How Does a Mega Church Transition to Distributed Lay Pastoral Leadership?

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Featuring Jason Shepperd, Dave Edwards and Jeff Clark

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Episode 4 — How Does a Mega Church Transition to Distributed Lay Pastoral Leadership

Can a mega church be predominately lay led? Many mega church pastors love the idea of a simple church with empowered lay pastoral leadership. Yet, transitioning a large and existing church may seem impossible. In this episode, we will discuss steps mega churches have taken to transition their church into identified, empowered, entrusted lay pastoral leadership.

Featured Guest

Jeff Clark

Jeff is the Lead Pastor of Venture Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Featured Guest

Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark is the Lead Pastor of Venture Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Jeff transitioned a historically traditional First Baptist Hattiesburg into a more contemporary expression of church. Jeff recently led another major transition from a mega church built on a small group structure, into a distributed network of House Churches. Venture Church oversees five physical campuses across south Mississippi and an online campus, all of which reach thousands each weekend. Venture Church has been recognized nationwide multiple times as one of America’s 100 largest and fastest growing churches. Jeff and his wife, Alicia, have three children, and five grand-children.

Dr. Melissa Patton

Dr. Melissa Patton serves as the Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation. She is an impassioned educator as well as an innovative and thriving entrepreneur. Melissa has devoted a lifetime to assisting people to better understand their purpose and potential through the vehicles of education, business development, and strategic planning. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Drake University, a master’s degree in community counseling from Concordia University, and a doctor of education degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University. She's married to Pastor Stanley and they have two sons Micah and Mason Patton.

Co-Hosts

Jason Shepperd

Jason Shepperd is the Lead Pastor of Church Project in The Woodlands, TX, a "Church of House Churches" that he formed in 2009, and started in 2010. He is also the Founder of Church Project Network, a coalition of churches working to change the way people see Christ, Christians and the Church.

Jason Bowman

Jason lives outside of St. Louis with his wife Ashley and their two children. He is passionate about helping people live life to the fullest. His 20 years of ministry experience include: National Young Adult ministry, church planting, as well as staff roles at large growing churches. As a founding partner at ArtSpeak Creative he has helped the agency grow from 2 to over 15 team members helping hundreds of organizations across the country and around the world cultivate their stories of life change. As a certified speaker, consultant, and coach on the John Maxwell Team, Jason has personally worked with for-profit executives and some of the largest ministries in the country. His personal story of radical life change sets a foundation to come alongside any person and any organization and help them grow.

Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Church Project in The Woodlands, TX. Dave travels the world full time, speaking in churches, Christian conferences, and corporations, igniting positive change. Dave is the author of 26 books and a multi-talented communicator with more than 25 years of experience.

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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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