Together Episode 4: Michael Carrion talks about together as a church

February 4, 2020

Michael Carrion: Together Podcast

Interview with Michael Carrion

As we explore our 2020 theme, Together: Pursuing the Great Collaboration, we are examining Jesus’ prayer in John 17 “…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.” Part of fulfilling this Great Collaboration prayer is being together as a church.

In this podcast, Exponential President Dave Ferguson and 2020 conference speaker Michael Carrion discuss what it means to work together as a church family. Michael reminds us of the importance of the work we are called to and the potential impact our churches can have on our communities. In the face of the lostness of the world, Michael explains that it is important to do ministry together under the guidance of the Holy Spirit stressing that, “the success and future of church planting is collaboration.”

Michael is the Senior and planting pastor of Promised Land Covenant Church, a missional church in the North and South Bronx. He also serves Redeemer City to City, recruiting and training church planters in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens. He has 25 years of experience in urban ministry, with specific focus and gifting in urban church planting, designing and leading urban charter schools and launching national social justice movements. Michael has received national recognition from the US Government for his work in urban centers, specifically throughout New York City, and has consulted for a variety of church- and faith-based organizations.

Michael leaves us with the idea during this podcast that, “it is mission-critical that we infect the rest of the global with the desire to collaborate.”

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Key Highlights:

  • The importance of creating an accepting church culture
  • Prioritizing marginalized people
  • Collaborating across denominations
  • Entering collaboration from the posture of a student

Today and in the coming weeks, we hope you join us for this critical conversation as we unpack each of these shifts.

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Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson

Dave Ferguson is the CEO / President and co-founder for Exponential. He is also the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative multi-site missional community that is passionate about "helping people find their way back to God." Community has grown from a few college friends to thousands every weekend meeting at multiple locations in the Chicago area and has been recognized as one of America's most influential churches. Dave provides visionary leadership for NewThing, a global movement of multiplying churches.  He is an award-winning author of eight books, including Hero Maker: 5 Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders. Dave and his wife, Sue, live in Naperville IL. They have three adult children - Amy, Joshua and Caleb.
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