American Reformation

Unite Leadership Collective

We believe the American church needs reformation. To go forward we must go back. This podcast will explore the theology and practices of the early church and other eras of discipleship multiplication and apply those learnings to our post-Christian/secular American culture. American Reformation is a podcast of the Unite Leadership Collective. Follow us at uniteleadership.org. We consult, bring together cohorts of congregations for peer to peer learning, and certify leaders for work in the church and world.

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Success Redefined - Unity is Key with Stella Yau Lok
6d ago
Success Redefined - Unity is Key with Stella Yau Lok
Join Stella Yau and me as we traverse the landscape of an American church in the throes of reformation, where the confines of worship expand into the vibrancy of community engagement. Stella shares her profound journey from intercultural ministry with Link to an upcoming venture in Southeast Asia, revealing the profound impact of intentional relationships and the living testament of God's work in our lives.As we peel back the layers of leadership and personal loss, grief, especially through the lens of my Chinese-American heritage, unfolds in a raw and heartfelt narrative. It's a reflection on how storytelling and cultural sensitivity intertwine with the process of honoring loved ones, and a testament to how these personal experiences can reshape our understanding of community and faith.This episode is also a passport to the world of cross-cultural discipleship, from the Asian American experience to the heart of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. We explore how the gospel message resonates within diverse cultural traditions and the call for unity and humility within the church. As we conclude, the conversation turns to the personal practices that guide Stella towards success — success defined not by external benchmarks but by internal growth and sanctification. Tune in and be part of this journey of transformation, community, and the pursuit of a life well-lived.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Spirit, Truth, and the Quest for Unity with Rev. Dr. Andrew Jackson
Apr 3 2024
Spirit, Truth, and the Quest for Unity with Rev. Dr. Andrew Jackson
Embark on an intellectual pilgrimage with the esteemed Reverend Dr. Andrew Jackson as we dissect the delicate interplay of the Holy Spirit and profound scriptural truths that are steering today's church reformation. Our exchange delves into the historical ebbs and flows of spiritual revivals, offering listeners a unique lens through which to view the transformative effects of diverse Christian traditions on collective growth and personal discipleship. By threading the needle between ecclesiastical history and modern application, this episode promises to enrich your understanding of faith's evolving landscape.Navigating the mysterious dance of spirit and truth within the church, we surface the potent metaphors that describe our interaction with the divine, challenging established notions of worship and leadership. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod's journey from rigid bylaws to a culture of trust serves as a powerful case study, reflecting the broader shifts in generational worship styles and the enduring impact of denominational legacies. With insights from Reverend Jackson, we grapple with the balance needed for both personal and corporate spiritual renewal, rooting our discussion in the practical realities faced by congregations today.As we traverse the historic routes of the early Christian church's eastward expansion, the episode casts new light on the pivotal role of cities such as Antioch and Edessa in shaping the spread of Christianity into Asia. We celebrate the Eastern Orthodox Church's legacy, its contribution to ecumenical councils, and the implications for unity within the global Christian diaspora. Listeners are invited to join us on a voyage through time, where the ancient paths of the faith provide a compass for the future of church reformation and unity.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Revitalizing the American Church: Must Listen Conversation with Peyton Jones
Mar 27 2024
Revitalizing the American Church: Must Listen Conversation with Peyton Jones
