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The Missional Formation Podcast

The Missional Formation Podcast

By Mark Dunwoody and Winfield Bevins
We are living in challenging and uncertain times where leaders need support and encouragement to help them learn to navigate a chaotic world. The Missional Formation Podcast is designed to help leaders thrive by promoting healthy rhythms that connect spiritual and missional practices.
Hosted by two friends, An Irishman and an American. Together, Mark Dunwoody and Winfield Bevins have more than four decades of experience training and coaching leaders from around the world.
The Missional Formation Podcast is about sharing stories of hope and resilience.
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Why Did We Write A Book To Help Leaders Thrive?

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Why Did We Write A Book To Help Leaders Thrive?

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Kentucky Coffee, Creativity and C.S. Lewis
This week on the podcast, we’re talking with Randy Hardman, owner of Drinkling Coffee and Mugs in Wilmore, Kentucky, USA. Randy reflects on the intersection of faith, social mission and business, how Drinklings got started and how Winfield became their resident artist. At the heart of Randy’s vision is the belief that they do not sell coffee for its own sake. Still, to a particular end--that is, as a catalyst for imagination (inspiration and creativity) and fellowship (relationship and intimacy). Drinklings Coffee is inspired by the Oxford Inklings (who included JRR Tolkien & C. S. Lewis); Randy explains how these great writers still brought new things to the struggles and challenges of life world.
35:00
June 21, 2021
Thinking Resting And Reconnecting
Today's podcast is about how to make space to think deeply, rest fully and reconnect with loved ones in a post-COVID world. Daniel Sih is an Australian church planter, productivity consultant, and author of Spacemaker (a book about positively re-shaping our digital habits). This interview talks about technology and productivity, digital discipleship, and practical tips to help us rest deeply away from a screen.
51:03
June 7, 2021
Are You Leading Or Being Led!?
Drew Hyun is a Church Planter and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown and the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in NYC. He has spent the last 15 years living and pastoring in New York. He loves cities, ESPN, and naps and finds it a restful Sabbath when all three come together. He resides in New York City with his lovely wife Christina and their son David and daughter Avery. 
32:20
May 28, 2021
Rhonda Massad - Music, Faith and Cinnamon Toast
It is with dedication, heart and boundless energy that master connector Rhonda Massad can be seen all over the West Island, Montreal, Canada – camera in tow – covering local events, highlighting the people, businesses and charities within our communities. Feisty and clever, simultaneously a ballerina and kick-boxer, Rhonda always brings a smile with her. Through her work, Rhonda is able to ignite meaningful, life-changing connections with people, businesses and charities. Rhonda understands first hand that we all face struggles and have triumphs. The untimely and tragic loss of her best friend at the tender age of only 24 years old changed her perspective forever. It taught her to seize the day, embrace a posture of hopefulness and always strive to do her best to make this world a better place for everybody. You can check out Rhindas West Island blog here
13:38
May 8, 2021
The 'Why' Behind Healthy Rhythms for leaders.
In this week's episode, we discuss key insights from our new book Healthy Rhythms for Leaders: Cultivating Soul Care in Uncertain Times with our good friend Brian Russell from The Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast. You can follow Brian here for more great content: Twitter: @briandrussell Instagram: @yourprofessorforlife. Enjoy! 
31:40
May 4, 2021
Why Did We Write A Book To Help Leaders Thrive?
In this podcast, Exponential COO Jason Stewart interview us about the key issues in our new book, Healthy Rhythms for Leaders. We talk about how Healthy Rhythms for Leaders: Cultivating Soul Care in Uncertain Times is primarily to help leaders care for their souls in today’s chaotic and uncertain world.  The conversation dives into the key themes in the book of going deeper in your personal walk with Christ with personal rhythms by creating an “Ebb and Flow” Rule of Life. Then, how to break through current team challenges with “Missional Design Thinking,” a process that carries the power to transform your effectiveness as a leader. Lastly, we show you how to walk away with these personal and leadership rhythm tools and learn how to share these practices and principles with the churches and organizations you serve.
01:06:07
April 21, 2021
Lessons on Navigating Change Through Hopeful Leadership
Pastor Brandon Beals from Venture Church, Mill Creek, Washington State, USA, shares his perspective on hopeful leadership. Brandon also reveals his biggest challenge of 2020 was not leading one of the fastest-growing churches in America in Feb 2020 -to one of the fastest declining in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. But rather, it was navigating through the racial and political tension of the past twelve months. 
31:45
April 1, 2021
Tim Lomax - A Realistic Hope
Today's storyteller is Tim Lomax from London, U.K. Tim reflects on how the past year has have impacted his life, his childhood while growing up in northern England, and his perspective on leaning into a 'realistic hope'.
