As Christian leaders we are not exempt from the false notions of happiness and success that so often bring ruin to those within the congregations we serve. We preach and teach in an attempt to compel those we shepherd toward finding their core identity and story within the life of the kingdom of God. Unfortunately, those same trappings can often be further covered in a religious guise that makes them even harder to see within our own lives, especially as leaders. This year, our journey is an invitation to reflect upon and re-examine the core narratives of our lives and to replace our false beliefs with Jesus's narratives about life in the kingdom and community of God.
James Bryan Smith
Dr. James Bryan Smith is the Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute and the author of eight books, most notably The Apprentice Series.
Pastor of East End Fellowship in Richmond, VA.
Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and a number of other universities and Bible colleges. A.J. is the author of Messy: God Likes It That Way, Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology, and Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology.
J.R. Briggs has served in ministry for over a decade in mega-churches, house churches and church plants. He founded Kairos Partnerships out of a growing desire to walk alongside and encourage pastors and leaders in order to better equip them for God-honoring ministry. In 2008 he and a team of people founded The Renew Community, a Jesus community in the greater Philadelphia area.
Meredith is the Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House in Carlisle, PA. Along with preaching on Sunday mornings, she also oversees the discipleship team [children’s ministry, youth ministry, community life, and congregational care], as well heading up leadership development and spiritual formation efforts.
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