Hosted by John Chandler and Todd Hiestand, The Ecclesia Leadership Podcast is a monthly conversation with pastors and church leaders of the Ecclesia Network. Each month they talk with leaders about the reality and challenges of mission in their local context.
Most Recent Episode
This month we have a conversation with Keas Keasler, pastor of Rhythm Church in Miami, FL. Keas was recently voted as Ecclesia’s #1 Pastor/DJ.
We talk with Keas about their church planting journey, what it looks like to be contextual in a place like Miami, their discipleship context and how they are re-imagining membership and their community’s rule of life. We also chat with Keas about their involvement in Ecclesia and the upcoming Missio Alliance.
John and Todd talk with MaryKate Morse this month. MaryKate is the Professor of Leadership and Spiritual Formation at George Fox Seminary and as you’ll hear in this podcast — she’s awesome.
We talk about:
- The challenges of church planting as a woman
- Leadership in social/relational space
- Her relationship and friendship with the Ecclesia Network
- Her session at Missio Alliance
- Her book Making Room for Leadership
- Her upcoming book on prayer
- And a bit more…
This month we spend some time with Tim Keel, founder and pastor of Jacob’s Well Church in Kansas City, MO. We talk about church planting, leadership, organizational systems, the story of Jacob’s Well and his excitement about the Missio Alliance.
This month we interview Aaron Graham from the District Church in Washington D.C. In our conversation, we talk about how Aaron and his wife found themselves church planting in the nations capital. We also talked about leadership culture, outreach and compassion ministries, ministering in the nation’s capital and what it means to be local in that context. Of course, we talk a little bit about Aaron’s involvement with the Missio Alliance in April.
In this episode we interview Stephen Redden, one of the pastors from New Denver Church in Colorado. We talk about the New Denver church planting story, bi-vocational leadership, polycentric / team based leadership, missional communities and the Denver Broncos.
Some ways to connect with Stephen:
This month we interview Scot McKnight - professor, author, blogger and genuine Cubs fan. We are happy to have with us another special guest, JR Rozko, of the Missio Alliance. We talk about the King Jesus Gospel, Tim Keller, The Missio Alliance, Women in Leadership and more.
In this episode we talk with JR Woodward about his church planting experience, his role in the Ecclesia Network and his new book, Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World.
You can learn more about JR and connect with him in the following places:
Read JR’s Blog:
Check out JR’s Book, Creating a Missional Culture:
Take the the Equipper Assessment:
Follow JR on Twitter:
This month we interview Bob Hyatt. Bob serves as one of the pastors of the Evergreen Community and as a coach to pastors and leaders.
You can connect with Bob all over the interwebs:
This month Todd and John interview Geoff and Cyd Holsclaw, co-pastors (And husband and wife) at Life on the Vine Church in Suburban Chicago.
Life on the Vine
This month we talk with Chris Backert, the Organizational Architect of the Ecclesia Network and one of the main people behind Ecclesia being what it is today. Your hosts John Chandler and Todd Hiestand talk with Chris about the following topics:
- Ecclesia’s Story and how it all began
- Why people are connecting to Ecclesia
- Where Ecclesia is headed
- Chris’ involvement with Fresh Expressions and the difference and similarities between church renewal and church planting. Read an article he wrote about Fresh Expressions here.
- The development and description of the Missio Alliance
- What Chris means by being a “quazi charismatic”
- Books he’s reading and places to find him online
This month’s podcast was with Eric Phillips from East End Ecclesia in the east end of Pittsburgh. In this episode we talk about church planting in the city, gentrification, East End’s story, church re-starts and Eric and his family’s story.
Read Eric’s blog here.
This month we interviewed the good Dr. AJ Swoboda. A.J. is one of the speakers at the 2012 Ecclesia National Gathering and we had a great conversation about the development of their church, the shape of their leadership, the challenge of bi-vocational leadership models and a bunch more.
AJ is one of the pastors of Theophilus Church in Portland, OR. He also serves as a professor of theology, biblical studies, and church history at a number of schools on the west coast. He recently completed his doctoral work on the never-ending relationship with the Spirit and Ecology and this Fall his first book is due out, entitled Spirit Over Chaos: Finding God in the Mess of Christianity.
In our second podcast, we discuss team leadership, pastoral hierarchy, how a church of small groups looks and functions and the story of Horizon Church in Owings Mills, MD with Clay Carver and Leslie Webster.
Clay and Leslie are the two staff members of Horizon and have been connected to Ecclesia since its inception.
In our first episode we talk with Winn Collier, pastor of All Souls Charlottesville, about the origins of his church as well as the issue of church planter personality types, “bravado” and pastoral identity. In our conversation, Winn references this excellent article by Eugene Peterson, “Why Spirituality Needs Jesus“. You can follow Winn on Twitter or connect with him on Facebook.