A Conversation About Current Issues Facing Pastors and Planters
Monday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m.
An Online, Interactive, Weekly Show, Tackling Current Issues Facing Pastors and Planters
Episode 4 — Emotionally Healthy Multiplication
The Frontlines program seeks to encourage and equip pastors and planters to better understand and navigate the current and future trends in church ministry. Hosted by veteran church multiplication leaders, each episode invites thought leaders and advanced practitioners in ministry to inform and inspire pastors and planters as they continue in day-to-day ministry.
The uncertainty, stress, and loneliness affecting church planters and pastors seems like it is at an all-time high. Each week, church leaders are faced with more and more complex issues to solve and decisions to make. And, even the best decisions made by church leadership teams seem to only result in more uncertainty and questioning by their congregation. This 12-episode weekly show will host conversations on the current issues church leaders are facing. Being on the frontlines of Kingdom advancement as pastor or church planter is a constant barrage of uncertainty and challenges.
“When this great adventure is complete, we’ll stand before his throne, cast whatever crowns he’s awarded back at his feet, bow in worship, and erupt in applause at the genius and generosity of the Most High God,” says Tom Bennardo. “He’ll have done more marvelous things than we could ever have imagined and will have allowed us the honor of being co-journeyers on the greatest adventure the world has ever known.”
Join us for Episode 4 with co-hosts Peyton Jones and Daniel Yang as they interview Tom Bennardo, head of Pastoral Development & Western U.S. Church Multiplication at the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches.
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In 35 years of ministry he has served as a staff pastor, youth pastor, church planter, and senior pastor. Tom holds a B.A. and M.Div. from Grace College & Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, and a doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
After more than 21 years as founder and lead pastor of Life Community Church, an FEC church in Hilliard, Ohio, Tom joined the staff of FEC in 2017 as Director of Pastoral Development & Western U.S. Church Multiplication. Now residing on the west coast, his role is multi-faceted: expanding FEC’s presence west of the Rocky Mountains, providing pastoral support, and equipping young leaders in their theological development.
Tom and his wife Marcia have two daughters.
Peyton served as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and interim pastor of the mega church Refuge Huntington Beach that has served as his sending church since 1999 when he embarked on a 12-year mission to Wales, UK. Originally serving as the Evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s historic Sandfields church, Peyton served as the both the interim pastor, and helped them plant their first church. From there, he engaged in a replant of a Baptist congregation in West Wales, which grew and led to Peyton planting a collegiate church. He also planted a church out of a Starbucks which multiplied to three churches, and a church in urban Long Beach, CA, that planted two other churches.
In both the UK and USA, Peyton formed the New Breed Network, a small network that specializes planting in hard places utilizing 1st century principles. Peyton also co-founded Church Planter Magazine, the Church Planter Podcast, the Hardcore Church planting podcast, and the Ministry Ninja Podcast. His books include Church Zero 2013, Reaching The Unreached 2017, and an unpublished church planting textbook 2021, and he developed CityWide to train planters in collaborative church planting teams wired for multiplication.
Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.