Embark on a transformative expedition with church planting luminary Peyton Jones as we uncover the bedrock principles necessary for a modern-day spiritual awakening within the American Christian Church. In a world where the definition of church success is often measured by size, we invite you to reconsider what it means to sow seeds of faith and foster genuine discipleship. Peyton, drawing from his book "Church Plantology," imparts his wisdom on the resurgence of community churches, advocating for an apostolic model that prioritizes relational connections and the powerful simplicity of 'table talk' to nourish the body of Christ.Our dialogue with Peyton delves into the intricate tapestry of discipleship and leadership, illuminated by the masterful examples set by Jesus and the Apostle Paul. We unravel the threads of effective mentorship, discovering how pastors can identify and cultivate those with a potential for ministry, even among the unlikely. This episode serves as both a call to action and a beacon of hope, showcasing pathways for training disciples to extend the church's influence beyond its four walls and into the heart of communities thirsting for the gospel.As we conclude our session, we reflect on the collective energy derived from mission training and the unifying purpose found under the banner of Christ. We emphasize the urgency of our shared mission to dispel darkness with the light of Jesus' message and the crucial collaboration of Christians across denominations for the gospel's cause. Join us for an episode teeming with inspiration and hope, promising actionable insights into church leadership and growth, and reigniting the conversation on the significance of an American Reformation.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Powerful Impact of Bible Translators with Reverend Dr. Rich Rudowske
Mar 20 2024
Powerful Impact of Bible Translators with Reverend Dr. Rich Rudowske
Venture with us as we sit down with Reverend Dr. Rich Rudowske, a figure of profound impact in the sphere of Bible translation, and journey through the intersections of faith, language, and culture. His experiences, from the sands of Botswana translating the Gospel of Luke to leading expansive translation projects across Southern Africa, weave a narrative of dedication and vision. We're not just talking about the American Christian Church's evolution; we're witnessing it through the lens of global connectivity, where privilege is replaced by partnership and joyous expectation.This episode is a masterclass in the art of cross-cultural ministry and leadership, where Dr. Rudowske imparts wisdom on navigating the delicate balance between guiding and empowering. As we traverse the stories of multiculturalism within church missions, we explore the layers beyond ethnicity, including generational and geographical nuances. It's a testament to the adaptability and creativity required to integrate diverse perspectives into a unified mission, highlighting the innovative strategies of Lutheran Bible Translators that champion this diversity.Finally, we celebrate the ambitious strides toward making scripture accessible to every language group by 2033 and the ingenious approaches to reaching oral and narrative cultures. Dr. Rudowski's anecdotes and insights into the global challenges of Bible translation shed light on the power of collaboration and technology in spreading the Gospel. We wrap up with personal reflections on developing daily habits that nurture our faith and invite each listener to partake in the transformative journey of living out the Gospel in their everyday lives. This isn't just an exploration; it's an invitation to be part of the story.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Valley of Shadows Deepens the Walk with Jesus with Tess Wolthuis
Mar 13 2024
Valley of Shadows Deepens the Walk with Jesus with Tess Wolthuis
When Tess Wolthuis and I sat down to talk, the air buzzed with an unmistakable charge of both joy and solemnity. Tess, a beacon of faith and unity within the American Church, and a treasured family friend who stood by my wife in her darkest hours, brings a perspective on discipleship that is as refreshing as it is profound. Our conversation wove through the fabric of community, identity challenges in today's youth, and the profound impact of parenting guided by grace and truth. You're about to step into a heart-to-heart where the stakes are eternal, and the victories, like Tess's daughter's D1 Beach Volleyball successes, are celebrated with genuine delight.Have you ever considered how trials, like a cancer diagnosis, might deepen your spiritual roots and reforge familial bonds? The journey is never easy, but Tess and I open up about our personal walks through the valley of shadows and how facing mortality has the paradoxical power to ignite a fiercer zest for life and faith. We then cast our gaze outward, to the collective experience of the church, discussing the invaluable role of community in sustaining and enriching our relationship with Jesus, and how practices like journaling and physical exercise serve as the backbone for personal and spiritual fortitude.As the episode unfolds, we traverse the rich and complex terrain of caring for the mind and body as an act of worship, understanding our physical selves as temples for the Holy Spirit. Tess's engaging narrative will inspire you to consider how nurturing your gifts, like hospitality, can profoundly contribute to the Kingdom. Finally, we stand in awe of the American Reformation's spirit, a call to action that is both a reflection of divine love and a roadmap for leading others from darkness to light in the embrace of Jesus as our Sovereign King. Join us on this transformative journey, where each step taken is a step closer to the radiant light of Christ.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Holy Disruption: Reimagining Worship and the Arts in the American Church with Lyndsay Ermeling
