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Wrestling with a City Divided by Race

Under the Hood: Learning from Healthy Reproducing Churches

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THIS EPISODE

When Chris Beard became the lead pastor of Peoples Church, he was rocked by an article in The Cincinnati Enquirer titled “A City Divided by Race” and convinced by the Holy Spirit that God’s will is for churches to look like heaven on earth. Chris and the church staff began to pray that God would help them reach this vision.

The church grew from a 98% white commuter church into a church that is approximately 25% African American and 25% international. The staff, board, and leadership teams are racially diverse and are continuing to learn what it means to be a reconciling church. In 2012, the church voted to change the name of the church to Peoples Church. A name that reflects the 30-plus nationalities worshiping and working together in God’s mosaic. “Everything we do, and all that we are, is moving us toward a greater understanding of God’s purpose; to be one reconciled church, a church that worships and prays together, a church which is racially and generationally rich, a church who loves God and all peoples wholeheartedly, and passionately contributes to growing God’s kingdom.”

Peoples Church works to plant, or directly assist, at least one church start-up annually, and has done so since its earliest years. Chris’s heart since my youth has also pulsed with purpose for multiplying kingdom leaders and reproducing gospel-centered churches.

ABOUT THIS SERIES

A growing number of church leaders are longing for something more than just adding attendees to our services, programs to our churches, and begging week in and week out for volunteers. They long to see disciple-making-based kingdom multiplication. They long to become reproducing churches.

Exponential began wondering what it would look like to build a community of reproducing churches that cared more about WHO they were catapulting and sending forward than WHAT they were accumulating and leaving behind. That led to an inaugural list in 2019 of Outreach Magazine’s (as Outreach 100) list of 100 Reproducing Churches. And that community continues to grow.

Exponential is a growing community of leaders committed to accelerating the multiplication of healthy, reproducing faith communities. We exist to equip movement makers—like you—with actionable principles, ideas, and solutions. With the Under the Hood series of conversations and webinars, you’ll get a chance to hear in more detail what it takes to become a Level 4 Reproducing Church.

Featured Guests

Chris Beard
Lead Pastor, Peoples Church Cincinnati

Featured Guests

Chris Beard
Chris and his wife of 32 years, Jan, servant-lead Peoples Church Cincinnati—a century-old, Assemblies of God-affiliated, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-economic and generationally rich expression of Jesus’ Bride. They co-lead Peoples Church Network with eight other founding elders. They enjoy three young adult children, serve as leaders in the Ohio Ministry Network of the AG, and share life and ministry with an amazing staff and board in the Uptown neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Host

Bill Couchenour
Bill has a fervent desire to see gospel saturation locally, regionally, and throughout the US. He has served churches across the country for over 30 years. As Director of Learning Communities at Exponential, he provides strategic and operational oversight of Exponential’s R&D and expanding educational opportunities. He facilitates the Exponential Learning Communities that have included Future Travelers and Radical Multisite and, currently, Multipliers: Leading Beyond Addition. He also serves network and denominational leaders of church planting movements with the Exponential resources. Bill also serves as a governing elder and board member at the Underground Network, a network of micro-churches around the world that is based in Tampa, Florida. He has also served in leadership for several other organizations including Youth for Christ, Heartland Christian School, and BeTheChangeProject, and cofounded the Cornerstone Knowledge Network. Bill is married to Pam, and they have four adult children and three grandchildren. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and an MBA from The University of Tampa.

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  • Weekly LIVE shows with thought leaders, practitioners and authors
  • NEW Community Platform
  • Annual online summits and other special events
  • Participate in groups with other leaders

Plus

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$ 170
  • Everything included in Basic
  • Live Q&A with presenters
  • 2022 Empowered Digital Access Pass ($99 value)
  • Four more Digital Access Passes during the year ($396 value)
  • Additional discounts and resources

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Annual
$ 450
  • Everything included in Multipliers PLUS
  • Full archive of Digital Access Passes ($1850+ value)
  • Workshops with presenters
  • Create your own groups
  • 1 Ticket to EX Orlando 2023 or 2 Tickets to a 2022 Regional