6 episodes

God is at work throughout our communities and in the lives of all people. In my work as a pastor and pioneer of new things, I get to work with, coach, and learn from others, tilling soil, planting seeds and praying for rain as we dig in and engage our communities for the mission of God. Finding Common Ground moves us to be present in the places where space might be cultivated for connection and relationship that becomes rooted in the Christian community.

The Common Ground mpumccommonground

    • Christianity
    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

God is at work throughout our communities and in the lives of all people. In my work as a pastor and pioneer of new things, I get to work with, coach, and learn from others, tilling soil, planting seeds and praying for rain as we dig in and engage our communities for the mission of God. Finding Common Ground moves us to be present in the places where space might be cultivated for connection and relationship that becomes rooted in the Christian community.

    Episode 05| Laura Patterson

    Episode 05| Laura Patterson

    Laura Patterson shares how and why “Not Church” came to be, the common ground she is finding in the big questions of faith and life, and how our actions and beliefs are intrinsically connected.  Laura is a UMC Pastor serving as pastor in charge of a church in Elbert county and the pioneer of “Not Church” a fresh expression of church that centers around a potluck meal and the big questions of life and faith Contact-laura.patterson@ngumc.net Listening; The Pulpit Fiction Podcast, 2 Feminists Annotate the Bible/Beatified Podcast Also mentioned- The Bible Binge Podcast 

    • 42 min
    Episode 04| Cindy Conner

    Episode 04| Cindy Conner

    Cindy has taken a failure to engage community kids in VBS at the church to a successful FX of church in a local nursing home and rehab facility.   Background-Cindy is an ordained elder and Lead Pastor in the North Georgia Conference at Clarkdale UMC and the pioneer of Anderson Adult VBS. Contact; cindy.conner@ngumc.net; FaceBook Cindy Conner or Clarkdale UMC Reading; Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott   

    • 29 min
    Episode 03| Michael Beck

    Episode 03| Michael Beck

    Michael has pioneered multiple Fresh Expressions from his once small declining church and has recaptured the Wesley’s vision in truly seeing the world as his parish. We discuss how he became a part of the FX movement, what he has learned from his failures, and what FX looks like in a pandemic world.   Background-Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck is an ordained elder in the UMC, Co-pastor of Wildwood UMC in Wildwood, Florida, Lead Cultivator of FX in the Florida Annual Conference of the UMC, and Director of Re-Missioning for FXUS and author of Deep Roots, Wild Branches and The Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions (with Jorge Acevedo)Contact; michaeladambeck.com; Facebook Michael Beck; Insta reverendwild1 Reading; Refounding the Church by Gerald Arbuckle, the works of sociologist Manuel Castells   

    • 39 min
    Episode 02| Tim Savelle

    Episode 02| Tim Savelle

    Tim is finding common ground in the suffering of others and is cultivating a fresh expression of church in a local apartment complex with a “community lunch”  Background-Tim is a licensed Local Pastor in the North Georgia Conference of the UMC serving a 2 point charge and a retired school teacher. Contact-Tim.savelle@ngumc.net Reading; In Search of Paul and The First Paul by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan   

    • 41 min
    Episode 01| Melissa Kime Hall

    Episode 01| Melissa Kime Hall

    Melissa shares stories from the field in forming new communities around a love for coffee and a desire to love and serve neighbors. Like so many she too is working to navigate uncharted territory in our current reality, what it means to be the church, and how many more are now leaning into new possibilities.  Background-Melissa is an ordained elder in the North Georgia Conference and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Roswell UMC. She is the pioneer of Table Hours a FX that meets in a coffeehouse and is never afraid to try something new to build community around the good news. Contact-mhall@rumc.net, FaceBook-Melissa Kime Hall, Insta-preacherlady13 Reading-Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger; From Tablet to Table by Leonard Sweet 

    • 40 min
    Episode 00| Heather Jallad

    Episode 00| Heather Jallad

    Fresh Expressions are new forms of church for our changing world created primarily for people that are not yet a part of any church. Finding common ground is all about looking for ways to meet people where they are, build community and begin to grow and explore what it means to follow Jesus together. This episode shares the what along with some of the why and how of the movement. Mentioned in this episode; Mission Shaped Church Report, Mission Shaped and Rural  Background- Common Ground and the Fresh Expressions Movement Contact- heather.jallad@ngumc.net Reading; Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions by Michael Beck and Jorge Acevedo, Entrepreneurial Church Planting by Jay Moon Rereading; Canoeing the Mountains by Tod Bolsinger 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

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Pioneer in the field

Heather’s vision for bringing diverse groups of people together in order to share the love of Christ is refreshing. Her innovative spirit coupled with her keen perception of how to meet people where they are in the journey of life sparks the imagination. Thankful she is sharing her passion and making space for people to learn and be inspired.

WNC Methodist ,

An Important Voice for the Church

I’m excited that Heather has started this podcast. Her voice is an important one for our time of rapid changes in society and the Church!

Retired but not dead! ,

A Fresh Approach

Rev. Jallad brings fresh ideas to a nagging question; What does the church do now? What does it do now that attendance and giving have been declining overall for years and now that a worldwide pandemic has closed physical church campuses for 8 or more weeks and disrupted the lives and livelihood of those left. Definitely worth your time if you are a church leader, volunteer, attender, or if you are not engaged with a church, but have questions.

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