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The Ministry Collaborative Podcast

The Ministry Collaborative Podcast

By The Ministry Collaborative
A series of honest conversations about the opportunities, challenges, and joy of ministry today.
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The Ministry Collaborative Podcast: Highlights from Our First Year
We celebrate the first anniversary of our podcast with highlights from conversations with Tod Bolsinger, LaKesha Womack, Sara Hayden, Erica St. Bernard, and J. Kameron Carter. Listen to the original episodes: Tod Bolsinger LaKesha Womack Sara Hayden Erica St. Bernard J. Kameron Carter
20:12
May 12, 2021
Putting It Where the Goats Can Get It: A Conversation with Albert Russell
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Dr. Albert Russell (Grace Community Presbyterian, Millbrook, AL; Tuskegee University) about his books, his music, and his participation in the recent eight week cohort for pastors of color in predominantly white congregations.
17:46
May 5, 2021
Decolonizing Hope: A Conversation with Denise Thorpe
Program Curator Jennifer Maxell speaks with the Rev. Dr. Denise Thorpe (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) about re-souling ourselves, carrying our piece of the dream of God, and the difference between joy and happiness.
18:45
April 28, 2021
Everywhere You Look: A Conversation with Tim Soerens
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Tim Soerens (The Parish Collective) about his new book, the requirement of paying attention, and the beautiful mess of the North American Church.
17:58
April 21, 2021
Who Is My Neighbor? A Conversation with Katie Nakamura Rengers
In the context of rising violence against Asian-Americans, Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers (Church Planting, The Episcopal Church) about model minorities, whether the Church is big enough, and how White Supremacy divides minority communities from one another.
15:51
April 14, 2021
The Bottom: A Conversation with Chaz Howard
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard (University of Pennsylvania Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity and Community) about the beauty and ugliness of the church, the hope his daughters give him, and his new book, The Bottom: A Theopoetic of the Streets.
16:46
April 7, 2021
Unencumbered: A Conversation with Arthur Christie and Peter Neilson
Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Revs. Arthur Christie and Peter Neilson from the Church of Scotland about Celtic wisdom, the blessing of soul friends, and the gift of closing a centuries-old church building.
22:37
March 31, 2021
Formation Is Not Specialization: A Round Table Conversation
The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Ryan Bonfiglio, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Mark Ramsey) discuss the importance of de-centering pastors, the increasing professionalization of faith, and the problem with wisdom gate keepers. Links mentioned in the podcast: Ryan Bonfiglio's Christian Century article AIJCast podcast Pittsburgh Theological Seminary's Risking Faithfully Focus program
19:42
March 24, 2021
The Whole Truth Must Be Told: A Conversation with Pat Bacon
Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Pat Bacon (pastor, Calvary Presbyterian, Asheville, NC) on the changes she has seen in her thirty-one years of ministry, how COVID has made us more real, and what she - a Black Presbyterian - would say to white Presbyterians.
18:41
March 17, 2021
Church Comes Home: A Conversation with Dave Barnhart
Content Curator Adam Mixon and Program Director Adam Borneman speak with the Rev. Dr. Dave Barnhart (St. Junia, Birmingham) about his new book Church Comes Home and what the house church movement can teach the broader Body of Christ about faithful ministry in the margins.
16:27
March 10, 2021
Breathing Room: A Conversation with Erica St. Bernard
Program Curator Jennifer Maxell speaks with minister and therapist the Rev. Erica St. Bernard (Your Life's Well) about the difference between coping and healing, the importance of providing community spaces around mental health resources, and The Ministry Collaborative's Breathing Room opportunities for ministry leaders.
19:26
March 3, 2021
Stay Curious: A Conversation with Amy Miracle
In a conversation recorded back in December, Executive Director Mark Ramsey spoke with the Rev. Amy Miracle (Pastor of Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, OH) about vitality, hope, and the pandemic's complicated decision matrix.
15:55
February 24, 2021
Disability and the Church: A Conversation with Lamar Hardwick
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with pastor and author Lamar Hardwick about his new book, Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion.
17:22
February 17, 2021
Risk Aversion: A Round Table Conversation
The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss the importance of experimentation, failure, and taking up your cross.
19:13
February 10, 2021
The Gospel Brings People Together: A Conversation with Kevin Haah
In a conversation recorded back in November, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Kevin Haah (Lead Pastor, New City Church of Los Angeles) about multicultural ministry, working for systemic justice, and how God's love is much greater than our biggest messes.
17:09
February 3, 2021
Talk About Jesus: A Round Table Conversation
The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss how following Jesus should reshape us: our politics, our priorities, and our lives.
17:54
January 27, 2021
Stuck in the Past: A Conversation with Adam Mixon
Content Curator Adam Mixon shares his reflection on greatness and truth-telling as he and Executive Director Mark Ramsey discuss the inseparable relationship of truth and love.
18:03
January 20, 2021
Catching the Right Wave: A Conversation with J.C. Austin
In a conversation recorded back in December, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. J.C. Austin (Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA) about antiracism work, the possibilities of the current moment, and how tradition can act as a springboard for innovation.
