"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.
"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.
"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 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.
The Drop Box tells the story of South Korean pastor Lee and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. This beautiful story was captured by director, Brian Ivie, and his amazing team at Arbella Studios. We had the privilege to sit down with Brian to talk about the film and his faith.
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.