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Kaleidscope Grant to Help First-Call Pastors in the MAP-West Coast Program

Dust and Paul share the news about a grant that the NOW District received from LCEF (The Kaleidoscope Grant) for the MAP-West Coast program. The grant provides funds to help “first-call pastors” to the Northwest District grow in ministry applied practice (hence the acronym MAP!). Dust and Paul discuss the MAP-West Coast components, designed to "help brand new pastors move from being a student to being a practitioner.” They close with a brief introduction to a new leadership offering,...


All Worker’s Conference Recap and What is Next at Convention in June 2018

"Reforming for a Changing Culture,” was the theme for the NOW District All Worker’s Conference in 2017. We are in a different culture than the one in which we were raised, certainly from the culture 500 years ago when the Reformation occurred. Dust and Paul discuss key learnings from the plenary speakers at the Conference, and what this means during a time of transition for the church at large. They also preview what is to come in June 2018 at the NOW District Convention.


Episode 15 Cross My Art: Bridging to Community Through Art(Part 2 of a 2-part Interview)

Mike and Tabea share their favorite stories of the impact and influence of “Cross My Art” on their community. Dust Kunkel visits with Mike and Tabea of “Cross My Art” of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spokane, a growing mission to the community using artistic mediums to introduce and enrich faith in Christ. Anyone interested in starting something new, or launching a ministry that builds relationships in community will love this podcast! This is an interview (in two parts) with leaders in...


Episode 12 (1 of 2): A Leader Faces The ’S’ Word (Suffering)

Dust and Paul have a conversation about suffering, on Wednesday of “Holy Week” (the week before Easter that includes Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). Our leader knows the destination, but we don’t always see it clearly. The challenge is walking with Him and letting Him direct our walk. Paul shares a story from his youth about trying to avoid suffering. “If you could go back to that 15 year-old Paul, what would you say to him?” I would be there, listen, look for...


The Xrossway Story - Building Bridges in Community Through Dance and Fitness

Dust Kunkel sits down with Clint, Chris and Kaeshawn, some of the staff at Xrossway Fitness and Life Center, and learns how ball-room dancing is strengthening community in Twin Falls, Idaho. Also, according to the Xrossway staff, it is fun! This is the first interview (with more to come) with “real-live” leaders in the field in the Northwest (NOW) District. The purpose of these interviews is to lift up good-news stories, and focus on ways we can strengthen our communities. If you laugh a...


EPISODE 11 “And Now For Something Completely Different: Joy in Ministry”

Paul and Dust take a side-journey into Joy, and its more than fun! Joy is transcendent. We were made for Joy. A conversation about having joy like a child. The opposite of Joy is fear. Joy is independent of circumstance. Happiness and Joy are not synonyms. We don’t have to be happy about something to be joyful about it. Experiencing Joy is being a “participant-observer” instead of being the “actor.” Time-lapse photography and Joy. Connecting the dots in the painting to find a heart-shaped...


Episode 7 “A Leader Says ’Thank You’” (2nd in 3-Part Series)

In this Episode: Who would have thought that “thank you” was so powerful?! Saying “thank you:” how often do I do it? The experience of hearing “thank you” from someone. What “thank you” does to you and me, what it does to the relationship. Dust and Paul take a dive into the deep waters of “thank you” and its transformative power. Practical influences, relational changes, and connection to the Spirit. Even Jesus has feelings about being thanked. Question: “Who are the people you need to say...


Episode 4 "Let It Go..." (Part 2 of 2)

In this Episode: Arguing with God — Why authoritarian behavior as a leader is counterproductive. Dealing with expectations—the “internal noise” in myself and from others. Leading with an “empty hand” Ministry is not my identity or my role, it's a gift, and it's for a season. Healthy leadership starts with identity and my need for a Savior: Jesus calls me by my name. Jesus sees me, rather than my titles, tags, and expectations. “School’s out for the summer!”: a childlike appreciation for...


Episode 2 - “Launching a New Podcast—Helping Leaders Do Their Best Work Together” (Part 2 of 2)

In this Episode: —Continuing the conversation on “helping leaders do their best work together" —Being a “transitional generation” in leadership —What’s a “leader” anyway? —The challenges of geography and living in a secular era. —Leaders are creative in bringing the the good news of Jesus in the Northwest. --Some topics to expect in the future. —Being a blessing instead of seeking a blessing. Question: “What are needs in my community not being filled right now in which my congregation can...


Episode 1 “Launching a New Podcast--Helping Leaders Do Their Best Work Together” (Part 1 of 2)

In this episode: —Why are we starting a podcast? —The Gospel is a game-changer for relationships and leadership. —The Northwest District’s focus: helping leaders do their best work together. —What the moon has to say about being a leader who follows Jesus (!) —LCMS congregation structure is “grassroots”.


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