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Brave New Church:

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Join the conversation as we explore questions of meaning, purpose, and faith in the midst of a rapidly changing world  - and how it shapes the Brave New Church that God is creating among us. We'll follow the stories, struggles and adventures of a creative group of leaders, dreamers, and schemers as they work to find exciting new ways to meet the spiritual hunger of a brave new world!

In spring of 2016, a movement was born that fully brought Lutheranism into the post-modern era. Beginning on social media, a core group of diverse leaders came together to challenge the very foundation of "cultural Lutheranism" - and expose just how dangerous it really is. In answer to the seemingly benign question, "You might be a Lutheran if..." #DecolonizeLutheranism proposed what to many was a new and different answer, and one that is sweeping across the Lutheran world. On this episode, I sit down with Lenny Duncan, a founding member of the movement, and learn how this critical, relevant movement grew from there - and how it can re-frame everything we think we know.

In a world where the church seems to have its message drowned out by so many louder cultural voices, what does it even mean for the Gospel to be Good News anymore? Can the church really make the front page of the newspaper or the top of the ratings charts anymore? We'll travel high and low - from the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the local pub with Pastor Keith Anderson, and finally to the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia with Dr. David Lose to unmask the answer. Where are people making meaning in today's world...and how can the church be at the forefront?

If the world has changed under our feet, how do we begin to understand this Brave New World that we are living in? Until we can unpack the way the world has changed, and how it intersects with central questions of faith, life, and meaning we just can’t begin to do meaningful ministry in today’s world. Listen in this week, as David Lose unpacks the data behind these massive cultural shifts and helps us to reframe how we see the current landscape – and set the table for a hopeful and exciting future.

The church is at an exciting crossroads. While for many this is a time of great struggle, the truth is that the Holy Spirit is up to something new in the world today - and we get to be a part of it. In this first episode of a multi-week series on new ministry models for a new age, hear from Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim about new ways of doing ministry in a changing world, Cross+Gen Ministry, and why what used to "work" in the church just isn't working anymore.

When we imagine a growing, vital church we often picture one with perfect programs, polished worship, and impeccable preaching. But that's just looking for love in all the wrong places. Tune in this week to learn from Pastor Raymond Boswell and Seminarian Laura Taddie how what truly makes a congregation - or a person - faithful is their ability to have a healthy doubt, and critically reflect upon the habits and practices they unconsciously repeat.

Throughout scripture, periods of great growth and significance are often preceded by periods of wandering - times of profound struggle and wrestling with the apparent absence of God. More often than not, these times are described as taking place in the wilderness. What if the church today is in one of these wilderness moments - and if so - what might that mean for what is coming NEXT?

By trying to be all things to all people, does the church lose it's relevance? Don't miss this week's exciting conversation with Pastor Keith Anderson, author of  The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, all about how to get attention in today's overcrowded marketplace of ideas and how the church can connect with those illusive 'Nones' by reclaiming what it has always been...Kinda weird.

Millennials are the most analyzed, discussed, and misunderstood generation in our world today - particularly in the church. In most congregations, this whole generation is essentially just missing. This should force us to ask some very hard questions about why we do what we do. But maybe Millennials actually have something to say? Listen in today and hear as they reflect upon why the church does NOT connect with most of their generation - and what we can do about it.

We've heard a lot about making America great lately. But where do we even get our idea of "greatness" from? In this episode of Brave New Church we take a look at that most off limits of taboo topics - Religion & Politics - and explore how the church really does have a living and relevant place in the political conversations of the day.

Why do we need a Brave New Church? What does that even mean, and what would it look like? It all starts with meeting people where they are actually making meaning and finding purpose in their lives today. Join local Philadelphia area pastors and church members Keith Anderson, Brad Burke, and Jeff Foltz as they discuss the urgency and address the need for a Brave New Church - for today's Brave New World.

New Episodes will post each week!
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Join the conversation as we explore questions of meaning, purpose, and faith in the midst of a rapidly changing world  - and how it shapes the Brave New Church that God is creating among us. We'll follow the stories, struggles and adventures of a creative group of leaders, dreamers, and schemers as they work to find exciting new ways to meet the spiritual hunger of a brave new world!

Brave New Church:

The podcast

New Episodes will post every few weeks!
Click Here to Subscribe to the Podcast TODAY!

