In the Love Your City podcast we discuss the importance of gospel movements in towns and cities around the world.
Through a unified church that proclaims the good news of the gospel, much can be done to see the transformational life of the gospel and the expansion of the Kingdom of God come to our communities and places.
You will hear stories from around the world, from various denominational, social, generational and ethnic leaders, so that more city gospel movement champions can be raised up to impact their places. There will also be discussions on the key issues and themes that surround gospel movements and how everyone can get involved. We invite you to join the conversation.
If you’d like to discuss anything you've heard on the Love Your City podcast, get in touch with us.
Anne Harley gives leadership to the pastors' unity group in Townsville and is also the president of the Stable committee, an annual Christmas event that includes 60 churches, 70 businesses as well as local council. In this interview Anne talks about the vision of Stable as well as the state of the church in Townsville.
Andy Frost is joint CEO of Gather Movement in the UK. They are a group of people who are passionate about working together to see their places improved socially, culturally, environmentally and spiritually. They are involved in bringing the Christian community together in over 150 cities and towns as a network of networks to work alongside the wider community. In this interview Andy shares stories of how this is happening the UK.
Mark Cowling is an Anglican minister based in the Manchester borough of Bolton, UK. He also has a role with Gather Movement and gives leadership to the pastors' unity group in Bolton. In this interview, Mark shares how the church in towns and cities across the UK is seeking to engage with civic authorities to help communities recover from the devastation caused by the pandemic.
On Wednesday 24th August, our leadership team (Gary Rucci, Sue Baynes, Phil Spence and Ian Shelton) hosted A Long Lunch at Rivercity Family Church in The Gap, Brisbane. The goal was to hear as many leaders as possible from the 30 plus pastors’ and leaders’ networks that we have discovered in the 16 LGA’s (Local Government Areas) of South East QLD.
Chuck Proudfit has a fascinating story. He's a Harvard graduate who made his name selling premium toilet paper. A crisis of meaning took him on a decade long journey that ended with faith in Christ. From that time Chuck founded At Work on Purpose, a workplace ministry based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Here's an excerpt of our recent interview with him. For more information, check out At Work on Purpose
Craig Stephens was living a comfortable middle class life when God planted a dream in his heart. As a result he and his wife quit their jobs, sold their house, gave all their money away and moved into Ivanhoe, a social housing development in Ryde, Sydney. Together with his friend Greig Whittaker, Craig shares the remarkable story of what God did at Ivanhoe, bringing transformation to a community.
Mark Schultz is the convener of the Vertical Villages projects on behalf of the Together for Ryde pastors' network. Vertical Villages is a paradigm shifting initiative which brings the church in contact with civic leaders, property developers and the general community in a bid to create residential spaces that are conducive to strong community. In the rapidly urbanising and multicultural area of Ryde in Sydney, this is an urgent task and an opportunity for the church. Vertical Villages also hopes to place christians in these housing estates as "professional neighbours" to facilitate community and live out the gospel.
For more information head to: verticalvillages.org.au
For 20 years Nat and Tiff Spary have been serving the homeless and hungry in Toowoomba, QLD. From small beginnings opening up their home to those in need, under the umbrella of BASE Services they now oversee multiple initiates, partnering with business, community leaders and government to highlight and address the needs of those on the margins of society.
For more information check out https://baseservices.com.au
Rick Prosser is a proud Novacastrian. In this interview you cannot help but be inspired by Rick's passion for Newcastle and his desire to the church of that city collaborate and serve the community. Rick shares some of the initiatives that are bearing fruit in the Hunter Region and encourages us all to look for Kingdom movement and look to ride what God is already doing.
Juliet Ballinger, founder and executive officer of Eva's Place, a pregnancy support centre in Queensland, shares her story of establishing the ministry and how volunteers from many different church denominations and theological traditions unite together to carry out the mission of serving pregnant women in their community.
