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Political division runs just as deeply inside as it does outside the Church. The word "evangelical" - which originally meant gospel - now speaks more to a political identity than our identity in Christ. In this moment of history, pursuing unity in the Church is difficult, but fully worthwhile and attainable as a consistent habit. Rev. Dr. Paul Hoffman of Evangelical Friends Church of Newport shares steps we can take towards strong, sincerely loving relationships with our church family.  Purchase your own copy of "Preaching to a Divided Nation" here!To learn more about the Evangelical Friends Church of Newport, click here!
This week we're sharing from our "Best of" series! This is the first of a series of three messages from Tim Keller, when he spoke at Vision New England's 125th anniversary celebration in 2013! His message is timeless, and is as relevant today as it was in 2013. He talks about the Gospel-Centered church in evangelism, disciple-making, and mission. Today's message is focused on creating an evangelistic dynamic in your whole church and how to communicate the gospel in a post-post Christian society!
Join us as our partners at Life Changing Radio interview President Charles Galda on our first THRIVE event in Farmington Valley, CT!
Fracture lines run through our nation, dividing people by class, background, political views, gender, race - these same fractures, this same hurtful division, runs through the Church.  In this episode, Pastor Dave Swaim of Highrock Covenant Church in Arlington, MA unpacks the state of  today's Church and the division we're experiencing, then walks us through actionable, scriptural steps towards a unified Church body. Join us! Learn more about Highrock Covenant Church here!
Approximately  80% of Christians won't share their faith this year, according to a recent study done by Barna Group. In the face of statistics like these, how do we respond? How do we share our personal faith and encourage our church family to do the same?Pastor Chris Goeppner, Lead Pastor of Riverbank Church and evangelist at heart, details how he's nurtured evangelistic habits in his church family, even in the face of discomfort and an often intimidating "cancel culture." You'll also hear tips on how to share Jesus effectively in a New England context, as Pastor Chris shares what he's learned about evangelism during his time here. Learn more about Riverbank Church here!
As we inch closer to our 100th episode, we've been celebrating by sharing past episodes you've liked best! This week, we're taking a break from our most popular episodes and sharing one we feel encapsulates what the vast majority of New England leaders have been sharing with us. Read below to learn more!Have you felt God is exposing things in the Church He wants to change? We have. We've been in conversations with New England leaders who have gotten the same sense through all the pain and disruption of the last two years. So we surveyed and focus grouped more than 100 diverse leaders across New England to identify what God is exposing, and what the implications are for us. We landed on ten key “statements” that relate to the core mission of the Church. As the prophets of old called God’s people back to faithfulness, we believe God is calling His people to be more faithful in making disciples, doing justice, fostering unity, and sharing Jesus. Join us as we unpack this calling with Vision New England president, Charles Galda!
As we inch closer to sharing our 100th episode, we wanted to celebrate by sharing our past episodes you've liked best! This week, we're sharing our past episode with Brittany Feldott. Read below to learn more! Only 10% of Christian twentysomethings have a resilient faith, according to a study done by Barna Group in 2019.That's why we value the wisdom of successful practitioners like Pastoral Associate Brittany Feldott of Cape Cod Church, who has helped spearhead an innovative young adult disciple-making structure in her church. Join us as Brittany shares how her church has interwoven biblical narrative and displays of God's character to draw young adults closer to Christ!Learn more about Cape Cod Church here!
As we inch closer to sharing our 100th episode, we wanted to celebrate by sharing our past episodes you've liked best! This week, we're sharing our old episode with Dr. Mateus de Campos, read below to learn more! Every Christian is called to make disciples, but sometimes the New England church seems to either trust only a handful of people to make disciples, or reduces disciple-making to programs. That's why we've asked Dr. Mateus de Campos, Dean of Hamilton Campus and Director of Formation and Leadership Development of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, onto our podcast!Dr. Mateus will walk us through the theology and practical living-out of our personal and collective calling as God's people to make disciples, and what it looks like to call each member of the church into the identity of "disciple-maker."Learn more about Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary here!
As we inch closer to sharing our 100th episode, we wanted to celebrate by sharing our past episodes you've liked best! This week, we're sharing our conversation with Rev. Dr. Lloyd - read below to learn more! "And Jesus said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."  Luke 9:23 The above verse isn't always an easy one to follow - that's why we've asked Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd onto today's podcast! Join us as Rev. Dr. Lloyd - pastor of Greater Framingham Community Church in MA, and Adjunct Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - leads us in an examination of what it looks like to daily disadvantage ourselves in the biblical process of discipleship. 