18:58
January 13, 2021
What's Going On: A Round Table Conversation About This American Moment
The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss the important role of pastoral ministry at this particular moment in history, especially in the wake of the events that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
20:07
January 8, 2021
Amen Or Ouch: A Conversation with LaKesha Womack
Ministry Collaborative staff Adam Mixon and Adam Borneman speak with LaKesha Womack (author, business consultant, ordained Deacon in the AME Zion Church) about The Great Commission, Digital Discipleship, and the intimate relationship of justice to the works and teachings of Christ.
19:44
January 6, 2021
Problem Bogs: A Round Table Conversation
In a round table conversation recorded back in January, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) discuss the importance - and challenge - of feeding opportunities and starving problems.
17:40
December 30, 2020
Propagating Beauty: A Conversation with Katie Hays
In a conversation recorded back in May, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Katie Hays (Lead Evangelist at Galileo Church in Fort Worth, TX, and author of We Were Spiritual Refugees) about alternative places of belonging, Sunday as a pivot point, and how aesthetics can be ethics.
18:32
December 23, 2020
The Devil Is Busy: A Round Table Conversation
In a round table conversation recorded back in January, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) discuss the competitive misery of busy-ness - even in the church - and why we should meet it with grace and kindness.
20:00
December 16, 2020
The Unsettling Nature of Our Story: A Conversation with Sara Hayden
Executive Director speaks with the Rev. Sara Hayden (1001 New Worshiping Communities; host of the New Way podcast) about emerging faith communities, the creator economy, and laminating croissants.
18:42
December 9, 2020
The Velocity of Change: A Round-Table Conversation
In a round table conversation recorded back in January, Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) discuss safety, innovation, and the false dichotomy of stability and crisis.
20:00
December 2, 2020
An X-Ray on Society: A Conversation with Amy Starr Redwine
In a conversation recorded back in May, Executive Director Mark Ramsey spoke with Amy Starr Redwine (pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Richmond, VA) about collaborative leadership, avoiding echo chambers, and how 2020 has revealed our societal broken places.
22:53
November 25, 2020
Big Feelings: A Conversation with Monica A. Coleman and David Finnegan-Hosey
Program Curator Jennifer Maxell speaks with authors Dr. Monica A. Coleman (Professor of Africana Studies, University of Delaware) and Rev. David Finnegan-Hosey (College Chaplain, Barton College) about longing for honesty, destigmatizing mental health conversations, and addressing the systemic issues that perpetuate the stigma.
19:59
November 18, 2020
Asking Better Questions: A Round Table Conversation
In a conversation recorded back in February, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Adam Mixon, Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey) talk about the difference between "why" and "how", the importance of seeing ourselves as we are, and the pitfalls of looking for the "right" answer.
19:19
November 11, 2020
Stranger Things: A Conversation with Derek Starr Redwine
In a conversation recorded back in May, Executive Director Mark Ramsey spoke with Derek Starr Redwine (Interim Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian) about questioning the centrality of corporate worship, how uncertainty is invigorating, and the pointlessness of omphaloskepsis (the contemplation of one's navel).
19:54
November 4, 2020
Who Is the We? A Conversation with Ben Garrett and Kiva Nice-Webb
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Ben Garrett (The Hatchery, Emory University) and Kiva Nice-Webb (Chaplain, Westminster College) about ministry in their non-traditional contexts and how Generation Z craves depth and creativity.
20:34
October 28, 2020
Collaboration: A Round Table Conversation
In a round table discussion recorded in early 2020, Ministry Collaborative staff Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon discuss the importance of uncertainty and creativity, and how diversity builds capacity.
19:26
October 21, 2020
Playing Away Games: A Round Table Conversation
In a conversation recorded in early 2020, Ministry Collaborative staff Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, and Adam Borneman discuss how the long-term trend of declining attendance offers an opportunity for churches to engage faithfully in holistic, fuller, Spirit-led living.
20:08
October 14, 2020
A Community of Curiosity: A Conversation with Susan Rogers
In a conversation recorded back in early March, Content Curator Jennifer Maxell spoke with the Rev. Susan Rogers (The Well at Springfield, Jacksonville) about old ways giving birth to the new, the importance of belonging, and being a church without a building before COVID.
18:31
October 7, 2020
Following Jesus to Ask Better Questions: A Conversation with Thomas Daniel
In a conversation recorded back in April, Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Thomas Daniel (pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas) about Biblical formation, being a "Love Letter to the City of Austin", and how the church should be an airport, not the destination.
19:57
September 30, 2020
Shifting Paradigms: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation
In the final installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Immersion Experience Curator Ryan Bonfiglio joins Jennifer Maxell and Adam Borneman in a conversation about how the pandemic and civil unrest are forcing us to recognize and adapt to the shifting paradigms in our culture and in the church.
18:24
September 23, 2020
Embodying Justice: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation
In the third installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Ministry Collaborative staff Jennifer Watley Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon discuss the importance of justice as the embodiment of Christian love in the public sphere.
