A Different Fidelity: From Doctrinal Precision to Spiritual Authority

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Featuring Richard Blackaby, 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 5 — A Different Fidelity: From Doctrinal Precision to Spiritual Authority

“Future church planters that persuasively bring the gospel into secularity will move beyond the arrogance of theological posturing toward the humility of simple belief,” writes Jeff Christopherson. “In the new religious economy brought about through secularity, few are asking the question, “What is truth?” Increasingly, the deep question within people’s hearts is, “What will make my life work? What can fix me?” And this is the spiritual intersection for a church planting team to powerfully reveal the beauty of the Kingdom of God. After all, “The kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power” (I Corinthians 4:20). Read more here.

Join Jessie Cruickshank and Jeff Christopherson as they have a conversation with Dr. Richard Blackaby.

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

Richard Blackaby

Pastor; President of Blackaby Ministries International

Glenn Smith

Executive Director of Christian Direction

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Featured Guests

Richard Blackaby

Dr. Richard Blackaby is the president of Blackaby Ministries International (www.blackaby.org) where he works with his father Henry.

He is an author and a popular international speaker. Richard is married to Lisa and they have three amazing children: Mike, Daniel, and Carrie. Richard has a Ph.D. in history. He loves reading biographies and hockey. He works with leaders in the home, church, and business community, helping them develop their leadership to higher levels. Richard also co-authored the revision of "Experiencing God" and speaks often in churches and to Christian organizations.

Richard has written or co-authored over 30 books, including "Living Out of the Overflow," "The Seasons of God," "Unlimiting God," and "Putting a Face on Grace."

Glenn Smith

Glenn has been the Executive Director of Christian Direction in Montreal since 1983—a multi-faceted ministry committed to the spiritual transformation by Jesus Christ of all of life in the cities of the Francophone world.

He is a professor of urban theology and missiology at the Institut de théologie pour la francophonie and at the Université chrétienne du Nord d'Haïti. He is a sessional lecturer at McGill University. He also is a professor at Bakke Graduate University. He and his family have been involved in pastoral ministry with an Anabaptist Francophone congregation in Montreal, Quebec for 20 years.

He is co-author of three books: Espoir pour la ville; Dieu dans la cité, Éduquer les enfants: une vision protestante de l'éducation and L'histoire du protestantisme au Québec depuis 1960 and the editor of The Gospel and Urbanization, a 250 page reader that is into its 5th edition in French and English on urban ministry. He also wrote the book, Following Jesus: God invites us to transformative discipleship, which was published in English, French and Spanish. He edited Towards the transformation of our city/regions in the LCWE Occasional papers series. His forth-coming book is entitled City Air Makes You Free: Transforming the city through a fresh, biblical hermeneutic. He is the author of numerous articles on urban mission.


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.

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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