July 14th, 2020 | Season 3 | 31 mins 17 secs
Rev. Melanie Lemburg, an ordained priest in the Episcopal church, and Rev. Aimee Baxter, an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church, serve together as pastoral leaders at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. In this episode, Melanie and Aimee speak to the leadership challenges and opportunities that have arisen while leading into month four of a global pandemic.
July 1st, 2020 | Season 3 | 32 mins 34 secs
Life will throw us all some major sucker punches at one point or another. We will get knocked down. Mary Fran Bontempo discovered her son was a heroin addict at about the same time her career in the newspaper industry was facing major cultural shifts and an uncertain future. Kristin Smedley's first son was born blind. Then, her second son was born blind as well. Today, Mary Fran and Kristin co-produce the Brilliantly Resilient Podcast in addition to leading other advocacy groups. On this episode, they share their personal stories, and teach us a think or two about resilience and hope. Go Phils!
June 8th, 2020 | Season 3 | 41 mins 22 secs
Rev. Rochelle Andrews in an Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She currently serves as the Director of the The Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and as the Associate Pastor of Oak Chapel UMC. In this episode, Rev Andrews speaks to the need for ministry leaders to see beyond the pulpit. Her experience in the business world, politics, and church leadership gives her keen insight into the racial, economic, and social disparities that exist in our world, which have created the world we live in. Rochelle speaks to her passion for justice, not charity, advocacy, and policy change, calling the church to task and inviting us to pray with our actions.
May 11th, 2020 | Season 3 | 26 mins 21 secs
Rev Amor Woolsey serves as the Brigade Chaplain for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Maryland National Guard, in addition to serving the local church as a senior pastor. In this episode, Chaplain Woolsey discusses her experience as a woman in a male dominated career field. She talks boots on the ground ministry, how Jesus is made real in world of nones and dones, and how military chaplaincy extends the work of the local church in this particular setting.
May 4th, 2020 | Season 3 | 25 mins 45 secs
Rev Jenny Smith is an ordained elder and lead pastor serving Washington state. Jenny is the founder of Palms Up, a contemplative ministry practice that guides people through the difficult practices of showing up, paying attention, cooperating with God, and releasing the outcome. Learning to show up and release the outcome is much harder than it sounds. Jenny talks about living a Palms Up life as a woman, wife, mama, and pastor in this episode.
April 27th, 2020 | Season 3 | 31 mins 23 secs
In the post-Christendom West, many church leaders struggle to organize in ways that allow them to both gather together for worship as a local Body, and equip disciples to be sent into the world. Many other leaders spend so much time debating whether the church should be attractional or missional in form. Few leaders, however, embrace the needed both/and approach. A church that both gathers and is sent. In this episode, Rev Janet Durrwachter, Executive Pastor at First Church in Williamsport, PA discusses her role and passion in a large and innovative church that has been living into a gathered and sent form for many years.
April 21st, 2020 | Season 3 | 31 mins 46 secs
In many ways, the COVID pandemic has simply accelerated the changes ministry leaders have needed to make in order to intersect with how culture connects and engages. Many of the current ministry adaptations that COVID has forced, will continue long after this current pandemic passes. This is true regardless of age or demographic. Therefore, we should likely make peace with our new reality and continue to live into our purpose, which never changes.
In this episode, Rev. Monica Reynolds hosts a conversation with two ministry leaders from Ebenezer Church, a large and thriving congregation in the Washington DC metro area. Michelle Paquette, the Director of Student Ministries, and Vicki Stones, the Director of Empty Nest and Older Adult Ministries discuss how COVID is shaping the current and future reality of their ministry areas. Because whether one is in 6th grade or 85 years old, the church is still called to be the church. Take a listen, and find out what Vicki and Michelle have learned about matters most, and how they are organizing to make it happen...
June 11th, 2019 | Season 2 | 23 mins 44 secs
Rev. Jessie Colwell is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has served several local churches and various boards and agencies for over 10 years. In this episode, Pastor Jessie speaks to Pastor Monica about the importance of mentorship in her own life and in the life of the church. Jessie credits strong mentors for making her who she is today believes everyone should always both have a mentor and be a mentor.
March 23rd, 2019 | Season 2 | 37 mins 3 secs
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In the post-Christendom West, God seems to be leading more and more disciples away from large and shiny attractional models of church and toward smaller, more authentic, relational spaces for ministry that are grounded in place and grounded in the ordinary.