As we inch closer to sharing our 100th episode, we wanted to celebrate by sharing our past episodes you've liked best! Our conversation with Gordon MacDonald - author of more than 12 books, a man who has successfully led almost every kind of ministry -  was split into a two-part discussion on unleashing the potential in your church family, by creating disciples through biblical, purpose-filled community.  To listen to part two, (Ep. 61) check out our earlier episodes!
Have you felt God is exposing things in the Church He wants to change? We have. We've been in conversations with New England leaders who have gotten the same sense through all the pain and disruption of the last two years. So we surveyed and focus grouped more than 100 diverse leaders across New England to identify what God is exposing, and what the implications are for us. We landed on ten key “statements” that relate to the core mission of the Church. As the prophets of old called God’s people back to faithfulness, we believe God is calling His people to be more faithful in making disciples, doing justice, fostering unity, and sharing Jesus. Join us as we unpack this calling with Vision New England president, Charles Galda!
Patty MacDonald - Northeast Director of Strategic Partnerships at World Relief - has a conversation with us about the intense challenges refugees must navigate in different contexts and cultures, and how World Relief is rallying volunteers and working with local organizations to care for them.  Learn more about World Relief here!
Within five years of their prison release, 79%  of returning citizens are re-arrested (according to the State Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division). That's why we're sitting down with Ed Gaskin, Executive Director of Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, to discuss a research project Ed is involved in that helps us understand how to support returning citizens in giving them a clean start after fulfilling their punishment. This support helps prevent their needs from compounding and pushing them to return to a life of crime. Learn more about Greater Grove Hall Main Streets here!
Rev. Shannon Mumblo walks us through the ministry she leads as Executive Director of Christina's House, creating and guarding spaces for women to heal, find peace, and learn how to lead a healthy life. Rev. Shannon will also share how she's seen this ministry break down silos between non-profits, churches, and organizations, offering us a glimpse of unified servanthood as we pursue justice. Join us!Learn more about Christina's House here!
In the past year almost 300 calls have been made to report a potential case of a child being trafficked (or being vulnerable to trafficking) in New England. Annmarie Boulay, Executive Director of The Underground, joins us to share what form this injustice takes here in our New England home, what her organization does to take up arms against it, and how we can partner in their fight to support survivors and end trafficking. Learn more about The Underground here!
In this episode, we're joined by Bob Niedermeier, one of the founders and Executive Director of Urban Impact, an organization based in Bridgeport, CT devoted to offer youth educational opportunities through ‘in-school’ & ‘after-school’ activities. These include everything from one-on-one and small group tutoring, and give volunteers an opportunity to invest in these kids and share Jesus.Learn more about Urban Impact here!
On today's episode we're joined by Frank Vitale, Executive Director of His Mansion ministries, a Christian residential recovery community in Deering, NH. Frank will share with us what it looks like to "restore broken lives through the hope of Jesus Christ" as they walk through addiction recovery.Learn more about His Mansion here!
In this episode, Rev. David Johnson of Grace Church of East Dennis,  co-founder of Cape Kid Meals (who works to address food insecurity on Cape Cod) discusses what it looks like to share Jesus by addressing the needs of those within our community, setting aside our preconceptions of how well those around us are living, choosing instead to keep our eyes open to unexpected needs, and how we can fill them with the love  and provision of Christ.  Learn more about Cape Kid Meals here!
As Joni Eareckson Tada (CEO of Joni & Friends) points out in this episode, church families aren't whole without their brothers and sisters living with disability. That said, churches often believe they don't have the budget to create an inclusive environment for those living with disability, or are unsure of where to begin creating a church culture of inclusion. Join us as we discuss how to create that loving, godly culture, and make a place at the table for our entire church family.Learn more about Joni & Friends New England here!
Currently, there are over 425,000 children in the American foster care system, approximately 24,000 of whom live in New England. Join us and Jonathan Reid - Executive Director and Founder of Fostering Hope, based in Providence, RI - as we discuss what it looks like to enter the world of foster care ministry as a church in New England, and how Fostering Hope strives to reunite biological families, support foster care families, and offer loving homes where reunification isn't possible.  Learn more about Fostering Hope here!Contact Jonathan Reid via email at jonathan@fosteringhope.org!
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