In this week’s episode, Dr. JR Woodward talks about the critical role of character and identity formation for missional leadership. We also engage in a rich conversation about the role of desire in spiritual formation. Bio: JR Woodward (PhD, University of Manchester U.K.) has been passionately planting churches on the East and West Coast that value tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, locally-rooted presence and boundary-crossing mission for over 25 years. He is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012) and co-author of The Church as Movement (IVP, 2016). He co-founded the Missio Alliance and currently serves as the National Director for the V3 Church Planting Movement. He is the co-founder of the Praxis Gathering and writes for numerous websites and journals. He also holds a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard and new people. He enjoys photography and film and tries to attend the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can. Books by JR Woodward Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012) https://amzn.to/35UJcSS The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities (with Dan White; IVP, 2016) https://amzn.to/320P0t6 ViralHope: Good News from the Urbs to the Burbs (and Everything in Between) (2010) https://amzn.to/321yedl Books Recommended by JR Rene Girard Deceit, Desire, & the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure https://amzn.to/3oJToGG Lesslie Newbiggin The Gospel in a Pluralist Society https://amzn.to/2HWi39O Peter Scazzero The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World https://amzn.to/3oURAuC James K. A. Smith Desiring the Kingdom (Cultural Liturgies) https://amzn.to/3kMtijX William Stringfellow An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land https://amzn.to/35P2Vn6 Van Gelder and Zscheile Participating in God's Mission: A Theological Missiology for the Church in America (The Gospel and Our Culture Series (GOCS)) https://amzn.to/3mFsFZR Walter Wink Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination https://amzn.to/3ectI0q NT Wright https://amzn.to/2TFOhsT Brian's Book on Missional Interpretation (Re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World https://amzn.to/35TTuTo Connect with JR: Twitter: @dreamawakener Website: http://jrwoodward.net/ Connect with Brian: Twitter: @briandrussell IG: @yourprofessorforlife Website: www.drbrianrussellcoaching.com Deep Dive Spirituality Group Coaching for Pastors: www.deepdivespirituality.com Links to Amazon are affiliate links.