Leading on Purpose Podcast

When leaders get better, the Church gets better.

Leading on Purpose is a leadership podcast hosted by the Eagle Brook Association (EBA). Each month, the EBA welcomes new guests into the studio to inform and inspire church leaders with new ways to reach people for Christ. If you're joining us for the first time, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us and let us know your story!

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Episode 11 | The Eagle Brook Vision Culture

Posted Sep. 1, 2017
In this episode, Don Graffam and Byron Emmert take some time to unpack Eagle Brook's vision culture, which is the driving force behind why the church is so passionate about reaching people for Christ. To access a PDF of the Vision Culture, click here.

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Episode 1 | The Purpose of the Podcast

Posted on Sept. 21, 2016
Hosts Don Graffam and Byron Emmert introduce Leading on Purpose, explain why they started it, and give listeners an idea of what to expect. In this episode, they discuss the importance of developing leaders within the local church so they can become more effective at reaching people for Christ.


Episode 2 | Sharpening Your Church’s Focus

Dale PetersonPosted Oct. 18, 2016
Byron and Don interview Dale Peterson, Executive Director of the Eagle Brook Association. Dale shares his experiences with helping churches reach people for Christ, and the process of taking them from how vs. why they do church.


Episode 3 | Preparing Relevant Messages

Jason StrandPosted Nov. 21, 2016
Jason Strand, teaching pastor at Eagle Brook Church, stops by to talk about the steps he takes to develop and deliver meaningful messages. His down-to-earth, practical tips are useful to anyone who wants to get better at communicating the message of Christ.


Episode 4 | Breaking Barriers in Norway

Jason StrandPosted Dec. 21, 2016
Roy Elling Foss, a pastor in Kristiansand, Norway, stops in to talk about a movement of young adults there called Touchpoint. He is a long-time friend and partner to Eagle Brook, and gives church leaders practical encouragement on how they can crash through some of the barriers they may be facing.


Episode 5 | Reaching Middle Schoolers

Joelle HasslerPosted Jan. 30, 2017
In this episode, Eagle Brook's former Middle School Teaching Pastor Joelle Hassler explains what she loves about the middle-school years and why it’s critical for churches to have a great student ministry. She also shares some of her communication tips, thoughts on technology, and how Eagle Brook walks students through the process of making a decision to follow Christ.


Episode 6 | Focused Executive Leadership

Tyler GregoryPosted March 3, 2017
In this episode, Eagle Brook’s Tyler Gregory shares his thoughts on his recent transition into becoming the Executive Pastor. He talks about the importance of focus in leadership and why it’s necessary to make difficult decisions in order for a church or organization to reach new levels of efficiency and purpose.


Episode 7 | Lisa Welter

Lisa WelterPosted April 7, 2017
In this episode, Eagle Brook's Community Care Director, Lisa Welter, explains the unfortunate reality that some popular ways to care for others is actually less helpful than we realize. She shares practical steps for Christ-followers and churches to make a long-term difference in the lives of others.


Episode 8 | Aaron Damjanovich

Posted May 1, 2017
On March 25, we might’ve seen a miracle. We moved our Coon Rapids campus into its permanent location in Anoka, Minn., and had a record-breaking attendance of 6,500 people. However, this didn’t happen overnight. In this podcast, Anoka Campus Pastor Aaron Damjanovich shares five lessons learned from his campus' three-year season of hosting church services in a high school and preparing for the transition from a portable to permanent location.


Episode 9 | Byron Emmert

Posted July 6, 2017
In this podcast, Eagle Brook's Director of Leadership Development, Byron Emmert, talks about the importance of staff culture and unpacks the five staff commitments that have helped give clarity and focus to Eagle Brook's pastors and staff.


Episode 10 | John Alexander

Posted Aug. 2, 2017
In this podcast, John Alexander, Executive Director of Creative Arts at Eagle Brook, demystifies how branding can be a key component to reaching people for Christ. He also discusses Eagle Brook’s latest addition of online church.