In this episode of This is Sojourn Network Podcast, Ronnie and Melissa Martin talks to Nick and Kim Bogardus of Cross of Christ Church in Orange County, CA. Nick and Kim share their journey through ministry and the support they’ve found in other pastors and churches apart of the Sojourn Network.
Mike Cosper and Dave Owens explore the history of the Sojourn Network, the vision and values, and the exciting future of the network. The journey of Sojourn Network began with Acts 29, where they were influenced to start something new and exciting. Inspired by the culture of creativity, health, and wholeness, the network started crafting a concrete vision based on sustainable growth. Looking onward, there are a lot of exciting changes and events to look forward to.
The world is quite clearly more suspicious of and hostile to religious ideas than it was in the past. In what follows, I want to sketch out four things about ministry in a post-Christian culture, ranging from the effects of modernity on the Church, to ways to think about evangelism, to why the Star Wars prequels sucked.
Pastoral plurality in the local church is not just the biblical norm, it is a practical and spiritual necessity. But plurality can’t simply be pastoral nomenclature — terms we commonly use that make little claim upon us. If plurality is real, it brings men under submission and guides their service. This means sacred cows occasionally get slaughtered so that the pastor’s soul moves even closer to Christ-like service. One of the cows pluralities are reluctant to touch is the sacred area of lead-pastor preaching.
In what follows, Joel Brooks, Lead Pastor of Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, reflects on the day he looked around and realized, "Hey, we’re one of the only ones left." Offering insight from personal experience, Joel dives into the stark realities of church planting and how not to plant a service, but rather a church.
Several other pastors in New York City and I were meeting to discuss our expulsion from using public schools as gathering spaces. Interpreting the move as hostility, we had come together to pray, plan, and talk out a response. The trouble is, what we were viewing as hostility was actually apathy.
Community is Hard
Do you want to enjoy group again? Do you want to see them multiply? Then this is the book for you.
Whether you are new to community groups or tired from years of challenging ministry, Life-Giving Groups is a fresh, practical invitation to life together in Christ.