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Greg Moore- Spiritual Community At the Rate of Friendship



Join us for a conversation with Greg Moore, Executive Director of New Faith Communities for the North Carolina Annual Conference, as he shares about cultivating spiritual community at the rate of friendship. Hear him share about his experience as a church planter, about the challenges of planting “oak tree churches”, the oft-confused difference between consumption and communion, and the challenge of being a spiritual pioneer.  

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Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by patrons like you, by Path1 the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church, by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, by Bayit: Your Jewish Home, and by the Upper New York Annual Conference.

 


Shawn Moore B-Side: What He Doesn’t Know Yet



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Shawn Moore of The Beloved United Methodist Church as he shares about what he doesn’t know yet. If you haven’t heard it yet, make sure to check out our full conversation with Shawn as well.

You can become on our patron and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers by subscribing to us with Itunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Make sure to visit Facebook  and our website for all your updates, including new episodes, news from our guests, and writing from Ben.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by patrons like you, by Path1 the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church, by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, by Bayit: Your Jewish Home, and by the Upper New York Annual Conference.


Shawn Moore -Following Jesus In A Multicultural Community



Join us for a conversation with Shawn Moore of The Beloved United Methodist Church in Saint Paul, MN; as he shares about the journey of transforming his young, non-denominational church into an age-diverse, United Methodist community; about the centrality of daily obedience for spiritual growth; and how true multicultural community is more than a diversity fair.

You can become on our patron and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers by subscribing to us with Itunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Make sure to visit Facebook  and our website for all your updates, including new episodes, news from our guests, and writing from Ben.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by patrons like you, by Path1 the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church, by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, by Bayit: Your Jewish Home, and by the Upper New York Annual Conference.


Jerry Herships – [Updated] Extra Doses of Dignity



Join us for an updated re-release of our first-ever episode, a conversation with Jerry Herships from Afterhours Denver. Hear him talk about what’s new with AfterHours since 2016, his upcoming book, and a few words of lament, comfort, and hope for those feeling discouraged after the United Methodist General Conference in February, 2019.

Highlights include:
– Denver: The Land of Comics Turned Pastors
– Getting Behind the Mule
– The Church’s Delivery System
– What Jerry Doesn’t Know Yet
– A Shameless Plea to Help Jerry Buy His Son’s College Textbooks
– A Quote That Is Definitely Not By E. E. Cummings

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers by subscribing to us with Itunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

You can become on our patron and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.

Make sure to visit Facebook  and our website for all your updates, including new episodes, news from our guests, and writing from Ben.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by patrons like you, by Path1 the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church, by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, by Bayit: Your Jewish Home, and by the Upper New York Annual Conference.

 


Gavin Rogers B-Side: God On the Caravan, With the Poor, With the Rich



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Gavin Rogers of Travis Park United Methodist Church, as he shares about the story of one of the friends he made on the migrant caravan, and also how he has encountered God among the poor at Church Under the Bridge and among the rich at Christ Episcopal Church.

If you haven’t heard it yet, make sure to check out our full conversation with Gavin as well!

You can become on our patron and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers by subscribing to us with Itunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Make sure to visit Facebook  and our website for all your updates, including new episodes, news from our guests, and writing from Ben.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by patrons like you, by Path1 the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church, by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, by Bayit: Your Jewish Home, and by the Upper New York Annual Conference.


Gavin Rogers – Meeting God on A Migrant Caravan



Join us for a conversation with Reports’ host Ben Yosua-Davis, as he is joined by Gavin Rogers of Travis Park United Methodist Church, as he talks about encountering God on a migrant caravan. Hear him share about how he learned about the importance of authenticity, how migrants and those who are homeless showed him radical hospitality, the challenges of living a fully integrated public and private life, and the story of Willy, his homeless friend who also became his roommate.

You can become on our patron and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers by subscribing to us with Itunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Make sure to visit Facebook  and our website for all your updates, including new episodes, news from our guests, and writing from Ben.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by patrons like you, by Path1 the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church, by the Oregon-Idaho Conference, by Bayit: Your Jewish Home, and by the Upper New York Annual Conference.

 


Ben Yosua-Davis – Calling Comes From Within



Join us for our year-end conversation, where Beth Estock interviews Ben Yosua-Davis about his experience hosting Reports. Hear about what he learned from the 2018 season of Reports, the importance of discernment when starting new faith communities, why “just because I love them” may be the only real reason for engaging in ministry, and the beautifully surprising outcome of his campaign to continue Reports in 2019.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by our listeners and by Path1, the church planting agency of Discipleship ministries of the United Methodist Church.

You can become on our patrons and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.


Ryan Klinck – Encountering God In Unlikely Neighbors



Join us for a conversation with Neighborhood Animator and Iconographer Ryan Klinck, of the Missional Wisdom Foundation and SOCE Life, as he shares what it means to encounter unlikely saints in the people around us. Hear him share about how a dream sent him to Mexico when he was a young adult, the hard practice of living in intentional community, how our neighbors and enemies can serve as mirrors, and about his collaborative art projects with his friends who are homeless, called “The Saints of Bonhoeffer House”.

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers like Ryan by subscribing to us with Itunes, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can also visit our Facebook page for special features, such as an online gallery of the Saints of Bonhoeffer House, coming out next week!

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by our listeners and by Path1, the church planting agency of Discipleship ministries of the United Methodist Church.

You can become on our patrons and unlock exclusive content by backing us at www.patreon.com/reports.


Patreon Update and Michael Whitaker B-Side: Turkey Leg Serendipity



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Michael Whitaker, where he shares a remarkable story of God-induced serendipity during his pilgrimage, which prominently involves a turkey leg.

