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HUMP#017: Bishop Michael Coyner – “Imagine Indiana and More”

Bishop Mike Coyner

Bishop Mike Coyner

HUMP#017: Bishop Michael Coyner – ?Imagine Indiana and More? / / The purpose of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church in Indiana through conversation and commentary to achieve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ of the transformation of the world / In episode 017 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr. Brad Miller has an in depth conversation with Bishop Michael Coyner. Bishop Coyner has served in the episcopacy for 20 years and is retiring in 2016. In his time as Bishop he has served the United Methodist Church in just about every capacity and oversaw all the challenge of bringing two distinct annual conferences together to form one new annual conference. Bishop Mike and Brad had a great conversation about the joys and challenges in serving as a bishop and what he sees as signs of hope in the United Methodist Church. Bishop Mike is a genuine and authentic leader of the church who has been able to navigate some very sensitive issues in Indiana as well as around the world of United Methodism. The conversation was far ranging touching on the state of the church as he sees it right now – what he calls a ?Big Tent Church? that’s being stretched by significant challenges as well as his view of the impact of the local church when its at its best. Indeed, Bishop Mike very much considers himself a pastor, first and foremost. Bishop Mike gives his observations about the global church in places like Eastern Europe and Africa as well as the state of the church in North America. He talks about the advice he might give to a brand-new bishop and to younger clergy who are just starting out. You will find Bishop Mike to be very hopeful about the future of the church particularly because of the influx of younger clergy and the influence of devoted laypersons. Bishop Mike also reveals the two issues which he considers key for the future of the United Methodist Church “nimbleness” and “partnerships.” In addition to all this Bishop Mike also talks about what he is looking forward to most in his retirement. You will find this episode 017 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast helpful to understanding the person who has led the United Methodist Church in Indiana for 12 years and certainly is beneficial to Hoosier United Methodists.
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HUMP#016: Allison Curts-“Mission & Social Advocacy”

Allison Curts - Associate Director of Mission & Social Advocacy

Allison Curts – Associate Director of Mission & Social Advocacy

HUMP#016: Allison Curts-“Mission & Social Advocacy” / In Episode #016 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr. Brad Miller has a conversation with Allison Curts, Associate Director for Mission and Advocacy for the Indiana Conference. Allison is a layperson and a member of the Yorktown United Methodist Church. She serves on the Annual Conference staff in relating to and advocating for mission opportunities in Indiana and beyond. Allison was elected as a lay delegate to the 2016 General Conference in Portland Oregon. She will be among the younger members of the delegation and talks to Brad about bringing the perspective of a younger person to General Conference. She speaks of some of the issues facing the United Methodist Church at General Conference as well as how she plans to contribute to General Conference as well as what she hopes to bring back from General Conference to support the church in Indiana. Brad and Allison also talk about her role in selecting a new Bishop for the Indiana Conference and her hopes that the new bishop will “get it” insofar as relating to the local church. Allison is passionate about the United Methodist Church in Indiana and shares her story of life transformation in in this Episode #016 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast.

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HUMP#015:Darren Cushman Wood-“The Secret Transcript of the Council of Bishops”

Rev. Darren Cushman Wood

Rev. Darren Cushman Wood

In Episode #015 of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast Dr. Brad Miller has an in depth conversation with Rev. Darren Cushman Wood, Senior Pastor of the North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Darren is the author of a new book “The Secret Transcript of the Council of Bishops: A Dialogue on Homosexuality and Church Unity.” Brad and Darren go deep on the topic of unity and division in the church and Darren’s study of a Wesleyan approach to understanding and dealing with matters of division and unity in the church. Darren is a delegate to jurisdictional conference and a past delegate to general conference and has strong views in regards to a dialogue on homosexuality in church unity even as it relates to the mission of the church. Darren and Brad talk about these matters which face the church at General Conference 2016 his unique approach to addressing the matters of the church through his fictional account in his book of the Council of Bishops debating matters of church unity. Darren also speaks about the ministry at North United Methodist Church including the choice of that congregation to become a part of the reconciling network of churches. Darren also talks about the election of bishops and expectations he has about that process. It’s a fascinating conversation that Brad and Darren have on matters vital to the future the church moving forward here on the Hoosier United Methodist podcast.

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HUMP#014: Lisa Morris (Executive Director Metro Ministries) “One Good Deed”

Lisa Morris, Executive Director Metro Ministries

Lisa Morris, Executive Director Metro Ministries

In Episode #014 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr. Brad Miller has a conversation with Lisa Morris who serves the church as the Executive Director of Metro Ministries – the missional arm of the Central District serving agencies and projects in metropolitan Indianapolis.  Lisa speak about her journey to becoming the Executive Director of Metro ministries and describes the mission and the opportunities before Metro Ministries.  She tells us about the various community service centers that Metro resources and shares about lives transformed in the pre-schools, meal ministries and summer youth projects. She talks about a special project to “do one good thing” to serve the greater good of the community.  Lisa empahsizes a process of  “taking the next steps” in mission in your church and community.  Lisa has a passion for mission and she shares it all in this interview with Dr. Brad Miller on the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast.

