Dennae Pierre talks with Fran Switzer about the challenges and opportunities of pastoring people well in the age of social media.Read More
Surge Network Podcast
Exploring the mission of God in all areas of our lives and in all parts of our cities
In this book, Pastor Jamin Goggin and theology professor Kyle Strobel invite readers on a journey to uncover Jesus’ seemingly contradictory way to power: weakness.
Why do so many rock-star pastors implode under the spotlight? Why do modern-day churches become so entangled in growing their brand that they lose sight of their true purpose? Because, according to Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, Christians have succumbed to the temptations of power and forgotten Jesus’ seemingly contradictory path to power—first giving it up.
In The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb, Goggin and Strobel paint a richly biblical vision of power through weakness and offers a compelling vision of the way of Jesus that will challenge both individual believers and the church as a whole.
Our prayer and hope is that churches in Arizona would be full of leaders and pastors who are committed to the Jesus-way of power and that pastors would recognize where the idols of power and prestige have gotten a foothold into our affections for Christ and leadership decisions so that we might turn toward embracing weakness.
Creativity vs. Consistency
One of the most significant tensions that leaders must manage is that balance between creativity and consistency. On one hand, we were created in the image of a creative God who invites us to engage the complex problems of the world with creativity. On the other hand, God is faithful, unchanging, and consistent. We display his character when our work is marked by a long obedience in the same direction.
For the April Surge lunch, we will explore the tension between creativity and consistency, we will address questions such as:
- When do you choose creativity? When do you choose consistency?
- How do we cultivate a creative mindset in life and leadership?
- How can we approach problem-solving with greater imagination?
- How does the Gospel sustain faithfulness in a world that esteems newness?
Join us for a free meal, time of fellowship, panel discussion and an important conversation about the tension between creativity and consistency.
Speaker: Ken Wytsma
Ken Wytsma is a leader, innovator, and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit. He is the president of Kilns College, where he teaches courses on philosophy and justice. He is the founder of The Justice Conference—an annual international conference that introduces men and women to a wide range of organizations and conversations relating to biblical justice and God’s call to give our lives away.
Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to nonprofits and a sought after speaker on justice, church, and culture. A church planter and lead pastor at Antioch Church, Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.
Ken’s is the author of, Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things, The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith, and Create vs. Copy: Embrace Change. Ignite Creativity. Break Through with Imagination.
When Soong-Chan Rah planted an urban church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his first full sermon series was a six-week exposition of the book of Lamentations. Preaching on an obscure, depressing Old Testament book was probably not the easiest way to launch a church. But it shaped their community with a radically countercultural perspective.
Lament is a missing, essential component of prayer that can be found throughout the Bible, but is often absent from our communities. It recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and invites us to cry out for justice. Soong-Chan Rah will help us understand the importance of lament and how we, as leaders in our communities, can create space for the church to lament the brokenness of the world.Read More
As pastors and church leaders, we desire to “do great things for God.” This seemingly good desire can actually lead to lives that are imbalanced and affections that are grossly misplaced. Do our lives point to the fact that we are “not the Christ”? Are we comfortable when people around us see that we are merely human? If we’re honest, there is a very real temptation to portray ourselves as super-human–priding ourselves on our ability to be everywhere at once, fix every problem, and know everything.Read More
We live in times where the Bible is undervalued and undermined both inside and outside of the church. For this December’s Surge lunch Pastor Tyler Johnson addressed Scripture as the means in which churches, communities, and individuals will experience the abundant life Christ promised. Tyler talked about tangible ways to personally, congregational, and culturally engage the Word of God.Read More
“Immigration is one of the most complicated issues of our time. Voices on all sides argue strongly for action and change. And Christians find themselves torn between the desire to uphold laws and the call to minister to the vulnerable.”
— excerpt taken from Welcoming the Stranger by Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang YangRead More
Chris Gonzalez interviews Mark Glanville during the 2016 Missional Training Center Faculty retreat in Phoenix, Arizona.
Glanville talks about the challenges of pastoring in a post-Christian relativistic society.