Welcome to the Canadian Church Leaders Podcast. We want to serve church leaders and their teams by sharing conversations about pastoral leadership. In this podcast, we are exploring the question, “what does it mean to lead people in the way of Jesus in the midst of today's world?” Each episode features honest and thoughtful conversations with key voices from Canada and around the world. Hosted by Jason Ballard.
Tammy Giffen: Her Story of Finding Jesus Through Alpha, the Value of Partnering With Other Churches & Encouragement for Female Leaders
Tammy Giffen is the lead pastor of Groundswell, a multi-site church in Central Nova Scotia. Groundswell is a church plant that launched in September of 2018 with a vision to be a church unchurched people love to attend. She came to know Jesus as an adult when she was invited to attend Alpha. Since then she has been passionate about breaking down barriers to church and helping people meet Jesus. Tammy is married to Peter and has three children; Taylor, Wesley, and Mya.
Father James Mallon & Jon Tyson on Ministry, Mission & the Future Church
Father James Mallon is pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and founder of the Divine Renovation Ministry. Father James is also the author of the best selling book Divine Renovation: From A Maintenance To A Missional Parish, an engaging guide for parishes seeking to cultivate vibrant and dynamic faith communities centred on missionary discipleship.
Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light and his newest book Beautiful Resistance.
Ken Costa on How to Pastor Business Leaders in Your Church & Lead a Passionate Younger Generation
Ken is Chairman Emeritus of Alpha International, which promotes Alpha – an introduction to the Christian faith attended by over 2 million people in the UK and 27 million worldwide – and is Dean of Leadership College London. Passionate about creating connections in a divided world, he is Chairman of The Reconciling Leaders Network for the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Head of The Anglican Communion. He is also chairman of Worship Central, a movement promoting worship events and courses worldwide.
Al Gordon on Kingdom Creativity, Audacious Dreaming & Blessing the City with More Than a Religious Gathering
Al Gordon leads Hackney Church, a thriving church on a mission to bring hope to the heart of East London. He is married to Olivia, an architect, and they have three children. Al is a trustee of Alpha International and Charity: water.
Matt Tapley on When Ambition Becomes a Problem, Loyalty in Secondary Roles, and How to Know When to Jump Ship
Matt Tapley has been a part of the Senior Leadership at Lakemount Worship Centre since 2003, and the Lead Pastor since 2008. He serves the Church by developing leaders in a culture of dependence on the Spirit with full devotion to the unchanging Word of God. Matt is an insightful preacher, gifted worship leader and a valuable contributor to various leadership environments. Matt’s commitment to the Manifest Presence of God and the healing gifts of the Holy Spirit are a catalyst for stirring renewed hunger for God.
Michael McDonald on Authentic Evangelism, Vision for Global & Local Missions, and Playing the Supporting Role
Michael McDonald is Director of Global Focus and Strategic Relationships for The BibleProject, a crowdfunded non-profit creative studio dedicated to communicating a single, powerful message to the world: the Bible is one unified story that leads to Jesus.
Prior to joining The BibleProject his work included community empowerment projects focused on educational, micro/macro financing projects, conflict resolution, and economic development.
McDonald also leads thousands of Christian leaders on more than 200 trips around the world. He has also served on a number of boards—including Remember Nhu and Fly Fishing Collaborative—with a focus on ending child sex trafficking.
Mike lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Melissa.
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As a leader of young people in the NW United States, these conversations are powerful in shaping my vision of cultural renewal in the Post-Christian world. Amazing guests, engaging conversation, practical implication. Love this podcast 🙌🏼
So brilliant and needed!
This podcast is full of incredible world-class leaders with a real depth of wisdom and vision for faithfully following Jesus in church leadership. You’re going to want to follow this closely.
Relevant and Inspiring
If there was ever a time for a collection of voices from the body of Christ it’s NOW. Jason is an incredible host and you can feel him leaning into each conversation. This is honest. It’s real. It’s inspiring. It’s relevant! If you are a church leader, Worth your time.