Recalibrate the Timeline

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Featuring Cole Yoakum, Steve Pike, & Jason Bowman

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Cracking the Code of 21st Century Ministry 
Episode 7 — Recalibrate the Timeline

In the last decades of the 20th century, many churches moved to the suburbs. That was great.

That’s where the souls were. But more and more, people are moving back into the cities. And the culture-shaping “urban mindset” — which is often post-Christian and even pre-Christian — is spreading everywhere.

In this webinar, Steve Pike, Jason Bowman, and Cole Yoakum will explore how church planters will need to recalibrate their timeline, from launching churches to emerging as a church.

Featured Guest

Cole Yoakum

Executive Director of micah6community

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

Cole Yoakum


In 2011, after graduating from college, several of us wanted to move somewhere that needed good neighbors. Coleman moved first to Detroit where he spent time getting to know local organizations who were trying to turn around neighborhoods there. 

In 2012, it became obvious that doors were opening for us in Pontiac and in August, we moved into our house at 32 Newberry. We spent a year listening to our neighbors and asking important questions: What is going well in this neighborhood, what isn't going well, where do your kids go to school, where do folks work around here? 

After some time, we learned some of the challenges in my community-- lack of access to healthy food, lots of our homeless friends sleeping in vacant houses, there wasn't much for kids to do when they weren't in school.  

So, after a year of listening, we set about to tackle some of these issues including growing community gardens, hanging out with neighborhood kids, living with an open door to our homeless friends for showers and a place to cook food. 

Our team has changed over time. We've added folks, lost folks. We've had friends who came and couldn't handle it and friends that we couldn't handle. All the while we've loved fiercely the people that we've met in our community, through whatever issues they've faced and we're seeing it change our community for the better.

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.

Kirk Hadden

Kirk Hadden is the founder of ArtSpeak Creative.

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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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