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The Dr. John Stumbo Audio Podcast
Dr. John Stumbo
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Jan 12, 2021
Mission Fulfillment Requires Focus – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 90
This month John shares where The Office of the President is focusing in 2021.
Dec 12, 2020
“Who” Before “Do” – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 89
Please take a few minutes to receive a meditation of encouragement.
Nov 12, 2020
Our Advancing Mission – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 88
John shares four significant updates from the October board meeting.
Oct 12, 2020
A Stained Beauty – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 87
President Stumbo discusses a new resource that will soon be available to help us rethink what it is to be the Church.
Sep 12, 2020
The Way of Love - John Stumbo Video Blog No. 86
This month, John answers four questions he's been hearing and closes with devotional thoughts from I Corinthians.
Aug 12, 2020
National Office Relocation Discussion – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 85
During this month's video blog, President Stumbo talks about the board of directors decision to authorize the National Office to pursue relocation options.
Jul 12, 2020
Peaceful Souls During Noisy Times – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 84
This month John shares scriptural teaching relevant for our times.
Jun 12, 2020
Righteousness and Justice: The Foundation of God’s Throne - John Stumbo Video Blog No. 83
June 2020 / United States / 12:59 This month, John addresses how The Alliance is responding to cries for justice. Following are the links he references in the video: * NAE Statement on Racism **An Alliance leadership panel discussion: Race, Justice, and the Church’s Response (47:39)
May 12, 2020
The Journey of Reentry - John Stumbo Video Blog No. 82
As each state within our country wrestles through questions of “reopening,” I’m coming to us today with some thoughts on the state of our own souls and leadership. Thank you for joining me for another edition of my monthly communication with the Alliance family.
Apr 12, 2020
Evil Meets Easter – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 81
Evil Meets Easter – John Stumbo Video Blog No. 81 April 2020 / United States / 10:24 On an Easter unlike any other, John shares a foundational message of hope with the Alliance family.
Mar 12, 2020
A Fresh Look at our Fundamental Document – No. 80
John Stumbo’s Video Blog #80—A Fresh Look at our Fundamental Document March 2020 / United States / 12:42 This month, John gives an update on significant conversations taking place in The Alliance, specifically discussion surrounding proposed changes to the Statement of Faith.
Feb 12, 2020
A Timely Word – No. 79
John Stumbo’s Video Blog # 79—A Timely Word February 2020 / United States / 12:22 John addresses how one of today’s most powerful resources may be a leader’s greatest temptation and offers three practical applications for returning to ministry fundamentals.
Jan 12, 2020
Once in a Lifetime – No. 78
January 2020 / United States / 12:50 This month, John shares three reasons he wishes everyone in the Alliance family could at some point in their lives be involved in a church plant or a multi-site campus.
Dec 12, 2019
The Vision Lives On – No. 77
John Stumbo’s Video Blog # 77—The Vision Lives On December 2019 / Japan / 12:33 John shares how he was profoundly moved at a national gathering of the Japanese Alliance on the 100th anniversary of A. B. Simpson’s death. “It wasn’t so much that our founder had died, but that our movement lived on . . . Alliance family, your part in this is significant—together we’re making progress.”
Nov 12, 2019
A Season of Change, Part Two – No. 76
John Stumbo’s Video Blog # 76—A Season of Change, Part Two October 2019 / Cambodia / 12:42 John provides a fall Board of Directors meeting update on policy portions of the national conversations before the C&MA. “We’re sharpening the ax for greater mission fulfillment. It’s a good moment to be in The Alliance—don’t miss it!”
Oct 12, 2019
A Season of Change, Part One – No. 75
John Stumbo’s Video Blog # 75—A Season of Change, Part One October 2019 / United States / 12:38 This month, John seeks to bring clarity to the conversations before The Alliance related to streamlining our organizational structures and reviewing guiding documents.
Sep 12, 2019
Video Blog Highlights – No. 74
John Stumbo’s Video Blog # 74—Video Blog Highlights September 2019 / the world / 12:57 This “best of” video features snapshots from John’s monthly video blog series he introduced in August 2013, just after his election as U.S. C&MA president. “I’m hoping to have a conversation with you where we begin to mobilize U.S. Alliance churches together as one.”
Aug 23, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 73
John Stumbo’s Video Blog # 73—What Would You Like to Say . . .? August 2019 / United States / 12:16 Reporting from the LIFE Conference in Orlando, John asks students, “What would you like to say to the current leaders of the American church?” Surprised and moved by their responses, he concludes, “I’m reminded it matters—it matters what we do. Let’s keep going!”
