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The Ministry Collaborative Podcast

90 EpisodesProduced by The Ministry CollaborativeWebsite

A series of honest conversations about the opportunities, challenges, and joy of ministry today.

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Bouncing Back

January 12th, 2022

4:27

Pilgrimage Formation Curator Ryan Bonfiglio shares his reflections on Philippians, Howard Thurman, and resilience. This writing originally appeared on our blog in December.

What's at Stake: A Round Table Conversation

January 5th, 2022

17:07

The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Ryan Bonfiglio, Adam Mixon, and Adam Borneman) kick off the year talking …

Marshaling Hope: A Conversation with Brady Radford

December 29th, 2021

18:19

Program Director Adam Borneman and Program Curator Jennifer Watley Maxell speak with the Rev. Brady Radford (Trinity Presbyterian, Decatur; Lovewell …

The Pursuit of Endurance: A Conversation with Jennifer Pharr Davis

December 22nd, 2021

17:48

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Jennifer Pharr Davis (Blue Ridge Hiking Company) about resilience, her record breaking hikes, ecological …

Resilience: A Round Table Conversation

December 15th, 2021

16:17

The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Ryan Bonfiglio, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Mark Ramsey) talks about vulnerability, …

Gratitude As Ransom: A Conversation with Ben Johnston-Krase

December 8th, 2021

17:49

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Ben Johnston-Krase (Farm Church) about moving past superficial gratitude, disentangling it from …

Gratitude: A Round Table Conversation

December 1st, 2021

18:59

In this season of gratitude, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) …

Leaving Pharaoh's House: A Conversation with Kjell Ferris, Susan Rogers, and Amy Starr Redwine (Part Two)

November 24th, 2021

15:59

In part two of this conversation, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Revs. Amy Starr Redwine (First Presbyterian, Richmond, VA), Susan Rogers (The Well at Springfield, Jacksonville, FL), and Kjell Ferris (

Leaving Pharaoh's House: A Conversation with Kjell Ferris, Susan Rogers, and Amy Starr Redwine (Part One)

November 17th, 2021

16:06

In part one of this conversation, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Revs. Amy Starr Redwine (First Presbyterian, Richmond, VA), Susan Rogers (The Well at Springfield, Jacksonville, FL), and Kjell Ferris (

A Surprising God: A Conversation with Donyelle McCray and Tom Long

November 10th, 2021

16:37

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Dr. Donyelle McCray (Yale Divinity School) and the Rev. Dr. Tom Long (Candler School of Theology) about …

No More Heroes

November 3rd, 2021

7:49

Program Curator Jennifer Watley Maxell shares her reflections on Saul, managing multiple pandemics, and Tina Turner. This writing originally appeared

Rediscipling the White Church: A Conversation with David Swanson

October 27th, 2021

19:26

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. David Swanson (New Community Covenant Church) about his book, working on the South Side of Chicago, and the importance of from moving from cheap diversity to true …

Strange Sounds & the Messiness in the Middle

October 20th, 2021

6:03

Content Curator Adam Mixon shares his reflections on Ezra 3:11-13. This writing originally appeared on our blog in September.

Experiment Your Way into a Future: A Conversation with Dwight Zscheile

October 13th, 2021

17:30

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Dr. Dwight J. Zscheile (Luther Seminary) about church agility, faithful innovation, and how the …

Subversive Witness: A Conversation with Dominique DuBois Gilliard

October 6th, 2021

20:09

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Dominique DuBois Gilliard (Evangelical Covenant Church) about his newest book and scripture's call to leverage privilege.

Bapticostal Misfit: A Conversation with Bec Cranford

September 29th, 2021

17:10

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Bec Cranford (Gateway Center) about her tales of messy faith, complicated community, and stories of effing amazing grace.

We're Not Broke: A Conversation with Mark Elsdon

September 22nd, 2021

17:36

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Mark Elsdon about his new book, the wealth of churches, reparations, and how we might align our mission with our money.

