Impact the WorldNov 20, 2023
The Elders | Tara Hayes & Paul Wehmeier | Ep. 49
Continuing the series, “We Are West Park,” Tara sits down with the chairman of The Elders, Paul Wehmeier and they discuss Elders at West Park. Why do we have elders, what is their role in the church, and who are our Elders?
Covenant Membership | Tara Hayes and James Lynch | Ep. 48
Continuing the series, “We Are West Park,” Tara and James discuss the importance of covenant membership at West Park. How is a covenant different from a contract? Is it biblical and why is it important to who West Park is?
Our Doctrinal Statement | Tara Hayes and Joe Kappel | Ep. 47
As part of a series in November called, “We Are West Park,” Tara and Pastor Joe discuss the recent amendments to West Park’s doctrinal statement. They focus on the importance of a doctrinal statement, and the reasons and process of amending the current statement.
Making the Most of the Empty Nest | Tara Hayes and James Lynch | Ep. #46
In a continuation of the Faith and Family series, Tara and James Lynch discuss making the best of the empty nest. How do you respond if you didn’t want the empty nest to ever happen – what if you’ve been looking forward to an empty nest but now you have boomerang kids? The Bible has answers and encouragement for all these situations.
Raising Kids in the Digital Age | Tara Hayes, Joe Kappel and Jake Bishop | Ep. 45
In a follow-up to the Faith and Family series Tara, Pastor Joe and Jake have a conversation about the challenges to both parents and kids when raising a family in the digital age.
Middle School Ministry | Tara Hayes and Audra Chaney | Ep. 44
Continuing our monthly ministry focus Tara and Audra Chaney talk about Middle School Ministry. Audra shares her testimony as well as how she landed in ministry and what influence the middle school ministry had on where she is today. They also discuss the goals of the ministry and the importance of family involvement in their kids' spiritual development.
High School Ministry | Tara Hayes and Colin Hughes | Ep. 43
During August our ministry focus has been Students. Tara has a conversation about the goals and vision of high school ministry, the changes that have recently taken place, and upcoming events. Colin turns the interview mic on Tara and asks her about what high school was like for her!
Singles and the Church | Tara Hayes & Matthew Goldstine | Ep. 42
As a part of the August Faith and Family series, Tara and Matthew lead a conversation with a live audience about being single in the church. Why is being single called a gift in scripture and what does that really mean? What is the responsibility of singles and those who are not to form community within the body of believers?
Bonus: Partner Highlight | Carmen and Rhode | Ep. 41a
Tara meets again with Global Partner, Carmen and her colleague, Rhode from Cuba. They talk about how God called Rhode into ministry as a child and how that has influenced her work with children not only in Cuba but also all over the world. They also discuss what it is like to live and serve in Cuba.
Intergenerational Church Conclusion | James Lynch and Matthew Goldstine | Ep. 41
James and Matthew conclude the conversation about Intergenerational Church. They encourage us all to explore what the church would look like and what we could accomplish in our community and for His Kingdom if we are all seeking to use our gifts as one body across the generations.
Bonus: Partner Highlight | Peter | Ep. 40a
Tara gets to have a conversation with our Global Partner Peter after a brief stop at West Park. They explore all the ways God is moving Peter and his team to minister in his home country.
Intergenerational Church Interviews PT 2 | James, Matthew, Ben, Dennis | Ep. 40
James and Matthew sit down with Ben and Dennis and continue the discussion about how generations work together in the church.
Intergenerational Church Interviews | James Lynch, Matthew Goldstine, Sue Polson, Coleen Hebert | Ep. 39
James and Matthew sit down with Sue and Coleen to discuss how they see God working in them today and through the different stages of their lives.
Intergenerational Church | James Lynch & Matthew Goldstine | Ep. 38
Tara sat down with Pastor James Lynch and Matthew Goldstine to kick off a series that will be led by James and Matthew about Intergenerational Church. They laid the foundation for the importance of not just a multi-generational church but also, the importance of how they interact and how they are mutually beneficial to one another’s spiritual growth. Resources Impact the World - Episode 36 - Sr. Adult Ministry
Biblical Counseling Certification Process | Pastor Al & Terri Cage | Ep. 37
To kick off the May Ministry Focus of Biblical Counseling, Tara, Pastor Al, and Terri Cage discuss the framework of Biblical Counseling and how it forms the process of becoming a Biblical Counselor at West Park.
Senior Adult Ministry | Pastor James Lynch | Ep. 36
Book Review | Jake Bishop | Ep. 35
Tara and Jake sit down to discuss the quarterly book review. In this episode, they cover the books that are used in the Training Program. The conversation explores the benefits of these books for the Christian life whether you are part of the Training Program or not.
