These episodes were recorded less than 48 hours apart. Jeff and Jonny speak about how to think about the Coronavirus and your local church ministry. Very good thoughts!
Josh Gagnon joins the podcast to talk about his life, family, ministry, and book titledIt's Not Over - Leaving Behind Disappointment and Learning To Dream Again. Jeff was listening to another podcast featuring Josh, and halfway through the episode he got up, opened his laptop, and ordered the book immediately. The message is one of deep hope and encouragement for discouraged pastors who may have lost their dream and their hope.
It's Not Over will release on February 25, 2020, and in it Josh urges his readers to grab onto that dream that God placed in their heart and learn how to dream it again - just like you did a few years ago, before the resistance moved in, disappointment came, and failure smelled awful close!
This is a very encouraging and practical episode! Check out Josh's church at https://www.nextlevel.church.
You'll love our conversation with Pastor Ian Borkent, from C3 Rivers Church in The Netherlands! Ian and his wife have been pastoring the church for over 13 years and have experience growth from 60 singles to a multisite church of 450 people (with families!) :-)
Ian has been receiving coaching from John Finkelde from Grow A Healthy Church in Perth, Australia. John's coaching and consulting has contributed to the growth of the leaders and the growth of the church. So good!
Ian shares very practical advice he received from John and how it impacted his life and ministry. Ian will become a partner with John soon as a Growth A Healthy Church consultant for Europe.
This episode is our gift to you! Enjoy!
Chris serves Fresh Expressions as Director of Strategic Initiatives, where he works across the organization to help get new projects off the ground and into the world. He also serves with other non-profits, such as Missio Alliance, and businesses to help them tell their story online. He helped plant Austin Mustard Seed, where he served for five years as Community Developer. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary's M.A. in Global Leadership, Chris and his wife Laura live in Austin, Texas.
Chris, from www.FreshExpressionsUS.org joins the guys today and gives a ton of practical ideas for how your church can create fresh expressions in your community of what the Body of Christ looks like, and how it can make a Kingdom Impact for Jesus.
Here is a link to the Free E-book, How To Start A New Kind Of Church.
Here is some information on the Fresh Expressions National Gathering:
The Present Future: Cultivating a Church for Tomorrow Today, April 1-3, Reston, VA
This is a moment of hopeful opportunity for the Church in America.
Perhaps you feel the pain of a dwindling congregation or denomination.
Perhaps this makes you concerned for the future.
But we have evidence that God is at work future-fitting the church.
We see the unfolding of Present Future Church that is breathing life and hope into existing congregations and the neighborhoods and networks around them.
This gathering will reconnect you with hope for the Church
Garry Poole from OneLife Advisors joins the guys on this episode! Garry has spent his ministry years in outreach ministry, notably as the Director of Evangelism at Willow Creek for 15 years.
Garry worked with Mark Mittelberg and Lee Strobel on projects like Becoming A Contagious Christ, and also co-authored projects with Chuck Colson and Bill Hybels.
Check out the 3D1 and One Life principles that Garry lays out in this episode. These are things you can easily implement into your church ministry. Share this episode with your leaders and ask for their help in making your church an outreach oriented church.
Episode 337 - Leadership Lessons For Pastors From An MK Turned International Missionary with Dave...
In this Episode, Dave, an International Worker with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, shares lessons he's learned from a lifetime of ministry and missions, first as an MK, and now as a two-term veteran missionary to a creative access country.
Dave has learned lessons on church planting in the very hard places, cross cultural understanding and communication, how to tame cultural biases and reverse stubborn preconceived notions about the "other", and not a small amount about himself in the process.
Dave also gives a ton of counsel and encouragement to pastors in this conversation. He and Jeff sat down for this recording with no agenda and no time limit. Newly acquainted, they asked and answered questions from one another and explored each other's understandings about people, cultures, missions, and ministry.
Again, this episode is Jeff & Jonny's gift to you, pastors! Enjoy - and listen at least twice. You'll be glad you did.
Links from things we talked about in this episode:
Greg Curtis from Episode 273: https://www.200churches.com/blog/episode-273-how-to-connect-new-people-to-the-life-of-your-church-with-greg-curtis
Dave Ronan from Episode 72: https://www.200churches.com/blog/episode-72-how-to-crush-it-in-leadership-when-beginning-a-new-ministry
Canoeing the Mountains with Tod Bolsinger in Episode 242: https://www.200churches.com/blog/episode-242-leading-in-uncharted-territory-with-tod-bolsinger
It was our pleasure to speak again to Dr. N.T. Wright, one of the Western world's leading New Testament scholars and an expert on the Apostle Paul and his Epistles.
Tom joined us for one hour to speak on subjects ranging from his devotional life to a short lesson on Brexit in the U.K. He talked about how to begin to teach a church about the difference between "heaven and hell" and "new life through Resurrection". He spoke on racism, classism, and even about his future plans since turning 70.
Pastor Jake Feirberg from Aurora CO joined us on the call. Jake is a long time listener and it was a real treat to have him join me and Jonny to speak with Tom Wright.
Dr. Wright is offering a free online course from his N.T. Wright Online ministry. All of our 200churches listeners can access the course FAITH WORKING THROUGH LOVE by clicking right here!
Find all of Dr. Wright's courses here at https://ntwrightonline.org/.
Pastor Jake Fierberg is a bivocational pastor in Aurora CO. In this episode he talks with Jeff and Jonny about the blessings and challenges of working a secular job and pastoring a small congregation. This is a FANTASTIC episode - encouraging and inspirational!
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