Episode 045: What is ‘Multi-Congregational’? (Part 1) (11/14/2018) - In this episode (the first of two) we sit down to talk about the multi-congregational model New Life has developed over the last several years—why we did it, how it works, and what opportunities and challenges it presents.     PART 1 SHOW NOTES   We stumbled into this, quite honestly… we knew we had a deep bench of teachers and preachers on our staff and we needed to infiltrate our city…   Brady was really taking a risk with me… he gave me a space to experiment and grow…   For us, we decided that the church should look Read More
Episode 044: The Pastor in Relationship (11/7/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about the kinds of relationships pastors need to cultivate in order to live and lead from a healthy place.   This is particularly tricky for young pastors or church planters… on one level, this is the last question you think about – who’s leading me, who’s caring for me?   Part of the reason this is so tricky is that there’s a power differential here… it can make it tricky to know what you’re seeing with people… are people drawing near to us because they care for us, or because they need Read More
Episode 043: Why Church? (10/30/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about the role of the local church in the life of the believer. In a time when many people see participation in the local church as optional, we try to answer the question, “Why Church?"     I don’t know how we got here but it certainly is a different day… many feel that they can practice their faith in other ways [than being part of a local church]… and it didn’t used to be like that… it used to be that this was the neighborhood and this is where we go Read More
Special Episode: Remembering Eugene (10/26/2018) - In this special episode we sit down to talk about the life and legacy of Eugene Peterson.     First, I think Eugene’s generosity of spirit [most marks me]… he should have never let me into his life, but he did… he’s a pastor…   Eugene’s commitment to the life of the mind [also marks me]… from 6am to 11am every day he would lock himself in his study to be with the Lord and his own mind… and then would spend the rest of the day at church with open office hours till 5pm…   These days people read Read More
Episode 042: Creating Robust Community (10/23/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about the practical challenge of creating a robust sense of community in our local churches.     The American church is getting drawn into a culture that celebrates celebrity and entertainment and entertainment-type gatherings… a lot of [pastors] fall into the trap of trying to attract customers rather than building community…   Most pastors are struggling with building small groups and community inside their churches, no matter the size… we’re facing some headwinds…   The first headwind is that we’re becoming very tribal… to find places where you belong is challenging if Read More
Episode 041: The Art of Making Big Decisions – Eight Questions to Ask (10/17/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to discuss eight questions leaders should ask themselves as they follow the Lord’s leading through big decisions.     [You can see Pastor Brady’s Eight Questions at the bottom of the podcast notes. If you are able, it might be helpful to view these while listening!]   I’m finding that seminaries are turning out great preachers and teachers… but by their own admission they have fallen short in preparing young men and women for the entrepreneurial [aspects of pastoring]… A lot of pastors make big mistakes that cost them equity with their congregations…   Read More
Special Episode: Announcing The Essential Church Learning Community (10/10/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about the “what” and “why” behind the launch of our Essential Church Learning Community.     https://newlifechurch.brushfire.com/events/447094   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 that in those conferences… Read More
Episode 040: A Conversation with Matt Brown (10/2/2018) - For this conversation, we sat down with Matt Brown to talk about the joy and challenge of evangelism, and how to do it the Jesus Way.     Matt Brown: https://www.thinke.org/ Pre-order “Truth Plus Love”: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0310355249/   When Billy Graham passed away it made me think, “What next step do I need to take to help reach this generation with the gospel?”   Pastors need people like me (evangelists) who are passionate about sharing the gospel outside the church… if you struggle with evangelism, find people who inspire you and find ways to step outside in your everyday life…   Read More
Episode 039: A Conversation with Lisa Bevere (9/25/2018) - For this conversation, we sat down with nationally recognized author and speaker, Lisa Bevere to talk about life, marriage, ministry, and her latest book, "Adamant."     There is a challenge in our day to merge truth and love… we have to know the Word of God but also have the leading of the Spirit…   I started to see that everyone saw that the truth was fluid… I found myself wondering what was happening in our culture… many people are finding themselves overwhelmed by information with no clarity [about what is true] …   Jesus is our “adamant” which Read More
Episode 038: A Conversation with Clayton King (9/19/2018) - For this conversation, we sit down with Clayton King and discuss the leadership structure of Newspring Church and the value of healthy confrontation.     http://www.essentialchurchconference.com/   We have lead pastors, teaching pastors, and campus pastors… each one of our campuses has a campus pastor who handles the day-in and day-out and preaches occasionally…   Our lead pastors—there are four: a pastor of culture and vision, a pastor of ministries, a pastor of finances and facilities, and a pastor of campuses—serve together in a lead pastor role…   Then we have three teaching pastors who preach and teach and create Read More