The Next Chapter for Leading Microchurch Networks with Taylor Rogers and Gabrielle Leonard

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 14
Series: The Next Chapter for Leading Microchurch Networks

In this conversation, Brian Johnson and Rob Wegner interview Taylor Rogers and Gabrielle Leonard, leaders of the Wildfire Network. They discuss the rise of microchurches and the origin story of the Wildfire Network. They also explore the challenges faced by the network, including disconnection and lack of resources. The current chapter of the network is titled ‘Understanding the Assignment,’ which involves empowering individuals to respond to God’s calling.

Host: Rob Wegner, Microchurch NEXT Co-Director
Brian Johnson, Microchurch NEXT Co-Director

Guests: Taylor Rogers, Co-Director of Wildfire Network
Gabrielle Leonard, Co-Director of Wildfire Network

Category: Microchurch NEXT

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Rob Wegner

Rob Wegner

Rob is a ragamuffin who lives to love Jesus, his wife, his daughters, and his extended spiritual family in his neighborhood. He’s also one of the founding leaders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of microchurches and missional leaders committed to filling Kansas with the beauty, justice, and good news of Jesus. Rob also serves on the Global Leadership Team of NewThing, a global tribe equipping movement-makers in every nation of the world who believe in networking around the Jesus Mission. The Starfish and the Spirit: Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations is his latest book, which he co-wrote with Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch.
Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson serves as one of the founders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of missionaries and microchurches in Kansas City. KCUG’s forty-year vision is to have a missionary on every street and a microchurch in every network of relationships, connecting with training Hubs throughout the city, saturating Kansas City with the beauty, justice, and Good News of Jesus. Brian and his wife Kristen live as missionaries with their five kids in their neighborhood, seeking to build an extended spiritual family there.
Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers

Taylor seeks to be faithful: as a follower of Christ, a husband to Ashley (16 years), a father to Abigael, Nathanael, and Esther, and as a leader in the Wildfire Network. Taylor has never lived outside of Texas, yet he has a passion for a multiethnic perspective and cross-cultural approach to life and ministry. He was brought up in a strict church tradition that largely denied the current and ongoing activity of the Holy Spirit, yet he seeks to walk daily in a relational response to Holy Spirit. His favorite music is “local music” and his favorite food is usually biscuits and gravy. He is both agreeable and contrarian at the same time. He enjoys working with his hands, and helping make other people’s dreams come true.  He responded to a call to ministry 20 years ago, and has spent most of that time working on staff (youth pastor, community minister) at various Christian organizations, including 7 years with the Journey Fellowship Campus of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio prior to launching the Wildfire Network in 2017. Much of his heart and vision for ministry was formed during his time in waco, partially through the studies at Baylor and Truett Seminary, and more viscerally through relationships within the Waco community and exposure to the life and teachings of Jimmy Dorrell - a Christian Community Development worker and founder of Mission Waco and Church Under the Bridge.  
Gabrielle Leonard

Gabrielle Leonard

Gabrielle Michelle Leonard is a dynamic speaker, facilitator, certified mental health coach, minister, and podcaster. She is known for being a captivating storyteller and bible teacher who imparts practical wisdom that heals the soul. Gabrielle is the founder and visionary behind Returning to Joy, a ministry that creates guided pathways to wholeness by providing resources and tools to help you connect with God, yourself, and others. She is a founding board member of Wildfire Network and has presented workshops at national conferences on how to foster genuine unity, mutual trust, and equitable decision-making in ministry teams. Gabrielle, also known as the "Movement Midwife," has an innate ability to facilitate connection, discernment, and kingdom creativity.    

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