Recorded live at Foursquare Connection 2012 in Phoenix, the Learning Tracks for senior pastors feature Foursquare pastors and leaders discussing how senior pastors can better disciple their congregations and engage their communities. They reflect on ways to connect with the next generation, and share ideas to create a culture of discipleship and community engagement.

Discipleship within the church is one of the best ways to mobilize today and tomorrow’s leaders with the lessons learned from past generations. In these Learning Tracks from Foursquare Connection 2012 in Phoenix, speakers discuss the identity of the next generation, present tangible ways to create a culture of discipleship for each church, and inspire leaders to engage their communities with the practical love of Christ and the gospel message.

Churches With NextGen Ministries
David Kinnaman, author of You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving the Church … and Rethinking Faith, discusses why young people are leaving church as well as how NextGen leaders and senior pastors can disciple this next generation amid a changing culture. Foursquare National NextGen Representative Kelly Fellows also shares during this session.

Churches of < 100 People
Pastors Jessica Schulze, Steve Cecil and Sean Appleton discuss lessons from the NextGen track and then address ways to build discipleship within the church, engage the community with compassionate care, and cultivate what God has planted in each of us before starting church ministries.

Churches of < 100 People
With an introductory conversation about mentoring, and identifying core values over church preferences, Pastor and Professor A. J. Swoboda and Pastor Joe Sutton share the keys to real, long-lasting discipleship in a cynical culture, and the importance of supporting one another as we try to reach the world.

Churches of < 100 People
Pastor Dale Jenkins shares ideas to create a culture of discipleship that is personal, intentional, practical, spiritual and missional, and Pastor Ryan Coffey presents ways to identify the needs of a local community and steps churches can take to benefit it.

Churches of < 100 People
Following a discussion about generational differences and benefits to being a small church, Pastor Kelly Tshibaka and Pastor Jeff Fischer explain how to take people from passively sitting in pews to actively working for Jesus. They also discuss how to heal from the pain of betrayal, and how to always maintain sight on God’s call despite the challenges involved with launching people in ministry.

Churches of 101-300 People
Pastor Kent Miyoshi presents ways to intentionally cultivate a relational culture of discipleship, and Pastor Dale Swanson tells how he discovered the cries of his community that fit the heartbeat of his church.

Churches of 101-300 People
Pastors Todd Millikan, Daniel A. Brown and Dave Berry issue challenges to empower discipled people to change other people’s lives, change our definitions of success, and minister to the community in which a church gathers.

Churches of 101-300 People
Following an introduction that highlights how leaders can show the next generation they are valued, Pastors Dan Russell and Marion Ingegneri illustrate the freedom that comes with each church’s unique expression of core values, lifestyles of repentance, and inspirational evangelism within each person’s network.

Churches of 101-300 People
After senior pastors discuss raising up young leaders, Pastors Brian Finley and Glenn Yamaguchi suggest the need to exchange programs for God’s healing power, the Holy Spirit’s presence, and positive, meaningful relationships with people in each specific community.

Churches of 301-500 People
Once senior pastors discuss characteristics that define different generations, Pastor Ralph Moore encourages leaders to participate in “reciprocal mentoring,” and Pastor Russ Schlecht shares how leaders can change their worldview to better engage their cities.

Churches of 301-500 People
Following an exploration of tough topics for the next generation—including same-sex relationships and a fatherless culture—Pastors Peter Henderson and Mark Chester present ways to make disciple-makers in all areas of ministry, and how to integrate holistic discipleship for effective community outreach.

Churches of 501-1,000 People
Pastor Ron Swor explains his “casually intentional” approach to developing disciples of all ages, and Pastor Dave McCabe shares how his church in the suburbs builds relationships to benefit his local community, complete with tips for leaders in similar situations.

Churches of  > 1,000 People
Through an interactive question-and-answer session, a panel of speakers including Pastors Ken Hart, Joe Wittwer and Bill Chaney discuss how they develop upcoming leaders, connect with their church attendees and staff, tackle logistics (such as budgeting or multi-venue services) and avoid burnout. They also share practical ways in which they serve their cities’ unchurched communities to bring them to faith.

Reviewed by: Allyson Siwajian, content coordinator for Foursquare Leader magazine and The Foursquare Church in Los Angeles