Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q3 Surge School Intensive

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Quarter 3 Intensive:

February 28th 6-9pm

Speakers: Jim Mullins and Josh Harp
 

Description: In quarter three, Jim and Josh will teach on what it means to be the people of God and explore the purpose of the church. We will look at what it means to be a covenant people, sent to participate in God’s work to restore, create, and bless this world God has placed us in. Jima and Josh will unpack God’s mission and the vulnerable and help us consider the ways in which God has blessed and called us to be a people who engage in justice, mercy, and care for the vulnerable around us.

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West Valley March Surge Lunch
Mar
6
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley March Surge Lunch

Topic: Truths Christian Leaders Must Embrace

Underlying sinful behavior, fear, and shame is often a lie we are believing about God and ourselves. Embracing, believing, trusting, and delighting in the appropriate liberating truth has the power to set us free from sin. This is highly valuable insight for those who pastor or lead within the church in any way. Yet, it is not only helpful in shepherding congregants through false belief - it is essential for the Christian leader in shepherding their own hearts.

Have you ever struggled with feeling out of control or the need to have your hands on everything within your church/ministry? Ever wondered what people thought of your sermon or stayed up at night wishing you had said something different? What about when you counsel someone with incredible wisdom to turn from their sin or addiction, only to follow that with giving in to your own temptations? Join us for a discussion around liberating truths that are not only freeing for those we lead but for ourselves, as we lead.

Please RSVP for lunch by March 2nd

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Downtown March Surge Lunch
Mar
7
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown March Surge Lunch

Topic: Pastor as Peacemaker

Sometimes as pastors and ministry leaders our schedules get disrupted by conflict in the church: individuals upset with the direction you are leading, members arguing with one another, an unaddressed hurt growing into a bitter division. These seasons can be stressful and anxiety provolking and often reveals much within us as leaders and yet peacemaking and helping conflicting parties remember that they are brothers and sisters in Jesus is one of the most important tasks of church leadership. What does conflict reveal in us? How do we do this? Join us for a discussion on pastoring through conflict.

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Apr
26
to Apr 28

Marriage Retreat for Pastors & Spouses

Title: Marriage Retreat for Pastors & Spouses

Location: Hotel Palomar
Cost: $300/ couple (includes hotel, breakfasts, and lunch)
*This retreat is limited to 30 couples, please only register if you are able to participate from 2 pm on 4/26 through 11:30 pm on 4/28

We are looking forward to Surge’s first marriage retreat for pastors and their spouses. This will be a special three-day gathering designed to give you and your spouse time of refreshment, opportunities to discuss and pray through various aspects of your relationship, and to be encouraged through rich teaching from Don and Renee Worcester. The Worcesters have both spent over 20 years in ministry, are marriage counselors, and specialize in walking through the ways local church ministry specifically weighs on ministers.
Many pastors in Arizona have benefited from time with Don and Renee and we trust this 3-day experience will deeply nourish, strengthen, and encourage marriages that are new, old, strong, and struggling. Learn more about Don and Renee here.

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May
10
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q4 Surge School Intensive and Graduation

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Quarter 4 Intensive & Graduation:

May 10th 6-9pm

Speakers: Amy Sherman

Description: In our final quarter, Amy Sherman, the author of Kingdom Calling, will dig into how can we can see work as a way to bring glory to God and serve our neighbors. She will explore how we can be more intentional in our work lives, and facilitate a discussion about the best practices for vocational discipleship. This intensive will provide Surge Students an opportunity to learn how they can help deepen their theology of work and be more intentional in their work lives.

 

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q4 Surge School Intensive and Graduation

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Quarter 4 Intensive & Graduation:

May 24th 6-9pm

Speakers: Jim Mullins

Description: In our final quarter, Jim Mullins, will dig into how can we can see work as a way to bring glory to God and serve our neighbors. He will explore how we can be more intentional in our work lives, and facilitate a discussion about the best practices for vocational discipleship. This intensive will provide Surge Students an opportunity to learn how they can help deepen their theology of work and be more intentional in their work lives.

