Collared Chicks is a podcast celebrating the wit, wisdom, and wonder of women, ministry, and leadership. Collared Chicks is co-created, co-produced, and co-hosted by Rev. Michelle Matthews, a United Methodist church planter and pastor of the Kingstowne Communion in Alexandria, Virginia, and Rev. Monica Reynolds, a United Methodist pastor and mom of five in Northern Virginia.
May 1st, 2018 | 40 mins 55 secs
In episode 8, the Rev. Frances Cooper, elder of 29 years in the United Methodist Church, pastor of St. Marks UMC in Midlothian, VA, and one of the first and few women in Virginia to lead a large church, shares honestly about a soul-crushing first pastoral appointment, the threat of the call on her marriage, the long road of being figured out, the shifting tides of the church, and the difficulties, perceptions, adjustments, competition, crutches, desperation, and dismantling involved in being a woman in ministry.
April 3rd, 2018 | 38 mins 30 secs
church, community, district church, justice, leadership, ministry, mission, mobilize, need, organize, outreach, seek, serve, women, worship
Rev. Amy Graham, the Pastor of Spiritual Care at The District Church in Washington, DC, leads us in conversation about how her and her husband built one of the fastest growing churches in the United States by assessing the needs and seeking the welfare of the community to which God had called them and by always keeping Jesus in their inner-city mobilization for justice.
February 26th, 2018 | 31 mins 18 secs
clergy women, competition, hierarchy, leadership, ministry, perfection, power, privilege, united methodist church
Lindsey Baynham is now the Associate Director of Call, Candidacy, and Discernment for the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, after having served in the local church in Northern Virginia and in campus ministry. As a 31 year old, bi-racial clergy woman, Lindsey is noticing the expectations and boxes people place upon and around her, and in a denomination on the verge of shutdown, learning to navigate, reframe, and redeem the hierarchies, power, privilege, competition, and perfection in the midst of it all.
February 16th, 2018 | 38 mins 21 secs
church, divided, faith, leadership, ministry, politics, trump, united methodist church, women
Christy Thomas, former academic dean, retired United Methodist pastor in North Texas, journalist, author, contributor at Patheos as the Thoughtful Pastor, and newly wed, talks about learning to love people over politics and ideology. Christy shares her story of falling in love with the wrong kind of person and now living in a house divided as a progressive Christian writer married to a conservative Republican during the most contentious election of her lifetime. She also examines the brokenness in the United Methodist Church, shares her take on it's future, and suggests that what the United Methodist Church needs right now more than anything else is her own Trump.
January 25th, 2018 | 40 mins 23 secs
black history month, brownicity, clergy women, collared chicks, race, racial healing, racial reconciliation, women in leadership
Lucretia Berry, author of "What LIES Between Us" and founder of Brownicity: The Art & Beauty of Living & Loving Beyond Race, a family-focused, grass roots initiative dedicated to advocacy, education and support for racial healing and ant-iracism, shares about her stories of faith and family in loving and leading beyond and across the divide of race. Her greatest gift is that of teaching, and she passionately, practically, and prophetically teaches us how to lead the church into multi-ethnic healing, hope, and ministry.
December 20th, 2017 | 32 mins 42 secs
church, clergy, leadership, women
Join Michelle and Monica and their guest, the Rev. Mandy Smith, who is the lead pastor at University Christian Church in Ohio, a regular contributor for Missio Alliance and Christianity Today, and the author of "Making a Mess and Meeting God" and "The Vulnerable Pastor". Mandy was the first lead female pastor in her denominational connection, and she is one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. Mandy speaks about vulnerability, leading through inner peace and quiet spirit in the midst of cultural assumptions and expectations about women in leadership, and her hope for the future of the church.
November 15th, 2017 | 34 mins 6 secs
#blacklivesmatter, clergy women, standing firm, women in leadership
Michelle and Monica interview Rev. Chenda Innis Lee, a United Methodist clergy woman from Liberia West Africa who currently serves at Annandale UMC in Alexandria, Virginia. Chenda is a mother of four girls. Chenda talks about her calling as an African woman, shares stories about her difficulty and yet resolve to stand firm in her convictions, and challenges us to see #blacklivesmatter as a prayer, not a threat.
November 1st, 2017 | 35 mins 43 secs
clergy, clergy collar, leadership, ministry, podcast, women
Welcome to the Collared Chicks Podcast! Monica and Michelle laugh about arbitrary deadlines, share why they are starting this podcast, dig into their enneagram types, and try to tease out their excellence.