Aug 23, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 72
John Stumbo’s Video Blog No. 72 July 2019 / United States / 12:26 John summarizes the four commitments he made to the Alliance family during his Friday morning address at Council 2019, setting the tone for substantive conversations to come.
Jun 12, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 71
In this recap of Alliance Council 2019, John recalls his message from Acts, using “Perga”—where John Mark turned back on the first missionary journey—as a metaphor to challenge our Alliance family. “Let’s go inward and upward together—face our Perga and move on, because God is calling us beyond.”
May 12, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 70
In part three of his three-part series addressing principles for healthy communications on topics about known conflict, John shares why seasons of change are powerful discipleship opportunities.
Apr 12, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 69
John speaks to why our whole Alliance family must engage well in challenging, yet necessary conversations. We need to address how to more effectively complete our mission and make every effort to pass on the best form of our movement to the next generations.
Mar 12, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 68
John focuses this month on four principles for public discourse he’s discovered. These shape his thinking and behavior on when to speak and when to remain silent in our world’s “cauldron of cultural conflict.”
Feb 12, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 67
This month John is speaking from Guinea, where the Alliance national church is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. In 1919, the year Alliance founder A. B. Simpson died, the first Alliance church in West Africa was established in a Guinean village—37 years after Simpson had sent missionaries to Africa, of whom 30 died during that timeframe. Scores of missionaries followed to serve in Guinea and several other West African countries where some of our strongest Alliance churches are today. Simpson didn’t live to see it. “Will we invest our lives in that which outlives us?” John asks. If our work is “gospel-centered, biblically based, church-focused ministry as we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, our work is going to last . . . this is the Alliance story; it doesn’t end with Simpson because it started in the heart of God.”
Jan 23, 2019
John Stumbo Video Blog No. 66
Speaking from the National Office Archives this month, John gives a short devotional from Gideon’s story, which conveys a principle for leaders to take into this new year—God reveals Himself in crisis, often through leaders who rise at that moment despite being in the midst of the tragedy themselves. Examples are Josh Gallagher, lead pastor of Paradise (California) Alliance Church, and Andrew Burchett, lead pastor of Neighborhood Church in Chico, who share their testimonies from the 2018 Camp Fire. The Alliance legacy overflows with accounts of hardship, pain, and the Spirit of God breathing into a leader’s soul—hope, encouragement, confidence, and a way forward. “That’s the Alliance story, that’s the story of the Scriptures, and that might be the story of 2019 for some of us,” John concludes. “His grace is sufficient. Let’s rise and follow the example of those who’ve gone before us.”
Dec 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 65
John shares an interview this month that he conducted earlier this year with six Alliance pastors he met in the Middle East. In this segment, he has asked them to talk about the Fourfold Gospel. “I wanted to give us a bit of a Christmas gift,” John says, “to hear Middle Eastern leaders speak of Christ our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King. Give yourself the gift right now of just a few minutes of reflection on the Christ that we love—through Middle Eastern eyes.”
Nov 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 64
This month, John shares a leadership challenge and an opportunity. A record 60 Alliance workers are trained and ready to be sent overseas—an answer to prayer. Meanwhile, the Great Commission Fund is $1.2 million behind for the fiscal year. John appeals to U.S. local church pastors and individual donors to give generously to the 2018 Year-End Offering to send these new workers to the field. “The God of this universe cares about the people of this planet, raises up people to be His spokespersons, and some of us have been called to be the senders. Let’s rise to that at this moment,” he concludes.
Oct 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 63
John’s report this month is from his recent trip to see Alliance missions efforts in the Middle East. He expresses great gratitude for how the Alliance family has invested for decades in challenging locations—where the work of God is alive and well. “The fruit continues,” he says, “national church leaders multiplying themselves, local churches vibrant and strong, good partnerships with our international workers, supported by the GCF [Great Commission Fund].” We need to not only remain committed to our local communities, John concludes, but to also support Alliance teams in the most difficult places in the world, including the Middle East—where our teams are serving well.
Oct 4, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 62
This month, John addresses this #MeToo, #ChurchToo, time in history, sharing his grief for victims of sexual assault in the Church over the decades and repentance for when the abused were not quickly defended. He expresses gratitude that a greater day of accountability has arrived and maintains that this is not just an issue of sexual misconduct but “how we [leaders] handle and perceive power and what power can do to us.” It’s why “sanctification has to get in our souls.” John cites three factors that contributed to the previous era—naivete, image protection, and lack of soul care. In overcoming these factors, “By God’s grace, may fewer of those stories be told in the future.”
