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The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

How to Have a Life-Defining Relationship - Russell Verhey - Episode 17

How to Have a Life-Defining Relationship - Russell Verhey - Episode 17

Russell Verhey’ is on a mission to build leaders; Leaders who have committed their lives for redemptive purposes. As a coach and author, his passion is to move leaders from inspiration to impact in their area of influence. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Entrepreneurship from Kennesaw State University, and a Master's Degree in Leadership Development from Denver Seminary.

He’s run his own business, been part of R12 and Vistage business round tables, and invested in the lives of CEOs through his work as a coach and chair of Convene in Colorado Springs. He now runs The Advance, an organization he founded a few years ago to meet the expanding leadership development needs and team challenges of his leadership clients.

The most important thing to him is his faith and family. He says, God is the source of every good thing in his life.  He and his wife Cari have been married for 23 years and they have three children.

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Your Memories Matter - Casey Tygrett - Episode 16

Your Memories Matter - Casey Tygrett - Episode 16

Casey Tygrett is an author, pastor, and spiritual director. He is the host of the “otherWISE” podcast, a place for gathering wise conversations about living well on the journey with Jesus. He holds both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate level courses in Christian higher education in the United States and Australia. He also serves as a board member for the Apprentice Institute, a program focusing on Christian spiritual formation located at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

He is the author of two books, Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions (2017) and As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in the Spiritual Life (2019), both with InterVarsity Press.

Casey has served both in rural churches of 25 and suburban megachurches of 10,000. He and his wife Holley and their daughter Bailey currently live in Chicago, IL where he is the Theologian in Residence at Parkview Christian Church.

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How to Grow in All of Life - Darryl Dash - Episode 15

How to Grow in All of Life - Darryl Dash - Episode 15

Darryl Dash is a pastor and church planter in Toronto with over 25 years of ministry experience. He also has a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

He’s written the book How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to ALL of Life. And currently serves as the pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto.

He and his wife Charlene are the cofounders of Gospel for Life, and they are both passionate about helping people grow.

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How to Live the Christian Life Well - Chris & Josh - Episode 14

How to Live the Christian Life Well - Chris & Josh - Episode 14

Sometimes it can feel like the Christian life is boring or mundane. You go to church on Sunday, work all week, spend time with your family, and probably don’t have time for much else.

But the Christian life is so much more than just that, especially in our relationships with our family, friends, and coworkers. Jesus calls us to be like him in the way we live our lives. And living like him is an adventure people like the Apostle Paul and those who followed Jesus in the gospels knew very well.

This week Chris and Josh had an opportunity to preach. And God led both of them to speak on living the Christian life.

In his message, Chris opens up omen of his favorite passages of Scripture, Philippians 1. In that passage, Paul tells one of his dearest churches about what it means to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It turns out to be more life-changing than many of us ever imagined.

In his message, Josh tells his story of battling depression and anxiety to learn, just like the tax collector in Luke 18, that the Christian life is about repentance, humility, and grace.

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Developing Habits to Help You Grow - Justin Earley - Episode 13

Developing Habits to Help You Grow - Justin Earley - Episode 13

Justin Whitmel Earley (JD, Georgetown University) is the creator of The Common Rule, a program of habits designed to form us in the love of God and neighbor. He is also a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. He previously spent several years in China as the founder and general editor of The Urbanity Project and as the director of Thought and Culture Shapers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community through arts. He and his wife, Lauren, have four sons and live in Richmond, Virginia.

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No Silver Bullets for Spiritual Growth - Daniel Im - Episode 12

No Silver Bullets for Spiritual Growth - Daniel Im - Episode 12

Daniel Sangi Im is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources.

He serves as a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. 

He's the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry and Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd Ed). He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast.

Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville.

He's a scholar-practioner who can not only create theory, but also implement it in an innovative way to solve problems. His experience and strength is in creating alignment and momentum within teams and churches by implementing strategies and systems to move the church towards multiplication. In other words, He's a strategic thinker that can produce, rather than a strategic thinker that can muse.

He's also a Gallup Strengths Performance Coach (Strengths Advisor) and has led over 600 people through the StrengthsFinder assessment in multiple countries. His top themes are: Maximizer, Learner, Intellection, Developer, Strategic, Achiever, Input, and Relator.

He has been married to his wife, Christina, since 2006 and they have three children.

