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Welcome to the Canadian Church Leaders Podcast, hosted by Jason Ballard. We are committed to serving church leaders and their teams by sharing conversations focused on pastoral leadership. Each episode features honest and thoughtful interviews with key voices from Canada and beyond. We want you to be inspired and encouraged as you hear the stories of hundreds of churches alongside the learnings of those who are leading today.
 
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In today’s episode, we share some highlights from our time in England with our Church Leaders Incubator. This cohort of 17 young, senior leaders in Canada got to connect with pastors and church teams over a 5 day trip as part of their 2 year journey in the program. Hear some of their reflections from the sessions and how it impacted them at a perso…
 
When you think of the word “confession,” what emotions and thoughts stir in your heart and mind? Confession, like other spiritual disciplines can become misunderstood and misconstrued and seen more as a burden than a gift, something to be feared rather than celebrated and embraced. Listen in as we take a deeper look at the spiritual discipline of c…
 
Good customer service. Companies thrive when they place a high value on serving their customers. It also requires a heart to be humble, assist, and provide the necessary level of presence to make sure a customer feels valued and known. In John 13, Jesus demonstrates a level of servanthood to his disciples that was unprecedented and then He challeng…
 
Mark Sayers joined an online session with our Church Leaders Incubator back in the Fall where he explored a variety of topics on pastoral leadership and prophetically spoke into where he believes the Spirit is moving the church in the coming years. Bio | Mark Sayers is a cultural commentator, writer, and speaker. He is passionate about spiritual re…
 
It's always amazing to watch someone solve a Rubik’s Cube. Maybe it’s because we've never learned to do it or maybe because it’s so fascinating to watch something so mixed up and complex become something so clean and simple. Prayer isn’t complex. It’s simple. It’s relational. It’s powerful. Jesus wants us to pray because he wants to remain in conve…
 
In today’s episode, we bring you into a conversation Jason hosted for our Church Leaders Incubator with Darren Rouanzoin. Amongst our group of young, senior leaders, Jason and Darren wade into conversations on what a Spirit filled church looks like, the need for personal holiness as pastors, and how to build a covenantal community. Bio | Darren Rou…
 
Mother’s Day is a day of celebration, honor and love for the women in our lives who have nurtured, supported and cared for us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Mother’s Day is also a day full of reminders of unfulfilled dreams, fractured or absent relationships and grief and loss. Jesus understands the heartache that comes with mot…
 
Gordon Smith joins Jason to dive into topics like calling, ecclesiology, secularism, and having hope for the next season as pastors and leaders. Bio | Gordon T. Smith (PhD, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) is the president of Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, where he also serves as professor of systematic …
 
What is something that you do when you are tired and weary? What kind of people do you surround yourself with (or avoid?) Take the temperature of world events, news, and social media and the diagnosis is clear: the world is weary. If you could prescribe one thing to treat the weariness of the world, what would it be? Would that prescription involve…
 
Glenn Packiam was last on the podcast in mid 2020 with Jason, so we were excited to have him back on and to hear about his latest book, The Resilient Pastor. Partnering with Barna, Glenn dives into research on the state of pastors and churches and what it will take to lead your church in a rapidly changing world. Bio | Glenn Packiam (Doctor of Theo…
 
Everyone loves the energy, excitement, expectation and enthusiasm of a parade. People gather, there's a festive atmosphere, community is created and people are celebrating the joy and fun of the floats, the marching bands, the drill teams, celebrities and all the other aspects of what a parade represents, reminds us about, and recognizes on certain…
 
One of the most influential voices in western evangelicalism in recent history has been pastor Eugene Peterson. Known especially for his paraphrase of the Bible, “The Message”, his writings, preaching, and pastoral life have touched the lives of millions. In today's episode, Jason sits down with Winn Collier, who recently released the authorized bi…
 
Children can listen to the same story again and again and be just as fascinated the 50th time as they were the 1st. They retell stories during their play times. They live out life through the stories they’ve been told. Stories are what we use to make sense of the world around us. But what if our stories are partial stories, incomplete stories, brok…
 
Jason is joined by Phil Kniesel this week, Lead Pastor at Hope City Church in Edmonton. In the conversation, they reflect on Phil’s succession journey from leading a young adults ministry to transitioning into the lead pastor role over a six year timespan. Bio | Phil is the Lead Pastor of Hope City Church in Edmonton, a multi campus church with cam…
 
Episode 79 | Father Matthew is the Parish Priest at Holy Apostles Orthodox Mission, Chilliwack, B.C. He helps people to unite themselves to God through life in the Body of Christ, participation in the Holy Mysteries, and through encountering Jesus Christ - in the Scriptures and in all of life. He is also the Regional Director, BC & Yukon, Canadian …
 
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