NOWLeading: Conversations with Lutheran leaders on the art of following Jesus.
"Sent to Love, Love to Send!" Zabdi and Elizabeth Lopez on Marriage and Ministry
Pastor Zabdi Lopez grew up in Mexico. His wife Elizabeth grew up in the Mid-West. Their story is a mind-blowing account of God's faithfulness to them and God's "Missio Dei" -- God's sending heart. This episode captures the story of how they got together plus the sorrows, challenges, and joys of being a multi-ethnic couple committed to Jesus and His ways. Extra bonus! Great details on how Zabdi and Elizabeth identify and equip the next generation of leaders.
NOW Start Network: Amy Schweim, Resiliency, Community Resource Centers, Coffee Shops, and Christ
Mike Von Behren (NOW Start Network Cultivator) interviews Amy Schweim, DCE, MSc., Director of Outreach and Connections of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Puyallup, Washington (and also a NOW Start Network Cultivator!). What happens when a DCE has a passion for "family resiliency" and decides to help families in her community? All kinds of stuff! Amy talks about her passion for "family resiliency" and launching new ministries that support families with education, children's day camps, coffee shops, and more to support a "one-stop community resource center for families."
NOW Start Network: Gerod Bass shares "Connecting with Your Community Through the Arts and Theater"
Mike Von Behren (NOW Start Network Cultivator) interviews Gerod Bass, DCE, Worship Arts Director of Our Savior Lutheran Church (OSLC) in Tacoma, Washington. How do the arts and having and "open door policy" for a church building serve as a bridge into the community? Gerod tells the story of how OSLC launched a theater ministry after their sanctuary was destroyed in a fire, and digs into what discipleship looks like when you cross boundaries to share the love of Christ.
NOW Start Network: Mayan-Latino Pastor Ruberto Ek Yah "God Raises Up Workers for His Harvest"
Mike Von Behren (NOW Start Network Cultivator) interviews Rev. Ruberto Ek Yah, of Trinity Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon. What happens when an Anglo congregation "gets out of their box" and practices hospitality with their Latino neighbors? How does a network of support (Lutheran Latino Ministries) influence young leaders? Rev. Ruberto Ek Yah is a bivocational Mayan-Latino LCMS Pastor whose story is an example of the grace of God, the power of God answering consistent prayers for new leaders, and raising Latino workers for His harvest.
CONVENTION 2022--NOW District President Invites Memories of Concordia University
Note: critical update! President Linnemann shares a story of how Concordia University, Portland, was a blessing to him as a young man and invites memories (saved in audio format) from others to be sent into the District Office in preparation for an evening remembering the blessings of Concordia University, Portland.
CONVENTION 2022--NOW District President Highlights the NOW District Leadership Initiative (L.I.)
Note: critical update! President Linnemann highlights the NOW L.I. and invites every ministry to bring at least one name of a brand new leader or a leader "who is doing a new thing" to the district convention. The dream is to have over 230 names of new leaders across the NOW District.
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This podcast helps me think about how to be about the task of loving people and pointing to Jesus in the present, sometimes confusing, world. I appreciate the creative and encouraging ideas that help me widen my understanding of ministry. It goes to the top of my playlist as soon as a new episode drops.
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