Reclaim the Ecosystem

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Featuring Michael Carrion, Steve Pike, & Kirk Hadden

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Cracking the Code of 21st Century Ministry 
Episode 5 — Reclaim the Ecosystem

Every church faces isolation. Whether you’re a startup, or you’ve been around for decades, it’s easy to silo yourself and miss out on what’s around you. 

Yes, the good news message is the gift you offer your community. But did you know your community has a gift to offer you?

Here’s what you might be missing: Your church is part of a complex network, an ecosystem, which consists of a variety of organizations, leaders, influencers, and other individuals available to provide practical resources and emotional support for one another. These unique connections create stability, promote sustainability, and encourage growth.

Don’t go it alone — reclaim your ecosystem.

For episode five, we’ll talk with Dr. Michael Carrion. Michael is a veteran church leader who successfully supports and receives support from his ecosystem. He knows the value of stepping out of his four walls and engaging with the world around him.

This episode is all about reclaiming your ecosystem:

  • Identify universal principles you can apply in your context
  • Understand the broad scope of your potential network
  • Realize resources to help bring the Gospel to life in your community

Featured Guest

Michael Carrion

Senior Pastor and General Overseer of the Promised Land Covenant Church

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

Michael Carrion

Michael Carrion serves as the Senior Pastor and General Overseer of the Promised Land Covenant Church, He also serves as the Regional Coach for Church Planting and Development for the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church and assists with community and regional mapping, the discernment and assessment process of identifying and training new church planters in the NY/NJ areas.

Rev. Carrion has received national recognition and awards from Government, Community Based Organizations, Faith Based Organizations in several contexts through out the Metro New York & New Jersey. Rev. Carrion was nominated and acknowledged as the Latino JSEC Community Champion for the poor – A United States Department of Labor achievement award for his civil rights efforts and community development contributions in bettering the Bronx community. Rev. Carrion was also nominated for and serves on the board of the executive committee of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition under the leadership and covering of Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguedo.

NALEC which is an ecclesial community comprised of over 3000 congregations is focused on building a national coalition and movement of Hispanic Evangelicals that will educate their constituencies around public policy issues that contribute to the common good. NALEC provides established and promising Hispanic Evangelical leaders an access-ramp to a public policy education and increase the number of voices that educate for solutions to some of the most intractable national challenges facing Hispanic communities.

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.

Kirk Hadden

Kirk Hadden is the founder of ArtSpeak Creative.

Patrick Bradley

An experienced practitioner in the practical nuts & bolts of planting churches, Patrick has directly supported scores of church planters since 2007. As a project manager for Passion for Planting, he walks alongside church planters during their 7- to 10-month prelaunch phase, helping them with everything from filing formation paperwork to plotting strategies and creating healthy systems for the new church. He helps planters put wheels on their vision so that it becomes reality.

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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