Your Assumptions Are Showing: The Future of Theological Education Wrap Up

September 15th, 2021

27:36

In the wrap up to our series on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative's Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, and Ryan Bonfiglio …

After Whiteness: The Future of Theological Education with Willie Jennings

September 8th, 2021

19:00

In our fifth conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative's Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome the Rev. …

Catching Up to Grandma: The Future of Theological Education with Kwok Pui-Lan and Patrick Reyes

September 1st, 2021

20:05

In our fourth conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative's Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome Dr. Kwok …

The Theological Dripline: The Future of Theological Education

August 25th, 2021

18:25

In our third conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative's Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome Dr. Leah …

Watching God: The Future of Theological Education

August 18th, 2021

20:34

In our second conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative's Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome the Rev. …

For the Whole Community: The Future of Theological Education

August 11th, 2021

20:01

In our first conversation on the future of theological education, The Ministry Collaborative's Jennifer Maxell and Ryan Bonfiglio welcome the Rev. …

Quilts and Chevys: a Round Table Conversation on Restoration

August 4th, 2021

18:14

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Mark Ramsey, and …

Powers and Principalities: A Conversation with Guy Sayles

July 28th, 2021

17:02

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Dr. Guy Sayles (From the Intersection, Center for Healthy Churches) about what ministries can be archived, the importance of understanding how larger systems work, and …

Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Planning: A Round Table Conversation

July 21st, 2021

19:48

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and …

Unity and Accountability: A Round Table Conversation

July 14th, 2021

18:18

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, and …

Surviving or Thriving? A Round Table Conversation

July 7th, 2021

18:26

In a conversation recorded back in February, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) …

Forget the Alamo: A Conversation with Joe Scrivner

June 30th, 2021

18:18

Content Curator Adam Mixon returns to speak with the Rev. Dr. Joe Scrivner (Stillman College, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church) about critical race …

Grief: A Round Table Conversation

June 23rd, 2021

18:21

In a conversation recorded back in January, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon) …

Life on Life: A Conversation with Heather Jallad

June 16th, 2021

17:33

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Heather Jallad (Lead Cultivator, North Georgia Annual Conference of Fresh Expressions) about the …

Tsunamis and Child Birth: A Round Table Conversation

June 9th, 2021

16:18

In a round table conversation recorded back in January, the Ministry Collaborative Program Staff (Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam …

Preaching and Trauma: A Conversation with Kimberly Wagner

June 2nd, 2021

19:36

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) about the subjective nature of …

Look Well to the Growing Edge: A Conversation with Joe Scrivner

May 26th, 2021

19:13

Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with the Rev. Dr. Joe Scrivner (Stillman College, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church) about the pervasiveness of …

Bringing Benefit to All: A Conversation with Wil McCall

May 19th, 2021

16:45

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Wil McCall (President, Dallas Leadership Foundation) on the importance of relevance, seeing the city as our parish, and how every part of society is the Lord's.

The Ministry Collaborative Podcast: Highlights from Our First Year

May 12th, 2021

20:12

We celebrate the first anniversary of our podcast with highlights from conversations with Tod Bolsinger, LaKesha Womack, Sara Hayden, Erica St. …

Putting It Where the Goats Can Get It: A Conversation with Albert Russell

May 5th, 2021

17:46

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Dr. Albert Russell (Grace Community Presbyterian, Millbrook, AL; Tuskegee University) about his books, his music, and his participation in the recent eight week cohort …

Decolonizing Hope: A Conversation with Denise Thorpe

April 28th, 2021

18:45

Program Curator Jennifer Maxell speaks with the Rev. Dr. Denise Thorpe (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) about re-souling ourselves, carrying our …

Everywhere You Look: A Conversation with Tim Soerens

April 21st, 2021

17:57

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Tim Soerens (The Parish Collective) about his new book, the requirement of paying attention, and …

Who Is My Neighbor? A Conversation with Katie Nakamura Rengers

April 14th, 2021

15:50

In the context of rising violence against Asian-Americans, Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with the Rev. Katie Nakamura Rengers (Church Planting,

The Bottom: A Conversation with Chaz Howard

April 7th, 2021

16:46

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard (University of Pennsylvania Chaplain and Vice President for Social Equity and Community) about the beauty and ugliness of the church, the hope his …

Unencumbered: A Conversation with Arthur Christie and Peter Neilson

March 31st, 2021

22:36

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Revs. Arthur Christie and Peter Neilson from the Church of Scotland about Celtic wisdom, the blessing …

Formation Is Not Specialization: A Round Table Conversation

March 24th, 2021

19:41

The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Ryan Bonfiglio, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Mark Ramsey) discuss the importance of …

The Whole Truth Must Be Told: A Conversation with Pat Bacon

March 17th, 2021

18:41

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Pat Bacon (pastor, Calvary Presbyterian, Asheville, NC) on the changes she has seen in her …

Church Comes Home: A Conversation with Dave Barnhart

March 10th, 2021

16:26

Content Curator Adam Mixon and Program Director Adam Borneman speak with the Rev. Dr. Dave Barnhart (St. Junia, Birmingham) about his new book Church Comes Home and what the house church movement can teach the broader …

