Reactivate Spiritual Dependency

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Featuring Steve Pike, Jason Bowman and Kurtis Parks

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Cracking the Code of 21st Century Ministry 
Episode 12 — Reactivate Spiritual Dependency

Are you listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading on all aspects of ministry?

As pastors, we know when we are lead by the Holy Spirit in our ministry sinners are set free, marriages are restored, and disciples are made.

But leading a church is also leading a business. That’s a good thing unless it means that the bottom line begins to guide how we do the ministry rather than listening first to how the Holy Spirit wants us to approach these business decisions.

This week we’re talking to Kurtis Parks, a church planter with a unique vision to teach the good news through music by fusing story and scripture with song. From a young age, Kurtis set out with a guiding value that he and his wife Sarah still keep in focus today: to intentionally pursue a Spirit-led life. His Spirit-dependence has led him to big stages like American Idol, his previous role as Worship Director for Mark Batterson’s National Community Church, his successful career as a singer-songwriter, and now his church, Bridges Nashville.

We’ll discuss how to keep the business of ministry and life dependent on the Holy Spirit to stay connected to the one who called you into ministry.

This episode is all about reactivating Spirit dependence:

  • Discover how to cultivate holistic life rhythms 
  • Learn how to form transformational prayer habits
  • Find ways to tune your ear to God’s voice

Featured Guest


Kurtis is the Lead Pastor of Bridges Church in Nashville, TN.

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

kurtis parks

In 2017, the Parks family moved back to Nashville after spending 7 years on staff at National Community Church, a multi-site church led by pastor and author Mark Batterson. While in DC, Kurtis served as Worship Pastor and led NCC Worship, the music ministry of National Community Church.

Kurtis and Sarah launched Bridges Church AKA Bridges Nashville in September 2018. When Kurtis is not preaching or leading worship at Bridges, he loves to travel teaching worship teams, and songwriting workshops. Kurtis wrote his first book Sound Check, released with David C Cook resources in 2016, and has produced over 50 albums of every style. Many of his choruses and modern hymns are sung around the globe. Over everything else, he says his favorite role is being a husband and father.

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.


Steve Pike

Steve Pike is the founding director of the Church Multiplication Network and led church planting for the Assemblies of God. Recently, he left the Assemblies of God leadership and became the founding director of the Urban Islands Project, a forerunner of city-focused church planting strategy.

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.

Dan Serdahl

Dan is currently the lead elder, cultural architect and a member of the vision team at newlife — a multisite church with seven locations on the west side of Puget Sound near Seattle. Throughout the years Dan has been employed in the mergers-acquisition world as a change agent and spent extended seasons in church planting leadership roles within the Northwest Ministry Network. Dan’s passion for culture led to a BA in Urban Planning at Eastern WA University and his life-long addiction to Jesus led to a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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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