20:16
September 16, 2020
Practicing Sabbath: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation
In the second Installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Jennifer Watley Maxell and Adam Mixon are joined by Immersion Experience Curator Ryan Bonfiglio in a conversation about how Sabbath practice is revolutionary.
18:60
September 9, 2020
Recovering Identity: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation
In the first Installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Ministry Collaborative staff Jennifer Watley Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon discuss the importance of recovering our identities in our vocation and calling.
18:29
September 2, 2020
Life on Life: A Conversation with Leon Stevenson
In a conversation recorded back in March, Program Curator Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Leon Stevenson (pastor, Mack Avenue Community Church; interim director, MACC Development) about multi-cultural church planting in Detroit, the comprehensive ministry of community development, and the critical connection between community proximity and Christian discipleship.
21:36
August 26, 2020
Fugitivity: A Conversation with J. Kameron Carter
Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with writer/scholar Dr. J. Kameron Carter (Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington) on what the Underground Railroad and Dietrich Bonhoeffer can teach us about faithfully confronting the challenges of 2020.
20:36
August 19, 2020
Joy: A Round Table Conversation
In a round table conversation recorded prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) discuss how cultivating joy is an act of faithful resistance against materialism, anger, loneliness, and violence.
21:18
August 12, 2020
The Outside of the Inside: A Conversation with Eva Melton
Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with Rev. Eva Melton (activist, founding pastor of Firm Foundation Church, and the author of the forthcoming book Breadcrumbs to Purpose) about the importance of centering and elevating the voices of Black women.
21:39
August 5, 2020
Beyond Kum Bah Yah: A Conversation with Joe Scrivner
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Dr. Joe Scrivner (Dean of Chapel and Professor of Religion and Theology at Stillman College; and Pastor of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church) about how confronting the sin of systemic racism requires us to rethink our theological approaches to public policies around issues like healthcare, mass incarceration, and abortion.
17:50
July 29, 2020
The Color of American Exceptionalism: A Conversation with Nichole Phillips
Program Curator Jennifer Watley Maxell speaks with Dr. Nichole Phillips, professor at Candler School of Theology and author of Patriotism Black And White: The Color of American Exceptionalism, about the forces - both inside and outside the church - that shape our life experiences.
19:18
July 22, 2020
The Church on the Move: A Conversation with Jemonde Taylor
Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Jemonde Taylor, Rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC, about how the historically Black congregation history of relocating multiple times continues to inform and shape their agility and witness.
19:43
July 15, 2020
Truth Telling
In a round table conversation recorded back in January, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, and Adam Borneman) discuss the important and difficult work of telling the truth in ministry.
16:14
July 8, 2020
Risk and Trust: A Conversation with Emily McGinley
In a conversation recorded back in April, Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Emily McGinley, Executive Pastor of Urban Village Church's Hyde Park location and Facilitator of the Chicago Cohort, about the importance of anti-racism work in shaping church plants with integrity.
17:49
July 1, 2020
Context Shapes Identity: A Conversation with Katie Nakamura Rengers
In a conversation recorded back in March, Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with Katie Nakamura Rengers, Vicar/Founder of The Abbey and Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure in the Episcopal Church, about growing up Japanese-American in the predominantly white Episcopal Church, ministering with those experiencing homelessness in a gentrifying neighborhood, and the importance of letting go of power and privilege.
20:03
June 24, 2020
Modern Faith: A Conversation with Dr. Neichelle Guidry
In a conversation recorded on May 8, Program Curator Jennifer Maxell talks with Dean Neichelle Guidry of Spelman College's Sisters Chapel about the importance of democratized theology, engaging in the work of justice, and the importance of rest.
19:18
June 17, 2020
Has Everything Changed? A Conversation with Ben Johnston-Krase
Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Ben Johnston-Krase, co-planter of Farm Church, about whether COVID-19 really has "changed everything", or if it's just revealing things we have had the privilege to ignore until now.
18:06
June 10, 2020
Playfulness and Imagination: A Conversation with Amina McIntyre
Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with pastor/artist Amina McIntyre about the importance of playfulness and imagination in ministry at all times.
18:38
June 3, 2020
COVID-19 and the Wisdom of the Black Church: A Conversation with Tyshawn Gardner
Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with Tyshawn Gardner, Pastor of Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, about what the Black Church can teach the rest of the world about faithfulness, adaptability, and persistence in the face of a global epidemic.
18:14
May 27, 2020
Special Episode: Tod Bolsinger on His New Book, Leadership in a Time of Pandemic
Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Fuller Seminary's Tod Bolsinger about his new book Leadership in a Time of Pandemic and his forthcoming book Tempered Resilience: How Leaders Are Formed in the Crucible of Change.
19:22
May 25, 2020
Of Course! The Problem with Making Assumptions
In a round table conversation recorded prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, and Adam Borneman) discuss the pitfalls of making assumptions about ministry.
19:36
May 20, 2020
Doing Less and Going Deeper
In a round table conversation recorded prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, and Adam Borneman) imagine how churches might engage in more effective ministry by doing less and going deeper.
19:04
May 13, 2020