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Pastoring in Partisan Times Podcast: Insights From Missouri Pastors with Revs. Fred Leist and Dale Stone

In Episode 7 we’re in conversation with Rev. Fred Leist, pastor of Missouri UMC in Columbia, and Presbyterian pastor Rev. Dale Stone. Together these Missouri pastors reflect on the wisdom shared in previous Partisan Times episodes and share their advice for tackling tough topics in the local church.

NextGen Conversations: Meet the Staff with Maggie Lohmeyer

In our final episode of Season 1, we’re in conversation with Maggie Lohmeyer, NextGen youth specialist at the Missouri Conference. Maggie shares a little about her background in ministry and how through her work with NextGen she aims to connect youth leaders and youth. This episode highlights some of the networking events, youth group programs and resources NextGen makes available to local churches in Missouri.

Pastoring in Partisan Times Podcast: Sacred Resistance with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

In Episode 6 we’re in conversation with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli. She is the first woman to serve as senior pastor of historic Foundry United Methodist Church, which sits within blocks of The White House in Washington D.C. Foundry welcomes all, worships passionately, challenges the status quo and seeks to transform the world through God's love. Cirelli shares where Christian witness and dissent intersect during this honest and inspiring conversation.

Pastoring in Partisan Times Podcast: Sacred Resistance with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli

In Episode 6 we’re in conversation with Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli. She is the first woman to serve as senior pastor of historic Foundry United Methodist Church, which sits within blocks of The White House in Washington D.C. Foundry welcomes all, worships passionately, challenges the status quo and seeks to transform the world through God's love. Cirelli shares where Christian witness and dissent intersect during this honest and inspiring conversation.

NextGen Conversations: Discipling Children with Rev. Tadd Kruithoff

This week we’re in conversation with Rev. Tadd Kruithoff to discuss how Trinity UMC in Piedmont, Missouri, does discipleship. Instead of focusing on facts alone, Kruithoff and his team lean into the relational aspect of discipleship through Holy Listening. This method allows kids to lead the conversation and share about their own lives in their own words while volunteers simply guide the conversation, teaching children to see God in everyday life.

Pastoring In Partisan Times Podcast: Social Media and the Public Square with Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas

In Episode 5 we’re in conversation with Rev. Juan Carlos Huertas, lead pastor of First United Methodist Church in Houma, Louisiana. A native of Puerto Rico and a spiritual director, Huertas loves writing about discipleship as empowerment to transform our neighborhoods, cities, and world. He is a frequent contributor to Day1.org and MinistryMatters.com and recently co-authored The Marks of Hope through Abingdon Press. Huertas brings his honesty, humor and wisdom to this rich conversation.

NextGen Conversations: The Awakened Life with Rev. Angie Olsen

Social life, schoolwork, family drama and social media: Even without a pandemic, students and leaders have a lot on their plates. The Awakened Life, written by Rev. Angie Olsen and Sarah Bollinger, offers an invitation to peace and silence amid the chaos of life. This week we’re in conversation with one of the book’s authors, Angie Olsen, to discuss the importance of silence and meditation. We discuss how this is reinforced by the spiritual practices of Jesus and how we can use this time to grow in our own relationships with him. Angie even gives us a sample of one of the practices that can be found in this book.

Pastoring in Partisan Times Podcast: Credible Communication with Mike McCurry

In Episode 4 we’re in conversation with Mike McCurry. From 1995 to 1998, McCurry was the White House Press Secretary for the Clinton administration. Today he is the Director for the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. McCurry shares his five C’s for effective communication, how to leave room for disagreement and more.

NextGen Conversations: Youth Mentoring with Becca Boren

What would it look like to have a youth program that was easy to maintain and had a primary focus on daily discipleship? That’s exactly how Becca Boren, director of youth and young adult ministries at Good Shepherd in Kansas City, has her program aligned. Becca shows us how to turn the standard youth ministry model on its head and allow youth to mentor youth in a meaningful way. At Good Shepherd, Becca has created a system of accountability and growth in her program that has allowed youth to ...

NextGen Conversations: Youth Mentoring with Becca Boren

What would it look like to have a youth program that was easy to maintain and had a primary focus on daily discipleship? That’s exactly how Becca Boren, director of youth and young adult ministries at Good Shepherd in Kansas City, has her program aligned. Becca shows us how to turn the standard youth ministry model on its head and allow youth to mentor youth in a meaningful way. At Good Shepherd, Becca has created a system of accountability and growth in her program that has allowed youth to take on meaningful leadership roles while making their faith their own. If you want to learn how she did it and how you can lay the groundwork for a mentoring program of your own, listen in.

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