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Planting churches is all about participating with what God is already doing. He is at work in every neighborhood and community around us. We want to help you learn to see what God is doing and expand your imagination for how you might partner with him. Join us for conversations with church planters, pastors, and leaders on discernment, preparation, and innovation.
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This week we have a very candid and detailed look into the heart and life of a church planter from the initial dreaming and vision stage through to the actual planting. Suhail recounts the many internal leading he felt from the Lord and then also recounts the ways those leadings and dreams were externally confirmed - very much like the process of pregnancy leading to the brith of a new baby.    This is a very encouraging conversation for anyone discerning a call to church plant!    Suhail Stephen is from India, grew up as a missionary kid, and has lived in seven countries. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a beautiful daughter named Anaya and they live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.He did his undergraduate studies in English Literature and Philosophy at Wheaton College and completed his masters in Community Leadership and Philanthropy Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his training in spiritual direction in Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. In addition to being a spiritual director and teaching in the School of Spiritual Direction, he is also the founder and director of (as well as a teacher in) Sustainable Faith’s School of Mercy and Justice. He has been part of the Vineyard since 2001 and currently serves as a National Catalyst for Vineyard Canada. Previously, he pastored at Winnipeg Centre Vineyard, and served as a worship leader at both Trinity Vineyard Christian Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois and at Kowloon City Vineyard in Hong Kong. Suhail loves film, music, reading, writing, travel, and football (FC Barcelona!). You can follow him at https://writingisprayer.wordpress.com/.
This is part one of the special three part series taken from the 2020 Multiply Vineyard Summit held in San Luis Obispo, CA. In this episode frequent podcast guest Renée Cunningham challenges us to become churches and pastors who love to grow other pastors.  This is an inspiring and very practical episode! Renée Cunningham is pastor of the Neighborhood Campus of the Evanston Vineyard in Chicago, Illinois.  Renee planted the Neighborhood in 2014 out of a desire to worship alongside her neighbors.  Prior to church planting, Renee worked in elementary education and served with her husband as pastors at La Vina Las Condes in Santiago, Chile.  She holds an M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation from North Park Theological Seminary and lives in Chicago with her husband Bruce and their three young children.  
This episode features a fascinating conversation with Old Testament scholar Dr. Brittany Kim. Dr. Kim and our host Michael Gatlin provide helpful insight into wrestling with many of the challenging portions of the Old Testament giving us tools as we wrestle with the more challenging parts of the Bible. The Old Testament has much to teach us and not just in allegory or metaphor.    Don’t miss this episode!!    Dr. Brittany Kim is an Old Testament scholar, adjunct professor, and spiritual director-in-training. She has taught at Roberts Wesleyan College, Northeastern Seminary, and Bethel Seminary, and is the author of Lengthen Your Tent-Cords: The Metaphorical World of Israel's Household in the Book of Isaiah. Brittany and her husband Ted live in Chicago, IL with their three children.
On this week’s episode, our host Michael Gatlin sits down with Ted Kim and Renée Cunningham from the Evanston Vineyard giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the active transition of senior leadership of this flagship Vineyard church from it’s founding pastor, Steve Nicholson, to the leadership of Ted Kim. This is a very practical and helpful episode not only for the churches in active leadership transition but every church digging into your “why” behind your “how”.    Ted Kim Ted Kim has been pastoring for over twenty years, first as a Worship Pastor and now as the Senior Associate Pastor of the Evanston Vineyard in Illinois where he is the hoped-for eventual successor to Steve Nicholson.  He has done ministry all over the United States and internationally in places like the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Middle East.  Ted oversaw worship regionally in the Northeast and is a published songwriter, most known for “Kyrie Eleison” and “Eden”.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and has been married for over 15 years with 3 children.   Renée Cunningham Renée Cunningham is pastor of the Neighborhood Campus of the Evanston Vineyard in Chicago, Illinois.  Renee planted the Neighborhood in 2014 out of a desire to worship alongside her neighbors.  Prior to church planting, Renee worked in elementary education and served with her husband as pastors at La Vina Las Condes in Santiago, Chile.  She holds an M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation from North Park Theological Seminary and lives in Chicago with her husband Bruce and their three young children.  
