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Impact the World

Impact the World

By West Park Baptist Church
A production of West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. We have conversations about how we can all love God, love people, and impact the world.
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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. Resources 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
October 03, 2022
Financial Freedom | Jess Holloway & Al Cage | Ep. 9
Jess Holloway talks with Tara to explain what the Financial Freedom ministry is and is not. To find out more about this ministry, visit Resources Money: Seeking God’s Wisdom by Jim Newheiser Money, Debt, and Finances by Jim Newheiser
September 26, 2022
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
September 19, 2022
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
September 12, 2022
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.
September 05, 2022
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.
September 05, 2022
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. For more information about the Biblical Counseling Ministry or to fill out the form for counseling, go to or email
August 29, 2022
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.
August 22, 2022
Community Groups | Joe Kappel | Ep. 3
Tara invites Pastor Joe Kappel to describe the heart behind Community Groups and why they are important. Resources E-mail:
August 15, 2022
Bonus: Partner Highlight | Stephanie K | Ep. 2a
In this bonus episode, Tara chats it up with a longtime friend, Stephanie K. Stephanie shares how she ended up in Greece and also gives updates about the organization she partners with, Advancing the Ministries of the Gospel (AMG). Resources To find out more information about Stephanie's ministry or to sign up for her newsletter, e-mail Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper (influential in moving Stephanie towards serving overseas full time)
August 13, 2022
Life Together | Sam Polson | Ep. 2
What does it mean to do life together? In today's episode, Pastor Sam Polson explains the intention behind the series on "Life Together."
August 05, 2022
Bonus: Book Suggestions | Jake Bishop | Ep. 1a
In this bonus episode, Jake Bishop offers up recommendations for books you will want to add to your reading list. He also turns the tables on Tara and asks her for her number one book to recommend. You can decide for yourself if Jake cheated a bit with his answer.  Resources Tara's #1:  When People are Big and God Is Small by Edward T. Welch Jake's #1:  Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund Jake's #2:  Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Jake's #3:  The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer Jake's #4:  anything by Tim Keller (in particular, The Prodigal God, The Reason for God)  Jake's #5:  old books that have stood the test of time (e.g., Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, Confessions by St. Augustine, Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin)
August 05, 2022
How Do We Impact the World? | Jake Bishop | Ep. 1
In our initial episode, host Tara Hayes and Jake Bishop discuss the purpose of this podcast and its focus on how we can all impact our world. Jake also shares information about Equipping Classes. Resource Equipping Classes
August 05, 2022