Mar 6 2024
Holy Disruption: Reimagining Worship and the Arts in the American Church with Lyndsay Ermeling
Embark on a transformative exploration with Lyndsay Ermeling, former Miss California and arts educator, as she brings her vision for a reimagined American Christian Church to our latest podcast discussion. Lindsay's artistic insights and experiences as a parent weave through this episode, revealing how creativity and change can revitalize our spiritual journeys. Discover the power of 'metanoia' as we challenge the status quo, seeking to engage the next generation with a faith that's as dynamic and innovative as the world around them.With Lyndsay 's expertise lighting the way, we examine the pivotal role of the arts in shaping one's identity, especially during the formative junior high years. This episode will reveal how the arts can not only reflect God's glory but also act as a catalyst for personal and communal transformation. We share stories of finding authenticity in our talents and expressions, all while navigating the delicate balance between seeking approval and remaining true to our identity in Christ. Expect to be inspired by the biblical foundations for worship through creativity and the pursuit of nurturing the gifts within us and our communities.As we conclude our heartfelt conversation, we address the nuances of leadership and the lifelong pursuit of excellence over perfection. Reflecting on my own journey, I open up about the lessons learned from confronting control and perfectionism, and how these lessons translate into a service-oriented approach to life and worship. We leave you with an invitation to view the world from a 'balcony perspective,' aiming to inspire actions that glorify the Triune God and enrich our daily mission as followers of Christ. Join Lyndsay  and myself in this encouraging narrative, as we unite in a chorus calling for change and the celebration of every individual's creative spirit.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Reformation Echoes in American Christianity with Dr. David Maxwell
Feb 28 2024
Reformation Echoes in American Christianity with Dr. David Maxwell
Join us for an enlightening conversation with Reverend Dr. David Maxwell, whose profound work translating Cyril's commentary on John opens a window to the soul-stirring depths of early church patristic exegesis. Our discussion traverses the landscape of scriptural interpretation, revealing the intricacies of a bygone era where texts wove together to narrate salvation's story. We delve into the pressing call for a modern Reformation within the American Christian Church, one that echoes the ancient practices of faith and discipleship multiplication. Dr. Maxwell illuminates the path for disseminating the core Lutheran doctrines, particularly justification, to resonate within the broader cultural milieu.In this episode, we contrast the patristic approach to Scripture with contemporary methods, examining how early Christians engaged with the Bible in a way that often escapes today's theological dialogues. We dissect the art of pattern recognition that early church fathers employed, an approach that enlivens the grand narrative of salvation history. With Dr. Maxwell's guidance, we peel back the layers of tradition to re-encounter the 'exegetical elephant in the room'—the patristic tradition—and consider its relevance as a vital conversation partner in modern biblical understanding.Concluding our exploration, we reflect on the delicate balance the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) maintains between Law and Gospel within its scriptural teachings. Dr. Maxwell provides a nuanced perspective on the controversies of typology and allegory in biblical interpretation, addressing the integration of traditional exegesis with 20th-century methods. As we discuss the importance of unity and a Christ-focused theology within the LCMS, Dr. Maxwell extends a heartfelt invitation for listeners to engage further with his scholarly work, promising a continuation of this vital theological dialogue.Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Healing in Trauma: The Church's Call to Be a Sanctuary of Hope with Jeffrey Fellman
Feb 23 2024
Healing in Trauma: The Church's Call to Be a Sanctuary of Hope with Jeffrey Fellman