Why do we need a Brave New Church? What does that even mean, and what would it look like? It all starts with meeting people where they are actually making meaning and finding purpose in their lives today. Join local Philadelphia area pastors and church members Keith Anderson, Brad Burke, and Jeff Foltz as they discuss the urgency and address the need for a Brave New Church - for today's Brave New World.

We've heard a lot about making America great lately. But where do we even get our idea of "greatness" from? In this episode of Brave New Church we take a look at that most off limits of taboo topics - Religion & Politics - and explore how the church really does have a living and relevant place in the political conversations of the day.

Millennials are the most analyzed, discussed, and misunderstood generation in our world today - particularly in the church. In most congregations, this whole generation is essentially just missing. This should force us to ask some very hard questions about why we do what we do. But maybe Millennials actually have something to say? Listen in today and hear as they reflect upon why the church does NOT connect with most of their generation - and what we can do about it.

Throughout scripture, periods of great growth and significance are often preceded by periods of wandering - times of profound struggle and wrestling with the apparent absence of God. More often than not, these times are described as taking place in the wilderness. What if the church today is in one of these wilderness moments - and if so - what might that mean for what is coming NEXT?

When we imagine a growing, vital church we often picture one with perfect programs, polished worship, and impeccable preaching. But that's just looking for love in all the wrong places. Tune in this week to learn from Pastor Raymond Boswell and Seminarian Laura Taddie how what truly makes a congregation - or a person - faithful is their ability to have a healthy doubt, and critically reflect upon the habits and practices they unconsciously repeat.

The church is at an exciting crossroads. While for many this is a time of great struggle, the truth is that the Holy Spirit is up to something new in the world today - and we get to be a part of it. In this first episode of a multi-week series on new ministry models for a new age, hear from Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim about new ways of doing ministry in a changing world, Cross+Gen Ministry, and why what used to "work" in the church just isn't working anymore.

If the world has changed under our feet, how do we begin to understand this Brave New World that we are living in? Until we can unpack the way the world has changed, and how it intersects with central questions of faith, life, and meaning we just can’t begin to do meaningful ministry in today’s world. Listen in this week, as David Lose unpacks the data behind these massive cultural shifts and helps us to reframe how we see the current landscape – and set the table for a hopeful and exciting future.

In a world where the church seems to have its message drowned out by so many louder cultural voices, what does it even mean for the Gospel to be Good News anymore? Can the church really make the front page of the newspaper or the top of the ratings charts anymore? We'll travel high and low - from the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the local pub with Pastor Keith Anderson, and finally to the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia with Dr. David Lose to unmask the answer. Where are people making meaning in today's world...and how can the church be at the forefront?

In spring of 2016, a movement was born that fully brought Lutheranism into the post-modern era. Beginning on social media, a core group of diverse leaders came together to challenge the very foundation of "cultural Lutheranism" - and expose just how dangerous it really is. In answer to the seemingly benign question, "You might be a Lutheran if..." #DecolonizeLutheranism proposed what to many was a new and different answer, and one that is sweeping across the Lutheran world. On this episode, I sit down with Lenny Duncan, a founding member of the movement, and learn how this critical, relevant movement grew from there - and how it can re-frame everything we think we know.

By trying to be all things to all people, does the church lose it's relevance? Don't miss this week's exciting conversation with Pastor Keith Anderson, author of  The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, all about how to get attention in today's overcrowded marketplace of ideas and how the church can connect with those illusive 'Nones' by reclaiming what it has always been...Kinda weird.

In Pennsylvania, two of the oldest Lutheran institutions in the country are undergoing a radical re-imagining of their ministry to face the challenges of today's Brave New World. On July 1 the historic institutions of The Lutheran Theological Seminaries at Gettysburg and Philadelphia closed after over 340 years of combined ministry and reopened as a new school, United Lutheran Seminary. With a new forward-thinking curriculum devoted to the practical skills demanded by today's world, a radical commitment to resetting the equation of student debt, and a creative and innovative band of leaders, United Lutheran Seminary is devoted to being a model of how we can re-imagine "church" in today's changing 21st century world.

Brave New Church:

The podcast

Join the conversation as we explore questions of meaning, purpose, and faith in the midst of a rapidly changing world  - and how it shapes the Brave New Church that God is creating among us. We'll follow the stories, struggles and adventures of a creative group of leaders, dreamers, and schemers as they work to find exciting new ways to meet the spiritual hunger of a brave new world!