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HUMP#013: Glenn Howell – “Leadership, Mentoring and Management in the Local Church”

Rev. Glenn Howell

Rev. Glenn Howell

In episode 013 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr. Brad Miller has a conversation with Rev. Glenn Howell the Senior Pastor at Zionsville United Methodist Church on all things leadership.  Glenn has served the Indiana Conference as a church planter and district superintendent and currently serves one of the larger congregations in the annual conference.  Glenn and Brad discuss leadership in the local church in terms of recruitment, training, and mentoring of leaders as well as developing workable succession plans to keep forward movement in the local church.  Glenn speaks about the importance of the “nuts and bolts” of management in the local church is the implementation piece which must follow great vision in order for the local church to be effective in achieving its mission.  Glenn also offers his views on the state of the church in Indiana and tells a great golf story about “stealing sand” from the Augusta National Golf course.

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HUMP#012: Charlie Rownd-“Protecting Your Church”

Charlie Rownd, Central District Associate Superintindent

Charlie Rownd, Central District Associate Superintendent

HUMP#012: Charlie Rownd-“Protecting Your Church”

In this episode of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast Dr. Brad Miller has a fascinating conversation with Charlie Rownd Associate Superintendent of the Central District. In a former life Charlie was an FBI agent and now works as part of the security team for the National Football League Indianapolis Colts. In addition Charlie works diligently for the Central District and the Indiana conference in matters of church security both legally and financially. He has traveled throughout the state consulting with churches who have found themselves challenged by legal and financial matters which at times have been quite complex and daunting issues for local churches to deal with. Charlie has been a great resource to sort out the complexities that churches face as they seek to be protect themselves as they seek to do ministry in their communities. Charlie gives a lot of practical tips and strategies, in this conversation with Pastor Brad, that are extremely helpful to local church leaders and even assures us that there really is no Nigerian Prince sending emails promising millions of dollars to our church members. This is an important interview to listen to for every person who cares about the legal and financial security of their local church.

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HUMP#011: Rev. Brent Wright “Ministry to People in the Margin”

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Rev. Brent Wright

In Episode 011 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr. Brad Miller has a fascinating discussion with, an advocate for people in the margins of society, Rev. Brent Wright, pastor of the Broad Ripple United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.  Brent has made his voice known as advocate for people in the LGBT community.  This has taken the form of writing articles in blogs and publications supporting the rights of same gender couples to marry and taking a stand in opposition to the efforts of some Indiana legislators and the Governor to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) which he contended would have given license for discrimination against LGBT folks.  Wright talks with Brad about modeling his actions after how Jesus related to people in the margins of society.  In particular Brent speaks to the power of developing personal relationships in relating to the local church and the community on this issue and how to approach sensitive issues in the local church.  Indeed, one of the highlights of the conversation is a story about one man named Roger for whom the church touched deeply through a personal approach.  Brent also speaks about life and ministry in an eclectic community like Broad Ripple and his unique spiritual discipline of flying.  Go to the show notes at www.hoosierunitedmethodist.com for more details and links to Brent Wright’s writing.

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HUMP#010:Rev. Charles Harrison “Standing in the Gap”

Rev. Charles Harrison

Rev. Charles Harrison

In Episode 010 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast, Dr. Brad Miller speaks with Rev. Charles Harrison, Sr. Pastor of The Barnes United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Rev. Harrison has been pastor of Barnes UMC for 22 years, which is located in an urban neighborhood with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country.  Under Rev. Harrison’s leadership Barnes UMC has responded to the violence by organizing with other neighborhood churches into an organization called the “10 Point Coalition” whose primary focus is saving neighborhood young people from violence.  Rev. Harrison speaks about the faith teams sent by the 10 Point Coalition into the streets of the neighborhoods to build positive relationships with people, police and community leaders based on prayer and building trusting relationships.  Rev. Harrison tells a poignant story of the faith teams responding to a scene of a violent death, where through the power of prayer and peaceful presence the church “stood in the gap” of a combustible situation between angry crowds and the police leading to a spiritual experience for all involved.  Brad also asks Rev. Harrison about the discerning process he went through when considering a run for the office of Mayor of Indianapolis.  Rev. Harrison goes on to offer helpful encouragement to local church pastors and leaders looking to get involved with responding to the needs of their community.

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HUMP#009: Skyler Nimmons “Indiana Conference Director of Communications”

Skyler Nimmons

Skyler Nimmons

Episode #009 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast features a conversation between Dr. Brad Miller and Skyler Nimmons the Director of Communications for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Brad and Skyler discuss the role of storytelling in communications as well as tools and educational opportunities available to assist local churches with communication.

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HUMP#008: Rev. Andy Kinsey-Good Theology from Our Knees

Rev. Andy Kinsey

Rev. Andy Kinsey

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