Rick Prosser interviews Kevin Palau, President and CEO of the Luis Palau Association. Kevin joined LPA in 1985 and began directing the day-to-day operation of the ministry in the late 1990s. Under his leadership, LPA has united tens of thousands of churches in hundreds of cities to love and serve their communities and clearly share the Good News of Jesus. During Kevin’s time at LPA he has also help develop a global network of hundreds of partner evangelists. Kevin helps lead TogetherPDX, a sustainable, united movement of churches in Portland, Oregon. His book, "Unlikely: Setting Aside Our Differences to Live Out the Gospel" describes the ongoing impact of the movement. To learn more see https://citygospelmovements.org/ https://www.togetherpdx.org/ https://www.togetherpdx.org/sharepdx#sharepdx-resources
Loving your city starts with knowing we are loved by God and accepted by him. For many pastors and leaders, mental health struggles can be crippling. In this episode, pastor and author, Peter McHugh shares from his vast experience on cultivating and maintaining mental health.
For more resources on mental health for pastors see our recent blog post https://movement.org.au/learn/blog/resources-for-mental-wellbeing.html
Mark Peterkins is Executive Director of Oneway Ministries in Ottawa, Canada. Richard Long leads Love Ottawa, a ministry arm of Oneway. Together they outline the unique strategies the church of Ottawa is employing to bring the Gospel to their city. Check out www.onewayministries.ca for more information.
Steve Buss is Executive Director of One Hope in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Together with his wife Patti, who serves as Program Director, they facilitate unity within the church of their community and coordinate many initiatives to serve the needs in their city. All that they do is driven by a strong prayer culture. For more info, check out their website www.onehopenetwork.org
Ian catches up with Ross Chapman, the president and executive director of For Evansville, an intermediary organisation that helps churches, nonprofits, and community leaders work together to address systemic challenges in our city.
Ross shares how God lead him to return to his hometown and how he is now working to bring transformation to his city for the sake of the Gospel.
If you want to know more, check out his website: www.forevansville.org
Jonathan Dove is the Senior Pastor of Grace City Church in Aukland NZ. Speaking about Jeremiah 29 he says, “I don’t think there is a more significant verse or passage for me at this point in our history.” This is why he is leading his church to seek the welfare of Aukland and seeking to colaborate with other churches to do the same.
Jeff Pishney is the founder and CEO of Love Our Cities. In this interview Jeff shares on the ground experience of mobilising volunteers to serve the community. He challenges the church to work with likeminded citizens to love their cities in practical ways. Originating in Modesto, California, Love Our Cities now works with cities all over the USA. For more info check out https://www.loveourcities.org
In 2001, the Times newspaper published a survey revealing that Stoke on Trent was the worst place in the UK to live. This was a wake up call to the church of that city to begin to pray together and work together for the good of the community. You'll enjoy this interview with Lloyd Cooke who champions the unity of the church in Stoke.
Ian Shelton chats with Casey Wolverton, a Seventh Day Adventist pastor who describes how he was welcomed by pastors from other denominations and over time made a unique contribution to the Body of Christ is his city. This is a story of unity breaking through the theological barriers that often keep us apart.
Tish chats with Nadine Wright from Hope for Our Children about the massive challenge of children in out of home care. Nadine offers thoughts on how the church can better care for the vulnerable in its city.
For more information, visit http://www.citywomen.com.au/ministries/fostering/hope-for-our-children
The Global Youth Culture presents a huge challenge for the church. How can we effectively communicate the Gospel to a generation that is increasingly suspicious of institutions and disengaged from the traditional church? Luke Greenwood from Steiger shares his insights. Luke's book is available at https://www.amazon.com.au/Global-Youth.../dp/B07V58MXGY Also check out https://www.steiger.org
Tish interviews Jill Baker. Jill shares her remarkable story of how God has used her to reform the education system in her city. This interview is one of a series that Tish has done on Disruptive City Women. For more interviews like this see our Facebook play list https://www.facebook.com/watch/620754334792016/607980123230815 To purchase Letitia's Disruptive City Women book head to https://citywomen.myshopify.com
In this episode Sam and Tish discuss disagreement among Christians. How do we deal with disagreement between each other, between church, between denominations without destroying unity? How do we foster unity in the midst of differing opinions?
