"The danger is when our understanding of how God's glory works is too located in the past or too located in a particular person, then people don't learn how to really access the presence of God for themselves."
Jonathan Martin is an author, speaker, and the founder of Renovatus Church in Charlotte, NC. In this interview Jonathan discusses the Church's past, the spiritual realm, collaboration, ministry burnout, millennials, Christian conferences, biggest struggle of being a pastor, evangelism, and much more.
"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.
"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.
"Jesus spoke more about money than any other subject, except the the kingdom of God; but here's the deal, He never passed the offering plate."
Kevin Cross is the Stewardship Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA where he is cultivating a culture of radical generosity. Kevin is also the author of Building Your Financial Fortress in 52 Days and Embezzlement: A True Crime Story. In this interview Kevin discusses generosity, tithes, stewardship, money, Church infrastructure, and much more.
"The Church's biggest competition is, 'Why should I get up out of bed on Sunday morning and go to church?'"
Tim Cool is the Chief Solutions Officer at his company, Cool Solutions Group. Throughout the last few decades, Tim has led churches to be intentional with the planning, development and life cycle management of the facilities God has entrusted to them. In this interview Tim discusses community, church facilities, stewardship, sacredness, intentionality, competition, operational costs, 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.
"Boundaries aren't the enemy. Lack of vision is the enemy."
Tyler Reagin is the Executive Director of Catalyst Conference. The focus of Catalyst is to empower next generation leaders with the tools necessary to be difference makers. In this interview Tyler discusses purpose, motivation, collaboration, great leadership, identity, the global Church, and much more.
"Church in the public mind has devolved into a picture of 'that one hour experience on a Sunday morning.' That's not only what the public perceives to be the definition of that word [church], but that's what those of us inside the Church believe."
Thom Schultz is the founder and president of Group Publishing as well as Lifetree Cafe. Thom has been involved in serving the Church for over 40 years. In this interview Thom discusses the rapid change occurring in the Church, Vacation Bible School, 4 reasons why nobody wants to go to Church anymore, and his encouragement to church leaders.
"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.
"In the great commandment, 'love God and love your neighbor', how in the world can you love your neighbor if your neighbor thinks that what they say doesn't matter?"
Jon R. Wallace is the president of Azusa Pacific University (APU) a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located northeast of Los Angeles, CA. In this interview Jon discusses developing leaders, generosity, good listening, millennials, Christian higher education, and much more.
"At the end of the day Christianity doesn't depend upon my church surviving or not surviving, Christianity doesn't depend upon me surviving or not surviving, Christianity is about what God is doing. It's about Jesus."
Ronald Cox, Ph.D. is the Associate Professor of Religion at Blanche E. Seaver College at Pepperdine University. In this interview Dr. Cox discusses changes in perception about the Church, what the Church should be, our personal responsibility as Christians, people's needs, complexity, Jesus, and so 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.
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.