The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

How Can the Church Respond in Turbulent Times - Andréa Snavely - Episode 53

How Can the Church Respond in Turbulent Times - Andréa Snavely - Episode 53

The way we respond to an issue says a lot about who we are. And as the Church, we have to make sure that our desire to tell the truth doesn't push us to respond in a way that sours people to the truth we have to communicate. In these tense times we live in, this conversation with Dr. Snavely is exactly what we need to be thoughtful about what we're saying as the Church.

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Rediscipling the White Church - David Swanson - Episode 52

Rediscipling the White Church - David Swanson - Episode 52

David is the founding pastor of New Community Covenant Church, a multiracial congregation on the South Side of Chicago. He also serves as the CEO of New Community Outreach, a non-profit organization working to reduce causes of trauma and raise opportunities for equity in Chicago. He previously served as a Director of Church Planting for the Evangelical Covenant Church. David and Maggie have been married for 21 years and have two amazing sons.

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When Narcissism Comes to Church - Chuck DeGroat - Episode 51

When Narcissism Comes to Church - Chuck DeGroat - Episode 51

Chuck DeGroat is Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary in Holland MI, and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco. He is a licensed therapist, author, retreat leader, and spiritual director. He's spent the last 20+ years in a dynamic combination of pastoral ministry, seminary teaching, and clinical counseling. His books are practical and pastoral, meeting readers at the intersection of our spiritual journeys and the very real struggles we experience.

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How to Follow God's Call on Your Life - Justin Zoradi - Episode 50

How to Follow God's Call on Your Life - Justin Zoradi - Episode 50

Justin Zoradi is the founder of These Numbers Have Faces, a social enterprise investing in the next generation of African leaders. After ten years of running the organization, Justin successfully transitioned and is now the President of GivingFuel, an innovative fundraising platform empowering thousands of organizations worldwide. He's the author of two books, Made For These Times and Doing Work That Matters. He holds a BA in communication studies from Westmont College and an MA in international conflict resolution from Portland State University. An obsessive soccer fan and weekend landscaper, Justin lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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God's Work in Us Is Never Done - Paul Smith - Episode 49

God's Work in Us Is Never Done - Paul Smith - Episode 49

Paul W. Smith was an on-staff editor for Gospel Publishing House for over thirty years before retiring April 1, 2018. During this tenure, he worked on Adult Sunday school curriculum, books, magazine articles, letters, and other publications that were produced by the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Still an ordained minister, he serves as ministry leader for a Celebrate Recovery chapter in Republic, Missouri. He keeps busy doing freelance editing and page layout, and trying to downsize a lifetime of memorabilia and books.

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Why Theology is Essential for a Lifestyle of Discipleship - Episode 48

Why Theology is Essential for a Lifestyle of Discipleship - Episode 48

We love to ask the question, "Why?" Why do we do the things we do in the Christian life? Things like knowing our identity, practicing the basics, and walking with someone are great, but why do these things? It's about understanding the practical application of the things we know or hold to be true. In short, it's doing theology! In this special, one-chapter episode, Chis and Josh talk about a few of the reasons behind the steps in creating a lifestyle of discipleship. They also discuss a few questions from a listener about the authority of Scripture. Be sure to let us know what you think of this longer format if you want to see more of it!

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How to Live an Unhurried Life - Alan Fadling - Episode 47

How to Live an Unhurried Life - Alan Fadling - Episode 47

Alan Fadling serves as a frequent speaker and consultant with local churches, national organizations and leaders internationally. He's also President and Founder of Unhurried Living, Inc. in Mission Viejo, CA, inspiring people to rest deeper, live fuller and lead better.  He shows leaders how to get perspective so their leadership flows from a full soul and out of healthy rhythms of rest and work. A trained Spiritual Director, Alan is also the award-winning author of An Unhurried Leader and An Unhurried Life, which was honored with a Christianity Today Award of Merit in spirituality.

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Should Christians Have Ambition? - Emma Ineson - Episode 46

Should Christians Have Ambition? - Emma Ineson - Episode 46

The Reverend Dr Emma Ineson is Bishop of Penrith. She was formerly Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, where she taught practical theology and spirituality, and Chaplain at the Lee Abbey community. These roles have helped her understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of the Church and, being married to a vicar, she has seen first-hand both the joys and challenges of parish ministry on the ground.

This week we’re talking with Emma about her book, Ambition: What Jesus Said About Power, Success and Counting Stuff.

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How to Create a Spiritually Vibrant Home - Don Everts - Episode 45

How to Create a Spiritually Vibrant Home - Don Everts - Episode 45

Don Everts is the content development manager in the Global Ministries division for Lutheran Hour Ministries. A poet and preacher at heart, Don speaks at conferences and churches across the country inviting skeptics and believers alike to gaze at Jesus and be thrilled. Don spent the last 10 years working in the local church and the 14 years before that working on college campuses with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Whether in the church or on campus, Don has walked with non-Christians as they discover the person of Jesus and has worked with Christians in being able to fruitfully do the same in their own relationships.

This week we’re talking with Don Everts about his book, The Spiritually Vibrant Home: The Power of Messy Prayers, Loud Tables, and Open Doors.

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How to Avoid Burnout in Leadership - John Opalewski - Episode 44

How to Avoid Burnout in Leadership - John Opalewski - Episode 44

John Opalewski is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. He served as a pastor for 15 years. He has worked in the business world for nearly two decades, serving in multiple leadership roles. John’s experience as a leader in both the church and business arenas has made him a sought-after international speaker, consultant and mentor. He and his wife Laura founded Converge Coaching in 2012.

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Shaped By Suffering - Jenny Abel - Episode 43

Shaped By Suffering - Jenny Abel - Episode 43

Jenny Abel is an editor and a writer for Reflections Ministries and Omnibus Media Ministries. She's coauthored the book A Guide to Practicing God's Presence as well as the book Shaped by Suffering with Kenneth Boa. She has over fifteen years of experience in editing, writing, and communications. She currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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When Faith Becomes Sight - Dave & Beth Booram - Episode 42

When Faith Becomes Sight - Dave & Beth Booram - Episode 42

Dave & Beth Booram are trained spiritual directors who now work to train other spiritual directors. Beth has written several books, including Starting Something New: Spiritual Direction for Your God-given Dream. Dave is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and now continues his private practice in college and career counseling with Direction 4 Life Work. In 2011 they launched Fall Creek Abbey in Indianapolis as a place for individuals to step away from the responsibilities of life and reorient their heart to the loving heart of God.

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