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Summer Shorts - Brett Powell


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This week on our Summer Shorts series we had our work cut out for us. How do you trim down so many incredible insights on leadership and relationships? Our team has taken the very best from our conversation with Brett Powell and created 10 minutes of thought-provoking, actionable conversation on Jesus and how we can balance ferocity and tenderness all while building into leadership. This is a can’t miss episode and if you want to know more about Brett and his work, check out and www.wayoftheheartpodcast.

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July 16th, 2019


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July 2nd, 2019


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June 25th, 2019


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Building The Right Teams w/Brent Dolfo

June 18th, 2019


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June 4th, 2019


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I Am Third

May 28th, 2019


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Surviving to Thriving w/ Steve Foran

May 21st, 2019


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What Is The Opposite of Gratitude?

May 14th, 2019


This week we're minding on our manners. Dan O’Rourke, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner take a few moments to talk gratitude. The team tries to recognize …

Lifting Up Leaders with Jeff Lockert

May 7th, 2019


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Tree Planting For Parish Renewal w/The Divine Renovation Team

April 30th, 2019


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The Good News Hockey Game w/Andrew Pepper.

April 23rd, 2019


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The Word... Among Us with Jeff Smith

April 16th, 2019


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Book Clubs and Christ w/The Divine Renovation Team

April 9th, 2019


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Alpha For Challenging Times w/Josh Danis

April 2nd, 2019


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Leaning into Scripture w/The Divine Renovation Team

March 26th, 2019


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Freedom from Sin w/ Roxana Kreklo

March 19th, 2019


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From A to Z: How Alpha Drives Church Culture

March 12th, 2019


This week Ron Huntley, Rob McDowell, and Mike Tanner discuss the ins and outs of Alpha. We discuss the difference Alpha makes for both the churched …

From Street to Seat w/ Melanie Smollen

March 5th, 2019


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Ready for Company w/ Divine Renovation Team

February 26th, 2019


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Social Media Missionary w/ Mike Tanner

February 19th, 2019


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Meeting People Where They Are w/Darlene Bonang

February 12th, 2019


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Do Simple Things Well w/Bishop Thomas Dowd

February 5th, 2019


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DRUK 2019 w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce

January 29th, 2019


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January 22nd, 2019


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Unlocking Your Parish w/ Ron Huntley & Father James Mallon

January 15th, 2019


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Leadership Wisdom from Jesus w/ Brett Powell

January 8th, 2019


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Reborn, Rebuilt, Renewed w/ Archbishop Anthony Mancini

December 18th, 2018


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FM645 w/ Charley Vaughan

December 11th, 2018


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DR Deacon w/ Deacon Doug Wells

December 4th, 2018


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Everyone Leads w/ Chris Lowney

November 28th, 2018


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Intentional Community w/ Naomi Lehew

November 20th, 2018


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The Alpha Invitation w/Joana de Paula

November 13th, 2018


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Renew My Church w/ Fr. Peter Wojcik

November 6th, 2018


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Parishioner to Priest w/Patrick Salah

October 30th, 2018


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Planting the Seed w/Graham Singh

October 23rd, 2018


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Clear & Simple w/ André Regnier

October 16th, 2018


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Renew My Church w/ The Divine Renovation Team

October 9th, 2018


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Do You Know How Awkward It Is? w/ A.J. Thomas

October 2nd, 2018


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The Apprentice's Apprentice w/ Father Alex Colautti

September 25th, 2018


This week we’re joined by Father Simon Lobo and Father Alex Colautti, pastor and associate pastor at Saint Benedict Parish. We discuss the resent …

The Gift of Hope w/ Father Pat Cosgrove

September 18th, 2018


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Reporter & Priest w/ Fr. Raymond de Souza

July 31st, 2018


Fr. Raymond de Souza joins for the second half to discuss writing in the secular and Christian world, and what trends he sees in our culture. Dan …

Summer Leadership w/Father James Mallon

July 17th, 2018


Welcome to summer least here in Canada. While our ministry season may be winding down, our team is busy inspiring and equipping parishes around the world! In studio today is Dan O’Rourke and Father James …

Beginning a Renovation w/ Tanya Rodgerson

July 10th, 2018


We're still unpacking DR18. Guest Co-Host Matt Vaughan, of SBP's Communications Team, shares his take aways and the graces he experienced during the conference. But wait there's more....Tanya Rodgerson, one of the main …

Sing a New Song w/ Phil Marmen

July 3rd, 2018


The team talks to Ron about why he slept on the ground at the airport, and explore launching a shiny new connect group, and how a common mission like hosting a conference can knit a parish together. Podcast guest Phil …

DR18 In the Afterglow w/ Kate Robinson

June 26th, 2018


Join Ron Huntley this week in our makeshift studio at Saint Benedict Parish as we continue to recover from the DR18 conference. Ron is joined today by Kate Robinson where they discuss some highlights from DR18 as well …

Greater Love

June 19th, 2018


“Together, let’s throw away our ‘throw-away culture’ and respond to the cry of the poor, suffering, lost and lonely. Join our movement today, and …

Apprentice to Pastor w/ Father Simon Lobo

June 5th, 2018


Future world renown author (at least that's what we think) Fr. Simon Lobo joins the podcast to talk about his latest book (also his only book) Divine Renovation Apprentice. As he joins the DR team in preparing to …

Lay Leader and Lay Learner w/Pat Ryan

May 29th, 2018


Can We Multiply?
Divine Renovation team member Pat Ryan shares his story of encountering DR, and moving to Canada to experience it first-hand. And …

DR in the UK w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce

May 22nd, 2018


UK coordinator Hannah Vaughan-Spruce joins the team to share how Divine Renovation is working in parishes if all types across the United Kingdom.

