HUMP#026: Kate Biggs-“Care and Support for Clergy Spouses” The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is Strengthening the Connection in the United Methodist Church in Indiana for the purpose of achieving the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. In Episode #026 Dr Brad Miller has an enlightening conversation with Kate Biggs from “Thrive” which is an organization which provides care and support for clergy spouses. Kate talks to Brad about how many clergy spouses feel like they live lives in a fishbowl with pressures and challenges unique to their situation. Thrive provides an organization to empower clergy spouses through a network of like-minded people with common sets of experiences in the clergy household. Kate explains how Thrive though retreats and a Facebook page connects clergy spouses one to another and provides a safe place to process personal issues such as moving to new communities, making friends in congregations and raising children. Kate shares with Brad powerful advice to clergy spouses entering the ministry lifestyle and shares how she and her family take opportunity to enjoy life as a clergy family. Episode 026 of the United Methodist Podcast is a great resource which brings to light the vital, and often neglected, role that clergy spouses play in strengthening United Methodist Churches in Indiana. Kate Biggs lives in Fairland, Indiana where her husband Ben Biggs is the pastor of the New Life United Methodist Church.
HUMP#025: Rev. Dr. Keith Adkins-“Getting Unstuck with Ministry Coaching” Many clergy feel “stuck” and ministry coaching and a listening ear can help these pastors get unstuck and began moving forward again. So says Rev. Dr. Keith Acton’s in episode 025 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast. Keith talks to Rev. Dr. Brad Miller in episode 025 about the opening of his Keith H Atkins Ministry coaching practice. Keith saw the need for life coaching, particularly targeted towards clergy as a group, and specifically towards United Methodist clergy. Keith is an Elder in the Indiana Conference UMC presently serving at the Irvington United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. In episode 025 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast he talks about the hunger that clergy have to be listened to and how that is exactly what his service provides. His coaching is not therapeutic in nature or diagnostic of the health of the church body; Keith is concerned with the health and welfare of the individual pastor. Keith shares with Brad his good news approach to walk alongside clergy to help them move from good to great. Keith shares his journey towards becoming a coach for clergy and his belief in the power of coaching inasmuch as 95% of people who try coaching stick with it. Keith also shares with Brad his love of the outdoors as being instrumental to his call to ministry and essential for his continued personal development. Episode 025 of the United Methodist podcast is a great tool for the clergy person looking to get “unstuck” and move forward in life. The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church in the state of Indiana for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
HUMP#024: Nick Yarde – “The Power and Impact of Camping and Retreat Ministry in Indiana” The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church in Indiana to achieve the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In Episode 024 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr. Brad Miller interviews Nick Yarde the Associate Director of Discipleship Development, Camping and Retreat Ministries for the Indiana Conference. A Purdue University graduate in Outdoor Recreation Nick Yarde has been involved in virtually every aspect of outdoor ministry in Indiana serving as camp manager at three Indiana Conference camp sites before settling into his current role of discipleship development. An enthusiastic advocate for the power of camping ministry to faith development in children and youth Nick speaks with passion about how 95% of people come to Christ as youth, many at church camp and retreat experiences. Nick talks about the changing nature of camping and retreat ministry much of it driven by school systems moving to year-round schedules and the multitude of activities available to young people. This means that the church camp experience has to move from a summer focused to a year-round focus. The need for a year-round outdoor ministries challenges the physical facilities at all our Indiana campsites which were geared towards summer ministry. Nick has been working closely with Bishop Coyner on a major campaign to build a new discipleship center at Epworth Forest and building a new lake at Camp-Indi-Co-So. Enjoy Episode 024 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast which brings insight into one of the most impactful ministries in the Indiana Conference which has proven to powerfully fulfill the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
In Episode 23 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast Dr Brad Miller has a conversation with Rev. Tom Heaton the founder and director of Mission Guatemala. Tom tells the story of the founding and the focus of Mission Guatemala. Tom shares with Brad how adopting son’s from Guatemala led to trips to the country, (the poorest in the western hemisphere), where Tom personally witnessed the devastating poverty. Tom felt the call l to do do something about the poverty he saw which led to his decision to leave the local church in Indiana, pack up his car and his son’s and drive to Guatemala to start the mission project from scratch. Now six years old Mission Guatemala has a four-fold focus of health, eduction, nutrition programs and community development. The mission is quite successful serving 19 villages in the rural mountainous region. In addition over 600 persons from over 45 work teams have visited Mission Guatemala to serve in ways ranging from providing medical care to building sinks in school buildings to improve student hygiene. Tom shared with Brad stories of life transformation among the local folk as well as from the visiting mission teams. Indeed, it is evident that Mission Guatemala has borne fruit for the kingdom of God and is a real success story born out of the vision and passion of Hoosier United Methodist missioner Tom Heaton. You will want to hear the inspiring story and feel the passionate leadership of Tom Heaton in Episode 23 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast. The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church in Indiana to achieve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
HUMP EP.022: Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble-Incoming Bishop to the Indiana Area United Methodist Church
On July 16, 2016 the North Central Jurisdiction of United Methodist Church announced that Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble presently serving the Iowa Annual Conference UMC was assigned to become the resident Bishop of the Indiana Area of the UMC as of September 1, 2016.
