Church Leadership Podcast
Church Leadership Podcast
Episode 59 - Steve Layton on Ministering During a Crisis, Ministry Transition, & Dealing With Loss
Even in the middle of social distancing and stay at home orders, Mark and Andy sill find a way to have great conversations with church leaders you should know. This week, the CLP guys get to spend some time online with one of their friends and mentors, Steve Layton. Steve serves as the Senior Pastor of Riverchase Baptist Church in Hoover, Alabama. You can follow Steve on Twitter  or on Facebook. You will enjoy listening to our conversation with Steve, as we discuss ministering during a pandemic, dealing with loss, second chair leadership, disciple making, and transitioning to become a lead pastor. So, listen, learn, and laugh along with us this week, as we navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.


“First, we had to figure out, how do we keep the community? How do we drop the fear among our people?… How do we manage information? How are we going to deliver services?”

“I just want to know where their fishing hole is.”

“As I look back on that, I see how God guides the steps of men and women, to get us back here.”

“So, to be a discipleship pastor now, or a pastor with a heart of discipleship, is one of the key changes. And that’s one of the things I’m most thankful for… I see my role as that of a lead disciple maker.”

“They understand when we talk about things like, love God, make disciples, and live sent; where we are headed and what we are trying to accomplish in each of those things.”

“… But the good thing is, I’m gonna be a senior high boy one day. And although I won’t know the answer, at least my clothes will fit and I’ll be able to get my layup back.”

“If we can be encouragers. If we can ask people how God is blessing their ministry and focus on them. If we can just trust that God really is sovereign and who He says He is. Man, that’s the words of encouragement that I have today.”