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Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware continue the series on Overwhelm. Today: Control will not save us. What does fear of losing control encourage us to do? What institutions and practices lure us with false promises of control? What if we imagine God's power as presence instead of control? How does an orientation of control encourage us t…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware tackle a series on Overwhelm. How do we anchor ourselves while caring for trauma in the midst of trauma? What strategies do we turn to? And what joys do we turn to in order to nurture ourselves? Whether it's travel, baking and making croutons with the mistakes, or reading Star Wars books and playing vid…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware are back for another season of an Incomplete Field Guide to Ministry, covering lessons from our summer about rest, holding joy and sorrow, and facing exhaustion. "You can only do as much work as you can do. You're not created to run yourself into the ground for the sake of whatever your work is," Marvin…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware wrap up a season and a semester. They reflect on lessons learned, the value of speaking outside a narrow area of expertise, and the bold exploratory conversations we've shared. This year, we've accompanied Ministerial Leadership 1, taught by Dr. Wagner in the Fall, and Public Church 1, taught by Dr. Wic…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware discuss accountability. How can our ministry be accountable, not just to the church that hires the pastor, but to the broader community as well? How do we go beyond inviting a one-off guest speaker? Are we willing to lose some control by bringing more people into leadership? Our guest today is the Rever…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware discuss church and society, community organizing, and power. What's so scary about power anyway? Where does it show up in Christian community? And how can preachers approach politics in sermons? (Can sermons even be apolitical?) Mentioned this episode: Rita Nakashima Brock We'd love to hear from you! Se…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware discuss mass shootings, preaching, and anti-Asian racism in the United States. What's the role of our words as Christian leaders before and after mass shootings? What historical threads connect to the shooting in Atlanta on March 16? Our guest today is Rev. Charles M. Straight of Faith United Methodist …
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware continue their multi-week conversation about the pandemic, reflecting particularly on work. How has our labor changed, and not changed, during the pandemic? What does that have to do with our faith or relationships? Our guest today is Will Tanzman, Executive Director at the People's Lobby. He also serve…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware continue their multi-week conversation about the pandemic, looking particularly at relationships. Our guest today is LSTC faculty member Rev. Dr. Benjamin Stewart, who shares his perspective on public church, liturgy, and creation. Mentioned this episode: 2021 Institute of Liturgical Studies Virtual Sem…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware continue their multi-week conversation about the pandemic, looking particularly at Healthcare. What inequities does the pandemic reveal? How does medical trauma (re)emerge during a public health crisis? And what does it mean to call people "frontline" workers? Our guest today is LSTC faculty member Dr. …
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware begin a multi-week conversation about the pandemic. How do we think about the pandemic from a faith perspective? What does it reveal, and what does it change? Our guest today is none other than Kimberly R. Wagner, who switches chairs so that Dr. Wickware can interview her about trauma, preaching, and he…
 
We're back for the spring semester at LSTC! Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk about what it means to be a public church, and share examples of communities that live this calling out in particular ways. Dr. Wickware will guide the podcast to accompany his Public Church 1 class this spring. Our guest today is LSTC President, Dr. Jame…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk Advent, podcasting, and what we've learned so far. We've been accompanying the Ministerial Leadership 1 course by Dr. Wagner during the Fall semester. Season 1 will resume in February to accompany Dr. Wickware's Public Church 1 course. Our guest today is LSTC fourth year Master of Divinity student …
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk about modeling care and justice, preaching hard messages, and resisting white supremacy. Our first guest today is not a guest! Marvin Wickware takes the guest seat to discuss his research into white supremacy, race relations, and what makes racial reconciliation work succeed and fail. Our second gu…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk Christian education and evangelism at the half-way point in the semester. How can evangelism be accountable? How can Christian education be accessible? What is the goal of either, and what do they have in common? Our first guest today is Rev. Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, Associate Professor of Practical…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk, and listen, about the many ways ministerial leaders are called to listen. What are we listening for? What if we don't know how to solve the challenges we're listening to? (Hint: that's ok, and often you can't.) Our first guest today is Rev. Dr. Brooke Petersen, Director of MDiv and MA Programs, Co…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk about the moral document of our schedules. How do we use time and approach administration in our ministry? When do we say no? What happens when plans change? Thanks to the Rev. Dr. Kadi Billman for the term "Administry!" We're excited to welcome guests, Pastor Erin Coleman Branchaud of Saint Luke's…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk about models and inspirations for ministry. What are foundational theologies and approaches to different types of ministries? We're excited to welcome LSTC Pastor to the Community & Director of Worship, Rev. Erik Christensen, as well as student Michael Markwell as guests. We'd love to hear from you…
 
Our hosts Kimberly Wagner and Marvin Wickware talk context, neighborhoods, relationships, and getting to know the sages in your community. Our guests today are Rev. Ruben Duran, Director of Congregational Vitality for the ELCA, and Pastor Heidi Torgerson, Lead Pastor of Grace Lutheran in LaGrange, IL. We'd love to hear from you! Send your questions…
 
Kimberly Wagner is the Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair in Homiletics at LSTC. Marvin Wickware is the Assistant Professor of Church and Society and Ethics at LSTC. Our first guest is Eric Kyle, Associate Professor and Director of Contextual Education at LSTC.…
 
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