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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 083: An Interview with Matthew Bates

In this podcast we sit down with New Testament scholar Matthew Bates to talk about what he means by “gospel allegiance”. We’ve missed what the gospel means and what faith means, and in light of that the whole package has been skewed… What I am trying to say is that the gospel focuses on Jesus’ […]

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Episode 082: The Art of Songwriting

In this episode we sit down with Jon Egan and Micah Massey to talk about the agony, ecstasy, and discipline of songwriting. Songs begin in the amateur’s heart and are finished in the craftsman’s hands… I have to start with childlike wonder and playfulness, and eventually something will take form… The longer I’ve been writing, […]

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Episode 081: 10 Hopes and Prayers Pt. 2

In this episode we sit down to conclude our conversation on Andrew’s article “10 Hopes and Prayers for the next 10 years.” (The original article can be found here.) Church is at once the most mysterious thing on planet earth and also the most ordinary thing on planet earth… the way that we live together […]

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Episode 080: 10 Hopes and Prayers Pt. 1

In this episode we sit down to talk about an article written by Andrew on 10 hopes and prayers for the next 10 years. (The original article can be found here.) I would love to see the church become more spiritual… there is a vacancy of mystery in the church… we reduce everything to five […]

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Episode 079: Four Rules for Teams

In this episode we discuss four rules for how teams should function in their meetings. Rule number one is you have to tell the truth… if it’s a bad idea, we want to hear about it… I need people in meetings who will tell the truth… I would rather hear that something is a bad […]

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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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What is essential to your ministry? Follow along as we rediscover the things that every local church ministry needs to thrive.

Brady Boyd Senior Pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs

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Brady Boyd

Senior Pastor: New Life Church

Daniel Grothe

Associate Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor: New Life Friday Night

Glenn Packiam

Associate Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor: New Life Downtown

Andrew Arndt

Lead Pastor: New Life East

Essential Church Learning Community

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