Together: The Great Collaboration

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Featuring Jon Ferguson and Watson Jones

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Episode 2 — Together: The Great Collaboration

Right before Jesus left planet Earth, He reminded His closest followers of His vision for how the mission would be accomplished and gave us this third ‘great’ in John 17:22-23: “…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 you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me…” This is the Great Collaboration. Yes, we are to “Go”; yes, we are to “Love”; but the missing piece from the mission is that we are to “Go” … and “Love” … but “TOGETHER!”

Featured Guest

Watson Jones

Senior Pastor of Compassion Baptist Church (Chicago)

Dr. Melissa Patton

Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation

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Featured Guest

Watson Jones

Rev. Watson Jones III is the Senior Pastor of Compassion Baptist Church on Chicago’s Southside. He was the Founding and Lead Pastor of Restoration Church of Philadelphia. Before moving to Philadelphia, Watson served at his home church, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, as Children’s Pastor and eventually Youth Pastor.

Watson has a Bachelor’s of Art in Business from Trinity International University, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric.

Watson is married to his wife Kelli, and together they have three children, Yeshaya, Watson IV, and Ellison.

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.


Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson is the co-founding pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicagoland. He also leads the team of staff champions for adult, student, children’s, and creative arts ministries across all Community locations and is one of Community’s lead teaching pastors. Jon also led in the launch of the church-planting movement NewThing. Jon has co-authored multiple books, including The Big Idea, Exponential, Finding Your Way Back to God, and the Starting Over.

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.

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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