Podcasts

May
12

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

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Apr
28

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.

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Apr
14

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.

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Apr
7

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…

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Mar
24

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…

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Mar
17

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…

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Mar
10

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.

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Mar
3

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.

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Feb
24

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.

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Feb
10

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.

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Feb
3

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.

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Jan
27

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.

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Jan
13

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.

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Jan
7

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…

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Jan
6

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.

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Dec
30

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.

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Dec
23

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…

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Dec
16

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.

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Dec
2

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.

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Nov
25

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.

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Nov
18

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.

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Nov
11

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.

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Nov
4

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).

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Oct
21

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.

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Oct
14

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.

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Oct
7

A Community of Curiosity: A Conversation with Susan Rogers

In a conversation recorded back in early March, Program 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.

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Sep
23

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…

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Aug
26

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…

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Aug
19

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.

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Aug
12

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.

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Aug
5

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.

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Jul
29

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…

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Jul
15

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.

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Jul
8

Truth Telling: A Round Table Conversation

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.

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Jul
1

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.

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Jun
24

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…

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Jun
17

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.

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May
13

Doing Less and Going Deeper: A Round Table Conversation

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.

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