Also, there are only *48* hours left in our Patreon campaign, so if you’d like to hear more conversations from us in 2019, click on www.patreon.com/reports and pledge today!

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by Path1.


Michael Whitaker – The Pilgrimage of a Church Planter



Join us for a conversation with United Methodist church planter Michael Whitaker, as he shares about his experience going on pilgrimage to twenty new churches in two months. Hear him share about the generosity of the people he met, the fear and excitement of the church planting journey, the importance of the Wesleyan Covenant prayer, and why it’s important to hold onto the church planting experience lightly.

If you’d like to continue hearing conversations with people like Michael in 2019, visit our Patreon page and make a contribution at www.patreon.com/reports

You can hear conversations with other spiritual pioneers like Michael by visiting our Facebook page or subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts.

Reports From the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by Path1.


Wendy Hudson-Jacoby – The Freedom of A Truth-Telling Church



Join us for a conversation with Wendy Hudson-Jacoby, pastor of Two Rivers Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as she shares with us about the freedom of being a truth-telling church. Hear her talk about what drew her to this ministry, the ghosts of Charlestown, what it means to be a visibly anti-racist and inclusive church, and her vision for a series of neighborhood-based churches that can become homes for those with no spiritual home.

To support our Patreon campaign, go to www.patreon.com/reports.

To hear more interview with people like Wendy, subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts or go to www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by Path1.


Andrea Lingle – Staying At The Table For One More Minute



Join us for a conversation with Andrea Lingle of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, as she shares about how conflict can be a means of grace. Hear her share about how true community can be exhausting, what it means to thirst for righteousness rather than thirst for rightness, and first steps that communities can take to have conversations that convey both moral clarity and grace. Hear her also share about Missional Wisdom’s new book: Rooted in Grace, which is a practical primer for communities looking to have these type of difficult, grace-filled conversations.

This podcast is sponsored by Path1. If you want to hear conversations with more people like Andrea, make sure to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.


David Masland B-Side: Into Silence Revisited and Celebrating a New Partnership!



Join us for a little more of our conversation with David Masland, when he talks about Into Silence from his perspective. We’re also celebrating that David and the folks in the Upper New York Annual Conference are joining us as sponsors for our 2019 season of Reports!

You can find the rest of our conversation with David here and can find conversations with other pioneers like David by visiting our Facebook page or subscribing to us with your podcatcher of choice.

Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is sponsored by Path1, the church planting agency of the United Methodist Church.

 


Sam Yun – Embracing What God Offers You



Join us for a conversation with Sam Yun of Embrace Church of San Fransico. Hear him tell about his surprising journey from reluctantly leading a small group of people who had left the church to planting a church that reaches out to those with no Christian background in the East Bay area of California, including what it means to embrace the surprises that God places in your path along the way.

You can hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers like Sam by visiting our Facebook page or subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts.

We’re proud to partner with Path1 to make this podcast possible. If you’re interested in partnering with us in 2019, drop us a line on Facebook or at benyd.com.


Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass – Sexual Assault, #whyididn’treport, and Good Allies



Join us for a conversation with United Methodist pastor Chrisie Reeves-Pendergrass, co-host of Instructions For Living a Life, as she shares her story of being sexually abused, the most common techniques used by abusers and the powers-that-be to minimize and silence abuse victims, what it means to be a good ally to someone who has experienced sexual assault, and what survivors most need to hear from their religious leaders.

You can hear from other spiritual pioneers like Chrissie by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or at our Facebook page.


Tyler Sitt: New Churches That Grow New Cities



Join us for a conversation with Tyler Sitt, pastor of New City Church, as he talks about cultivating a new church formed by and re-forming a neighborhood. Hear him share about the painful experience of hearing “Yes, but…” to his original vision and the necessity of being obedient to your community, about creating genuinely multicultural spaces and addressing white-bodied supremacy, why his Christian identity is so important and what it means to fearlessly embrace our particular religious identities.

You can hear stories from other spiritual pioneers like Tyler by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.


David Masland – Creating Space for Spiritual Pioneers



Join us for a conversation with David Masland, Director of New Faith Communities for the Upper New York Conference, as he shares about creating space for spiritual pioneers within stressed institutions. Hear him share about the discipline of dying and waiting for institutions wanting to do new things, the adventurous hope of the church planters he works with, how to deal with the “institutional monster that always wants to be fed”, and the mistakes he’s made and what he’s continuing to learn.

Hear more conversations with spiritual pioneers from the Upper New York Annual Conference and other people across the country by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by visiting us at www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.

 

 


Nancy Raca B-Side: Church Buildings Make Life Complicated



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Nancy Raca of Sophia Community as she shares with us how church buildings are not the magic pill that many church planters think they are. To hear the rest of our conversation with Nancy and other spiritual pioneers like her, make sure to subscribe to us wherever you get your podcasts or check out www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier


Nancy Raca – Finding Sophia in Suburbia



Join us for a conversation with Nancy Raca, pastor of Sophia Community in Brighton, NY . Hear her describe her journey of cultivating community with women in suburban settings, the spiritual pressures that uniquely impact suburban women, why having a single-gender community is important, and how Nancy’s understandings of success have changed since she began her work as a spiritual pioneer.

Special thanks to Path1 for sponsoring our podcast and the Upper New York Annual Conference for supporting the work of Nancy and all the other people we’ve heard from over the last couple months.

You can hear conversations with more people like Nancy by subscribing to us wherever you get your podcasts or by going to www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.