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June 06, 2016 03:05 PM PDT

In this episode, Josh Teis talks with Tony Liuzzo about how to refresh an established church. Tony pastors a thriving church in Columbus, Ohio. When he took over as the lead pastor the church had declined to an average of 400 people. Now the church averages 750 people on a weekly basis.

Quotes from the episode:
“In order for God to get you where he wants you to be, he has to put you through the fire.” – Tony Liuzzo

“Lord, move or move me.” – Tony Liuzzo

“If we would find that and not look at it as competing with the older, every church would do better. We’re not competing with the older, don’t try to get rid of them. Honor them, love them.” – Tony Liuzzo

“The first thing that I did, was nothing.” – Tony Liuzzo

“Refreshing an established church means you have to change some things that aren’t working. Or, change some things that worked in the 70’s and 80’s.” – Tony Liuzzo

“For the first year I was preaching the gospel and what doesn’t change and where I stood, so they knew my heart.” – Tony Liuzzo

“A lot of times the lines get blurred for what’s biblical and what’s traditional.” – Tony Liuzzo

“You honor God by being biblical, you don’t honor God just by being traditional. Now, don’t throw out traditions just because you’re trying to make change. There are some traditions that are good and healthy.” – Tony Liuzzo

“The fact is the Bible says everything about our doctrine, but it says very little about our tradition.” – Josh Teis

“I’ve noticed it might be that way because we’ve constantly feel the necessity to add a scripture verse to our tradition.” – Josh Teis

“Shame on any pastor that takes over a church and they’re more faithful to try to uphold the traditions than they are to uphold the purpose of why that church was established. And that’s to reach the community and to reach the lost.” – Tony Liuzzo

“The methods that they used, they used because they worked for their day and age and for their generation. “ – Tony Liuzzo
“We’d make a change and say, ‘let me tell you how God is working with this’”. – Tony Liuzzo

“Honor the past, but have a vision for the future.” – Tony Liuzzo

“If you want to refresh your church, get your church focused on people.” – Tony Liuzzo

April 22, 2016 08:09 AM PDT

In this episode, Josh Teis talks with Robert Bakss about the important issue of worship in churches. Robert pastors a growing church in Rockhampton, Australia. He has recently authored a book about this topic entitled “Worship Wars”. This podcast will touch on several of the concepts that are covered more deeply in the book.

Quotes from the episode:

“People have made an issue out of something that isn’t that big of an issue.” – Robert Bakss

“As soon as you play any style of music, people then assume, that you are positioning yourself that everyone has to play this. And that’s not necessary.” – Robert Bakss

“What people have tried to do is make the approval zone equal to the acceptance zone and that is where the issue is.” – Robert Bakss

“It’s almost as if the church has redeemed out of the world, instruments that were at one point used solely for bad things and now use them to worship the Lord.” – Josh Teis

“Is what we have been told just something traditional and history or is it truth.” – Robert Bakss

“The longer something happens, the more scriptural you think it is.” – Robert Bakss

“Do you think God sits in heaven and looks down upon that service and says, ‘I’m just waiting for them to get this over and done with, so they can get to the real thing.’? He inhabits the praises of his people.” – Robert Bakss

“If we get emotional during the music we might be associated with charismatics, but let’s get extremely emotional during the preaching and there’s no problem with that.” – Josh Teis

“You never judge a farmer by his tractors, or his sheds, or the music he plays in his tractors, or the clothes his farmhands are wearing. You judge a farmer on the fruit that comes out of the farm.” – Robert Bakss

Resources from this episode:

worshipwars.com

Worship Wars - Ebook

The Case For Christ - Lee Strobel

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March 31, 2016 04:38 PM PDT

In this episode Josh Teis talks with Nick Reed and Cody Kuehl about the missing key to church growth. Both took over struggling churches and have experienced tremendous growth.

February 23, 2016 05:23 PM PST

In this month's talk Pastor Josh discusses the big idea of the impact of corporate prayer in your church.

January 22, 2016 07:40 PM PST

In this month's episode Pastor Josh talks about the influence of books in leadership and ministry. (**We deeply apologize for the poor audio quality of this episode. We had some equipment issues)

December 19, 2015 04:57 PM PST

In this month's talk Dr. Dave Teis joins Pastor Josh Teis to discuss the past, present, and future of the Independent Baptist Movement.

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