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Pinnacle Forum's podcast features interviews with our Partners and other guest speakers. Learn how to take your position of leadership to a higher purpose and deeper significance. Our speciality is in helping leaders to steward their influence in ways that honor Jesus Christ - which changes the cultures in which we live: family, personal, work, community, country, and globally. After all people are not just observing the amount of success we achieve, but they are watching how we achieve that ...
 
For over a decade, Pinnacle Forum has observed God working in the hearts and minds of leaders who desire to use their God-given influence in order to promote the values of Jesus within our culture. We seek to enhance this movement by convening a group of community leaders who are focused on growing in their faith, networking with like-minded peers and discovering how God wants to use them for His glory. Here are the media, lessons, sermons and audio updates from pfcentralillinois.com
 
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The Colson Center is the premier organization pioneering the recovery and formation of Christian worldview among Christians. Partner, Michael Player, and Michael Craven, CS's Vice President of Equipping and Mobilization, join Chuck Bryant in a timely discussion around the new partnership between Pinnacle Forum and the Colson Center and about the ex…
 
This week I am joined by Terilyn Miller, Johnny Parker, and Eric Bents of Pinnacle Forum. Listen in as we dive deep into trauma, loneliness, and how to build your community. This is essential advice for everyone, no matter what walk of life you are in. Find more on our guests on the Pinnacle Forum site: https://pinnacleforum.com/about/…
 
Jon Sanders and Les Hughes know a hard, rarely shared truth about life in ministry: that hundreds of pastors leave vocational ministry every month. Frequently, financial scarcity and anxiety that comes with it are key factors in the departures. Out of this knowledge, a desire for more financial freedom and margin for their own families, and a passi…
 
Partner, Miles Mettler, and his wife have raised 4 amazing kids. It's rare to find such a close family. Miles and his wife must have done something right by the grace of God. He would later heed the Spirit's calling to write a book that could also bless other families in their parenting journey, 52 Parenting Principles. So listen to Miles' story an…
 
Out of the deep loss of his wife and the mother of his sons, Partner Steve Reiter, birthed the Never Alone project that would challenge the legal policies of hospitals regarding their rejection of visitors. Although neither had Covid, Steve was denied from being able to physically provide the loving support his wife needed. What resulted was an utt…
 
"Richard Ford was a renaissance man" is a sentiment described by Richard Ford's Forum. "He sharpened the iron." In this episode, the Forum Richard Ford left behind reminiscences about the kind of man Richard was and how he impacted them personally. Get ready for a touching episode and one that challenges all of us to pursue the things in this life …
 
Peter Docker teaches people how to navigate the challenge of leadership. His latest book, Leading from the Jumpseat, delivers the message that leadership is about lifting people up and giving them the space they need so that, when the time is right, they can take the lead. Peter draws on his 25-year career in the Royal Air Force, and over 14 years …
 
Actress, storyteller and more, Partner Jeneen Hammond is a creative at heart. The discovery of her gifts came through "Godcidental" moments in her life. Growing up, she'd also find herself deeply caring for others...drawing out their dreams and bathing them in prayer. Hear her story and how she is making an impact in the lives of youth and adults a…
 
A sought-after keynote speaker, Likky Lavji is passionate about helping others “break barriers” to unleash their human potential. His cheeky-titled new book Death By BS has hit Amazon’s #1 Selling Author List. With over 25 years as a CEO of a top IT company, Likky’s extensive experience in executive leadership has given him a unique perspective tha…
 
Young Successful Leader/Partner, Liz Hunt, is on fire. For God that is. Learn how God graced her with a creative business at a young age. Her deep understanding of Him as the Ultimate Creator has her boldly tapping into her own creativity and ability to serve and be a light to her clients and her staff. Now she has been graced with a new assignment…
 
