Created with Sketch.
52 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
Why Prophetic Ministry Matters in the Church
"Be eager to prophesy." That's what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:39 (NLT). So why do so many churches avoid this ministry? Pastors Tom Lane and Wayne Drain have spent their ministry careers immersed in prophetic ministry in the local church, and their new book, He Still Speaks To Kids (a followup to their book He Still Speaks) covers this topic in great detail. In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Wayne and Tom about the nuance and importance of prophetic ministry.
44 minutes | May 30, 2022
Father and Son Conversations About Ministry, Church, and Life
Every generation does ministry differently than the previous one, and we often don't see eye to eye with the ones who went before us. However, there is great wisdom in listening and learning from the older and younger generations in ministry. In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen interviews his father, Dr. John Chasteen, and the two discuss the challenges of ministry then and now.
46 minutes | May 2, 2022
Women In Ministry Leadership
For many women in ministry leadership, there are challenges that don't always apply to their male colleagues. Many times, these challenges go unseen and unaddressed. Dr. Rhonda Davis at The King's University is pioneering a program called Women in Ministry Leadership to help encourage and validate women on their ministry journeys. She also hosts a podcast of the same name. In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, TKU President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, speaks with Dr. Davis about some of these challenges and how leaders can foster a balanced team.
49 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Brent Evans, CEO of XO Marriage
When leadership changes hands within an organization, the chances for failure are high. However, when Brent Evans became the leader of XO Marriage (formerly known as Marriage Today, founded by Jimmy Evans), the ministry continued to grow. The biggest growth took place when Brent found his voice as a leader. In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Brent Evans about the challenges of taking over a family-run ministry and how he was able to overcome them by being himself and not trying to fill his father's shoes.
42 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Bianca Olthoff On Co-Leading a Church With Her Spouse
Every church has unique power dynamics, but imagine sharing equal leadership duties with your spouse. Bianca Olthoff doesn't have to imagine because she and her husband Matt co-lead the rapidly growing Father's House Church in Orange County, California. In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Bianca about what it's like to co-lead The Father's House with Matt and how they maintain a work-life balance.
46 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Deconstruction: What Every Pastor Should Know
The term "deconstruction" has never been so closely associated with the Church and Christian theology as it is today. However, according to Dr. A.J. Swoboda, while the term is relatively new, the idea of deconstruction—questioning and dismantling one's beliefs—has been part of the Church for thousands of years. On this episode of Church InTension, TKU President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, speaks with Swoboda about the topic of deconstruction and how pastors can help people in their congregations ask healthy questions and ultimately grow closer to Jesus. Tku.edu ajswobodawrites.com
41 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
The Challenges of Planting a Church
Planting a church is wrought with challenges. Pastor Preston Morrison of Gateway Church Scottsdale and Pastor Tim Ross of Embassy City Church experienced many when they were sent out by Gateway Church to lead their own congregations. In this episode of Church InTension, The King's University President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, talks with Preston and Tim about how they stayed afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic and the biggest things they've learned along the way.
44 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
How the Church can Prepare for Changing Cultural Trends
"The new norm after the Pandemic is accelerated change," says Dr. Ron Luce, whose new book, Faith At the Speed of Light, takes a deep dive into the future of our culture and how it will affect the Church. There are numerous opportunities for the Church to adapt and reach the next generation. In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, TKU President Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Luce about these future trends and how the Church can prepare for a changing world.
42 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
What Is the Orphan Spirit and Why Are So Many Pastors Talking About It?
What does it mean to live as sons and daughters of God? Leif Hetland, author of Healing the Orphan Spirit and Called to Reign believes that one of the biggest problems in the Church today is the tendency for believers to live as orphans. In this episode of Church InTension, The King's University President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, speaks with Leif Hetland about identifying the orphan spirit and how to leave it behind. Leif Hetland is the founder and president of Global Mission Awareness. He is a champion of global missions, and he and his wife, Jennifer, live in Atlanta, Georgia.
45 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
Can the Church Thrive in Socialism? Joakim Lundqvist Says Yes!
