Church Planting As Pregnancy

In this episode of the How To Plant A Healthy Church Podcast, we have a very candid and detailed look into the heart and life of church planter Suhail Stephen.

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Suhail Stephen

Spiritual Director, School of Spiritual Direction

This week we have a very candid and detailed look into the heart and life of a church planter from the initial dreaming and vision stage through to the actual planting. Suhail recounts the many internal leading he felt from the Lord and then also recounts the ways those leadings and dreams were externally confirmed – very much like the process of pregnancy leading to the birth of a new baby.


Our Guest

Suhail Stephen

Suhail is from India, grew up as a missionary kid, and has lived in seven countries. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a beautiful daughter named Anaya and they live in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He did his undergraduate studies in English Literature and Philosophy at Wheaton College and completed his masters in Community Leadership and Philanthropy Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his training in spiritual direction in Sustainable Faith’s School of Spiritual Direction. In addition to being a spiritual director and teaching in the School of Spiritual Direction, he is also the founder and director of (as well as a teacher in) Sustainable Faith’s School of Mercy and Justice. He has been part of the Vineyard since 2001 and currently serves as a National Catalyst for Vineyard Canada. Previously, he pastored at Winnipeg Centre Vineyard, and served as a worship leader at both Trinity Vineyard Christian Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois and at Kowloon City Vineyard in Hong Kong. Suhail loves film, music, reading, writing, travel, and football (FC Barcelona!). You can follow him here.


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