Episode 118: Growth is Good, Multiplication is Better

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Michael sit down with Craig Whitney, Vice President of Church Multiplication with Stadia Church Planting. Craig states, “Growth is good. Multiplication is better” as we consider what is necessary to transition from church planting to church multiplication. Along the way, Craig shares that most church plants are simply attracting those who are inclined to go to church.

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Ep 117: The Pessimistic Perception of Pastoral Ministry

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael discuss a recent survey revealing that the majority of US pastors believe people in their congregations lack commitment. At the core of the survey is the gap between the pulpit and the pew. It’s reminiscent of the classic story of the monkey and the fish. Join our podcasters as they discuss the importance for pastors to understand their congregation and the need for the church to reorient herself to a cathartic, analytic, and catalytic paradigm.

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Ep 116: Stewarding Followers of Jesus in Theological Education

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Michael are joined by Greg Henson, president of Kairos University to discuss the seminary’s role in stewarding followers of Jesus in theological education. Kairos University’s unique collaborative innovation focuses on theological education that is affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful. Its watchword is easily summarized as discipling followers of Jesus to flourish in their vocation.

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Ep 115: Theological Education for the Church

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael are joined by Dr. Scott Manor, president of Knox Theological Seminary to discuss theological education and the church. Accessibility is one of the major issues confronting seminaries around the country. Innovative seminaries are stepping away from the traditional campus model and taking seminary to the church. Additionally, innovative seminaries do not only prepare pastors for the pulpit, but they also equip all people-plumbers, electricians, educators, doctors-to be leaders in their communities and churches.

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Ep 114: Church Planters and Theological Education

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, we begin a multi-part series on theological education. In part one, we focus in on church planters and theological education. While enrollment in theological education is at an all-time high, according to the Association of Theological Schools, the question remains whether or not seminary is still relevant. We believe it is, and the seminaries that will lead into the future will be accessible from the church planters place of ministry, affordable so the church planters doesn’t go into debt, and relevant to the church planters ministry context.

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Ep 113: Exponential in Europe

On this Ephesiology Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Dietrich Schindler who has been church planting in Europe for more than three decades. Dr. Schindler shares about his work and writings as they relate to the spread of the gospel through church planting across the continent. In his recent book, Shift: The Road to Level 5 Church Multiplication, he challenges us to shift our thinking and paradigms about how we do church.

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Ep 112: ReJesus with Frost and Hirsch

On this Ephesiology Podcast, we take some time to talk with Alan Hirsch and Mike Frost about the revised and updated edition of ReJesus: Remaking the Church in Our Founder’s Image. Alan comments, “If you don’t get Jesus right, you only make bad religion bad.” Michael and Alan share various flaws in our thinking about Jesus and provide a path forward as with think about the church and her mission in the world.

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Ep 111: A Conversation with the President of Kyiv Theological Seminary

On this special edition of the Ephesiology Podcast, Michael speaks with Ruslan Khmyz, president of Kyiv Theological Seminary about what is happening in Ukraine. He shares the story of how he and his family were stirred by God to leave Kyiv just as the bomb and missiles were hitting targets in the city. You’ll hear about how the amazingly resilient church is being God’s hands and serving people in need. He’ll also share how you can help and about his hope in God.

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Ep 110: The Dissenting Evangelicals

Has Power Corrupted Our Witness? On this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Matt discuss insights and cultural implications from David Brooks’ (New York Times) opinion article “The Dissenters Trying to Save Evangelicalism from Itself.”

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Ep 109: Checking in with Brad Watson

In this week’s episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, we’re talking for a 3rd installment with Brad Watson about what the church in Los Angeles looks like these days. How have they discipled and pursued the mission of God through the COVID era? How has evangelism pushed forward? What was the greatest wake-up call to Angelenos on their mortality and need for a Saviour? Join us for this conversation!

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Ep 108: Will 2022 be Different?