Several years ago, when Syrian refugees risked their lives to flee to Europe, thousands of muslim families made their way north to Sweden because of its liberal immigration laws. Pastor Joakim Lundqvist of Livets Ord Church in Sweden seized an opportunity to reach these families and saw God do amazing things. Now, as the United States welcomes Afghan refugees, we have an opportunity of our own. In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, TKU President Dr. Jon Chasteen talks to Pastor Joakim about the refugee crisis, operating a church in a socialist environment, and the outreach opportunities it brings. churchintension.com
51 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
How to Adapt to a Changing Mission Field
The mission field has shifted so drastically over the last few decades, that many of the places that were once unreached are now a major missionary force. And now that we are living in a post-COVID world, the Church must rethink the way we do missions. In this episode of Church InTension, TKU President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, talks with Charley Elliott, the executive pastor of Gateway Global. After spending a decade of ministry in Africa and Latin America, Charley joined the staff of Gateway Church, where he has his finger on the pulse of the ever changing mission field.
49 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
How to Lead When You Don't See Yourself As a Leader
"I never wanted to work for a church," says Pastor Jelani Lewis, who has now worked at Gateway Church for more than a decade. Now Jelani is a regional campus pastor and he oversees multiple campuses at Gateway, where he started as a children's pastor. In this episode of Church InTension, The King's University President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, talks with Jelani about his career and the difference between having selfish ambition and godly desire.
49 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Change in the Offering Plate: Why Pastors Don't Talk About Money
Finances are a taboo subject when it comes to the Church. How much should a pastor make? How should a church's finances be handled? How much is too much talk about giving? In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks to Leo Sabo and David Thompson from the Getting Money Right podcast. These two pastors have decades of church finance and stewardship experience and offer direct answers to some of the tough questions many pastors ask regarding finances and the Church.
60 minutes | May 26, 2021
Leaders in Tension: The Difference Between Transparency and Vulnerability
When things don't occur properly at the leadership table, the organization struggles. In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with leadership expert Hrishi Baskaran about the importance of vulnerability and the pitfalls of transparency and false modesty. Hrishi Baskaran is a principle consultant for Patrick Lencioni’s Table Group and the founder of Hrishi Baskaran Company. He’s a consultant who helps executive leaders and pastors with organizational health, teamwork, and leadership. His clients include Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Lockheed-Martin, and many more.
39 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Reviving a Dying Church in Uncertain Times
Pastor Brady Boyd took over New Life Church, whose previous pastor experienced a highly publicized moral failure. Bringing the church back to health would be an uphill battle. That's when disaster struck. A shooter entered the church and killed two members after services. "It was the darkest day of my life," says Brady Boyd. In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks to Brady Boyd about how the church survived and is now thriving. Recorded in early 2020, this podcast talks about creating a culture of health in a polarized political climate.
39 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Is there Unknown Antisemitism in Your Theology?
The Church is growing rapidly in its understand of its Jewish roots. One big leap took place in Gateway Center for Israel Director Nic Lesmeister's life when he discovered unknown antisemitism in his theology. Find out more in this episode of the Church InTension podcast, in which Dr. Jon Chasteen discusses the topic of antisemitism and Jewish Christianity with Nic Lesmeister.
43 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
The Church and Unexpected Pregnancy
One in every four pregnancies ends in abortion. Even more shocking? That statistic is the same inside the Church as it is outside. How can the Church help these young women with unplanned pregnancies? In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Embrace Grace founder, Amy Ford, about how churches can bring this once taboo subject out in the open and reach an unseen group within their communities.
54 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Why Pastors Need Higher Education
Theological training is becoming less relevant to the Church, and that's a problem. In much of today's church culture, strong leadership traits and skills have replaced education and sound theology. The truth is, there's a balance that must be achieved, and the answer might be found higher education. In this week's episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Dr. Dan Call about the disconnect between the Church and higher education. To help us understand what issues are relevant and need focus in the church today—for our future leaders, please complete our two minute ministry questionnaire. Your input will help us determine future areas of focus and study. Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P7FKSJ7
47 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
The Tension of Being a Worship Pastor
A worship pastor is more than a song leader. What are the tensions a worship pastor experiences? How does a worship pastor do his job effectively, while submitting to the leadership of a senior pastor? In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with Gateway Worship pastor and 4Him founding member Mark Harris about how to steward the role of the worship pastor in a local church. churchintension.com
49 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
How to Deal with a Narcissistic Leader
What are the tell-tale signs that you're working with a narcissistic leader? Have you ever been hurt by one? Is it possible you could be one? In this episode of the Church InTension podcast, The King's University President, Dr. Jon Chasteen, and Dr. Cassie Reid (director of The King's University's Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree) discuss this fascinating topic with prolific author and narcissism expert Dr. Chuck DeGroat. churchintension.com
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2022