Kyle Idleman from Southeast Christian Church is my guest for this week’s episode. What you may not know is that Kyle is the one who planted Real Life Church, where I am today.

As we sat down, I learned a bit more about what it was like for Kyle to grow up under the microscope as a pastor’s kid. (Something my daughters know a little something about. You can listen to their take on being a pastor’s kid here). He shared with me how being open and authentic can be a catalyst for a better connection with your people. We also got to talk about his new book One at a Time. Kyle shares some great insights in this episode that I hope are helpful for you too.

Special thanks to our sponsor for the month, Stadia Church Planting!


About Kyle – 2:05

  • Kyle’s start in ministry
  • Planting Real Life Church

From under the microscope to in the fishbowl – 20:28

  • Kyle’s experiences as a pastor’s kid
  • How that helped him navigate being a pastor himself
  • Understanding brokenness
  • The importance of vulnerability in leadership

Leading Southeast Christian Church – 33:02

  • Stepping into the senior pastor role at Southeast Christian
  • What it was like following not just one legend but two
  • How to navigate a pastoral transition well.


About Our Guest

Kyle Idleman is a bestselling Christian author and speaker. He’s most widely known for his award-winning book, not a fan., which has sold more than 1.3 million copies and has sparked a movement among believers to ditch being fans of Jesus and become completely committed followers instead. Other successful titles include Don’t Give Up, Grace Is Greater, the end of me, AHA, and gods at war. Kyle has also partnered with City on a Hill Studio to produce video resources for his books, as well as feature-length films, such as The Song, The Easter Experience, and The Christmas Experience.

A graduate of Ozark Christian College, his full-time ministry began as a church planter in Los Angeles. In 2003, he joined the staff of Southeast Christian Church, serving alongside Bob Russell and Dave Stone. In 2019, Kyle became the Senior Pastor at Southeast Christian, a megachurch located in the Louisville, Kentucky area.

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