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41 minutes | 11 days ago
NOW Start Network--A Conversation with Matt Peeples of The Kairos Network
The NOWLeading Podcast launches 2021 with a double focus for helping leaders do their best work: "sustaining healthy ministry" and "starting new." This episode captures a far-ranging conversation hosted by the NOW Start Network (nowstart.net) with Pastor Matt Peeples of the Kairos Network (thekairosnetwork.com) on the "why" behind church planting and starting new, and how to connect your "why" to tangible leadership behaviors as a start new leader.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
NOW Start Network—A Heart Change and Loving our Communities During COVID-19
How do we start new, even in the midst of our current challenges? Dust has a conversation with Pastor Mike Von Behren, a founding member of The NOW Start Network, on how Jesus re-oriented his heart as a shepherd, and his change from “housekeeping” to community care in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Along the way, they re-cap the recent online NOW Start Network video-conference attended by almost 50 participants from across the Northwest, Pastor Mike shares powerful stories from guest speaker Pastor Nate Schaus, and they discuss encouraging stories of starting new from across the Northwest.
65 minutes | 9 months ago
Part II—Concordia University, Portland, is Closed. Conversations On Its History and Influence
How do we measure the influence of a century-old university when it closes? In the second part of this two-part episode, Dust returns to a personal conversation with Dr. Linda Borecki, adjunct faculty at Concordia, University—Portland, about its influence in her life as a student in the 1980’s and as an instructor of “Millennial" and “Gen Z” students in the last decade. If you’re into conversations that are more about people than institutions, more about relationships than programs, then you’ll find this podcast worth listening to! (This 2nd conversation occurred in the final week of Concordia’s closure at the end of April 2020.)
52 minutes | 9 months ago
Part I—Concordia University, Portland, is Closed. Conversations On Its History and Influence
How do we measure the influence of a century-old university when it closes? In this two-part episode, Dust has a personal conversation with Dr. Linda Borecki, adjunct faculty at Concordia, University—Portland, about its influence in her life as a student in the 1980’s and as an instructor of “Millennial" and “Gen Z” students in the last decade. If you’re into conversations that are more about people than institutions, more about relationships than programs, then you’ll find this podcast worth listening to! (This 1st conversation occurred in the final week of Concordia’s closure at the end of April 2020.)
82 minutes | 10 months ago
COVID19: Responding Missionally (Audio from NAME VideoConference)
What is a mission-focused response for the challenges of the COVID19 Pandemic? Dust facilitates a national video-conference conversation (this podcast is the audio portion) hosted by the North American Mission Endeavor. NAME is the formal organization of LCMS district mission executives and other LCMS partner executive leaders. The bulk of the conversation is a presentation/response by Rev. Chris Paavola, church planter at All Nations Church, followed by a panel response, and some following questions. The four questions addressed by Rev. Paavola: 1. How does the church use this opportunity to multiply, equip, and release lay leaders in this new reality? 2. How can existing churches be proactive as a Spirit-led movement of multiplication, rather than merely conserving the normal by making it smaller? 3. What permissions and resources do missionally thinking lay leaders need from our leaders in the church? 4. What are some practical suggestions for sharing the Easter message with our families and neighbors?
12 minutes | a year ago
It Starts with ‘C’ and Ends in ‘Us!’” The ONE WORD That Transforms Relationships For Good
Can ONE WORD really change how we connect with our community and neighbors? Listen to this episode to find out what the word actually is! Hint: it starts with “C” and ends in “us.” Dust explores one of the “golden threads” that runs through a number of interviews on the NOWLeading Podcast and unpacks the ramifications of living out this ONE WORD. Reminder: The NOWLeading Podcast is about ”exploring the art of leading from a Lutheran point of view.” The conversations and thoughts on the podcast are built on the assumption that we are living in an era of transition. This era requires leaders with a strong set of values who are resilient, compassionate, and flexible.
15 minutes | a year ago
The Very First Comfort Dog Ministry Launches in the Northwest!
As part of the Catalyst Grant Program, Dust catches up with Doug and Julie of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley, WA, on the story behind launching the very first comfort dog ministry in the Northwest with Marie, Comfort Dog (through Lutheran Church Charities). Included in this podcast are great stories of the impact of this ministry and details on how to start a comfort dog ministry. For leaders interested in launching a comfort dog ministry, contact details for Doug and Julie and their ministry team are included in the podcast at the end.
10 minutes | 2 years ago
NOW Start Network Convos: Matt Henry and “Catching the Wave” for a Church Plant in Kuna, Idaho
PLANTING A NEW CHURCH WITH DISCIPLE GROUPS. Matt shares how a local congregation in the Boise, Idaho, metro area is mobilizing to meet the “wave of urban migration” by planting a new congregation through the use of small groups and an active disciple-making process. Matt describes the difference between membership and discipleship, and unpacks how “helping someone grow” can be the foundation for helping a new church plant grow too!
10 minutes | 2 years ago
NOW Start Network Convos: Clint and Mike of Xrossway Ministries
PLANTING A NEW CHURCH WITH A WHOLE-PERSON VISION (FITNESS CENTER INCLUDED). Clint and Mike share the impact of Xrossway on relationships with the community and the non-profit management model for a fitness center. Mike shares the incredible story of how he moved from Nebraska to Idaho to help manage Xrossway (thank God for mother-in-laws!)and the captivating power of a BIG vision for doing good in your community.
