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Welcome to the Canadian Church Leaders Podcast, hosted by Jason Ballard. We are committed to serving church leaders and their teams by sharing conversations focused on pastoral leadership. Each episode features honest and thoughtful interviews with key voices from Canada and beyond. We want you to be inspired and encouraged as you hear the stories of hundreds of churches alongside the learnings of those who are leading today.

Canadian Church Leaders Podcast CCLN

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 76 Ratings

Welcome to the Canadian Church Leaders Podcast, hosted by Jason Ballard. We are committed to serving church leaders and their teams by sharing conversations focused on pastoral leadership. Each episode features honest and thoughtful interviews with key voices from Canada and beyond. We want you to be inspired and encouraged as you hear the stories of hundreds of churches alongside the learnings of those who are leading today.

    Special Episode: Searching for Faithful Pastors Part 2

    Special Episode: Searching for Faithful Pastors Part 2

    In a time where the list of pastors who are falling seems to be growing, we’ve been on the search for faithful pastors. Pastors who have finished well, stayed the course, maintained a deep love for Jesus and His Bride - pastors who have been faithful.

    Thankfully, we didn’t have to look far.

    In this special mini-series, we circle around the topic of faithfulness with a group of leaders that have 5 to 50+ years of pastoral experience. We sat down with Darrell & Sharon Johnson, Helen Burns, Murray Coughlan, Jason Ballard and Jeremiah Niengor. This is part 2 of what we found.

    Thanks to Compassion Canada for sponsoring today’s episode. You can learn more about partnering with them as a church here.

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    • 28 min
    Special Episode: Searching for Faithful Pastors Part 1

    Special Episode: Searching for Faithful Pastors Part 1

    In a time where the list of pastors who are falling seems to be growing, we’ve been on the search for faithful pastors. Pastors who have finished well, stayed the course, maintained a deep love for Jesus and His Bride - pastors who have been faithful.

    Thankfully, we didn’t have to look far.

    In this special mini-series, we circle around the topic of faithfulness with a group of leaders that have 5 to 50+ years of pastoral experience. We sat down with Darrell & Sharon Johnson, Helen Burns, Murray Coughlan, Jason Ballard and Jeremiah Niengor. This is part 1 of what we found.

    Thanks to the Canadian Bible Society for supporting this episode. Learn more about their Bible Course here.

    Apply for the 2023 Church Leaders Incubator

    Get Connected!


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    • 31 min
    What's Coming Up

    What's Coming Up

    Here's a quick update on an upcoming episode we're excited to release, and a bit about what this fall will look like on the podcast. Take a listen. 

    • 2 min
    Pete Greig: What Echoed From A Prayer Room, the Necessity of the Local Church & A Call to Consider the State of Our Hearts

    Pete Greig: What Echoed From A Prayer Room, the Necessity of the Local Church & A Call to Consider the State of Our Hearts

    There aren’t many who can say that in the wake of their life there is a 24/7 prayer movement that has impacted half the nations on earth - but Pete Greig can. And though Pete’s resume has marked the world, he sits down with Jason in a self-effacing way, calling pastors with conviction and sensitivity towards a life walking out the way of Jesus. In this conversation, Pete and Jason discuss the bewildering origin of the 24/7 prayer movement, how Kingdom work needs to be tethered to the local church, how pastors can rise to meet the moment we’re in & more. We hope you are inspired by this episode with Pete Greig.

    Bio | Pete is a best-selling author, pastor and bewildered instigator of the 24-7 Prayer movement which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is also the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, Guildford, England, an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund, and teaches at St Mellitus Theological College in London. For 7 years Pete served with the senior leadership team at HTB and Alpha International. Pete’s publications include ‘Red Moon Rising‘, ‘God on Mute‘, ‘The Prayer Course’, and ‘Dirty Glory’.  He loves art galleries, live music and knocking down walls.

    Thanks to the Canadian Bible Society for supporting this episode. Learn more about their Bible Course here.

    Show Notes:


    24/7 Prayer 
    Prayer Course
    Unanswered Prayer Course 
    The Vision 
    Red Moon Rising 
    God On Mute 

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    • 54 min
    Sunder Krishnan on Knowing Who You Are Not, What Pastors Must Embody to Finish Well & Living A Life Worth Watching

    Sunder Krishnan on Knowing Who You Are Not, What Pastors Must Embody to Finish Well & Living A Life Worth Watching

    We want to see Sunder Krishnan's story repeated over and over in Canada. Sunder represents a faithful demographic of church leaders who have finished well in ministry, now taking up the mantle of mentoring the next generation of pastors in our nation with visible delight and joy. With over 35 years of pastoral ministry in his rearview, Sunder has a lot to say. Through this conversation, we know you will be drawn to consider your postures as you lead, the life you’re living before your church and what it might mean for you to be found faithful. We hope you enjoy this episode with Sunder Krishnan.

    Bio | Sunder was born in India and grew up in the capital city of New Delhi. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked with Atomic Energy of Canada. He became a pastor in 1980, retiring in 2016. Sunder and his wife, Shyamala, have been married since 1971. They have two grown children, Vijay and Sheila, and six grandchildren.


    Thanks to Compassion Canada for sponsoring today’s episode. You can learn more about partnering with them as a church here.

    Show Notes:


    Darrell Johnson's Preaching Course
    Youth For Christ
    Power to Change
    Sunder's Books

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Joshua Butler on Creative Mission In Your City, the Power of Listening, and How Trial Formed His Pastoral Heart

    Joshua Butler on Creative Mission In Your City, the Power of Listening, and How Trial Formed His Pastoral Heart

    Jason has a great conversation with Joshua Butler, pastor of Redemption Tempe in Arizona. They discuss Josh's story of coming to faith, entering ministry, and working at a church in Portland doing mission and outreach in their city. Josh also shares some of his learnings from working with college students and twenty somethings about how to navigate hard questions, listen well, and share the gospel in a compelling manner. 

    Bio | Joshua currently serves as lead pastor of Redemption Tempe, a thriving church near Arizona State University, one of the largest colleges in the country. Prior to 2018, he served as an outreach pastor for fifteen years in Portland (OR) at Imago Dei Community.

    Thanks to the Canadian Bible Society for supporting this episode. Learn more about their Bible Course here.

    Show Notes:


    Josh Butler Website & Books
    Redemption Tempe

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

Boogladeebadoo!! ,

Encouraging & Equipping

My goodness, where to begin?! These interviews have been so encouraging, they’ve stirred up my imagination, have raised amazing questions and has equipped me for pastoral leadership in the digital and COVID age.

The episode with Gordon Smith on ecclesiology and vocation is worth following this channel all on its own (but I encourage you, don’t stop there!). So good! Well done everyone!

pammytin ,

So encouraged

I’m so thankful for this podcast. I love listening to people who love Jesus and are sharing lessons from their journey. It has been an encouragement to me as I seek to serve Jesus and minister to others as He has called me. I often connect with the struggles that Jason or the guest shares. I often start my work day with listening to this podcast and frequently, I’ve been thinking and journeying through an issue and someone will share similar thoughts and share ideas which help me process the issue in my life. Be encouraged and thank you for serving God in this ministry.

Staiceyyy ,

Great podcast for pastors and non-pastors alike

Jason is an excellent interviewer; he brings himself and his experiences to the conversations as well, and he listens attentively. The episodes I’ve listened to so far have been helpful, informational and good conversation -starters

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