Tish refers to Kris Vallotton’s blog post on unity. You can read it here https://krisvallotton.com/the-one-thing-everyone-is-doing-that-kills-unity-and-it-s-not-disagreeing
In this episode Sam chats with musician and songwriter Evan Shelton about the role music plays in a Gospel Movement. This episode also features a live performance of Evan’s song “The Earth is the Lord’s”.
See the links to access The Earth is the Lord’s on Spotify and iTunes
Sam and Tish celebrate their 50th episode by discussing their favourite episodes, other favourite podcasts, favourite books, favourite events and favourite city stories.
Here's links to the favourites they discussed:
Favourite Love Your City episode Ep41 Jason Hubbard https://www.movementday.com.au/resources/podcast/episode-41-interview-with-jason-hubbard Ep15 James Kelly https://www.movementday.com.au/resources/podcast/episode-15-interview-with-james-kelly-from-faithtech
Favourite Book Prophetic Lament https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B015TBK2UC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 The Patient Ferment https://www.amazon.com.au/Patient-Ferment-Early-Church-Kreider/dp/0801048494
Favourite Event Global Summit to End Sexual Exploitation https://endsexualexploitation.org/cesesummit2020/ LICC International Forum https://www.licc.org.uk
Favourite City Story Love Your City Ep11 https://www.movementday.com.au/resources/podcast/interview-with-adam-durso-from-nyc Teeside - Stephen Sutton - https://www.movementday.com.au/resources/podcast/episode-35-interview-with-stephen-sutton Love Your City Ep 8 - Perth https://www.movementday.com.au/resources/podcast/008-interview-with-nick-scott-and-adam-meredith
Colin Stoodley is a prophetic voice to the church in Australia. He has had decades of experience in church leadership and currently serves as a leadership coach, especially to church planters. In this episode, Letitia chats with Colin about how the church might emerge from the current situation, and what creative forms it might take.
In this episode, Letitia chats with Debra Stevens, long time Salvation Army member, now leading that movement in Victoria. Debra first experienced strategic unity in a small town of 900 people, and now, armed with those lessons and principles, is pursuing strategic unity across the state of Victoria.
Special Series During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Letitia, via Zoom technology has been able to connect with leaders and have some brilliant conversations! These have been posted on the Movement Day Australia Facebook Page, and shared here through the LYC Podcast... In this episode, Letitia chats with Karina Kreminski and Armen Gakavian, founders of Neighbourhood Matters, an organisation committed to forming reflective practitioners for service in the ecology of the urban neighbourhood.
Special Series During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Letitia, via Zoom technology has been able to connect with leaders and have some brilliant conversations! These have been posted on the Movement Day Australia Facebook Page, and shared here through the LYC Podcast... In this episode, Letitia interviews Movement Day Australia native, Rick Prosser. Rick has been in the game for many decades, his passion for his city driving some brilliant innovation and collaboration. Hear Rick tell of how the church in Newcastle is responding amid the current pandemic.
Special Series During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Letitia, via Zoom technology has been able to connect with leaders and have some brilliant conversations! These have been posted on the Movement Day Australia Facebook Page, and shared here through the LYC Podcast... In this episode, Letitia speaks with Matt Bird, founder and director of Cinnamon Network International, an organisation that exists to help churches transform their communities. Listen in as Matt shares stories from around the globe during this time of crisis.
Special Series During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Letitia, via Zoom technology has been able to connect with leaders and have some brilliant conversations! These have been posted on the Movement Day Australia Facebook Page, and shared here through the LYC Podcast... In this episode, Letitia chats with Greater West For Christ pioneering pastor, Mark Chapple. The current pandemic has brought many struggles, along with many opportunities for the church - hear how GWFC are responding.
Special Series During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Letitia, via Zoom technology has been able to connect with leaders and have some brilliant conversations! These have been posted on the Movement Day Australia Facebook Page, and shared here through the LYC Podcast... In this episode, Letitia interviews Jason Hubbard from Whatcom County in the US. Jason has been part of an incredible gospel city movement in his city, undergirded by remarkable prayer and unity among the churches.
