People’s anxiety is at an all-time high, yet hope is at an all-time low. Now hardly seems like the time to invest in church planting, start new initiatives, or to be thinking about multiplication, vision, and the future. And yet, God has a vision for the world. His Word says he will saturate our cities with the knowledge of his glory. And he has invited us into his vision for the world.

Despite the challenges we face, we still need to lead our churches with vision. In this recording of Jim Essian’s main session teaching at the Acts 29 Advance Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, he says, “The future of the church is for those who have bold vision and take risks for the glory of God. We are far too loved to be afraid to fail.”

Click on the video below to watch this conference session as Jim encourages pastors on how to lead their churches into the future.


Jim Essian
Written by: Jim Essian on June 20, 2023

Jim Essian planted The Paradox Church in 2011 in downtown Fort Worth and serves as lead pastor. Jim played eight years of professional baseball in the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Detroit Tigers organizations prior to planting. He founded the church planting network Plant Fort Worth, which has seen 13 churches planted in the Greater Fort Worth area in the last 5 years. He is the author of Jesus For You: He Became Like You So You Could Become Like Him. Jim is married to Heather and they have three girls.