Adam Weber: Lessons Learned When Our Church Experienced Extraordinary Growth

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Adam Weber is the lead pastor of Embrace. Embrace is a 9-year-old church in Sioux Falls, SD that has grown to 5 campuses and 4,000+ people in weekly attendance, and is still growing. In 2013, 2014, & 2015, Embrace was listed as one of the fastest growing churches in America according to Outreach Magazine. Adam was recognized as one of youngest lead pastors. Adam is married to his beautiful wife Becky and they have 4 kids: Hudson, Wilson, Grayson, and Anderson.

Key Questions:

Your church is one of the fastest growing churches in America. Tell us the story behind it.

What have been some of the challenges you and your team have had to overcome with such rapid growth?

Can you explain the culture of “push back” that you have at your church? How does this culture shape your sermons and helped you write your new book on prayer?

When people ask you how to grow in prayer, what are the things you find yourself recommending time after time?

If you were able to go back to your 20-year-old self, just heading into pastoral ministry, what is one piece of advice you’d tell yourself?

Key Quotes:

“God was just saying…maybe this wasn’t your idea and this wasn’t your dream…but maybe this was mine, and this was mine for you.”

“When does it start getting easier? And he said, ‘if you move forward and are faithful, never.'”

“All of us are wired for different size churches, and that doesn’t make any of us more or less important.”

“[In] a small church, really your position is friend, as a pastor to come alongside people, and mid-size churches to be more of an administrator…and the large size churches to be a visionary.”

“At Embrace we have a high culture of ‘push back’ is what we call it…pushing each other in a good way to create something even better.”

“There’s something powerful about getting on your knees and praying too…There’s something when you physically do that, that’s a humbling thing.”

“Unlike human beings where you really do need to say it to them, it’s so comforting to know that prayer maybe is silent, and it’s like God just understanding what’s in us without even speaking it.”

Mentioned in the Show:

Embrace Church

Celebration of Discipline

adamweber.com

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