"The question we need to ask ourselves, 'Is the Church in the church building business or the life transformation business?'"
Jim Tomberlin began his multisite church journey in the mid-1990s when he was the senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel. In 2000 he went on to pioneer the multisite model at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Since 2005 he has been consulting and coaching churches in developing and implementing multi-campus strategies. In this interview you will hear Jim offer invaluable insights about reasons for going multisite, the new paradigm for church mergers, research on the Church and culture, great leadership, and more. It's especially interesting as Jim addresses each of my multisite misconceptions and leads us through a thought process of what going multisite should look like.
"If you're faithful to the present then you become the link to the past and the future."
Terry Crist is the lead pastor of City of Grace, a multisite church with locations throughout the Phoenix Metro. He also serves as the Chair of ArizonaSERVES, a task force dedicated to engaging the community around serving the greatest needs of Arizona. In this interview Terry talks about the purpose of the Church, the rise of the urban church, keeping our eyes on Jesus, ministering to affluent neighborhoods, being grateful to your assignment and much more.
"I'm all for big - I think the Kingdom of God is for big - but you've got to love the one."
Dave Ansel is the Lead Pastor of Family Church, a thriving multisite church in Southern California. With campuses in Whittier and Signal Hill, Family Church is a growing, innovative force in the future of the Church. In this interview Dave talks about entitlement, reaching the intellect, church staff, humility, serving your community, the challenges of collaboration and having a spirit of gratitude. Dave's heart is transparent and his humility is inspiring - you won't want to miss his insights.
"As Christians we buy into a narrative of consumption and individualism at levels that are sometimes higher than our belief in the Gospel."
Tyler Johnson is the Lead Pastor of Redemption Church, a multi-congregational church throughout Arizona. He is one of the youngest pastors in the country to be leading a mega church. In this interview Tyler talks with us about the influence of the global church, Jesus' heart for collaboration and unity, intellect and the Church, truth, cultural questions, idolatry, mega church responsibility, and his encouragement to pastors. You won't want to miss hearing from this thoughtful and wise leader.
"God gives us a vision, but if it's really a God-sized vision it will most likely be fulfilled not in your lifetime, but in your lifeline."
Benny Perez serves as the Lead Pastor of the Church LV and the Church OC. Since the church's inception it has grown to over 3,000 in weekly attendance and expanded it's reach to three campuses in Las Vegas, Orange County and Online. Benny is a highly sought after conference speaker and author of several books. In this interview Benny talks with us about cultivating leadership, the presence of God, teamwork, overcoming obstacles, church mergers, honoring past leaders, running a church in Sin City, the new generation of up and coming pastors, and much more. You won't want to miss this insightful interview.
"The best advertisement for Christianity is not a statement 10 years from now, but it's Christianity done well today."
Chris Brown has been the Senior/Teaching Pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, California since 2004. His sense of humor and emphasis on building a strong team has made him a leading voice for innovative church leadership. In this interview Chris shares with us his thoughts on the role of the Church in culture, innovation in the Church, youth ministry, authenticity, vision casting, and what it means to be a Christian. You won't want to miss Chris' dynamic personality and valuable insights.
"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 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.
"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.
"The business of moving to a new level is...bring people around you who are willing to speak truth to you, who love you, but they're not impressed by you."
Dick Hardy is the founder and president of The Hardy Group, a pastoral leadership consulting group. In this interview Dick discusses Church tradition, technology, leadership, the speed of social change, truth vs relevance, growing churches, collaboration, a culture of prayer, and much more.
"Ministry is more of a joy to me than it has ever been in my life. Why? Because I'm not insanely busy trying to keep up with the YMCA."
Russell Hodgins is the lead pastor of Westchester Christian Worship Center in White Plains, NY. In this interview Russ discusses methodologies, succession planning, multisite, NYC, evangelism, and much more.
"This generation is not looking for morality or ethics, it's looking for glory. We have a glory problem."
Joshua Kelsey is the lead pastor and church planter of C3 Brooklyn (NY). In this interview Josh discusses discipleship, relationships, Australia, generosity, authenticity, worship, and much more. You won't want to miss this interview!
"This is where a lot of churches get it wrong, 'for me to have a meaningful church community means there has to be less people for you.' The litmus test is what is our reaction to the success of the church down the street?"
Jeremy Jernigan is the Executive Pastor of Creative Arts at Central Christian Church, a multisite church in Arizona. Jeremy is a second generation preacher with a passion for discovering and communicating truth you can read more on his blog at tomorrowsreflection.com. In this interview Jeremy discusses evangelism, the global Church, radical non-violence, crowdsourcing, 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.