"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.
"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 3, 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.
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.