A Different Force: From Solo Clerics to Co-Vocational Teams

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Featuring Brad Brisco, Hugh Halter, Jeff Christopherson, and Jessie Cruickshank

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Leaning Into the Future of Church Planting

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Future Characteristics of the Church
Episode 3 — A Different Force: From Solo Clerics to Co-Vocational Teams

It’s hard to imagine a future in North America where the gospel is accessible to every man, woman, boy and girl through the missional means that we are currently deploy. If a New Testament-like movemental model is to be experienced, it will require a New Testament-like mission force. And that mission force isn’t the one that we are currently building.

The movement that we urgently need requires a level of reproducibility that is outstrips our best funding strategies, and a level of cultural engagement that outperforms our current credibility problems. A future that sees gospel proximity as its goal requires a radically different mission force.

In this week’s conversation, Jeff Christopherson and Jessie Cruickshank will be speaking with Hugh Halter and Brad Brisco on what that mission force looks like. We will answer questions like:

  • Why does Co-Vocationalism need to become normalized in our church planting cultures?
  • What is the difference between Bi-Vocational and Co-Vocational Leader?
  • Why are Co-Vocational teams so powerful?
  • What are the rhythms of healthy Co-Vocational leaders?

To get a picture of what a Co-Vocational movement might look like, check out Jeff Christopherson’s Venal Dogmata: A Parable of the Future Church.

This webinar series, hosted by Jeff Christopherson and Jessie Cruickshank, is designed to lean into the future and shed light on what church planting looks like in 2021 and beyond. What paradigm shifts and best practices do we need to come to grips with to advance God’s Kingdom around the corner?

Featured Guests

Brad Brisco

Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board

Hugh Halter

Author, Speaker, Consultant, Founder of Post Commons and Lantern Network

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Featured Guests

Brad Brisco

Brad is the Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology; his doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. He and his wife have three children and have been foster parents to more than fifty other kids.

Hugh Halter

Hugh Halter is a specialist with Church Resource Ministries and the national director of Missio, a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He is also lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of incarnational communities in Denver, Colorado.


Jeff Christopherson

Jeff, a native Canadian, has served since 2009 as National Church Starting Team Leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention in Oakville, Ontario. He has worked as a church planter in various areas in Canada since 1995. He also served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, from 1989 to 1995.

Jeff earned a B.A. degree in communications at Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Mo., and his M. Div. at Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. He and wife Laura are the parents of two children and live in Oakville, Ontario.

Jessie Cruickshank

Jessie is a licensed Foursquare minister and regional denominational leader. She's a demonstrated disciple-maker and experiential education neuroscientist. She is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of Experiential Education and Educational Neuroscience and holds a Master’s from Harvard in Mind, Brain, and Education. Jessie is a published academic and has edited several books on the application of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to the field of education. She and her husband currently live in Denver, CO.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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