Common Language

Common Language Oftentimes important messages are miscommunicated because everyone is using different terms for things or have different understandings of terms. This can happen a lot in ministry with our teams, volunteers or with those we are ministering to. Matt & Chris discuss the practice of finding common language so that everyone can be clear […]


Nostalgia Nostalgia is a powerful thing. From our favorite childhood memories to our first breakup, these memories are powerful and we can still be brought instantly back to those feelings from long ago. Chris and Matt talk about how these memories affect how we lead as ministry leaders and how we can approach ministry with […]

Proofs & Atheism

Proofs and Atheism Robert Mixa from Word on Fire joins the shows to discussion atheism and how to work with people who have doubts or are combative towards faith. This is one of our “big brain” episode that goes deep into theology and methods for best walking with people struggling with belief in God. Enjoy! […]


Equipt We always hear that we should be constantly growing and improving as ministry leaders, but with the large list of to-dos and demands on our time for ministry, it is often hard to find time for that. This is why Ablaze has created a new project called Equipt: a book summary program to give you […]

Docility to the Holy Spirit with Deacon Ralph Poyo

Dream Leader with Tim Dumas The amazing Deacon Ralph Poyo joins the show the week to share his story of conversion over many years, the importance of docility to the Holy Spirit and how he has stayed in ministry for over 40 years. Come sit at the feet of one of the best ministry leaders […]

Dream Leader with Tim Dumas

Dream Leader with Tim Dumas Leadership guru Tim Dumas joins the show to share his expertise on leadership. He shares his 20 year journey of finding out what leadership really is, dreaming big and course correcting as a leader. Never miss out on the craziness of each episode by hitting the subscribe button RIGHT NOW! […]

What Keeps People in Ministry Part 2

What Keeps People in Ministry Part 2 Crystal Marchand from ProjectYM joins the show to continue last week’s discussion on what keeps people in ministry. She brings her expertise from years of supporting youth workers to share the three C’s of longevity in ministry. Connect with ProjectYMInstagram: @project_ym Sign up for the Thrive Community for […]

What Keeps People in Ministry

What Keeps People in Ministry Matt and Chris ask the age old question of what sustains people in ministry for the long haul. We have an epidemic of tremendous people leaving ministry and we all know a lot of the reasons. But by focusing on those who have stayed, what can we learn about being […]

Covid Still Sucks

Covid Still Sucks Some places are opening up. Some aren’t. Some people want in person ministry. Some don’t. Matt and Chris discuss the “light at the end of the tunnel” for Covid in many places across the country but also how many others are still dealing with tough realities. How do we show each other […]

Abuse of Self w/ Chase Crouse

Abuse of Self w/ith Chase Crouse Chase Crouse rejoins the show with Chris to tackle the topic of how often ministry leaders abuse themselves physically, mentally and spiritually by overworking and taking care of everyone else except themselves. Chase, a professional nutrition and health coach, chats about the things we can all do to keep […]