#059: Ben Sternke and Matt Tebbe from Gravity Leadership

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Today on the Groundswell Podcast, Heath Mullikin and Jeremy Summers talk with Ben Sternke and Matt Tebbe from Gravity Leadership.  We talk with them about their church planting and disciple making strategy with their church plant, The Table, in Indianapolis and their work through Gravity Leadership.  We would love your feedback by commenting on the blog, joining our Facebook group, or tweeting us @heathmullikin and @jeremysummers using the hashtag #groundswell.

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Ben Sternke has been in Christian ministry for over 21 years, and has been coaching, consulting, and training leaders for over 6 years.

He has experience as a worship pastor, lead pastor, and church planter (one of the first in the USA to use missional communities from the ground up). He’s also been a web designer, business owner, content developer, author, and marketing consultant.

He has a PGDip in Hermeneutics from London School of Theology. He co-wrote Oikonomics: How To Invest in Life’s Five Capitals the Way Jesus Did, and writes regularly at Gravity Leadership and The V3 Movement.

He co-founded Gravity Leadership, where he trains leaders to lead like Jesus, live on mission, and multiply disciples. He is planting a church (The Table) in the northeast suburbs of Indianapolis, where he and his wife Deb live with their children Ethan, Raina, Ella, and Sydney.

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Matt Tebbe has been a coach, communicator and consultant for over 4 years with churches in North America. He has experience as a youth pastor, a bi-vocational church planter, and working on a team at a large church to transition a church culture from a Sunday-centric to a discipleship and mission paradigm.

He holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked as an adjunct professor at Trinity College, both in Deerfield, IL. He has written for Leadership Journal, Shattered Magazine, and contributed to the book “What Pastors Wish Their Congregations Knew” by Kurt Fredrickson and Cameron Lee. He’s also a featured writer at Missio Alliance and The V3 Movement.

He co-founded Gravity Leadership, and is planting a church (The Table) in the northeast suburbs of Indianapolis, where he and his wife Sharon live with their children Deacon and Celeste.

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#058: JD Walt and Andrew Dragos from Seedbed and the New Room Conference

In this episode of the Groundswell podcast, Heath Mullikin and Jeremy Summers talk with JD Walt and Andrew Dragos from Seedbed and the New Room Conference.  They share with us some of the great resources coming out from New Room, plans for the upcoming New Room Conference, and also a special invitation is given to Washington, DC to pray on election day with the team.
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J. D. Walt is the chief sower and visionary for Seedbed. He works through the Word of God each day on the Seedbed Daily Text, but most important, he demonstrates the Seedbed mantra of Sola Sancta Caritas (only holy love) as he gives leadership to Seedbed’s vision, development, design, and tribe.

Andrew Dragos is the editorial director for Seedbed’s online content. He served in local ministry before transitioning to publishing and developing theological resources for the church. In his free time, you can find him reading, designing, or doing photography for his friends and family.

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#057: JR Woodward from the V3 Movement

Today we talk again with JR Woodward.  This conversation is about his role with the V3 Movement and the Praxis Gathering.  You can hear our other interview with JR about his book, Church as Movement, here.

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#056: Church as Movement with JR Woodward

 


Today we talk to JR Woodward, author of Church as Movement. JR Woodward has been passionately planting churches that value tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, locally-rooted presence and boundary-crossing mission for over twenty five years. He has helped start and multiply dozens of missional-incarnational communities from Blacksburg, Virginia, to Los Angeles. He has experienced both failure and fruitfulness, suffering and good times.

JR co-founded and currently serves on the board of the Missio Alliance, a movement of hopeful, centrist evangelicals envisioning a church reimagined for a world recreated. He is an active board member of Reliant Mission (formerly called GCM), which serves over five hundred missionaries in North America and around the world.

He currently serves as the national director for the V3 Church Planting Movement, helping to train church planters across North America in movemental ways of being the church. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Praxis Gathering, an annual gathering for planters who want to grow in grounded missional practices.

JR is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP 2012) and a regular contributor to newchurches.com, theV3movement.org, and gospel-life.net. He contributes to both academic and popular journals and blogs, including Religious Studies Review, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Leadership Journal, Gospel Centered Discipleship and the Verge Network. He speaks at conferences and gatherings across the country, including Inhabit, Fresh Expressions, Missio Alliance and the Praxis Gathering.

He graduated with a master of arts in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) on the topic of how a theology of the powers shapes a leadership’s approach to power and structure for mission.