Training Program | LeAnn Hilemon, Jonathan Russell, and Sally Folden | Ep. 34
Join Tara as she sits down with LeAnn, Jonathan, and Sally to discuss the Training Program led by Jake Bishop. They will share ways they’ve grown spiritually and give insight as to how all people in the church can benefit from this program. The application process will be open from April 16 – May 14. Weekly meetings will begin September 12, 2023 and last through May 7, 2024.
Romans Discussion | Pastor Joe Kappel & Jake Bishop | Ep. 33
Tara sits down with Pastor Joe and Jake to discuss a brief recap of where we’ve been in Romans, and where we’re headed. There is also a discussion of how the pastors determine the direction of the series and what they have learned as they prepare to preach each week.
How Do We Know the Resurrection Really Happened? | Jake Bishop | Ep. 32
In this episode, Tara and Jake discuss why the Resurrection is important to Christianity and give 5 quick points that prove it was a historical event. These points are just a few of many others and Jake and Tara discuss books that dive deeper into this subject.
Resurrection of The Son of God by N.T. Wright
Hope In Times of Fear by Timothy Keller
Renewal, Volunteers | David Jones & Scott Williams | Ep. 31
During March the Ministry Focus has been Renewal. In this episode, David Jones shares his testimony, what brought him to Renewal, and how God is using him as a volunteer. Scott Williams also joins Tara and discusses the different facets of Renewal, who the program is for, and how change is brought about.
Because You Gave | Lisa Newsome | Ep. 30
In this episode, Tara will be talking with Lisa Newsome about the new Nursery Hallway. This “Because You Gave” story is a celebration of just one of the ways God is using the resources that the people of West Park have given in order to further His kingdom work!
Renewal Participant, Kaitlyn | Scott & Kaitlyn | Ep. 29
For the March Ministry Focus Tara has a conversation with Scott and Kaitlyn about the Renewal ministry. Kaitlyn discusses what brought her to Renewal, her turning point, and how God worked in her life through this vital ministry.
Serving Opportunities | Cindy Reynolds | Ep. 28
Ministry Focus – Global Missions | Sam Polson | Ep. 27
For February’s Ministry Focus, Tara and Pastor Sam Polson sit down and discuss Missions at West Park. They take a brief look at how it has developed over the years not only around the world but also at West Park. They highlight what is different about how West Park supports missionaries from other churches.
Partner Highlight | Greg & Suzanne Pitts | Ep. 26
Tara is joined by Greg and Suzanne Pitts, long-time global partners with West Park. Get to know Greg and Suzanne better as well as hear about how God has used them in various ways through the years. Hear about how God has them serving now!
Partner Highlight, Part 1 | Carmen | Ep. 24
Listen to part one of the touching story of Carmen, one of our global partners.
Partner Highlight, Part 2 | Carmen | Ep. 25
Listen to part two of the touching story of Carmen, one of our global partners.
Book Recommendations from 2022 | Jake Bishop | Ep. 23
Jake Bishop shares with Tara his top list of books that he read in 2022. Which ones stuck out to him and made an impact on him during the last year? Listen to find out.
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Tim Keller
Habits of the Household by Justin Whitmel Earley
How to Pray by Pete Greig
Prayer in the Night by Tish Harrison Warren
The God of the Garden by Andrew Peterson
A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson by Winn Collier
Becoming Dallas Willard: The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower by Gary Moon
Recommendations by Others on West Park Staff
Think Again: The Relief from the Burden of Introspection by Jared Mellinger
The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart by Ruth Chou Simons
Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons
Romans Recap and Looking Ahead | Joe Kappel | Ep. 22
As we return to the book of Romans, Tara and Pastor Joe Kappel review main themes that were covered from chapters 1-5 as well as discuss important subjects to come in chapters 6-11.
Messages from West Park Baptist Church
Formed Through Community | Jake Bishop | Ep. 21
Formed Through Prayer | Joe Kappel | Ep. 20
Tara and Pastor Joe Kappel discuss prayer and the part it plays in spiritual formation. They discuss practical applications of the REAP guides and give an outline of how to pray.
Prone to Wander: Prayers of Confession and Celebration by Barbara R. Duguid (Author), and others
Guide to Prayer
P – Praise
R – Repent
A – Ask
Y – Yield
Formed Through Scripture | Al Cage | Ep. 19
Tara and Pastor Al Cage kick off a three-week series about spiritual formation. They discuss the role Scripture plays in spiritual formation, how we received Scripture, its sufficiency for life, and the motivation of studying and living according to Scripture.
