These are interesting days. COVID-19, George Floyd, President Trump and his Trumpgelicals. We address all of these in a spontaneous podcast that is challenging us to think about our allegiance. Join Matt, Michael, and Brian – an unsuspecting guest to the podcast cast – as they discuss race relations, the president, and current crises inContinue reading Ep 53: race relations, the president, and current crises in the United States
COVID-19 has provided many opportunities for us to rethink how we equip people for ministry and we have some big news! We’re excited to announce the launch of Ephesiology Master Classes! We’ve been thinking about what it will take to get to movement in the US and how we can support movements around the worldContinue reading Ep 52: The State of Education and Ephesiology Master Classes
We’re excited to welcome a first time guest, Kyle Pierson. Kyle focuses on helping people think about movement in the context of the United States with East West Ministries International. This will be an encouraging podcast as we hear about how people are catching a vision for multiplying disciples in the church. To comment onContinue reading Ep 51: Getting to Movement During the Plague
Zoom fatigue, plague fatigue. How are you feeling? We’re discussing where we are emotionally and spiritually as we continue to evaluate the long-term effect of the novel coronavirus. Join our podcasters as they reflect on the impact of the virus, news, and evil on our society. Also, take advantage of our free book offer whenContinue reading Ep 50: Fatigue or Burnout?
Our podcasters go live on Zoom and Facebook for the first time in our new month segment. You have heard us say many times that we love doing theology in community and a live discussion about Ephesiology is a great way to collaborate on the significance of the first century church’s relevance for today. You’llContinue reading Ep 49: A Monthly Monday Movement Moment
We jumped on to record a podcast regarding a new reality due to COVID-19. Join Matt and Andrew as they begin to initially wrestle with how the church might respond to the pandemic. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcast appContinue reading Ep 42: Initial Reaction to COVID-19
While one of our Ephesiologists is galavanting around the world, we are taking a brief hiatus and invite you to continue engaging with Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement and catching up on missed episodes of the Ephesiology Podcast. Do not forget about the Ephesiology Blog where you’ll find interesting posts as we thinkContinue reading Ep 41: Spring Break
With the release of his new book, Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement, Andrew sits down with Michael to learn more about the author, his motivations, and hopes for what the Lord might do with the book. You’ll want to hear the interesting backstory to what has been described as a, “theologically strong foundationContinue reading Ep 40: The Interview
How did the New Testament church sustain such fantastic growth? Join our podcasters as they look at the seven letters Jesus wrote to the churches of Asia Minor. The book of Revelation is often thought to be a book about the end times. We’ll discuss why it might be more appropriate to think of itContinue reading Ep 39: Sustaining a Movement
On this week’s podcast, hear what Matt Till is doing at Restoration Church. It isn’t perfect, but they are seeing a community committed to prayer, Scripture, fellowship, worship, and missions. Join our podcasters to learn more about Restoration Church. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” onContinue reading Ep 38: Restoration Church
In our continuing study of a New Testament movement, we ask the question, “What did the movement look like?” Join our podcasters as they explore the anatomy of the movement in Ephesus and its impact on the Roman province of Asia. Interested in more? Check out the Movement Maturity Matrix. To comment on this episodeContinue reading Ep 37: The Anatomy of a Movement
Defining “disciple” and “discipleship” presents interesting issues in contemporary Christianity. Join our podcasters as they look at the New Testament understanding of what it means to be a disciple in the second of a two part discussion. Their study of the early Christian movements highlights several key characteristics for what it means to be aContinue reading Ep 36: Maturing Disciples of a movement, Part 2
“We are perfectly designed to achieve what we are seeing.” Join us as we explore this profound statement in our interview with Alan Hirsch. Alan is one of the leading movement thinkers who believes that our movement rhetoric is beginning to see fruit. Among our topics: rediscovering the apostle, prophet, and evangelist; paradigm shifts; identifyingContinue reading Ep 35: Interview with Alan Hirsch
What kind of leader will it take to see more churches start in the United States? Join our podcasters as we talk with Jeff Christopherson, a self-identified serial church planter. He and Ed Stetzer started the Send Institute with a focus on the future of church planting in North America. Jeff helps us unpack 10Continue reading Ep 34: Interview with Jeff Christopherson
Ephesiology Podcast is back with season 2. Join our podcasters as they reflect on last year, look forward to the release of the book Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement on Leap Day, and dream about 2020. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology”Continue reading Ep 33: Happy New Year
The reaction to Mark Galli’s editorial in Christianity Today reveals how polarized the current political climate is in the United States. Some question his motives and others wonder what has taken so long. There are as many loud evangelical voices of dissent as there are of support for Galli’s call for President Trump’s removal from office. TheContinue reading Ep 32: The End of Evangelicalism