Kyla Morgan Young is a Doctoral Candidate at Princeton University in American Religious History. Her research focuses on how American Protestant denominations relate to money and the marketplace. She is currently a lecturer at The Ohio State University in African American Studies and an active member at Franklinton Abbey in Columbus, Ohio. Over the last decade, Kyla has served on Vineyard staffs in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was a member of the planting team in Princeton, NJ. On this week’s episode, we have part two of a fascinating conversation with Kyla Morgan Young discussing the challenging issues of Money, Sex, and Power. This time we dive into the practical topic of aligning our budgets around both our values and God’s call and vision for our churches and church plants.  Shout out to those men and women who selflessly serve on our church budget committees and task forces!    This is another “clouds and dirt” episode address both the big picture as well as on-the-ground practical takeaways for those in the trenches of local church leadership. 
Kyla Morgan Young is a Doctoral Candidate at Princeton University in American Religious History. Her research focuses on how American Protestant denominations relate to money and the marketplace. She is currently a lecturer at The Ohio State University in African American Studies and an active member at Franklinton Abbey in Columbus, Ohio. Over the last decade, Kyla has served on Vineyard staffs in Ohio and Pennsylvania and was a member of the planting team in Princeton, NJ.   On this week’s episode, our hosts Michael Gatlin and Liz Moore sit down with Kyla Morgan Young. This is part one of a fascinating conversation delving into to the three challenging issues of Money, Sex, and Power specifically looking at how our church structures embody (or don’t embody) our beliefs.    This is a “clouds and dirt” episode address both the big picture as well as on-the-ground practical takeaways for those in the trenches of local church leadership.
On this week’s episode, we have another round with long time pastor, conference speaker, and church planting guru, Steve Nicholson. Steve and his wife Cindy planted the Evanston Vineyard in the greater Chicago area close to 44 years ago. Steve’s deep experience in the practical theology of local church ministry is an invaluable resource. This a power-packed episode with a ton of practical insights for both our churches and personal lives as we seek to grow in our ongoing reliance on the Holy Spirit.
On this week’s episode, our host Michael Gatlin sits down with Dr. Doug Erickson to discuss his book "Living the Future - The Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit within the Vineyard Movement”. This wide ranging conversation looks at both the theology and the practice of the Vineyard movement taking a specific look at work of Vineyard founder, John Wimber.    From the book’s description:    "The Vineyard movement is an emerging Protestant tradition with a growing global influence. From its beginning in the 1970's, the Vineyard has grown rapidly, and has placed itself as a church movement that seeks to define a “middle way” between American Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism. This book explores a number of questions about the nature of the kingdom of God, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the theology and practice of the Vineyard Movement.”   Don’t miss this fascinating conversation!! 
Welcome to season two of the “How To Plant A Healthy Church Podcast” sponsored by Multiply Vineyard. On this week’s episode, our host Michael Gatlin sits down with long time pastor, conference speaker, and church planting guru, Steve Nicholson. Steve and his wife Cindy planted the Evanston Vineyard in the greater Chicago area close to 44 years ago. Steve’s deep experience in the practical theology of local church ministry is an invaluable resource. Lots of gold in this episode!!  Join us for this important conversation about how our theology shapes who we are and who we’re becoming both individually and as local churches communities. 
On this episode, Michael and our new co-host Liz Moore sit down with Dr. Caleb Maskell, leader the Society of Vineyard Scholars and the Worship Pastor at Blue Route Vineyard Community Church outside Philadelphia, PA. He has taught at Princeton Theological Seminary and Fordham University. Caleb is passionate about developing leaders and institutions that will help to produce a healthy, courageous, and hospitable future for the church in the 21st century.  Join us for this important conversation about the practice of theology being humble, hospitable, and curious as we seek to plant healthy churches.
