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7MC = Seven-minute Ministry Consultation

7MC = Seven-minute Ministry Consultation

Often based on listener questions, 7MC is ministry innovation that is simplified for today and tomorrow - in a short-form podcast.
From PASTORIA - a ministry innovation consultancy enabling the solo-pastor to succeed in digital, diversity, and dreams.
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S2E6 - Multi-Asian Church and Other Models w/ DJ Chuang

7MC = Seven-minute Ministry Consultation

S2E6 - Multi-Asian Church and Other Models w/ DJ Chuang

7MC = Seven-minute Ministry Consultation

7MC - "Make discipleship more affordable - thr Church is too expensive."
Recently, a meditation app announced plans to merge with an on-demand mental health services company. It makes total sense. But, much like mental health, discipleship also has levels. Most churches often sit at the highest level of both benefit as well as requirement. This makes it unaffordable for many people.
August 31, 2021
7MC - "Be a pastor of the future; don't be a pastor of the past."
Another seven-minute ministry consultation on why a pastor of the future is a student of culture and not a convene of an event nor a curator of a community. This consultation is for ministry leaders wondering what their role is in a rapidly changing community.
August 24, 2021
7MC - "Don't preach like that - preach like this"
Good preaching is not necessarily about interpreting scripture and explaining it to people. It's about interpreting people using scripture.
August 16, 2021
10-min Retreat: Feeling trapped in ministry?
Here's the best thing to do if you are a ministry leader feeling trapped or burned out in ministry. It seems simple, but it is actually kinda tough.
July 12, 2021
S5E2 - "What makes your clergy retreat actually spiritual?" Part Two of An Audio Clergy Retreat
With the story of Jonah as our text, Part Two of this audio clergy retreat asks if this year's retreat is an escape or an engagement? Biblically speaking, what makes a "retreat" something that is actually spiritual, particularly for ministry leaders? These questions we answer hermeneutically and James shares a personal thought about his own situation.
July 5, 2021
S5E1 - "What makes your clergy retreat effective?" - Part One of An Audio Clergy Retreat
Invite us into your time off as a clergy person and share this time with us in a short-form audio retreat. In this first part, our invitation to you is to disconnect... through fire. #clergy #pastor #retreat #care
June 28, 2021
S4E5 - Stained glass, organ music, and preaching are choices
Stained glass, organ music, and preaching on social justice are preferences typical of a mainline protestant member. But, they are choices the Church has made as media that defines religiosity, spirituality, and discipleship. Were the Church to start over today, what would it be like?
May 28, 2021
S4E4 - A shortage of theolog-ists
Today, we have many theologians. But, for tomorrow, there is an even greater need for theolog-ists. John Wesley and the story of how field preaching came to be provides us with a great example.
April 24, 2021
S4E3 - Where ministry growth will come from...
There is a reason why it does not say that Jesus gathered the same people, in the same way, on the same day of the week, over and over again, until it became thousands and thousands of people. It's the same reason or insight that tells is where ministry growth will come from in the digital-first era and Coronavirus Age.
April 9, 2021
S4E2 - Re-interpreting Clergy Lead. Dev. and Continuing Education
Almost every clergy leadership development and continuing education program can be summarized into one principle: Do 100 things right, in the right way, at the right time, with the right people and you will succeed. And, this is an incomplete picture of what clergy need in order to succeed.
April 3, 2021
S4E1 - Let pastors dream...
During these pandemic time, keeping these things going is important. It is what we were called, educated, and ordained to do. But, what will keep us alive is our dreams that upend our present order to bring about new realities.
March 27, 2021
S3E4 - In a fractured society, the pastor must be a linguist
Recorded on the day a group of people forced themselves into the United States Capitol building, it seems clear that the pastor must at minimum help people have a common language to describe their life, how they feel, and what they believe, not necessarily the same life, feelings, or beliefs. #OWNYOURSHIFT
January 7, 2021
S3E3 - How many carpenters do we follow?
The typical pastor's bookshelf likely has few authors that are a carpenter as Jesus was. But, in 2021, will we continue to learn exclusively from a certain elite group of experts or all people? Will our ideas be so refined or can we allow them to be challenging?
December 31, 2020
S3E2 - Self-Care vs. Self-Growth
Often, the problem with talented, competent people is that they stick to what they have gotten good at and so not like to expand to what is newly needed in the changing ministry environment. So, how can you grow? You have to break your own cycle of affirmation. #OWNYOURSHIFT
December 30, 2020
S3E1 - You are God's ministry technology
A little guidance for pastors in their downtime or reflection time of how to lead even better in 2021. #OWNYOURSHIFT
December 28, 2020
S2E6 - Multi-Asian Church and Other Models w/ DJ Chuang
What are the undeniable advantages of a "multi-Asian" church? Why multi- anything instead of one dominant something? And, what are the concerns and opportunities now with where Church as a whole is headed?
October 29, 2020
S2E5 - Anti-Racist Faith Formation w/ Christine Hong
What does anti-racist faith formation look like from the local church and family perspective? How can we all participate in doing the right thing and making things right?
September 18, 2020
S2E4 - Church Planting for the Unchurched w/ Rob Rynders
How can you plant a church for those who are exploring faith on their own terms? Learn this and more with Rob Rynders.
July 25, 2020
S2E3 - Multi-ethnic Church Planting w/ Paul Park
Why try multi-ethnic church planting when the alternative is so much easier? Learn this and more with Paul Park.
July 25, 2020
S2E2 - Bi-vocational Church Planting w/ Sean Benesh
How can bi-vocational church planting actually help you reach those mainline protestant churches often forget about? Learn this and more with Sean Benesh.
July 25, 2020
S2E1 - Digital Congregation-Based Community Organizing w/ Kelly Marciales
How is community organizing the way a life of faith gains the power for social change? Kelly Marciales shares this with us and more.
July 25, 2020
7 - The Leadership We Now Need
This is not just a crisis; this is a transition. What we need is pastoral leadership that will get a leadership team to a turning point - to the realization that either we change or we do not make it.
May 4, 2020
6 - Re-Designing Discipleship (Part 2)
What spiritual practices look like in the Coronavirus Age may seem bizarre at first, but will ultimately make perfect sense. We present one such framework and two examples for discipleship here.
April 30, 2020
5 - Re-Designing Discipleship (Part 1)
We are now missionaries in a foreign reality, no longer able to prioritize gathering and instead needing to nurture our being a sent people. How?
April 30, 2020
4 - What if I don't know what to do?
Here is where and how you start if you find yourself realizing that you have not ever prepared for this type of ministry situation, context, and scenario: learn as you go.
April 30, 2020
3 - Is our Commission to Go or Gather?
In these turbulent times, the Church will want to comfort people and affirm their membership in the Church. But, is membership the goal of a life of faith in Jesus Christ? Is gathering the end or to go? The Church must learn to catalyze change and to see it as the aim of our commission.
April 21, 2020
2 - Resources and Relief, but no Rescue
Christian denominations are responding to the pandemic to help their local churches and constituencies. But, such efforts will ultimately lead to failure as they do not address the root problem at hand.
April 21, 2020
1 - We have transitioned into the Coronavirus Age
This is not a temporary change. It is permanent and we will be in a new normal. The church must not understate the extent of the transformation and question it's own strategy given the circumstances and the foreseeable future.
April 16, 2020