On this episode of Group Answers, Brian and Chris talk with Lifeway’s newly elected 10th President, Ben Mandrell. Ben had served as lead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, CO since its founding in 2014. A native of Tampico, Ill. , Mandrell graduated from Anderson (Ind.) University in 1998. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. , and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union University. Mandrell and his wife, Lynley, have been married 18 years. The couple has four children: Ava (15), Max (14), Miles (12) and Jack (11).
Our lives are a blank check, and God can rewrite that check at any moment.
It’s when I step off the cliff and trust God that I have grown the most.
Let’s talk about health, because healthy things grow.
Invite people into your life and not into a location.
Evangelism is friendship and caring for people at a deeper level.
We just tried to listen to culture and respond to it.
There are a lot of different ways to do small groups.
In Denver, people loved the authenticity of being in people’s homes.
The practical side of ministry is what younger people are longing to be taught in.
How do we create more life-on-life, with solid content, where people can learn and grow together?
When you set a group free to have conversation around the Bible, it’s going to get messy.
The relationship between our Groups Pastor and group leaders was super important.
Process eliminates the need for heroics.
There are moments in my life where I have allowed fear to overwhelm me.
I am learning more-and-more to embrace fear. Hard is the normal in the Christian life.
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The Group Answers Podcast is a weekly show designed to resource, train, and encourage small group leaders. Each episode considers current trends and resources as well as timeless truths and methods of discipleship. It is hosted by Brian Daniel, a Bible study and discipleship expert in Lifeway’s Groups Ministry, and Chris Surratt, the small group and discipleship specialist at Lifeway and author of Leading Small Groups.