Rev. Dr. Ross Lockhart is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Missional Leadership at St. Andrew’s Hall.  Ross serves as the Presbyterian Director of Denominational Formation at VST as well as an Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at St. Mark’s College, UBC.

Ross has a particular passion for shaping missionary disciples and “scholarly evangelists” for leadership in Christ’s Church for the sake of mending God’s creation. Ross is the author of Lessons from  Laodicea:  Missional Leadership in a Culture of Affluence, Gen X, Y Faith? Getting Real with God, co-editor of Three Ways of Grace – a collection of essays on the Trinity

In this episode, we talk about raising up missional leaders with passionate and healthy hearts and why the missional church movement still matters.

Welcome to episode 15 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!


Show Notes

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St. Andrews Hall

Center For Missional Leadership

Ross’s Book

Takeaways from the Episode


The most important part of a service is not the sermon; it’s how we send people to be a witness for Jesus Christ in their world. Missional leadership is less about being a personal trainer to meet people’s needs but rather to equip them to go out into the world and be the church.


We can measure attendance and how much many people put in the offering plate, or we can seek different metrics. We should be less concerned about measuring what’s happening in our buildings and more concerned with what our people are doing outside our church in how they behave years after they leave it.


In order to accomplish missional leadership, you must place a high value on self-care. Missional leadership is all about about living a life that is being the church out in the world with your whole life. But if your life isn’t being taken care of at a basic level it’s going to make it hard for you to teach people to be the church. Take care of your spiritual and physical health.

Quotes from this episode

“We don’t need any more real estate… what we need is missional leadership…” Click To Tweet

“Perseverance is one of the most important things.” Click To Tweet

“If we are trapped in God’s narrative… somewhere between creation, covenant, Christ, church, and one-day consummation we’ve got more to pray for then Betty’s hip.” Click To Tweet


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Join us next time on the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers. In episode 16 we talk to great leader about life and ministry!