Podcasts

Sep
15

Your Assumptions Are Showing: The Future of Theological Education Wrap Up

In the wrap up to our series on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative’s Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, and Ryan Bonfiglio discuss the difference between diversity and belonging, seminaries as conduits instead of gate keepers, and the possibilities that collaboration brings to the…

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Sep
8

After Whiteness: The Future of Theological Education with Willie Jennings

In our fifth conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative’s Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome the Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings (Yale Divinity School) to talk about his new book, the importance of belonging, and why theological education needs to find its…

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Aug
25

The Theological Dripline: The Future of Theological Education

In our third conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative’s Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome Dr. Leah Gunning Francis (Christian Theological Seminary) and Dr. Ted Smith (Candler School of Theology) to talk about identity formation, the changing partnerships of theological education,…

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Aug
18

Watching God: The Future of Theological Education

In our second conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative’s Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome the Rev. Porsha Williams Gates (Porshanality Media) the Rev. Dr. Denise Thorpe (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) to talk about the importance of a deep learning community, reimagining…

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Aug
11

For the Whole Community: The Future of Theological Education

In our first conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative’s Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome the Rev. Dr. Kelly Farrow (Circle of Sacred Fire) and Rev. Laura Cheifetz (Vanderbilt Divinity School) to talk about how our rapidly changing world is transforming…

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Aug
4

Quilts and Chevys: a Round Table Conversation on Restoration

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Mark Ramsey, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss thriving, finding the beauty in the moment, and learning not to celebrate leaky roofs.

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Jul
28

Powers and Principalities: A Conversation with Guy Sayles

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles (From the Intersection, Center for Healthy Churches) about what ministries can be archived, the importance of understanding how larger systems work, and the power of Romans 8.

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Jul
21

Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Planning: A Round Table Conversation

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss technical vs. adaptive leadership, imaginative space, and whether we truly believe God’s plans are better than ours.

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Jul
14

Unity and Accountability: A Round Table Conversation

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss the danger of complicity, the lure of co-dependency, and the critical importance of relationships.

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Jul
7

Surviving or Thriving? A Round Table Conversation

In a conversation recorded back in January, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) discuss the power of curiosity, the importance of facing reality, and how we can derive hope from younger generations.

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Jun
30

Forget the Alamo: A Conversation with Joe Scrivner

Content Curator Adam Mixon returns to speak with the Rev. Dr. Joe Scrivner (Stillman College, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church) about critical race theory, American Christianity’s historic complicity in perpetuating racism, and how charity is used as a substitute for justice.

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Jun
23

Grief: A Round Table Conversation

In a conversation recorded back in January, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Mixon, and Adam Borneman) discuss hope, our death-denying culture, and the critical role that grief can – and should – play in our post-pandemic ministry.

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Jun
16

Life on Life: A Conversation with Heather Jallad

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Heather Jallad (Lead Cultivator, North Georgia Annual Conference of Fresh Expressions) about the blended ecology of church, better questions that lead to deeper joy, and how prevenient grace should send us to discover where God is already at…

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Jun
9

Tsunamis and Child Birth: A Round Table Conversation

In a round table conversation recorded back in January, the Ministry Collaborative Program Staff (Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss massive cultural change, imagining life on the other side of a pandemic, and why the boat is an appropriate…

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Jun
2

Preaching and Trauma: A Conversation with Kimberly Wagner

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) about the subjective nature of trauma, its disorienting capacity, and what it means to preach faithfully into the moment.

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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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