Leading Intergenerational Communities with Cory Seibel

Cory Seibel strives to be a thoughtful, passionate advocate for intergenerational ministry. His aim is to encourage and equip followers of Jesus to build extraordinary communities of faith where people of all generations share life together. He is committed to investing his skills as a researcher, writer, and presenter to advance a creative, constructive vision of intergenerational ministry in today’s church.

You can access Cory’s writing & more via his website https://coryseibel.wordpress.com/ & we recommend reading Cory’s book The Generative Church (link below). Cory also contributed to Intergenerate (which we mentioned often through S04 & S05).

Knowing the generations with Holly Allen

We continue our conversation with scholars and practitioners developing Intergenerational Ministry, and this week’s guest is Dr Holly Allen. Holly is the founder of the Intergenerate Conference, and has written numerous books, including Intergenerational Christian Formation and InterGenerate, both of which have featured in earlier library sections of this podcast.

Our conversation explores how a deeper understanding of the generations within church communities can reveal opportunities for intergenerational relationships and discipleship. We intentionally focus on those beyond children & families, as we hope to reinforce that this conversations is not merely an evolution of ministry with children, rather a fresh approach to discipleship valuing all members equally.

Don’t forget you can connect via our Facebook page, or you can email workexperiencepodcast<at>gmail.com

Intergenerational Ministry with John Roberto

We kick off SEASON 6 (what?!?) with our guest John Roberto. Each week we’ll chat to a scholar, practitioner or theologian regarding how Intergenerational discipleship and faith formation and shape ministries with young people. Special thanks for the team at Intergenerate Australia for their support.

John Roberto is on the leadership team of Vibrant Faith Ministries where he coordinates Vibrant Faith Catalyst – an online community and resource centre for pastors and faith formation leaders. John works as a consultant to churches and national organisations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and program manuals in faith formation. John has a masters degree in religious education from Fordham University and graduate studies in sociology at Catholic University of America. John has been involved in Christian ministry and faith formation since 1969.

Check out https://www.lifelongfaith.com/

Joy? We chat with Wes Ellis

A bonus episode for you, our beloved audience. Building on important work from Yale University, three new books have emerged reimagining youth ministry being centred on joy. Wes Ellis is a contributing author to two of the books, and is a real-life character in the third. Who better to help us develop our understanding of this emerging work.

You can find out more about the books at https://victas.uca.org.au/seeking-sharing-joy/ and you can connect with Wes via his website http://www.wesleywellis.com/

Also, we’re super proud to announce Season 6 – a collaborative project with Intergenerate Australia, exploring how Intergenerational Ministry can shape discipleship with young people. Stay tuned – S06E01 drops Wednesday July 15!

#RoundTheBlock with Youth Pastor Bode Wright

It’s the end of season 5, and we celebrate this by checking out the new Youth Pastor at the First Church of Springfield. Yes, The Simpsons has discovered the rich repository of humour that is youth ministry, and Bode Wright joins Rev Lovejoy on staff.

After 15 years of not watching The Simpsons, Bradon got access to Foxtel and discovered a lot had happened since he stopped watching. Conveniently (at least for this podcast), two episodes in S31 of The Simpsons explore the caricatured reality of youth ministry in Springfield.

*If you can’t access the episodes yet, you can check out Laughing Place episode summaries of both “Warrin’ Priests” episodes (Part One) (Part Two).

Work Experience Podcast will return for Season 6 later in 2020.

#RoundTheBlock – A Radical Reset?

Every good season of the podcast requires a visit from Molk. Join Bradon & Steve as they walk round the block & discuss the opportunity for a radical shift in church culture and priorities as we re-emerge from lock-down.

We reckon you should check out Steve’s article The Radical Reset

I also think Carey Neiuwhof’s got a few things worth reading about stepping forward, not stepping back.

If you want to catch up on Calm Down, or watch the season finale on May 28, connect via UCAYouth or UCAPulse on Facebook.

#RoundTheBlock with Kaylea & Beth

In this week’s episode we chat with two chaplains in UCA schools. We explore how remote-learning has impacted staff and students, and how chaplaincy has changed during this time.

Unfortunately, we’re yet to find Rev Fearn’s Tai Chi lessons online.

#RoundTheBlock with Susi Suli

We’re responded to this changing world by changing our format. We’ll strive to offer shorted episodes that can accompany you on your walks around your neighbourhood, as we all stay home and stay safe.

This week’s guest is Susi Suli, who commenced her first paid ministry role just as lockdown was announced. We chat about calling, discipleship and her experiences working in an institution like our Uniting Church. You can stream below, or via your favourite podcast app. And if you’re listening in Apple Podcasts, please consider leaving a rating & review.

The episode also suggest you can find resources at www.ucayouth.org.au & we recommend you check it out.

For more information about the ‘The End of Youth Ministry’ book club exploring Andy Root’s latest work, head to http://victas.uca.org.au/bookclub & register soon!

And finally, make sure you tube in to #CALMDOWN, Thrusdays at 8pm AEST, streaming live at facebook.com/UCAPulse