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael look back to episode 69 and our discussion of what to expect in 2021. Will 2022 be different? Or should we expect more of the same? Don’t miss this podcast as we give special attention to unity in diversity and the mission of the church to glorify God. Ultimately, the discussion leads to the provocative question of what might God be doing in our culture today that gives us the opportunity to respectfully engage issues?

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Ep 107: The Art and Science of Planting Churches

Peyton Jones joins us on this Ephesiology Podcast to talk about his latest book, Church Plantology: The Art and Science of Church Planting. We talk about church starting versus church planting as well as current trends focusing on marketing the church. No discussion about church planting is incomplete without a conversation about APEST. Peyton dives into why it is important for a church planting team to actualize the five-fold ministry Jesus left the church. Join Andrew and Michael for an enlightening conversation with Peyton.

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Ep 106: Evangelical Voices in Tumultuous Times

We are joined on this Ephesiology Podcast by Kathy Richard Bhatia, co-editor of the Ephesiology book Social Injustice, Volume II: Evangelical Voices in Tumultuous Times. Having been born in Baghdad and raised in the Middle East, Kathy brings a unique background to talk about issues of justice. This present volume is a 10-year anniversary bringing together evangelical voices from around the world to share perspectives on issues where the church might unite.

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Ep 105: The Young, Restless, and Reformed

On this Ephesiology Podcast, we continue our conversation about the widely popular Rise and Fall of Mars Hill with some reflections on the Young, Restless, and Reformed (YRR). Join Andrew, Matt, and Michael as they react to the podcast and the impact of YRR on contemporary evangelicalism. Andrew and Matt share how they were personally influenced by YRR and the impact that has on them today. Michael draws our attention to broaden our theological horizons in order to understand the richness of our Christian heritage while not limiting ourselves by any particular theology. Join us as we peel back theological layers by doing theology in community.

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Ep 104: What has Ephesiology to do with Mars Hill?

The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill has been one of this year’s most popular podcast series. On this Ephesiology Podcast, we begin to unpack the issues in light of an Ephesiological framework for a New Testament movement. Andrew and Matt lead the discussion from places of personal experience with leaders who have abused their authority in ministry. Don’t miss this longer than usual episode of the Ephesiology Podcast.

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Ep 103: An Ephesiological Christmas

On this Ephesiology Podcast, we’re talking about Christmas past, present, and future. What are the things we long for in our Christmas pasts? What do we look forward to this Christmas? And what is our hope for Christmas futures? Join our podcasters for our Christmas special as we reflect on the most miraculous of miracles – God incarnate!

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Ep 102: What’s Up with Ephesiology

On this Ephesiology Podcast, we are very grateful for how God has used Ephesiology as a resource for the global church. Our podcasters reflect on the growth of the podcast audience as well as that of Ephesiology Master Classes. We’re so thankful for you and hopeful that Ephesiology is contributing in a small way to your ministry and personal spiritual growth.

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Ep 5: End a Theological Famine

There’s a famine in the land. It’s not the kind of famine we usually associate with the needs in the majority world. It’s a theological famine depriving church leaders and pastors from theological instruction that can help them mature biblically sound disciples, develop New Testament leaders, and multiple theologically orthodox churches. Listen to more on the 10-minute Ephesiologist with Dr. Michael T. Cooper

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Ep 101: The Movement of God to Disciple the Nations

On this Ephesiology Podcast, we’re joined by Dr. Warrick Farah. He recently edited a breakthrough compendium of the latest research on church planting movements and disciple making movements. From the books’s description on Amazon: Warrick Farah has expertly synthesized an extensive conversation between mission practitioners, scholars, and seasoned movement leaders from around the world. The resulting in-depth analysis of movements provides a multi-disciplinary academic investigation of an emerging “movements missiology,” highlighting the importance of theology, social sciences, ethnology and anthropology, communications theory, leadership theory, and statistical analysis. Motus Dei locates the current Church Planting Movement (CPM) phenomenon within modern history, while tracing its roots back to the first century, and articulates a missiological description of the dynamics of Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) in Asia, Africa, and diaspora contexts in the Global North.  