Born into poverty to a drug-addicted mother, Rebecca Contreras had been a “lost girl” for almost two decades when, at age 19, she found herself to be a drop out, welfare dependent teenage mother. As a high school dropout with substance-abuse and emotional trauma tendencies, she was well on her way to perpetuating the generational cycle of destructi…
 
Only God could have dreamed this up," are the words of Partner, Mark Burns. In this episode you'll hear his story and how he transitioned from a successful Jewel Food Store Manager into ministry broadcasting. Find out how God's timing was perfect and unmistakable in the journey He purposed for Mark's life. Mark Burns' bio. PinnacleForum.com Show No…
 
Duane Donner serves on several faith-based ministry boards including Bridge2Rwanda and Highlands College. Duane has been an active member of Church of the Highlands since 2001. He has a passion for connecting and investing in high-capacity leaders for Kingdom purpose, which is what led him to start the Heritage Forum in 2017. Duane has started, ope…
 
Partner, Drew Martin, has an extensive history in the arts & entertainment world. In fact his love of film and the arts has produced a creative legacy within his family. Learn how his film company, Mighty Motion Pictures, is causing a stir through impactful documentaries like his series on the hard truths of abortion and God's love and grace for al…
 
Bob Lotich is a high-performance financial coach, Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®) and has been named a top-20 influencer in personal finance. His writing and advice has been featured in Men’s Health Magazine, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, Inc., Beliefnet, Time, and many others. For the last 15 years he’s shared his best lessons with over 52…
 
Displaced people in a time of war is no small thing. In fact, over 3 million people have been evacuated from Ukraine to Poland and other countries. Rick Zorehkey, Pinnacle Forum Partner and Partner Engagement Director for Convoy of Hope, gives us an inside glimpse of the situation and how COH has been preparing for this moment since 2014. Rick Zore…
 
Michael Phillips was pushed to the margins of the school system.  As a kid, a teacher essentially told him he’d never amount to anything. That was followed by a series of losses—his father’s death, getting in a life-altering car accident, and losing his college scholarship—which led him to abandon his hopes of a better life and turn to dealing drug…
 
With grit and determination, Partner Jason Jones, stepped into the media world to be a voice for the vulnerable internationally. He started the "The Vulnerable People Project" and "From Movie to Movement" to transform documentary footage into real life operations that leverage agencies, state departments and organizations to bring resources to peop…
 
Steve White's path from the housing projects to president of Comcast West was punctuated by defining, and often heart-wrenching, moments. These moments helped him identify what matters most and how he positively made a difference in his life and in those around him. Steve's hard-won insights will help you find your fight, pursuing what matters most…
 
Darryl Lyons is one of PAX Financial’s three founders and current CEO. Before PAX, Darryl was on track for a future on Wall Street, but his love for Texas and dreams of a more rewarding career led him to create PAX Financial instead. In his time outside of PAX, Darryl has lobbied in DC for small business reform, chaired a board that redeveloped par…
 
Merrill Oster, a Pinnacle Forum founder and newly former board member after 27 years of service, reflects back on some significant events that only God could have orchestrated. Listen as Chuck and Merrill discuss the trajectory of culture, the pace in which it has continued to shift, and the hope that still lies before us. Peppered into this episod…
 
John Busacker is a writer, speaker, coach and the Founder of Life-Worth, a personal leadership development firm. He has delivered keynotes, facilitated workshops, coached leaders, and orchestrated conferences on six continents with clients ranging from Medtronic, Duke Corporate Education, Thrivent Financial, PwC, CommonSpirit Health, National Footb…
 
Ever wonder how information is gathered on political candidates for informed voter decisions? Pinnacle Forum Partner and board member, Debbie Wuthnow, explains how iVoterGuide.org specializes in providing such accurate information for state-wide primary and general elections. They use a sophisticated process that includes vetted volunteer panelists…
 
