Episode 35: Welcome back to Talking Church! We are joined today by Pastor Gabi O'Rourke, our Lead Youth Pastor, and Andrew Snead, our Lead Go Kids Pastor, who break down their areas of Next Gen Ministry, and how we run our Next Gen play here at River Valley. Gabi & Andrew dive into the similarities and differences of their ministries, and they share the practical side of their ministries, as well as what is on their minds as they look toward the future of Next Gen ministry that lies ahead of us!
Hit the incline: a message from guest speaker, Charlotte Gambill. God is asking us to believe again, step up again, reach out again and climb again!
Episode 34: Logan and Pastor Rob sit down to discuss the season of uncertainty that we all are feeling right now. With inflation rising, the country at odds, and various markets falling, it can be difficult to find the courage to continue running the mission that God has called you to do. Pastor Rob shares the various "crises" that he has had to lead through over the years, and how we can practically prepare for them. Listen now with your key leaders, and prepare you and your church for all that the world will try to throw your way!
God gets the glory in your healing, in your faithfulness and in the way you live your life!
Episode 33: Listen in this week as Nathan Finochio and Logan dive deep into theology, how our beliefs as christians differ in culture today, and how that relates to pastoring through these times with topics that can be difficult to navigate. Nathan gives clear insight on staying biblically literate as we navigate these questions that our world is asking, and why following the instructions of the Bible is the best way to live. Grab some friends and we pray this episode blesses you as you navigate through these topics in your life!
In part one of “I Didn’t Ask For This,” Pastor Rob challenges us to stop trying to assign blame and understand that all suffering will end someday.
Pastor Kirk Graham shares a message titled, “As for Me and My House.” This message reminds us to fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness. Today and every day, let’s decide to live for Jesus!
Episode 32: This week's episode is very special, as evangelist and author John Bevere joins us to discuss the danger of compromising your conscience, accountability, work-ethic, and John's greatest goals in ministry. John articulates the responsibility that we have of listening to your conscience, and we pray that this conversation blesses you and your ministry! Listen now, and invite some friends or coworkers to listen with you!
Pastor Rob reminds us that even after everything, God still comes through! We pray this message encourages you to trust God on another level this week!
John Bevere shares a POWERFUL message and challenges us to be unoffendable. We pray this message encourages you to live an unoffendable life, pray for those who have mistreated you and seek reconciliation.
Episode 31: Services are such a crucial aspect of many of our ministries. Whether it be a Sunday service for your congregation, a worship service dedicated to seeking after God, or a big Christmas Eve service where families gather together under candlelight. Services are important, and much ministry happens before, during, and after service time. Aaron Johnson, our Local Creative Pastor, and Caleb Moore, our Production Lead, break down what goes through their minds as they map out each service here at River Valley. They discuss the audience, the worship moments, the unity needed between all working parties, and so much more. Listen as they share on their passion for service moments, as this influences your incredible services to come!
Pastor Kirk encourages us to live differently and worship no matter what!
Episode 30: On today's episode, we are joined by two of our 500 missionaries! Our "bullseye" at River Valley is to send out 500 missionaries from our church into the field. Our heart is global, and we are living to reach the lost! This family is passionate about reaching the buddhist world, and they share their testimony of their calling, their road to the field, the support they need, and the realness of what it feels like to be on the field. Listen now & join us in prayer as we learn about world missions, and pray for God to move in your congregation's heart!
Pastor Kirk teaches on the importance of Holy Communion. In this teaching we are reminded that through communion we show our gratitude for what was done on the cross and what awaits us in eternity. We cannot take communion and not encounter God!
Episode 29: River Valley Church's newest campus pastors Kaleb & Autumn Graham join us from Maple Grove, Minnesota, to discuss their journey to launch our newest campus in this past year! Maple Grove opened in the Spring of 2022, and the preparation leading to that date was nothing short than dedication, tenacity, and boldness, all covered by prayer. Has God given you the dream to plant a church or launch a campus someday? Listen and learn from these amazing pastors who are walking out that path now!
In part two of our healing series, Pastor Rob and Becca sit down with their son Connor and recount his story of healing! Connor's testimony is a powerful reminder that healing is for today. Jesus paid for our healing on the cross and we can be confident that we will receive our healing, whether now or in heaven!
Episode 28: Pastor Rob Ketterling joins us again for a conversation on running efficiently in ministry while finding Godly rest. Resting as a Christ follower should be different from the world's interpretation, and for those in the ministry, resting should definitely look different. Logan and Pastor Rob discuss method's of rest that haven't worked, and they share the ways that do work for them now in their current seasons of life! Join in as we better ourselves for tomorrow by resting in the right ways today!
Our God is a God of healing, restoration and redemption! “Our physical bodies are aligning with the fact that God is a healing God and he created us with the ability to heal” - Pastor Rob Ketterling
Pastor Rob Ketterling ends Seek Week with a message about the Greatest Commandment: Love Your Neighbor
Episode 27: Dr. Barnabas Mtokambali joins us for today's episode all the way from Tanzania! Dr. Barnabas is the leader of the Assemblies of God Tanzania, and he doesn't just have a vision to plant churches, but he is well n his way to plant 40,000 churches throughout Tanzania and Africa. As he breaks down his passion, his call, and his journey, ask yourself, what visions will God make a reality through me?
Pastor Rob Ketterling kicked off Seek Week with Sunday service about the Greatest Commandment: love God.
Pastor Davey Collins preaches a message titled, "Bolder is Better" based on Acts 4:13.
Episode 26: Tune in on today's episode of Talking Church! We are very honored and excited to welcome our guest this week, Pastor Chris Hodges! Lead Pastor of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, Pastor Chris is here to talk with us about his perspective on the American Church today, how we can grow into being "seeker sensitive," and where he sees us as the church heading in the years ahead. Don't miss this episode, and let this bless you today!