This podcast is an extension of Renaissance - we're a new grassroots church movement getting off the ground in the Boston metro area with a humble vision to empower everyday people - dreamers, creators, and enjoyers of life to showcase the beauty of Christ in our city. Every episode we'll talk about themes related to that vision, and what it means to be the church in our unique cultural moment. To find out more about us - head to wearerenaissance.org.
038 - Practicing Hospitality
Part of Season 4! In this episode, we interview Damaris Taylor of The Bridge as we continue looking at the realities of microchurch community. How do we understand hospitality as a spiritual family? Where do we sometimes miss the mark on this issue? How can we become more inclusive with hospitality? What are the best practices for working through it? In this episode, we unpack these themes together.
037 - Experiencing Conflict & Reconciliation
Part of Season 4! In this episode, the Renaissance Team continues the Dream. Create. Enjoy. Podcast by looking at the realities of microchurch community. How do we navigate conflict in the midst of becoming a spiritual family? How can we shift our perception of conflict in the Christian life? What are the best practices for working through it? In this episode, they unpack these themes together.
036 - Walking Through Pain & Burdens
Part of Season 4! In this episode, we interview Dr. Neal Windham to talk about life together in community and the realities of learning to walk together through difficulties. How should Christians understand pain? More importantly, how do learn to shoulder what others are going through? We answer these questions in this episode.
Dr. Windham is a retired professor/pastor living in the Midwest whose focus, particularly in the later stages of his career, has been on spiritual formation. He's also taught Greek language and New Testament, both in the states and abroad, and has served many churches in an interim capacity along the way. His principal ministry interests today are teaching in the local church and practicing spiritual direction with pastors and other church leaders who want to deepen their walk with God. He spends his days alongside his wife, Miriam, reading, making music, studying, practicing spiritual direction, fishing, and visiting their (grand)kids in Knoxville and Joliet.
035 - Living Truthfully
Part of Season 4! In this episode, we interview Mark Nelson to talk about living truthfully and the implications of doing life in a microchurch community. We'll be looking at how we get truthfulness wrong and how we often truncate our faith in the process.
Mark Nelson is the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Collaborative, an initiative of learning communities for churches in Knoxville, TN. He has 36 years of vocational church ministry experience which includes youth ministry, campus ministry and church planting. He is the co-author (with Alan Hirsch) of the book Reframation and is currently working on a second book with Dr. Heather Gorman to be released early in 2024. He has been married for 36 years to Monica and together they have three grown children.
034 - Making & Keeping Promises
Part of Season 4! In this episode, the Renaissance Team continues the Dream. Create. Enjoy. Podcast by looking at the realities of microchurch community. How do promises play a part in the fabric of community building? Why is it so important that we keep our promises to each other? What trips us up in these endeavors? In this episode, they unpack these themes and get into the day-to-day realities of microchurches.
Living Into Community (Christine Pohl) - https://tinyurl.com/4eyhhean
Controlling the Unpredictable (Lewis B. Smeades) - https://tinyurl.com/5n94e9tw
Mission as Promise (Drew Thurman) - https://t.co/AZ3vTFwwXF
033 - The Realities of Shared Life in Microchurch Community
The kickoff of Season 4! In this episode, the Renaissance Team continues the Dream. Create. Enjoy. Podcast by looking at the realities of microchurch community. What does it look like to live as a spiritual family trying to live out the way of Jesus together? How to push past the facade of other forms of church we've experienced, to have true intimacy and growth? In this episode, they lay the groundwork for the entire season talking about community, discipleship, and the way of Jesus.