Managing Leadership Anxiety: Yours and Theirs

Tools to notice internal triggers, group dynamics and contagious anxiety to move through them for healthier teams. Guest Interviews.

Lisa Nichols is the CEO and co-founder of Technology Partners (TPI), a Women-Business Enterprise and provider of premier IT staffing, solutions, and IT leadership development. Named among the Most Influential Business Women (by St. Louis Business Journal) this year, Lisa’s influence has been recognized by her peers and greater St. Louis community.

Lisa and her husband, Greg, founded Technology Partners in 1994 driven by their passion to revolutionize the staffing industry with their transparent business model. They co-lead the business today. Greg and Lisa have made it their priority from day one to create mutual wins for their employees, clients, and the communities in which Technology Partners operates.

S713 Amie Patrick

Amie Patrick has served in a wide variety of ministry roles and contexts for almost 30 years. She planted The Journey church in St. Louis, Missouri alongside her husband Darrin in 2001, and walked alongside Darrin in a restoration process after he was removed from leadership at The Journey in 2016. Since Darrin's sudden and tragic death in 2020, Amie has been navigating a new path of grief, single parenthood and living a meaningful life in the midst of unexpected loss. Amie is a mother to three daughters and a son, and is passionate about spiritual formation and equipping leaders for emotionally and spiritually healthy lives and ministries.

Clare Steele is the CEO of Compassion Australia and has worked for over a decade in Christian ministry, following a successful business career. As both a professional and a mother, she has a passion for helping vulnerable children living in poverty and encouraging families in their walk with Christ.

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter is the founding bishop of The Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others, founder of The Telos Collective, and founder of the Center for Formation, Justice and Peace. He is past president of Alpha USA, former national director for the Association of Vineyard Churches, and retired founding pastor of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Costa Mesa, CA. He is the author of Christianity Beyond Belief: Following Jesus for the Sake of OthersGiving Church Another ChanceThe Outsider InterviewsThe Accidental Anglican, Our Favorite Sins, Our Character at Work and Deep Peace.

Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is pastor of St Lucia Uniting Church, Brisbane, Australia and the author of "The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry" (IVP) and "Unfettered: Imagining a Childlike Faith Beyond the Baggage of Western Culture" (Brazos). Mandy and her husband, a New Testament professor, live with their family in a little house where the teapot is always warm. Learn more about Mandy’s work at

Dr. Heather Thompson Day is an interdenominational speaker and has been a contributor for Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Newsweek and the Barna Group. She is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Andrews University and host of Viral Jesus, a podcast with Christianity Today. She is passionate about supporting women, and runs an online community called I’m That Wife which has over 200k followers. 

Heather’s writing has been featured on outlets like the Today Show, and the National Communication Association. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio Live and has been featured in Forbes. 

She believes her calling is to stand in the gaps of our churches for young people. She is the author of 7 books; including It’s Not Your Turn, and Confessions of a Christian Wife.

She resides in Michigan, with her husband, Seth Day, and their three children, London, Hudson, and Sawyer Day.

Casey Tygrett has been involved in the work of spiritual formation for nearly 25 years. Through various positions in churches, seminaries, and para-church organizations, Casey’s work in writing and speaking have aligned to create content that is wise and helpful for the journey of life and faith. 

He completed the Tending the Holy spiritual direction training program in 2015, and since then has provided spiritual direction to individuals both privately and as the Director of Spiritual Direction at Soul Care.

He is the author of two books, Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions and As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in Our Spiritual Life. The book As I Recall was awarded the 2020 Award of Merit in Spiritual Formation by Christianity Today.

Casey is the host of the otherWISE Podcast, collecting wise conversations for living well on the journey with Jesus. 

He and his wife Holley have been married for over 20 years and have one daughter named Bailey. They live in south suburban Chicago, IL. 


Steve Carter is a pastor, speaker, author of The Thing Beneath The Thing, podcast host, and the former lead teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago.

He hosts the Craft & Character podcast where he helps people get better at the art of communication while ensuring their character always leads the way. His desire is to bring Jesus into every conversation and space he occupies. Steve co-hosts one of the top sports podcasts called The Home Team Podcast with ESPN sports anchor Sam Acho and NFL player Trey Burton which unpacks the intersection between faith, culture, sports and family.

With a degree in Biblical Studies from Hope International University, Steve has a heart for the local church. Currently an itinerant preacher and teacher for churches, conferences, events, camps, and retreats all over the country, Steve lives in Phoenix with his wife, Sarah, and their two kids. 


S7E6 - Steve Cuss

Steve Cuss takes an intriguing look at the show Ted Lasso through the Systems Theory lens.

Winn Collier, a pastor for 26 years, was the founding pastor of All Souls in Charlottesville, Virginia. Winn now serves as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology & Christian Imagination and director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Winn has a PhD in religion and fiction from the University of Virginia and is the author of multiple books, including Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Smalltown Church and A Burning in My Bones, the biography of Eugene Peterson.


Bliss describes himself as unremarkable, Pastor with All Souls Charlottesville, looking for signs of new creation, and a wannabe spiritual poet & theologian.

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