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For those longing to connect theology and mission, we are talking about God and everything else. Broadcasting from NORTHERN SEMINARY, in partnership with Missio Alliance, David Fitch and Mike Moore bring their experiences as pastors and professors to bear on issues of mission and church. Pull up a chair or take them and their guests with you around town.

Theology on Mission Theology on Mission

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 115 Ratings

For those longing to connect theology and mission, we are talking about God and everything else. Broadcasting from NORTHERN SEMINARY, in partnership with Missio Alliance, David Fitch and Mike Moore bring their experiences as pastors and professors to bear on issues of mission and church. Pull up a chair or take them and their guests with you around town.

    S9: E17 Reckoning with Power in Leadership | Pastor’s Table Podcast Crossover

    S9: E17 Reckoning with Power in Leadership | Pastor’s Table Podcast Crossover

    Listen to The Pastor’s Table on your favorite platform: https://pod.link/1661366136 

    In a world where we can see the abuses of power everywhere.

    David Fitch & Mike Moore from The Theology on Mission Podcast join Mark and Tara Beth to discuss power dynamics in the church's life.  Church leaders must discern power and avoid its abuses and traumas. By learning from the church's historical pitfalls, Christians can be empowered to relinquish worldly power and make space for God to disrupt and transform our culture for his kingdom.

    In this episode they explore the appropriate exercise of power within the church, distinguishing between God's and worldly power, and the importance of mutual submission and humility. The conversation addresses how pastors can discern when they are misusing power and the need for a community and friends to hold them accountable. 

    Timestamps:
    01:08 Meet the Guests: Dr. Mike Moore and Dr. David Fitch
    03:35 The Challenge of Power in Pastoral Leadership
    05:00 Distinguishing God's Power from Worldly Power
    07:33 Recognizing and Managing Misuse of Power
    10:45 Spiritual Authority and Mutual Submission
    26:40 Practical Applications and Organizational Structures
    33:34 Concluding Thoughts 

    • 36 min
    S9: E16 Navigating Conflict, Antagonism & Power as Pastors | The Pastor’s Table | Rev. Tara Beth Leach & Mark Quanstrom

    S9: E16 Navigating Conflict, Antagonism & Power as Pastors | The Pastor’s Table | Rev. Tara Beth Leach & Mark Quanstrom

    Pastors face unexpected challenges all the time.  
    Tara Beth and Mark talk about the many active struggles of ministry. Antagonism and all sorts of sources have created a polarized world. Often this blows up in the church.  Mark and Tara Beth share their insights from mediating conflicts, understanding underlying issues, and knowing when it might be time to move on from a pastoral role. 
    Pastors foster a reconciling presence as Christ was a reconciling force through his ministry.  
    Listen to The Pastor’s Table on your favorite platform: https://pod.link/1661366136 

    Outline: 
    00:00 Introduction and Banter
    01:58 Special Guests Introduction
    04:23 Challenges of Ministry
    10:01 Antagonism in the Church
    18:09 Historical Context of Marriage
    18:49 Modern Affluence and Marriage Dynamics
    19:56 Pastoral Leadership in Conflict
    21:56 Understanding Congregational Antagonisms
    23:18 Modeling Reconciliation in Church
    29:53 Social Media's Impact on Pastors
    38:12 Differentiation and Pastoral Identity
    39:28 When It's Time to Leave
    41:03 Final Thoughts and Podcast Wrap-Up

    • 42 min
    S9: E15 Theology & Discipleship in Conflict Zones: 1st Hand Perspective of Christians in Gaza | Dr. Jack Sara

    S9: E15 Theology & Discipleship in Conflict Zones: 1st Hand Perspective of Christians in Gaza | Dr. Jack Sara

    Palestine is the birthplace of Christianity.  
    Despite the generations-long crisis existing between Israel and Palestinian, there are followers of Jesus faithfully living out their faith. David Fitch and Mike Moore sit down with Reverend Jack Sara, President of Bethlehem Bible College and a native Palestinian pastor. They delve into the pressing issues Christians face on the ground in the Gaza crisis and beyond. 
    Pastor Jack shares his deeply personal account of living and ministering in a land torn by conflict, tracing the legacy of Palestinian Christians and their pursuit of peace amidst ongoing violence. From the challenges of navigating daily life under occupation to fostering interfaith understanding and resilience, this conversation sheds light on the work of the kingdom of Jesus in regions afflicted by long-standing hostilities. 
    Listen in as we explore the role of faith, the power of nonviolent reconciliation, and the hope that persists for a better future in Palestine.
    Learn more about and support the work being done at Bethlehem Bible College at https://bethbc.edu/
    Timestamps: 
    02:32 Pastor Jack's Personal and Family History Amidst Conflict
    03:06 The Role of Christianity in Palestine's Turbulent Context
    06:46 Challenges and Hopes for Palestinian Christians
    16:46 The Impact of Palestinian Christians Beyond Their Numbers
    22:27 Supporting Palestinian Christians: Insights and Actions
    38:03 Closing Thoughts and Prayer for Peace

