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EFCA Theology Podcast

The EFCA Theology Podcast encourages pastors and church leaders to stay passionate about the gospel and faithful to the Scriptures. Episodes help listeners understand, share and live out our most important beliefs.

You can look forward to new episodes from a number of different categories, including:

- Past and upcoming EFCA Theology Conferences
- Past and upcoming EFCA One Conferences
- Audiobook chapters of Evangelical Convictions
- New content created specifically for the podcast

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July 05, 2019

Episode 194: Evangelism and Disciplemaking Culture with Ed Stetzer

In June 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at The Compass Church in Naperville, Illinois, for our biennial EFCA One conference. We gathered under the theme, “Multiplying Disciplemakers.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Ed Stetzer’s concluding message from this conference focusing on Acts 2:42-47, “Evangelism and a Culture of Disciplemaking.”

Ed serves as Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission and Evangelism at Wheaton College and executive director of the Billy Graham Center.

July 03, 2019

Episode 193: Life Change in Disciplemaking with Pastor Eric Rivera

In June 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at The Compass Church in Naperville, Illinois, for our biennial EFCA One conference. We gathered under the theme, “Multiplying Disciplemakers.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Pastor Eric Rivera’s message from the conference focusing on Luke 6:40, “Life Change in Disciplemaking.”

Eric serves as the lead pastor at The Brook in Chicago, Illinois.

July 01, 2019

Episode 192: Life-on-Life Disciplemaking with Pastor Lawrence Scott

In June 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at The Compass Church in Naperville, Illinois, for our biennial EFCA One conference. We gathered under the theme, “Multiplying Disciplemakers.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Pastor Lawrence Scott’s message from the conference focusing on 2 Timothy 2:2, “Life-on-Life Investment in Disciplemaking.”

Lawrence serves as the planting and lead pastor at Harvest Point Fellowship Church in Pearland, Texas.

June 28, 2019

Episode 191: Commitment in Disciplemaking with Pastor Colin Smith

In June 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at The Compass Church in Naperville, Illinois, for our biennial EFCA One conference. We gathered under the theme, “Multiplying Disciplemakers.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Pastor Colin Smith’s opening message from the conference focusing on Mark 8:34-38, “Commitment in Disciplemaking.”

Colin serves as the senior pastor at The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, with several church sites in the Chicago area.

May 24, 2019

Episode 190: Becoming a Pastor-Theologian with Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer

In February 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. As part of this Conference, there was a luncheon lecture with Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer, entitled, “‘Did You Now Know That I Must Be About My Father’s Business?’: Becoming a Pastor-Theologian.”

On this episode of the podcast, we learn from Kevin as he addresses becoming a pastor-theologian by asking and answering five key questions: (1) "Why pastor-theologian?", (2) "Why pastor as public theologian?", (3) "What are the roles of the pastor-theologians?", (4) "How do pastor-theologians make disciples?" and (5) "How can pastors grow into their role as theologians?"

Kevin serves as research professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

May 15, 2019

Episode 183: Pastoral Ministry and Preaching with Greg Scharf, part 2

In the fall of 2018, Greg Scharf joined Greg Strand, EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, to address pastoral ministry and preaching. Greg is uniquely qualified to address these topics having served both as a pastor and professor. Greg has the title of professor emeritus of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, having served at TEDS in the pastoral theology department from 1999-2018. Prior to his tenure at TEDS teaching pastors, Greg served as a pastor in the EFCA for almost 20 years. During this time, he mentored interns from TEDS, and he also developed an elder training program for the church. Greg Strand was one of those interns.

In part two of this interview, we focus on preaching—preaching as an important aspect of and foundational to pastoral ministry, marks of a good sermon, marks of a good/faithful preacher, lessons for a young preacher, counsel for a seasoned preacher, and recommended resources.

May 14, 2019

Episode 182: Pastoral Ministry and Preaching with Greg Scharf, part 1

In the fall of 2018, Greg Scharf joined Greg Strand, EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, to address pastoral ministry and preaching. Greg is uniquely qualified to address these topics having served both as a pastor and professor. Greg has the title of professor emeritus of homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, having served at TEDS in the pastoral theology department from 1999-2018. Prior to his tenure at TEDS teaching pastors, Greg served as a pastor in the EFCA for almost 20 years. During this time, he mentored interns from TEDS, and he also developed an elder training program for the church. Greg Strand was one of those interns.

In part one of this interview, we focus on pastoral ministry—models, training, preparation and the role of seminary, joys and struggles, privileges and pains, needs, challenges and temptations, faithfulness in life for a lifelong ministry.

May 13, 2019

Episode 181: The Doctrine of Creation and Human Destiny with Dr. Michael Wittmer

In February 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme, “The Doctrine of Creation: Theological Significance and Implications.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Michael Wittmer’s concluding message on "The Doctrine of Creation and Human Destiny.”

Michael serves as professor of systematic theology and historical theology and director of the Center for Christian Worldview, and Bible, Religion and Ministry, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

May 12, 2019

Episode 180: The Doctrine of Creation and Human Stewardship with Dr. Jonathan Moo

In February 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme, “The Doctrine of Creation: Theological Significance and Implications.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Jonathan Moo’s message on the topic “The Doctrine of Creation and Human Stewardship.”

Jonathan serves as associate professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

May 11, 2019

Episode 179: The Doctrine of Creation and Human Sexuality with Dr. Todd Wilson

In February 2019, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme, “The Doctrine of Creation: Theological Significance and Implications.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Todd Wilson’s message on the topic “The Doctrine of Creation and Human Sexuality.”

Todd serves as co-founder and president of The Center for Pastor Theologians in Oak Park, Illinois.