12:41
March 24, 2021
Gemma Williams - Journeying From Hopelessness to Hopefulness
Gemma Williams is a church and community worker in Luton, UK. Gemma reflects on her work with victims and perpetrators of knife crime and how her faith gives her a basis for hope.
28:45
March 12, 2021
Manik Corea - The Emergence Of Hope; Bangkok And Beyond
Revd Manik Corea is located in Thailand, is the global executive with the New Anglican Missionary Society (NAMS) and Regional Team Leader for South-East Asia. In this episode, Manik shares with Winfield what it means to look out for the lost and to make disciples.
16:24
March 4, 2021
Mark W Lewis - The Beauty of Uncertainty
Mark W Lewis is Pastor, teacher, writer and musician. Mark grew up in North Carolina and moved to Denmark, where he has now spent most of his life. As someone who has had to readjust to new meanings and cultural narratives in his life, Mark shares a unique and encouraging perspective on hope. 
18:08
February 27, 2021
Finding Sustenance and Connection in Sacred Spaces
A conversation with our good friend Tracy Balzer about her new book and fondness for the remote island of Iona in Scotland. Set against the backdrop of Iona’s deep Christian history and exquisite natural beauty, A Journey of Sea and Stone prompts each of us to reach for meaning in our daily lives and to consider the myriad ways God might be inviting us into something new. By tapping our innate desire to seek and find, encounter God in creation and the history of faithful people, Balzer guides us in our own journeys to cultivate and find sustenance and connection in sacred spaces.
27:25
February 15, 2021
Guiding Others in The Way
Take a moment to think about a person who made a difference in your life. Was it a teacher, neighbour, a soccer coach, a pastor? What did they do to make a difference? On this weeks episode, Mark and Winfield reflect on templates for becoming guides in our context.
26:35
February 11, 2021
Missional Spirituality in the African American Community
Pastor William Chaney has served in full-time ministry for 25 years as a church planter, pastor, and coach. William has planted two churches and has been coaching and training leaders in churches, business and nonprofit organizations since 2005. William reflects on the rich and vibrant heritage of spiritual formation and soul care in the African American community. 
33:34
January 24, 2021
Rev Heather - Finding Hope In Community
Rev Heather Cracknell, head of fx for the Church of England, brings us a hopeful vision of a future that includes building healthy communities with those who are different from us.
14:00
January 20, 2021
Spiritual Listening: So what might it be about silence that both attracts and repels us?
In the same way that the body needs food, rest, exercise, and sleep, so too, the soul needs periods of interior silence in order to be refreshed and renewed. The aim of the practice of listening for God's heartbeat is to facilitate awareness and attentiveness to the presence of God. Like a Sentry who makes himself quiet in order to listen for the presence of others or like a mother whose ear is always listening to the faintest sound of her newborn baby. The senses are awakened that the heart might be ready to receive. Rev Kristen Yates guides us through the process of spiritual listening.
21:51
January 14, 2021
Avoiding Burnout in Chaotic Times; healthy practices to thrive in 2021
Are you feeling a bit lost, maybe even burnt out? Well, you are not on your own as most of us are exhausted from the ongoing pandemic and the sense of loss and confusion it has caused. Christians have used this framework for hundreds of years to navigate some of the darkest times in our history.  A Rule of Life provides a framework for freedom – not as a set of rules that restrict or deny life, but as a way to help you develop daily, weekly, monthly, and annual rhythms of ebb and flow in your everyday life.
31:55
December 30, 2020
Developing The Mindset Of A Realistic Hope
In the classical Greek myth, when Pandora opens the jar, releasing death and all the other challenges of human life, she closed it again as quickly as she could, trapping inside that one remaining human attribute – HOPE.  In this week's podcast, Winfield and Mark talk about 'realistic hope', and what it means to be a hopeful presence in the turmoil of today's world.
17:11
December 1, 2020
Winfield & Mark - Missional Spirituality And The Consequences Of Scraping Our Butter Over Too Much Bread
We invite you to take a journey with us to rediscover ancient rhythms of missional spirituality. We chat about why the earliest Christians were known simply as “the Way" and how a small island in northern Egland continues to inspire new generations for mission.
17:16
November 10, 2020
Mark & Winfield - Discovering a New Beach
We live in a strange world where things like pandemics and protests seem to be the new norm. Since March 2020, the world has radically changed. One thing is for certain; we live in a different world than we did a few months ago and things probably will never go back to the way they were. Winfield and Mark reflect how change has always been a constant, and that even in times of crisis and pain, hope will emerge.
16:36
November 2, 2020
Winfield and Mark - The Backstory of the Missional Formation Podcast
Winfield and Mark talk about how a visit to a remote island in the northeast of England became the catalyst for the Missional Formation story.
15:15
November 2, 2020
October 20, 2020
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October 20, 2020