Special Announcement about Movement Day Australia. In these unprecedented times, so many things are up in the air. Along with the suffering, there is opportunity for the church to be the church. In this episode, Sam & Letitia chat about Movement Day Australia, as well as things happening in their own city of Toowoomba, Australia.
Dr Allan Meyer trained as a Secondary Teacher and lead Careforce Church for 26 years. Co-founder of Careforce Lifekeys along with his wife, Helen. His doctoral project produced the Valiant Man course designed to fortify and strengthen the moral and spiritual integrity of men. Passionate about speaking to men, Dr Allan speaks for Christian and secular audiences across the globe.
In this episode, Sam chats with Chadwick Mohan from Chennai, India. Pastor Chadwick is the Lead Pastor of the English Service of New Life Assembly of God Church, Chennai. He is deeply committed to establishing the Church as a family of families, which is relationally mentored through every stage of life and lived as the family of God in small groups. He has a deep passion in networking with churches and other organizations to build the body of Christ and transform nations.
In this episode of the podcast, Sam and Letitia chat with Luke Greenwood from Steiger, a movement called to challenge the status quo of the predominant secular humanist worldview and unmask its oppressive nature by lifting up the Cross outside the church to see the message of a loving God, revealed in Jesus, infused in this globalised culture.
Loving our City means loving the vulnerable. Our cities are full of vulnerable girls. Here is the final podcast from Letitia's trip to DC and we have saved the best for last. She interviews Becca who was sex trafficked across the USA for 10 years. Tune in and listen to this powerful story of personal, and social transformation...
This is the second of four interviews Letitia did in Washington DC while at the Global Summit to End Sexual Exploitation. In this episode, Ben Bennet shares some of his story coming out of addiction to pornography. It's stories like this that help us pursue the bigger picture of city transformation, especially in the area of sex and sexuality.
Carlton Deal lives in the beautiful Belgian city of Brussels. He works for Serve the City Brussels - an organisation with the simple dream of seeing everyone serving. (Check out their website: www.servethecity.brussels). You'll get to know Carlton in this, the latest episode of the Love Your City Podcast. Happy listening!
"Release your women! They don't care if it's stinky and smelly and if they're by dead bodies...they will keep the vultures away, the enemy away...and help release the kingdom of God into your city", so said Letitia Shelton at Movement Day Toowoomba 2019. In this episode, Sam and Letitia discuss the crucial and extraordinary role of women in city gospel movements.
Craig Sider enjoys helping leaders and organizations live with purpose. As President of The New York City Leadership Center he motivates leaders to impact their cities for Christ. Craig’s lifelong desire has been to reach people for Christ. In 1985, he served as founding pastor of The Meeting House in Oakville, Ontario. He and his wife, Laura, worked to build a vibrant community committed to sharing Christ’s message. Beginning in 1996, Craig served as bishop in the Brethren in Christ Church U.S., a responsibility he held until early 2009. He also served as a Team Leader in Brethren in Christ / Canada, where he was responsible for church development. In 2013, Craig joined The New York City Leadership Center as President, where Craig focuses on identifying, developing and maximizing leadership skills in others. Following a degree in Business Administration/Economics from Brock University, Craig completed a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate in leadership development from Denver Seminary.
Wendy is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and campaigner. She has held managerial positions at Griffith University and Queensland Baptists and is currently Queensland and Northern Territory Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. For 8 years she was Executive Producer of the Lord Mayor’s Carols in Brisbane. In 2012 she co-authored a book THE GREENS Policies, Reality and Consequences published by ConnorCourt. In 2019 she is publishing two children’s books.
Peter McHugh is the founding, and current pastor of Stairway Church in Melbourne, Victoria. He is highly regarded both nationally and internationally, for his love for the Body of Christ and in particular, his heart for Pastors. He has become a spiritual father to many, walking with leaders and speaking life into their communities. Peter is passionately committed to the unity of the church in the city of Melbourne based on his understanding of Jesus' prayer in John 17, and for the body of Christ in a city to recognised it's 'reconciled diversity.'