In this episode, author and popular writer Shannan Martin talks about how God led her and her prison chaplain husband away from comfort and security and toward a gritty, relational, and real ministry of ordinary places and with ordinary people. As a lay person in St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Goshen, Indiana, Shannan talks about how a small dying church was revived and given new life by a simple commitment to people, place, generous welcome and dedication to the long haul.
Shannan's blog can be found at shannanmartinwrites.com and her book, "The Ministry of Ordinary Places" can be found in all places where books are sold.
February 22nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 33 mins 35 secs
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Rev. Mary Lee Downey is the executive director of The Community Hope Center, a one-stop shop providing services to the homeless and disenfranchised in Osceola County, Florida. In 2016, The Community Hope Center was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builder's Award and in 2015 was awarded the "Bob Allen Award" by Walt Disney World for innovative approaches to helping the homeless in the community. In the last four yeas, The Community Hope Center has served over 15,000 individuals in the Central Florida area. The Center focuses on a "Housing First" model of care, while also including a strong position regarding poverty alleviation. Rev Downey is a Deacon in the United Methodist church and has maintained a consistent vision and call to minister with a justice seeking approach. In this episode, she shares with clarity and purpose why and how this ministry is so powerful and transformative.
February 16th, 2019 | Season 2 | 26 mins 55 secs
Bishop Sharma Lewis is a trailblazer, passionate leader, methodical thinker, collaborator, and lover of Jesus and the church. Bishop Lewis, who is the current bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 2016.
In this episode, Bishop Lewis talks openly about navigating leadership as a woman of color and woman in a patriarchal society. She offers helpful suggestions for our male colleagues and brothers and ministry to help us navigate obstacles they may be unaware of. Bishop Lewis reminds us how powerful the gift of wisdom can be in confusing times like these. When speaking about trust and multiple loyalties and the upcoming called general conference for the United Methodist Church, Bishop Lewis shares where she finds peace and wisdom, and reminds us all that God's church will go on and that the callings on our lives will as well.
February 11th, 2019 | Season 2 | 29 mins 14 secs
Bishop Sharma Lewis is a trailblazer, passionate leader, methodical thinker, collaborator, and lover of Jesus and the church. Bishop Lewis, who is the current bishop of the Richmond episcopal area, became the first African-American woman to be elected bishop in the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in 2016. Used to being the "first" in many arenas, Bishop Lewis, a former scientist, addresses leadership, leading the church, leading as a woman, leading as a woman of color, and the call she has to "work hard" in all that she does because "this" is still not the norm. This episode could also be titled, "I just said that" and other frustrations faced daily by women leaders.
January 13th, 2019 | Season 2 | 30 mins 44 secs
Tara Beth Leach is the senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (PazNaz) in Southern California. Tara is a trailblazer and bold leader serving a large, historically male led church, in a male dominated denomination. Tara Beth previously served at churches in upstate New York and the Chicago suburbs. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and earned her MDiv from Northern Seminary. She writes regularly for Missio Alliance, lives in California with her husband and two children, and recently released her book, "Emboldened" into the world.
January 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 31 mins 26 secs
Rachel Billups is the lead communicator (read: preacher) and Executive Pastor of Next Generation Ministries at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio. She is a visionary leader, ordained elder, and author. In February 2019, Rachel and her team are hosting the FIERCE women's conference in Tipp City, Ohio aimed at connecting and encouraging women who lead in various facets of ministry.
December 13th, 2018 | Season 2 | 33 mins 45 secs
How can we learn to embrace our brave? Whether it's being willing to be a beginner at something new, overcoming fear, believing in ourself, or simply trusting our ability to lead, Kelly chats with us about her own journey and willingness to reinvent herself time and again. Kelly, a clinical social worker, author, and coach reminds us through biblical examples and personal stories that God has made us to be brave and not fearful. Her new devotional, Being Brave: a 40 Day to the Life God Dreams for You is available in all places books are sold.
October 3rd, 2018 | Season 2 | 26 mins 55 secs
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As the institutional church struggles to attract new people into established systems, systems that many in our day and age are skeptical of, an exciting movement is underfoot. The microchurch movement, which is taking various forms and shapes around the world, is allowing local, organic, highly adaptable church Bodies to form, worship, and serve in environments that integrate all aspects of their life. Our guest today, Melissa Corkum, explains why.