EFCA Missional Summit

January 16, 2019

Episode 168: Pablo Cachon and Bryan Lair, What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA, Part 2

In the fall of 2018, a number of pastors and leaders from across the EFCA gathered at the national office for the annual Missional Summit. Our theme for the Summit was “What it Means to be Evangelical,” which was the topic of the opening lecture.

On this episode, we include the second session, part 2, which includes messages from Pablo Cachon and Bryan Lair, with a more focused and specific message to us, “What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA.” The speakers addressed the following questions: What are the challenges or positive aspects you face in reaching your community because of the name evangelical? Does this term cause barriers or does it open doors? Do church members and attenders know the rich history of evangelicalism or do you need to take time to explain what the word evangelical means? How do you share with someone: Who you are? Why you exist? What it is you believe and do as an Evangelical Free Church? The speakers provided practical insights from their own ministry contexts that helped us to think through how we can better serve the gospel of Jesus Christ in the EFCA.

Pablo Cachon serves as Latino Ministries Pastor at New Hope Church, New Hope, Minnesota, and Bryan Lair serves as pastor at Trinity City Church, St. Paul, Minnesota.

January 09, 2019

Episode 167: Ken Young and Jenni Key, What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA, Part 1

In the fall of 2018, a number of pastors and leaders from across the EFCA gathered at the national office for the annual Missional Summit. Our theme for the Summit was “What it Means to be Evangelical,” which was the topic of the opening lecture.

On this episode, we include the second session, part 1, which includes messages from Ken Young and Jenni Key, with a more focused and specific message to us, “What It Means to be Evangelical in the EFCA.” The speakers addressed the following questions: What are the challenges or positive aspects you face in reaching your community because of the name evangelical? Does this term cause barriers or does it open doors? Do church members and attenders know the rich history of evangelicalism or do you need to take time to explain what the word evangelical means? How do you share with someone: Who you are? Why you exist? What it is you believe and do as an Evangelical Free Church? The speakers provided practical insights from their own ministry contexts that helped us to think through how we can better serve the gospel of Jesus Christ in the EFCA.

Ken Young serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ministries at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Jenni Key serves as Director of Women and Prayer ministries at EvFree Fullerton, Fullerton, California.

January 07, 2019

Episode 166: David Dockery, What It Means to be Evangelical

In the fall of 2018, a number of pastors and leaders from across the EFCA gathered at the national office for the annual Missional Summit. Our theme for the Summit was “What it Means to be Evangelical”. Considering societal turmoil, the word "evangelical" has developed various meanings, some which are not favorable.

On this episode of the podcast, we share the opening message from the Summit by David Dockery, in which he chronicles the history of evangelicalism and where he sees evangelicalism today. In his message, David also provides a look forward with a focus on some ways we in the EFCA can respond in order to be a beacon of hope and light in an increasingly challenging world.

Since 2014, David has served as President of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois — the educational arm of the EFCA.