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Ep 100: Is there a Biblical Worldview?

This week on the Ephesiology Podcast Andrew, Matt, and Michael discuss the interesting topic of a biblical worldview. With more than 8,000 denominations and so many different expressions of Christianity, our podcasters rightly ask the question, “Who determines what a biblical worldview looks like?” To get there, they discuss a definition of worldview and consider the impact that belief systems, culture, and ethnicity have on its formulation. Join us for this much needed conversation on whether there is such a thing as a biblical worldview.

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Ep 99: What Unites Us?

This week on the Ephesiology Podcast we talk about what unites us. Andrew, Matt, and Michael are joined by Father Matt as they discuss the development of early church creeds, church history, and the remarkable unity of the church in her first three hundred years. Such unity strove to preserve the apostolic tradition that had been passed down everywhere, and believed by everyone for all time. Join us for what is no doubt an important topic as we consider what comes after evangelicalism.

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Ep 98: The Changing American Worldview

On this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew and Michael discuss the recent Barna study on the American Worldview. The shocking, but not altogether surprising, data revealed that only 6 percent of Americans hold an identifiable “biblical” worldview. Our podcasters talk about the survey as well as correlating factors that have impacted this phenomenon. In the end, to change the trajectory of the American worldview will take introspection as we honestly examine who are we imitating: culture or Jesus?

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Ep 97: Mere Evangelism

On this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast, we interview Dr. Randy Newman about his new book Mere Evangelism: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis to Help You Share Your Faith. Dr. Newman walks us through Lewis’ ideas of engaging our culture with the gospel. We talk about pre-evangelism which paves the way for evangelism. Randy suggests Lewis was a wonderful model of this pattern in his BBC radio program and fiction writing.

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Ep 96: Can we Talk Civilly?

Over the past 10 years, social media use has exploded and provided people with platforms to voice their thoughts and ideas, even criticisms of the thoughts and ideas of others. How do we navigate such criticism? Or differentiate criticism from critique? On this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael talk about the need for us to constructively critique ideas rather than the unnecessary and destructive criticism that often characterizes contemporary discourse. If we are going to make any progress in a conversation that focuses on what comes after evangelicalism, we will need to learn the art of respectful conversation.

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Ep 95: Church Planting Where the Church is Planted?

We continue in our series After Evangelicalism, What? with the provocative topic of church planting. Starting new churches has long been considered one of the most strategic methods of evangelism. However, with more churches closing than starting in 2019, we rightly reconsider its strategic nature. Should we plant a church where the church is already planted? How is our understanding of church planting today different from church planting in the New Testament? Should we instead be calling ourselves to church multiplication? And, if a church is not multiplying, should it even be called a church? These and other questions are addressed on this episode of the Ephesiology Podcast.

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Ep 94: After Evangelicalism, What?

In this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael begin a conversation about what might come after evangelicalism. Many have been disenchanted by a distorted form of evangelicalism in the United States. The inclination toward nationalism, moral failures of high profile pastors, power struggles in prominent churches have led some evangelicals to reconsider their allegiance to a theological system that appears to fall short of Jesus’ expectations for His church. Join our podcasters for the first of several podcasts that ask the question, after evangelicalism, what?

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Ep 93: Ephesiology Podcast, Season Next

In this Ephesiology Podcast, Andrew, Matt, and Michael share what they are looking forward to as they begin moving from the New Testament movement in Ephesus to the first and second century church. After emerging from one of the most polemical years in recent memory, our podcasters cast a hopeful tone for a future that looks back like the Reformers and moves forward to join with God on His continuing mission to make Himself known.

