The Mike Slaughter Interview

***Thanks to Tim in Berea, OH who sent over an ultra-optimized video file that’s only 60MB!***

Mike Slaughter shares his heart as it relates to over 30 years of solid ministry at Ginghamsburg Church at Tipp City (Dayton), Ohio. Slaughter reflects upon how his initial church growth strategy misfired. He had to get a vision from on high.

His pathway has been marked by moderate but consistent growth ever since. That same growth has been repeated year after year as he has sought to disciple small numbers of people in his span of care – never more than a dozen people at a time though. Hear how that simple approach to outward care continues to transform the lives of his leaders and his city today.

He shares thoughts on the makings of the church that is destined for outwardness that leads to health. It is an exciting perspective that will lift your heart and mind.

Here’s the MP3 of the interview you can listen to or download. It is 84MB (we’ll get this smaller soon).

Slaughter’s newest book is in the final creative stages with the publishers:
Change The World - rediscovering the ministry and message of Jesus.
Release date of January, 2010 (Abingdon Press).

3-50-mslaughter-2009About Mike Slaughter
Chief Dreamer, Ginghamsburg Church
Mike Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg Church, is the three-decade dreamer of Ginghamsburg Church and spiritual entrepreneur of ministry marketplace innovations.  His life-long passion to reach the lost and set the oppressed free has now made him a tireless and leading advocate for the displaced children, women and men of Darfur, Sudan, named by the U.N. as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.  Under Mike’s leadership, Ginghamsburg Church has become known as an early innovator of small group ministry, the Church “media reformation” and cyberministry, with the Ginghamsburg website averaging 50,000 visits monthly from around the world.  Since initiating The Sudan Project in January 2005, Ginghamsburg has invested over $3.7 million into humanitarian relief in Darfur.  The resultant agricultural project, child development program and safe water initiative are expanding to reach a quarter of a million Sudanese refugees and villagers.  As a mentor, Mike travels globally to speak and use his “gift of irritation” to equip ministry leaders to minimize brick and maximize mission so that they may fully deploy the mission of Jesus into the world.  Mike is also the author of multiple books for church leaders.  For more information about Mike, visit

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30 Responses to “The Mike Slaughter Interview”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’ve been able to watch the other videos, but this one just keeps trying to load with no results.

  2. Bill Says:

    Same as Sarah. This is one video that does not load / cannot view.

  3. Tim Says:

    The interview is about 30 minutes, and it is a 424MB file, so it will take a while to download.
    Start the download, make some coffee!

  4. David Ziegel Says:

    Would love to hear interview, but besides the downloading issue, is there a way to get this as an mp3 file. I have much more time for “listening on the go” then for sitting and watching.

  5. Steve Sjo Says:

    To all having issues with the video loading, the video is a bit large, as Tim said. Hit “Play” and it will start to load the video. It might take a few minutes until it starts playing.

    David, I’ll have the MP3 posted later today or tomorrow for this interview as well as the Dino Rizzo interview.

  6. tp Says:

    yep – won’t load – don’t feel bad – you’re not the only one.

  7. Bud Gillett Says:

    It does not seem to load. I have allowed 30 min. with no results. Thanks.

  8. jeanne Says:

    Apparently Slaughter’s techno-savy wasn’t used to devlop this video! Personally I never heard of the dude but my God-given heart is for Pakistan. Anyway, whatever works for YOU or God leads you to do to share Jesus, just do it faithfully like Slaughter apparently is doing!

  9. Vickie Says:

    Well, I am in agreement with almost all the other comments. Doesn’t seem like you should have to wait 30 minutes to download a 30 minute interview. I have never had this problem before, so I am thinking that something is not quite right here.

  10. Christophe Says:

    Thank you so much for posting that!
    It is definitely worth the wait (10 min?)…
    (I guess with a much smaller resolution, it would still be ok, and maybe more people would have the patience for it to download).

