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Each week, you will get a chance to listen in on a conversation about an essential element of local church ministry. Pastors Brady Boyd, Andrew Arndt, Daniel Grothe, and Glenn Packiam will host conversations about a variety of issues facing the local church today.


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Episode 078: The Essential Church Learning Community

In this episode, we revisit a conversation to talk about the “what” and “why” behind the launch of our Essential Church Learning Community. Register for the Essential Church Learning Community HERE On Feb 19-20thof 2019 we’re launching our first Essential Church Learning Community… We want to get together with leaders who are hungry to learn […]

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Episode 077: An Interview with Preston Sprinkle

In this episode we sit down with the founder and director of the Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender, Dr. Preston Sprinkle, to talk about what it looks like to really love our LGBTQ neighbors. This started as an academic challenge for me, but it quickly ripped my heart out… the journey has been trying […]

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Episode 076: Women in Ministry // (The “Tough” Texts)

In this episode, with John MacArthur’s controversial comments regarding Beth Moore in the air, we sit down to talk through some of the key texts for thinking about a theology of women in leadership. The charismatic movement believes that God pours his Spirit out on all people… so in my journey, I’ve always wondered, “What […]

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Episode 075: Creating a Culture of Ongoing Leadership Development

In this episode we sit down to talk about how senior leaders can create a culture of ongoing leadership development—both values and methods. It’s so important in ministry to never stop growing… oftentimes churches get a bad rap for using and using up people… our hope is to actually leave people better than when they […]

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Episode 074: A Conversation with Amy Julia Becker

In this episode we sit down to talk with author Amy Julia Becker about her book White Picket Fences: Turning Toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege. I was planning on writing a book about children’s literature… I began to notice that the books I read to my kids were the ones that were […]

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Episode 073: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

In this episode we sit down with Sarah and Jason Jackson to talk about discipleship and spiritual formation and what we can do in our churches to encourage it. Spiritual formation language can be helpful because it helps direct our attention to the holistic aspect of discipleship… In my mind, I see discipleship as the […]

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Episode 072: Evangelism: What and How

In this episode Andrew, Glenn Packiam, and Jason Jackson sit down to talk about how to tilt the culture of our churches towards evangelism, and how they’ve seen the Spirit use the ministry of Alpha to help. Barna did a study about evangelism and while there was agreement that Christians should be witnesses for Jesus […]

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Episode 071: A Conversation with Tim Lucas and Warren Bird

In this episode we sit down with Tim Lucas and Warren Bird to talk about their new book Liquid Church and what they are seeing the Spirit do both on the east coast and across the country. We call our church “bapticostal”… we are open to the Holy Spirit but we keep our seatbelt on […]

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Episode 070: A Conversation with Ray Johnston

In this episode we sit down with Pastor Ray Johnston of Bayside Church in Sacramento to talk about church health, growth, and the kind of leadership both require. Health is more important than growth… I always wanted to pastor a church that the closer you got to the core, the healthier it would be… People […]

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Episode 069: An Interview with Sean Morgan

In this episode we sit down with Sean Morgan to talk about some current trends among leaders in the North American church. The number one thing I am encouraged by is the caliber of leaders I am meeting in the church today… I am very encouraged by their obedience of these leaders…   The sad […]

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Brady Boyd Senior Pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs

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Brady Boyd

Senior Pastor, New Life Church

Andrew Arndt

Teaching Pastor: New Life Friday Night

Daniel Grothe

Associate Senior Pastor, New Life Church

Glenn Packiam

Associate Senior Pastor, New Life Church

Essential Church Learning Community

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