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EPISODE 06: A Theology of Leadership

An Interview with Brad Cooper

In episode #6, Pastor Brad Cooper of NewSpring Church joins The Ship Podcast to discuss how church leaders can become better shepherds in light of God’s character (14:00), qualities about the life of a shepherd that is applicable to how we shepherd people in our churches (20:00), how NewSpring Church shepherds their very large congregation effectively (28:00), and more. In Millennials on Stewardship, Matthew Garrison discusses walking with God at His pace and in His power (40:00).

Key Points:

  • “We want our people (at NewSpring Church) to uphold being a good shepherd as the ultimate theology of leadership.” - Brad Cooper
  • “Throughout Scripture, God shows Himself to be a shepherd and He uses shepherds.” - Brad Cooper
  • “There is a higher calling than leadership in church world. The shepherd is the highest calling in the church ministry world.” - Brad Cooper
  • “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” - Psalm 78:72
  • “This is a conversation about stewardship. We are God’s shepherds of His people. This is a stewardship question.” - Brad Cooper
  • “God is looking for shepherds, not hirelings.” - Brad Cooper
  • “Young pastors tend to overestimate what they can do in one year, and underestimate what God can do in thirty years.” - Mark Dever


Guest: Brad Cooper

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