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Jim is the co-founder and Senior Pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. Prior to his role as senior pastor, he served as a youth minister in two small churches. In college, Jim won three All American titles in wrestling and went on to become a successful wrestling coach. Jim holds degrees from Boise State University and Boise Bible College. His voice reaches hundreds of thousands across the nation through speaking conferences, Internet, radio, and weekend services. He is the author of three books: Church is a Team Sport (2008), Real-Life Discipleship (2010), and The Power of Together (2016). He also co-authored two books with others: Real-Life Discipleship Training Manual (2010) (with Avery Willis, Brandon Guindon, and Bill Krause) and DiscipleShift (2013) (with Bobby Harrington and Robert Coleman) and recently co-authored Hope for the Prodigal (2017) with his father Bill Putman. Jim’s passion is discipleship through small groups. With his background in sports and coaching, he believes in the value of strong coaching as a means to disciple others. Jim and his wife Lori live in scenic northern Idaho. They have three boys and four grandkids.
David Young grew up in the churches of Christ in Middle Tennessee, where he began preaching at the age of 16. He currently serves as the senior minister for the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He has worked for churches in Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee, taught New Testament at several colleges, and traveled widely teaching and preaching, leading mission trips and hosting tours to the Holy Lands and to other religious sites. He has published chapters in several books, has circulated numerous papers, and has published several books, including New Day: Restoring the Revolutionary Mission of Christ’s Church, Alive in the Spirit: A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit, and Extreme Discipleship: Following Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. He holds the B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University, the M.A. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament from Vanderbilt University. David and his wife, Julie, have two redheaded children, Rachel and Jonathan.