Troy Cooper lives in an area of Florida where 96% of the population is unreached with the Gospel. He's a trainer who is passionate about multiplying healthy disciples and churches.

And he has an amazing beard.

Some of the things we discussed in this week's episode include:

  • A ministry that Troy was involved with that looked great on the outside but lacked one key thing that God revealed to him
  • Some cool things that are happening with Troy's children
  • The opportunity that people who are called into the marketplace have that's different from those called into vocational ministry

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Life in Ministry

Troy met his wife of 16 years at Liberty University. She grew up on the mission field in Japan and they have been blessed with 6 children. They are passionate about doing ministry as a family.

After serving in student ministry for about 12 years, the Lord called them out of local church ministry to a pioneering missions role in Japan. While they were in Japan, God broke their hearts for lostness and redirected them back to some lesser-reached parts of the US.

Key Scripture

My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty. (Malachi 1:11)


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One of the biggest failures was really a turning point in their lives. At the time, Troy was on a mission trip in Laos and saw the fruit of what God was doing there. They had a “successful” student program. But as they saw the impact of the Gospel, Troy was deeply convicted.

We were not seeing any impact on “lostness.”


The failure and repentance in Laos was a turning point for Troy and his family in their ministry. From that moment on, they haven't wavered.

There are many ways to “do” ministry, but the center point was God advancing His Kingdom.

The next revelation was beginning to see how much “lostness” there is.

Current Ministry

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They do that by engaging ministry on two fronts

  • Going after lostness by sharing the Gospel
  • Equipping churches
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Significance in the Marketplace

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Troy reminded us that if we're in the marketplace, we're in a mission field where God wants to use you as His ambassador.

Speed Round


  • I wish I could have seen the whole plan laid out.

Done Differently

  • Asked more questions about ministry sooner.

Best Advice

  • My family is my first ministry.

Personal Success Habit

  • Posture ourselves as learners from what God is doing.

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Book Recommendation

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The Four Fields of Kingdom Growth

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Shifts in Society

Troy reminded us that we should believe what God believes about ourselves and our neighbors. He loves them and wants to use us to reach them with the Gospel.

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