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Have a heart for discipleship? Need guidance and wisdom on what it looks like in a post-Christian culture? You're not alone. Join pastor Oliver Hersey, as he hosts relevant and thoughtful conversations with seasoned ministry practitioners on how to make disciples and build communities that transform lives. Email the podcast at discipleship@smallgroups.com.
 
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How did the early church fathers practice discipleship? What can we learn from them and apply to our lives today?In this episode, Oliver Hersey explores those questions with Pete Scazzero, author of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship: Moving from Shallow Christianity to Deep Transformation In addition to studying the early church Scazzero also studie…
 
How can we move from shallow Christianity to deep transformation? Pete Scazzero argues it starts in our discipleship. Author of the new book Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, Pete shares his own journey toward emotional health and casts a hopeful vision for how the global Church can overcome its current discipleship crisis. Pete’s new book is avail…
 
In a post-Christian culture, how can we equip our children to become resilient disciples of Christ? That’s a question Matt Markins helps us wrestle with on this episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As the Chief Strategy Officer at Awana, Matt is a leading expert in the world of children’s ministry. In this episode, Matt shares his own story, highlights …
 
I am back on the podcast after my injury! And Janet Davis is the perfect guest to return with. Her book Sacred Healing has been a beautiful companion during these ongoing days of recovery. We talk about how pain and loss is inevitable in life but the deeper question and invitation is how do we deal with those things? What is God inviting us into as…
 
As Christians, we're confident in the gospel’s power to redeem us as individuals. But perhaps what we don’t talk about enough is the gospel’s power to transform larger systems, structures and cultures. This is a truth Heather Rice-Minus challenges us to see. As a senior vice president at Prison Fellowship, Heather articulates the case for restorati…
 
Today, Pete shares an excerpt from a chapter in his recent book, Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, called "Follow the Crucified, not the Americanized Jesus". It's one of the most important chapters in the book. Within it, he explores four temptations from the Evil One that come to all of us – regardless of our culture, country, age, demographic, or…
 
When we read the news, we are not merely informed—we’re also formed. In his new book, Reading the Times, author Jeffery Bilbro helps us gain a theological and historical perspective on the nature and very purpose of news. Offering an alternative vision of the rhythms of life, he suggests thoughtful practices for media consumption in order to cultiv…
 
How can the church come alongside people after the pandemic? In this episode, Oliver Hersey and Kelsey Bowse explore that question with Nicky Gumbel, Vicar at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) in London, England. He’s also the pioneer of Alpha, a program that started in 1977 that helps people explore questions of faith in fifteen sessions. He left his le…
 
In today's episode, Pete offers a NEW scorecard with 7 new metrics leaders MUST begin to measure. It's likely you won't hear about these 7 things in leadership books or church growth conferences. But if you want to lead in a way that actually makes disciples of Jesus, you cannot ignore them. Listen to this episode, to discover 7 questions to measur…
 
This week’s podcast is all about Finding Your Yes. Christine Wagoner joins me as we look at living a life of openness to the invitations of God in our lives. Christine is an associate regional director with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and makes her home, with her husband Kurt, in Indianapolis. Find Christine in the following places: • Website…
 
Welcome back to Perko's Podcast! Well today, I am excited to introduce you to Clay Cooney. Clay is from the metro Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in an incredible family with two loving parents and three younger brothers. Clay’s father is a real estate attorney and his mum is a stay at home mum. Clay majored in Economics and thought he wanted to be a …
 
In today's episode, Pete approaches complex deeply ingrained culture issues by sharing real leadership case studies. He address specific problems and obstacles submitted by 7 church leaders around the world. One by one, he offers practical wisdom for what needs to change in each culture in order to experience true transformation.…
 
Welcome back to Perko's Podcast! Well today, I am excited to introduce you to Clay Cooney. Clay is from the metro Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in an incredible family with two loving parents and three younger brothers. Clay’s father is a real estate attorney and his mum is a stay at home mum. Clay majored in Economics and thought he wanted to be a …
 
