Leading Simple with Rusty George

Rusty George

Rusty George is the Lead Pastor at Real Life Church in Southern California; a multi-site church with campuses in Canyon Country, Valencia and a large online community. Under Rusty’s lead, Real Life has become one of the fastest growing churches in America–growing by 111% in 2011 alone. Beyond leading his church of 6,000+ members every weekend, Rusty is a global speaker, leader and teacher focusing his message on helping people find and follow Jesus. Rusty has also written several books and writes regularly at pastorrustygeorge.com. Aside from being a loyal Chiefs, Royals and Lakers fan, Rusty is first and foremost committed to his family. Rusty has been married to his wife, Lorrie, for over twenty years and they have two daughters, Lindsey and Sidney. As a family they enjoy walking the dogs, watching the Food Network and playing board games together.

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Episode 228: Tiana Spencer makes overcoming shame simple
6d ago
Episode 228: Tiana Spencer makes overcoming shame simple
I had heard incredible things about Tiana Spencer as a pastor, speaker, and teacher. And I’ve got to say, I learned so much from her in our conversation. We got to talk about her love of teaching scripture and the encouragement she found to pursue it. She shared how she developed a desire for a more holistic faith. And I was moved to hear her talk about her passion for creating an emotionally healthy church. Maybe you’re wrestling with your calling or your identity. Or you’ve experienced some traumas that you’re working through. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, I think you’ll love hearing my conversation with Tiana.Special thanks to Serve HQ for sponsoring this week’s episode!HighlightsAbout Tiana Spencer - 2:47Tiana’s start leading bible study at 14Finding a starting point if you’re new to scriptureWhat Tiana’s reading that’s impacting herHow Tiana and her husband navigate ministry together.Connecting with God - 12:59Tiana shares how her family connects with GodFinding anchors to stay connected withHow Tiana found a passion for emotional healing in the church - 17:56How Albert Tate encouraged Tiana to teachHer own emotional journeyProcessing trauma and emotional healing in the churchDeveloping her passion for holistic faithResourcesTiana’s websiteTiana’s Instagram The Other Half of the Church by Jim Wilder and Michel Hendricks Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas Children of Abraham Sermon by Tiana Spencer Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter ScazzeroThere are several resources around the Enneagram including but not limited to: Enneagram Today (an InterVarsity Press website) The Enneagram Institute (a focused view of the Enneagram) The Enneagram in Business (specific to business and leadership)
Episode 228: Tiana Spencer makes overcoming shame simple
6d ago
Episode 228: Tiana Spencer makes overcoming shame simple
I had heard incredible things about Tiana Spencer as a pastor, speaker, and teacher. And I’ve got to say, I learned so much from her in our conversation. We got to talk about her love of teaching scripture and the encouragement she found to pursue it. She shared how she developed a desire for a more holistic faith. And I was moved to hear her talk about her passion for creating an emotionally healthy church. Maybe you’re wrestling with your calling or your identity. Or you’ve experienced some traumas that you’re working through. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, I think you’ll love hearing my conversation with Tiana.Special thanks to Serve HQ for sponsoring this week’s episode!HighlightsAbout Tiana Spencer - 2:47Tiana’s start leading bible study at 14Finding a starting point if you’re new to scriptureWhat Tiana’s reading that’s impacting herHow Tiana and her husband navigate ministry together.Connecting with God - 12:59Tiana shares how her family connects with GodFinding anchors to stay connected withHow Tiana found a passion for emotional healing in the church - 17:56How Albert Tate encouraged Tiana to teachHer own emotional journeyProcessing trauma and emotional healing in the churchDeveloping her passion for holistic faithResourcesTiana’s websiteTiana’s Instagram The Other Half of the Church by Jim Wilder and Michel Hendricks Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas Children of Abraham Sermon by Tiana Spencer Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter ScazzeroThere are several resources around the Enneagram including but not limited to: Enneagram Today (an InterVarsity Press website) The Enneagram Institute (a focused view of the Enneagram) The Enneagram in Business (specific to business and leadership)
Episode 222: Leading through Crisis Without Becoming One
Oct 12 2022
Episode 222: Leading through Crisis Without Becoming One
If you've been listening to the podcast for a while, then you've heard me speak to some incredible pastors who have led their churches through different tragedies and transitions. Navigating through a crisis is no easy feat. I know on our end, we've done some things right and we've done some things wrong. But through it all, we've had these experiences that we don't feel like we should keep to ourselves. That's why I’m grateful to Fred Gray, the executive pastor at Real Life Church. Fred and I designed a course called Leading Through Crisis. Our hope is to equip you with ways to lead through a crisis as healthily as possible, so you don’t have to become one.Now, I’d love for you to check out the course. There are so many great resources available including how to address a national loss, how to work with the press, and the preventative measures you should take before a crisis ever happens. If you’re curious and want a deeper dive into why we created this course, join my conversation with Fred Gray as we talk through our experiences leading through crisis.Special thanks to ServeHQ for sponsoring this week!HighlightsRusty & Fred remember their experiences leading through crisis - 2:38How Fred started at Real Life ChurchThe importance of having a healthy staff.Communicating well when a crisis occursPreparation is Key - 14:17How do you need to prepare for a crisis before it occurs?A bit more background about the Leading Through Crisis leadership course.What Rusty and Fred did right, wrong, and do differently now.What to do when you hit the wall - 19:32Fred’s shares his own experience hitting the wall.Healthier ways to cope with burnout.What would Fred say to himself 10 years ago?ResourcesEpisode TranscriptLeading Through Crisis Course