Jeffrey Fellman brings us compassionate insights due to his unique experience that intersects pastoral care, child abuse investigation, and foster care program direction. Join us for a riveting conversation that draws upon Jeff's expertise to address the imperative of a trauma-informed church, exploring the potential within our congregations to become sanctuaries of healing. We delve into the transformative effects of recognizing our painful experiences not as solely burdens but as wellsprings of empathy and purpose, empowering us to serve others with profound understanding and grace.Our dialogue with Jeff ventures into the intricate dance of building emotionally healthy relationships, particularly within marriages and church community dynamics. We uncover the critical role of unraveling automatic threat responses that often sabotage intimacy and explore how these insights can revolutionize our approach to fostering deep connections. The episode also sheds light on 'Soul Restore,' an initiative that exemplifies growth and healing through Jesus, and we reflect on the life-affirming principles extracted from Psalm 23 that guide us in nurturing our souls.As our discussion unfolds, not only do we share our own stories of vulnerability within our ministry, but we also hear the heartrending tale of Jeff Fellman, whose journey through grief and loss reveals the redemptive power of guidance and faith. Wrapping up this powerful episode, we reaffirm the Christian community's crucial role in offering a harbor for the vulnerable and addressing the staggering issue of child abuse with both responsibility and compassion. We leave with an empowering message, encouraging every listener to embrace the capacity for transformation through adversity, and inviting you to continue this journey with us, contributing to the ongoing narrative of American Reformation.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
'Gatherer-Shepherd-Explorer': Church Planting Revolution with Tony Webb
Feb 14 2024
'Gatherer-Shepherd-Explorer': Church Planting Revolution with Tony Webb
Embarking on a transformative mission can redefine not only our own paths but the lives of countless others. That's precisely what Tony Webb of Vision USA Church Planting has done, transitioning from leading established congregations to pioneering a church-planting movement that's igniting an American Reformation. Our dialogue with Tony uncovers the seismic shifts he navigated and delves into the powerful Gatherer-Shepherd-Explorer (GSE) model—crucial tactics for church growth that defy traditional dependence on numbers and finances.Tony's journey from pastoral challenges in Gettysburg to the establishment of thriving daughter churches paints an evocative picture of ministry adaptation and resilience. Our episode peels back the layers on the church's evolution from a dominant societal force to its current secular interface, examining how the GSE model, rooted in scripture, can be a beacon of hope and innovation. We also dissect leadership structures within the church, contrasting the conventional with organic, Jesus-modeled methods that cultivate community-driven growth, emphasizing the balance between order and the kind of constructive chaos that fosters multiplication.Closing our compelling conversation, the vision for the 'Church-a-Day' in 2024 shines through, highlighting the unyielding power of unity and the relentless pursuit of spreading Jesus' teachings. This journey through Vision USA's transformative approach offers anecdotes of faith-driven individuals reaching out and reshaping communities. Listeners are invited to become part of this spirited movement, harnessing the potential within to impact the world around us with love, gathering, and the message of Christ.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Mentoring Young Athletes in Spirit and Strength with Former NFL Tight End John Carlson
Feb 7 2024
Mentoring Young Athletes in Spirit and Strength with Former NFL Tight End John Carlson
When the discipline of sports intersects with the spiritual fervor of faith, remarkable transformations occur. John Carlson, the former Notre Dame standout and NFL tight end, joins our heartfelt conversation to share how these two worlds have shaped his life and vision. As we unravel John's story, from his early days dreaming on high school fields to the trials and triumphs within the NFL, we witness a man whose identity has been as much carved by his athletic endeavors as it has been anchored in his profound faith.Sitting across from John, you can't help but be moved by the leadership lessons he's learned and now imparts to the young athletes under his tutelage. From the importance of service and sacrifice to the parallels between athletic dedication and spiritual growth, his insights offer a playbook for anyone striving to lead with intention and integrity. This isn't just a tale of sporting achievements; it's a testament to living a life steeped in purpose, whether you're on the field or guiding others towards their own paths.Our episode rounds out with John's reflections on coaching high school sports and the wisdom he shares about the value of embracing the journey, not just the destination. It's a conversation that transcends the game, touching on the humility of the Christmas story and the unwavering dedication of the apostle Paul, culminating in a message that encourages us all to live intentionally for Christ. Dive into this episode and witness how a life dedicated to faith and sports can inspire leadership, transformation, and a heartening vision for the future.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Reviving the Church's Mission of Unity in Diversity with Dennae Pierre