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Tucson February Surge Lunch
Feb
14
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson February Surge Lunch

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Topic: Caring For Those Who Are Hurting, Struggling, or Have Lost Their Way

Caring for people is part of the privilege of loving Jesus. Pastors, ministry leaders, and lay leaders alike are familiar with life in a fallen world. Some are submerged in it as they seek to walk along with those experiencing stubborn depression, heart-wrenching adultery, volcanic-anger, chronic miscommunication, and guilt-ridden struggles of all kinds. As a Christian leader, God has called you to help his sheep, and often those sheep are hurting, confused, and in need of guidance. Whether a pastor, ministry leader, or lay leader in your church, it’s likely you find yourself ill-prepared for the worthy labor of soul-care. Yet, those in your influence expect you to help them with their struggles. What should a pastor or leader do with all of this? Our February Tucson Surge Lunch will address a basic framework to approach people’s troubles. Our panel of counselors and soul-care providers will help give us a vision for what it means to labor for our people going through a difficult time, and what it looks like to respond in biblically helpful ways.

PANELISTS
John Cepin has served as a military officer, educator, and Marriage and Family Therapist. He desires to bring people to the feet of Jesus, through an integrated experience of Spirit-led soul care, discipleship, and healing community. He is experienced in helping people develop eyes that see God in the daily events of life by training them to gain a vision of God and the needs of others. John, with his wife Patti, have three sons and twelve grandchildren.

Bill Seery has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in professional clinical practice for nearly 30 years. He holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot Seminary and a Masters in Counseling from California State University in Fullerton. He has a wide range of clinical experience with adolescents and their parents, couple’s and individual therapy and currently runs his own private practice in Tucson, called Path Light Counseling.

Shari Willett has been connected with Northwest Tucson for over two decades providing Spiritual Mentoring & Soul Care. After being on staff with Biblical Counseling Associates under John and Patti Cepin’s supervision, she became a member of Spiritual Directors International and now provides Biblical Soul Care. This includes helping individuals discover through the power of the Holy Spirit where God has been in their stories and how He wants to bring restoration and reconciliation through Jesus Christ into their relationships. Shari has been married to her husband, Dave, for 45 years. 

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q3 Surge School Intensive

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Quarter 3 Intensive:

February 8th 6-9pm

Speakers: Jim Mullins and Dennae Pierre
 

Description: In quarter three, Jim Mullins will teach on what it means to be the people of God and explore the purpose of the church. We will look at what it means to be a covenant people, sent to participate in God’s work to restore, create, and bless this world God has placed us in. Dennae Pierre will unpack God’s mission and the vulnerable and help us consider the ways in which God has blessed and called us to be a people who engage in justice, mercy, and care for the vulnerable around us. She will walk us through God’s heart for those often forgotten and on the margins and paint a picture for what it looks like to generously give of ourselves in order to learn from, follow, and serve the brokenhearted whom God loves.

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Feb
8
8:30 AM08:30

February Women in Leadership Breakfast

Title: The Weight of Caring for Others

Renee Worcester is going to be speaking on the weights caring for others can take on you and what it looks like to foster health. Renee is full of much wisdom and experience and would be someone you don’t want to miss!


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Downtown February Surge Lunch
Feb
7
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown February Surge Lunch

Topic: Discipleship in a Disenchanted World

We are honored to have Mike Cosper with us this month speak about the themes from his new book Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World. His book is a rich exploration of the complexities of following Christ in a modern, post-Christian, society and the role of the spiritual disciplines to cultivate awe and wonder. He will apply these themes to the unique challenges of the pastoral vocation and seek to provide wisdom for making disciples in a disenchanted world. 

Here’s the summary from the back of his book: 
“When we're young, it's easy to believe in the supernatural, the mysterious, the enchanted. But as we grow older, we learn to be more "rational" and more confident that reality is merely what we can see. Even as Christians who believe in the resurrection, we live as if miracles and magic have been drained from the world. As Mike Cosper wrestled with his own disillusionment, he found writers, thinkers, and artists like Hannah Arendt, Charles Taylor, James K. A. Smith, and David Foster Wallace whose words and ideas reassured him that he was not alone. And he discovered ancient and modern disciplines that shape a Christian way of life and awaken the possibility of living again in an enchanted world. Exquisitely written with thoughtful practices woven throughout, this book will feed your soul and help you recapture the wonder of your Christian walk.”

Bio:
Mike Cosper is a writer, speaker, and podcaster. In 2016, he founded Harbor Media, a non-profit media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He's the host of Cultivated: A Podcast about Faith and Work, and is developing The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a podcast about faith and culture. 
He's the author of Rhythms of Grace and The Stories We Tell (both published by Crossway Books), the co-author of Faithmapping, and the author of the forthcoming Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Intervarsity Press, coming in August). Prior to launching Harbor Media, Mike served as one of the founding pastors at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and launched Sojourn Music– a collective of musicians writing songs for the church. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters Dorothy and Maggie. 