As we kick off season two of the How To Plant A Healthy Church Podcast we are happy to introduce our new co-host, Liz Moore. Having recently served for eight years as New England Boarding Schools Field Staff for FOCUS, Liz has just completed her M.Div at Duke Divinity School. Liz is currently planting a Vineyard church in Princeton, New Jersey. Liz will be a great addition to our team this season as we explore the topic of “The Importance Of Good Theology”.  Don’t miss this episode!!
In this second part of our conversation with Robb Morgan, lead pastor of the Delaware City Vineyard in Delaware, OH, we continue the sports analogy focusing on the value of practice along with giving ourselves and our leaders the freedom to fail. Embracing this freedom will help us stay emotionally healthy as we grow into our leadership. And as it has been said, the only way we plant healthy churches is if we get healthy ourselves.   We think you're going to love this continuing conversation with Robb Morgan, church planter, part-time soccer coach and lead pastor of the Delaware City Vineyard  in Delaware, OH.
John Wimber founder of the Vineyard said "You teach what you know you reproduce who you are." Your church plant is going look like you, you can't run away from yourself. Putting ourselves in submitted places to be trained and invested in is essential for both our long personal health and the health of our churches. Being coached well has lasting benefits as we attempt to coach others. Robb Morgan's story comes at this topic from a number of angles from being a division I college athlete, to joining the original church planting team of the Mile High Vineyard under Jay Pathak's leadership, to planting their own church in central Ohio.  We think you're going to love this conversation with Robb Morgan, church planter, part-time soccer coach and lead pastor of the Delaware City Vineyard  in Delaware, OH. 
Church planting is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it meant for us to bear the burden alone. Every church planter needs safe people in their life to stay in the game. Who are those safe people around you? Have you ever wondered how to build the team of mentors you need in order to thrive? If so, you’ll love this conversation with John Aureli, church planter and lead pastor of the Mission Vineyard in San Antonio, TX.
The intellectual life of the world is going to be renewed through the renewal of young minds. And those minds are going to be renewed through the presence and activity of thriving Christian churches in college and university towns.   Do you love college students? Are you drawn to secular people in these increasingly non-religious cities and towns? If so, you’ll love this conversation with Matt Croasmun, Director of Research and Publication at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and planting co-pastor of the Elm City Vineyard in New Haven, CT.
Planting and leading a church is an exercise in improvisation. On top of that pastoring your creative community is an additional challenge. Are you looking to cultivate greater creativity within your team? Are you looking for practical tools to lead your worship community? If so, you’ll love this wide ranging conversation with Casey Corum, longtime Vineyard songwriter and worship pastor and current Director of Production and A&R for Vineyard Worship. 
Clouds and dirt. This is a great episode exploring church planting from both the 30,000 foot level as well as looking at the practical, in-the-trenches daily life of  the local church. If you are currently planting a church or leading a church that wants to plant other churches  you’ll love this conversation with Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute and serial church planter.
Do you love theology? Especially the kind that is rooted in and for the local church? Theologic reflection that can bring life and freedom to the people you are gathering? If so, you're going to love this conversation with Luke Geraty, co-senior pastor of the Red Bluff Vineyard in Northern California. For all the resources mentioned check out the show notes: https://multiplyvineyard.org/episode18  
Are you wondering what it actually takes to plant a church? Are you asking if you have the skills to do this thing? Listen to this conversation with Mike Turrigiano about the essential competencies for church planters to thrive and be healthy.   For all the resources mentioned check out the show notes: https://multiplyvineyard.org/episode17/
Do you ever feel the tensions of life? Are you trying to balance work, life, ministry, and rest? In this episode, we hear from church planters John and Kara Kim on how they are holding the tensions of living in New York City, planting a church, parenting, and still having meaningful work outside of the church. For all the resources mentioned check out the show notes: https://multiplyvineyard.org/episode16
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