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The Rob Skinner Podcast

May 3, 2020

Who is Mike Fontenot?

Mike Fontenot became a Christian in 1969.  After graduating from Louisiana State University, he went to Fuller Seminary for his Master's Degree.  He and his wife, Tess, planted a church in Sydney, Australia in the early eighties.  That church has grown to three hundred members and they have planted churches all over Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.  At an age that many have long retired, Mike is still passionately working to advance the gospel "Down Under."  In this interview, Mike shares about his journey as a Christian, church planter and church multiplier.  He shares how he has kept his spiritual fire burning brightly for over fifty years. 

Program Outline


  • How did you become Christians?
  • Tell me about the growth of the churches in Australia:  How many, how big, rate of growth etc.
  • You just celebrated 50 years in Christ, how have you managed to keep your love growing?
  • You are a couple that is making a difference, what drives you?
  • What was it like raising a family on the mission field?
  • What advice would you give a person, man or woman, who wants to make a difference and live "no regrets" life?
  • What would you tell a younger man or woman who has leadership ambitions?
  • Do you have any regrets, anything you wish you could do over or differently?
  • You returned to Australia at the age most people retire, why?
  • Facing a situation of little or declining growth, what was your plan, how did you execute it?
  • What does "High Faith & High Expectations" mean?
  • If someone is in a situation that has been stagnant or plateaued for a while, what advice would you give them?
  • What is transferable from your situation?
  • Tell me about a time when you came back from a setback or failure.
  • What advice would you give to people who are dealing with failure or discouragement?
  • Who else do you know that is really standing out and growing?  Multiplying disciples, leaders and churches?
  • What advice would you give me to plant ten churches in the next ten years?
  • Tell me about something that keeps your spiritual fire and ambition burning brightly.