26 episodes

Praxis is a podcast where we explore how to practice and actually embody the way of Jesus and live on mission by joining God’s work in the world. Praxis is recorded and produced by Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc, WI. Find out more on our website: crosspointwi.com/praxis

Praxis Crosspoint Community Church

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Praxis is a podcast where we explore how to practice and actually embody the way of Jesus and live on mission by joining God’s work in the world. Praxis is recorded and produced by Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc, WI. Find out more on our website: crosspointwi.com/praxis

    When Dogmatism Becomes A Problem

    When Dogmatism Becomes A Problem

    We are in a series right now focused on cultivating a healthy church culture. Every church has a culture, whether they realize it or not.  And while some churches have a healthy church culture, many do not! So over the last few episodes we’ve discussed two toxins in the soil of the American church that are inhibiting kingdom fruit. We talked about "celebrity-ism", or having a personality-driven church, we talked about "growth-ism" or the belief that growth is the mark of success, and we talked about the misuse and abuse of power.
    In this episode, we want to name and discuss a third toxin in the soil of the American church and it’s dogmatism. We'll define what we mean, talk about examples we've seen, and discuss and healthier way of relating to our beliefs and the beliefs of others.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Misuse & Abuse of Power

    The Misuse & Abuse of Power

    We are in a series right now focused on cultivating a healthy church culture. Every church has a culture, whether they realize it or not.  And while some churches have a healthy church culture, many do not! So over the last few episodes we’ve discussed two toxins in the soil of the American church that are inhibiting kingdom fruit. We talked about "celebrity-ism", or having a personality-driven church, and we talked about "growth-ism" or the belief that growth is the mark of success.
    In this episode, we want to name and discuss a third toxin in the soil of the American church and it’s the misuse and abuse of power.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Does Church Growth Equal Church Success?

    Does Church Growth Equal Church Success?

    We are in a series right now focused on cultivating a healthy church culture. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the previous two episodes, we encourage you to go back and take a listen because we covered a lot of ground.  
    Every church has a culture, whether they realize it or not. And while some churches have a healthy(ish) church culture, we are seeing signs of widespread dysfunction in churches — revealing that many do not.
    We’ve been using this metaphor of a fruit tree to help us.  The most important thing is the soil; if the soil isn’t healthy, the tree won’t be healthy and won’t be able to produce healthy fruit. Today we want to name a second toxin in the soil of the American church: the idol of church growth.
    Let's discuss the problems we find in equating success with church growth, how this became the norm, and what we can do to shift away from it and be mindful of it in our own churches.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Toxin of Personality Driven Cultures

    The Toxin of Personality Driven Cultures

    Every church has a culture whether they realize it or not.  Some cultures are reasonably healthy; others are not.  And while no church is perfect, part of the work every church needs to engage in is intentionally working to close whatever gap exists between being healthy and where they currently are.
    So in this series, we are seeking to help close the gap. And this involves not only talking about the marks of an unhealthy church culture but casting vision for how we as the church can embody a way of life together that, while it may not be perfect is oriented toward goodness, kindness, and love.
    And today we want to talk about church cultures that are personality-driven, a powerful toxin in the soil of unhealthy church cultures.
    When a church builds the church around a single person (and typically this is the lead pastor) an unhealthy church culture is created.  A lead-pastor-centric church that orbits around the pastor’s personality and gifting will not be a healthy church.
    And yet this is commonplace. Let's talk about why that is, notice the pitfalls, and look at how we can move towards a healthier alternative.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Power of Culture

    The Power of Culture

    Today we are starting a new series on creating a healthy church culture.
    Culture is the way that people consciously or unconsciously do life together.  And every church has a culture whether they realize it or not. Some of these cultures are healthy and some are not.
    In recent years we’ve become somewhat accustomed to news headlines of celebrity pastors being exposed for moral failure or abusive leadership, leaving behind a wake of hurt and pain for everyone involved. And that’s not how things should be. So in this series, we not only want to talk about what an unhealthy church culture might look like but cast a vision for how we as the church can embody a way of life together that, while it may not be perfect, is oriented toward goodness and kindness and love.
    Mentioned in this episode:
    Redeeming Power by Diane LangbergCelebrities for Jesus by Katelyn BeatyWhen Narcissism Comes to the Church by Chuck DeGroatThe Way of the Dragon or The Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin & Kyle StrobelThe Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson & Jeff Van VonderenChurch Called Tov  by Scot McKnight & Laura BarringerPivot by Scot McKnight & Laura Barringer

    • 55 min
    5 Reasons Why Boundaries Are Important

    5 Reasons Why Boundaries Are Important

    How often do you contemplate the essential role that boundaries play in your life? In a chat teeming with wisdom and practical advice, we, your hosts Katie and Mac, team up with our delightful guest, the ever-insightful therapist and long-standing church community member, Terri Koschnick. Together, we navigate the dynamic world of boundaries, discussing their significance, the physiological and chemical responses they elicit, and their profound impacts on our overall well-being.

    We examine the cornerstone role of boundaries in fostering honesty and the pitfalls of unspoken assumptions that often lead to boundary trespasses. With Terri's expert guidance, we shed light on how clear communication and boundary setting in tandem with our values can bolster the health and integrity of our relationships. We also delve into the perturbing world of gaslighting and power dynamics, sharing insights on setting boundaries to shield ourselves from such toxicity.

    As we wrap up this enlightening exchange, we present you with practical steps to help you implement and prioritize boundaries in your life. Learn how practices such as journaling, initiating boundary-setting dialogues, and keen awareness of your feelings and thoughts can lead to healthier relationships and better self-care. And stay tuned for a little taste of what's next - our upcoming series on church health. So, join us for this enriching dialogue with Terri Koschnick, one that extends beyond the realm of healthy relationships to a life lived in harmony and balance.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

cboguszewski ,

Over/Under functioning

I just listened to this one. WOAH! It totally hit home for me and is very helpful! I saved it for my future and my family’s future.

Thank you Mac, Katie and Josiah!!!

mjor ,

Engaging and thoughtful

I like the conversational tone, real life stories and practical application of the message in each episode.

pregantnbored ,

Finally a safe place!

So glad to listen to someone WHO GETS IT! Who answers the hard questions with no judgement. My husband was just saying how he started listening to a video that questioned "is Christianity real" from an ex evangelical. He said he turned it off right away because he didn't want to be convinced. I asked him "why"? If you question something, shoving it down and pretending it doesn't exist doesn't help. I pointed him to this podcast right away and hope to hear more about this!

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