Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church is a small church in California’s agricultural Imperial Valley. The town of Westmorland itself struggles with a lot of food insecurity (which happens when a family runs out of food before the next paycheck comes). Last fall, this little church decided to do something about it. Specifically, they started a food … More Episode 34: A Small Church Making a Big Difference, with Cari Augusta
Does God work only through people who are Christians? Does God only show up when we’re doing explicitly Christian things? Or can God be experienced anytime there is goodness and beauty and kindness? Personally, I think God can be experienced anytime, anywhere–even at a James Taylor concert! In this episode, I reflect on the themes … More Episode 33: Experiencing Shalom at a James Taylor Concert
Ron Ovitt is the President and founder of Empower Ministry, which helps people grow into healthy Christians empowered for ministry in their lives. For Ron, becoming a healthy follower of Jesus involves developing what he calls emotional resilience—the ability to bounce back from painful experiences in our lives. In this episode, Ron explains what emotional … More Episode 32: Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership – Interview with Ron Ovitt
Church attendance is declining every year. Fewer people than ever have even set foot in a church. The church as an institution has far less influence in our society than it used to. Why is this? What happened? The fact is we live in a Post-Christendom world. Christendom is that part of the world and … More Episode 31: Why is Ministry Harder Than it Used to Be?
Scott Schimmel started The You School several years ago to help kids make the transition into adulthood. He and his team help students, families, and others who are in times of transition work through five key questions: What do you believe in? Who are you becoming? What’s your mission? How are you going to contribute? … More Episode 30: Your Life is a Story – Interview with Scott Schimmel