Jan 31 2024
Reviving the Church's Mission of Unity in Diversity with Dennae Pierre
Have you ever felt the tug in your heart for a deeper, more unified Christian church in America? Dennae Pierre joins me as we navigate the complex terrain of faith, confronting the cultural entrapments of individualism and consumerism. Our earnest dialogue traverses the landscape of church reformation, emphasizing the transformative power of Christ-centered love and relationships. We delve into the importance of unity and reconciliation within the church, unraveling the threads of identity that often divide us, and weave a tapestry of fellowship bound by the gospel's message of love and freedom.This episode is more than just a conversation; it's a spiritual examination of the virtues that define Christian life. Patience, kindness, and forgiveness are not just words in our lexicon but the fabric of a relationship crafted by the Holy Spirit. Through stories of personal growth and the embrace of Christ's inclusive ministry, we highlight the gospel's call to welcome the marginalized and balance the scales of biblical and social justice. Join us as we reflect on the subtle yet profound impact of relational ethics in our journey towards spiritual maturity and the rich community life it fosters.We wrap up this soul-stirring episode by confronting the challenges of Christian engagement in a world marked by division. We probe the intricate role of a multi-ethnic church in downtown Phoenix facing issues like foster care, immigration, and incarceration. The conversation evolves to include gender equality in church leadership, celebrating the diverse interpretations of scripture while uniting under the banner of Christ's love. Together with Dennae, we invite you to partake in a prayerful movement, guided by the Holy Spirit, to live out a faith that is as visible as it is vibrant.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Gospel Beyond Borders with Reverend Tiago Albrecht
Jan 24 2024
Gospel Beyond Borders with Reverend Tiago Albrecht
Embark on a transformative journey with Reverend Tiago Albrecht as we explore the pressing need for a resurgence of Biblical foundations in today's Christian church. Delving into the heart of what it means to be a follower of Christ, Tiago imparts wisdom on the importance of spiritual connection over material gain. His insights illuminate the path toward a church that is rich in scripture and sacrament, where the resurrected life of Jesus is not just preached but passionately lived out. Join us as we share an invigorating dialogue that reignites the core mission of the church and our individual callings within it.In our latest episode, the challenges and educational endeavors of young Brazilian pastors serve as a fascinating backdrop to our comparison of the Lutheran church's evolution in Brazil and the LCMS in America. Discover the intricate history of a church body shaped over a century by German immigrants' pursuit of authentic pastoral care, now flourishing across Brazil's varied landscape. We examine how cultural integration and traditional liturgy intersect, considering the distinct challenges of preaching in a nation as vibrant and diverse as Brazil. Reverend Tiago offers profound reflections on how pastors can serve as Christ's embodiment, transcending cultural barriers and living out the Gospel authentically.The conversation does not shy away from the complex relationship between Christianity and politics, where the church's role in society is both a preserver of values and a beacon amid division. As a former city counselor, I share personal experiences that shed light on the intersection of faith and governance. This episode is not just a discussion; it's a call to action for Christians to rise above political discord, championing our heavenly citizenship and the timeless message of Christ. Tune in for a thought-provoking session that promises to challenge, inspire, and equip believers for the work of reformation in the modern era.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Navigating Parenting and Partnership in Faithful Guidance with Dr. Tanya Calendo
Jan 17 2024
Navigating Parenting and Partnership in Faithful Guidance with Dr. Tanya Calendo
