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.
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
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.