Episode 150: The Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful – A Conversation with Todd Richards

November 24, 2020

The Good.

The Bad.

The Ugly.

And the Beautiful.

That’s a pretty good summary of life, isn’t it? We’re each a combination of all of those elements in one marvelous human being.

Today’s episode features a conversation with Todd Richards, Associate Pastor at Scioto Ridge UMC. We talk about the daily leadership Todd provides as a worship leader, discipleship pastor, and partner in ministry. In each of the roles Todd fills, he’s leading others towards building trust, offering hope, providing stability, and showing compassion.

You’ll hear how the ordinary elements of life, from gardening to praying with open hands, guide Todd in continuing to lead others well. Lean in and listen to how one leader models for others what is important – even when it’s not easy.

Questions for Consideration

After listening to this episode, consider these questions:

  • What good, bad, ugly, and beautiful things are happening in your midst. Take 5 minutes and write about it.
  • Where is God in the midst of the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful?

Mentioned in this Episode

More Power to You by Margaret Feinberg

Dare to lead by Brene Brown

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

Love Does by Bob Goff

Todd’s Top 5 Clifton Strengths


People exceptionally talented in the Responsibility theme take psychological ownership of what they say they will do. They are committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.


People exceptionally talented in the Individualization theme are intrigued with the unique qualities of each person. They have a gift for figuring out how different people can work together productively.


People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feelings by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.


People exceptionally talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to determine how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.


People exceptionally talented in the Connectedness theme have faith in the links among all things. They believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has meaning.