Discover the transformative power of blending faith with education as we sit down with Tanya Calendo, an insightful principal and doctor in the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod. Tanya brings to light the historical and present-day significance of Lutheran education, and her doctoral research opens up the potential for a reformation in the American Christian Church. We tackle the nuances of the church-school relationship and its impact on family needs, while also diving into the ways Christian schools can be a sanctuary for kids in our ever-evolving society.Get ready to rethink family support in your community, as we investigate the innovative 5D approach reshaping Christ Greenfield's outreach to school families. Tanya and I dissect the pandemic's lasting marks on family dynamics and the critical role of listening to your community when crafting ministries for today's unique challenges. Our conversation also takes a hard look at parenting and marital dynamics, shedding light on the delicate balance between fostering children's independence and maintaining a strong spousal connection—all through the lens of Christian values.Finally, navigate the tricky waters of tough conversations with us, especially from the perspective of a school principal. Tanya shares strategies for active listening and creating a safe space for emotional exchange, key components in the evolution of leadership styles. We also reflect on the serenity that comes with Christ-centered leadership and the collective dedication to student development, bringing this episode to a close with a message of trust in God's plans and the influence of community in personal and spiritual growth. Join us for a meaningful exploration of these topics, enriched by Tanya's expertise and heartfelt experiences.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
The Imprint of Reformation Theology on Modern Belief Systems with Reverend Dr. Bob Sundquist
Jan 10 2024
The Imprint of Reformation Theology on Modern Belief Systems with Reverend Dr. Bob Sundquist
Embark on an enlightening voyage through the tapestry of American Christianity with me and our esteemed guest, Reverend Dr. Bob Sundquist. Our conversation unearths the enduring imprint of Reformation theology on today's faith, revealing how seminal works and thinkers like Luther and Bonhoeffer continue to inform our spiritual journey. We weave through the fabric of Lutheran doctrine, exploring the transformative power of "Freedom of a Christian," baptismal identity, and their impact on interfaith dialogues. As we traverse the historical evolution from European traditions to American practices, you'll discover how these shifts shape our contemporary approach to faith and community.As your host, I open my heart about my own spiritual awakening, a solitary pilgrimage towards Christianity that found unexpected kinship with a kind-hearted elderly lady. This pivotal moment propelled me into a relentless quest for theological insight, culminating in a burgeoning library of knowledge and a ministry born out of passion rather than academia. Our guest, Reverend Sundquist, and I share laughter over the motivations driving my scholarly works and language studies, revealing how one's calling need not be heralded by a PhD. Through tales of nurturing pastors and my own resolve, we celebrate the unconventional paths that lead to fulfilling vocations in the church.Our final chapter steers us into the practical realms of preaching and the Missouri Senate's urgent need for revitalizing gospel communication. We dissect the challenges of delivering sermons with depth and authenticity, discussing the intersection between academic theologians and everyday pastors. The episode culminates in a candid look at LCMS missions—stories of perseverance and the Holy Spirit's guiding hand—and how these elements can invigorate parish ministry. As we conclude, you'll be equipped with insights on how continuous learning and heartfelt application serve as the bedrock for deepening faith practices in the American Christian landscape.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Divine Intervention with Reverend Dr. Rick Meyer
Jan 3 2024
Divine Intervention with Reverend Dr. Rick Meyer
We're privileged to have Reverend Dr. Rick Meyer join us once again in a profound conversation that uncovers the role of divine communication in our trials, and the essential emotions of hope and joy that underpin a meaningful Christian journey. Together, we navigate the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah, extracting rich insights that resonate with today's challenges of faith. We also unpack Rick's personal struggle with chronic pain, shedding light on the sustenance we derive from God's steadfast love.The journey into manhood can often feel like an uphill battle, especially when it comes to vulnerability and the expectation to embody strength. This episode tackles the complexities men face in expressing their struggles, the transformative power of a father's blessing, and the struggle with the perception of the church as a feminized space. I reflect on my extensive ministerial experiences, while we discuss the societal pressures that inhibit male openness and the critical need for visible male role models within the church. We explore the power of blessings as affirmations of identity, and how the prodigal son's story vividly exemplifies the unconditional acceptance that our identity in Christ offers.Hope can sometimes seem elusive, yet it's the very fabric that can weave our life's narrative towards divine purpose. We explore the intersecting paths of psychotherapy, pharmacological intervention, and spiritual renewal, considering how each can contribute to reimagining one's life in the context of divine intention. Furthermore, we celebrate the hope and humility exemplified by Jesus Christ and Joseph of the Old Testament, acknowledging how our earthly relationships can reflect our ultimate connection with our Heavenly Father. This heartening exchange encourages reflection and inspires a deeper grasp of God's love, inviting listeners to find solace and strength in their own faith journeys.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Cultivating Heartfelt Connections in Spiritual Communities with Doyle Theimer
