Had the chance to catch up recently with good friend Chris Hodges, senior pastor of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL. Chris also helped start ARC, the Association of Related Churches, which plants churches across the US and around the world. He is a board member of EQUIP, and recently launched GROW, which exists to help primarily smaller churches and pastors broaden in influence, grow in attendance, and break through barriers. Chris is one of the sharpest leaders I know. I really appreciate his leadership and his heart for the Global Church. Church of the Highlands began 10 years ago, and today is one of the largest churches in the US. In 2009, Church of the Highlands was the fastest growing Church in the US.
In Part One, we discuss the beginning of Church of the Highlands, Chris' leadership style, and how he's maintained the strong leadership culture even in the midst of the tremendous growth. He gives a great "swing tip" for leaders, and we talk briefly about his bent towards competition, especially when it comes to hunting!
In Part Two, we discuss the Global Church, why he's really excited about Australia and Europe, LSU football, and why relationships are integral to collaboration and God's Church expanding.
In Part Three, we discuss the GROW Network and why he has a passion for helping smaller churches and all pastors/church leaders grow their influence and reach in their communities.