Spiritual Formation in the Local Church

Spiritual formation is a growing interest among pastors, leaders, and laity and as pastors and church leaders we have an opportunity to create space to understand and learn from the spiritual formation movement. Join us for a time to consider how culture is longing for richer spiritual encounters and how to meet that desire in ways that point others to Jesus. It is our hope that this will be a time that stretches and encourages you to seek Jesus and experience Him more fully while also finding intentional ways for your church members to do the same.

Speaker: Gavin Linderman

Gavin spent 6 years in the music industry traveling, before beginning vocational ministry. Since beginning in ministry, he developed a longing for a deeper more authentic experience of Jesus; this longing unexpectedly led him into the Anabaptist stream of the Christian Church where he learned the riches of the Gospel of the Kingdom and began his theological training. Additionally, he well spent another 5 years focusing on the role of Spiritual Formation in Christian Life. In the midst of exploring life with Jesus, Gavin and his wife planted Axiom Church n Peoria AZ where he currently serves as Lead Pastor.

Communicating the Beauty of Christian Sexual Ethics

Sex is everywhere in our culture, yet an intimidating subject for many Christians to talk about. We may be convinced God's vision for sex is true but is it also good and beautiful? We'll explore some fresh language, imagery, and concepts from Scripture, to help us communicate biblical sexual ethics winsomely, narratively, and beautifully to a culture that is highly skeptical of the Christian vision.
 

Josh Butler

Joshua Ryan Butler is Pastor of Teaching and Direction at Redemption Church (Tempe, AZ) and author of The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War and The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home. Joshua enjoys helping people who wrestle with tough topics of the Christian faith, as well as reading, hiking, and playing guitar. Joshua's wife Holly, daughter Aiden, and sons James and Jacob enjoy spending time with friends over great meals and exploring the scenic beauty of the romantic Southwest.

Blessings and Curses of Social Media

As church leaders, how do we cultivate faithfulness in our congregations around the right stewardship of social media? From vitriolic tirades to yummy cookie recipes, we seem to be sharing pieces of ourselves on social media in ways that are at times true reflections of who we are, and at others, mere projections of who we desire to be. In this gathering, we have invited Dr. Stephen Carradini (assistant professor at ASU) to join us for a conversation regarding the theological significance of social media, its impact on our communal psyche, and to offer us some directions forward in the proper stewardship of this technological tool for faithful Christ-centered living.

Dr. Stephen Carradini is an assistant professor of technical communication at Arizona State University. He has a doctorate from the Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media program at North Carolina State University. He also co-hosts a podcast called Winning Slowly (winningslowly.org) about the ethics of technology (including social media) as seen through a Christian lens. He lives in Gilbert with his family and is a part of New Valley Church in Chandler.

In this episode, Tyler Johnson talks about leadership development as a lifelong relationship in which the mentor helps the protegee reach his/her potential.

Three things we can learn from the global/immigrant church in Arizona

Unity and Reconciliation - Jason Turner - East Valley Breakfast

Team building, creating a culture of shared leadership, and developing cohesion around mission is essential for leaders. Strong churches and teams also need vision and direction from leaders. Sometimes these realities feel in tension with one another. We are all gifted differently as well as have different philosophies of ministry and yet whether we thrive more as independent leaders or within a team, shared leadership is important.

Team building, creating a culture of shared leadership, and developing cohesion around mission is essential for leaders. Strong churches and teams also need vision and direction from leaders. Sometimes these realities feel in tension with one another. We are all gifted differently as well as have different philosophies of ministry and yet whether we thrive more as independent leaders or within a team, shared leadership is important.

"Our aim as Christ’s Social Body is to “follow in his steps” (1 Pet 2:21); to “walk in love as Christ loved” (Eph 5:1); “to speak and do the truth” (4:15, 21; 1 John 1:6); to “grow up together” (Eph 4:15) in the One who embodies “mature humanity” (4:13).  In the drama of discipleship, the local church “puts on” Christ’s pattern of covenantal fidelity, not with the definitive weight of Christ’s unique fulfillment, but in his ways, after his likeness." -Dr. Greg Perry

September 6, 2017

Interview with Frank Switzer

Dennae Pierre talks with Fran Switzer about the challenges and opportunities of pastoring people well in the age of social media. 

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