Episode 46: Youth are Leading or Leaving

A Conversation with Lyle Griner

We had a great conversation about youth ministry.  Lyle is an expert in training youth to connect with youth.  His experience has changed thousands of lives.  Some of his background includes:

  • 16 years of dynamic congregational work
  • National Director of Peer Ministry Leadership
  • Leader of 3-week Certification School for Wartburg Theological Seminary and The Youth & Family Institute
  • Creator and Instructor for Living Room Summits on family ministry
  • 14 years with The Youth & Family Institute (renamed Vibrant Faith)
  • Youth ministry instructor at Augsburg College, Minneapolis and Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Coaching and Mentoring.
  • AA, Biblical Studies, MN Bible College
  • Major in Middle School Education
  • Masters in Youth and Family Ministry
  • Two year studies and Certification as a Spiritual Director
  • Presently also works with Youth ministry at Mount Calvary, Excelsior, MN

We hope you enjoy this episode of the 2 Bald Pastors

Episode 45: Front Porch Church

How we can notice the world around us from the front porch

Pastor Geoff and Pastor Joe reflect upon their conversation with author Laura Everett.  They talk about slowing down and seeing the world around us.  They also talk about being a front porch church vs a back deck church.  Enjoy the latest episode of the 2 Bald Pastors.

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

Conversation with John Longworth

Episode 44: Holy Spokes with Laura Everett

Conversation with Laura Everett on Urban Spirituality

Laura Everett is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.  Almost ten years ago Laura found herself in need of transportation and ended up with a bike.  Thousands of miles later she can be found riding to and from work in the Boston area.

She talks about her life as a cycle commuter and what she has learned about riding and about her faith.

She has written a book titled Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels

You are invited to attend Laura’s Book Launch Party April 21st at the Dorchester Brewing Company

We hope you enjoy this episode of the 2 Bald Pastors.

Laura’s Website – https://reveverett.com/

Laura’s Twitter – https://twitter.com/RevEverett

Episode 42: A Conversation with Dr. David Lose

Preaching in Difficult Times, United Theological Seminary and Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church

The 2 Bald Pastors sit down with The Rev. Dr. David Lose from The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  They talk about many things including preaching during difficult times, The United Theological Seminary and Dr. Loses’ new call to Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church.  Dr. Lose shares about some of his ideas for upcoming book projects and how he is excited to learn more about the day to day work of a parish pastor.

We are so thankful to have this time with Dr. Lose and we hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did!

Episode 41: Be The Church

The 2 Bald Pastors talk about how to not just go to church but be the church

Pastor Joe and Pastor Geoff have a discussion about how we can all be the church. What is the difference between going to church and being the church? The 2 Bald Pastors reflect on their conversation with Pastor Bill Peterson. They think together about ecumenical relationships and talk about how it doesn’t matter what the sign says on the outside of the church door, we are all the church and called to be the church everywhere we go.

We are putting a challenge out to you this week. What does it mean to be the church to you? Let us know what you think. Go on Facebook, Twitter or your other favorite social media platform and tell us what you think. Use the hashtag #bethechurch and #2baldpastors and we will share your thoughts in an upcoming episode.

Episode 40: The Lutherpalian Episode

The Intersection Between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church

At a time when denominations may be wary of each other and even slight variations in approaches or beliefs can divide members, it is possible to come together in joint ministry.  Reverend Bill Peterson is an example of a successful venture between the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Episcopal Church.  The new term for this blended bunch: “Lutherpalians.”

Pastor Bill had to navigate when to kneel, who leads the congregation and how to maintain unique identities.  However he has found a shared emphasis on liturgical and sacramental worship and a wonderful community dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel.

In this interview Pastor Bill shares his highs, his challenges and some funny moments.  We hope you enjoy this episode of the 2 Bald Pastors.

 

Episode 39: How to be a Faithful Christian

Pastor Geoff and Pastor Joe Reflect about being Faithful

How are we faithful?  There are so many ways to be faithful in our lives and in our faith.  Pastor Joe and Pastor Geoff reflect on their conversation with Andrew and Nate from Young Adult in Global Mission.

Here are some links:

Interview with Andrew and Nate 

Interview with Ron Glusenkamp

Interview with Mikka McCraken from World Hunger

The big game is coming up and we want you to support it!  We have partnered with ELCA World Hunger  to raise money for those in need.  We would love for you to support the New England Patriots but any support would be amazing.  See the video below from Bishop Jim Hazlewood.  

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Episode 38: Decolonize the Inauguration

Things you can do this day to connect with others

The 2 Bald Pastors sit down and talk with Lenny Duncan and Francisco Herrera and get updates to what is happening in #‎decolonizeLutheranism.  We also talk about things you can do to decolonize the Inauguration as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States.

Links mentioned in the episode

Fuck This Shit Advent Devotional

Naked and Unashamed Facebook

Naked and Unashamed Website

#nakedlutherans

#MyKindaChurch

Lenny’s Post Election Blog Post