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Ep 92: What Pastors Want Parents to Know

Continuing our series of podcasts on Raising Resilient Children, we sat down with Father Matt Marino and our own Pastor Andrew for their insights. In today’s podcast, we talk about what pastors want parents to know about discipling their children. Discipling children is a role that falls primarily on the shoulders of parents. While pastors and the church are certainly resources, Father Marino and Pastor Andrew want parents to know that time with their children is critically important for their spiritual maturity.

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Ep 91: The Completion of God’s Mission

What is the new heaven and new earth? Join our final episode as we conclude with the exciting completion of God’s mission. Throughout Revelation, we’ve seen God’s remarkable patience, as well as His continual pursuit of relationships with people. He’s given warnings and admonitions. So, it is no surprise that John reveals the place where God will “wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for he former things have passed away” (Rev 21:4).

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Professor of Missiological Theology

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Professor of Spiritual Formation

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Pastor, Round Hill EPC

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Ep 90: The Millennium

What does the millennium mean? Is it a literal 1,000 years when Christ will reign on the earth and Satan will be bound by chains? Is it preparation for the final judgment and Armageddon? Join Dr. Cooper, Dr. Harris, and Dr. Feiser as they discuss Revelation 20 and John’s vision of an angel coming down with a key to the bottomless pit.

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Dr. Harris earned a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Christian thinker and communicator, church missions consultant and spiritual mentor. After four years as the director of missions at Sherwood Bible Church, Don spent the next 25 years church planting and training church planters in the Czech Republic. His foci are congregational — organizational—health, and Christian leadership development. 

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Pastor, Round Hill EPC

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Ep 89: The Expansion of Jesus’ Mission

In Revelation 15 & 16, John sees a great sight that might be described as the beginning of the end. The true worshipers of God declare that the nations will come and worship Him. In spite of the evil experienced through the tumultuous times, God continues to desire more and more people to experience Him. However, it is clear, that only those who do not bear the mark of the beast will have that pleasure. Join Dr. Cooper, Dr. Harris, and Dr. Feiser as they discuss God’s goodness, His warning, and His glory in this Ephesiology podcast.

Michael T. Cooper
Professor of Missiological Theology

Dr. Cooper is an executive in a missions organization where he focuses on training and empowering local believers and church leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and catalyzing church planting movements in the most difficult to reach places on the planet. He is also the program director for the Master of Arts Missiology of Movements at Mission India Theological Seminary and the author of Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement.

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Donald Patrick Harris
Professor of Spiritual Formation

Dr. Harris earned a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Christian thinker and communicator, church missions consultant and spiritual mentor. After four years as the director of missions at Sherwood Bible Church, Don spent the next 25 years church planting and training church planters in the Czech Republic. His foci are congregational — organizational—health, and Christian leadership development. 

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David D. Feiser
Pastor, Round Hill EPC

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Ep 88: The Eternal Gospel

In Revelation 14, John sees the 144,000 again along with an angel who has the eternal gospel. In this Ephesiology podcast, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Feiser, and Dr. Harris dive into the understanding of the gospel and discuss the other two angels as well as the two harvests of the earth. Key to understanding Revelation is the reminder that this is a message to encourage the church to stay on mission, “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints.”

Michael T. Cooper
Professor of Missiological Theology

Dr. Cooper is an executive in a missions organization where he focuses on training and empowering local believers and church leaders in evangelism, discipleship, leadership, and catalyzing church planting movements in the most difficult to reach places on the planet. He is also the program director for the Master of Arts Missiology of Movements at Mission India Theological Seminary and the author of Ephesiology: The Study of the Ephesian Movement.

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Donald Patrick Harris
Professor of Spiritual Formation

Dr. Harris earned a doctorate of ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a Christian thinker and communicator, church missions consultant and spiritual mentor. After four years as the director of missions at Sherwood Bible Church, Don spent the next 25 years church planting and training church planters in the Czech Republic. His foci are congregational — organizational—health, and Christian leadership development. 

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David D. Feiser
Pastor, Round Hill EPC

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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