AiR_E014 – Young Clergy – Trip Lowery

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Trip LoweryTrip Lowery is the Director of Young Adult Ministry, Discernment and Enlistment, Division of Ordained Ministry for the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) for the United Methodist Church.  Trip helps Annual Conferences within the United Methodist Church help young people hear their call into ministry.  In our conversation we talk about what that work is like, some of the successes of the millions of dollars in grant money that has gone out with the Young Clergy Inititive, and also another one of his passions, Surfing for Autism.

Here are some of the links that Trip mentions in our conversation.
Explore Calling
Exploration
CALLED
Surfing for Autism

Also, here is the site for my work with the Call & Vocation Team in my conference, Is God Calling Me.  

On Monday, Oct. 2, I will have a conversation with my boss, Mark Andrews, the District Superintendent (DS) for the Metro District within the Western North Carolina Conference.  We talk about what it is like to be a DS and some of the things he has learned in his first year in that position.

Please subscribe using however you get your podcasts and please leave a rating and review on Apple Podcasts.  Also, go back and listen to Season 1.  One of my favorite podcasts is Episode 3 when I sit down with Amy Butler, the lead pastor at Riverside Chruch in NYC.

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AiR_E012 – Divorce – Robin Fitzgerald

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How do ministers handle huge events in their personal life and also still do ministry?  How do clergy work through their personal lives being on display yet still live into the calling that God has laid upon their heart?

I have the pleasure and honor of talking about these deeply personal questions and more with Robin Fitzgerald.  Robin went through a divorce a few years ago and was willing to walk through some of the lessons she has learned and how she lived through those times.  I truly hope you can hear the hope and grace that is offered in our conversation.

If you would like to share your thoughts or say thank you to Robin, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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In two weeks I will present a new conversation with Charlie Baber, the author, and illustrator of “The Wesley Bros,” an online comic featuring the dynamic duo of Charles and John Wesley.

AiR_E001 – Casualties (Ben Williams)

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The first episode of my new podcast is now up and ready for your listening pleasure.  TodayBen Williams I talk with the Rev. Ben Williams.  Ben is the senior pastor of St. Mark’s UMC in Raleigh, NC.  He was my roommate for two years at Duke Divinity school and one of the best men at my wedding.  He is a dear friend and does amazing work at St. Mark’s.  This is a great combination to be my first guest on this inaugural episode on this new podcast.

Ben is a graduate of Wake Forrest University and Duke Divinity School.  He has been appointed to St. Mark’s UMC in Raleigh, NC for well over a decade now.  He is married to Anna and has two children Stuart and Maggie.  Besides always looking dapper, Ben enjoys sailing, soccer and cycling.  You can follow him on Facebook HERE or on Twitter HERE.

Show notes: Here are some links to some of the things Ben and I talked about.

St. Mark’s UMC Website

Royce and Jane Reynolds Program in Church Leadership

Academy of Spiritual Formation

Please subscribe to this podcast and please leave a review.  If you know someone who is on a wonderful and unique adventure in ministry, please let me know.  I am always looking for more guests for this podcast so leave a comment with your email and we can connect.  (I won’t publish those comments but use them to contact you via email)

The next episode will be with Rob Hill, the state director of the Human Rights Campaign in Mississippi.  It is a great conversation about his work in Mississippi but also how he left the ministry to live authentically as a gay man.  It will be up on September 19th.

Until then, enjoy your Adventure in Revland and peace be with you.

Podcasting

I stated to podcast my sermons recently and I have found it quiet fun. A couple of weeks ago one of my parishioners came up to me and told me how much he is enjoying listening to the sermons later on in the week. He actually told me, “Jim, your much better on podcast!” Now he said this with the caveat of saying during worship he is easily distracted and the podcast lets him really concentrate on what I am saying. I took it as a compliment.

You can catch my podcast here or subscribe to it via iTunes.

The best part is, I’m doing it all for free! For those of you interested in doing your open podcast just follow these simple instructions and people from all over can download whatever you put out there.

1. Record your sermon or discussion on a digital format. This can be done either through an MP3 player that has the ability to record, or like we do at our church, the service is recorded on a CD.
2. Save your recording as an MP3 file. I use Nero Wave Editor to transfer my recorder sermon from the CD to an MP3 file. I do not save it as a .wav file because .wav is really big and an MP3 file is quiet small for online storage.
3. Upload your MP3 file to a free podcast site. I use podOmatic for this but there are others out there found on a simple Google search. I created a page for our church, the link is above, and through the instructions I load the MP3 file up to it each week. On podOmatic you get 500MB of storage and 15GB of bandwidth each month. I currently have 8 sermons and one picture saved and I’m only using 155.9 MB of storage and 162.8 MB of bandwidth. I did save a couple sermons in .wav format and my storage was sucked up in two sermons. MP3 is the way to go.
4. After uploading them all you have to do is follow the directions of posting a new episode and there you have it. It is really that simple.

I am finding that this is a great way to connect to people throughout the week. Although I have only heard from a handful of my parishioners about them subscribing to the podcast, I do know I have gotten 36 downloads this week. It may take an hour a week to upload and promote your podcast but if you are reaching more people or making a deeper connection, isn’t it worth the effort?