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West Valley February Surge Lunch
Feb
6
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley February Surge Lunch

Topic: Discipleship in a Disenchanted World

We are honored to have Mike Cosper with us this month speak about the themes from his new book Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World. His book is a rich exploration of the complexities of following Christ in a modern, post-Christian, society and the role of the spiritual disciplines to cultivate awe and wonder. He will apply these themes to the unique challenges of the pastoral vocation and seek to provide wisdom for making disciples in a disenchanted world. 

Here’s the summary from the back of his book: 
“When we're young, it's easy to believe in the supernatural, the mysterious, the enchanted. But as we grow older, we learn to be more "rational" and more confident that reality is merely what we can see. Even as Christians who believe in the resurrection, we live as if miracles and magic have been drained from the world. As Mike Cosper wrestled with his own disillusionment, he found writers, thinkers, and artists like Hannah Arendt, Charles Taylor, James K. A. Smith, and David Foster Wallace whose words and ideas reassured him that he was not alone. And he discovered ancient and modern disciplines that shape a Christian way of life and awaken the possibility of living again in an enchanted world. Exquisitely written with thoughtful practices woven throughout, this book will feed your soul and help you recapture the wonder of your Christian walk.”

Bio:
Mike Cosper is a writer, speaker, and podcaster. In 2016, he founded Harbor Media, a non-profit media company serving Christians in a post-Christian world. He's the host of Cultivated: A Podcast about Faith and Work, and is developing The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a podcast about faith and culture. 
He's the author of Rhythms of Grace and The Stories We Tell (both published by Crossway Books), the co-author of Faithmapping, and the author of the forthcoming Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World (Intervarsity Press, coming in August). Prior to launching Harbor Media, Mike served as one of the founding pastors at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and launched Sojourn Music– a collective of musicians writing songs for the church. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Sarah, and their daughters Dorothy and Maggie. 

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Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

Ancient Practices to a Life of Prayer - Seminar

Title: Ancient Pathways to a Life of Prayer

We live in exhausting times that expose our anemic relationship with God. Pastors and church leaders are called to shepherd the church in the midst of cultural currents fueled by fear, anxiety, and isolation. The longevity and faithfulness of ministers deepens on our rootedness in Christ.
Join us for a one day workshop focused on equipping Christian leaders to discover ancient pathways for a deeper life in God. In this workshop, we will pursue practices that help pastors and church leaders experience the abundant life of Christ through vibrant prayer and contemplation.

About the facilitator:

Rich Villodas is the lead pastor of New Life Fellowship Church. New Life is a church community with people from over 75 nations in the heart of Queens, NYC.

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Jan
11
8:30 AM08:30

January Women in Leadership Breakfast

Title: Following God's Rythm

Fruitfulness lies in following God’s instructions and the leading of His Spirit. Luke 5 and John 21 show two different encounters with Jesus where his followers have confidence in his direction and trust him with no questioning or rebuttal. Join us for January's Women in Leadership breakfast as Chrystal Stewart from Remnant Church helps us consider areas of our life that may have become routine and need to come in alignment with the Spirit.

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Tucson January Surge Lunch
Jan
10
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson January Surge Lunch

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Topic: The Gospel in a particular time, to a particular people

We desire to see lives and cities transformed by the gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation that rests in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As the church is sent to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth, we must think how to communicate the gospel in a particular place, time, and culture, to a particular people without watering it down. 
Each church and ministry must think deeply about how we do this in our own particular context. 
Most of our churches have a deep commitment to a particular context, neighborhood, or focus area, and with each context comes particular challenges and opportunities. Our January Surge Lunch will be a great opportunity to learn about the particular challenges facing the Tucson Church today. We will have the privilege to hear from a panel of different pastors from varied ministry contexts and experiences on how they identify and address these potential barriers. 
We hope you will join us as we learn together and from one another how to be a faithful gospel presence in our city.

About Our Panelists:
Panelist names and bios will be posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages in the coming days. 
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Dec
14
8:30 AM08:30

December Women in Leadership Breakfast

Speaker: Lauren Kutsko

SLEEP! 
In our current life of deadlines, expectations, family and those counting on us, how could we possibly go to bed on time?  Many of us view sleep as a means to be awake better, like something we must do to survive.  There are many other perspectives of sleep that should be considered before we start saying we don’t need much of it.  As leaders, our hearts and minds crave rest and stillness but have a hard time finding it. 

This December breakfast we will be discussing the importance of sleep and how it changes our bodies and our minds and the gift it is from God.