End-of-2022 Wrap-up | LeAnn Hilemon | Ep. 18
Legacy Giving | James Lynch, James Lawrence | Ep. 17
Kids Ministry | Lisa Newsome | Ep. 16
Bonus: Partner Highlight | Emil T | Ep. 15a
Tara sits down with global partner Emil Toader to discuss West Park’s long-time partnership with Missio Link International in Romania. Listen as they discuss ways God is working in Romania, the war in Ukraine, and how West Park contributed to their work with Ukrainian refugees.
Hospitality | Jake Bishop | Ep. 15
Jake Bishop and Tara continue the topic of spiritual formation. On this episode they discuss the biblical view of hospitality, practical tips on what it is and what it isn’t, and why it is important.
The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield
Trusting God | Sam Polson | Ep. 14
Pastor Sam Polson discusses with Tara the upcoming November focus, Trusting God – Generosity for Generations. Learn about the history of the Jehovah-Jireh offering each November as well as how God has used it in the past and how it will impact the generations to come.
SALT Luncheon Live | James Lynch & others | Ep. 13
Impact the World goes LIVE at the SALT Luncheon! SALT is the acronym for Senior Adults Living Triumphantly. Learn about the many facets of this ministry with James Lynch, Dennis Ramsey, and Pam Jackson. We also hear from Allison Thompson and Hannah Irwin regarding how CedarBrook Outreach is partnering with SALT.
Thanksgiving Boxes | Cindy Reynolds | Ep. 12
Every year, West Park Baptist Church holds a Thanksgiving Boxes event. Congregation members are encouraged to fill a box that gets distributed to families in our community to help them celebrate the holiday. Cindy Reynolds tells us more about this event, including the purpose and this year’s goal.
Renewal | Scott Williams | Ep. 11
Scott Williams talks with Tara about the Renewal Ministry, which is a ministry and support group for those struggling with bondage to addiction of any kind. During their discussion, Scott and Tara discuss the biblical view of what addiction is and how the hope offered in God’s word is truly life changing. To find out more about this ministry, visit www.westparkbaptist.org/renewal.
The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective by Mark Shaw
The Heart of Addiction Workbook by Mark Shaw
Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies by Mark Shaw
Sabbath | Jake Bishop | Ep. 10
When you ask the question, “How are you?” people often say one of two things – “I’m busy” or “I’m tired.” But is this how we are meant to exist in our everyday lives? On this bonus episode, Jake and Tara sit down to discuss the spiritual discipline of Sabbath. During their time, they talk about a simple definition of Sabbath and give practical steps to practicing this spiritual discipline.
Subversive Sabbath: The Surprising Power of Rest in a Nonstop World by A. J. Swoboda
The Sabbath (FSG Classics) by Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer
Financial Freedom | Jess Holloway & Al Cage | Ep. 9
GriefShare | Tony Sawyer & Al Cage | Ep. 8
Experiencing the sorrow of a heart broken by loss is most likely the most difficult part of our journey as humans living on this earth. Listen to Tony Sawyer as he explains how Griefshare ministers to those walking through this valley. Al has a specific challenge to men. To find out more, including how to register, visit westparkbaptist.org/griefshare.
DivorceCare | Larry Cooper, Amy Larson, & Al Cage | Ep. 7
During this episode, Larry Cooper, Amy Larson, and Pastor Al Cage share with Tara their heart for bringing hope to those going through the difficulties of separation and/or divorce. This is part of a series of episodes exploring the Biblical Support Ministries at West Park and their focus of being “helping ministries” as they make an impact on not only our church body, but also our surrounding communities. To find out more about this ministry or to register for an upcoming class, go to westparkbaptist.org/divorcecare.
How We Change | Jake Bishop | Ep. 6
Since spiritual formation happens to everyone, how do we change? Jake introduces us to the topic of spiritual disciplines that each of us can implement on our journey to become more like Jesus.
Bonus: Silence & Solitude | Jake Bishop | Ep. 6a
We are distracted. How can we seek out silence and solitude to combat this constant state of distraction? Jake and Tara discuss this spiritual discipline and how it is foundational to spiritual formation.
Biblical Counseling | Al & Terri Cage, Ruth Blevins | Ep. 5
Join Tara Hayes as she sits down with leaders from the Biblical Counseling Ministry as they discuss the heart and vision behind the ministry and how it is foundational to all of the other Biblical Support Ministries at West Park. This will help you understand what biblical counseling is and is not. It also gives insight into how to get involved or how to reach out to a counselor.
Biblical Support Ministries | Al Cage | Ep. 4
Pastor Al Cage joins Tara to discuss the Biblical Support Ministries and how the BSM team is growing and making a difference in the lives of believers. Hear an overview of the lay of the land of BSM and what this ministry covers.