In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins is joined by Brady Boyd, pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. During their conversation, they discuss how prayer and community can help a church survive any tragedy and why pastors need to be willing to listen and learn from people they don’t agree with.
“I thought I had been called to New Life to be a hospice pastor, to give a once great church an honorable funeral. To my surprise, in the last 12 years, we’ve had a resurrection story.”
“When you teach your church to pray, and you build really authentic community inside your church, it can survive almost anything.”
“What helped us survive and thrive was the deep culture of prayer.”
“If you don’t allow a church to heal, they will take the pain into the future with them.”
“There is a moment in every church when you have to admit you are healed and the city needs your church.”
“We’ve seen manageable growth every year since we turned our attention outside the church.”
“If you are going to make disciples, you better understand the people who are listening to your sermons.”
“I think pastors need to read outside their own echo chambers or they will only reach people who will agree with them.”
“My main point of emphasis is making sure we are continuing to raise up communicators on our team.”
“The goal is for us all to not preach the same sermon, but to have a unity of thought.”
“Do not despise the days of silence because God can only do holy work in your when you are quiet and settled in His presence.”
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