Collared Chicks

Collared Chicks

The Collared Chicks podcast amplifies the wisdom, experience, and voice of women leaders, in the church and beyond. Collared Chicks is created and produced by Rev. Monica Reynolds, a pastor, leader, visionary strategist, wife, and mom of five, who lives and leads in the Washington DC Metro area.

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December 21, 2020 39 min
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Rev Sandra Sykes, an Anglican Priest in the UK, serves six distinct churches. Upon becoming ordained, Rev Sykes found herself frustrated by the lack of fun, feminine, and fitting clergy attire for women. Tapping into her creative spirit and her desire to help other women find clothing that fit not only their bodies but also their personalities, she ventured out with her daughter Sarah to create a company that designs and produces a...
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Life will throw us all some major sucker punches at one point or another. We will get knocked down. Mary Fran Bontempo discovered that her son was a heroin addict at about the same time her career in the newspaper industry was facing major cultural shifts and an uncertain future. Kristin Smedley's first son was born blind. Then, her second son was born blind as well. Today, Mary Fran and Kristin co-produce the Brilliantly Resil...
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Rev. Rochelle Andrews in an Ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She currently serves as the Director of the The Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and as the Associate Pastor of Oak Chapel UMC. In this episode, Rev Andrews speaks to the need for ministry leaders to see beyond the pulpit. Her experience in the business world, politics, and church leadership gives her keen insight into the...
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Rev Amor Woolsey serves as the Brigade Chaplain for the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Maryland National Guard, in addition to serving the local church as a senior pastor. In this episode, Chaplain Woolsey discusses her experience as a woman in a male dominated career field. She talks boots on the ground ministry, how Jesus is made real in world of nones and dones, and how military chaplaincy extends the work of the local chur...
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Rev Jenny Smith is an ordained elder and lead pastor serving Washington state. Jenny is the founder of Palms Up, a contemplative ministry practice that guides people through the difficult practices of showing up, paying attention, cooperating with God, and releasing the outcome. Learning to show up and release the outcome is much harder than it sounds. Jenny talks about living a Palms Up life as a woman, wife, mama, and pastor in t...
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In the post-Christendom West, many church leaders struggle to organize in ways that allow them to both gather together for worship as a local Body, and equip disciples to be sent into the world. Many other leaders spend so much time debating whether the church should be attractional or missional in form. Few leaders, however, embrace the needed both/and approach. A church that sees and lives into the need to bother gather, and be s...
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In many ways, the COVID pandemic has simply accelerated the changes ministry leaders have needed to make in order to intersect with how culture connects and engages. Many of the current ministry adaptations that COVID has forced, will continue long after this current pandemic passes. This is true regardless of age or demographic. Therefore, we should likely make peace with our new reality and continue to live into our purpose, whic...
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Rev. Jessie Colwell is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church who has served several local churches and various boards and agencies for over 10 years. In this episode, Pastor Jessie speaks to Pastor Monica about the importance of mentorship in her own life and in the life of the church. Jessie credits strong mentors for making her who she is today believes everyone should always both have a mentor and be a mentor. Pastor...
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Tara Beth Leach is the senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (PazNaz) in Southern California. Tara is a trailblazer and bold leader serving a large, historically male led church, in a male dominated denomination. Tara Beth previously served at churches in upstate New York and the Chicago suburbs. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and earned her MDiv from Northern Seminary. She writes regularly for ...
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In this epsiode, Pastor Rachel and Pastor Monica talk about the desire to create spaces where the unique contributions that bold women make, and the challenges we so often face when leading firecely in traditionally male dominated spaces can be shared. Rachel is an ordained elder, leader, and author. She currently preaches 30 out of 52 weeks per year at Ginhamsburg's main campus, and serves uniquely and collaboratively alongsid...
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Kelly Johnson is an author, speaker, retreat facilitator and life coach. Originally trained as a clinical social worker, Kelly worked for several years in the mental health field with adolescents, adults and families. She is an outspoken advocate for The Lamb Center, a local day shelter for the homeless where she has served as a bible study leader since 2008. For the last several years, Kelly has also served on the Board of Directo...
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As the institutional church struggles to attract new people into established systems, systems that many in our day and age are skeptical of, an exciting movement is underfoot. The microchurch movement, which is taking various forms and shapes around the world, is allowing local, organic, highly adaptable church Bodies to form, worship, and serve in environments that integrate all other aspects of their life. Our guest today, Meliss...
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In episode 8, the Rev. Frances Cooper, elder of 29 years in the United Methodist Church, pastor of St. Marks UMC in Midlothian, VA, and one of the first and few women in Virginia to lead a large church, shares honestly about a soul-crushing first pastoral appointment, the threat of the call on her marriage, the long road of being figured out, the shifting tides of the church, and the difficulties, perceptions, adjustments, competit...
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Rev. Amy Graham, the Pastor of Spiritual Care at The District Church in Washington, DC, leads us in conversation about how her and her husband built one of the fastest growing churches in the United States by assessing the needs and seeking the welfare of the community to which God had called them and by always keeping Jesus in their inner-city mobilization for justice. The District Church has grown from 10 people meeting in a liv...
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