7 minutes | 2 years ago
NOW Start Network Convos: Ty Schommer, Serial Entrepreneur
PAY ATTENTION TO THE CRITICS! A conversation with Ty (30-years starting new businesses including an investment company, Arbor Capital Management, and Denali Brewing Company in Talkeetna Alaska) at the NOW Start Networking event about his presentation. Warning! This conversation includes rare and powerful insight into the influence of critics on the entrepreneurial mindset.
14 minutes | 2 years ago
The NOW Start Network: A Movement to Start New Ministries Across the Northwest
BE A PART OF THE NOW START NETWORK! If you’re considering starting something new in the NOW District, this one’s for you! Dust interviews Brian and Mike about the influence of the NOW Start Network and its unique expression of the Pacific Northwest pioneering spirit. The conversation includes the vision for NOW Start Network and a focus on getting things started from scratch.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Changing Our Focus: Partnering Together Regionally
Paul and Dust discuss challenges to ministry locally, and offer suggestions and resources for leaders and congregations to partner together to impact a region.
16 minutes | 2 years ago
The Call Process: How To Find the Right Match
President Linnemann provides a helpful introduction to the call process, and offers important steps every calling group should consider in the call process.
16 minutes | 2 years ago
“Workers For His Harvest” (Part Two of a Two-Part Episode)
Paul and Dust focus in this episode on the actual document “Workers For His Harvest.” They remind the listener that Lutheran DNA includes creating space to listen to one another respectfully, and discuss theological issues in a meaningful way together. Paul shares why he thinks this document is meaningful for him and meaningful for the LCMS in our time. He provides a brief introduction to the document’s purpose and some of its perspectives and encourages the listener to not only read the document but make time to discuss it with others who have also read it. The document can be accessed at workersforhisharvest.com
14 minutes | 2 years ago
"Workers For His Harvest” (Part One of a Two-Part Episode)
Paul and Dust discuss the history of the service of Licensed Lay Deacons in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, particularly in the Northwest District. They introduce a document that began as a dissent by the Board of Directors of the Northwest District (in order to follow LCMS protocol), but is now a “public document” provided for discussion in the whole church. This episode is a “fly-over” of the history that led to the creation of the “Workers For His Harvest” document, and encourages the listener to make time to read the document carefully. The document can be accessed at workersforhisharvest.com
16 minutes | 2 years ago
Who’s Audacious Enough to Serve An Entire County?
A conversation about community needs, equipping teens, and how the two can go together. For eleven years, Idaho Servant Adventures (ISA) has brought over 6,000 servant leaders (90,000 volunteer hours) to serve the people of Shoshone County in the panhandle of Idaho. Clint Kunze, the director of ISA, shares his vision for consistent service in Shoshone County, what it's like being called to love a specific community, and how ISA equips teenagers for a lifetime of service and leadership. Also included in this conversation are heartwarming stories (awww) of people being changed, a description of ISA’s leadership training model, and Clint’s undeniable Wisconsin accent. [ISA is a service and leadership experience for youth groups from across the U.S.] ISA is based at Shoshone Mountain Retreat, a part of Lutherhaven Ministries. You can find out more at http://www.lutherhaven.com/idaho-servant-adventures/about-isa/].
14 minutes | 2 years ago
Get Your Spark Ignited! Introducing 2018 Catalyst Grant Recipients
These creative new starts should get your spark going for building a blessing bridge in your community! Paul and Dust introduce the four recipients for the 2018 NOW District Catalyst Grants: 1. An activity center providing respite care for elderly people with memory issues, 2. a mission training process for congregations in a circuit, 3. discipleship materials for a new church plant, and, 4. helping a congregation launch a “comfort dog” ministry to provide care in their community during times of emergency and loss. They close by sharing crucial information and deadlines for NOW District organizations to access the grant cycle in 2019.
10 minutes | 3 years ago
Institution and Movement: Which supports the other? Convention 2018 Recap and Next Steps
Paul and Dust offer a key metaphor for understanding the relationship between institution and movement. The conversation recaps the NOW District Convention “Being a Blessing to A Changing Culture,” with important take-aways for the next three years. The NOW District announces a new toolkit for leader discussions (especially congregation councils, boards, and other leadership groups) on Lutheran identity, how the institution supports the missional movement, and how to get traction on being a blessing to a changing culture.
11 minutes | 3 years ago
Kaleidoscope Grant to Help First-Call Pastors in the MAP-West Coast Program
Dust and Paul share the news about a grant that the NOW District received from LCEF (The Kaleidoscope Grant) for the MAP-West Coast program. The grant provides funds to help “first-call pastors” to the Northwest District grow in ministry applied practice (hence the acronym MAP!). Dust and Paul discuss the MAP-West Coast components, designed to "help brand new pastors move from being a student to being a practitioner.” They close with a brief introduction to a new leadership offering, GPS-Northwest, a potential “next step” for pastors who exit MAP-West Coast.
16 minutes | 3 years ago
All Worker’s Conference Recap and What is Next at Convention in June 2018
"Reforming for a Changing Culture,” was the theme for the NOW District All Worker’s Conference in 2017. We are in a different culture than the one in which we were raised, certainly from the culture 500 years ago when the Reformation occurred. Dust and Paul discuss key learnings from the plenary speakers at the Conference, and what this means during a time of transition for the church at large. They also preview what is to come in June 2018 at the NOW District Convention.
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