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[Bonus] Randy Evans: Worship and Advocacy in Walking Tall



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Randy Evans of Walking Tall in Wilmington, NC where he talks about how Walking Tall does advocacy and worships together.

Hear the rest of our conversation with Randy by clicking here or by subscribing to Reports!

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If you liked this episode, check out our conversations with

  • Gavin Rogers, where he talks about joining the migrant caravan and building friendships with those who are unhoused in San Antonio, Texas
  • Ryan Klinck, where he shares about see his unhoused friends as saints.
  • Jerry Herships, pastor of AfterHours, which meets in bars and serves PB&J and Communion to his friends in public parks in Denver, CO.

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Stay tuned next for: A conversation about Christian formation and new spiritual communities with Kenda Creasy-Dean of Princeton Seminary

 


Randy Evans – Walking Tall With Our Unhoused Friends



Join us for a conversation with Randy Evans of Walking Tall in Wilmington, NC

Episode Highlights Include:

  • Why you should quit using the word “Homeless”
  • How Randy learned that the Christian way of life “is not a means to an end”
  • Why church volunteers struggle to cultivate friendships with those who are unhoused
  • The story of the time that Randy hosted 35 people, 4 dogs, and a three year old in his house during Hurricane Florence
  • Randy de-mythologizing himself and sharing the ways he’s still growing and healing

Support us by:

If you liked this episode, check out our conversations with:

  • Gavin Rogers, where he talks about joining the migrant caravan and building friendships with those who are unhoused in San Antonio, Texas
  • Ryan Klinck, where he shares about see his unhoused friends as saints.
  • Jerry Herships, pastor of AfterHours, which meets in bars and serves PB&J and Communion to his friends in public parks in Denver, CO.

Thanks to our amazing supporters, including

Stay tuned next for: A bonus episode where Randy talks more about how Walking Tall worships together and a frank conversation about Christian formation and new spiritual communities with Kenda Creasy-Dean of Princeton Seminary


Chris Jenkins – Restoring Hope (and Houses)



Join us for a conversation with Chris Jenkins of Hope Restorations in Kinston, North Carolina, as he shares his journey from personal grief to community transformation. Hear him tell the story of how they’re restoring hope and houses in his rural community; why they focus on hiring those who typically find it difficult to find work, why true communion means seeking those who are not yet at the table, and how joy and grief dance together.

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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.


Greg Moore B-Side: Friendship and New Spiritual Communities



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Greg Moore, Executive Director of New Faith Communities for the North Carolina Annual Conference, as he shares more about what it means to center friendship in spiritual community (and measure whether you’re doing it well.) If you haven’t heard it yet, make sure to check out our full conversation with Greg as well.

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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.

 


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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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 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.

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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.