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Welcome to the Ferment Podcast - Conversations about Worship and Transformation. In this wide ranging podcast our host Adam Russell sits down with thought leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs, and other innovators digging into their personal stories of spiritual transformation. Current roster of guests include John Mark McMillan, Audrey Assad, David Ruis, James Duke, Carol Wimber-Wong, and many others.

The Ferment Podcast - Conversations About Worship And Transformation The Ferment Podcast

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 223 Ratings

Welcome to the Ferment Podcast - Conversations about Worship and Transformation. In this wide ranging podcast our host Adam Russell sits down with thought leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs, and other innovators digging into their personal stories of spiritual transformation. Current roster of guests include John Mark McMillan, Audrey Assad, David Ruis, James Duke, Carol Wimber-Wong, and many others.

    Introducing: We Are Vineyard!

    Introducing: We Are Vineyard!

    We could not be more pleased to introduce you to "We Are Vineyard", a brand new podcast by Vineyard USA with conversations to help us grow in life with Jesus and each other, hosted by National Director Jay Pathak! Check out the first episode right here with special guest Phil Strout, the former National Director for Vineyard USA. You can catch new episodes every Wednesday and hear from leaders inside the Vineyard as well as authors and leaders outside the Vineyard!
    In this episode of We Are Vineyard, Jay and Phil discuss “Equipping the Saints”…where this principle comes from biblically, what it means, and how you do it. They also talk about the vital role of mentors in a leader’s life, share personal stories of pursuing the mentors who have shaped them and cared for their souls, and subsequently how they have learned to recognize leadership on those coming up behind them.
    For several years, Phil served in the Vineyard on the board of directors for Vineyard USA, as a Regional Leader, and as the Senior Pastor of Pathway Vineyard Church, a multisite church based in Lewiston, Maine. He has also done extensive work in church planting around the world, especially in Latin America, and along with his wife, Jan, is bilingual (English/Spanish). Phil is the author of God’s Relentless Pursuit: Discovering His Heart for Humanity and Thrive: How to Successfully Navigate the S-Turns of Leadership. He brings a non-hyped, down-to-earth, passionately authentic spirit and vision to leading the Vineyard Movement in its divine assignment.  Phil and Jan have been married since they were teenagers and have two kids, 6 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids.
     
    Show Notes:
    We Are Vineyard Podcast with Jay Pathak
    https://vineyardusa.org/podcast/
    Faithwalking
    https://faithwalking.us/
    Reason for God by Tim Keller
    https://amzn.to/3GWztMQ
    Walter Ciszek
    http://www.ciszek.org/About_Ciszek.html

    • 53 min
    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Jay and Danielle Pathak

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Jay and Danielle Pathak

    Jay Pathak is the Lead Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard and Danielle Pathak is the Spiritual Formation and Staff Pastor. Jay and Danielle planted Mile High Vineyard, a family of neighborhood churches in 2001. They grew up in Columbus, OH and started attending the Columbus Vineyard as teenagers, where they began leading in ministry very young. 

    Jay has a BA in Philosophy from Ohio State University, is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and served on the Vineyard executive team for 5 years. He is also the co-author of The Art of Neighboring. Danielle has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies from Ohio State University, also attended Vineyard Leadership Institute and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Sustainable Faith and one in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from the Transforming Center in Chicago. They are the incoming National Directors for Vineyard USA!
    Jay and Danielle have been married since 1998 and they have two beautiful daughters, Jasmine and Sofia. 

    In this episode of The Ferment you’ll meet Jay and Danielle up close and personal! They each share their stories of coming to faith and learning how to trust the Lord’s leading regarding their future, both as a couple and as people in ministry. Danielle speaks about her process of sorting through deeply engrained hurts relating to women in ministry, and Jay tells some stories about being pastored well…and not so well. Next Jay and Danielle share what Carol Wimber taught them about God giving specific callings on your life, as well as their experience of how God interacts with us differently and how the questions he asks of us change depending on the season of life we are in.  They also talk about the importance of learning to follow well if you want to lead well, and what they learned through the discernment process of whether or not to accept the position as National Directors. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get to know our new national leadership!

