Talking Church

Talking Church is a podcast hosted by River Valley Network that discusses trends in the church and culture. In each episode, you will learn from ministry leaders on a variety of subjects, develop your leadership skills and break new growth barriers!

Episodes In This Podcast

Our Vision For 2023 (Take Ground) | Pastor Rob Ketterling

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Our Vision For 2023 (Take Ground) | Pastor Rob Ketterling

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Episode 52: Pastor Rob jumps back into Talking Church this week to discuss his new vision for 2023: Take Ground! Each year, Pastor Rob shares his vision message for our church, and the theme for the year. We commit to take ground in our church, communities, schools, country, and our world! As a Network, we are embodying this theme with tenacity and boldness, and we pray you will join us as we take ground this year!

A (sub)Urban Church | Anthony Cox

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A (sub)Urban Church | Anthony Cox

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Episode 51: As a multi-site church, we get to minister to many different cultures of the cities around us! Our City Campus, which took ground in Minneapolis several years ago, is located in the heart of Minneapolis and sees a very different culture than some of our rural campuses. Pastor Anthony Cox is the campus pastor of our City Campus, and he sat down to break down his thoughts on pastoring an urban church, and how we can best serve the inner city communities. Whether you have a campus or church in the inner city, we encourage you to pray about how God wants to use you and your team there!

Take Control of Your Soul | Detra Clark

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Take Control of Your Soul | Detra Clark

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Episode 50: It is very important to recognize mental health, and the attacks of the enemy on the mental well being of our ourselves. Our special guest this week is none other than Detra Clark, who is a member of our church, and incredible Christian therapist who has helped so many people with various mental struggles. Detra explains the significance of getting help as a Pastor and leader, so that you can run at the pace God has set before you!

10 Tips To Host Guest Speakers Well | Logan Ketterling

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10 Tips To Host Guest Speakers Well | Logan Ketterling

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Episode 49: At River Valley, we love to host, and we desire to be great stewards of hosting our guests. To ring in the new year, Pastor Logan Ketterling sat down to explain the heart behind hosting well, why it is so important. Here are 10 ways to help your church host people best. We can't wait for you to listen!

What Can Happen In A Year? | Logan Ketterling

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What Can Happen In A Year? | Logan Ketterling

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Episode 48: Happy New Year! Pastor Logan wanted to take this week to celebrate all that God has done this year in River Valley Network! As Pastor Logan breaks down these exciting stories, know you had a big part to play in making this year amazing. Whether you attended our events, gathered some resources, or listened to the podcast, we are so grateful to have connected with you this year. Our goal is to help equip you through the resources that we have to accomplish all God has called you to do. We are so excited to see you in 2023!

Merry Christmas From the Network!

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Merry Christmas From the Network!

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Episode 47: From all of us here at River Valley Network, we want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We are praying over your Christmas services, your congregation, your families, and your team! Let this be a time of rest as we point people to remember what this exciting season is all about!

Your Staff Meetings Suck... Maybe | Kirk Graham

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Your Staff Meetings Suck... Maybe | Kirk Graham

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Episode 46: Pastor Kirk Graham, our Executive Pastor of Local Ministries & Creative, jumps back in the podcast to discuss staff meeting culture & staff discipleship. Pastor Kirk is gifted at energizing the congregation, our team, and other pastors, and he has so much to offer to you when it comes to lifting the culture of your meetings & atmosphere. We know this will rejuvenate you as you dream new ways to bring the most joy to your team, as that is what our God can bring to us each and every day!

Michaela Johnson & Connor Ketterling | Calendar Planning & Better Meetings

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Michaela Johnson & Connor Ketterling | Calendar Planning & Better Meetings

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Episode 45: As a church, there can be what seems to feel like an unlimited number of events within the calendar year, let alone the calendar month! With all of your ministries going on, and each ministry needing weekly consistency combined with a few special events, it can be tricky to navigate planning the calendar. Our Associate Director of Experience, Michaela Johnson, and our Discipleship Pastor, Connor Ketterling, break down how River Valley plans their church-wide calendar, as well as their own personal calendars as they navigate ministry life on top of that. With the amount of campuses, staff, and congregants that River Valley has, we are excited to share our victories and lessons we learned with you!

Terry Parkman | Post Modernism, Post Church, Post Truth

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Terry Parkman | Post Modernism, Post Church, Post Truth

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Episode 44: We are so excited to have Terry Parkman join us again for today's episode on what it truly means to disciple this next generation. Pastor Terry explains that our world today is post modernism, post church, and post truth. This means that culture today is moving from facts and truth and toward feelings, personal desires, and sin to be their truth. In the world's view, it doesn't matter what the facts say, because you can just create your own truth. The next generation is getting taught to live this way, and we need to be equipped to truly minister to them!

Pastor Rob's Newest Book! | Keep The Change

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Pastor Rob's Newest Book! | Keep The Change

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Episode 43: Happy Thanksgiving Week! We wanted to take this week to highlight a conversation that Pastor Logan and Pastor Rob had about Pastor Rob's latest book, "Keep the Change." Pastor Rob shares his heart behind writing the book and the lasting impact that it will have on you and your team. We are praying that you have a safe and relaxing week, enjoy family and friends, and eat some great food as we thank God for all that he has given us!

Pastor Rob Ketterling | Hiring & Firing In Ministry

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Pastor Rob Ketterling | Hiring & Firing In Ministry

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Episode 42: Pastor Rob has been leading River Valley for well over 25 years. He has seen many changes in his staff, from healthy transitions to unhealthy transitions. In this episode, he breaks down all that he has learned from hiring and firing from his time in ministry. Hiring someone is an exciting and large step to take, as the people we hire in ministry are responsible for ministering to our congregations. Having to let people go is another challenge, and Pastor Rob speaks to it all as he has seen many challenges in this area of leading an organization!

Portia Allen | Helping Others Belong

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Portia Allen | Helping Others Belong

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Episode 41: We have a very special guest to introduce to you all today! Portia Allen has been in ministry for 12 years and leads alongside her husband Clinton here at River Valley Church. She has had the opportunity to speak in Minnesota and across the country and is passionate about uplifting and empowering people. As a pastors kid from Texas, she has a deep love for the church. Portia's passion for equipping and helping the church is very powerful. Her time with us in this episode will be very helpful as your church navigates culture's most pressing questions.