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The Indiana Division PrayerCast
48 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
PrayerCast: Unity - Audio
On the final episode of the PrayerCast for 2020, our topic is unity. We're living in very divided and divisive times in our country. Long before the election, these divisions were at their boiling point. Unfortunately, the Church has not been immune to these divisions and many believers are getting caught up in the anger and frustration in our society. But God's design and desire for the Church is to be unified. Unified with each other and unified with Him. This doesn't mean we have to agree on every issue, but as Christians we must find a way to value our relationships with people more than we value winning arguments at all costs. This is our last episode for this year, but we'll be back in January with all new episodes. We pray God's blessings on you during the Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
21 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
PrayerCast: Worship Wednesday - The Singing Company - Audio
For this week's episode, we're honoring the legacy of The Singing Company. Until last week, The Singing Company was commissioned as the official worship band of the Central Territory. Unfortunately, last week the group was decommissioned and the future of this vitally important worship band is uncertain. While many are grieving over this loss, we want to honor the ministry The Singing Company has had over the past 15 years. The three songs in today's set are Let Nothing Be Wasted, Storm Song, and I Choose Life. The lyrics and chord charts for these songs (and all of the other music put out by TSC) are available on their website: https://thesingingcompany.com. If you have a memory of The Singing Company that you'd like to share, please head over to our Facebook page and leave a comment on the video version of this podcast: http://facebook.com/TSAINDProgram.
38 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
PrayerCast: Freedom from Fear - Audio
On this week's PrayerCast, we're talking about fear. It's Halloween later this week and it's a time when fear is turned into something fun. But our experience of fear in our lives is usually the opposite. Fear can be a prison that keeps us from experiencing the freedom that Christ offers. We need to surrender our fear to God and receive the gifts of His power, love, and a sound mind that comes from God alone. Referenced in this week's episode: "Sound Mind" Spontaneous Worship with Jonathan & Melissa Helser and Cageless Birds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUxTXknmFoo
51 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
PrayerCast: Digital Discipleship - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we discuss the toolbox of technology that's available to use to help deepen and strengthen our personal faith as well as our discipleship relationships. We are so fortunate to be living in an age where we have a near infinite amount of information and resources available to help us grow in our faith and to partner with other believers to help them grow as well. But the paradox of this era is that many Christians, be they new believers or mature believers or somewhere in between, are not being effectively discipled. The current pandemic has added a whole new layer of challenges to discipleship as well. In today's episode we discuss the tools we can take advantage of to continue helping others grow in their knowledge of the Word and of God as well as living life together and modeling the with God life for those who we are discipling. *This week's episode had a technical glitch with the audio, so it may sound a little different than usual* Mentioned in today's episode: YouVersion Bible App - bible.com or the iOS, Android, & Kindle app stores YouVersion Bible App for kids- Bible.com/kids or the iOS, Android, & Kindle app stores Infinitum - infinitumlife.com or or the iOS and Android app stores Blue Letter Bible - blueletterbible.org or the iOS, Android, & Kindle app stores The Discovery Bible - thediscoverybible.com (Windows and MacOS apps available now, iOS apps coming soon) Group.me - Group messaging app Called Podcast - https://www.relevantmagazine.com/series/called/ Lead Stories Podcast - https://www.leadstoriespodcast.com That Sounds Fun Podcast - https://www.anniefdowns.com/podcast/ We're Going There Podcast - https://anchor.fm/weregoingtherewithbianca Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast - https://andystanley.com/podcast/ Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast - https://careynieuwhof.com/mypodcast/ Typology Podcast - https://www.typologypodcast.com Worship & Technology Podcast - https://www.multitracks.com/blog/category/the-worship-technology-podcast/
59 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
PrayerCast: Evangelism Part Two - Building Blocks and Roadblocks - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we finish up our discussion about evangelism by talking about what practical and personal evangelism looks like and some of the things that keep us from actually practicing evangelism in our lives. Evangelism doesn't have to be a scary thing. It's simply sharing the truth of what Jesus has done in our lives and inviting others to find out for themselves the freedom and love that God freely offers everyone. Referenced in this episode: Stephen Court Elevator Pitch Video: https://www.facebook.com/stephen.court.3/videos/1699609540075534/ Penn Jillette Gifted A Bible Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6md638smQd8
52 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
PrayerCast: Evangelism Part 1 - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we start a two part series on evangelism. Evangelism can be a loaded word in the church where nearly all Christians will acknowlege that it's important and most will say that it's the job of someone else who has the spiritual gift of evangelism. THIS IS NOT TRUE! We all have the ability and the calling to be evangelists and spread the good news of the Gospel. What needs to change is our perception of what evangelism is and how we can be active participants in it. Over the next two weeks we'll discuss the importance of evangelism, how to be an effective evangelist (instead of an agressive and confrontational person yelling at people on the street corner), and some of the roadblocks that keep us from practicing evangelism. Referenced in today's episode is this blog post from church leadership expert Thom Ranier: https://churchanswers.com/blog/seven_reasons_why_evangelism_should_be_a_priority_of_your_church/