Breathing Room: A Conversation with Erica St. Bernard

March 3rd, 2021

19:26

Program Curator Jennifer Maxell speaks with minister and therapist the Rev. Erica St. Bernard (Your Life's Well) about the difference between coping and healing, the importance of providing community spaces around …

Stay Curious: A Conversation with Amy Miracle

February 24th, 2021

15:55

In a conversation recorded back in December, Executive Director Mark Ramsey spoke with the Rev. Amy Miracle (Pastor of Broad Street Presbyterian …

Risk Aversion: A Round Table Conversation

February 10th, 2021

19:13

The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss the importance of …

The Gospel Brings People Together: A Conversation with Kevin Haah

February 3rd, 2021

17:09

In a conversation recorded back in November, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Kevin Haah (Lead Pastor, New City Church of Los Angeles) …

Talk About Jesus: A Round Table Conversation

January 27th, 2021

17:54

The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, Adam Mixon, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss how following Jesus …

Stuck in the Past: A Conversation with Adam Mixon

January 20th, 2021

18:03

Content Curator Adam Mixon shares his reflection on greatness and truth-telling as he and Executive Director Mark Ramsey discuss the inseparable relationship of truth and love.

Catching the Right Wave: A Conversation with J.C. Austin

January 13th, 2021

18:58

In a conversation recorded back in December, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. J.C. Austin (Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, PA) about antiracism work, the possibilities of the current …

What's Going On: A Round Table Conversation About This American Moment

January 8th, 2021

20:06

The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Ryan Bonfiglio) discuss the important role of …

Amen Or Ouch: A Conversation with LaKesha Womack

January 6th, 2021

19:44

Ministry Collaborative staff Adam Mixon and Adam Borneman speak with LaKesha Womack (author, business consultant, ordained Deacon in the AME Zion …

Problem Bogs: A Round Table Conversation

December 30th, 2020

17:39

In a round table conversation recorded back in January, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and …

Propagating Beauty: A Conversation with Katie Hays

December 23rd, 2020

18:31

In a conversation recorded back in May, Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Katie Hays (Lead Evangelist at Galileo Church in Fort Worth, TX, and author of We Were Spiritual Refugees) about alternative …

The Devil Is Busy: A Round Table Conversation

December 16th, 2020

20:00

In a round table conversation recorded back in January, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and …

The Unsettling Nature of Our Story: A Conversation with Sara Hayden

December 9th, 2020

18:42

Executive Director speaks with the Rev. Sara Hayden (1001 New Worshiping Communities; host of the New Way podcast) about emerging faith communities, the creator economy, and laminating croissants.

The Velocity of Change: A Round-Table Conversation

December 2nd, 2020

20:00

In a round table conversation recorded back in January, Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam Borneman, and Adam …

An X-Ray on Society: A Conversation with Amy Starr Redwine

November 25th, 2020

22:53

In a conversation recorded back in May, Executive Director Mark Ramsey spoke with Amy Starr Redwine (pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Richmond, VA

Asking Better Questions: A Round Table Conversation

November 11th, 2020

19:19

In a conversation recorded back in February, the Ministry Collaborative program staff (Adam Mixon, Adam Borneman, Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey) talk …

Stranger Things: A Conversation with Derek Starr Redwine

November 4th, 2020

19:54

In a conversation recorded back in May, Executive Director Mark Ramsey spoke with Derek Starr Redwine (Interim Pastor, Grace Covenant Presbyterian) about questioning the centrality of corporate worship, how uncertainty …

Who Is the We? A Conversation with Ben Garrett and Kiva Nice-Webb

October 28th, 2020

20:33

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Ben Garrett (The Hatchery, Emory University) and Kiva Nice-Webb (Chaplain, Westminster College) about …

Collaboration: A Round Table Conversation

October 21st, 2020

19:26

In a round table discussion recorded in early 2020, Ministry Collaborative staff Mark Ramsey, Jennifer Maxell, Adam Borneman, and Adam Mixon discuss …

Playing Away Games: A Round Table Conversation

October 14th, 2020

20:08

In a conversation recorded in early 2020, Ministry Collaborative staff Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, and Adam Borneman discuss how the …

A Community of Curiosity: A Conversation with Susan Rogers

October 7th, 2020

18:31

In a conversation recorded back in early March, Content Curator Jennifer Maxell spoke with the Rev. Susan Rogers (The Well at Springfield, …

Following Jesus to Ask Better Questions: A Conversation with Thomas Daniel

September 30th, 2020

19:57

In a conversation recorded back in April, Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Thomas Daniel (pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas) about Biblical formation, being a "Love Letter to the City of …

