Podcast Episode 23: Curing Random Teaching and Preaching

In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Michael Kelley, the Director of the Small Group Team at LifeWay. During their conversation, they discuss how to turn random messages into a powerful discipleship ministry.

Best Quotes

“If you want to raise generosity levels, more preaching on the topic is not the way to go.”

“The general principles of discipleship are not that complicated, but there are unique cultural attributes to how those principles are exercised that vary a lot from congregation to congregation.”

“Is there a way I can help someone who learns in a different way process this truth other than just reading the words on the page?”

“Anytime that you communicate in a spiritual way, you are walking a tightrope between the truth that needs to be communicated and the manner in which it is communicated.”

“Money is the key to understanding a person’s heart.”

“Money becomes a revelation of the level of our discipleship.”

“You can preach expositionally through most books of the Bible and there is going to come a moment where you talk about money.”

“You don’t just need to preach a sermon about money every six months, you need to have an understanding of generosity as a cultural attribute of your congregation.”

“The 3 a.m. statement is a short, easy-to-remember, one-sentence summary of your entire message.”



Michael Kelley lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Jana, and three children: Joshua (14), Andi (12), and Christian (9).  He serves as the Director of Discipleship and Groups Ministry for Lifeway Christian Resources and is the author of Transformational DiscipleshipWednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and GodBoring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life; and Growing Down: Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep Us from Jesus.

Recommended Resources

Generosity by LifeWay (https://lifewaygenerosity.com)

Mere (mereagency.com)

BSFL (https://biblestudiesforlife.com)

Smallgroup.com (https://www.smallgroup.com)