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Welcome to the Propel Podcast, inspiration and innovation to grow your church, hosted by Larry Witzel. If God has given you big dreams for growing His Kingdom, this podcast is for you. Our goal is to offer practical training for effective evangelism in the Seventh-day Adventist ministry context, but we know the principles we talk about here are applicable in many other churches, as well. So, wherever you’re doing ministry, welcome to the Propel Podcast!

The Propel Church Growth Conference is headed to Tacoma, WA, April 27-30, 2025!
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Dr. Hiram Rester discusses using video ads on social media for evangelistic outreach. He explores their impact, cost, and effectiveness, highlighting audience demographic shifts and future growth potential. Hiram also shares his experiences with community engagement and the positive effects of digital outreach on local church attendance. If you're interested in digital evangelism, you'll gain valuable insights from Dr. Rester.Episode sponsor: SermonViewThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming to Tacoma, WA, April 27-30, 2025.
This presentation features Brent Hardinge & Marshall McKenzie as they discuss digital evangelism and its impact on reaching and connecting with individuals in the community. They explore the importance of digital resources, engaging with seekers, and transitioning from community interest to church contact. They emphasize the importance of listening to the community, engaging in meaningful conversations, and connecting with individuals personally. Episode sponsor: Seminars Unlimited The Propel Church Growth Conference is coming to Tacoma, WA, April 27-30, 2025.
In this talk, Dr. Wilson encourages us to dream big in evangelism, inspired by the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. God is still looking for dreamers who are determined to please Him and accept His mission. Dr. Wilson talks about the qualities of a dreamer and how they can fulfill their purpose in life. He emphasizes that if you’re a dreamer, your vision should come from God, you need to commit that vision to God, and then be directed by God as you make that vision a reality. It’s a power presentation from the life of Joseph, and I know you’ll be inspired.Episode sponsor: Pacific PressThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming to Tacoma, WA, April 27-30, 2025.
In this presentation, Cesar focuses on Mark chapter 8 and the theme of being versus doing in church culture. He emphasizes the importance of understanding who God wants us to be rather than solely focusing on what we should do. He encourages pastors to protect their churches from toxicity and to lead with humility and love. And he concludes by emphasizing the need to see people the way Jesus sees them and to live for others rather than ourselves. Be inspired by Cesar's powerful message.Episode sponsor: AdventSourceThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming to Tacoma, WA, April 27-30, 2025.
This episode shares the final presentation from the 2023 Propel Conference, where Larry Witzel unpacks Matthew 7:7-8. That’s Jesus’s statement from the Sermon on the Mount about asking, seeking, and knocking. Larry talks about how asking—persistently and with faith—can lead to remarkable outcomes in your personal life, in your church, in your career, and in your family. Larry suggests 5 things to ask for: ask God for vision, for healing, for resources, and for the transformation of hearts, as well as asking for help from church members and the community. When you ask boldly as you pursue God-sized dreams, you’ll see God’s Spirit work in ways you never could have imagined. Larry is excited to share his message with you in this final episode of the 2023 Propel Podcast season.Sponsor: NAD MinisterialThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this episode, Dr. Walter talks about the transformative power of evangelism and the strategic approach to church growth through prayer, team-building, and effective community outreach. Highlighting the impact of traditional evangelistic series on community engagement and church growth, Roger challenges us to prioritize action over personal preference, to invest in diverse outreach methods, and foster a team-oriented ministry approach. He champions the power of prayer, collaboration, and strategic planning, aiming to ignite a passion for evangelism and a dedication to making a significant impact in each of our communities for the Kingdom of God.Episode sponsor: ALCThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this presentation, Richie dives into the transformative lessons of Luke 5:1-6. He talks about how Jesus' miraculous catch of fish not only reveals His power but also teaches us about faith, perseverance, and the readiness to respond to His call, even when all seems lost. Richie unpacks how this ancient story echoes in our lives today, inspiring us to cast our nets once more, in faith, for a catch beyond our wildest dreams. I know you’ll be blessed by this message as you are uplifted and challenged to dream big for your own church.Episode sponsor: SermonViewThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this presentation, Cindy Chamberlin-Eastwood and Ted Vanderlaan discuss the importance of addressing clergy sexual abuse within the church and the need for prevention and education. They share their experiences with The Hope of Survivors, an advocacy and education group for victims and families of clergy sexual abuse. They discuss the challenges of implementing change, the importance of apologies and accountability, as well as the impact of abuse on survivors, and the need for cultural shifts within the church. They also talk about the importance of boundaries, education, and creating a culture of safety and accountability. Frankly, this is a hard topic, but it is so important to be aware of these issues and take steps in your church to make it a safe space for the most vulnerable among us.Episode sponsor: Pacific PressThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
Our speaker for this episode is Pastor Tim Taylor, director of outreach ministries for the Oregon Conference. In his presentation, Tim talks about the startling reality of missing members and the need to close the back door. He shares how to build a team and how to coordinate the team’s working using interest tracking software. He also discusses how to use tools like Mission Insight and the Rainer Scale. Tim offers practical advice on reaching out to missing members, and I think you’ll be able to adapt what he teaches into your own ministry context.Episode sponsor: InterestTrackerThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
Our speaker for this podcast episode once again is Dr. Sherri Uhrig, the Children’s Ministries Director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. She has a lifetime of experience in serving families and helping children develop faith.In this presentation, Dr. Uhrig talks about children’s evangelism and the importance of saying yes to Jesus. She notes the role of the family in passing on faith, as well as the need for the entire church community to support the formation of a lasting faith. She delves into the use of Vacation Bible School as an evangelistic tool and goes through some other resources a church can use to teach about spiritual gifts and engage each one in ministry. This is a very practical presentation, and I know you’ll be blessed.Episode sponsor: Oregon Conference of Seventh-day AdventistsThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this presentation from the 2023 Propel Conference, Dr. Sherri Uhrig, the Children’s Ministries Director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, explores the importance of nurturing children's faith and the power of relationships in this process. She talks about the importance of teaching children to be theologians with an understanding of their faith, the impact of reading the Bible with children, the need to be intentional and interested in children's faith journey, and the impact of technology on children's spirituality. Dr. Uhrig is so passionate about children, you’ll be inspired through her presentation!Episode sponsor: QuestLine ProductionsThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this presentation from Tuesday night's main session at the 2023 Propel Conference, NAD Vice President Calvin Watkins Sr. emphasizes the importance of evangelism and being radical in faith. He reflects on his own time doing evangelism and reminds us of radicals from history, like Martin Luther,  Harriet Tubman, and Ellen White. He points us to Jesus as the ultimate radical, focusing on his teachings and actions that were unconventional for his time. He encourages each of us to be radicals in our own faith and service, relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to make a real impact in the world.Episode sponsor: Seminars UnlimitedThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this presentation from the 2023 Propel Conference, Pastor Charles Byrd talks about the reasons why church members don’t give Bible studies, and emphasizes the importance of sharing one’s faith for personal spiritual growth. He also introduces Thunder in the Holy Land, a video Bible study series effective at growing personal faith and sharing faith with others. The series integrates a video lesson with discussion focusing on personal impressions and responses, designed to facilitate deeper understanding and personal reflection, making the study more impactful and relatable.Episode sponsor: NAD MinisterialThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
Dr. Stan Hudson: Origins