Have you ever wondered about the origins of Christmas and the traditions celebrated in Western cultures? Join our podcasters as they talk about the new book, Unwrapping the First Christmas, and begin to peel back the layers of traditions that have come to define the Western celebrations of Christmas. To comment on this episode and futureContinue reading Ep. 31: Unwrapping the First Christmas
Kanye West’s release of his latest album, Jesus is King, has grabbed the attention of Christians and critics. Join our podcasters with special guest Arman Sheffey as they discuss the album and the Sunday Service. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” on your preferredContinue reading Ep. 30: Jesus is King
Are buildings, butts in seats, and bucks the measure of success for the church today? What about transformation of lives resulting in cultural impact? Join us as we continue our conversation on the state of the church in America. Keelan Cook joins our podcast to help us think through the shift needed for gospel impact.Continue reading Ep 29: The State of the Church in America – Part 2
Defining “disciple” and “discipleship” presents interesting issues in contemporary Christianity. Join our podcasters as they look at the New Testament understanding of what it means to be a disciple. Their study of the early Christian movements highlights several key characteristics for what it means to be a follower of Christ. To comment on this episodeContinue reading Ep 28: Maturing Disciples in a Movement, Part 1
The growth of the church will rise and fall on leadership and having the right team will position the church for continued growth. Join us in the riveting episode when our podcasters unpack the roles of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherd-teachers. Leadership in the church in Ephesus adopted forms from the culture that contributed toContinue reading Ep 27: Leading a Movement, Part 2
Join us for our next episode where we introduce the first of a multi-part series on leadership. Our podcasters are wrestling with the type of leadership that propelled the church on God’s mission of more people following Jesus. In this episode, we begin to look at Paul’s leadership. Was he a strategist? A lone ranger?Continue reading Ep 26: Leading a Movement, Part 1
What is the state of the church in America? Join our podcasters as they reflect on their participation at a recent Church Planting think tank held at Wheaton College with the Send Institute. In spite of the decline of the church in the US, there is hope for a future movement of multiplying disciples. ToContinue reading Ep 25: The State of the Church in America
We so thoroughly enjoyed our interview with Dave Carter that we had to continue talking about issues he is helping us wrestle through. Join us for a continued discussion on strategies, Paul, and church planting movements. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” on yourContinue reading Ep 24: More on Carter and CPM
We are excited to have Dave as our guest on this week’s podcast. As a cross-cultural worker in Chad, Dave brings some perspective that will help the Western church think about what it means to sacrifice in the midst of challenging ministry situations. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login.Continue reading Ep 23: Interview with Dave
For decades, church planting has been touted as one of the most effective strategies to reach the lost. However, our podcasters are asking, “Is CPM a strategy or a result?” Join us as we search for the biblical command to church plant and re-orient our focus on Jesus as the head of the church. ToContinue reading Ep 22: Is CPM a Strategy?
The early Christian movement was uniquely diverse, but not without its problems. Join our podcasters and special guest Pastor Devlin Scott as they unpack Ephesians 2 and its implication for ministry today. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Discussion Forum Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcastContinue reading Ep 21: The Movement and Ethnic Diversity, Part 2
The early Christian movement was uniquely diverse, but not without its problems. Join our podcasters and special guest Pastor Devlin Scott as they unpack Ephesians 2 and its implication for ministry today. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Discussion Forum Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcastContinue reading Ep 20: The Movement and Ethnic Diversity
What is God’s will? In this episode, our podcasters attempt to tackle one of the most important questions in the Christian life. Join them as they look at Ephesians chapter 1 and discuss this essential question. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Discussion Forum Find Us On: Search “Ephesiology”Continue reading Ep 19: God’s Will
What is the church? This is the third installment of a three part series that explores ecclesiology. Join Matt, Andrew, and Michael in a discussion on how Ephesiology impacts our thinking about the church. Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcast app.
What is the church? This is the second installment of a three part series that explores ecclesiology. Join Matt, Andrew, and Michael in a discussion on how Ephesiology impacts our thinking about the church. Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcast app.
What is the church? This is the first of a three part series that explores ecclesiology. Join Matt, Andrew, and Michael in a discussion on how Ephesiology impacts our thinking about the church. Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcast app.
We are gearing up for more Ephesiology podcasts. Join us beginning later in August as we pick up our discussion on the New Testament movement in Ephesus. Find us on: Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcast app.