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Growing Spiritually Healthy Families - Brian Dietz - Episode 11

Growing Spiritually Healthy Families - Brian Dietz - Episode 11

Brian Dietz is the Marriage and Family Pastor at Highrock Covenant Church in Arlington, MA. He’s been married to his wife, Heather, for 14 years and they have three kids: Abby (12), Lydia (10) and Caleb (7). Date Nights and Family Nights are both favorite part of Brian’s week and he loves encouraging others through the highs and lows of their own marital and family intimacy. In 2011 Brian started developing a curriculum called Milestones: Raising a Jesus-loving Generation to help families in his congregation celebrate spiritual mile markers and prepare for the next season of discipleship. This curriculum has evolved over the years and continues to be one of Brian’s biggest passions.

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Using the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth - Chris Heuertz - Episode 10

Using the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth - Chris Heuertz - Episode 10

Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home–creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic. A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. His vocation has taken him to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012 Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.

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A Lifestyle of Spirit-Empowered Worship - David DeGarmo - Episode 9

A Lifestyle of Spirit-Empowered Worship - David DeGarmo - Episode 9

Dr. David L. De Garmo has served as the Provost of Global University since June 2016. Previously, Dr. De Garmo served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Theology and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology. An experienced educator, he has served other institutions as an instructor, Chief Academic Officer, and President/CEO.

A lead pastor for fourteen years, David also served seven years as a minister of music and worship leader. A deep interest in the topic of worship and a desire to lead the church in authentic worship has been a theme of his ministry.

David earned the Bachelor of Music from Evangel University, the Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. The topic of his doctoral project was Leading the Pentecostal Worship Service.

He enjoys reading and sports. David is married to Ruth. They have two grown daughters, both of them accomplished musicians.

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Using Spiritual Disciplines for Transformation - Adele Calhoun - Episode 8

Using Spiritual Disciplines for Transformation - Adele Calhoun - Episode 8

Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has worked in Christian ministry for over forty years, and she and her husband, Doug, currently work with Highrock Church in Arlington, Massachusetts. As certified Enneagram instructors, they enjoy resourcing spiritual leaders and pastors through spiritual direction and teaching the Enneagram. Adele is the author of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Invitations from God and the coauthor of True You and Women & Identity. Spiritual Rhythms and the Enneagram: a Handbook for harmony and Transformation comes out this spring.

Previously, Adele and her husband copastored Redeemer Community Church in Needham, Massachusetts, and she was formerly pastor of spiritual formation at Christ Church in Oak Brook, Illinois. A retreat speaker and trained spiritual director, she has taught courses at Wheaton College and Northern Seminary. In the early 1970s she helped pioneer student work with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has also worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in New England and Canada and with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the West Indies and South Africa.

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Learning to be Desperate for God - David Trementozzi - Episode 7

Learning to be Desperate for God - David Trementozzi - Episode 7

How do some Christians manage to find the motivation to keep growing even when they go through tough times? If someone so much as cuts you off in traffic, it can be tough to remember to be like Christ. A lifestyle of discipleship requires one key element to help you keep growing in tough times. It requires a desperation for God. In this episode, David Trementozzi tells his story of losing three children and the desperation for God he learned to cultivate in the middle of those difficult times.

David Trementozzi is a Professor of Theology as well as the Vice President of Education and Academic Dean of the Masters Program at Continental Theological Seminary in Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium. He has served in ministry for over 10 years in pastoral, youth, college and career areas. David has a BA from Messiah College, an MDiv and Ph.D (Theology) from Regent University. David has written both devotional and theological books. He also has a weekly devotional blog, Desperate for God. David and his wife, Emily, live in Brussels, Belgium with their three children: Judah, Kaleb, and Halle where they serve as missionaries with the Assemblies of God.

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Christian Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Journey - Evan B Howard - Episode 6

Christian Spiritual Formation is a Lifelong Journey - Evan B Howard - Episode 6

Imagine expecting a 5-year-old to have the strength and muscle tone of a world-class weightlifter. It would definitely be the rare exception to see a kid with this kind of physical maturity.

Spiritual maturity is much the same. You may often expect your own journey to become more like Jesus to happen instantly. Maybe you even expected it to happen almost immediately after you said, "Yes," to Jesus. In reality, being like Jesus doesn't happen immediately. It takes a long time, a lifetime in fact. And really, the goal isn't to just "look like Jesus." Instead, it's a deep, intimate relationship that's built over a lifetime. And the result of that lifetime relationship is Christian Spiritual Formation.

Evan B. Howard, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Spirituality Shoppe, a Center for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is also an affiliate faculty with Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Guide to Christian Spiritual Formation: How Scripture, Spirit, Community, and Mission Shape Our Souls and other books and articles. He leads workshops and seminars on Christian Spirituality and enjoys living a simple life with family and animals in rural Colorado.

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