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Feb 5, 2018

Generation Z is the name of the demographic cohort born between 1999 and 2015. It is a large, diverse generation, whose ideas, experiences and values present both challenges and opportunities for Christian ministry.

In this podcast, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to David Kinnaman about the new Barna Group report, Gen Z: The Culture, Beliefs and Motivations Shaping the Next Generation.

Kinnaman is president of Barna Group and coauthor of numerous books about how the next generation views Christianity, including unChristian, You Lost Me, and Good Faith.

You can follow Barna Group on Facebook and Twitter.

Episode 126 Notes

  • 00:00 Introduction of podcast topic
  • 00:32 MEGA Sports Camp ad copy
  • 01:10 Welcome to David Kinnaman
  • 01:47 Why pastors and other church leaders should pay attention to generational research
  • 04:00 Demographics of Generation Z
  • 07:18 Big themes of Barna’s Gen Z report
  • 12:10 Nominal Christianity vs. biblical worldview
  • 15:51 Diversity of race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality
  • 21:22 Materialistic values
  • 25:04 Best practices for ministry to Generation Z
  • 27:55 Gen Z and Barna Trends 2018
  • 29:04 Conclusion
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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Oct 26, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Dr. Mimi Haddad about the whys and hows of biblical equality, the notion that God calls and empowers both men and women for leadership in home, church, and society.

Dr. Haddad is president of CBE International and an adjunct professor of historical theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and Olivet University. She has her Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England.

To learn more about Dr. Mimi Haddad, visit cbeinternational.org.

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Oct 16, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Rev. Rick DuBose about the process God uses to turn a mess into a masterpiece, whether personally or congregationally.

Rev. DuBose is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God, having been elected to that position at the denomination’s 57th General Council in Anaheim, California.

To learn more about Rev. Rick DuBose, visit generaltreasurer.ag.org.

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Oct 9, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Rev. Doug Clay about his hopes, dreams and vision for the Assemblies of God. Rev. Clay is the 13th general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, having been elected to that position at the denomination’s 57th General Council in Anaheim, California.

To learn more about Rev. Doug Clay, visit DougClay.com, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Oct 4, 2017

Today’s episode of the Influence Podcast features Mike Quinn and Chris Sonksen talking about how churches can break the 200 barrier in attendance. This episode was recorded during a breakout session at the August 2017 Influence Conference in Anaheim, California.

Quinn is lead pastor of NewBreak Church, a multisite congregation in San Diego, California. Sonksen is lead pastor of South Hills Church, a multisite church in Southern California, as well as founder of Church Boom, which coaches churches about how to experience growth at every stage of development.

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Oct 2, 2017

Today’s episode of the Influence Podcast features Alton Garrison talking about the Acts 2 Model of Church Health. This episode was recorded at the August 2017 Influence Conference in Anaheim, California.

Alton Garrison is assistant superintendent of the Assemblies of God and director of the Church Transformation Initiative, which is designed to help churches renew their spiritual vitality and reach their full kingdom potential.

To learn more about the Acts 2 Model, visit Acts2Journey.com.

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Sep 25, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Chris Colvin about the highly alliterative topic, "Preaching Pet Peeves of People in the Pew."

Chris Colvin is a content research consultant, freelance writer, and contributing editor of Influence magazine. 

To learn more about him, follow @MisterColvin on Facebook and Twitter, or visit MisterColvin.com.

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Sep 19, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine senior editor John Davidson talks to Greg Ford about how to merge two churches into one.

Greg Ford is lead pastor of One Church in Gahanna, Ohio--a church plant that merged with another congregation. He is also a member of the Lead Team of the Church Multiplication Network.

To learn more about Greg Ford, follow @GregoryAFord on Instagram and Twitter. One Church's website is One.Church.

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Sep 14, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Chris Railey and John Davidson about why everyone should care about church planting.

Railey is senior director of Leadership and Development for the national office of the Assemblies of God, one component of which is the Church Multiplication Network. Davidson works with Railey as director of Discovery and Development.

To learn more about the Church Multiplication Network, visit churchmultiplication.net. Follow CMN on Twitter: @CMNetwork and on Facebook: @ChurchMultiplication.

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Sep 11, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Dr. Todd Wilson about the Christian church’s historic consensus about human sexuality, bringing Christian theology to bear on a controversial topic.

Wilson is senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois, as well as cofounder and chair of The Center for Pastor Theologians. His newest book is Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality, which will be published on October 9th by Zondervan

To learn more about Mere Sexuality, visit MereSexuality.com. The website of The Center for Pastor Theologians is PastorTheologians.com.

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Sep 7, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine senior editor John Davidson talks to Jonathan and Wynter Pitts about how to be the best leader you can be…in your home.

Jonathan is an author and the executive director of The Urban Alternative, Dr. Tony Evans’ popular broadcast ministry. Wynter is an author and the founder of For Girls Like You, a ministry to young girls and their parents. Together, they have written, She Is Yours: Trusting God as You Raise the Girl He Gave You, just published by Harvest House.

To learn more about the Winters or their book, She Is Yours, visit ForGirlsLikeYou.com. You can follower them on Twitter: @ForGirlsLikeYou and on Facebook: @ForGirlsLikeYou.

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Sep 5, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Dr. Robyn Wilkerson about her new book, Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling, available for purchase now at MyHealthyChurch.com.

Dr. Wilkerson is co-pastor of Trinity Church in Miami, Florida, with her husband, Rich Wilkerson, as well as a highly sought-after speaker, preacher, and life coach. Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling outlines a coaching strategy for women leaders in ministry to help them overcome negative patterns of thinking that hinder their leadership.

