17 episodes

Church Leader, shift your focus from mere institutional insights to individual transformation. Be intentional. Join hosts Doug Parks (CEO and Co-Founder of Intentional Churches) and Erin Johnston (Co-Executive Pastor of Canyon Ridge Christian Church) as they share weekly thought-provoking discussions and actionable takeaways that will resource you to help your people encounter Jesus. Take the step toward authentic discipleship of your congregation so you can mobilize the ninety-nine to reach the one.

Intentional Churches Podcast Doug Parks & Erin Johnston

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

Church Leader, shift your focus from mere institutional insights to individual transformation. Be intentional. Join hosts Doug Parks (CEO and Co-Founder of Intentional Churches) and Erin Johnston (Co-Executive Pastor of Canyon Ridge Christian Church) as they share weekly thought-provoking discussions and actionable takeaways that will resource you to help your people encounter Jesus. Take the step toward authentic discipleship of your congregation so you can mobilize the ninety-nine to reach the one.

    What Does Mobilizing Church People Mean?

    What Does Mobilizing Church People Mean?

    On this first episode of the Intentional Churches podcast, Erin and Doug discuss what it actually means to mobilize our church people. Erin draws from her on-the-ground experience at Canyon Ridge to talk about how that church has pivoted from an inward-facing model to an outward one, all in the hopes of making disciples that make more disciples. Together Erin and Doug break down generational multiplication, why churches have become so reliant on their staff to steer the ship (and how to get away from that tendency), and what it means to cast a church-wide vision that’s people-focused, not content-focused. The episode ends with Doug’s challenge to church leaders to make the Great Commission a personal mission statement before it’s ever an organizational one. Want to hone in on how mobilization can radically transform your people? Don’t miss this conversation! 
    Thank you for tuning into this episode of the Intentional Churches podcast! To learn more, please visit intentionalchurches.com.
    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction and Background
    (01:08) Defining Mobilization
    (03:04) The Importance of Getting People Moving
    (06:21) Understanding Multiplication in Church Context
    (07:40) The Institutional Mindset in the Church
    (08:39) The Impact of COVID-19 on Institutional Thinking
    (09:08) The Role of Church Staff in Mobilization
    (10:32) Institutional Thinking in Smaller Church Environments
    (11:24) Shifting the Focus from Institution to Individuals
    (13:44) Helping People Take Baby Steps
    (14:37) Building Awareness and Casting Vision
    (17:00) Celebrating Baptisms and Empowering Baptizers
    (19:18) Transitioning from Institutional Mindset in Host Moments
    (20:14) Creating Spaces for People to Find Their People
    (22:00) Developing a One-Aware Mindset
    (23:55) Sharing Transformation Stories
    (25:25) Transitioning from a Cruise Ship to River Rafts
    (28:51) Helping Church People Live Dynamic Lives
    (30:16) Building Awareness and Praying for Relationships
    (32:09) Conclusion

    • 32 min
    How do I Build a Multiplication Mindset in my Church?

    How do I Build a Multiplication Mindset in my Church?

    This episode of the Intentional Churches Podcast explores the concept of building a multiplication mindset in church leaders. The conversation highlights the difference between institutional multiplication and personal multiplication, emphasizing the importance of individual disciple-making. The hosts share their experiences at Canyon Ridge Christian Church and discuss the need for multiplication fluency and the M.A.W.L. process. They also discuss the Acts 1-8 model and the potential of multiplication in a church. The episode concludes with practical tools for developing a multiplication mindset. 
    Thank you for tuning into this episode of the Intentional Churches podcast! To learn more, please visit intentionalchurches.com. 
    **The ChurchOS Conference is now the Intentional Churches Conference! Learn more and register you and your team at https://intentionalchurchesconference.com
    Timestamps:
    (00:00) The Journey with Jesus and Transformation
    (03:00) Understanding Institutional Multiplication
    (06:00) The Transformation at Canyon Ridge Christian Church
    (09:00) Multiplication Fluency and Personal Disciple Making
    (12:00) Shifting Mindset to Personal Multiplication
    (16:00) Awareness and Engagement with People Far from God
    (18:00) Generational Multiplication and the Gospel
    (20:00) Simple Tools for Multiplication
    (24:00) Multiplication Mindset in Staff and Elders
    (28:00) The Potential of Multiplication in a Church
    (30:00) Practical Tools for Developing a Multiplication Mindset

    • 31 min
    The Road to Church Growth: Personal Relationships

    The Road to Church Growth: Personal Relationships

    Doug Parks and Erin Johnston explore how churches can foster relationships in the modern era on this episode of Intentional Churches. They reference Truett Cathy and suggest creating space for people to engage with each other. They also discuss the example of Adamsville Road Church of God, which has seen an increase in attendance and baptisms due to its focus on relationships. Finally, they emphasize that personal relationships are the way forward for the church.
    Thank you for tuning into this episode of the Intentional Churches podcast! To learn more, please visit intentionalchurches.com. 
     
