Carey Nieuwhof

001: Carey Nieuwhof on Leadership vs. Discipleship

Leadership and discipleship often look like two very different things. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, CEO, leadership expert, and founding pastor Carey Nieuwhof joins us for the first episode of the Red Letter Disciple Podcast.


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Resources mentioned in the episode:

At Your Best

Red Letter Challenge 40-Day Discipleship Challenge

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

The Art of Leadership Academy

At Your Best Course

Episode 1 of the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast with Andy Stanley.

Key insights from the episode: 

Don’t despise small beginnings. – Carey Nieuwhof

Good leadership and discipleship can often look very similar. – Carey Nieuwhof

Jesus calls us to do things leaders wouldn’t normally do. – Zach Zehnder

As a leader, use your power for the benefit of others. – Carey Nieuwhof

Sometimes, doing the right thing is going to cost you. It’s worth the cost. – Carey Nieuwhof

You have three to five highly productive hours a day. Do your most important work in those hours. – Carey Nieuwhof

As a Christian, do your devotional time during your most productive time. It’s the most important thing you do, so it deserves your best attention and focus. – Carey Nieuwhof

The superpower we all need is focus. – Carey Nieuwhof

More and more people aren’t even touching anything electronic for the first few hours a day. – Carey Nieuwhof

Prioritize your kids when they’re at home. – Carey

If you work with your mind, relax with your hands. – Carey

If you listen longer than most people listen, you hear things most people never hear. – Carey

Lead yourself (and your church) to be more like Jesus. 

For so many Christians, the discipleship process isn’t very clear.

They know they need to go to church, pray, not sin, and maybe attend a small group. While these are great things, they don’t outline a clear path leading people to live more like Jesus.

We’d love to introduce you to the 40-Day Red Letter Challenge.

When you and your church take the challenge, you’ll have a clear 40-day discipleship path that will help you master five key areas of discipleship.

You can learn more about the challenge here!

Some not-so-key insights: 

“My mother always taught me that if I have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all, so I’ll keep quiet.” – Carey when asked about people who have Traeger Grills.

Zach owns a Traeger Grill. 

Chris occasionally mows the yard prematurely to avoid cleaning the house.

Off-brand Big Green Eggs are just as unacceptable as Traegers.

Carey still mows his own lawn.

Watch the entire season for free: 

We’ll be uploading every episode of season one of The Red Letter Disciple on our YouTube Channel. If you aren’t subscribed already, you can do so here!

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