  11. Dave Says:

    Thanks for working on the video because I couldn’t load the last one and the one before played with constant pauses.

  12. Val Says:

    Definitely worth the wait- it took between 5-10 minutes this AM to download and played without pauses. Profound truth: “Crowds do not represent the committed”. He reiterated my heartcry for discipleship building, missional communities. “Building intimate atmospheres in multiple places”……..Let it be.

    Thanks for sharing this Steve- very encouraging. To you and all of you who weathered the blows and began to pave the way through the 80’s and 90’s as described in this video- Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  13. Bridget Says:

    Loved this interview. So inspiring to hear a discussion on inspiring congregations to get out and do the work of mission and ministry and not simply become megastructures for the sake of it. This seems to be such an era when size, big facilities, and a mentality of what do I get out of it…seem to be very prevalent in our church culture.

    This is an excellent resource and I plan to play it at our next leadership meeting. Thanks so much!!

  14. Deborah Kiblinger Says:

    This was refreshing! I have to admit my cynicism when I found out he pastored a big church which translates to a lot of spectators in my mind. Sorry about that. I was so pleased/elated to hear his thinking on spending money on missions rather than mortar. I feel there is a ground swell of smaller yet dynamic churches breaking out as real discipleship is jumpstarted again. For anyone that’s interested, Neil Cole’s book Organic Church has a lot of great insight on refocusing on discipleship and planting small but dynamic missional churches. Thanks Steve and Mike for the interview.

  15. Doug Says:

    WOW!!! it was encouraging to listen to someone with a like minded heart towards the lost, and the church. Keep up the good work and may the Lord multiply 100 fold and more all that you do for His Glory….

  16. Dennis Says:

    Thanks for the interview and I agree it was refreshing to hear about their desire to work outside the church. I like the concept of church restart and wished they went into more detail about that. With so many churches dying I think this could be exciting. I know it would be easier to start a fresh home group then it would to restart something that has a history of tradition…….but it has caught my ear.

  17. Scott Says:

    Thanks for posting the interview. Mike had some great points.

    I’ve been working with youth the past six years and I noticed a change that Mike also pointed out. While they still want to do some ‘fun’ things, they also really have a desire to go out and make a difference. I really liked the idea of moving from mortar to missions- What ways do you get your congregation to understand this?

    Thanks for the Challenge and the word of encouragement!
    In Him,

  18. Tim Hamm Says:

    Thanks for an awesome interview about having the heart of Jesus and how to practically make that happen, very encouraging. Would pay for that kind of leadership training!!

  19. Tom Sanders Says:

    Hmmm, no problem downloading at all, and was a great interview. I have never heard Mike Slaughter personally before, though have read some of his stuff. I like his accent too!

  20. Rebecca Cagle, Professional Life Coach Says:

    I had no trouble with the video and believe it is worth the wait if you have to. Mike’s experience with his church will help lead the next generation as well as the rest of us into ministry that matters outside the walls of any church building. We are commissioned to evangelize the world and Mike’s church is active in that calling. The fields are white with the harvest. We have to get working in a way that matters to our brothers and sisters in the Lord – taking pages from the reality of God’s Word.

  21. Donna Says:

    I did watch the entire message and now I need to go back to watch it again and take notes. I personally had never heard of Mike Slaughter. Do you think I accidently found this interview message? I don’t think so. My husband and I are in the beginning stages of preparing a launch team to plant a new church in the NorthWest. I was googling some information and God led me to this site. I love the heart of Mike Slaughter and the message shared is diffinitely one I believe God wanted me to hear. It’s helpful. Thank you for having a heart for the gospel, for people and for getting the message out to those of us who are planting churches. Keep up the good work.

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  23. Maria Says:

    i did love these! and i am not brave. just slightly crazy. okay. REALLY crazy. hold on- what do you mean by that?thanks for these, bryan! and thank you for the kind words!

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