Dec 27 2023
Cultivating Heartfelt Connections in Spiritual Communities with Doyle Theimer
Prepare to embark on a transformative exploration of the heart and soul within the realm of faith. The latest episode of the American Reformation Podcast features Doyle Theimer, an associate pastor with a quarter-century of dedicated service, who brings to light the indispensable role of emotional engagement in the church. Our conversation traverses the rich tapestry of Christianity—where intellect meets passion, and where the personal relationship with Jesus as our mediator deeply influences how we live and minister to others.This session promises an insightful intersection between the science of emotional intelligence and the theology of faith. As we unravel the complexities of mirroring emotions and healthy attachments, you'll discover how these elements are reflective of God's design for us and are essential for leaders striving to forge genuine connections within their communities. The Apostle Paul's teachings on suffering, perseverance, and hope are carefully examined, emphasizing the vital tether we must maintain to Jesus to navigate the storms of life.Concluding this deeply enriching dialogue, we scrutinize the intertwined nature of spiritual growth and emotional maturity. Understanding that our development in one is often capped by our capacity in the other, Doyle and I share practical steps church leaders can take to fuse emotional health with spiritual guidance. By utilizing models like Townsend's and the Life Model, we delve into strategies that can reinforce family bonds and revitalize church dynamics. As we close, we inspire church leaders to embrace innovation and adaptability, ensuring that the Spirit's fruit thrives on a foundation that is firmly rooted in the love of Christ.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
The Craft of Christian Oratory with Reverend Dr. Dennis Matyas
Dec 20 2023
The Craft of Christian Oratory with Reverend Dr. Dennis Matyas
Embark with us as Reverend Dr. Dennis Matyas unpacks the profound impact of preaching in shaping the Lutheran faith tradition. In a time where the spoken word competes with a digital cacophony, Dr. Matyas reignites the essence of the pastor's role as a beacon for the community, emphasizing how the vibrancy of sermonizing breathes life into Christian doctrine. Together, we traverse the historical significance of figures like Martin Luther and explore the necessity of dynamic preaching in sustaining individual and communal belief.As we peel back the layers of Lutheran homiletics, Dr. Matyas and I tackle the delicate balance between confessional adherence and the preacher's personal touch. Delving into my doctoral research, we uncover the subtle influence of a preacher's identity on their sermons, from the cadence of their speech to the depth of their convictions. Unearth the crucial role of the preacher's humanity in sermon delivery, and listen closely as we navigate the complex intersection of identity politics, intersectionality, and pastoral care in the contemporary church landscape.Our journey culminates in a heartfelt reflection on the narrative of Lazarus, drawing parallels to the modern-day challenges faced by the faithful. Gleaning lessons from scripture, we touch upon the essence of Christ-centered preaching and the significance of prayer in guiding those who shepherd the flock. This episode is not just a conversation; it's an invitation to witness the transformative power of a message anchored in the hope of Jesus Christ and to contribute to a reformation that brings us back to our core Christian convictions.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
The Enneagram: A Tool for Spiritual Growth and Emotional Wellness with Bill and Kristi Gaultiere
Dec 13 2023
The Enneagram: A Tool for Spiritual Growth and Emotional Wellness with Bill and Kristi Gaultiere