With the beginning of a new school year, many churches across the country are launching into a new program year of activities for children, families, and adults. But in an increasingly changing world, are too many of the practices we take for granted grounded in a type of 20th century institutional thinking that just doesn't work in the 21st century world? Maybe the answer isn't a flashy new program, or some ground-breaking technological tool, but for us to reclaim something very old - something at the very heart of what it's always meant to be "church".

In Pennsylvania, two of the oldest Lutheran institutions in the country are undergoing a radical re-imagining of their ministry to face the challenges of today's Brave New World. On July 1 the historic institutions of The Lutheran Theological Seminaries at Gettysburg and Philadelphia closed after over 340 years of combined ministry and reopened as a new school, United Lutheran Seminary. With a new forward-thinking curriculum devoted to the practical skills demanded by today's world, a radical commitment to resetting the equation of student debt, and a creative and innovative band of leaders, United Lutheran Seminary is devoted to being a model of how we can re-imagine "church" in today's changing 21st century world.

In spring of 2016, a movement was born that fully brought Lutheranism into the post-modern era. Beginning on social media, a core group of diverse leaders came together to challenge the very foundation of "cultural Lutheranism" - and expose just how dangerous it really is. In answer to the seemingly benign question, "You might be a Lutheran if..." #DecolonizeLutheranism proposed what to many was a new and different answer, and one that is sweeping across the Lutheran world. On this episode, I sit down with Lenny Duncan, a founding member of the movement, and learn how this critical, relevant movement grew from there - and how it can re-frame everything we think we know.

In a world where the church seems to have its message drowned out by so many louder cultural voices, what does it even mean for the Gospel to be Good News anymore? Can the church really make the front page of the newspaper or the top of the ratings charts anymore? We'll travel high and low - from the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the local pub with Pastor Keith Anderson, and finally to the Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia with Dr. David Lose to unmask the answer. Where are people making meaning in today's world...and how can the church be at the forefront?

If the world has changed under our feet, how do we begin to understand this Brave New World that we are living in? Until we can unpack the way the world has changed, and how it intersects with central questions of faith, life, and meaning we just can’t begin to do meaningful ministry in today’s world. Listen in this week, as David Lose unpacks the data behind these massive cultural shifts and helps us to reframe how we see the current landscape – and set the table for a hopeful and exciting future.

The church is at an exciting crossroads. While for many this is a time of great struggle, the truth is that the Holy Spirit is up to something new in the world today - and we get to be a part of it. In this first episode of a multi-week series on new ministry models for a new age, hear from Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim about new ways of doing ministry in a changing world, Cross+Gen Ministry, and why what used to "work" in the church just isn't working anymore.

When we imagine a growing, vital church we often picture one with perfect programs, polished worship, and impeccable preaching. But that's just looking for love in all the wrong places. Tune in this week to learn from Pastor Raymond Boswell and Seminarian Laura Taddie how what truly makes a congregation - or a person - faithful is their ability to have a healthy doubt, and critically reflect upon the habits and practices they unconsciously repeat.

Throughout scripture, periods of great growth and significance are often preceded by periods of wandering - times of profound struggle and wrestling with the apparent absence of God. More often than not, these times are described as taking place in the wilderness. What if the church today is in one of these wilderness moments - and if so - what might that mean for what is coming NEXT?

By trying to be all things to all people, does the church lose it's relevance? Don't miss this week's exciting conversation with Pastor Keith Anderson, author of  The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, all about how to get attention in today's overcrowded marketplace of ideas and how the church can connect with those illusive 'Nones' by reclaiming what it has always been...Kinda weird.

We've heard a lot about making America great lately. But where do we even get our idea of "greatness" from? In this episode of Brave New Church we take a look at that most off limits of taboo topics - Religion & Politics - and explore how the church really does have a living and relevant place in the political conversations of the day.

Millennials are the most analyzed, discussed, and misunderstood generation in our world today - particularly in the church. In most congregations, this whole generation is essentially just missing. This should force us to ask some very hard questions about why we do what we do. But maybe Millennials actually have something to say? Listen in today and hear as they reflect upon why the church does NOT connect with most of their generation - and what we can do about it.

Why do we need a Brave New Church? What does that even mean, and what would it look like? It all starts with meeting people where they are actually making meaning and finding purpose in their lives today. Join local Philadelphia area pastors and church members Keith Anderson, Brad Burke, and Jeff Foltz as they discuss the urgency and address the need for a Brave New Church - for today's Brave New World.

New Episodes will post every few weeks!
Click Here to Subscribe to the Podcast TODAY!