AiR_017 – Campus Ministry – Steve Cheyney



SteveSteve Cheyney is the Executive Director of the Cooperative Christian Ministries at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC), Central Piedmont Community College and Johnson and Wales.  His main focus is as the Campus Minister at UNCC.  There, with the help of students, he runs Niners United.  We talk about his ministry with the next generation and how college years can be extremely formative.

Cooperative Christian Ministries

In two weeks, episode 18 will go live, the 8th in season 2.  I will be talking with Christine Burkett, a speech pathologist who teaches and coaches preachers at Duke Divinity School.  Christine is an example of what I hope to do more of in season 3.  If you know of non-clergy people who are doing amazing things for the Kingdom of God, please email me.

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My Silence: A Response to #MeToo

sexual-assault-awareness-month-squareTo the people who posted #MeToo: From the depth of my soul, I am sorry. There are no words I can muster, pen or type to erase your pain, struggle, grief and whatever other feelings you feel. To assume I could even attempt to make sense, understand, or grapple with what you have gone through would give myself way too much credit. Instead, I promise to sit in silence.

My silence is not an attempt to ignore what you went through or to pass it off as your fault. My silence is not apathy or rejection. My silence is here to listen to your story and walk with you in your pain. My silence is here because I cannot speak for you or assume that I can. I cannot tell your story. I sit in silence because when silence happens the truth can start to come forth and your story is told and heard. If I am not silent, I will fill the void with incompetence and your story is too valuable for that. I promise to sit in silence to listen and be present.

My silence doesn’t mean I won’t speak up. I will speak up as I raise my son. I promise I will raise him to understand and to respect the word “NO!” I promise to raise him to recognize someone else’s body is his/her own. I will teach him to ask permission not ask for forgiveness. My silence doesn’t mean I won’t tell others to be quiet when they assume they understand your story and want to speak for you, instead of you, over you, or behind you.

I’m silent out of respect, grief, and in awe. I’m in awe of your bravery, your fight, your courage and your story. I am honored you are willing to share your story with me. It is out of awe, honor, and respect I am silent. I am silent so I can listen.

AiR_E016 – Reconciling Congregation – Carter Ellis


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Carter Ellis is the lead pastor of The Walk [Faithwalk], a reconciling congregation in Gibsonville, NC.  We sit down and talk about what it means to be a reconciling congregation and the implications have on the lives of her members and community she serves in.  If you would like to know more about The Walk, CLICK HERE.

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Episode 17 will go live on November 6th and it is a conversation with Steve Cheyney, the Campus Minister at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  We will talk about what it is like to do ministry with Generation Z and other fun stuff in the life of a campus minister.

Something I would love to know more about are laity you know of who are living into God’s call for their lives and who are doing some unique and wonderful things for the Kingdom of God.  Most of my conversations have been with professional Christians, clergy, and I would love to extend my conversations to some laity or non-clergy folks.  If you know of someone I should have a conversation with, send me an email at revjimparsons[at] gmail [dot] com.

AiR_E015 – District Superintendent – Mark Andrews



In this new episode, I sit down with the District Superintendent (DS) of the Metro District of the Western North Carolina Conference, Mark Andrews.  Mark has just finished his first year as a DS and we talk about his adventure in this new appointment.  For those who don’t know a DS is someone in charge of a District within an Annual Conference.  The DS’s main job is to build up, encourage and help congregations and clergy in their district.  They are the ones called in when there is a congregational or clergy crisis.  They are also a part of the cabinet, which makes the appointments for the conference.  We talk about all these areas and more in our conversation.

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In the next episode, I sit down with Carter Ellis the pastor of FaithWalk, a unique congregation just outside Greensboro, NC.

AiR_E014 – Young Clergy – Trip Lowery



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
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.

AiR_E013 – Wesley Bros – Charlie Baber




In this conversation, I talk with the author, illustrator, and creator of the online comic, “The Wesley Bros.”  In this weekly comic, Charlie, shares history and heritage of these founders of the United Methodist denomination.  With wit, snark, and cutting commentary, Charlie has captivated the hearts of many people through the faces of John and Charles Wesley.Screen Shot 2017-09-05 at 8.08.14 AM

Here are some of the links that Charlie shared in our conversation.


Popular Wesley Bros
In Which St. Basil the Great Annoys an American
Nothing. Literally, just…nothing
Atonement Theories of Relativity
Who is My Neighbor

AiR_E012 – Divorce – Robin Fitzgerald



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.