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Downtown December Surge Lunch
Dec
6
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown December Surge Lunch

Topic: Cultural Idols and the Pastoral Vocation
Speaker: Dr. Michael Goheen

Dr. Michael Goheen is the founder and Director of Theological Education for the Missional Training Center and a scholar-in-residence for the Surge Network. He has written several books such as The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and A Light to the Nations. He is married to Marnie and they have four adult married children and nine grandchildren.

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West Valley December Surge Lunch
Dec
5
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley December Surge Lunch

Topic: Cultural Idols and the Pastoral Vocation
Speaker: Dr. Michael Goheen

Dr. Michael Goheen is the founder and Director of Theological Education for the Missional Training Center and a scholar-in-residence for the Surge Network. He has written several books such as The Drama of Scripture, Living at the Crossroads, and A Light to the Nations. He is married to Marnie and they have four adult married children and nine grandchildren.

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Tucson Q2 Surge School Intensive

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Quarter 2 Intensive:

November 15th 6-9pm

Speakers: Chris Gonzales
Description:  John Frame says, “Theology is application of God’s word to all of life.” The second quarter we build off the grand narrative of scripture we just spent 8 weeks studying in order to dive deeply into how the good news of Christ applies to all areas of our life. At the quarter two intensive, Chris will unpack the beautiful truths of the gospel: that God is great, so we do not have to be in control; that God is glorious so we do not have to fear others; that God is good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere; and that God is gracious, so we do not have to prove ourselves. Tyler will also spend time teaching how God’s love is what transforms and changes us and challenge us to see how the Christ-shaped love of neighbor is key to our discipleship.

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Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q2 Surge School Intensive

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Quarter 2 Intensive:

November 9th 6-9pm

Speakers: Chris Gonzalez and Tyler Johnson
Description:  John Frame says, “Theology is application of God’s word to all of life.” The second quarter we build off the grand narrative of scripture we just spent 8 weeks studying in order to dive deeply into how the good news of Christ applies to all areas of our life. At the quarter two intensive, Chris Gonzalez will unpack the beautiful truths of the gospel: that God is great, so we do not have to be in control; that God is glorious so we do not have to fear others; that God is good, so we don’t have to look elsewhere; and that God is gracious, so we do not have to prove ourselves. Tyler Johnson will also spend time teaching how God’s love is what transforms and changes us and challenge us to see how the Christ-shaped love of neighbor is key to our discipleship.

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November Women in Leadership Breakfast
Nov
9
8:30 AM08:30

November Women in Leadership Breakfast

Jesus, Justice, and Gospel-Centered Leadership

Dennae will be sharing with us about cultivating Jesus centered, justice-loving, servant leaders within our organizations and churches.

RSVP and invite another amazing woman leader and join us at Roosevelt.

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Tucson November Surge Lunch
Nov
8
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson November Surge Lunch

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Topic: How we learn: The brain, and Christian influence

Much of leadership revolves around our ability to share information and experiences with others. Is there a connection between what researchers are discovering about the brain and how leaders prepare and deliver information? Pastors and Christian leaders are called to preach, speak, and model effective communication skills. Yet, do most leaders and teachers know how amazingly beautiful and complex the brain truly is? Are there brain-facts that, when applied in leadership roles, might make more of an impact to those we shepherd?
By highlighting cutting-edge research on the brain and learning, David Towne has spoken and taught numerous workshops for leaders who desire to speak and deliver messages even more effectively.
Come and enjoy lunch, fellowship, and a closer look into God’s most complex organ in the body and how it can transform your influence as a leader. 

About Our Speaker: David Towne

For the past 26 years, David Towne has served as an educational leader in the public, private, and charter schools. His role as a teacher, principal, instructional coach, professional development coordinator and director, and high school tennis coach has allowed him to work with thousands of students, teachers, leaders, and athletes over the years.
As Arizona Teacher of the Year/Ambassador for Excellence in 1999, David has traveled extensively speaking on various educational and leadership topics. He currently is the Director of Professional Development at the Leman Academies of Excellence.
David and his wife Sophia have four grown children and two grandchildren. They have called New Life Bible Fellowship home for the past 12 years where he regularly preaches and teaches.

