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Ben Yosua-Davis – The Spiritual Topography of our Religious Pioneers



Join us for our first conversation of season three, where Beth Estock talks with Reports host Ben Yosua-Davis. Hear them discuss the spiritual topography of our religious pioneers (5:00), how spiritual pioneers can call their traditions back to the best versions of themselves (16:00), the spiritual challenges of supervising people starting new faith communities (19:00), as well as Ben’s year in the “spiritual rock tumbler” (22:00),and how church planting should be a process of sanctification (36:00).


Steve North – Wrecked for Normal Church



Join us for a conversation with Steve North, long-time missional pastor of Lifeline Toledo. Hear about why he’s persisted in his work through all the ups and downs (including having his house burn down twice,) how meeting a homeless poet turned into a conversion experience, and why he’s been wrecked for regular church.

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Laura and Jaybee Byrch- Claiborne Again, Wish Dreams, and Books that Change Your Life (B-Side)



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Laura and Jaybee Byrch, where they talk about their contact with the neo-monastics and what books have changed their life. You can hear our full conversation at reports.buzzsprout.com or facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier!


Laura and Jaybee Byrch- Living in Jesus’ Neighborhood



Join us for a conversation with everyday saints Laura and Jaybee Byrch, who live in Bradford Trailer Park in Boone, North Caroline. Hear about the daily rhythms of their lives, as they build community and learn about Jesus’ from the neighbors. You can find this episode and other conversations with other spiritual pioneers by subscribing to us with Apple Podcasts or by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/reportsfromthespiritualfrontier.


Sean Steele – The Economics of God and What He Doesn't Know Yet



Join us for a little more of our conversation with Sean Steele, of Saint Isidore’s Episcopal Church, as he talks about how they measure their community’s impact and what he doesn’t know yet.

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Sean Steele – The Offensive Generosity of God



Join us for a conversation with Sean Steele, priest at Saint Isidore’s Episcopal Church, a network of “sacramental communities” in Houston, TX. Hear him share about the theophany that began his journey of faith, what it means to create brave space for excluded people’s, about the offensive generosity of free laundry, free haircuts, and a food truck, and what it means to hold the “yes” and the “no” as a spiritual leader.

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The Slate Project – Church Is Both Online and In-Person



Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Difrancesco and Jason Chesnut of the Slate Project, a hybrid online/in-person community located in Baltimore, Maryland (and around the globe.) Hear them share about the rhythms of their community, the challenges of creating a unified identity across online and geographically-located spaces, and what it means to create a “clean slate” when it comes to being the church.


Most Hilarious Ministry Fails [Crowdsourced Episode]



Join us to hear stories of some of the most hilarious ministry fails our guests and friends of the podcast have experienced. Hear about sad paper tents from Christian Coon, hungry dogs from Christy Dirren, “UMW time” from Breanna Illene, the dangers of people “inviting all their friends” from Ben Yosua-Davis, and a special guest musical performance by Brutal Bear!

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[Unedited] Andy Oliver – The Joy and Heartbreak of Church Planting



Join us for our unedited conversation with Andy Oliver, pastor of visitation at First United Methodist Church PDX, as he tells us the story of planting a new faith community called the Crossing with the The Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church from its beginning to its end.

Hear about the spiritual pressures of starting a new faith community, how he knew that the church’s ministry was finished, the spiritual trauma in the aftermath of its closing, and what has come back together (and not come back together) for him in the days afterward


Andy Oliver – The Joy and Heartbreak of Church Planting



Join us for a conversation with Andy Oliver, pastor of visitation at First UMC in Portland, OR, as he tells us the story of planting a new faith community called the Crossing from its beginning to its end. Hear about the spiritual pressures of starting a new faith community, how he knew that the church’s ministry was finished, the spiritual trauma in the aftermath of its closing, and what has come back together (and not come back together) for him in the days after.

You can hear a longer version of this interview by subscribing to us wherever your podcasts are delivered and clicking on the episode marked [Unedited].


Christy Dirren – Ministry in the Mess



Join us for a conversation with Christy Dirren, church planter in Portland, Oregon as she shares with us the story of the life of Crossbridge, the community which she planted. Hear her share about how failure means “learning a new way that something didn’t work”, shares several beautiful moments and stories, and talks about quitting gracefully.

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Christian Coon – The Spirituality of Failure



Join us for a conversation with Christian Coon, pastor of Urban Village Church and author of “Failing Boldly: How Falling Down in Ministry Can Lead to Rising Up.” Hear him share about the spiritual experience of failure, demystifying the church success story, and how remain grounded through the ups and downs of spiritual experimentation


Carl Gladstone – The Spiritual Life of a Missional Musician



Join us for a conversation with Carl Gladstone: musician, podcaster, and campus minister in Detroit, MI as he shares with us about what it means for creative people to “take all that is around you, boil it down, and offer it back to the world.” Carl shares about the shape of creative spirituality, the natural common ground between artists and the church, and how living in Detroit has changed his music.


Mira Conklin B-Side – Starting Points for Engaging with Immigrants



Join us for a little bit more of our conversation with Mira Conklin and Beth Estock, where Mira shares about starting points for faith communities who want to engage with the immigrants in their midst.

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Mira Conklin – The Spiritual LIfe of a Community Organizer



Join us for a conversation with ELCA organizer and Missional Wisdom Foundation convenor Mira Conklin, about her work with immigrants in Portland, OR. Hear her share about the spiritual life of a community organizer, including the story of her journey from her Midwest home to working for immigrant rights, to the messiness of living into the contemplative stance, to how community organizing is like mutual footwashing.

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Allen and Sara Ewing-Merrill – Community Building With Immigrants



In our b-side this week, Allen and Sara shares their top pieces of advice for churches looking to build spiritual community with refugees in their community.

(And if you haven’t listened to our entire conversation with Allen and Sara, check it out at reports.buzzsprout.com or with your favorite podcast delivery service!)


Sara and Allen Ewing-Merrill – Meeting God in the Refugee



Join us for a conversation with Allen and Sara Ewing-Merrill, co-pastors of Hope GateWay, a United Methodist faith community in Portland,ME. Learn about their journey to becoming a multi-cultural community, the blessings and challenges of inviting immigrants into their midst, and what they’ve learned about God from those who come from other countries of origin.


Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matt Johnson – Finding God In Your Neighborhood



Join us as Daryn DeZengotita of Table Co-Working & Social Impact Spaces interviews Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matt Johnson about their experience cultivating spiritual community in their neighborhood by helping connect people with their strengths and with each other. Learn about how their community is unfolding, what our neighbors can teach us about God, and hear a selection from their folk band, Brutal Bear.