Episode 216: Leadership legend Dan Reiland makes culture simple.
Aug 31 2022
Episode 216: Leadership legend Dan Reiland makes culture simple.
Leadership looks like getting comfortable with growth, taking risks, and appreciating the journey along the way. And this week, we have someone who is a living, breathing example of how to live that out that well. Dan Reiland is an author, leadership coach, executive pastor, and a legend when it comes to innovation in the world of ministry. He’s passionate about developing and empowering leaders; you can hear that passion come through in our conversation.You’ll get to hear Dan share about interning with John Maxwell, how he learned to live out his calling to reach people, and why focusing on the culture you’re building is a crucial part of leading an organization. I’m telling you, this episode is a masterclass in ministry and leadership no matter where you are in your journey.Special thanks to Stadia Church Planting for sponsoring this week’s episode!HighlightsWho is Dan? -  2:24How Dan Reiland broke John Maxwell’s internship.The life lesson he applies the most to this day.How Dan started blogging before blogging was blogging.Finding your rhythm and staying in your lane.Leadership as an Executive Pastor - 17:19The different roles an Executive Pastor (XP) can play.The strategy behind bringing on an executive pastor.Advice for anyone stepping into the XP role for the first time.Lessons from Great Leaders - 30:28Lessons from John Maxwell and Kevin Meyers.What is culture?Infusing the good and filtering out the bad in the cultural waters of an organization.ResourcesDan’s Facebook Dan’s Twitter Dan’s Website Confident Leader!: Become One, Stay One by Dan Reiland Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistable Workplace by William Vanderbloemen Leadership Alone Isn't Enough: 40 Devotions to Strengthen Your Soul by Dan Reiland
Episode 215: Jodi Tonarelli makes being an Executive Pastor simple.
Aug 24 2022
Episode 215: Jodi Tonarelli makes being an Executive Pastor simple.
Jodi Tonarelli is my guest this week, and it's an honor to have her on the podcast.  Her background in broadcast journalism (and a lot of prayers) led her to the role of Executive Pastor at The Ridge Community Church, where Mark Weigt is the lead pastor. You can hear my conversation with Mark on the podcast here. I enjoyed hearing her take on what an executive pastor does and her journey navigating that role.There were some great takeaways from this conversation: From how to seek God before stepping into a new role to what leaders can do to create a more inclusive workplace. I'm telling you, what you'll learn from her when it comes to leadership will benefit you no matter what you do. Special thanks to Stadia Church Planting for sponsoring this week's episode!HighlightsAbout Jodi Tonarelli - 2:48How she got started at The Ridge.Her background in Broadcast JournalismWhat the transition from working outside of the church to working in the church was like for Jodi.Being an Executive Pastor - 12:07What goes into being an executive pastor?Learning to balance the goals and the mission.Do’s and Don'ts for being an executive pastor.Leaving the Door Open - 26:30Wrestling through what being a woman in her role means.What male pastors can do to better empower women.How to manage wearing multiple hats in your organization.ResourcesJodi’s TwitterJodi’s LinkedIn The Ridge Community Church in Greenfield, Wisconsin The Ridge - YouTube The Four Disciplines of Execution by Sean Covey Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson
Episode 213: Karl Vaters makes thriving in a small church simple
Aug 10 2022
Episode 213: Karl Vaters makes thriving in a small church simple
90% of new churches in America are small churches, and there are some incredible lessons we can learn from what those are doing well. Our guest, Karl Vaters, is a champion for building a healthy small church, and I'm glad to have him back on the podcast. You can take a listen to the first episode we recorded here.Karl sheds light on small churches' advantages when connecting with new people and shares some essential tips that anyone can integrate into their organization. He also gives a behind the scenes look at his upcoming book, the process of writing it, and what it means to be a proactive leader rather than a reactive leader. Whether you're a business owner, a pastor, or a church leader, there's something for you in our conversation.Special thanks to Stadia Church Planting for sponsoring this week's episode!HighlightsLessons from small churches - 02:48What every church can learn from navigating COVID.How churches can stand out in an increasingly digital world.The difference between visiting a small church and a megachurch for a newcomer.Creating a non-downloadable experience - 11:10How you can G.I.F.T somebody this week.Building the bridge to intentional relationship.What’s working well to help people grow in their faith?A closer look at how we “do” church - 21:49Innovation and rethinking what the church can look like.Is there a singular best way to lead a church?What are the metrics that matter most in tracking a church’s success?Being a proactive pastor and leader.