"A lot of Christians welcome Jesus, but we're not real good at worshiping Jesus."
Brandon Howland is the Senior High Student Pastor at Fellowship Church in Roswell, GA. Brandon is passionate about youth not just knowing about Jesus, but truly worshiping Him through their lives. In this interview Brandon discusses his thoughts on youth ministry, youth leadership, mentoring, intentional moments, and much more.
"The point for me is not to get people into the building. The point for me is to get them into the Kingdom."
Troy Maxwell is the founder and lead pastor of Freedom House Church in Charlotte, NC. In this interview Troy discusses the opportunities for the Church, effective pastoral leadership, accountability, encouragement for pastors and much more.
"My biggest concern for the Church is that as we continue to focus on trends whether they be theological, cultural, or sociological...every energy we pour into that we are not pouring into the primary call, which is to trust Jesus and to love everybody that God puts in front of us."
Jamie Rasmussen is the lead pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church, a multisite church in Arizona. In this interview Jamie discusses the changing culture, the core of the Gospel, organic church, humility, the megachurch and much more.
"What if every Christ follower said, 'I'm the pastor of this block'"?
Rick Schmitz is the lead pastor and planter of Westwoods Community Church in Lakewood, CO. In this interview Rick discusses millennials, collaboration, politicalization of Christianity, evangelism and discipleship as well as getting men involved in your church.
"'Future of the Church' some of us may hear that and think of progress, that things are inevitably going to get better and better...but the truth is there have been moments in Church history where we lost what we once knew and when we needed to recover what we once knew."
Glenn Packiam is a the lead pastor of new life DOWNTOWN, a parish of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Glenn is also an author and songwriter. In this interview Glenn discusses the history of the Church, the Holy Spirit, worship, oneness, pluralistic cultures, and more.
"How many churches are there on the planet? There's one. There's only one."
Gene Appel is the Senior Pastor of Eastside Christian Church in Anaheim, CA. Gene has previously held senior and executive pastoral roles at Central Christian Church (Las Vegas) as well as Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL). In this interview Gene discusses how to lead through change, the importance of shared vision, getting things done, evangelism, collaboration, the global Church, and much more.
"Every day when I drive on our campus I think to myself the stakes are so high because we're not dealing with dollars, we're dealing with destinies."
Luke Barnett is the Senior Pastor of Phoenix First, one of the largest churches in the country. He is known for his innovative ideas and methods of communication that serve as a model for pastors and leaders around the world. In this interview Luke discusses the history of the American Church, global shift in spiritual hunger, distractions, innovation in the church, making your faith your own, the role of marketing in the Church, and his encouragement to pastors.
"To get things done you have to get great leaders around you...because you can't really grow if you're the ceiling."
Philip Wagner is the co-founding and lead pastor of Oasis Church. Philip is also the founder of Generosity Water and is passionate about writing blogs relating to leadership, church, and social justice. In this interview Philip shares with us his thoughts on communication, marriage, diversity in church, young adults, and much more.
"In my head and my theology I would have known that God was Healer, but now [after surviving cancer] I got to know the Healer. It wasn't just words, it became life to my soul."
Holly Wagner is the co-pastor of Oasis LA and the founder of God Chicks. In this interview Holly expresses her passion for women's ministry, the paradigm shift in "pastor's wife", creating an atmosphere at church, and Christian conferences.
"It's not your position that validates what you're doing; it's what we are doing collectively as a team, and that's what's going to build significant churches."
Jonathan Wilson is the lead pastor of Newport Church in Southern California. Having spent 28 years with Hillsong Church in Australia, Jonathan and his family moved to Newport Beach, CA to start a church that is now a thriving and youthful congregation. In this interview Jonathan talks about leadership, being a great follower, effective small groups, internal transformation, and various forums for discipleship.
"One of the things we've got to do is not be scared by that [future] but to dig really deep roots into the Scriptures to find out what exactly the Scripture teaches - not to try to adapt it to make it more trendy and palatable, but to think what exactly it's teaching us with the questions we are facing today."
Peter Williams, Ph.D. is a well-known apologist and author. He is the Warden at Tyndale House, Cambridge in the UK. In this interview Peter discusses Church oneness, finding our roots in Scripture, being witnesses of Christ, his thoughts about why Jesus was a carpenter, and much more.
"We say these new things [songs] we're doing - 'well those aren't sacred' - even though in 100 years from now those might become the songs that are sacred."
Sean Cannell is the Campus Pastor at The Church OC and the Co-Founder of Think International. Sean has been at the forefront of digital media in the Church for over a decade, and his insights have given him the chance to lead teams of creatives throughout the years. In this interview Sean shares with us his excitement for up and coming leaders, leveraging technology, excellence in everything, creating an inviting atmosphere, communication between pastors and staff, mentorship, and much more.
"If we try to build it [the church] on our own power it might look good for a while, but it will never sustain longterm. If God's not in it, if the Holy Spirit's not in it, it [the church] ends up more like a business than a church."
Don Wilson is the founding pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV), a multisite church in Arizona. In this this interview Don discusses relevancy, strategy, success, neighborhoods, the megachurch of America, and much more.
"It's extremely humbling [being in a place of leadership] because you recognize how small you really are, you recognize how big God is, and you recognize how needy people are."
Dr. Gregory M. Mundis is the executive director of the Assemblies of God World Missions in Springfield, MO. In this interview Greg discusses the global church, missionaries, managing a network, culture, communication, unreached peoples, and much more.
"God's Kingdom is not controllable. It's not rows of corn; it's a rainforest. We have rows of corn in America, and I think that's about to change."
Tommy Sparger is the founding pastor of North Point Church in Springfield, MO. In this interview Tommy discusses moral failure in the Church, accountability, celebrity pastors, humanity, family, and much more.
We have interviewed pastors and leaders from all over the United States asking them pointed questions about the current status of the Church, effective methodologies for evangelism, outreach, spiritual growth, apologetics, and how the body of Christ can become more unified. In short, we are challenging the status quo. We believe that the world desperately needs the unconditional love of Jesus Christ, but the world will be hard-pressed to give Christianity even a chance if His Church isn't loving, isn't unified, and isn't living proof that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. Our faith compels us to think deeper about how we can make a difference in the Future of the Church.