Teresa McCloy is the creator of the REALIFE Process®, Keynote Speaker, Podcaster and a Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, as well as Accredited Enneagram Professional. Through speaking, training, coaching, and consulting she serves her clients to move from living with their hair on fire to discovering clarity about the l…
 
A successful businessman, Robert "Bob" Fischer began his journey with a family legacy in the furniture business. His success continued to flourish with additional stores, and as Bob was nearing retirement, he knew that his work was not done. It would transition to leaving an even greater legacy... for his family and for generations to come in citie…
 
For more than a decade, readers of the bestselling Go-Giver series have been clamoring for a book on how to apply the philosophy at the heart of The Go-Giver to their personal relationships. From the original story’s coauthor and his wife, a clinically trained therapist, this long-awaited sequel shows readers how to unlock a deeply satisfying, abun…
 
Partner, Karl Bruce, knows what it means to dare to believe and step out in faith. Hear Karl's courageous story to approach government and other educational leaders to get the support and funding for a state of the art engineering university in Uzbekistan. You'll learn about why Karl chose to help the people in Uzbekistan and about the hiring oppor…
 
Sterling Harris is a former NFL Player and federal prisoner, who's life was radically changed by starting and developing an intimate Love Relationship with Jesus. Sterling is a person who tried all life had to offer and found no true peace and fulfillment, until God moved him from being a lukewarm and religious Christian, with no intimate relations…
 
Having grown up on a farm, God was instilling a unique work ethic into Partner, Terry Hamlin. And after living life on his own terms for many years, God got a hold of Terry and started helping him make sense of his journey. He began connecting Terry to instrumental leaders, such as Dr. Bill Bright, who would join him in the vision behind Pinnacle F…
 
Dr. Weiss is a nationally known author, speaker, and licensed psychologist, and has been featured on many prominent television shows such as Dr. Phil, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Doctors, Good Morning America, and more. He has several decades of experience working with prodigals and parents of prodigals. He is the President of the American Associat…
 
Unknowingly facing death at age 15, Partner Sara Willoughby, began an amazing journey with God to walk through chronic illness and to begin to conquer it. The isolation she endured stirred up a passion to help those like her who were suffering without community and support. Remarkably, still under 21 years of age, Sara has written a book and organi…
 
Partner, John Scroggins, knows there is 'beautiful growth through struggle.' It is most often that God cultivates character in difficult times, using it to elevate one to the kind of influential leadership He desires. Learn why John started The Baton Exchange to provide the community and development for young emerging leaders and how it creates a s…
 
Partner, Michael Player, is using his gifting of pastoral care and skills in marketing to connect church and ministry leaders together for a greater Kingdom work. Michael now works for Focus on the Family, and you'll want to hear about his journey and the exciting projects he is blessed to be participating in through this ministry. Michael Player's…
 
Whatever season you're in...in work or in retirement...God has a calling on your life. Partner Jim Brangenberg and wife, Martha, have interviewed over 3,000 guests in their iWork4Him ministry and have released book resources appropriate to each season. Listen to their story, and learn the myths about retirement and how much God values bringing gene…
 
Darren Shearer is the founder and director of the Theology of Business Institute, which helps marketplace Christians to explore and apply God’s will for business. He has authored three books, including Marketing Like Jesus: 25 Strategies to Change the World and The Marketplace Christian: A Practical Guide to Using Your Spiritual Gifts in Business. …
 
On April 29, 2020, Steve's wife, Elizabeth, was hospitalized with double pneumonia and a blood infection ... despite them both being tested negative for COVID (her 2nd negative test), Steve wasn't allowed to be by her side. On her 21st day at Univ. of CO Hospital-Anschutz, she was set to come home, but a blood clot hit her lungs and killed her. Ste…
 
Covid strikes a family and gives rise to a year of struggle, triumph and loss for Partner, Rev. Nick Marica's family. After death overtakes Nick, God brings him back and reinforces Nick's passion to influence people for the Kingdom. After also losing his daughter during this year of struggle, Nick knows and reassures us that "this is only the first…
 