    Show notes: 
    Mile High Vineyard
    https://www.milehighvineyard.org
     
    Vineyard USA
    https://VineyardUSA.org
     
    Socials
    Instagram @thefermentpodcast
    Twitter @fermentcast
    TikTok @vineyardworship

    • 1 hr 31 min
    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Paul Anleitner

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Paul Anleitner

    Paul Anleitner is the Worship Pastor at the First Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis, MN and host of the Deep Talks podcast - Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making. Prior to joining the staff at First Free, he enjoyed 15 years of vocational ministry experience in a variety of roles and denominational settings. He has had the privilege over the years of being not only a Worship Pastor in the Assemblies of God, Evangelical Covenant Church, and now the Evangelical Free Church, but has also taught theology and biblical studies courses in Christian high schools, directed parachurch ministries, and recorded & released original music. Paul loves reading theology, exercising and watching or playing basketball. He is married to the girl of his dreams, Keri, and they have 3 kids.
    In this episode of The Ferment podcast, Paul and our host Adam Russell have an incredibly nuanced conversation about the way symbols and the meaning we ascribe to them create stories that shape our worldview. Coming on the tail of January 6th and the insurrection at the US Capitol Building, Paul and Adam discuss the mixed symbolism of nooses and Confederate flags displayed alongside “Jesus Saves” signs and the way that mirrors the present state of Christianity and politics in our nation. As the layers are peeled back, Paul and Adam dive into spheres of psychology and theology, examining the symbolism within our church buildings and worship songs, and the effect the convergence of culture and subcultures has on shaping the narrative of our nation, our worship experience, and our lives.
     
    Show notes
    Deep Talks Podcast
    https://deeptalkstheologypodcast.podbean.com
    The Ferment Podcast – Paul Anleitner 5.26.19
    https://bit.ly/3980Pl6

    • 1 hr 18 min
    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Eddie Espinosa

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Eddie Espinosa

    Eddie Espinosa is a well-known Vineyard veteran and pioneer in the modern worship movement. Eddie was featured on numerous recordings through the years including groundbreaking original two vinyl records from Vineyard Ministries International - "All The Earth Shall Worship" and "He Is Worthy To Be Praised" both releasing in 1982. Eddie's song include "You Are The Mighty King", "Worthy Is The Lamb", and the global worship classic and era-defining "Change My Heart O God". Despite being known as a songwriter and worship pastor, Eddie spent most of his professional career in public education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Eddie and his wife live in Southern California and have two children.   
    In this episode of The Ferment, Eddie shares his story of being called into a life with Jesus and growing into a worshiper who is known as one who writes love songs to the Lord. He reflects on the early days at the Anaheim Vineyard and how they were marked by hunger and desperation for God, and shares the three things he believes bring the presence of God in worship. This is a very tender episode that overflows with a love for the Lord that is only cultivated in first-hand experience of His goodness and grace.  
     
    Show notes:
    Change My Heart, O God by Eddie Espinosa
    https://youtu.be/DwudqCO7mSQ
    Eddie’s interview with the Calvin Institute
    https://bit.ly/3dx2Zf5

    • 1 hr
    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Phil and Jan Strout

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Phil and Jan Strout

    Phil and Jan Strout are the National Directors for Vineyard USA.  For several years, Phil served in the Vineyard on the board of directors for Vineyard USA, as a Regional Leader, and as the Senior Pastor of Pathway Vineyard Church, a multisite church based in Lewiston, Maine. He has also done extensive work in church planting around the world, especially in Latin America, and along with his wife, Jan, is bilingual (English/Spanish).
    Phil is the author of God’s Relentless Pursuit: Discovering His Heart for Humanity and Thrive: How to Successfully Navigate the S-Turns of Leadership. He brings a non-hyped, down-to-earth, passionately authentic spirit and vision to leading the Vineyard Movement in its divine assignment.
    Jan is a passionate leader in the church today. As a gifted exhorter and teacher, she has earned the title, “The Queen of Encouragement.” She has served nationally on the Vineyard Women’s Task Force with the heart to empower women for leadership, ministry, and life. Jan is an effective communicator and has taught Spiritual Formation, Prayer, Evangelism, and Missions in Portland’s E3 Leadership Institute.
    Phil and Jan have been married since they were teenagers and have two kids, 6 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids.
    In this episode of The Ferment, Adam joins Phil and Jan at their farm in Maine to hear their story of coming to faith as teenagers, marrying young and heading out to the international mission field. They also talk about the value of soul care and share three prophetic illustrations that have grounded them in the pursuit of a contemplative life. Finally, Phil and Jan share about transitioning the role of National Director and the word the Lord gave Phil about “intersections” that has been guiding the Vineyard through this recent season of change. This is a rich episode full of wisdom and inspiration for leading a life faithful to the Lord.
     