To learn more about Robyn Wilkerson or her book, Shattering the Stained Glass Ceiling, go to robynwilkerson.com. You can follower her on Twitter: @RobynWilkerson and on Facebook: @robynbuntainwilkerson.

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Aug 28, 2017

In this episode, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks to Daniel Im about five small changes that can make a big difference in a church’s discipleship ministry.

Daniel is director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com and Lifeway Christian Resources, as well as teaching pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author, most recently, of No Silver Bullets: 5 Small Shifts That Will Transform Your Ministry, recently published by B&H Books.

To learn more about Daniel Im or his book,  go to DanielIm.com. You can follow Daniel on Twitter: @danielsangi or Facebook: @Daniel.Im.Author.

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Aug 24, 2017

Although it’s difficult to imagine life B.F. — “before Facebook”—it’s helpful to remember how new social media is. Facebook launched in 2004, YouTube in 2005, Twitter in 2006, Instagram in 2010, and Snapchat in 2011. Despite the fact that these media are recent, they have revolutionized the way we communicate.

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, senior editor George P. Wood talks with Mark Forrester about how the church can leverage social media for the sake of the gospel. Mark is senior director of public relations and communications for the General Council of the Assemblies of God. He is also editor of Trending Up: Social Media Strategies for Today’s Church, available at MyHealthyChurch.com.

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Aug 22, 2017

Dr. George O. Wood has served as general superintendent of the Assemblies of God (USA) since 2007. Two weeks ago, at the AG’s 57th General Council, he decided to step down from that position.

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, senior editor George P. Wood talks with Dr. Wood — his father — about how to leave a legacy of influence in ministry. Their wide-ranging conversation includes Dr. Wood’s thoughts about Charlottesville and racism, leaving a job well, and encouragement for ministers in transition.

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Aug 10, 2017

Can husbands and wives co-pastor a church and live to tell about it?

That’s the question Influence magazine’s senior editor, John Davidson, asks Joel and Rachel Triska in this episode of the Influence Podcast. Joel and Rachel are co-pastors and co-executive directors of Life in Deep Ellum, an innovative church in the Deep Ellum arts district of Dallas, Texas.

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Aug 7, 2017

The Azusa Street Revival began on April 9, 1906, in a prayer meeting on N. Bonnie Brae Street in Los Angeles, California. Soon, crowds grew in response to the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and a congregation formed on Azusa Street, with William J. Seymour as its pastor. While other Pentecostal revivals were taking place throughout the U.S. and the world, Azusa Street became the most significance one.

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, Influence magazine executive editor George P. Wood talks with the nation’s foremost historian of Azusa Street about the history and significance of this revival. Prof. Cecil M. Robeck Jr. — “Mel to his friends” —is senior professor of church history and ecumenics at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. A credentialed Assemblies of God minister for 47 years, he is the author of The Azusa Street Mission and Revival, as well as the editor of the new Azusa Street Series of books from Gospel Publishing House.

Prof. Robeck has also put together a self-guided tour of Pentecostal landmarks in the Los Angeles area that you can download here.

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Aug 3, 2017

Stories have a unique ability to capture people’s imagination and move them to action. The Bible itself is filled with well-crafted narratives that tell the history of God’s dealings with people. And Jesus is the master storyteller. He used parables to proclaim the gospel and invite listeners to respond with repentance and faith.

Strangely, many churches don’t use stories to reach others. In this podcast, Influence magazine senior editor John Davidson talks to Jerit Abart and Trey Reynolds of BoldFlame Creative about how to embrace the art of storytelling. They pay special attention to the use of video components in sermons, the problem of limited budgets, and the importance of personal testimonies.

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Jul 20, 2017

Many people think authority is a prerequisite for influence. They look at how their church or ministry is run and think, I’ll lead differently when I’m in charge. Until that time, however, they either passively take things as they are or actively start ministries that they can lead without interference.

There’s another way, writes Clay Scroggins in his forthcoming book, How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge. “Practice leading through influence when you’re not in charge,” he says. “It’s the key to leading well when you are in charge.” In this episode of the Influence Podcast, Clay Scroggins shows Christian leaders how to exercise influence at any level of an organization.

Clay Scroggins is lead pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. His book, How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority, will be published on August 22, 2017 by Zondervan.

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Jul 17, 2017

Dallas Willard liked to say that busyness is a matter of calendar. Hurry, on the other hand, is a matter of soul.

All leaders are busy; they have a lot to do. No leader--especially Christian leaders--should be hurried, however. The question, then, is how to unhurry our leadership. How do we make sure that we who lead Christian congregations integrate spiritual formation and leadership?

In this episode of the Influence Podcast, George P. Wood talks with Alan Fadling about that important question.

Alan is author of An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence (IVP Books, 2017), as well as founder and president of Unhurried Living. The mission of Unhurried Living is to help people rest deeper, live fuller, and lead better. He lives in Mission Viejo, California with his wife, Gem, and their three sons.

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Jul 13, 2017

There are over 400,000 kids in foster care in the U.S. Of those, 100,000 are ready for adoption and 20,000 age out of the system every year.

“The good news is,” says Eric Porter, “there are 348,000 churches in the U.S. We believe it’s a problem solvable. If every church gets one family to go after one kid, we kind of joke, we’ll go find some other world crisis to conquer.”

In today’s Influence Podcast, Eric Porter talks with Influence magazine senior editor about the many ways churches can minister to orphans, foster kids, and other at-risk kids. Porter is an Assemblies of God U.S. missionary and president of The Keep, a ministry that prepares “the Church to stand ready for orphans.”

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