Reconsider Core Values

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Featuring Steve Pike, Jason Bowman and Paul Durbin

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Cracking the Code of 21st Century Ministry 
Episode 10 — Reconsider Core Values

Headline: A Church that looks as Diverse as Heaven

As leaders, we often use “multi” words to describe what we want our congregation to look like — multicultural, multi-generational, multi-ethnic. And, we’re motivated to use all of these “multi” words in our core values — because we want to look like Heaven.

But while each of our churches may look different from one another, those inside each church can often look the same.

The local church can look as diverse as Heaven. We just need to create core values that motivate people to action and connect to the mission of Jesus.

Our guest, Paul Durbin, is the Lead Pastor of Belay Church in Boulder, Colorado. Paul and his wife Patty know what it takes to build a faith community, and they have a knack for gathering a diverse group. At their meetings, you’ll find a mix of several cultures and nations. Before Belay, the Durbins led a large, vibrant church in Bejing, China, and their church included people from more than 70 nations and various Christian backgrounds. This congregation enjoyed a remarkable unity and an atmosphere of love.

Paul will share how he puts his core values to work and creates an atmosphere where differences are appreciated and people are loved.

This episode is all about Reconsidering Your Core Values:

  • Discover how to transform your values into practical application
  • Gain insight on how to really speak the truth in love
  • Learn how to have healthy conversations even when you strongly disagree
  • Find ways to align church values with the mission of Jesus

Featured Guest

Paul Durbin

Author and Missionary to China called to plant in Boulder, CO

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

Paul Durbin

Author and Missionary to China called to plant in Boulder, CO. He arrived just in time to serve the city in ways no one could have anticipated. 

Paul is the founding and lead pastor of Belay. He and his family moved to Boulder in 2019 with a God-given dream of starting a church. That much you may already know.

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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