Aug 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 61
John closes out his summer series on “planned redundancy” this month, calling the Alliance family to own and engage in its calling as one of God’s end-times families raised up to complete the Great Commission. On a local level, this can mean getting to know someone in The Alliance from a different culture, pastors giving their people opportunities to give to the Great Commission Fund, and praying regularly for our 700 international workers. “This is about advancing the name of Jesus, from our neighborhoods to the nations, and the nations that have come to our neighborhoods,” he concludes.
Jul 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 60
In a follow-up to last month’s “planned redundancy” message on the unique Alliance identity—a Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 family—John shares what God would have us do. He unpacks how the Alliance family is called to love, proclaim, reach, and launch, which requires the Holy Spirit fully at work in our lives. “May we commit ourselves to these kinds of things,” John concludes. “For these are the kinds of things that the Church must be doing as we prepare for, and rejoice in, the return of Christ.”
Jun 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 59
John’s topic this month falls under the category of “planned redundancy.” During the early months of his presidency (he was elected five years ago this month), consensus was reached about the unique Alliance expression—a Christ-centered, Acts 1:8 family. John has heard a drift in that phrase, so reminds us that The Alliance isn’t just about mission but is a Jesus-centered denomination: “Focused on Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit, sent to every segment of human society, and doing it together.”
Apr 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 57
This month, John is joined by Tim Crouch, vice president for Alliance International Ministries (IM), and Mike Sohm, who leads CAMA Services (a.k.a. Compassion and Mercy Associates). The three discuss what God is doing to shape Alliance missions for the future, including organizational restructuring to more effectively lead, manage, and communicate our multi-specialization missions work. One of the first steps is the integration of CAMA into IM to create a more holistic missions ministry, which will also increase opportunities for more people in our churches with varied gifts and callings to serve in Alliance missions.
Mar 14, 2018
John Stumbo’s Audio Blog No. 56
John addresses the word “complexity” this month, specific to the increasing complexities of life and ministry that are converging upon the church and its leaders. He notes how Jesus entered a complex political environment, well aware of the complexities of spiritual warfare, and was able to avoid wrong conversations. To provide perspective on how to live in our complex world, John unpacks Matthew 10, where Jesus says, “. . . be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
Feb 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 55
This month, John is speaking from a Caribbean island where he has joined the 23rd anniversary celebration of the C&MA national network of churches there.
Jan 12, 2018
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 54
This month, John interviews Terry Smith, the new vice president for Alliance Church Ministries.
Dec 19, 2017
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 53
John brings Christmas greetings from an unexpected setting: a wedding in Colorado Springs. In his message about the Good Shepherd in Psalm 23, he explains how the Shepherd’s goodness and mercy, which is said to “follow” us (vs. 6) translates to “chases” us. “Christmas is a fantastic time for us to . . . share the good news that the God who would pursue us all the way from heaven welcomes us to the great wedding feast to come—Joy to the world! The Lord has come!”
Nov 28, 2017
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 52
John shares the keynote address he recently presented at a conference in Colorado Springs about the Alliance perspective on law and culture. From his PowerPoint titled “Our Fascinating Challenge: A Primer for Understanding Christian Engagement in a Post-Christian World,” John unpacks five points that lead to three applications for the U.S. Alliance family. “Let’s do this well,” he concludes, “living under His authority with all of His love living through us.”
Oct 12, 2017
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 51
This month John reports from Puerto Rico in the destructive aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. He describes how Alliance people are assisting Puerto Rican churches and calls the U.S. Alliance to be moved with compassion on their behalf.
Sep 13, 2017
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 50
In this, his 50th video blog since becoming president, John shares his thoughts on a number of issues, including the recent Resonate gathering, a new generation of Alliance church planters, the Church’s response to racism, pitching in to help Hurricane Harvey victims, a newly forming theology of risk, and the “hustle and bustle” of the return of fall ministry in our churches—reminding us that it’s the Spirit who leads us down this next stretch of the river, and we are simply to join His flow.
Aug 14, 2017
John Stumbo Audio Blog No. 49
This month, John takes us back to Council 2017 when he shared the message stirring in his spirit as he looked ahead to his second term as U.S. Alliance president. I trust you are challenged and inspired by his call to a greater level of ownership and engagement from The Alliance—one of God’s end-times families raised up to complete the Great Commission.
Jun 21, 2017
John Stumbo Audio Podcast No. 9
When disaster strikes, what kind of people should we be? U.S. Alliance President John Stumbo shares "preparedness training for the soul," while "ministering when the flood is still in somebody else’s backyard."