19 episodes

The typical church in the United States is growing older and growing smaller. Research indicates that as many as half of the people growing up in Christian churches today will end up walking away from their religious affiliation. The Growing Together Podcast is all about honest and hopeful conversation with leaders who are challenging the narrative and creating thriving Seventh-day Adventist Churches for all generations. The current state of the church today is not the end of the story, and you can be part of the change. Listen, learn, be inspired, and share with your network. We are stronger together.

Growing Together Growing Young Cohort

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The typical church in the United States is growing older and growing smaller. Research indicates that as many as half of the people growing up in Christian churches today will end up walking away from their religious affiliation. The Growing Together Podcast is all about honest and hopeful conversation with leaders who are challenging the narrative and creating thriving Seventh-day Adventist Churches for all generations. The current state of the church today is not the end of the story, and you can be part of the change. Listen, learn, be inspired, and share with your network. We are stronger together.

    Taking Jesus' Message Seriously, Part 2

    Taking Jesus' Message Seriously, Part 2

    Alina & Martin van Rensburg return to continue the conversation on Jesus' life and real-world applications in our current lives. Alina asks, "What are the guiding principles behind the things Jesus did?" 

    • 14 min
    Taking Jesus' Message Seriously, Part 1

    Taking Jesus' Message Seriously, Part 1

    As life coaches and public speakers, Martin and Alina van Rensburg are a constant presence in the lives of young people around South Queensland, Australia.  Living like Jesus is something all generations of Christians try to do, but how does the...

    • 14 min
    Empathizing with Today's Young People, Part 3

    Empathizing with Today's Young People, Part 3

    Dr. Heather Thompson Day, a professor of Communication at Colorado Christian University, joins us to discuss trends and differences between Millennials and the next generation of young people coming up behind them in the church today - Generation Z. One...

    • 16 min
    Empathizing with Young People, Part 2

    Empathizing with Young People, Part 2

    What's the difference between empathy and sympathy? Although the difference may not seem important, learning it can be life changing, especially when it comes to building meaningful relationships with young people.  As Justin Yang shares, empathy isn't...

    • 16 min
    Empathizing with Young People, Part 1

    Empathizing with Young People, Part 1

    "In one of my first interviews with my new church, there was actually an elder that met me during potluck and pinned me to the wall and threatened me not to come. He said if you come, I will make your life miserable. That was my first introduction to...

    • 17 min
    Unlocking Keychain Leadership, Part 3

    Unlocking Keychain Leadership, Part 3

    Passing over the keys can be incredibly difficult, especially if your experiences in the past haven't been great. Depending on the culture you were raised in, sometimes there are additional expectations that leadership needs to be earned as well. Pastor...

    • 16 min

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