A few months prior Dr. Brad Miller had an opportunity to interview Bishop Trimble about his call to ministry, his views on the state of the church and about his book on issues of the church in global health. The conversation that Dr. Brad had with Bishop Trimble is shared here in Episode #022 the Hoosier United Methodist podcast and provides great insight into the the spiritual depth and passions which drive the man whom will become the new Episcopal leader for the United Methodist Church in Indiana.
You will learn:
- The influence on his life of a strong local United Methodist Church in Chicago which was active in the civil rights movement and the impact of United Methodist church camp experiences on his call to ministry.
- The importance and guiding principle of his personal mission statement: “To encourage all people with the love of Jesus Christ to rise to their highest potential.”
- His journey in service at all levels of the church, including pastorates in Chicago and Cleveland, serving as a district superintendent and his experience as resident bishop in Iowa.
- His views on the importance of higher education based on his experiences as a schoolteacher and community organizer.
- The power of partnering with the church in Africa.
- His views on justice for people in immigrant communities and his passion for comprehensive immigration reform.
- His investment in issues of “environmental holiness” and global health which include writing his book “A Faithful Church and a Healthy World” and commitment to the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign.
- His passion to reach the “NONES” (unchurched) in particular younger people by appealing to their sense of call to “transform” the world.
- His overall optimism about a church at the crossroads which is ebodied in his call to be an encourager.
- How he loves to play ping pong and plays often when he visits local churches.
Episode #022 of The Hoosier United Methodist Podcast provides a great introduction for Indiana United Methodist to learn about the man who become the episcopal leader of the UMC in Indiana. Furthermore, Dr. Miller calls upon Hoosier United Methodist to become encourager’s to Bishop Trimble and his wife during their time of transition through prayers, cards and notes. The call is to encourage our new Bishop of encouragement.
The purpose of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is to strengthen the connection in the United Methodist Church in Indiana to achieve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Iowa Annual Conference bio on Bishop Trimble
The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is strengthening the connection in United Methodist Church in Indiana for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ the transformation of the world. In episode 21 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcasts Dr. Brad Miller has a in-depth conversation with Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs, chaplain at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Gibbs directs the campus ministry at the University of Indianapolis and is on the faculty teaching Christian formation. Dr. Gibbs also recently transferred his denominational affiliation from the Assemblies of God denomination to the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church where he is on track to become an Elder. Gibbs shares with Dr. Miller the complex nature of campus ministry at a university with a complex student body which embraces many diverse religious groups. At UIndy Gibbs deals with people from many different Christian denominations and religious backgrounds and styles of worship. He talks about how he can often tell the health of local churches through the spiritual depth and religious backgrounds of the students who arrive at UIndy. This is an area that Gibbs shares comes some concern about inasmuch as to many students arrive at college lacking spiritual depth and religious knowledge. A learning experience that Gibbs oversaw was the integration of Muslim students into the religious life of the University. This is led to some uncomfortably ambiguous encounters where the same worship space was shared by Muslim and Christian students alike which resulted in a gratifying experience of radical hospitality on the parts of students of all faiths.
