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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
    • 4.8 • 73 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.

    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 1000 more pastors like Sunder Krishnan 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
    Simon Ponsonby on How Church History Can Fuel Us, Staying Amazed by Jesus, and Why the Fear of the Lord is Key

    Simon Ponsonby on How Church History Can Fuel Us, Staying Amazed by Jesus, and Why the Fear of the Lord is Key

    Jason and Simon Ponsonby sit down for a conversation following CCLN's Incubator Program's time in Oxford. When there, Simon gave a historic tour of their neighbourhood and its spiritual history to our cohort of Canadian Pastors. 

    Bio | A fourth generation preacher, Simon Ponsonby came to personal faith in his late teens. He worked as a butcher, then became an evangelist and church planter, before preparing for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he gained his BA & MLitt in Theology. He is an international author, speaker and theologian, now based at St Aldates, Oxford, UK where he is Pastor of Theology. He has written several books on practical theology and doctrine. Simon is married to Tiffany, and they have two grown sons.

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

    Show Notes:


    St. Aldates Church
    Amazed By Jesus Book

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Incubator Sessions: In England with Pete Hughes, Simon Ponsonby, Tim May & Others

    Incubator Sessions: In England with Pete Hughes, Simon Ponsonby, Tim May & Others

    In today’s episode, we share some highlights from our time in England with our Church Leaders Incubator. This cohort of 17 young, senior leaders in Canada got to connect with pastors and church teams over a 5 day trip as part of their 2 year journey in the program. Hear some of their reflections from the sessions and how it impacted them at a personal level. 

    To learn more about the Church Leaders Incubator or to apply for our January 2023 Intake, head to ccln.ca/incubator

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    • 37 min
    Incubator Sessions: Mark Sayers on Self Actualization as Idolatry, Spiritual Authority, the Priestly Call to Sacrifice, and Stewarding Soft Power

    Incubator Sessions: Mark Sayers on Self Actualization as Idolatry, Spiritual Authority, the Priestly Call to Sacrifice, and Stewarding Soft Power

    Mark Sayers joined an online session with our Church Leaders Incubator back in the Fall where he explored a variety of topics on pastoral leadership and prophetically spoke into where he believes the Spirit is moving the church in the coming years.

    Bio | Mark Sayers is a cultural commentator, writer, and speaker. He is passionate about spiritual renewal and the future of the church. Mark is the author of a number of books, including Disappearing Church, Facing Leviathan, and Reappearing Church. Mark is the senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He is also one of the hosts of the Rebuilders podcast. Mark lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife, Trudi, his daughter, Grace, and twin boys, Hudson and Billy.

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

    Register for our Preaching Seminar with Darrell Johnson on June 3rd here. 

    Show Notes:


    Mark Sayers: Non Anxious Presence Book
    Red Church
    Intercessor - Rees Howells

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Incubator Sessions: Darren Rouanzoin on Preparing for What’s Next by Disrupting Comforts, Identifying Compromise & Consecrating Oneself

    Incubator Sessions: Darren Rouanzoin on Preparing for What’s Next by Disrupting Comforts, Identifying Compromise & Consecrating Oneself

    In today’s episode, we bring you into a conversation Jason hosted for our Church Leaders Incubator with Darren Rouanzoin. Amongst our group of young, senior leaders, Jason and Darren wade into conversations on what a Spirit filled church looks like, the need for personal holiness as pastors, and how to build a covenantal community. 

    Bio | Darren Rouanzoin lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife Alex and their two boys, Ezra and Amos.  Darren is the founding pastor of Garden Church, a community in the heart of one of the most diverse cities in the US. He is passionate about leading people to know and experience the extravagant generosity of God and the abundant life Jesus brings here and now.

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

    Show Notes:


    Garden Church
    Darren’s Website

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 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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