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The Lean-in Podcast

Russ Mitchell

This is a podcast about loving your neighbour, where leaning-in close through love serves the needs of neighbours and transforms communities. Join me, Russ Mitchell of In2neighbourhoods.com as I bring bi-weekly interviews with followers of Jesus about Holy Spirit strategies that are creatively bridging the gap between church and community. It's an opportunity to learn about faith based innovative practises and relevant community development tools you can use to impact and expand your sphere of influence. Be inspired and equipped through stories, tips and other resources as you learn how to get involved in your local community, and make a measurable impact for the Kingdom of God. Develop an understanding why and how the church should engage the local community through asset-based community development; grow in your ability to problem solve in innovative ways when addressing social challenges where you live, and how to do it in partnership with others; and unlock the mystery of missional communities and what it means to make disciples. Come explore how God is at work through communities of practise that are bringing to life relationships and social capital, and also learning and practising new ways of being church and good neighbour. If you are passionate about loving God, your neighbour and community, then you've come to the right address. Subscribe, and start your journey of leaning-in with love! Podcast music: Starry Night by Couple N https://soundcloud.com/couple-n-musicCreative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: http://bit.ly/2DMPdF9Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/rYjQAzZfpMw
Organized Kaos: apprenticing youth in life and the trades, with Shawn Stuart
#008 – 'HELP US BUILD ONTARIO’ - that's a banner headline from a recent full-page advertisement in the Toronto Star newspaper by the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario.  It points to the widening gap and growing crisis that is affecting not only Ontario, but trades all across Canada. Taking up the challenge to change the tide and seeking the Shalom– the total wellbeing of person, community, and nation – is this episode's guest Shawn Stuart, founder of Organized Kaos (aka OK) - an apprenticeship program for youth 13-17 year olds offering a safe environment in which young people work and learn alongside skilled trades persons from local churches. Topics discussed in this episode:In the episode we explore how faith is intersecting with the trades at Organized Kaos, a unique Brantford, Ontario faith-based organization that exists to apprentice young people in life and trades. In our conversation Shawn explains how OK projects create common ground between young people and mentors that break down barriers, leaving space to teach life and employability skills, faith, and the trades, and how it is inspiring hope, purpose, and meaning in their lives.During the podcast Shawn shares:His personal journey to the trades and how OK came aboutWhat brings the youth to Organized Kaos  and why they stay?Why is there a stigma about the trades? The important role that mentors play: the kind of person they are and what they bringHow to build connections and the joy of earning rewardsOk's training centres and a window view into a typical week How graduating out of OK is a way back in!How local churches are crucial to the workHow Organized Kaos is organized: the role of staff and volunteersWhat's the right kind context for sharing the faith?A vision for replicating OK's apprenticeship model[*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*]For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:https://in2neighbourhoods.com/tradesThanks for listening. If you haven’t already, please  hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out on future episodes.
4d ago
40 mins
The UK church in action: tackling the social consequences of the pandemic for vulnerable people, with Pastor Tom Jackson, MBE
#007 – As the pandemic has swept across the world, governments, NGOs, faith communities, local citizens and many others have been engaged in supporting vulnerable populations effected by COVID-19.  In the UK, the church has also been in the forefront seeking to do just that through their Love Your Neighbour initiative.  Through Love Your Neighbour over 2300 churches and local organizations have partnered together to tackle the social consequences of COVID-19 to support vulnerable people.On this episode of The Lean-in Podcast, my special guest is Pastor Tom Jackson from Holy Trinity (HTB), Brompton in London, UK.  Tom is the Curate & CEO of Love Your Neighbour, and Head of Social Transformation at HTB. Topics discussed in this episode:Discussed in this podcast is the grassroots work of thousands of churches and local organizations across the UK, who have been reaching out during the pandemic.  Tom shares how  the church's true calling is one that bears the Kingdom marks of a new community - one that comes from the heart of God and explained in the Bible - one that brings both  true freedom to people, as well as answers their cry and longing for deep connection.  The Love Your Neighbour initiative has been a practical and loving example of this, and as the church has let its light shine for the glory of God! During the podcast Tom shares:How he caught a passion for the poor by seeing everyday people investing in their nationHow partnership and collaboration are at the heart of engaging the church nationally What is the Church Revitalization Trust, and Holy Trinity Brompton's vision around Social TransformationWhy there is a need for renewed community in the UK, and the importance of the 'new community' God stories emerging from the Love Your Neighbour initiativeThe difference the church is and could makeLesson learned along the way through this initiativeThe role that the 60 hubs/networks across the country are playing, and the key resources they are providing for the future sustainability of the Love Your Neighbour initiative[*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*]For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/loveyourneighbourukThanks for listening. If you haven’t already, please  hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out on future episodes.