It is hard to believe that we have recorded 13 episodes. We trust that you have enjoyed our banter as we study the New Testament movement in Ephesus. As we head into the summer, our podcasters are going to take a much needed break. So, this is a great time to catch up on earlierContinue reading Ep 14: Summer Break
Who is God? Join our podcasters as they discuss God’s missionary nature and how He relentlessly pursues a relationship with people. This compelling view of God, a view that is theocentric as it understands that God is glorified most when more people worship him, is what our podcasters are calling “missiological theism.” To comment onContinue reading Ep 13: Missiological Theism
How did the early church connect God’s story with the story of culture? This weeks podcast unpacks what is meant by missiological theology. The early writers, especially Paul and John, uniquely and brilliantly told the story of God in such a way that it connected with the story of people. This is one of theContinue reading Ep 12: Missiological Theology
We are just at the beginning of wrestling through a New Testament movement and reflecting on the difference it can make where we live, work, and play. Join us for this special edition of the Ephesiology podcast as Andrew and Matt begin to unpack how Ephesiology is impacting how they think and act in theirContinue reading Ep 11: The Early Impact of Ephesiology
Many are asking the questions about the meaning of discipleship and what a disciple looks like. Instead, our podcasters are asking “What would a theocentric movement look like?” That is, what would it look like if we were completely focused on God? Join our next episode for an insightful discussion. To comment on this episodeContinue reading Ep 10: Theocentrism
How does a church planting movement begin? Join us as we discuss the first step in launching a movement. Through a study of the Apostle Paul and his missionary effort in Athens, our podcasters will unpack what they call missiological exegesis. This first step toward a movement begins by understanding the people, their belief systems,Continue reading Ep 9: Launching a Movement, Part 2
Join us as we engage in a community dialogue about a church planting movement in the New Testament. This is the first of a multi-part series on launching a movement. Our first episode in this series addresses the importance of the theme of God’s missionary activity and its impact on understanding Scripture. To comment onContinue reading Ep 8: Launching a Movement, Part 1
Join us as we engage in a community dialogue about a church planting movement in the New Testament. This is part three of a series addressing what many are calling the “legacy church.” In this episode, our podcasters drill down on diagnostic questions for the legacy church and unpack the concept of being disciples. To commentContinue reading Ep 7: The Legacy Church and Movement Making, Part 3
Palm Sunday is also regarded as the “triumphal entry” because the King had arrived in Jerusalem. But was it the way he was received worship, or something masquerading as it? To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Discussion Forum Find us on: Search “Ephesiology” on your preferred podcast app.
Critics of CPM say that advocates practice eisegesis; they read into the biblical text something that is not there. Learn about this and more as we discuss the evidence for a church planting movement in the Book of Acts. To comment on this episode and future episodes, be sure to login. Discussion Forum Find usContinue reading Ep 5: Church Planting Movements in Acts
Join us as we begin to delve into understanding the idea of “movement.” This episode is sure to raise your curiosity about whether or not a movement can actually occur in North America and Western Europe. We see it in the New Testament and we see it around the world. Can it happen in theContinue reading Ep 4: Introducing Ephesiology
Join us for this interesting discussion on the characteristics of a legacy church and of a church planting movement. What differentiates the two and what needs to happen to see a legacy church take on the identity of a movement? These and other topics are the focus on the second part of our three partContinue reading Ep 3: The Legacy Church and Movement Making, Part 2
Join us as we engage in a community dialogue about a church planting movement in the New Testament. This is the first episode of a three part series addressing what many are calling the “legacy church.” Some use it pejoratively while others use it in recognition of the church’s historic significance. This is a topic thatContinue reading Ep 2: The Legacy Church and Movement Making, Part 1
Join us as we engage in a community dialogue about a church planting movement in the New Testament. This episode introduces our podcasters and the topic they will address over the next several weeks. It is sure to challenge how we think about movements in the New Testament. To comment on this episode and futureContinue reading Ep 1: Introducing the Ephesiology Podcast
The Journey to Movement learning community explores the New Testament church as an ongoing historical event of God’s relentless pursuit of relationships with every people group. This exploration of movement will help participants discover a biblical plan of action to multiply disciples and connect God’s story to the story of their community. By focusing onContinue reading Learning Community
The vision for the project is to glorify God by multiplying mature followers of Jesus Christ who will faithfully lead cascading movements of churches. We will achieve the multiplication of mature believers through leadership development training seminars as well as print, video, and audio mediums. The development of a globally accessible platform will assist inContinue reading The Ephesiology Project
Ephesiology[n.ih·fē·zē·äləʒē]: The Study of a Movement is the story of the church at Ephesus, the most documented of all the churches appearing in the New Testament. Beginning with Paul’s approximate three-year tenure in the city from 53 to 56 AD, we see a movement launched that reaches all of Asia Minor (Acts 19:10).
It all begin in Acts 16. Paul and his missionary band were prohibited from entering Asia and were redirected to Macedonia only to meet a woman from the very place they could not enter. It is not for another three years or so that he finally arrives on the West coast of Asia Minor withContinue reading Launching a Movement