God Tricked Me Into This

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Kyle Idleman grew up the son of a seminary president, and though he grew up in a healthy home and loved his involvement in his local church, the expectations of becoming a pastor caused teenaged Kyle to claim he’d never be a pastor. God had other plans.

After taking a preaching gig in college solely for the fifty bucks it paid for each sermon, by the time Kyle had preached for six weeks, he felt God’s call, and what’s more, he loved preaching. He likes to joke that God “tricked” him into this calling.

On this episode, Mike Cosper sits down with Kyle to discuss his career as a church planter, his role as senior pastor of a 20,000+ member megachurch, and his evolution as an author. It’s an encouraging conversation.

Cultivated is a production of Harbor Media and Narrativo Group. This episode was produced by Mike Cosper, edited by Quinnette Connor, and recorded and mixed by TJ Hester. Our theme song is by Roman Candle, with additional music by Dan Phelps and Roman Candle. Special thanks to Don Gates and Cary Meyer for making this interview happen.