Mike is the founding and Lead Pastor for City Church in the capital region of New York.
A southeast Texas native, he moved to New York in 2008 and quickly fell in love with the City of Albany.
Shortly after moving, God placed it on Mike’s heart to plant a church one of the least churched city in America. Since its humble beginnings, City Church has grown from 6 people to one of the largest independent churches in the City of Albany and has expanded to a multi campus and multi cultural church.
Mike believes that the church should be relevant and practical, all while focusing on the truth of the Gospel.
Mike and his wife Kristi lives in Rensselaer with their son Judah and daughter Allison.
January 8th, 2019 | 35 mins 13 secs
business, change, church, dashboard, measurements, metrics, new year, organization, perspective, planning, practical, statistics
Start of 2019 the right way. New year, new you, new change to do things right. Why not start with metrics? Metrics have a lot of controversy over whether they are good or bad, but take a listen of how they could help your church or organization.
December 18th, 2018 | 1 hr 14 mins
business, church, goals, organization, podcast, preaching, review, sermon, talking, traveling, year
What a year 2018 has been. Since we are taking a few weeks off for the holidays, this episode is a little longer as we cover everything that happened this year and what is expected to come in 2019! You aren't going to want to miss this!
December 11th, 2018 | 33 mins 40 secs
approval, board, budget, business, church, finances, money, organization, plan, planning, saving, spending, year
Every church or organization needs a budget, but how do you build one? How to you know what should go where? Who should be involved? What if something changes during the year? Join us as we talk about planning, making, and carrying out a budget and how it can change as your church or organization changes.
December 4th, 2018 | 28 mins 20 secs
balance, business, church, healthy, leadership, leading, ministry, organization, steps
Most people want to be a healthy leader or think presume that they are, but what does this really mean? What does it look like to even be a healthy leader? It can be tough to keep this up and balance ministry and family? Join us this week as we dive into what being a healthy leader should look like and what even we struggle with.
November 27th, 2018 | 29 mins 47 secs
business, church, culture, goals, leader, leadership, organization, waypoints
Do you know what waypoints are? If you do, do you know how to apply this to leadership? Join us as Michael talks about how to define waypoints in leadership and how expectations should be handled.
November 20th, 2018 | 37 mins 24 secs
balance, business, church, friends, friendship, leadership, leading, organization
Leading is hard enough, but if you are leading alongside friends? Does that affect your relationship? Should it? How can you avoid it? What boundaries need to be set to make sure that work and friendship stay separate?
November 13th, 2018 | 29 mins 46 secs
church, fear, forward, grace, growth, leader, leadership, learning, organization, team, unknown
Leaders will always have to go down the path of the unknown. What happens when you go down this path? What if you are part of a team where your leader is in this spot? How do you approach it or even start?
November 6th, 2018 | 26 mins 26 secs
business, church, culture, guest, organization, people, retention, returning, support
Getting people through your doors is one thing, but how do you create a culture that keeps them coming back? How does your business or church do with the returning guest? How does your culture not only support growth but keeping that growth?
October 30th, 2018 | 27 mins 16 secs
ads, advertising, budget, business, church, marketing, media, organization, outreach, social, social media
Marketing no matter what you do can have many different approaches. How about social media? Do you budget out marketing on social media platforms? How much? Which ones? Where do you even start? Hear about our recent success with social media marketing and how you can benefit from it.
October 23rd, 2018 | 29 mins 26 secs
business, christmas, church, experience, organization, planning, production, service
It's not Christmas yet, but it is time to start planning your Christmas experience/service. What goes into this? What should it look like? How involved is it? Join us as we discuss what it is like planning and running a Christmas experience.
October 2nd, 2018 | 26 mins 7 secs
business, church, growth, humility, lead, leading, organization, overcoming, pride, team, teamwork
Join us this week as we do an unofficial part 2 of last weeks episode 'The Forgotten Attribute'. We dive more into pride and humility and how these can make or break a team and a leader.
September 25th, 2018 | 33 mins 40 secs
church, growth, humble, humility, leader, organization, perspective, team, teamwork, together, truth
Are you a leader or on a team and your just wondering what might be holding you back or taking you to the next level? Listen this week as Michael dives into the forgotten attribute that every leader and team needs.
September 18th, 2018 | 35 mins 2 secs
business, church, community group, discipleship, group, organization, planning center, right now media, sign up, small group
Small groups, community groups, whatever you call them it's fundamental in any church. Whether you are just starting or want to know how to take it to the next step, join Nathan and Michael talk about how to grow your groups and use technology to stay current.
September 11th, 2018 | 43 mins 16 secs
business, church, culture, generation, organization, preaching, relate, shape. texas, youth
We've talked about building a volunteer culture in your church or organization, but what about shaping that culture around you? Join us this week as we talk to Keenan Clark talk about how he shapes the culture around him at such a young age.
September 4th, 2018 | 28 mins 40 secs
business, busy, calling, church, community, organization, pastor, stress, work
Pastor's do so much for their church and community, but what is there life like behind closed doors? Michael gives us a look into what life it like for pastor, both when people aren't looking outside a Sunday and at home. The struggles and pressure they have can be more than one might think, so we invite you to listen in on this interview as we talk about "The Life of a Pastor".
August 28th, 2018 | 28 mins 19 secs
business, change, church, culture, engage, generation, leadership, millennial, organization, reach, youth
After building up your church or organization, you want to make sure it's legacy is known. You need to make sure the next generation is reached and is ready to step in after you. The problem is, how you engage this next generation? How do you have them grasp your culture while reaching theirs?