James Condon has served the Kingdom of Jesus through the Salvation Army since his initial encounter with Jesus 52 years ago. He has served locally in churches, as well as leading nationally as the head of the denomination, been on college faculty, and travelled the world. James' passion remains with the local church - to see it released for mission the community in which it is placed. Tune in to this episode to hear his impassioned plea on why you should be at Movement Day Australia...
A city gospel movement sees all Christians in a city united towards the flourishing of the city. This requires engagement across the spheres, not just the local church. David Balestri is a pastor and marketplace leader. In this episode, David talks about the importance of followers of Jesus finding their place in the marketplace and being activated for kingdom mission.
Sam & Letitia were thrilled to be part of the Movement Day 100 Cities Summit. In this episode, they share their highlights and insights, right after a special interview with David King.David is a Director of Kingdom Voice Limited based in Salford. He is an ambassador for Gather Global and one of the leaders of Movement Day UK. He is passionate about City Transformation and the role in this of the United Church. He has seen amazing strategic transformation in his own city of Salford. Having seen it there he is now passionate to see the church engage even more in city transformation UK wide and globally.
Roger Sutton founded and leads the Gather movement, a network of over 130 city gospel movements across the UK. Roger, alongside his wife Lesley, directed Movement Day UK held in London in October 2017 which drew together over 1,000 leaders from all denominations and spheres of life, which has resulted in 10 cities across the UK making plans to launch their own expressions of Movement Day.
In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, cynical, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network in order to shift the culture of Dallas by training millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making, local missionaries. Initiative has impacted thousands of young leaders from over 540 different churches across the metroplex. Grant has traveled the world, speaking to thousands of pastors, parents, and business leaders on the topic of engaging and empowering millennials. His book, The Passion Generation, has been a bestseller in multiple categories. Grant serves on the advisory boards for Harvest America in Dallas and Movement Day. He is a member at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.
James Kelly, the Founder and Director of FaithTech, is an entrepreneur turned pastor turned story-teller. With a unique background in business (co-founded a faith-based media company at 19 years of age, BComm and 7 years experience in professional recruitment) and church (MDiv and helped plant a church in 2012), he’s positioned to creatively bridge the gap between faith and tech. FaithTech, a growing movement pioneering new ways to advance the gospel in a new era driven by technology, started with an idea in late 2015 and has turned into a global ministry, with operations across North America in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and Waterloo.
Mac Pier is the founder and CEO of Movement.Org and was instrumental in founding the inaugural Movement Day conference. A visionary, strategic thinker and social networker, Mac loves to bring leaders together to transform their cities. He was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship before founding Concerts of Prayer, Greater New York, a collaborative prayer initiative connecting pastors and churches throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Rob Kelly serves as the founding President and CEO of the For Charlotte Mission Network. In this role, Rob is the primary directional leader of Movement Day Charlotte, the lead author of the Charlotte State of the City Report and architect of the For Charlotte network platform. Prior to this, Rob served 13 years as a pastor, along with numerous other leadership positions, including co-founding CHARLOTTE/ONE.
Rev. Adam Durso is Executive Director of LEAD.NYC, a division of Movement.Org. For more than 20 years he has been a church pastor in his beloved New York City, while also finding time to speak in churches and conferences around the globe. A powerful thread runs through all of Adam’s work – a calling to connect with and have a powerful impact on people at all levels of society, especially youth, through various ministries and platforms, including social media. He serves on both the New York Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Council and on the ministerial team at The Christian Cultural Center under the pastoral leadership of Dr. A.R. Bernard.
If we are to see a gospel movement in our city, the whole church needs to be equipped, released, and sent to serve in their sphere of influence. For that to happen, churches need to consider how their gatherings prepare their people for the scattering. In this episode, Sam & Letitia discuss the importance of this, as well as sharing some practical tips from their experiences in church leadership.