Episode 013 – Why We Create with AJ Reilly

Show Notes:

A.J. Reilly was born near Detroit, Michigan, to a stay-at-home mom and a Baptist minister. Growing up he was heavily involved in athletics, earning a scholarship to play football in college. After college A.J. began to write, starting in 2014, after the death of his grandfather.

A.J. teaches 7th and 8th-grade history in Plano, Texas, and signed his first publishing contract with Waldorf Publishing in 2015. He runs his own blog at ajreilly.com and most nights after school he is busy enjoying a fine cigar, and either cheering on his beloved Detroit Tigers or reading a great book.


  • A.J. Reilly on Amazon
  • Follow on Twitter @_ajreilly


  • When A.J. came to know God (3:00)
  • The sides of vocational ministry – good, bad the ugly (4:20)
  • The ministry responsibility falls on all of us, not just the pastors (6:34)
  • What is a disciple (7:30)
  • Denominational Divides (10:30)
  • How to reach millennials with depth, converse not divide (13:30)
  • Creating missional communities (16:00)
  • Being a disciple is highly inconvenient (18:00)
  • The Reilly family (20:30)
  • New father advice (22:40)
  • A.J. Reilly the author (25:30)
  • Damaged wings, comes out October 2017 (26:27)
  • A new book in the works (30:45)
  • Dealing with vulnerability as a writer, creative and entrepreneur (34:00)

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