Shifting Paradigms: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation

September 23rd, 2020

18:24

In the final installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Immersion Experience Curator Ryan Bonfiglio joins Jennifer Maxell and …

Embodying Justice: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation

September 16th, 2020

20:15

In the third installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Ministry Collaborative staff Jennifer Watley Maxell, Adam Borneman, and …

Practicing Sabbath: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation

September 9th, 2020

18:59

In the second Installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Jennifer Watley Maxell and Adam Mixon are joined by Immersion …

Recovering Identity: A Wholehearted Leadership Round Table Conversation

September 2nd, 2020

18:28

In the first Installment of our four part series on Wholehearted Leadership, Ministry Collaborative staff Jennifer Watley Maxell, Adam Borneman, and …

Life on Life: A Conversation with Leon Stevenson

August 26th, 2020

21:36

In a conversation recorded back in March, Program Curator Adam Borneman speaks with the Rev. Leon Stevenson (pastor, Mack Avenue Community Church; …

Fugitivity: A Conversation with J. Kameron Carter

August 19th, 2020

20:36

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with writer/scholar Dr. J. Kameron Carter (Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington) on …

Joy: A Round Table Conversation

August 12th, 2020

21:18

In a round table conversation recorded prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Jennifer Maxell, Mark Ramsey, Adam …

The Outside of the Inside: A Conversation with Eva Melton

August 5th, 2020

21:38

Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with Rev. Eva Melton (activist, founding pastor of Firm Foundation Church, and the author of the forthcoming book Breadcrumbs to Purpose) about the importance of centering and elevating …

Beyond Kum Bah Yah: A Conversation with Joe Scrivner

July 29th, 2020

17:50

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with Dr. Joe Scrivner (Dean of Chapel and Professor of Religion and Theology at Stillman College; and Pastor of …

The Color of American Exceptionalism: A Conversation with Nichole Phillips

July 22nd, 2020

19:17

Program Curator Jennifer Watley Maxell speaks with Dr. Nichole Phillips, professor at Candler School of Theology and author of Patriotism Black And …

The Church on the Move: A Conversation with Jemonde Taylor

July 15th, 2020

19:42

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with the Rev. Jemonde Taylor, Rector of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC, about how the historically …

Truth Telling

July 8th, 2020

16:14

In a round table conversation recorded back in January, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer Maxell, and Adam …

Risk and Trust: A Conversation with Emily McGinley

July 1st, 2020

17:48

In a conversation recorded back in April, Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Emily McGinley, Executive Pastor of Urban Village Church's Hyde Park location and Facilitator of the Chicago Cohort, about the …

Context Shapes Identity: A Conversation with Katie Nakamura Rengers

June 24th, 2020

20:03

In a conversation recorded back in March, Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with Katie Nakamura Rengers, Vicar/Founder of The Abbey and Officer for Church Planting Infrastructure in the Episcopal Church, about growing …

Modern Faith: A Conversation with Dr. Neichelle Guidry

June 17th, 2020

19:17

In a conversation recorded on May 8, Program Curator Jennifer Maxell talks with Dean Neichelle Guidry of Spelman College's Sisters Chapel about the …

Has Everything Changed? A Conversation with Ben Johnston-Krase

June 10th, 2020

18:05

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Ben Johnston-Krase, co-planter of Farm Church, about whether COVID-19 really has "changed everything", or if it's just revealing things we have had the privilege to ignore …

Playfulness and Imagination: A Conversation with Amina McIntyre

June 3rd, 2020

18:37

Program Director Adam Borneman speaks with pastor/artist Amina McIntyre about the importance of playfulness and imagination in ministry at all times.

COVID-19 and the Wisdom of the Black Church: A Conversation with Tyshawn Gardner

May 27th, 2020

18:13

Content Curator Adam Mixon speaks with Tyshawn Gardner, Pastor of Plum Grove Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, about what the Black Church can …

Special Episode: Tod Bolsinger on His New Book, Leadership in a Time of Pandemic

May 25th, 2020

19:22

Executive Director Mark Ramsey speaks with Fuller Seminary's Tod Bolsinger about his new book Leadership in a Time of Pandemic and his forthcoming …

Of Course! The Problem with Making Assumptions

May 20th, 2020

19:35

In a round table conversation recorded prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer …

Doing Less and Going Deeper

May 13th, 2020

19:04

In a round table conversation recorded prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, The Ministry Collaborative program staff (Mark Ramsey, Adam Mixon, Jennifer …

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