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The Influence Podcast is a collection of inspiring and challenging conversations, aimed at empowering the entire spectrum of church leadership, from lead pastor to lead volunteer. It is a chance for you to hear from the premier voices in church leadership…voices who are redefining what church leadership looks like. It's the audio companion to Influence Magazine, a resource full of practical tools, informative news and powerful biblical principles. Visit us online at InfluenceMagazine.com
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Jan 29, 2018

America is becoming an increasingly diverse nation, and so are American churches. How should pastors and other church leaders preach and minister in this new cultural context? That’s the question Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood explores with Matthew D. Kim in this episode of the Influence Podcast.

Dr. Kim is associate professor of preaching and ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and author of the book, Preaching with Cultural Intelligence: Understanding the People Who Hear our Sermons (Baker Academic). Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Episode 125 Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:40 Sponsor ad
  • 01:20 Conversation begins
  • 01:58 Cultural intelligence defined
  • 04:03 The need for culturally intelligent preaching/ministry
  • 05:17 Racial and ethnic diversity
  • 10:29 Other forms of diversity: denomination, gender, location, religion
  • 19:07 The homiletical template
  • 21:55 Follow your HABIT
  • 25:02 Build the BRIDGE
  • 27:59 Speak their dialect DIALECT
  • 29:02 The homiletical template as instinct, not methodlogy
  • 30:50 Cultural intelligence as growth in empathy
  • 32:44 Conclusion
Jan 22, 2018

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, Influence magazine senior editor John Davidson interviews John Van Pay about what the faith heroes of Hebrews 11 can teach us regarding spiritual endurance.

John Van Pay is pastor of Gateway Fellowship Church in San Antonio, Texas, which Outreach magazine named the fastest growing church in America in 2016. He is also author of Marathon Faith: Motivation from the Greatest Endurance Runners of the Bible. For more information about the book or to download book-related leadership resources, visit marathonfaith.org.

Episode 124 Notes:

  • 00:00 Welcome
  • 00:26 Sponsor Ad: Mega Sports Camp
  • 01:23 Introduction of John Van Pay
  • 02:27 Why JVP wrote Marathon Faith
  • 05:53 How often ministry leaders hit the wall, and why
  • 08:24 Why JVP calls faith a "marathon"
  • 11:36 How Hebrews 11 illustrates marathon faith
  • 17:08 The importance of keeping life's problems in perspective
  • 19:41 Ways that spiritual life is like an endurance sport
  • 23:09 Check out marathonfaith.org and mygateway.tv
  • 24:52 Conclusion

 

Jan 15, 2018

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In honor of Dr. King’s Christian vision of the “beloved community” and his Civil Rights activism, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks with Pastor Walter Harvey about what Pentecostals can do to promote racial justice and reconciliation in America today.

Harvey is pastor of Parklawn Assembly of God in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as vice president of the National Black Fellowship of the Assemblies of God. He also has the lead article in the January-February 2018 issue of Influence magazine, titled, “A Place Called Sherman Park: Eight ministry lessons that can help bring renewal to communities in chaos.”

Jan 9, 2018

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Dr. Jim Bradford about the personal, pastoral and congregational dimensions of prayer.

Dr. Bradford is general secretary of the Assemblies of God (USA) and pastor of Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri. You can listen to his weekly sermons here.

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