From the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, we’re excited to bring you Christian leaders – from across the theological spectrum and from a variety of professions – to share their expertise on leadership topics, all through the lens of faith.
The Impacts Of Gentrification On The Black Church With Pastor John Faison
In today’s conversation Pastor John Faison, Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Pastor Faison discusses the history of African American churches specifically diving into the impact that segregation and gentrification has on black communities and the role the black church has played to support these communities. Pastor Faison provides encouragement for how pastors can determine their calling and best serve their congregations.
Why COVID Is Speeding Up Pastoral Succession With Pastor Tim Harlow
In today’s conversation, our Founder and CEO, William Vanderbloemen speaks with Tim Harlow, Senior Pastor of Parkview Christian Church in Chicago, Illinois, who is in the midst of a 10-year succession plan.
Tim shares why the fatigue of this past year’s events have sped up succession for so many pastors and why a solid, thought-out succession plan is vital to the health of your ministry today and in the future.
Origins Of The Black Church: Reconstruction And Newfound Freedom With Dr. Cheryl Kirk - Duggan
Dr. Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Professor of Religion at Shaw University Divinity School, and Ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church discusses the significant role of The Black Church all the way from 1900 through the death of Martin Luther King Jr. She also shares how enslavement evolved into Jim Crow laws, mass incarceration, and voter suppression, as well as how white Christians contributed to these issues and their long-term effects on Black Americans and The Black Church.
Origins Of The Black Church: Slavery Through Emancipation With Dr. Anthea Butler
Dr. Anthea Butler, Graduate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, walks us through historical moments including the 1619 project, the Second Great Awakening, and The Black Church’s early identity.
Building a Lasting Legacy For Your Church Through Succession With Pastor Steve Poe
In today’s podcast, Steve Poe, Senior Pastor of Northview Church, shares how he and his church have normalized the discussion of succession by realizing every pastor is a temporary leader and that preparing for the future helps the long-term health of the church. He offers practical insight for churches as they begin their succession process, especially during COVID-19 when it’s difficult to cast vision and prepare for the future.
Origins Of The Black Church: Pre-slavery—Missionaries In Africa With Dr. Eric Washington
Dr. Eric M. Washington, Associate Professor of the History Department and Director of African Studies at Calvin University, shares the pre-slavery origins of The Black Church. Washington’s insights shed light on some of the lesser-known details of the origins of Christianity in Africa, including the other early-African religions, the purpose of missionaries in Africa, and how these events tie into what we see in mission work today.