Peyton Jones

How our Candid Conversations are inspiring church multiplication

This week on Candid Conversations, our hosts will gather around the table one more time to discuss what has been learned over the past twelve episodes and how it relates to church multiplication. Each host will discuss what has surprised him, excited him, troubled him, and given him pause and reflection. There are still unanswered …

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What does “winning” look like in our churches and communities?

Drew Hart is a theology professor, anti-racism leader, and social change practitioner. He is also an author. He penned two books, Who Will Be a Witness: Igniting Activism for God’s Justice, Love, and Deliverance and Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. Drew has three focuses that he believes are essential hallmarks …

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Ubuntu: “I Am Because We Are”

MelindaJoy Mingo is an ordained minister, professor, cultural capacity expert, and entrepreneur based in Colorado Springs. She is the founder of Je-Nai International Ministry and Significant Life Change, Inc., and has developed multicultural initiatives both at home and abroad. She holds a PhD in global leadership and an honorary doctorate in urban transformative leadership and …

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The Kingdom of God is here, now, and within you

Bob Roberts is the founder of GlocalNet, a non-profit dedicated to mobilizing the church for transformation in the public square. He also planted the church he pastored, and been a part of over 200 plants worldwide. The following is a blog from Bob about the importance of the Kingdom of God, and how it ripped …

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The gospel message isn’t something we graduate from

Dhati Lewis is the Lead Pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia and the Vice President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board. He is a bold and innovative leader, and has written a number of books, including Among Wolves about urban planting, and also Advocates, a book about Biblical Justice. Below is …

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America’s Disproportionate Society

Long past are the days of the Jim Crow laws, but things still seem disproportionate. For example, it is said by those within the black community that police respond differently to situations involving black men than white men. It is said that the justice system also treats them differently. There may also be different expectations …

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When Is It Safe to Go Back to Church?

Every week, Daniel Yang (Director of the SEND Institute) and myself (Author, Podcaster, Incredibly talented-and-good-looking-guy) meet up in Exponential’s online community known as the HUB to talk church planting challenging issues leaders face. Doesn’t everybody? By now, you can tell that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We DO take multiplication seriously, however, and to …

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Recognizing prejudice and bias

Exponential has been engaging in Candid Conversations on race, unity, and the Church for about a month now. On our upcoming fourth episode, Albert Tate, pastor of Fellowship Monrovia joins us for another conversation with Todd Wilson and Efrem Smith. What comes to mind when you hear the word “prejudice”? Perhaps the phrase conjures mental …

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Becoming an emotionally healthy leader

Although Drew Hyun isn’t superhuman, he still has a ministry superpower. Emotional health is under-rated in ministry, but that is one of the reasons that over 30% of leaders polled today say that when COVID-19 lockdowns are over, they’re going to look for another line of work. Our guest on the Frontlines show with Peyton …

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Biblically Speaking About Race vs. Ethnicity

The maiden voyage of Exponential’s new show Biblically Speaking with Daniel Hill and Christine Chang aired this week. The purpose of the show is to provide a Biblical framework by which leaders can contextualize conversations regarding diversity. The theological framework for the show deals with the whole confusion over diversity and seeks to use a …

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On the Frontlines of Kingdom Advancement

This week, Exponential has launched a number of shows. It’s a privilege to host Frontlines: Tackling Current Issues Facing Planters and Planters with Daniel Yang, Director of the Send Institute and former church planter currently working on his Ph.D. on Intercultural Studies. These are strange days that we find ourselves living in, and over the coming …

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Speaking Biblically About Race, Discipleship, & the Church

The spring of 2020 was a racially violent period in America, with African Americans being the primary victims of this violence. While there were a number of high-profile attacks on Black people, it was the killing of George Floyd that ignited an entirely new level of consciousness around the state of race in America. Conversations …

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On the Frontlines of Church Planting & Pastoring

The uncertainty, stress, and loneliness affecting church planters and pastors seems like it is at an all-time high. Each week, church leaders are faced with more and more complex issues to solve and decisions to make. And, even the best decisions made by church leadership teams seem to only result in more uncertainty and questioning …

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