43 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
PrayerCast: Vision Part Three - Audio
In this week's episode, we finish up our series on vision discussing how we can communicate our vision plan that we wrote after part two and how to make the plan become a reality. This is where the ideas become tangible and we put the vision into motion. It's an exciting time, but we also have to be prepared for some resistance and to evaluate our progress at regular intervals. Remember, the Program Department is doing a "Vision Tour" and we would love the opportunity to visit your corps and help partner with you in developing a vision plan and putting it into action. Please reach out to us if you want to schedule a time for us to come and visit. Mentioned in this episode: The Vision Driven Leader - https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07VNHC41J Vision Driven Church Leader - https://visiondrivenleader.com/church/
81 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
PrayerCast: Vision Part Two - Audio
In this week's episode, we're continuing our discussion on vision and discussing how we can start putting together a team and a vision plan. It's a process that only works if everyone is committed to the leading of the Holy Spirit and focused on discerning God's vision. The idea of vision-casting can seem overwhelming, particularly if you haven't gone through the process before. If you'd like some help discovering and casting a vision for your corps, our department has planned a "Vision Tour" where we can come and help you walk through the process. If you are interested in more information please contact us to schedule your very own "tour stop!" Mentioned in this episode: The Vision Driven Leader - https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07VNHC41J Vision Driven Church Leader - https://visiondrivenleader.com/church/
43 minutes | Sep 16, 2020
PrayerCast: Vision Part 1 (SEASON 2 PREMIERE!!!) - Audio
Hello again friends! Welcome to season two of the PrayerCast where we've got a lot of great topics planned. We're going to begin this season with a three part discussion of vision. There's a lot of people and a lot of churches that don't take sufficient time to discern what God's vision is for them and their ministry. But if we'e serving Him, we should be making sure that we're going in a direction that He wants us to go. For this first episode, we're looking at why it's important to have vision and why you don't need to be a visionary to have one. Mentioned in this episode: The Vision Driven Leader - https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B07VNHC41J Vision Driven Church Leader - https://visiondrivenleader.com/church/
54 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
PrayerCast: Masks - Audio
Today on the season one finale episode of the PrayerCast we talk about masks. There has been a lot of talk about the importance of wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we should all do our part to show this simple act of love and kindness to those around us. But the spiritual masks that cover our hidden sin are a big danger and can allow the sin in our lives to grow out of control. We discuss the importance of dealing with these hidden sins early, not letting hypocrisy seep into our lives, and how to take off our spiritual masks and do the hard work of bringing our hidden sin out into the sunlight so we can be free of it. This is our last episode until season two begins in September. We'll still be posting information and tools for spiritual growth during the time between seasons, so keep checking back regularly. We'll see everyone in September for the start of our second season!
22 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
PrayerCast: Interview with Majors Marc and Karen Johnson - Audio
For this week's episode of the PrayerCast we welcome our new Divisional Leaders, Majors Marc and Karen Johnson, to our podcast. We discuss their personal history and interests along with their approach to ministry and what excites them about the opportunity to serve as the leaders of the Indiana Division. They've been on the job one whole week and it is a great privilege for us to welcome them to our division. We are going to conclude the first season of the PrayerCast next week, but don't fret. We will return later this year with a second season. We'll expand on some of the things we've talked about previously like the Enneagram and continue to look at the new ministry dynamics we face in the rapidly changing world we live in.
45 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
PrayerCast: Joy! - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast our topic is Joy! As we look around at the world, it's possible to think that joy is being held hostage by fear, anger, and despair. But the joy that we uniquely have as Christ followers can never run out and it should be the guiding light that gets us through times of sorrow. How are you going to choose to lean in to joy?
59 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
PrayerCast: Authority - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we talk about the topic of authority and spend most of the time focusing specifically on God's authority. As Christians, we are very familiar with God's power and how nothing is impossible for Him. But where many struggle or even stumble is understanding God's authority which often means He doesn't act in the way we desire. We discuss how believers are freed by submitting to God's authority and how when we walk in that authority God can do powerful things through us. Referenced in our episode: Authority by Elevation Worship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sX1xXzAO0E Enter Wild by Carlos Whittaker: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0525654003/ (Sorry Carlos for calling your book by the wrong name initially.)