    Show notes:
    The Quest for the Radical Middle: A History of the Vineyard by Bill Jackson
    https://amzn.to/38l7NSz
    Socials:
    Instagram @thefermentpodcast
    Twitter @fermentcast
    TikTok @vineyardworship
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Eleanor Mumford

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Eleanor Mumford

    Eleanor Mumford and her husband John play a significant leadership role within the Vineyard family of churches, both in the UK and overseas. They worked for two years with John Wimber at the Anaheim Vineyard in California before starting the SW London Vineyard in 1987. They handed over the leadership of that church in 2008 and served as National Directors in the UK and Ireland until 2015. They now focus on the continued development and momentum of the international Vineyard family. Eleanor and John have two grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren.
    In this episode of The Ferment, Eleanor shares her origin story and the power of a praying roommate. She also talks about her husband’s first interactions with John Wimber and their earliest days with the Vineyard movement, the profound impact of worship in their life and ministry, and their life more recently as international coordinators within Vineyard Global. Eleanor speaks about unity, equipping international leaders to care for their people and communities, and shares an encouraging word about staying close to the Lord during this hard season.
     
    Show notes:
    Vineyard Global:
    https://vineyard.org
    Socials:
    Instagram @thefermentpodcast
    Twitter @fermentcast
    TikTok @vineyardworship

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
223 Ratings

223 Ratings

Arnol Deric ,

The Ferment.

Adam Russell and crew. Great interviewer and insightful topics. Much appreciated.

Maceltic ,

Insightful and interesting

This podcast is a great one! It’s very heartfelt and diverse. It covers a multitude of topics, yet stays on point. All the hosts are very good! The format is enjoyable. If your looking for a relevant podcast that explores the dynamics of Christian livelihood, then this is it! Tune in, sit back and enjoy! To the king…and the kingdom!

Mark Seaman ,

Highlight of my week

Adam,

Words cannot fully express the impact you have had on my life this year.  In a time of mass confusion due to the convergence of multiple crises your voice stands out.

I started listening to the Ferment podcast, when my wife pointed me to the session with Brian Zahnd.  I was instantly hooked and have listened to one or two sessions every week since.

This podcast has been a watershed in my spiritual formation. It has helped to refocus my journey and personal growth and has changed my life.

As the pandemic deepened and racial and political tensions exploded it seemed like our society was careening toward a cliff. I became deeply disturbed to see church leaders being at the center of the crisis. Rather than speaking out against corruption, many saw the crises as an opportunity to grab wealth and power.

I felt despair over our social, political, humanitarian, and spiritual breakdown.  From what you have shared on the podcast I know that you feel this same pain.  The interviews showed me that there are many voices of reason and that the entire church has not become corrupted by nationalism and consumerism.

Your podcasts gave me a tremendous amount of hope and helped me see the spiritual struggle beyond the earthly struggle.  These served as a reminder of what is truly important.  I have been involved with the Vineyard since the early eighties and I have reveled in the memories of those early days.

There are several things that I love about your podcast
- The guests that you select are amazing.
- You are a very skilled interviewer. You listen well and ask great follow up questions.
- I love your opening question, "Tell me about growing up."  It makes me aware that everyone has a story.
- Worship and Transformation - What a marriage!
- Fresh content constantly - I anticipate the next episode and am going backwards to get them all.
- Introducing new voices that I can follow up on.

The Ferment has been one of the most significant inspirational and informational resources for me this year.  Not only the interviews themselves but the introduction to new people and new ideas.   This has a real multiplying impact for me.

Thanks for all you do.

Mark Seaman (unabashed groupie)

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