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July 11, 2019

When the Church was a Family

We all long for relationships. Did you join a church hoping to find close friends - like a family? How does that work in a large church of thousands? Have we lost genuine Christian community in smaller churches, too?  Chris unpacks the values of the Church as a family so we can to recover the best it has to offer for all churches today.



Joe Hellerman
Joe Hellerman

Joe Hellerman

Dr. Joe Hellerman has taught at Talbot School of Theology for more than a decade and ministered in the church most of his adult life. In addition to his full-time duties at Talbot as Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Joe presently serves as co-pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo. Joe’s education includes an M.Div. and Th.M. from Talbot, and a Ph.D. in History of Christianity from UCLA. Joe is an author and writer and, away from Talbot, you might find him playing jazz-rock piano or fishing in the Pacific Ocean

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Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area.    Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 6 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, Sophia, and Christyana.

Equipped with Chris Brooks

Equipped with Chris Brooks encourages you to grow spiritually, think critically, and live compassionately in your community. Interact with Chris as he empowers you to live out the gospel in a rapidly changing culture. This live, one-hour program, airing weekdays at noon CT, features special guests and welcomes your participation by calling in and by plugging in through social media.