"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.
"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 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.