What if there was a tool that could accelerate your spiritual growth, enhance emotional health, and propel your leadership skills to new heights? Our guests for today, renowned ministry leaders Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, have unlocked this potential with the Enneagram. Throughout the episode, they enlighten us on how this transformative tool can be integrated into coaching and retreats, and how it addresses the emotional roots of our personality types. They share valuable insights into the essence of the Enneagram, rebuff common criticisms, and emphasize the importance of a Christ-centered approach to emotional and spiritual wellness.Building on their in-depth understanding of the Enneagram, Bill and Kristi guide us through the association between personality types and core emotions like anger, shame, and anxiety. They reveal how self-awareness, combined with the healing power of Christ and community, can transform these emotions and foster emotional honesty. Furthermore, our insightful guests unravel the unique struggles faced by pastors and leaders in their ministry. From maintaining a healthy church culture to navigating the overwhelming demands of their roles, they share how the Enneagram can provide clarity, promote self-awareness, and instill trust in God's plan. In the final part of our discussion, we delve deeper into the potential of the Enneagram for fostering emotional intelligence and empathy in relationships. The conversation seeks to reshape misunderstandings about empathy, underlining its role in love, compassion, and understanding others. Together, we explore the concept of an emotional alarm, a wake-up call to prevent unhealthy behaviors. This episode serves as a comprehensive guide for anyone striving for a balanced, Christ-like approach in their personal relationships and ministry. So, tune in and join us on this enlightening journey towards self-discovery and spiritual growth.Reach out! nicki@soulshepherding.orgJOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Balancing Personal Transformation and Professional Responsibility with Heath Luehmann
Dec 6 2023
Balancing Personal Transformation and Professional Responsibility with Heath Luehmann
What if we told you that being a pastor is more than just about leading a congregation? It's about personal transformation, confronting challenges, and navigating through isolation. Our guest today, Heath Luehmann, a seasoned church leader, and coach, brings in a fresh perspective about these under-discussed areas in pastoral leadership. Join us as Heath shares his findings from a study he conducted with over 50 pastors, shedding light on the top challenges they face, including burnout, conflict management, and the balance between personal and professional life. The journey of a pastor can often feel like a lonely road, and most of them find themselves wrestling with isolation. This episode uncovers these struggles along with other challenges such as handling entitlement and navigating business skills. We delve into the importance of mental and spiritual well-being for pastors to serve their congregations effectively. We also explore the significance of peer-to-peer and mentor relationships providing crucial support to these spiritual leaders.Furthermore, we navigate the complex dance of leadership within the church and the evolving landscape of the church community. With topics ranging from politics impacting church attendance to the holistic well-being of congregants, we unpack layers of pastoral leadership not often discussed. Join us as we ponder the challenges of remaining faithful to God’s word amidst a divisive society and close the episode with a glimpse of an impending American Reformation. Tune in for an enlightening discussion about standing for love, compassion, and the gospel as we prepare for the future. Don't miss out on this compelling conversation with Heath Luehmann.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!
Bridging Soccer and Faith: How Missions and Friendship Intersect with Tardelli Voss
Nov 29 2023
Bridging Soccer and Faith: How Missions and Friendship Intersect with Tardelli Voss
Take a seat at our virtual table as Tardelli Voss, a missionary director for the Lutheran Mission Society in San Diego, and I explore the intriguing intersection of soccer's growing popularity, faith, and mission work. From our conversation, you'll discover a compelling perspective on the American Christian Church's need for reformation, as Tardelli passionately speaks about unity and dialogue between different Christian traditions. We delve into the importance of the missionary mindset, character skills in mission work, and the concept of the Great Connection - the combination of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. We all agree that collaboration and friendships with other pastors play a crucial role in mission work and that the Holy Spirit uses our love for others to draw people deeper into a relationship with God.Finally, we challenge you to consider the importance of deeper friendships and partnerships within the Church. The need for showing up and being fully present at conferences and worship services is discussed, as is the theology of friendship. We touch on the impact of the trans congregational context on God's kingdom and urge fellow pastors to prioritize caring for each other's souls and creating safe spaces for confession and absolution. So, whether you're a soccer enthusiast, a pastor, or someone interested in matters of faith and unity in the Church, this conversation promises to deliver some thoughtful insights.JOIN OUR NEW ONLINE LEARNING PLATFORM!ENTER CODE - 75ULC2023 for 75% off! Support the showWatch Us On Youtube!