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

June 20, 2017

33 We Got the Band Back Together

It's with the announcement of a new baby girl that we welcome Ethan Shearer onto the show along with Nick McMichael. In this episode Corey interviews Ethan and Nick about their impending arrival as first-time pastors in their various charges. We talk a bit about fears and joys surrounding the impending appointment, and we chase more than a few fuzzy squirrels as we talk about William Stringfellow, Philis Tickle and some other theologians. All in all this was a fun episode to record and we hope you enjoy.

June 13, 2017

32 Bad Math (Trinity Time)

This week Corey, Ashley, and Jeff do what you shouldn't do in a sermon and spend too long discussing and describing the Trinity. However we also talk about community and Corey shares a story from Annual Conference.


June 6, 2017

31 Annual Conference (apparently) Trumps Pentecost

On this week's episode we discuss Annual Conference, what it is, what we hope to achieve, and what we're looking forward to. Oh, and two of us miss Pentecost while going to Conference, though one of us get's commissioned on Pentecost... so there's just all sorts of fun things happening. 

What's exciting about AC for you? What do you hope to accomplish? Or even what makes you nervous or less excited about AC?

May 30, 2017

30 Fancy Lines with David Hayward

On this episode we share in an engaging conversation with David Hayward (aka, the naked pastor) and Charlie Baber (creator WesleyBros). We talk about art as ministry and art as therapy as well as the work of creating engaging and introspective art and dialogue about difficult issues related to spiritual, mental, and physical life. 

This is an exciting conversation, one you don't want to miss.

David can be found at nakedpastor.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also find his books at Amazon.

Charlie can be found at www.wesleybros.com and on Facebook.

May 23, 2017

29 Pastoral Ethics with Sondra Wheeler Part 2

This week is the second and final part of our discussion with Dr Sondra Wheeler in which we continued our discussion on moral theology. This time though we turned our focus more toward personal pastoral ethics and what it means to be a pastor and spiritual director at such a time as this. We talk a bit about self-care and what makes for effective preaching. 

Like last week there were a few issues, but less than last time, so please enjoy. 

Her book can be found on Amazon, please check it out if you're interested in learning more. 

Also, we should be hitting 1k downloads this week, so that's exciting, thanks everyone for following us this far, we're excited for the next thousand downloads and hope you are too!

May 16, 2017

28 Moral Theology with Sondra Wheeler Part 1

This week we had the opportunity to sit down with Sondra Wheeler, professor of ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary. We talked a bit about her new book, The Minister as Moral Theologian, as well as the danger pastors and religious professionals can quickly find themselves in. 

Admittedly this episode had some audio problems that we either weren't aware of at the time or were unable to fix. But! If you listen through with a little patience, we promise a great episode is in store.

Her book is available at Amazon and most anywhere else books can be found.

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.