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Four young United Methodist Pastors, One Podcast; follow our exploration of ministry in a rapidly changing world.

May 9, 2017

27 Marketing the Unicorn with Teer Hardy part 2

In which we finish our two part episode with Teer Hardy. We talk a bit more about marketing as well as practical ways we seek to connect with our congregations. 

May 2, 2017

26 Marketing the Unicorn with Teer Hardy part 1

Well we're one step closer to having the entire cast of Crackers and Grape Juice on the show. This week we welcome Teer Hardy on to discuss the church's role in marketing itself. It's clear that marketing is a difficult thing in the church and that we need to learn how to do better at it, so do we try to offer ideas? Well, kind of, more-so we just discuss the problem and try to envision ways that we might consider fixing it. 
This episode is actually a two parter since Teer gave us enough stuff for two weeks. 

You might notice a bit of a different opening, we'll be discussing this soon and what it means for the future of the show. Thanks for following us along this far, we're halfway to fifty and we have as much in store for the next 25 as we did with the first set. 

April 18, 2017

25 He is Risen, We Made It

We had a number of titles for this episode, "The One Where Jeff Sings" came to mind, but we thought it better to let it be known that we are tired. Easter is an incredible weekend, but an exhausting one for us pastors. So this week we reflect a bit on our weekend and look forward to the upcoming season of Easter and the day of Pentecost, which we are all very excited about but which one of us doesn't get to preach on. 

April 11, 2017

24 Holy Week II, The One Where Danny Sings

This week we talk about our plans for Good Friday as well as a having a bit of time dedicated to Easter. Stay tuned next week for our post Easter retrospective wrap up. 

Are there any Easter services that have been impactful for you? How about Good Friday? Tell us about it so that we could consider stealing er, borrowing the idea in the future.

April 4, 2017

23 Holy Week I: Palms to Maundy

This week Danny is very noisy as he attempts to drive and talk at the same time. We talk about our plans for the coming Holy Week, from Palm/Passion Sunday to Maundy Thursday with the conversation about Good Friday and the initial Easter discussion coming next week. We talk about the use of palms and the act of footwashing versus handwashing. What are your thoughts? Should we use palms or maybe consider something else? Should we exclusively wash feet or can we wash hands and get away with it?

March 28, 2017

22 The One Where Corey Sings

This week we talk about worship, about our process for designing it, especially the choosing of the music. We make some comments about hymns and about singing and come to the generalization that it seems as though most, if not all pastors, sing- or try to sing.

Do you find this to be true? Are you a pastor who enjoys singing or at least makes an effort to, or do you try your hardest to avoid singing?

March 21, 2017

21 All Those Terrible Tunes

This week we welcome aother Wesley seminary alumni, Nelson Cowan to speak with us about his role in defining Wesleyan hymns in the modern church age. We talk about different resources that we didn't know we had access to as pastors and we talk a bit about the hymns we like and the songs we don't. 

What are some of your favorite hymns? Leave a comment below.

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March 14, 2017

20 Lent and the Fluffy Squirrel

This episode we fall to the temptation of following the fluffy squirrel, we mainly focus on Lent and our own practices (or lack thereof) and proceed to talk about other issues such as gendered language in relation to God. We also remember why it’s good to have four members when Jeff is called away on important business.

March 7, 2017

19 Ready Player 4

This week we're extra excited to announce the addition of a new member to the C,I family. Our fellow Wesley alumni Ashley comes to us from the Virginia Conference. We talk a bit about ageism and sexism in the church and how God is moving through it. 

February 28, 2017

18 Get Your Ash in Church

A stranger has appeared on the show, who is this person? Tune in next week for more details. This week we talk about Ash Wednesday, discussing the different ways churches are sharing the ashes with others. We talk a bit about glitter ashes and ashes to go too.