"If we as pastors got off our high horses, killed off our egos, embraced other pastors, and unified, then I don't think the world would know what happened."
Travis Hearn is the Senior Pastor of Impact Church in Scottsdale, AZ. The church is ranked as one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Beyond his role as Senior Pastor, Travis serves as the chaplain for the Phoenix Suns and Oakland A's spring training team. In this interview Travis talks about church strategy, Impact Church's rapid growth, athlete ministry, the viability of multisite, unity in the global church, focusing on our mission, and leaves us with an encouragement to church leaders.
"We like to use the Scripture all the time that "God looks at the heart", and it's kind of like the Christian excuse to not worry about the way people perceive the Church."
Wendy Perez is the Co-Founding Pastor of The Church LV and The Church OC. She is an active speaker at women's conferences and church conferences around the county, and she the wife of Benny Perez, Lead Pastor of The Church LV. In this interview Wendy talks about innovation, women in the Church, the aspects of stewarding a family-run church, Church marketing, empowering your husband, and being vulnerable.
"The tragedy (in the Church) is not that we don't have a combined Easter service, but the tragedy is that we talk trash about one another."
Larry Osborne is the Founder and Senior Pastor of North Coast Church in Vista, CA. Under his leadership, North Coast has become one of the most innovative churches in the United States. Larry is an accomplished author and sought after speaker. In this interview Larry gives his insights on multiple topics, including: multisite, collaboration, innovation, and authenticity.
If we stop to visualize, strategize, and realize the future Church, what do we see?
The Future of the Church project is meant to inspire Church leaders through visualization, strategy, and realization. A Church that focuses on the unconditional love of Jesus Christ maximizes its potential to reach non-believers in authentic relationships, while also encouraging discipleship of the body of Christ through collaboration and community.
"Pastors are starting to realize, 'I've just built a building for X-million-dollars, I'm paying the environmental costs, the air-conditioning, the electricity, the development of the site, not to mention the parking lot, and [our church] is using it maybe 10% of the available time.'"
Jack DeBartolo III, AIA is the Principal Architect for DeBartolo Architects, where he has extensive experience designing churches, institutions, educational facilities and residential housing. He also serves as a professor at Arizona State University's graduate architectural program. In this interview Jack talks about genuine architecture, the relationship between architecture and the Church, adaptive reuse in church buildings, collaboration with church buildings, competition in the Church, sharing ideas, and the shift from mega church to community. You won't want to miss Jack's thoughtful and relevant insights.
"I felt God speak to me and say, 'if you'll reach people that nobody wants, then I will give you people that everybody wants.'"
Tommy Barnett is the co-Pastor of Phoenix First and the Founder of the Los Angeles Dream Center. Since his arrival at Phoenix First in 1979, the church has grown to over 20,000 in attendance. In recent years, Tommy has focused on speaking at conferences around the world and writing books. In this interview you'll hear Tommy talk about the Church's need to be revolutionary as opposed to just relevant. Tommy goes into depth about leadership, technology, the importance of the global church, the changing role of the pastor, challenges of collaboration, and his encouragement to pastors.