Dr. Stan Hudson: Origins

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In this presentation from the 2023 Propel Conference, Dr. Stan Hudson talks about the significance of viewing scientific data through the lens of a biblical worldview. He discusses various scientific concepts and controversies, such as the challenges to Darwin’s theories, the complexity of life, and recent discoveries contradicting the Big Bang theory. He also touches on topics like the amalgamation of species, interpretations of biblical genealogies, and the potential for misinterpretations within both scientific and religious communities. Dr. Hudson’s passion for understanding and teaching creationism is evident, as he emphasizes its place as a vital part of Christian faith and a tool for evangelism.Episode sponsor: SermonView Evangelism MarketingThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In this presentation from the evangelistic innovation track at the 2023 Propel Conference, David Klinedinst delivers insights into keeping Christ at the center of evangelism while retaining the distinctive Adventist message. He emphasizes the importance of presenting various doctrinal topics in a way that highlights Jesus' teachings and love. He also covers practical aspects of evangelism, like how to interact with the audience, respond to their needs, and connect on a personal level. It's a presentation focused on integrating Christ's teachings into every aspect of evangelism and church growth strategies.Episode sponsor: Pacific Press and Adventist Book CenterThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
What makes an effective church website? This talk by Larry Witzel, in the Evangelistic Innovation track of the 2023 Propel Conference, is all about how to turn your church website into an evangelistic engine. He shares some reasons why that’s important, reveals some key things that every church website needs to be effective as an outreach site, reports on some brand new research about church websites, and talks about Google advertising, which is a great way to make sure your church website gets seen by people in your community.Episode sponsor: The Hope of SurvivorsThe Propel Church Growth Conference is coming back to Vancouver, WA, April 28-May 1, 2024.
In the first presentation from Monday night's main session of the 2023 Propel Conference, Dr. Roscoe Shields Jr. talks about self-control, looking at Galatians 5. In our spiritual lives, we often face situations that require self-control and focus to overcome. Self-control is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and with that power of the Holy Spirit, we can control our passions and impulses, placing them in service of God. And when we are guided by the Holy Spirit, God will use us to grow His Kingdom. Episode sponsor: It Is Written
Richie continues with the practical details of how to hold evangelistic meetings, talking about things like evangelism marketing, building your teams of volunteers, and how to make an appeal for decisions. If you want to improve your own effectiveness at holding evangelistic meetings, you’ll get a lot from this episode. This was the 4th breakout session in the reaping meetings track at the 2023 Propel Conference.Episode sponsor: EvangeLead
In this episode, Richie Halversen gets into the practical nuts and bolts of how to hold evangelistic meetings, covering everything from vision and seed sowing to budgeting and style. This was the 3rd breakout session in the reaping meetings track at the 2023 Propel Conference.Episode sponsor: eAdventist
In this episode, Dr. Roger Walter explains that asking for decisions is a crucial step in the evangelism process. He points out the power of decisions to overcome emotional and mental barriers, describes a number of variations in how to ask for decisions, and explains how repetition prepares the soil of someone’s heart to make a life-changing decision. This was the 2nd breakout session in the reaping meetings track at the 2023 Propel Conference. Episode sponsor: Adventist World Radio
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