Episode 078: The Essential Church Learning Community (12/11/2019) - 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 in an intentional environment… to explore topics we’re all wrestling with… In a traditional conference setting, you have one person on the stage giving their best talk… I often walk away from those with 30 questions about what I’ve heard… usually there isn’t space for Read More
Episode 077: An Interview with Preston Sprinkle (12/4/2019) - 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 to navigate the tension between biblical faithfulness and yet radically loving people… Many Christians are so concerned to get the truth right that love takes a distant second… love winds up being the icing on the cake rather than the very embodiment of the truth…  Read More
Episode 076: Women in Ministry // (The “Tough” Texts) (11/20/2019) - 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 would prevent a woman from preaching?” For me, I came to Christ in high school, and my very first youth pastor was a woman, so I didn’t even realize it was an issue… when I started really reading the Bible, I saw women all over Read More
Episode 075: Creating a Culture of Ongoing Leadership Development (11/13/2019) - 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 joined our team…    Pastoral ministry is so diverse and requires a really unique toolbelt… people pick some of those tools up naturally, but struggle with others… if we just assume that they’ll pick everything up on their own, we’re shooting ourselves in the foot… Read More
Episode 074: A Conversation with Amy Julia Becker (11/5/2019) - 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 read to me as a child… but I saw that they were all mirrors: they were all about white suburban families who had nice lives and similar problems to ours… I began to recognize that we did not have books about people of color, which Read More
Episode 073: Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (10/29/2019) - 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 process which you avail yourself to that helps to you know God more fully and make him known… spiritual formation is the lifelong journey of surrendering to the love and will of God, which includes the practices that help us conform to the image of Read More
Episode 072: Evangelism: What and How (10/23/2019) - 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 and that it is good for people to come to know Jesus, there was more ambivalence on whether or not it was wrong to try to convince someone to become a Christian…   It seems that many people would like folks to come to know Read More
Episode 071: A Conversation with Tim Lucas and Warren Bird (10/16/2019) - 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 and have guardrails built in…  The east coast is very post-Christian… the church is viewed with a great deal of suspicion… the tip of our evangelism spear is the good deeds that we do in the community—which open the door for the gospel… In the Read More
Episode 070: A Conversation with Ray Johnston (10/9/2019) - 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 are attracted to health… we don’t have growth goals and have never set growth goals… if something is healthy and visionary, it will likely grow…  Our secret is our team… team ministry is important to us… we spent years praying and talking about our leadership Read More
Episode 069: An Interview with Sean Morgan (10/2/2019) - 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 part about the “A-game” leader is that they can get used and abused very quickly when the church gets off mission… A lot of churches have fancy mission statements, but the truth is that the mission is the Great Commission and the Great Commandment taken Read More