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Now headed into its fourth season, The Faith, Work & Rest Podcast highlights stories of ordinary people of faith doing ordinary work for the glory of God and good of their communities.

Faith, Work & Rest Teena Dare

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 61 Ratings

Now headed into its fourth season, The Faith, Work & Rest Podcast highlights stories of ordinary people of faith doing ordinary work for the glory of God and good of their communities.

    Light Amidst Darkness: Alistair Chiu

    Light Amidst Darkness: Alistair Chiu

    In the final episode of this season of the podcast, Alistair Chiu, along with two other Christian leaders, give us an inside look at how faith and work movements are being developed in the places they live. When it comes to developing movements like the ones described in this podcast, we can be tempted to assume that a “one size fits all” model will work. However, we are reminded in this episode of the need for faithful contextualization to meet the needs and questions of the city we are seeking to reach. As workers across the city press into integrating faith and work, the light of Christ within us will begin shining in the darkest of places. But cultivating these kind of movements will take a high level of adaptability, working with people that are different from us, and a deep desire to have alignment with co-laborers not as a prerequisite to relationship but as a by-product. And through all of this effort and strategy, we entrust ourselves to the One who will one day reign as King in our cities as it is in heaven.

    This marks the end of our journey of hearing global expressions of faith in work and rest. If you haven’t listened to all of the previous episodes and guests, please check them out.


    Resources related to this episode:

    Learn more about City to City Asia Pacific:
    https://citytocityasiapacific.com/

    Learn more about Alistair Chiu’s church:
    https://www.newcitychurchhk.com/

    Learn more about The Global Faith and Work Initiative:
    https://www.globalfaithandwork.com/

    Learn more about the Surge Network
    https://www.surgenetwork.com




    TIME STAMPS

    00:00 Introduction to Podcast

    2:09 Where Alistair is living and how he got there

    6:47 How did the work culture in Hong Kong shape your ministry there?

    9:26 Did you find that the faith and work resources fit well within Hong Kong?

    14:49 What was birthed with recognizing the gap in the faith and work materials for the Hong Kong context?

    17:50 Stories of people working through the faith and work cohort

    23:59 Where do you see God reflected in the city of Hong Kong and how can we pray for the city?

    27:22 Introducing two more Global Faith and Work Leaders

    31:23 How the marketplace is central to the ecosystem of God’s work in the world

    32:38 How scaffolding relates to supporting movements in various cities

    37:00 Best practices for starting faith and work movements in cities

    40:41 What creating faith and work movements have taught them about working with others

    47:05 What practices have you developed to work with different people than you and live out the gospel?

    • 50 min
    Global City, Gospel Presence: Bijan Mirtolooi

    Global City, Gospel Presence: Bijan Mirtolooi

    In this episode, Bijan Mirtolooi helps us explore how the city of London is experiencing spiritual renewal and religious curiosity giving Christians an incredible opportunity to winsomely declare good news. In his work as a pastor of Reality Church London and The London Project, Bijan has an ardent desire to equip ministry leaders and everyday disciples to see their work as an integral part of their discipleship to Jesus. Yet also to understand that from the first pages of Scripture, God is one who always pairs work with rest and invites us to the same. Would we pray alongside him to see the Church in London steward this incredible moment in history for the city to rejoice because Jesus has been put on display through the unified witness of God’s people.

    Resources related to this episode:

    Learn more about Bijan’s church Reality Church London:
    https://www.realitychurch.london/

    Learn more about The London Project:
    https://thelondonproject.co.uk/

    Learn more about Gotham Fellowship:
    https://www.faithandworkgotham.com/

    Learn more about The Global Faith and Work Initiative:
    https://www.globalfaithandwork.com/

    Learn more about the Surge Network
    https://www.surgenetwork.com

    Timestamps (Edited Timing)

    00:00 Introduction

    01:09 How Bijan and his family decided to move to London

    4:40 Stories of how London is growing in openness to religion and spirituality

    11:42 What is the London Project and how it is facilitating a faith and work movement

    15:36 How Lesslie Newbigin in the 1970s encouraged churches to equip every member of their Church when it comes to their daily work

    18:39 How Bijan has seen people live creatively and faithfully in their industries

    22:14 How rest is integral to discipleship

    28:50 Where do you see God uniquely put on display in London and how can we pray for London?

    • 31 min
    First World, then Word- Christel Ngnambi

    First World, then Word- Christel Ngnambi

    Our guest on the podcast today is Christel Ngnambi, the consultant CEO for Imago Dei, which is a network of professionals seeking to ask questions and seek answers to the biggest challenges of their industry and discover how Christianity might offer good news in that area of human life.

    In the episode, Christel showcases how the increasing secularization in francophone (french speaking) culture is ultimately not an obstacle to the Christian witness but a genuine opportunity. Yet, he suggests, there is power when Christians begin with the questions, concerns, and fears of the people and industries where they find themselves and then egnage those questions deeply with Scripture. In other words, as Christel says, we need to listen to the world around us as we engage the Word.

    Listen in as Christel shares tangible ways Imago Dei has provided pathways for non-Christians to experience a distinct, culturally relevant, and winsome Christian witness.

    Resources related to this episode:

    Learn more about Christel’s work with Imago Dei
    https://www.imagodei.fr

    Learn more about The Global Faith and Work Initiative:
    https://www.globalfaithandwork.com/

    Learn more about the Surge Network
    https://www.surgenetwork.com


    Timestamps

    00:00 Introduction

    2:25 How Christel partnered to start Imago Dei and their work within many industries

    5:35 What the word “francophone” means and how faith and work is unique in the French-speaking world.

