LFP 15: Casey Bjorndal on evangelism and the revitalization of the Gideons.

What would it be like if you and your church were better at evangelism? What's holding us back?Fear? Pride? Are we under-equipped?

Evangelism is the heart of the mission of Jesus. Today's guest, Casey Bjornal, will help inspire us and call us out to follow the ways of Jesus in evangelism. 

Casey is also a part of the Gideons. This ministry is more than Bible distribution in hotel rooms. Check out everything you didn't know about the Gideons at http://www.gideons.ca/

LFP 14: Doug Smith on leading a church through a decade of health and growth

Ever wondered how some churches finally get unstuck and build momentum for growth? Today's episode is a story of one of those churches. Living Waters Church in Fort Langley, BC was a great little community church a decade ago. But it wasn't growing. It wasn't reaching new people. When Doug and Linda Smith arrived, there were about 40-50 faithfully attending. 11 years later, they have two locations, four services, one church plant and over 800 in attendance. How did this happen? In today's episode, Doug Smith tries to shed light on the last decade of his leadership journey. 

LFP 12: Andy Gabruch on understanding and reaching Millennials

Very few leaders or churches (if any) would claim that they have figured out all there is to know about reaching Millennials. The challenge is great, but the opportunity is greater. In today's episode, Dave Funk interviews Andy Gabruch about the unique challenges the next generation faces, and how today's church can best reach them. 

Check out Andy's Blog: http://www.andygabruch.ca/

And more on what Andy is doing: http://www.nextgenbc.ca/

LFP 11: Church Revitalization Conversation with Jaz Ghag, Clint Lange & Jim Caruso

There are so many great stories of churches that are experiencing new life after a season of decline. Often we wish we could sit down with the leaders of those churches and ask them, "what happened?" In today's episode you get to sit down with THREE!

Dave Solmes does the question asking for you, as he interviews Jaz Ghag, Clint Lange and Jim Caruso about their stories of church revitalization. 

To learn more about Jaz, Clint and Jim and their churches, click the links below. 

Pastor Clint Lange: Hillside Community Church of 100 Mile http://www.hillsidecc.ca/

Pastor Jaz Ghag: Christian Life Assembly, Gibsons, BC http://www.clagibsons.com/

Pastor Jim Caruso: Richmond Pentecostal Church http://www.richmondpentecostal.org/

LFP 10: Sheldon Armitage on developing a flourishing missions culture in the local church

Mission should not merely be a piece of the pie in the local church; it should be its flavour. That's the approach Sheldon Armitage takes to understanding the role of local and global missions. Sheldon's been a pastor and missionary in Europe for over 15 years, and in this episode, he shares his wisdom and experience with us. 

Below you will find the brand new Flourishing Missions Tool for Churches, which Sheldon helped created. This tool will help you shape a culture of missions in your church. In today's episode, you'll hear Sheldon discuss and explain how to best use this resource in your context. 

Flourishing Missions Assessment for Churches

LFP 9: Patti Miller on the challenges of urban ministry in Quebec

Every leader faces challenges unique to their context, but some contexts just seem throw a few extra challenges at us. Patti Miller is facing the challenges of large church urban ministry in Montreal Quebec. To compound these issues, she still faces questions and skepticism about being a female lead pastor. 

Patti is a brilliant and hard working leader, who will encourage you to face your own challenges head on. 

Learn more about Patti and her ministry by visiting the Evangel Church website: http://evangel.qc.ca/

LFP 7: David Kinnaman on discipleship strategies for reaching millennials.

The challenges of Christian leadership change from generation to generation and season to season. Understanding the times and culture is crucial to developing the strategies necessary to reach people. David Kinnaman's research is providing us with some of that understanding. 

Kinnaman was a recent guest at the 2017 District Conference of the BC/Yukon District of the PAOC. Today's episode is a recording of his second session with the conference. 

Learn more about David Kinnaman's work with the Barna Research group at https://www.barna.com/

LFP 6: David Kinnaman on being a Christian when society thinks you're irrelevant and extreme

Public opinion of Christians and Christianity has changed over the years...and not for the better. The average person sees Christianity as irrelevant (at best) and extreme. This is the topic of David Kinnaman's newest book, Good Faith

Kinnaman was a recent guest at the 2017 District Conference of the BC/Yukon District of the PAOC. Today's episode is a recording of his first session with the conference. 

Learn more about David Kinnaman's work with the Barna Research group at https://www.barna.com/

LFP 5: Leanne McAlister on empowering women leaders in the Church

In a time when some theological circles are preaching male dominant leadership, there are some who are pushing back in favour of promoting women leaders in the church. In fact, we may be missing out on a huge blessing in the church by alienating women from leadership positions. 

Leanne McAlister has been working to empower women in ministry for years. As an incredible female leader herself, she proves through her own ministry the valuable impact women have in the church. Hear her heart in this interview as she calls for the empowerment of more women leaders.

Find out more about Zoe Network here: http://www.zoenetwork.ca/

LFP 4: Preaching Panel with Luke Knight, Simon Gau & Dave Funk

Is preaching still important today? Can you grow a church without good preaching? What is good preaching? How do we become better preachers? These are some of the questions under discussion in Episode 4 of the Lead Forward Podcast as Dave Solmes interviews Luke Knight, Simon Gau and Dave Funk on the topic of preaching. 

Luke Knight serves at Living Waters Church in Fort Langley, BC (www.lwchurch.ca)

Simon Gau serves at Broadway Church in Vancouver, BC (http://broadwaychurch.com/)

Dave Funk serves at Bethel Church in Penticton, BC (www.betheltab.ca)

LFP 3: Turn Around Stories Part 2

Many churches find themselves at a place where the only course of action seems to be to shut the whole thing down. Sometimes that's necessary, but there is often still hope. 

In this episode, we have the second half of the conversation Dave Solmes had with Derrick Hamre, Leanne McAlister & Cam Milliken. Let their stories of revitalization inspire you and fill you with faith to see turn around in your own context. 

Learn more about the churches in this episode:

Living Waters Church: http://www.lwchurch.ca/

Emmanuel Church: http://emmanuelchurch.life/

Burnaby Christian Assembly: https://centralchristianassembly.com/

LFP 2: Turn Around Stories Part 1

Many churches find themselves at a place where the only course of action seems to be to shut the whole thing down. Sometimes that's necessary, but there is often still hope. 

In this episode, Dave Solmes sat down with three leaders (Derrick Hamre, Leanne McAlister & Cam Milliken) who came into exactly that kind of situation and saw an amazing turnaround. Let these stories of revitalization inspire you and fill you with faith to see turn around in your own context. 

Learn more about the churches in this episode:

Living Waters Church: http://www.lwchurch.ca/

Emmanuel Church: http://emmanuelchurch.life/

Burnaby Christian Assembly: https://centralchristianassembly.com/

LFP 1: Tim Schindel on the tricky balance of faith and politics

For the past decade, Tim has been planting chaplaincy services in Legislatures across Canada. He’s reaching places no one else is reaching, and influencing those who have the most influence in our nation. Tim has some incredible insights into Christian leadership, politics and how to handle the tricky balance between the two.

See what Tim is doing by visiting www.leadinginfluence.com

Email Tim at tim@leadinginfluence.com

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