Oct 21 2021
49 mins
Christian asset-based community development with trainer and coach Jay Van Groningen
#006 – "Get out of the need-meeting business and get into the gift -finding business!" -- it's  just one of the challenges that Lean-in's  guest Jay Van Groningen brings to followers of Jesus, who want to make a difference where they live. Through his lens of asset-based community development, Jay helps us explore the role of church in the community ... one that is at its best when it  embraces a culture of reciprocity, mutual engagement, and dignified inter-dependance.Jay Van  Groningen currently serves as a asset-based community development trainer and coach with the Great Lakes Urban Restoration Network.  He brings a wealth of faith-based community development experience,  having birthed and supported many church-based Christian community development organizations.Topics discussed in this episode:Discussed in this podcast is Jay's journey to embracing asset-based community development (ABCD).  He shares what he has learned: about what it takes for the body of Christ to think and act differently -- where  coming alongside a  local community is neither done out of self-interest, nor is dependency producing.During the podcast Jay explains:What he has discovered about generational poverty and immigrant povertyThe value of stand-alone non-profits in partnership with a churchABCD theory and how it differs from traditional church approach to community engagementThe 6 gifts that are found in every communityWhat  community  engagement and community mobilization look likeThe 6 community development categories/activities useful for churches wanting to make an impactHow to put ABCD into practise where you liveWhat role in the community can followers of Jesus play when using ABCDThanksgiving and appreciation for how the God of Hope is at work in communities[*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*]For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/ABCDOn the next Lean-in Podcast, I’ll be joined by Tom Jackson, CEO of the UK's Love Your Neighbour Campaign -- a nation-wide initiative that is tackling the social consequences of COVID-19 for vulnerable people. Thanks for listening. If you haven’t already, please  hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out on future episodes.
Oct 14 2021
49 mins
Engaging your neighbour: proximity, hospitality, and love, with author/speaker Amy Lively
#005 - Have you ever had the experience of feeling strong emotion because of the prospect of change? Perhaps deep down you love the way things are (see no need for change); you might have a strong attachment to a person, place, or thing, and scared about the possibility of losing it. In neighbourhood terms this is sometimes called NIMBYism (an acronym for Not In My Back Yard).   Similarly, as followers of Jesus we can be resistant to intentionally engaging with our neighbours because we fear that what we love, and are attached to, might be displaced.  But listen in as our guest Amy Lively shares how to say 'no' to spiritual nimbyism, and what it has meant to work it out in practise.  Her story and journey of faith  are both beautiful and real.  Amy Lively is a writer, speaker, and Bible teacher whose passion is teaching God's word as a "How To" manual for loving God and loving others.Topics Discussed in this episode:In this podcast Amy shares her story of opening both her heart and house to God and her neighbours, and how she tackled head on the obstacles that kept her from living out Kingdom values; how it has meant dying to self, but resulted in bearing lots of great fruit.  She  explains the importance of loving your neighbour, and how proximity, hospitality are love are connected.During the podcast Amy explains:What is 'proximity' and its implications for loving your neighbourHow to be intentional about engaging neighboursThe importance of engagement: from an intimate level with God, though to seeing people engaged and not simply onlookersWhat makes for a stronger community in terms of resilienceTips and strategies for welcoming people into your homeThe spiritual battle and opposition that can come with loving your neighbour[*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*]For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/proximityThanks for listening.  If you haven’t already, remember to hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out on future episodes.On the next Lean-in Podcast, I’ll be joined by Jay Van Groningen, where together we'll explore how we can see God at work in our neighbourhoods through an Christ-centered Asset Based Community Development lens.
