Great preaching and communicating require a lot of hard work, and you’re willing to put in that work! This podcast is dedicated to bringing you experts in their field, through interviews, which will help you hone in on developing clear messages. These conversations will center around the clearest and most effective communicators in the world. Hosted by Craig Smith, join us on a search for clarity in your preaching.

Ep. 8 | Leith Anderson and Engaging a Changing Culture

Welcome back to another incredible conversation here on Clarity, a podcast all about preaching and communicating for church leaders. Today, we have a titan in his field, someone we’ve been looking forward to talking to for a long time, Leith Anderson. Leith is the President of the National Association of Evangelicals, while he and Craig met while Craig was just beginning as faculty at Denver Seminary. Listen in today as they discuss how culture has changed, what it looks like to engage that culture, and the pieces that we (as preachers) need to hold on fast to!

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Ep. 7 | Greg Stier and The Centrality of the Gospel

We are so excited to welcome you back to Clarity after a small hiatus. Today, we welcome on a very special guest, one with a very unique perspective on preaching. Greg Stier is the founder and leader fo an organization called Dare 2 Share Ministries and has had a profound impact on the Church, not only in youth ministry. Craig and Greg cover a wide range of topics from the centrality of the Gospel in their preaching to the impact that you can have on ministry when you’re precise and clear in your communication. You won’t want to miss this one!

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Ep. 6 | Mike Romberger and Unlocking Passion

Glad to have you back on the Clarify podcast for our sixth episode. We try and get these out on the second Monday of the month, but sometimes ministry happens. Today, we have an old friend on the podcast that we’ve been looking forward to since the genesis of this podcast, Mike Romberger. Mike is an old friend of Mission Hills, the staff and the congregation as he was the senior pastor before Craig came on to staff. Mike has some amazing insight on what it looks like to lead a small church through exponential growth, laying out a foundation to build growing ministries upon, and delivered a fun, sweater-vest filled perspective on life from the pulpit. Listen in as Craig and Mike talk about everything from filling big shoes to establishing solid vision for a hungry congregation.

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Ep. 5 | Chris Brown and A Fresh Leadership Approach

Welcome to our first episode of the 2019 year. We are publishing this episode a week late due to the craziness of the Christmas season, as everyone can relate. On this episode, we welcome in Chris Brown, the co-Lead Pastor from North Coast Church in beautiful San Diego, California. Chris is in a unique role, sharing leadership duties and pastoral roles at the forefront of his church with Larry Osborne (to hear our conversation with Larry, head back to Ep. 1 | Laddy Osborne on Dripping Wisdom). Chris is a wonderful leader who is passionate about having fun with your ministry and its direction while being clear on international communicating. Join us today as Craig and Chris dive into what it looks like to bring people, “into the story” as communicators as well as stressing the importance of fundamental truths. You don’t want to miss this one!

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Ep. 4 | Chad Moore on BEING the Church

Welcome to our final episode of the 2018 year! Today’s guest is Chad Moore, the Lead Pastor from Sun Valley Community Church in Arizona. Chad is an amazing communicator and a guy that really thinks a lot about what he does when he’s preaching, and who he’s reaching. He’s very intentional in planning out he thoughts, how they’re going to be received, and how he can work in comic book references, “trojan horsed” and spiritual road signs! He’s funny, he’s a great friend and an even better speaker. Tune in as Craig and Chad discuss what modern churches are marching towards, what it means to BE the church, and how to preach in such a way that creates culture, and moves “vision” forward.

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Ep. 3 | Scott Wenig on Touching Your Heart + Moving Your Will

We are glad to have you back for the third instalment of our Clarity Podcast. Today’s guest is Dr Scott Wenig. Scott is an amazing speaker, a thoughtful theologian, as well as a man who is passionate about creating clear, concise messages that lead people closer to the Gospel. Scott serves as professor of applied theology, teaching in the areas of homiletics, church history, and pastoral ministry. Tune in as Craig and Scott dive into the essentials of teaching adults as well as teens, changing college majors to listen to your calling, and Scott’s tough stint as a basketball coach.

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Ep. 2 | David Hegg + The Three C’s of Preaching

Welcome back to our second episode of the Clarity Podcast! We are so excited to welcome in David Hegg for this episode, who is the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, CA. David is passionate about God’s Word and believes the greatest need in the church today is for pastors to preach the Bible the way it was written. Tune in as Craig and David dive into teaching in your private and public life, the art and science of preaching as well as what it looks like to give your movement momentum.

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Ep. 1 | Larry Osborne on Dripping Wisdom

Welcome to the launch episode of Clarity! Today we sit down with Larry Osborne, the Senior Pastor at North Coast Church in California for a number of years. Larry has the gift of electrifying clarity and you will be challenged and enlightened in this conversation. Larry is the author of books such as Sticky Teams and Lead Like a Shepherd (among many others). Join us today as we get insightful wisdom “soundbites” from this mentor and coach.

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Nuts + Bolts | Ep. 4 – The Walkthrough

In one of our previous Nuts and Bolts episodes, we talked about the process or stages of developing a great message. In today’s episode, I’m just going to walk through what that actually looks like in my own life. Now, I’m not saying you should follow exactly this same pattern. I think every communicator has to find their own rhythm for message development. This is what works best for me, but you’ll have to find what works best for you.

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Nuts + Bolts | Ep. 3 – Message Preparation

The focus today is on the process of preparing clear messages. One of the most common questions I’m asked about preaching is just about my process: how do I go about crafting a message from start to finish? So today I’m going to share what I believe are the six key stages of message preparation. And if I can get a little creative in the way I do that…I’m going to compare it to building a sand castle.

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