Eric Geiger knows a thing or two about what it’s like to follow a legend. We’ve all had to step into a role where we’ve felt like we’ve had big shoes to fill, so I hope you’ll appreciate his incredible insights as much as I did. Eric is the Senior Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, California. He’s also authored several books, including Simple Church (co-written with Thom Rainer).

In this episode, we talk about what it was like for Eric to take over for Kenton Beshore, a pastoral legend, and how he led Mariners through the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, we discuss the research that prompted him to write Simple Church and the one thing Eric hopes to change about how the Church does discipleship.


Introduction – 0:00

  • What led Eric to become a pastor?
  • How did Simple Church come to be?
  • How did Eric see people simplifying their strategy as a result of those findings? What worked and what didn’t?

Eric’s time at Lifeway – 11:20

  • What was his role at Lifeway?
  • How did his time at Lifeway impact his transition back into pastoral leadership?

Eric’s transition to Mariners – 20:03

  • How did Eric’s transition to Mariners Church happen?
  • What was it like to follow a legend?
  • What did Eric feel was the most pressing thing to do as soon as he stepped into his new role?

Looking towards the future – 32:52

  • What does Eric see as the future of church gathering post-COVID?
  • How does Mariners Church navigate their church structure with elders?

About Our Guest

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Eric Geiger is the Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Before moving to Southern California, Eric served as senior vice-president for LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary.

Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church. Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters: Eden and Evie. During his free time, Eric enjoys dating his wife, taking his daughters to the beach, and playing basketball.

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