Also explored:
- Connect Groups
- Music
- Ron was on the radio... And yes …

3 Priests, 2 Continents, 1 Mission w/ Hannah Vaughan-Spruce

May 15th, 2018


Parish renewal can happen anywhere. Divine Renovation strives to inspire all leaders to believe that they can bring their parishes from maintenance to mission. Hannah Vaughan-Spruce interviews 3 priests during our …

On the Ground w/ Fr. James Mackay & SLT

May 8th, 2018


Meet members of Fr. James Mackay's Senior Leadership Team. Explore with them the joys of being a lay leader, team dynamics, and contributing to their church, in this special episode filmed in Royal Docks, England.

Relying on the Holy Spirit

May 1st, 2018


How can we rely more fully on the Holy Spirit? Peter Herbeck joins the podcast this week to discuss how we can rely on the Holy Spirit in a deeper …

Early Days of a Missional Parish

April 24th, 2018


What motivates a pastor to try this Divine Renovation thing? Hear from Fr. Ken Lao as he shares what drove him to join the Divine Renovation Network, …

The Call to Holiness AND Mission

April 17th, 2018


DR Coach Bill Presprich joins Fr. James Mallon, Ron Huntley, and Dan O’Rourke as they talk building leadership teams, moving a parish from being inward to outward focus (maintenance to mission).
Topics covered include:
- …

Living as a Missionary Disciple

April 9th, 2018


The moment Kate Pinto decided to follow Jesus, the word 'missionary' was placed on her heart. She had no idea what it meant. This podcast will …

Passion in Your Heart

April 3rd, 2018


1 priest, 1 book, 1 mission. ​In this podcast, the Divine Renovation team interviewed Father James Mackay from the Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham, Royal Docks, East London, UK. Hear his inspiring story and his …

The Fruit of the Game Plan

March 26th, 2018


Today the team welcomed Bill Scollard, Director of Pastoral Ministries at Saint Benedict Parish. Bill shared his story from lapsed Catholic to …

Catching Culture

March 19th, 2018


In today's podcast, the team welcomed Matt Vaughan, the co-host of The Church We Want To Be podcast. Matt shared his story of parishioner to staff member at Saint Benedict Parish. The team also dicussed with Matt how he …

Growing Leaders

March 12th, 2018


In today's podcast, the team welcomed Kate Robinson- Director of Communications at Saint Benedict Parish. In this episode, the team discussed growing leaders especially in related to Senior Leadership Teams and …

How to Improve the Relationship with your Diocese

March 8th, 2018


Today's episode is the exciting relaunch of the Divine Renovation podcast with the Divine Renovation team. Today they delved into issues of building a healthy relationship with dioceses with special guest John Stevens …

Apprenticing Leadership

April 8th, 2017


Dan O’Rourke, Fr. James Mallon and Fr. Simon Lobo C.C. discuss the priest-internship experience at Saint Benedict Parish and being apprenticed in leading parish renewal. In this podcast the future of The Divine …

Bishops (Part 2)

March 1st, 2017


We know what Divine Renovation can look like on a parish level, but what if it went further? What does 'Divine Renovation' mean to a Bishop? Join Father James Mallon, Dan O'Rourke and Ron Huntley as they delve into the …

Bishops (Part 1)

March 1st, 2017


We know what Divine Renovation can look like on a parish level, but what if it went further? What does 'Divine Renovation' mean to a Bishop? Join Father James Mallon, Dan O'Rourke and Ron Huntley as they delve into the …

Facilitating Change

October 7th, 2016


Executing a change can be incredibly difficult. Especially when you have to challenge the status quo. Join Father James Mallon, Dan O'Rourke and Ron …

Model of Priesthood

August 19th, 2016


Making his second guest appearance on the Divine Renovation Podcast, Father Simon Lobo joins, Ron Huntley, Dan O'Rourke and Father James Mallon in a discussion about how we can think differently about our model of …

Connect Groups

July 22nd, 2016


Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke are back again! Joined this time for the first time in the Divine Renovation Podcast history with our special guest Father Simon Lobo! Join the 4 of them as they discuss …

DR16 - Now What?

July 8th, 2016


You attended the Divine Renovation 16 Conference and returned home... but where do you go from there? Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke may have some insights into what to do next!

Divine Renovation Conference

April 11th, 2016


We are very excited about the upcoming Divine Renovation Conference coming up on June 13th and 14th, 2016. Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke and find out how you can join us this summer in Halifax, …

Divine Renovation Leadership Network

February 22nd, 2016


It's time to reveal something exciting! Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke and learn about the new Divine Renovation Leadership Network!


November 12th, 2015


Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke as they discuss the role (and the spelling) of Catechisis.


November 12th, 2015


Join Father James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke as they discuss the great gift of the sacraments.

Realistic Expectations

November 12th, 2015


It's important to have realistic expectations for you and your team so that you know what success looks like. Join Fr. James Mallon, Ron Huntley and Dan O'Rourke as they discuss what they've learned about reasonable …

How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 3 of 3)

November 9th, 2015


How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 3 of 3 we complete the exploration of all the things you can do wrong when running Alpha in your parish. Congrats on becoming a hardened Alpha killer.

How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 2 of 3)

November 9th, 2015


How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 2 of 3 we continue to explore some of the common mistakes that people make when setting up an Alpha program at their parish.

How to Kill Alpha in 10 Easy Steps (Part 1 of 3)

November 9th, 2015


How to Kill Alpha in 10 Steps - In part 1 of 3 we examine some of the common mistakes that you might make, and that we have made when running Alpha in your parish.

Hard Conversations

November 9th, 2015


The Divine Renovation Podcast - Hard Conversations episode explores why, when and how to have the hard conversations that are necessary for a parish to grow and achieve its mission.

Podcast Pilot

November 9th, 2015


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