Welcome to the Metro District Sights and Sounds Podcast, a conversation designed to equip, challenge and assist individual leaders, and organizations to shift, RE-set, THRIVE, and LEAD "Through Uncharted Territories."
Leading Through Uncharted Territory - The New Normal - “The Global Student Mission”
Miriam Swanson, is a leader within Fusion, a movement born out of the United Kingdom. Over twenty years ago, the pioneers of Fusion were gathering to pray for a move of God amongst the exploding university student population, spurred on by the clear need to reach 18s-30s who were largely not connected to church. From these prayer meetings, Fusion was born. Fusion helps local churches reach college students, and helps college students find hope in Jesus and home in the local church. They equip youth ministry leaders to prepare their high school leavers for college and transition them in faith and life as they enter young adulthood. They train churches, young adult leaders and student leaders to be the missional body of Christ to universities, colleges, and community colleges, to discover what it really means to be imitators of Christ and share the love of Jesus with others. Miriam is passionate about MISSION, YOUNG ADULTS and LOVING our NEIGHBORS, which doesn't stop in high school but goes throughout college and beyond. She has served in Europe for the past ten years, now living in Jacksonville Florida, with plans of setting up Fusion partnerships thought out the USA. What can you learn from the Fusion Ministries?
Fusion's main website: https://www.fusionmovement.org
Miriam's blog series on the US church & young adults: "Lessons from a European student worker"
Student Linkup and preparation for university: https://www.studentlinkup.org
and obviously social media: https://www.instagram.com/hellofusionmovement/
Leading Through UnCharted Territories - The New Normal: "Now What, Black Methodists for Church Renewal inc. BMCR?" A People called Methodist
A candid conversation with the National Coordinators of Black Methodists for Church Renewal Inc., leaders, Rev. Antoine "Tony" Love, and Ms. Deborah Bass. Joining the conversation is the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church BMCR Coordinator, and Metro District new church start pastor, Rev.Charlie Rivens. The conversation centers and engages the questions, "Why was BMCR important (history) for the merger with Evangelical United Brethren church, the Methodist church and the Central Jurisdiction Black Methodists? How are we doing now? (present), and What's Next for BMCR (future) and the United Methodist Church, as we serve One God, serve the mission of the Kingdom, and live fully into being the church God called into existence?
Leading Through UnCharted Territories - The New Normal: “Re-Launch”
A conversation with Rev. Kyle Thompson states, for 20 years, Sharon United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, faced declining membership, and community engagement, despite its location being one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing, upscale communities, where the church was across the street from the luxurious SouthPark mall.
So when the leadership began to discuss renovating the building, with its distinctive “ski-slope steeple”, the Rev. Kyle began to think even bigger. “What if we could create an environment where we would do life together, where sacred and secular would intersect, where we could be the soul of SouthPark?” he said. “What if we could start from scratch?”- Re-Launch
1. Smart Church Solutions
Tim Cool, Chief Solutions Officer
This is our owner's representative and project manager. Have been with us from the beginning, guiding us through the process. Great resource for churches looking to clarify a vision and/or to pursue the vision logistically - especially regarding buildings, property, mixed-use, etc.
2. Childress Klein Properties
Chris Thomas, Partner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our development partners
3. Choate Construction
4. Lodestar Law: Commercial Real Estate
Suzanne Schaffer: email@example.com
5. Picnic Table Productions
We contract with them to make our videos.
Alan Wildes: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our capital campaign consultant
7. First United Methodist Church, Chicago (The Chicago Temple)
The church owns its own skyscraper, in which the church is housed. We learned a lot from them.
Leading Through UnCharted Terriorities - Rev. Dr. Nancy Rankin: The New Church’s Normal
A conversation with Rev. Dr. Nancy Rankin. We started the 2020 New Year, with every faith community in the WORLD, I hope, having a Mission Statement, A FRESH 2020 Vision, and A Plan of Engagement, ready to forge ahead into this NEW Decade. Then the world paused, due to the destructive GLOBAL PANDEMIC, the new narrative arose in America: ESSENTIAL Vs. NON-Essential workers and the word Sheltering in Place. I am grateful for - front line essential workers. Then the faith communities, we were called to Shelter in Place, the Doors of our physical buildings were closed, BUT we the people, remained open and active. The questions and topics that were discussed during my coaching conversations throughout the Metro District with local church leaders and community leaders have been, how do w PIVOT into this New NORMAL? How do we transition through these PHASES of re-opening? How do we become RELEVANT and AGILE at the same time? WHAT’S NEXT for MINISTRY. All these answers and more on today's podcast.