We were made for intimacy—spiritual intimacy with God that brings oneness and bears powerful fruit. We were made to know Him and be known by Him, fully. So why do we often feel burnt-out, distant and disheartened in our journey of faith? Sharing her own story, Mo Aiken helps us wrestle with this question in today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. A…
 
How can you live a life that’s deeply formed in Christ? In this episode, Oliver Hersey explores that question with Rich Villodas, author of “The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus.” He is also the lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a multi-racial church in Queens, New York. He wrote the book out of pastor…
 
Mike Murphy joins me in this first post-brain injury podcast. And…I think we made sense but I’ll let you be the judge. We discussed some significant topics that you might want to spend some time on—Redlining, CRT (Critical Race Theory), among others. Find Erna Kim Hackett here. Find Mike Murphy here on Facebook. Note: When clicking through on links…
 
In the U.S. Senate now, the Equality Act is a proposed piece of legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under federal civil rights law. However, this bill has been met with significant controversy as many believe it would go too far to inhibit individual religious freedom. In light of this, how should …
 
Dr. Nijay Gupta teaches New Testament courses at Northern and working closely with the Master of Arts in New Testament and the Doctor in Ministry in New Testament Context cohorts. Dr. Gupta has been teaching for more than a decade, is the author of the recent important study, Paul and the Language of Faith, and will be publishing a handful of books…
 
When you think about orphans, what comes to mind? Maybe you think of kids living in orphanages who have no parents or family. Maybe you think of this as a global problem, not affecting the United States. And maybe you think this is a problem that is simply too big to be solved. In today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast, Lindsay Hadley and Elli Oswa…
 
How can you model your small groups after Levi’s house? In this episode, Oliver Hersey tells the story of Jesus calling Levi, or Matthew, the tax collector to follow Him. Many Christian scholars believe that Levi also wrote the gospel of Matthew, and witnessed the Ascension of Jesus, according to the Oxford Bible Commentary the Gospels. “After this…
 
Terence Lester joins me on the podcast to talk about what it looks like to seek justice together, in community. He has recently written, When We Stand, and asserts how easy it is to feel overwhelmed by all the injustices we see in the world. But as we collaborate with others, we can do more than we ever could on our own. Terence is a community acti…
 
Steve Cuss am a published Author of the book Managing Leadership Anxiety- Yours & Theirs and your host on the Managing Anxiety Podcast. I love leaders, and I see how much pressure they carry. My particular concern is to bring relief by equipping them with tools for individual and team health. I especially enjoy helping leaders break long stuck patt…
 
Welcome back to Perko's Podcast! Today on the podcast is someone that I greatly admire, who has helped shape me, and really has been a foundational part of the reason I started this podcast. My guest today is the Soul Care legend himself, Pete Scazzero. I first came across Pete’s work through his book the Emotionally Healthy Leader. Since then I ha…
 
Since the beginning of the pandemic, research has revealed a troublesome uptick in mental health concerns. In light of these trends, how can we best respond to those who may be struggling with their mental health and contemplating suicide? Brooke Keels, executive director of counseling services for Mercy Multiplied, shares her perspective with us o…
 
On this episode of Faith Conversations, Sho Baraka joins me. He is a globally recognized recording artist, performer, culture curator, activist, and writer. We talk about faith, culture and art all in the context of his new book, He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World. Find Sho Baraka in the following place…
 
Welcome back to Perko's Podcast! Today on the podcast is someone that I greatly admire, who has helped shape me, and really has been a foundational part of the reason I started this podcast. My guest today is the Soul Care legend himself, Pete Scazzero. I first came across Pete’s work through his book the Emotionally Healthy Leader. Since then I ha…
 
Do you know where your food comes from? Jason Streubel, also known as “Dr. Dirt,” asks us to consider this question in today’s episode of the Q Ideas Podcast. As the senior director for agriculture and food security at Convoy of Hope, he helps us see the ways in which our food is complex, political and spiritual, and he challenges the Church to lea…
 
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