Michael Hudson is a strategic advisor, consultant, & speaker who helps leaders and influencers be heard and understood when the stakes are high. During his tenure in academia he spearheaded two nationally recognized business programs, one at Cornell University and the other at the University of Illinois, before leaving the academic world to turn to…
 
Partner Ed Delph is the founder of Nation Strategy -an international ministry that focuses on community transformation via equipping local churches to instigate citywide collaboration and resource their Christian leaders for impact in the marketplace. As a business owner, pastor and writer, Ed's faithful stewardship of his influence has impacted 1,…
 
Partner, Kevin Youngblood, has found it to be a worthy investment to pour into aspiring young entrepreneurs. He shares his own entrepreneurial story and how God is using his experience, influence and desire to please Him to raise up successful business minded college graduates, teaching them about side hustles and how to turn them into enterprises.…
 
Jeff is a Transformational Coach and the Founder of Coaching Transformation Academy, a program that trains coaches who change lives. He has been practicing transformational coaching professionally since 2001 and certifying coaches since 2017. In addition, Jeff is the President of Convergence Point Coaching since 2009 and co-founder of Soul Care wit…
 
Bill is the President and Founder of FiveTwo, a network that equips faith-based entrepreneurs to launch a variety of sustainable startups and nonprofits. In 2015, the network launched a “Mother Teresa meets a friendly Mark Cuban” training process that helps entrepreneurial leaders to launch and grow ministries, nonprofits, and businesses that make …
 
Partner Sandy Wheeler previously shared his story, and we brought him back to talk about his TimeCapsulesApp.com project. Many years ago, Sandy experienced the deep loss of his best friend when he did not return home to his family from Vietnam. Sandy's new mission is to protect the legacies of our service men and women by recording videos for loved…
 
Founded in Dallas, Texas, on January 1, 1984, Marketplace Chaplains has expanded every year for the past 37 years. Founder Gil Stricklin’s visionary leadership and willingness to obey God’s call, along with support and encouragement from his wife Ann, fueled him to persistently present the idea to Dallas-area business leaders for years. Over 1,700 …
 
Determined, Partner, Ret. Lt. Col. Brian Searcy followed his dream into the airforce. In his journey God was preparing him with the knowledge and heart to develop Paratus Group, a program that trains high school and college students, as well as churches and businesses in the skills of situational awareness. This has been a lost art for 35-40 years.…
 
Warwick Fairfax is the founder of Crucible Leadership, a philosophical and practical breakthrough in turning business and personal failures into the fuel for igniting a life of significance. Fairfax was only 26 when, as the fifth-generation heir to the Australian media empire bearing his family name, he led―and lost―a multibillion-dollar public tak…
 
Partner, Larry Wiens, has lived a diverse life, experiencing quite a career spectrum. You'll want to listen to his fascinating journey and hear how God gave him a ministry mindset early on in life. However, it would be many years before a light bulb would go off in an incredible way, driving the trajectory of a mission to impact culture and to help…
 
3 life-threatening illnesses have given Tom Hulsey a wonderful perspective on life. He never intended to take this journey, but through his cancer and a heart attack, he found a sense of a higher meaning in his plight by switching from nursing his personal sense of tragedy(s) to encouraging empathy for others. Tom's journey has created a passion in…
 
Jim and Martha Brangenberg committed their lives to full-time ministry as teenagers and later recognized that their workplace answered that call. As entrepreneurs and business owners, Jim and Martha learned their work was significant in the Kingdom of God and able to reach people who would never set foot in a church. Since 2013, Jim and Martha have…
 
Partner Debra Van Essen exercised her confidence in Christ to make a shift in her career to create more time for her family and more time to say yes to God's promptings to serve her community. Learn how she processed through decisions with wisdom and how her small steps of obedience to stand alone on the truth led to big outcomes in her city. Debra…
 
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