Jim Harnish, You Only Have To Die: Leading Your Congregations to New Life.
Will Mancini, God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates For Finding Focus.
Susan Beaumont, How to Lead When You Don't Know Where You Are Going.
Bob Farr, Renovate Or Die
David Cooperrider (Author), Diana D. Whitney Appreciate Inquire: A Positive Revolution to Change
Leading Through Uncharted Territories - Mrs. Erin Hawkins on Race, Racism and the Church's Clarion Call to Action Pt.4
A conversation with Erin Hawkins - General Secretary of The Commission on Religion and Race a Global Agency of The United Methodist Church. Ms. Hawkins during our conversation pertaining to membership stated, “We want people to believe, in order to belong. But what if we started creating places of belonging, in order to bring people to a place of believing?”
This past week on our three part podcast series of Leading Through Uncharted Territories - Race, Racism and the Church's Clarion Call to Action. We’ve had “Truth Talk” and I am grateful for the feedback, the calls, text, email of our African Americans siblings saying thank you, some of our Anglo siblings saying we don’t know what to do, others saying I’m ready to listen and hear the historical and present narratives, while still others challenge the language of Black Lives Matter, and inserting ALL lives
Matter, and yet others saying all lives matter when Black Lives Matter - George Floyd . Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Mother Emmanuel AME Church, Tamir Rice, and the list goes on and on. - The risk and challenges of reconciling, repentance, cultural shifts, trust issues, because of the historical atrocities of sin.
Where do we go from here? What does it mean to be the church? What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ? Siblings, together we can discover in our diverse world, how we can pivot in our local churches and institutions, so that collaboratively, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can impact our communities and the world into becoming just and equitable societies for ALL people.
General Commission on Religion and Race
Deconstructing White Privilege
Continued Struggle in American Race Relations
The Continued Struggle in American Race Relations
Racial Justice Conversation Guides
Leading Through Uncharted Territories - Dr. Mark DeYmaz - Race, Racism in America and the Church: The United Methodist Church's Clarion Call to Action Pt. 3
In light of the murder of George Floyd - Minneapolis, Ahmaud Arbery - South Georgia, Breonna Taylor- Kentucky, the Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre - Charleston SC. The protest, the riots and the list goes on and on. As difficult as it has become, as Christians we must speak truth about race, racism in America, and how the Church can no longer be silent, sit on the sidelines, believe that there is not a problem, that it is not my problem, I didn’t cause this problem etc… As people of God, each of us has a mandate on our lives by God. Matthew 25:31-46 reminds us all, "The son of man will judge the nations. Each person individually, and collectively will have to answer to our response to the clarion call. There is much Kingdom work to be done. Who's in? Contact Dr Stephanie Moore Hand, email@example.com
Dr. Mark DeYmaz, recognized leader in the Multi-ethnic Church Movement in America. He is the “Directional Leader" of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. Mark co-founded the Mosaix Global Network with Dr. George Yancey and today serves as its president, and convener of the triennial National Multi-ethnic Church Conference. Mark has written six books including his latest, Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community (Thomas Nelson, March 2017); and Multiethnic Conversations: an Eight Week Guide to Unity in Your Church (Wesleyan Publishing House, October 2016).
Be The Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison
Building a Healthy Multi Ethnic Church, by Mark Demaz
Multiethnic Conversation, by Mark DeYmaz
Divided By Faith by Michael Emerson
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
White Awake: An onset Look at What it Means to be White by Daniel Hill
A thoughtful look at spiritual leadership
An inspiring dive into the thoughts of Methodist spiritual leadership and some enlightening conversations on hope, faith and the path forward for the church in a post COVID-19 world.
The host and the conversation is relevant to the District and the Denomination!!!