Church Planters

Episode 9 – Four Types of Post-Christian Era People and the Needs of Each

Episode 10 – Is an out of Control Church the Best Kind?!

Episode 11 –  Is Your Church a Disciple-Making Church? Six Behind-the-Curtain Indicators

Episode 12 –  Koinonia in a Post-Christian Era

Episode 13 – Leading a Church … What Moses Teaches Us

Episode 14 – The 8 Y’s of TEAM

Episode 15 – Pastor/Leader or Preacher/Boss, Which Are You?

Episode 16 –  Biblical Goal Setting

Episode 17 – Five Words That Are Derailing Disciple Making

Episode 18 – 10 Things I Learned From My Dad Every Pastor Needs to Know

Episode 19 – The Stand Alone Pastor

Episode 20 – The Transitioning Church Leader … 10 Practices Learned in the Trenches

Episode 21 – The 4 Most Important Questions a Pastor Will Ever Ask

Episode 22 – Leader … How to Protect Yourself from Your Own Tendencies

Episode 23 – The Most Important Qualities and Skills of An Effective Leader

Episode 24 – Three Statements and One Undeniable Reality for Churches Considering Revitalization

Episode 25 – Leading the Unleadable

Episode 26 – Helping Church Members Understand Faith and Doubt

Episode 27 – 3 Practical Necessities for Pastors Who Lead Volunteers

Episode 28 – Do You Have to Love the Staff You Lead?

Episode 29 – Getting Shame, Guilt and Sin Out Into the Light

Episode 30 – Seven Words of Encouragement for the Volunteers You Lead

Episode 31 – Three Questions Every Pastor Should Ask Daily

Episode 32 – What to Do on the Days You’re Overly-Sensitive

Episode 33 – The One Word That’s Jump Starting Disciple Making

Episode 34 – When Hiring Staff Members, Be Aware and Beware of Your Personal Biases

Episode 35 – 3 Things Pastors Could Learn from My Emergency Room Doctor

Episode 36 – The Power of a Synergistic Conversation

Episode 37 – Wise Awarenesses Pastors Should Keep in Mind During the Christmas Season

Episode 38 – The Cost of Discipleship

Episode 39 – A Personal Message from Rick


Episode 1 – Four Essential Leadership Principles That Are Learned In the Trenches

Episode 2 – 3 Redemptive Acts That Will Make Your Church a Magnet for Sinners

Episode 3 – Seven Stages to Membership, Getting Guests to Stick

Episode 4 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Facility Barriers

Episode 5 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Pastor Barriers

Episode 6 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Outreach Barriers

Episode 7 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Financial Barriers

Episode 8 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Leadership Barriers

Episode 9 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Mindset Barriers

Episode 10 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Internal Structure Barriers

Episode 11 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Sunday School Barriers

Episode 12 – Barriers to Church Growth: Overcoming Spiritual Barriers

Episode 13 – Preaching, Three Encouragements of Jesus

Episode 14 – Building Relational Equity: Becoming a Coveted Conversationalist

Episode 15 – Building Relational Equity: Sharing the Right Spaces

Episode 16 – Seven Rules for Pastors Who Want to Experience a Rejuvenating Vacation

Episode 17 – Creating a Compelling Vision Statement

Episode 18 – Four Comments Pastors Should Ignore…Almost Always

Episode 19 – Leverage and Leadership

Episode 20 – The Most Effective Way to Recruit Long-Term Volunteers

Episode 21 – Pastor, Do Your Church Members Want to Be Healed – Really?

Episode 22 – How You Might Experience Inner Peace

Episode 23 – 5 Reasons to Leave the Church You’re Serving

Episode 24 – Pastor, Are You Growing the Kingdom of God or Building an Efficient Organization?

Episode 25 – Subculturing… The Church Must Escape Her Own, Evangelistic Necessities

Episode 26 – 7 Necessities for an Efficient Team Meeting

Episode 27 – The Most Dangerous Person in Any Meeting

Episode 28 – Living a Life of Leadership: 5 Expectations of Pastors Who Get It

Episode 29 – 5 Reasons to Remain at the Church You’re Serving

Episode 30 – 5 Often Overlooked Equity Building Leadership Necessities

Episode 31 – 5 Churches That Will Never Make Many Mature Disciples

Episode 32 – 5 Audacious Guidelines for Deacons and Elders Aspiring to Unity With the Church Staff

Episode 33 – 10 Practices of Senior Pastors Who Lead Change and Survive

Episode 34 – Four Mistakes Church Leaders Often Make During the Christmas Season

Episode 35 – Three Gifts Every Pastor Should Give Their Family for Christmas

Episode 36 – A personal word from Rick Howerton