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Ten podcasts for public leaders

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For those who prefer to listen rather than read, we’ve gathered our top 10 suggestions of podcasts for public leaders, split into two categories: leadership and cultural intelligence.

Cultural intelligence

Q Podcast

Q, a website of videos and articles, was birthed out of Gabe Lyons’ vision to see Christians, especially leaders, recover a vision for their historic responsibility to renew and restore cultures. The podcast (qpod​cast​.lib​syn​.com) covers a large subject-base relating to culture, vocation, and ethical issues (mostly from an American perspective). Some episodes (such as ep 34) focus specifically on vocation outside of the church. 

TWR-UK: Theology of News

This current affairs programme looks at the theology behind Christian engagement with social issues such as economics, relationships, justice, the arts, science and tech, and more. twr​.org​.uk/​s​h​o​w​/​t​h​e​o​l​o​g​y​-​o​f​-news

the MediaNet: #Signal

The MediaNet is a network that supports, encourages and inspires Christians who work in, and with, the UK media. Their monthly #Signal podcast goes behind the scenes and beneath the headlines that are shaping our media landscape, and speaks with those creating them. Download on iTunes or listen on SoundCloud: sound​cloud​.com/​t​h​e​m​e​d​ianet

Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland: Reimagining Faith

A podcast to help you reimagine the role of faith in the public square. Season One includes a live teaching session from Mark Sayers, interviews with John Mark Comer and Pete Greig, as well as a round table wrap up discussion. Available on iTunes or at reimag​in​ing​faith​.com/​e​a​n​i​p​o​dcast

Leadership

Forge leadership

Forge Leadership is a new leadership consultancy headed by Simon Barrington, former Chief Executive of Samaritan’s Purse UK. The weekly podcast features interviews with leaders from the marketplace, charity sector and church, including our very own Dave Landrum. thep​ub​li​cleader​.com/​f​o​r​g​e​-​l​e​a​d​e​r​s​h​i​p​-​p​o​dcast

TWR-UK: The Leadership Forum

We partnered with TWR-UK on a series investigating key leadership characteristics and featuring interviews with some great writers and leaders. You can hear Abi Jarvis and Danny Webster from the public leadership team in the final episode. thep​ub​li​cleader​.com/​t​h​e​-​l​e​a​d​e​r​s​h​i​p​-​f​o​r​u​m​-​t​wr-uk

Premier Radio: The Leadership File

This podcast features conversations with leaders of churches, charities and (less so) companies, with guests (including Dave Landrum) sharing their experience of learning from God as to how to lead within their situation. thep​ub​li​cleader​.com/​d​a​v​e​-​l​a​ndrum

Craig Groeschel

The leadership podcast is one of a large number of resources from Life Church (who also created the popular YouVersion Bible app). The issue-based podcast is mostly targeted at church leaders, but many of the issues (such as embracing change’ and creating a value-driven culture’) apply to public leaders as well. Download from iTunes or listen on the website: life.church/leadershippodcast.

Carey Nieuwhof

Nieuwhof’s leadership podcast also has a church focus but can be applied more widely. Episode 102, What leaders and communicators can learn from improv, has a great interview about public speaking and improvisation. You can subscribe via iTunes or Google Play or see more options on the website: careynieuwhof​.com/​m​y​p​odcast.

John Mark Comer

Bridgetown.church/teaching and prac​tic​ingth​e​way​.org include a variety of talks (and articles) on topics such as Discovering your Identity and Calling and Silence and Solitude. Talks can be watched / listened to online, or downloaded (audio only). 

Do you have a favourite podcast? Email us at hello@​thepublicleader.​com or get in touch via Twitter.

About the author

Abi Jarvis is the public leadership coordinator at the Evangelical Alliance, seeking to equip Christians with the skills and confidence to be leaders in the places where God has called them. She has a BA in Ancient History and a MSc in Political Communication. Abi loves going to the theatre, watches too many American TV dramas and somehow became responsible for daily office exercises despite her hatred of all things sporty. Much to her dismay, she ticks the box for pretty much every stereotypical feature of a PK - a pastor's kid.

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