Dr. Miller and Dr. Gibbs also go into a deep conversation about the transition that Gibbs made it becoming a United Methodist from the Assemblies of God. Gibbs outlines how attending a United Methodist seminary at in particular marrying a United Methodist pastor played important roles in helping him land a position at the United Methodist University of Indianapolis. Gibbs also talks about the theological and church culture reasons for making the transition to becoming a United Methodist. In particular he lifts up two areas of hope in United Methodist Church which he found particularly attractive. The first being the ability to move forward in ambiguity and be welcoming to diverse religious perspectives and the second being the great opportunity for leaders to thrive in the church. Gibbs spoke about joining United Methodist Church during some tumultuous times in the denomination but he is moving forward in faith and does not fear any catastrophic shifts in the United Methodist Church. On a personal level Jeremiah shares how he enjoys the diversely and acceptance of the local church, were his wife is the pastor, inasmuch is he is a part of a biracial family and how he enjoys playing guitar and leading worship at the church’s contemporary service. You will want to listen to the journey that Jeremiah Gibbs makes in this episode of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller. Episode 21 of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast is sponsored by the book “Meet the Good People: Wesley’s Seven Ways of Sharing faith” and supports “Mission Guatemala.” (missionguatemala.com)
The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church in the state of Indiana for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ the transformation of the world. In Episode 20 of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast Dr. Brad Miller speaks with Rev. David V. W. Owen chairperson of the Africa University campaign. David had the difficult task of taking on the chairperson ship of the African University campaign upon the untimely death of his good friend Rev. Bill Keith, the previous chair of the campaign. In this conversation David tells Brad about the purpose of Africa University and the impact of Africa University upon the entire continent of Africa which ranges far beyond religious training and agricultural teaching to make a perpetual impact on the political and economic fortunes of the entire continent of Africa and beyond. The monetary goal of the Africa University campaign is $1.6 million by the end of 2016 and David shares how the great participation of many, many churches Indiana has brought the campaign to the point of meeting and perhaps exceeding the goal. The specific purpose of the campaign is to endow an agricultural natural services faculty chair at Africa University. The broader purpose has been to deepen the missional impact of every local church to be a part of something greater than themselves which is transformational. David believes that a common factor of dynamic, impactful local churches is an emphasis on reaching out beyond themselves in missions. David considers this reconnecting with the real mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ through outreach a real sign of hope in Indiana United Methodist Churches. You will want to listen in on this conversation Brad and Dave about Africa University and the perpetual impact a heart for mission can have on transforming individuals and congregations. Episode 20 of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast is sponsored by the book “Meet the Good People: Wesley Seven Ways of Sharing Faith” by Rev. Dr. Roger Ross and the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is supportive of Mission Guatemala under the direction of Rev. Tom Heaton. The Mission of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church in Indiana for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ the transformation of the world.
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HUMP EP.019: Rev. Matt Lipan-“The Hybrid Approach to Launching Indiana’s Newest United Methodist Church”
HUMP #019: Rev. Matt Lipan-“The Hybrid Approach to Launching Indiana’s Newest United Methodist Church” The purpose of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church in the state of Indiana to achieve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ of the transformation of the world. In Episode#019, Dr. Brad Miller has an enlightening conversation with Rev. Matt Lipan, Lead Pastor of “Gateway Community Church” in Indianapolis. Gateway is Indiana’s newest congregation launching on July 1, 2015 and chartering on June 10, 2016. Matt shares with Brad the story of Gateway and how he and the leaders of the church strategically took a hybrid approach to launch strong and grow rapidly to the point where the church now has two worship experiences with over 200 adults and children in attendance. Matt tells about how Gateway emerged out of the mission and ministry of the larger Castleton United Methodist Church; and how working through the “Fruitful Congregations Journey” process was instrumental in decisions by the Caslteton church to give birth to the new Gateway congregation which is now completely independent and stands on its own. Matt describes how working with a parent church and launching a new work has elements of a redevelopment project as well as a brand-new work and thereby is what he describes as a “hybrid” approach to church planting. Dr. Brad drills deep with Matt on the particular pressures of planting a new congregation the emphasis on reaching children in the growing suburban community and his vision moving forward of Gateway becoming a teaching church for the region and giving birth to new congregations themselves with a multiplication strategy. You will also hear about Matt’s personal call to ministry and his faith journey as well as the joys and challenges of “do-it-yourself” home remodeling projects. Episode#019 of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast is sponsored by the book “Meet The Good People: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith” by Rev. Dr. Roger Ross and supports Mission Guatemala under the direction of Rev. Tom Heaton.
HUMP#018: Josie Clark – Indiana Conference Youth Ministry President The mission of the Hoosier United Methodist Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is strengthening the connection in the United Methodist Church to achieve the goal of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In episode 018 of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast the focus is youth ministry as Brad talks with Indiana youth ministry president Josie Clark. Josie graduated from Dyer (Indiana) High School in 2016 and is a member of the Dyer United Methodist Church she got active in Indiana conference youth and rose to become president. In episode 018 of the United Methodist podcasts Josie shares about the importance of youth ministry to faith formation among young people and the sharing of faith to others. She is a great example of this herself as she shares, in the interview with Brad, about her call to go to Honduras and study to become a missionary nurse. Josie shares about some of the programs that Indiana conference youth are involved with to strengthen faith and support local church youth ministry programming. These include the program “Youth TransforMission” and the “Bishops Student Leadership Academy.” She and other Indiana conference youth have been involved with mission projects including leading Vacation Bible School and building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Josie talks about the “ripple effect” of changing the world for Jesus Christ through influencing youth who influence other youth and how that influence multiplies. This interview with Josie Clark and Brad Miller exemplifies the importance of young people and youth ministry as vital to the health and vitality of strong local United Methodist churches in Indiana as a present reality not limited to a distant hope for the future. Josie encourages pastors and churches to believe and encourage the youth of their churches and do not judge them as all are part of God’s plan. Episode 018 of the Hoosier United Methodist podcast is sponsored by the book “Meet the Good People” by Rev. Dr. Roger Ross and is supportive of Mission Guatemala under the direction of Rev. Tom Heaton.
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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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