Candid Conversations

An Interactive, Live Weekly Show on Racial Tensions

The Candid Conversations Show will help you engage in conversations about race in a healthy way. Co-hosted by Efrem Smith, Grant Skeldon, and Todd Wilson, each show focuses on one of 12 crucial topics core to healthy dialogue to overcome division. Each episode will help you unpack the meaning, the tension, and what can be done to promote both change and unity.

Featured episode

Diversity Principles for Multiplication

This episode features the three show’s co-hosts discussing the principles of diversity covered in the past 12 episode of the Candid Conversations show.

Hosted by:

Efrem Smith

Pastor at Bayside Church Midtown and co-owner of Influential LLC

Grant Skeldon

Founder of Initiative Network

Todd Wilson

CEO of Exponential

Other Episodes

Schedule

Date Episode Topic Guest
Aug 12 1 Becoming 5 Ralph Moore and Myron Pierce
Aug 19 2 3 Dimensions of Multiplication Ralph Moore and Myron Pierce

Candid Conversations Articles

Hosts

Efrem Smith

Pastor Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development. Efrem is the former president and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting and leadership-development organization. He is the current co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church, Midtown. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, Killing Us Softly.

Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s currently a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.

Grant Skeldon

In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, lazy, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network with the goal to unite and train young leaders to be Christ loving, city changing, church investing, disciple making local missionaries. Initiative has united and accelerated some of the most diverse and dynamic next gen leaders from across the country to collaboratively transform their cities together.

Grant has written for Relevant, ChurchLeaders, The Gospel Coalition, and his new book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson is a Kingdom entrepreneur. He spends the majority of his time starting and working with organizations committed to Kingdom impact and multiplication. Todd is a co-founder of Exponential and currently serves as President and CEO, providing vision and strategic direction to the organization. Todd lives in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife, Anna. They have two sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law: Ben (married to Therese) and Chris (married to Mariah).

Other Shows

Practical Multiplication

A Pastor's guide to accelerating multiplication

On Leadership

Lessons on leadership from current events

divided no more

Divided No More Conversations

Resources for healthy conversations

Frontlines

Tackling current issues facing pastors and planters

Made for More

Mobilization of the church in 2021 and beyond

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A Church that Heals

Leaders who are healed can better lead churches that heal

Future Characteristics of the Church

Leaning Into the Future of Church Planting

Healthy Rhythms for Thriving Leaders

Support and encouragement for leaders to navigate our chaotic world

We are better together!

“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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