    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction and Setting the Context
    (01:08) Defining Engagement in Today's Church
    (03:00) Flipping the Way We Lead
    (05:22) Relational Engagement and Loneliness
    (09:08) Creating Space for Connection
    (10:23) Discouragement and Exhaustion in Church Leaders
    (12:14) Learning from Chick-fil-A's Relational Approach
    (15:34) Experimenting with Non-Service Events
    (17:43) The Hunger for Authentic Relationships
    (20:33) Getting Back to the Basics
    (23:53) Church Experiences that Impact Daily Life
    (26:14) The Power of Personal Engagement

    • 28 min
    Generational Differences and the Great Commission: How Do We Engage New People?

    Generational Differences and the Great Commission: How Do We Engage New People?

    In this conversation, Erin Johnston and Doug Parks discuss the influx of new people in churches and the need for intentional engagement. They explore the spiritual awakening happening in America and the importance of repentance and charting a new course for church leadership. They emphasize the need to start with the end in mind, focusing on the Great Commission as a personal mission statement. Practical steps for engaging new people include thinking like a church planter, building relationships, and tapping into the motivations and values of new attendees. They also highlight the significance of host moments and caution against antiquated thinking and strategies.
    To learn more, please visit: intentionalchurches.com
     
    Timestamps: 
    (00:00) Introduction
    (00:40) The Influx of New People
    (03:01) The Spiritual Awakening in America
    (06:21) Repenting and Returning to Scriptural Basics
    (10:36) Taking the First Step in the Direction of the Great Commission
    (13:07) Engaging Faces and Places
    (17:48) The Importance of Host Moments
    (23:23) What Every Church Should Be Doing
    (26:13) Guarding Against Antiquated Thinking
    (27:40) Conclusion

    • 27 min
    Breaking the Loneliness Epidemic: Building Authentic Connections in a Digital Age

    Breaking the Loneliness Epidemic: Building Authentic Connections in a Digital Age

    This conversation explores the lost art of developing authentic friendships, particularly among the younger generation. The discussion highlights the impact of social media and technology on social connection and the rise of the loneliness epidemic. The importance of deep listening and powerful questions is emphasized as a means to address loneliness and foster meaningful relationships. The conversation also delves into the implementation of these practices in church leadership and preaching. Despite the challenges, there is hope for a culture that values and cultivates authentic friendships.
    To learn more, please visit: intentionalchurches.com
     
    Timestamps:
    (00:00) The Lost Art of Developing Authentic Friendships 
    (03:00) The Loneliness Epidemic 
    (05:44) Addressing Loneliness in Church 
    (08:37) The Power of Deep Listening and Powerful Questions 
    (11:19) Improving Questioning Skills
    (14:28) Implementing Deep Listening and Powerful Questions
    (17:46) The Impact on Preaching
    (20:41) Practicing Deep Listening and Curiosity 
    (22:23) Hope for Developing Authentic Friendships

    • 23 min
    From Programs to People: The Power of a Disciple Making Church.

    From Programs to People: The Power of a Disciple Making Church.

    Drew Moore, lead pastor at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, discusses the transition to a disciple-making church and the challenges and successes they have experienced. They define disciple-making movements and emphasize the importance of empowering individuals to make disciples. The conversation explores the shift from an institutionally focused approach to one that encourages agency and engagement from all members. They discuss the challenges faced during the transition and the positive outcomes they have seen, such as increased baptisms and volunteer engagement. The conversation also touches on the importance of thinking beyond individual discipleship and considering the impact on relational networks.
    To learn more, please visit https://www.intentionalchurches.com
    Learn more about Canyon Ridge Christian Church here: https://www.canyonridge.org
    Timestamps:
    (00:00) Introduction and Background
    (00:55) Defining Disciple Making Movements
    (03:17) Shifting Perspectives on Disciple Making
    (05:29) Transitioning to a Disciple-Making Church 
    (07:51) Unleashing Agency in Disciple Making
    (09:55) Challenges and Headwinds in the Transition
    (14:10) Overcoming Resistance and Change 
    (20:34) Fruit and Challenges in the New Approach
    (27:24) Challenges and Questions for the Future
    (31:12) Thinking about Relational Networks

    • 34 min

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