JR loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and attends the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.

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#055: Kevin Watson from the Missional Discipleship Conference

This is Kevin Watson’s presentation at the online Missional Discipleship Conference hosted by Southern Wesleyan University. Kevin M. Watson is the author of Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice, The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience, A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living, and the co-author of Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today. The Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, he is an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church. His writing explores the role of small group formation in early Methodism and considers its relevance for contemporary Christianity. Watson blogs at http://vitalpiety.com Thanks to We would love your feedback by commenting on the blog, joining our Facebook group, or tweeting us @heathmullikin and @jeremysummers using the hashtag #groundswell.

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#054: Pastor’s Troy Evans and Anthony Smith on racism and reconciliation

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Pastor Troy Evans

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Pastor Anthony Smith

Heath and Jeremy are joined by Pastor’s Anthony Smith and Troy Evans.  Part of our conversation is about the meaning of Black Lives Matter and how many have misunderstood this phrase and movement.  Both of these men are on the front lines of working for the Kingdom of God to become a reality in their communities.  For further study check out Prophetic Lament.

Anthony Smith lives in Salisbury, NC. Anthony is one of the curators (along with this wife Toni Cook-Smith) of Mission House, a kingdom experiment in Salisbury, NC. He is the ‘resident emerging theologian’ of an Emergent Village cohort in Charlotte and a co-host of the emergent cohort in Statesville, NC. He also serves on the leadership team of TransFORM, a global network of missional leaders and communities. He facilitates a blog, Musings of a Postmodern Negro, that is an investigation into the intersection of theology, philosophy, race, popular culture, politics, and emerging culture.  Follow him on twitter @missionhousenc.

Troy Evans is the founding Pastor of the Edge Urban Fellowship in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  His complete bio can be viewed here while his book, The Edge of Redemption can be found here.  Connect with Troy on Facebook.

As always, our desire is to be a part of the conversation and bring healing and reconciliation in our troubled world.

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#053: Chris Way from the Atinga Project

Heath Mullikin interviews Chris Way, the founder of the Atinga Project at the Follow 2015 Wesleyan Youth Convention. The Atinga Project sells shoes made by Africans. Specifically, recycled taxi-tire sandals made by Rwandans. These sandals are not your typical flip-flops. They are hand-crafted by skilled artisan-shoemakers. For more information check out the following links:

http://www.atingaproject.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheAtingaProject/

https://twitter.com/AtingaProject
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#052: Kent Carlson from the Missional Discipleship Conference

This presentation was part of the online Missional Discipleship Conference put on by the Church Multiplication and Discipleship Division of the Wesleyan Church. The rest of the conference can be viewed here.
Kent Carlson (BA, Trinity College. MAR, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the founder (1984) and co-senior pastor of Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California. Kent also serves as the Vice President for Leadership Formation at the North American Baptist Conference. He lives in El Dorado Hills, California and has been married to his wife, Diane, since 1982. They have three daughters, two granddaughters, two dogs, two goats, one cat and a bunch of chickens. He is the co-author of the book, Renovation of the Church: What Happens When a Seeker Church Discovers Spiritual Formation (IVP) and believes that the Chicago Cubs will soon win the World Series and then the end will come.

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#051: Dr. Lenny Luchetti, author of True Depth

Dr. Lenny Luchetti serves as Associate Professor of Proclamation and Christian Ministries at Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University. He has served as a local church pastor for more than 15 years and continues to preach and teach at colleges, churches, and camps in the United States and around the world. His book, Preaching Essentials, has been recognized by Outreach Magazine and Preaching Magazine as one of the best books on preaching in the year of its publication.

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#050: Pastor Steve Johnson on the Orlando Shooting

Our conversation today is with Pastor Steve Johnson. Steve posted a video on Facebook discussing the shooting in Orlando which prompted this call. Steve, a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church where he has served for the last 12 years. In 2006, Steve moved to Western New York to serve as a Pastor of Student Ministries. That year he also met his wife Lindsey. They have now been married for 8 years and have two children, Ava (4) and Charlie (2). In 2014 Steve & Lindsey left his ministry position to become bi-vocational and move into the city of Buffalo to pursue a calling into urban church planting. Their church, Anchor Church, launched public services in January 2016. We would love your feedback by commenting on the blog, joining our Facebook group, or tweeting us @heathmullikin and @jeremysummers using the hashtag #groundswell.

Here is Steve’s Facebook Video.

Contact Steve through AnchorBuffalo.com

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