If we stop to visualize, strategize,
and realize the future Church, what do we see?
"When a church starts with the question, 'who's missing?' that will usually lead to [planting] the right kind of church."
Steve Pike is the founder and director of the Urban Islands Project, a church-planting model that will plant faith communities seeking to meet the unique needs of each urban neighborhood. In this interview Steve discusses the urban church, common good, civic leaders, church diversity, and much more.
"Our human nature is to top ourselves. So we do something, and then we have to do it better next time, and that quickly becomes what the thing is about - it's about our event, show, or conference...[But] church leaders have to drive the message of Jesus."
Adam DeVizia is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Beyond Creative based in Springfield, MO. In this interview Adam discusses church marketing, church priorities, campaigns, youth leadership, encouragement for pastors, and much more.
"We live our lives with obedience to Jesus Christ never thinking about what 100 years from now people may be saying about us. But the fact is, it is important the way we live our lives."
Byron Klaus, D.Min., is the president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. In this interview Dr. Klaus speaks about equipping the next church leader, wisdom, brokenness, comparison, awareness, 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.
"The reason they [millennials] don't attend church is because they've been to one."
Jeremy Johnson is the lead pastor of North Point Church in Springfield, MO. In this interview Jeremy discusses outreach, transition, purpose, millennials, small groups, culture, trust, 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.
"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.
"It [the Billy Graham crusade] was a revival on tour, and it was the culmination of more than a century of revivalism. What happened was every church wanted to be a stationary Billy Graham crusade."
Gregory Thornbury is the president of The King's College in Manhattan, NY. In this interview Gregory talks about religious liberty, authenticity, Christian higher education, competition, theology, and much more.
"The God who created us is better than the God we created."
Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning religion writer who serves as senior columnist for Religion News Service. He is also a sought after speaker and author of several books, including his most recent "Jesus is Better Than You Imagined." In this interview Jonathan discusses the disunity of the Church, the voice of the Church, church leaders, how to handle gray area issues, sexuality, 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!
"We have fallen into a trap in this country where we gather on Sunday mornings and we spend a couple of hours together and that has become Church...but what we're ignoring is that we have the potential be creative restorers in the world."
Brian Mueller is the president of Grand Canyon University, a Christian university based in Phoenix, AZ. In this interview Brian discusses the Church's momentum, Christianity and the workplace, the role of the Christian, the new model of higher education, megachurches, vision casting, and much more.
"We are never the end result of prosperity. God wants to prosper us so we can prosper other people."
Jay Haizlip is the Founder and Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County, CA. He is also the star of a reality show, Preachers of LA. In this interview Jay talks about reality television, stewardship, shares his testimony, and offers his encouragement to the Church.
"Everything that's ever frustrated me about the Church, if I've kept my spirit right about it, somewhere along the journey has been in my hands to change it."
Darren Kitto serves as the International Ministry Director for Hillsong Church, which involves leading Hillsong TV, Hillsong Leadership Network, Hillsong's Aid and Development and Disaster Relief initiatives and also Hillsong's Melbourne Campuses. In this interview Darren discusses Hillsong's influence, life transformation, questions pastors should ask themselves, ministry longevity, and much more.