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Pastor Steve Sjogren


 
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  • It was a beautiful winter’s day, showing no signs of what was to come. Our guest today, Steve Sjogren, pastor of one of America’s fastest growing churches, went into the hospital for routine gall bladder surgery and died—twice. What began as a tragic medical accident led to Steve’s encounter with death, an experience of unimaginable peace and some surprises, with comforting words from God, a meeting with an angel, and seeing those who had died before him.

    In his book, “The Day I Died”, Steve writes about his unforgettable story and catches a glimpse of the hereafter. You will discover how he learned a myriad of lessons about hearing God’s voice in times of crisis, how he came to trust God in a new way during the recovery process and how his life has changed as a result of this experience.

    Steve Sjogren launched the Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985 with 37 people. Under his leadership, the dynamic congregation grew to more than 6000 in average attendance. From the onset VCC had a strong emphasis on servant evangelism, small groups, church planting and caring for the needy. Following a medical accident in 1997 and during his recovery, Steve became the Launching Pastor. Through the years the church planting internship program and Steve’s coaching efforts have produced several dozen successful church plants. Steve is currently focused on writing, speaking and mentoring church planters. Steve’s passion for evangelism, church planting and leadership development is reflected in his writing.

    STEVE SJOGREN and his wife, Janie, have planted churches in Los Angeles, Baltimore and Cincinnati, and in Oslo, Norway. Launched in 1985, Vineyard Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, grew from 30 to more than 6,000 weekly attenders. Steve currently writes, speaks and mentors church planters. He is the author of Conspiracy of Kindness and Changing the World Through Kindness, the coauthor of Community of Kindness and has written articles that have appeared in Charisma, New Man, Discipleship Journal and more. Steve, Janie and their three children live in Ohio.

    "The cold voice of the anesthesiologist recited the typical ‘Count backward from 10’ routine. And darkness closed around me before I got to 7. That’s when I found out what it’s like to die—and to come back from the dead."

    It was a beautiful winter’s day, showing no signs of what was to come. Steve Sjogren, pastor of one of America’s fastest growing churches, went into the hospital for routine gall bladder surgery and died—twice. What began as a tragic medical accident led to Steve’s encounter with death, an experience of unimaginable peace and some surprises, with comforting words from God, a meeting with an angel, and seeing those who had died before him.

    In The Day I Died, you will read Steve Sjogren’s unforgettable story and catch a glimpse of the hereafter. Discover how he learned a myriad of lessons about hearing God’s voice in times of crisis, how he came to trust God in a new way during the recovery process and how his life has changed as a result of this experience. If you, or someone you know, are fearful of dying, curious about heaven or simply desiring to live life to its fullest, this encouraging book could change how you view life and death.
     

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