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West Valley November Surge Lunch
Nov
7
11:30 AM11:30

West Valley November Surge Lunch

Topic: Creating a Culture of Shared Leadership

Team building, creating a culture of shared leadership, and developing cohesion around mission is essential for leaders. Strong churches and teams also need vision and direction from leaders. Sometimes these realities feel in tension with one another.
We are all gifted differently as well as have different philosophies of ministry and yet whether we thrive more as independent leaders or within a team, shared leadership is important.
Join us for the November Surge lunch as we explore what this looks like, how to align individuals and cultivate teams, and be more intentional in developing both individuals within our teams as well as the team as a whole.

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Downtown November Surge Lunch
Nov
1
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown November Surge Lunch

Topic: Creating a Culture of Shared Leadership

Team building, creating a culture of shared leadership, and developing cohesion around mission is essential for leaders. Strong churches and teams also need vision and direction from leaders. Sometimes these realities feel in tension with one another.
We are all gifted differently as well as have different philosophies of ministry and yet whether we thrive more as independent leaders or within a team, shared leadership is important.
Join us for the November Surge lunch as we explore what this looks like, how to align individuals and cultivate teams, and be more intentional in developing both individuals within our teams as well as the team as a whole.

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Downtown October Surge Lunch
Oct
4
11:30 AM11:30

Downtown October Surge Lunch

Topic: Mission Improv: Making Holistic Disciple

"Our aim as Christ’s Social Body is to “follow in his steps” (1 Pet 2:21); to “walk in love as Christ loved” (Eph 5:1); “to speak and do the truth” (4:15, 21; 1 John 1:6); to “grow up together” (Eph 4:15) in the One who embodies “mature humanity” (4:13).  In the drama of discipleship, the local church “puts on” Christ’s pattern of covenantal fidelity, not with the definitive weight of Christ’s unique fulfillment, but in his ways, after his likeness." -Dr. Greg Perry
Please join us for lunch and discussion with Dr. Greg Perry about holistic discipleship. Dr. Perry seeks to equip the church to walk in humility as disciples of Jesus. This requires the ability to engage and walk with the culture you are embedded in and embody Jesus.

Speaker: Dr. Greg Perry
Dr. Greg Perry is a founding board member of Third Millennium. Ordained as a teaching elder in 1991, Greg taught for 14 years at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he served as Associate Professor of New Testament and the Director of the City Ministry Initiative. In July 2017, Greg joined our team as Vice President of Strategic Projects, and moved to Orlando with his wife, Darlene, to serve leaders of the global church together.

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September Women in Leadership Breakfast
Sep
14
8:30 AM08:30

September Women in Leadership Breakfast

Phoenix is blessed with gifted women who are in leadership positions that add significant value to the life of our city. We recognize that women in leadership are often a minority on the staff of our churches and organizations and encounter challenges as well as unique opportunities in their development as leaders.

Our monthly breakfasts bring together these women to share, pray, and challenge one another to lead out of a deep love for God and the people we have been entrusted to serve.

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Tucson September Surge Lunch
Sep
13
11:30 AM11:30

Tucson September Surge Lunch

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September Tucson Surge Lunch


Topic: The Pastor and His Friends

You’ve heard it said before: Pastors are lonely. Pastors and other Christian leaders often struggle to find deep, trusted friendships for a variety of reasons. They’ve been hurt in the past. They don’t know who to trust. They experience shame due to moral struggles. The lack of freedom to be transparent can lead to the loss of healthy accountability and burnout.
With over four decades of full-time ministry experience, Pastor John Miller has observed closely the need for true friendship and accountability when it comes to pastoral longevity and overall spiritual health.
We hope this lunch will prove helpful to all pastors and Christian leaders.


About our Speaker: John Miller

For 35 years, John Miller served as lead pastor of Northwest Bible Church in Tucson, Arizona. In addition, he has spent 12 years serving in various churches in California and Arizona. Currently, he is a consultant with the Centers of Church-Based Training (CCBT.org) and is on the pastoral preaching team at Community Church of Saddlebrook, AZ.
He received his doctorate from Phoenix Seminary where he authored 9 Key Factors of Pastoral Longevity, a dissertation that observes the shared characteristics of pastors who endure in ministry.
John has a heart for developing pastors and Christian leaders to maturity and many to leadership within the context of the local church.

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Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Phoenix Q1 Surge School Intensive

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September 8th 6-9pm

Speaker: Mike Goheen

Description: The Bible tells one story of God’s purpose to restore the creation and the life of humankind. If we are to live faithfully as the people of God in our American cultural setting it is absolutely essential to understand the Bible as one story in contrast to the idolatrous cultural stories we are embedded in. Dr. Goheen will unpack the biblical story and give us a framework for living as a sent people who have been blessed to be a blessing.

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