71 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
PrayerCast: Justice - Audio
On this week's episode we discuss the topic of justice as a spiritual discipline and have a guided prayer time for justice in our world. Everyone is aware of the tragic murders of George Floyd, Brionna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery and the protests that have spread across the country in the weeks since. We discuss how we as Christ followers should respond to injustice of all kinds in our world and our calling as God's children to seek justice for the oppressed. We end with a time of guided prayer for justice, seeking God's direction for individual and corporate lamentation, confession, and repentance.
61 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
PrayerCast: The Enneagram - What's the Big Deal? - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we're joined by Lt. Rachel Johnson of the The Salvation Army Lafayette Corps to talk about the Enneagram. You may have heard us talk about the Enneagram in our previous episodes but maybe you don't know what it is. Or maybe you know what the Enneagram is but are skeptical of its use or value. This episode is intended to answer some of the common questions about the personal and spiritual applications of the Enneagram and how we can use it to understand ourselves better, build healthier relationships, and to grow deeper in our spiritual lives. Our discussion is at a surface level without going into a lot of detail about the 9 types themselves. If you'd like more information on the Enneagram, please see the links below. https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/how-the-enneagram-system-works https://www.theroadbacktoyou.com https://www.theenneagramjourney.org https://www.typologypodcast.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/0553378201/ https://www.amazon.com/dp/0824519507/ https://www.amazon.com/dp/0830836004/
44 minutes | May 27, 2020
PrayerCast: New Directions and Next Steps (Part 2) - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we conclude the second part of our discussion with Major Nathan Harms and Lt. Joshua Hubbard who join us to discuss what they have learned as pastors trying to minister during the pandemic. We discuss how to gather in-person safely, how and why to make changes to existing ministries, and the difference between doing a good thing and doing the right thing.
65 minutes | May 20, 2020
PrayerCast: New Directions and Next Steps (Part 1) - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we welcome Major Nathan Harms and Lt. Joshua Hubbard who join us to discuss what they have learned as pastors trying to minister during the pandemic. We also discuss what in-person ministry will look like as the restrictions on gatherings begin to be loosened. This conversation is wide-reaching and has been split into two episodes. We cover a lot of ground on the topics of renewal, change, how to gather in-person safely, what structure corporate worship will have, and how to follow the Spirit's leading in deciding which ministries need to resume immediately and which need to wait to restart.
67 minutes | May 14, 2020
PrayerCast: Leading Through Change - Audio
On this week's episode of the PrayerCast, we discuss the topic of how to lead through times of change. We are all experiencing a huge upheaval in our world and so much uncertainty about the future. For church leaders, we have a responsibility to help the Body of Christ remember the foundation of our faith while also adapting to meet the new opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has given us to do ministry differently. There are no easy answers to how we lead through change. There is no magic formula that we can use to guarantee success. What we need is to remember what can never change, what may need to change, and what has to change. If we are faithful to God’s leading in this season, we can emerge from the pandemic stronger and more effective in our mission to share the Gospel with a world that desperately needs it.
62 minutes | May 9, 2020
PrayerCast: Spiritual Direction - Audio
On today's episode of the PrayerCast, we welcome our first ever special guest. We are joined by Pastor Dave Stephens, lead pastor of Connection Church in Canton, MI. Dave has a long history with our co-host Phil Hull and spent years in a spiritual director role to help him through some very difficult times in his walk with Jesus. Our discussion is both personal and practical as we talk about the importance of the spiritual direction process and having someone to help you discern the leading of the Holy Spirit for your life. Just a reminder that as of next week we are moving to posting one episode per week on Wednesdays. The format will be a little different, but we'll be getting into some deeper discussions about ministry in the wake of COVID-19, the spiritual application of the Enneagram, and other interesting topics.
27 minutes | May 6, 2020
PrayerCast: Transformation (Worship Wednesdays) - Audio
Today's Worship Wednesday is focused on transformation. When we become followers of Jesus, we don't stay the same. An encounter with Jesus should leave us different. Transformation is both immediate and a process that happens over time. Our worship set today includes songs that tell the story of transformation from death to life, the desire to be more like Jesus, and to lay down old flames to carry His new fire. Beginning next week, we are transitioning to only one episode per week on Wednesdays. We are working on some other projects over the weeks to come that will make it difficult to keep up the same schedule. We are also going to work on some different ideas for things to cover on the PrayerCast beyond our current format. We hope you will continue to tune in to see what will be coming in the future.
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