    14:20 How we must start first with the questions of the context to explore how the gospel is good news there

    19:28 How the fashion industry is a case study for listening and speaking the gospel in relevant ways

    24:05 How non-Christians are becoming curious about Christianity through the arts

    31:12 What are the next questions coming in Western culture and ways Christians can seek to be a renewing presence in the face of them?

    36:05 What is one characteristic of God as a worker that you see reflected in your city and how can we pray for you and your context?

    • 39 min
    The Eternal City: Mila Palozzi

    The Eternal City: Mila Palozzi

    In this episode, we are privileged to hear Pastor Mila Palozzi share, with joy and vibrancy, how the gospel gives us a lens to see beauty everywhere in our city and through our work. She shares practical ways she has cultivated a faith and work perspective in her local church through a variety of avenues that hopefully will encourage and inspire you in your context. Mila challenges those in her culture- and us- to not see work as a necessary curse but rather to see work as the unique contribution we get to make for our city and ultimately for the Kingdom of God. We hope Mila’s gospel radiance inspires you to imagine afresh the city and work God has placed you in.


    Resources related to this episode:

    Learn more about Mila’s church:
    https://www.hopera.co/scopri-la-fede

    Learn more about The Global Faith and Work Initiative:
    https://www.globalfaithandwork.com/

    Learn more about the Surge Network
    https://www.surgenetwork.com


    Timestamps

    00:00 Podcast Introduction

    01:43 The work and life of Mila Palozzi as a pastor in Rome

    3:36 How Mila’s previous career in banking drew her into the faith and work space

    7:47 How Mila pursues four main avenues to help people capture a vision of faith and work in her church

    14:00 How Mila started new communities around variety of subjects

    17:40 How Mila has experienced the depth of the gospel in her city

    26:27 What is an aspect of God that you see on display in Rome and how can we pray for the church in Italy?

    • 32 min
    CEOs to Custodians: Amma Amegashie

    CEOs to Custodians: Amma Amegashie

    In this episode, Teena is joined by Amma Amegashie who serves as the West Africa Operations Manager for City to City Africa. She currently leads the Purpose Beyond Paycheck cohort in Accra, Ghana. Amma loves the Lord, loves the city which she lives in, and hopes to see the city, its people and all the industries being renewed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. She lives in the city of Accra with her beloved husband, Selasi, and enjoys reading, listening to music and watching God's beautiful nature.

    What is clear from this conversation is that Amma resists any form of a truncated gospel that compartmentalizes the Christian life to a single day of the week. The cohort she leads works to imagine what a Kingdom presence might look and taste like in various spheres of society and work.

    Would you be encouraged by her words to us:

    “If your identity is truly in Christ Jesus, it doesn’t matter if you are the CEO or the least in rank. You don’t find your identity in any of this but you find your identity in Christ Jesus and what he has done on the cross. That he deeply loves you, and we are his children.”

    TIME STAMPS:

    00:00 Introduction and Amma’s Bio

    1:40 Where Amma lives and works

    4:33 How an episode of the Faith and Work podcast helped Amma re-imagine administration

    7:56 What drew Amma into the Faith and Work space

    11:25 What is the church like in Ghana?

    14:41 How Amma has helped people experience a gospel for all of life

    20:30 How insurance can be for the glory of God

    26:40 Where do you see brokenness in the industries of your city and how God longs to restore

    33:40 How visiting a cookie factory changed one person’s perspective on work

    37:40 If you had to pick just one characteristic as a worker that you see on display in your city, what would it be? How can we be praying for the church in Ghana?


    Resources related to this episode:

    Learn more about the Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students
    https://ghafes.org/who-we-are/

    Learn more about The Global Faith and Work Initiative
    https://www.globalfaithandwork.com/

    Learn more about the Surge Network
    https://www.surgenetwork.com/

    • 41 min
    Deconstructing Dichotomies: Marcelo Robles

    Deconstructing Dichotomies: Marcelo Robles

    In this podcast episode, Teena Dare gets to have a conversation with Marcelo Robles who lives in Buenos Aires and is a pastor, practitioner, and key participant in the movement of God in his city.

    What’s clear from the interview is that Marcelo captures the vision perfectly of seeing our everyday work and our understanding of our faith deeply integrated in all of life. But he didn’t always share this vision. Listen in as Marcelo unpacks how was able to deconstruct the false dichotomy of sacred and secular through his work at a university, in his ministry, through personal challenges, and a myriad of church planting experiences. The Church has much to learn from this faithful brother who encourages us to remember our one calling in the gospel with many occupational expressions.

    Resources related to this episode:

    More Info About Marcelo Robles and his ministry
    https://globaloutreach.org/giving/missionary-details/marcelo-robles

    About La Misión Church https://iplamision.org/sobre-nosotros/

    About the RUE University Network https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1037300417189588

    Learn more about The Global Faith and Work Initiative here.
    https://www.globalfaithandwork.com/about

    Learn more about the Surge Network here
    https://www.surgenetwork.com

    Timestamps

    00:00 Introduction and Marcello’s bio

    1:49 Where Marcello lives, serves and does for work

    2:53 How the city of Buenos Aires is unique and an expression of a variety of cultures and cities

    4:50 Why we need to stop using the term: bi-vocational and instead use: “co-occupational”

    13:12 Why we need a holistic and integrated gospel for all of life

    16:30 Stories of how God is at work in the university

    22:45 How one person’s proximity with the poor forever changed his life

    29:30 How God is displayed as a worker in Buenos Aires and how you and I can pray for Buenos Aires

    • 37 min

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