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Episode 31 - Missionaries and Mental Health

In this episode of the Global City Mission Podcast, therapist and friend of GCMI Missy Gray (LPC & LPA) joins us to discuss the topic of mental health in the mission field. She talks about both the emotional well being of missionary workers as well as how to know when we're out of our depth in a ministry relationship and when to make a judgment call about referring others to a mental health professional.


Episode 30 - Things I Wish I Knew (Interview with Randy Harris)

Theologian and spiritual director, Randy Harris, joins us again on the Global City Mission Podcast in this episode to discuss what he wishes he knew if he were to start over again in ministry. Specifically, he discusses how we might go about knowing which relationships to prioritize and how to evaluate one's own "success" as a minister or missionary.


Episode 29 - Spiritual Formation for Ministers

Spiritual director and theologian Randy Harris joins us in this episode of the Global City Mission Podcast to discuss spiritual direction and formation for missionaries and ministers. He discusses major needs and obstacles in our prayer lives as well as how to begin establishing a contemplative practice for those who have no previous experience or guidance in that tradition.


Episode 28 - Teaching Vocational Missionaries

Ben Langford - long-term African Missionary and now a professor of Missions at Oklahoma Christian - joins us again on the Global City Mission Podcast to discuss the priorities and challenges of teaching students who are preparing to enter the field as missionaries. Specifically, we discuss the importance of joining theology with methodology: which leads us to ask the question of not just "What works?" but "How do our beliefs about God shape us and our work?"


Episode 27 - Things I Wish I Knew (Interview with Ben Langford)

In this episode of the Global City Mission Podcast, teacher of missions and former African missionary Ben Langford joins us to discuss things he wishes he had known when he was starting out. Specifically, he discusses wishing he had better understood the difference between "the plan" for ministry and the unexpected moments open to embodying the gospel that - without the experience to see otherwise - can seem less "productive."


Episode 26 - Syncretism vs. Contextualization

Following up on our last episode, today we are addressing the line between good contextualization - in which we adapt ourselves and our message cross-culturally in a way that clarifies what we mean to say about the gospel - with syncretism: a practice in which we blur the lines between what Jesus calls us to and a cultural element at odds with that message. We first work to define the difference between these two activities and then visit a number of practical examples GCMI's NYC team has...


Episode 25- Evangelism and Contextualization

When we are seeking to share the gospel, we never escape the issue of culture. Whether it is our own tradition and experience, or that of our neighbor, communication and relationship always occur through the medium of culture: so how we make decisions about our methods of proclaiming the gospel inherently involves discernment about contextualization. In today's episode we discuss some important questions to consider before we try and communicate Kingdom cross-culturally and some pitfalls...


Episode 24 - Transitioning To and From the Mission Field

The missionary life is full of transition and change, and that can be emotionally taxing on workers and their families. In today's episode, we discuss a tool we call the RAFT, which can help missionaries reflect on and prepare for the change of moving contexts and more readily adapt to their next location- whether that be coming to/leaving the field, or transitioning to a new city to continue the same disciple-making work.


Episode 23 - Forming Emotionally Intelligent Disciple-Makers

When we are developing others for ministry, especially in pursuing a disciple-making movement (DMM) strategy as we do at GCMI, it is critical that we form in both ourselves and others a reflectiveness and capacity for empathy. In today's episode, we discuss the tool, SASHET, that our team uses to help form this type of emotional intelligence among those we disciple in global cities.


Episode 22 - Things I Wish I Knew (Interview with Steve Miller)

Long-term missionary, ministry-team coach, and former president of World Team, Steve Miller, talks about things he wishes he had known if he were starting over in missions today. Specifically, he discusses the need to take a long-term perspective about field placement and personal development as well as the importance of developing one's own philosophy of ministry before choosing a team or work to join with on mission.


Episode 21 - Mentoring Millennial Missionaries

Long-term missionary and former World Team President, Steve Miller, joins us on the podcast today to discuss mentoring and coaching missionaries for the contemporary field. He shares about the ways that mentoring workers has changed with the newer generations of workers, and about helping missionaries learn to see the different placements and transitions in their work as stages of a life long journey on mission with God.


Episode 20 - Things I Wish I Knew (Interview with Dan Bouchelle)

President of Missions Resource Network, Dan Bouchelle, discusses the things he wishes he had known starting out partnering with missions as a domestic church leader. Specifically, he talks about the need to develop leaders to take over the work of supported missionaries, and the need to be guided less by big picture structures and strategies than returning to the question "what does it mean to make disciples in this culture?"


Episode 19 - Church and Missionary Partnership

Dan Bouchelle from Mission Resource Network joins us in this episode to discuss how the changing landscape of missions - due to forces like urbanization, globalization, and increased communication through technology - are changing what it means for individual churches to participate in missions and how individual missionaries fit into the larger mission of the church in the world. You can learn more about MRN and how they help equip churches and missionaries at their website:...


Episode 18 - Things I Wish I Knew: Interview with Dottie Schulz

Reflecting on her long career in missions and in counseling missionaries both before and after they serve in the field, Dottie Schulz shares some of the things that she wishes she had known were she in the position of starting over again. Specifically, Dottie addresses the difficulty of missionary reentry and the struggle to feel relevant in connecting with a post-Christian culture.


Episode 17 - Missionary Care

Long-term missionary and counselor in missionary care Dottie Schulz speaks in this episode about the most common issues among cross-cultural workers and teams as they seek to stay healthy in ministry. Specifically, she addresses the importance of forming friendships outside of the official "team relationships" for missionaries, of learning to be assertive, to not avoid conflict, and the often overlooked value of having fun while in the field.


Episode 16 - Things I Wish I Knew: Interview with Gabe Brazle

In today's episode, GCMI Catalyst Gabe Brazle shares from his own career in missions about things he wishes he had known starting out in ministry. Specifically, Gabe discusses the importance of realizing just how spiritually curious most people are, as well as the need to overcome the fear that we must be "experts" in order to begin sharing our faith with others.


Episode 15 - Sharing the Gospel with Muslims

NYC Catalyst Gabe Brazle discusses the ways in which working among Muslim people groups in Global Cities has expanded his view of both what evangelism is and grown his appreciation for how diverse a person's experience of Islam may be.


Episode 14 - Letting Ministry Relationships "Fail"

Often in ministry, we judge our own success based on the ideal outcomes of our missional strategies as they look on paper. But what are the likely results of pursuing disciple-making work in urban ministry? It has been the experience of our team that, from a strategic perspective, most relationships break down or "fail" at some point. In today's episode we discuss the various ways that DMM relationships can collapse and how to deal with this failure as a missionary.


Episode 13 - The Training Wheel: How to Develop Disciples into Leaders

As we at GCMI try to help new disciples mature into disciple-makers, we have to ask ourselves what qualities we desire to see in Christian leaders of new church movements. In today's episode we discuss a tool we use in our work - the Training Wheel - to help form the kinds of listening, discerning, and vision casting abilities that equip new believers to become mature leaders of disciples who make disciples.


Episode 12 - Following Up on Spiritual Conversations

In today's episode we continue our discussion about Discovery Bible Study (Episode 11) by looking at how we have ongoing spiritual conversations after our initial evangelistic interactions and how we can tell the difference between a person who is only interested in spiritual things and a person who might gather others to begin a new house church group.