Sep 30 2021
55 mins
Innovative pathways out of poverty: one Detroit church's journey, with Pastor Barry Randolph
#004 - Few churches have the taken up the challenge of tackling systemic poverty at a community level like the Church of the Messiah on Detroit's East Side. Fearlessly and humbly, this church is seeking to do those 'greater things' Jesus talked about. Under the leadership of their pastor Barry Randolph, and with a clear vision from Father God, Church of the Messiah is focusing their efforts on community-based economic development.  The result is that they are making a significant impact on the lives of local people  for the Kingdom of God.Church of the Messiah has 200 housing units (a $48 million dollar investment), a business incubation centre, a medical clinic, employment office,  is the internet provider to the neighbourhood, and has a whole lot more on the go.  The congregation is mixed race with more than half of the congregation being African American males under the age of 30.Topics Discussed in this episode:For nearly 20 years, Pastor Barry has been leading personal and community transformation at Church of the Messiah and helping the local residents of Islandview Neighbourhood to reach their full potential.  This is their story.During the podcast Barry explains:His story of coming to Church of the Messiah How one neighbourhood considered by some as a 'blank spot', was for the church a jewelHow making God tangible leads to changing realityWhat the "Master's Plan' is all aboutMessiah's innovation centre and business development storiesHow to help God's people turn ideas/thoughts by faith into realityWhat the 'hood version' of church looks and feels likeHow to see  our communities healedA better way to work: more in the highways and byways[*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*] For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/outofpovertyThanks for listening.  If you haven't already, remember to hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out on future episodes.
Sep 16 2021
48 mins
The Practising Church:  an inward and outward journey of loving one's neighbour and neighbourhood, with Pastor Jessica Ketola
#003 - Have you every found yourself disillusioned with the church, and wanting to throw in the towel?  Well, my guest today has been there and knows that struggle.  Jessica Ketola, is both pastor of the Practising Church in Shoreline, Washington, and a Parish Guide for the Parish Collective (Seattle) where she serves on the instructional team for learning communities that are reimagining missional innovation and church revitalization at the neighbourhood level.Topics Discussed in this episode:Jessica cares deeply about the church (and God even more so), and because of that has let God lead her on a journey of exploring what it means to truly follow Jesus, and to reimagine holistic ways of embodying the gospel that is actually good news to her neighbours. In this episode  Jessica shares her journey and that of her church, of what it has meant to work for the good of their neighbourhood and what it takes to make transformational communities.During the podcast Jessica explains:How a fresh vision for 'church' developed and her involvement with the Parish CollectiveThe importance of learning to listen, serve, and only then be invited in as the church, by the communityPractical examples of love in action in the neighbourhoodWhy the church made the move to a 'home' and the iterations they have explored together in communityHow we can individually bring our unique giftings to community and to loving our neighbourA vision for what community transformation can look like[*Please see audio player for chapter markers and time stamps*] For full show notes and/or If you'd like to learn more about bridging the gap between church and community, head to:http://www.in2neighbourhoods.com/thepractisingchurchThanks for listening.  If you haven't already, remember to hit the subscribe button so you don't miss out on future episodes.
Sep 16 2021
43 mins
Loving Your Neighbour the Jesus Way with Pastor Steve LongIntroducing the "Lean-in" Podcast: Bridging the gap between church and community.

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