    • 40 min
    S9: E14 Trauma - Informed Evangelism: Cultivating Communities of Wounded Healers | Charles Kiser

    S9: E14 Trauma - Informed Evangelism: Cultivating Communities of Wounded Healers | Charles Kiser

    Countless hurdles stand in the way of people encountering the gospel. The religious trauma faced by so many people is clearly one of the largest obstacles to even hearing the gospel.  

    Charles Kiser and Elanie Heath recover the God of love from the structures of hate that pervade Christian communities in America today. In their new guide, Elanie and Charles work toward bringing this reformation to fruition through ministering specifically to the spiritually traumatized. 
     
    Fitch talks with Charles about this new book and how our faith communities can be better attuned to the trauma of others. Start making deeper connections and better cultivate communities of wounded healers.  

    Learn more the book and connect with Charles at his website:  https://www.charleskiser.com 

    • 38 min
    S9: E13 Finding Freedom in Constraint: Reimagining Spiritual Disciplines as a Communal Way of Life | Jared Patrick Boyd

    S9: E13 Finding Freedom in Constraint: Reimagining Spiritual Disciplines as a Communal Way of Life | Jared Patrick Boyd

    The constraints of the spiritual life, practiced in the community, are what set us free. Practicing spiritual disciplines can seem difficult, especially when we undertake them as isolated individuals. But we were never meant to practice them alone.
    Jared Patrick Boyd reveals how the constraints practiced in Christian community shape us into the way of Christ. He re-anchors the practices of constraint within the ascetic tradition of monasticism, religious orders, and the early church fathers. Boyd writes, "The constraints of a rule of life are what make life together, lived for one another, possible. A rule of life is not meant to be primarily personal, but communal. It's not primarily meant to guide my life. It is meant to describe our way of life together." Constraint is the practice of learning to pay deeper attention to the things in our inner world that prevent us from progressing in the school of love.
    Discover a deep conversation on freedom and constraint with six core practices of constraint that can form in us a greater freedom to be and become people who love as God loves. Enter into this vision with your local community (in small groups, church leadership teams, or families), and learn to make greater room to experience the love of God.

    Grab your copy of Finding Freedom in Constraint: https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Freedom-Constraint-Reimagining-Disciplines/dp/1514004313

    • 40 min
    S9: E12 On Getting Out of Bed: The Burden and Gift of Living | Dr. Alan Noble

    S9: E12 On Getting Out of Bed: The Burden and Gift of Living | Dr. Alan Noble

    We aren't always honest about how difficult normal human life is.
    For the majority of people, sorrow, despair, anxiety, and mental illness are everyday experiences. While we have made tremendous advancements in therapy and psychiatry, the burden of living still comes down to mundane choices that we each must make―like the daily choice to get out of bed.
    In this deeply personal essay, Alan Noble considers the unique burden of everyday life in the modern world. Sometimes, he writes, the choice to carry on amid great suffering―to simply get out of bed―is itself a powerful witness to the goodness of life, and of God.
    Purchase Your Copy of On Getting Out of Bed: https://www.ivpress.com/on-getting-out-of-bed 

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

SethMajor ,

Good for my soul

The Theology on Mission podcast is good for my soul. As a pastor and church planter, much of the content I am pointed to is strictly pragmatic and “practical,” often without any [theological] foundation. This is actually the reason I was so drawn to the podcast- just by its title. I think that at times, even “the church world” gets caught up in the temptations of consumerism and relevancy, and this podcast is a reminder that the church’s mission is rooted in century-old thoughts, and is not to be moving aimlessly from book to book, podcast to podcast, strategy to strategy. Every episode is a must listen!

SJPERUMALLA ,

Enjoy the podcast

Been a long time listener and really enjoy the podcast overall. I do wonder what Mike Moore’s purpose in the podcast is because Fitch monopolizes so much of the conversation. It seems like it might make more sense for Fitch to be the solo host. Blessings!

droooney ,

Has some good points but…

While I do appreciate some of the points made, I find that they view the Bible through the lenses of cultural correctness rather than culture through a Biblical lenses. I don’t need to be belittled and demeaned by being instantly seen as “oppressed”. It is not helpful, is insulting and reveals more how they view others than the reality with how others are.

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