The Lean-in Podcast

The Lean-in Podcast

This is a podcast about loving your neighbour, where leaning-in close through love serves the needs of neighbours and transforms communities. Join me, Russ Mitchell of In2neighbourhoods.com as I bring bi-weekly interviews with followers of Jesus about Holy Spirit strategies that are creatively bridging the gap between church and community. It's an opportunity to learn about faith based innovative practises and relevant community development tools you can use to impact and expand your sphere of influence. Be inspired and equipped through stories, tips and other resources as you learn how to get involved in your local community, and make a measurable impact for the Kingdom of God. Develop an understanding why and how the church should engage the local community through asset-based community development; grow in your ability to problem solve in innovative ways when addressing social challenges where you live, and how to do it in partnership with others; and unlock the mystery of missional communities and what it means to make disciples. Come explore how God is at work through communities of practise that are bringing to life relationships and social capital, and also learning and practising new ways of being church and good neighbour. If you are passionate about loving God, your neighbour and community, then you've come to the right address. Subscribe, and start your journey of leaning-in with love! Podcast music: Starry Night by Couple N https://soundcloud.com/couple-n-musicCreative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: http://bit.ly/2DMPdF9Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/rYjQAzZfpMw

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November 24, 2021 40 min

#008 – 'HELP US BUILD ONTARIO’ - that's a banner headline from a recent full-page advertisement in the Toronto Star newspaper by the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario.  It points to the widening gap and growing crisis that is affecting not only Ontario, but trades all across Canada.

Taking up the challenge to change the tide and seeking the Shalom– the total wellbeing of person, community, and nation – is this episode...

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#007 – As the pandemic has swept across the world, governments, NGOs, faith communities, local citizens and many others have been engaged in supporting vulnerable populations effected by COVID-19.  In the UK, the church has also been in the forefront seeking to do just that through their Love Your Neighbour initiative.  Through Love Your Neighbour over 2300 churches and local organizations have partnered together to tackle the soci...

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#006 – "Get out of the need-meeting business and get into the gift -finding business!" -- it's  just one of the challenges that Lean-in's  guest Jay Van Groningen brings to followers of Jesus, who want to make a difference where they live. Through his lens of asset-based community development, Jay helps us explore the role of church in the community ... one that is at its best when it  embraces a culture of reciproc...

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#005 - Have you ever had the experience of feeling strong emotion because of the prospect of change? Perhaps deep down you love the way things are (see no need for change); you might have a strong attachment to a person, place, or thing, and scared about the possibility of losing it. In neighbourhood terms this is sometimes called NIMBYism (an acronym for Not In My Back Yard).   Similarly, as followers of Jesus we can be resistant ...

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 #003 - Have you every found yourself disillusioned with the church, and wanting to throw in the towel?  Well, my guest today has been there and knows that struggle.  Jessica Ketola, is both pastor of the Practising Church in Shoreline, Washington, and a Parish Guide for the Parish Collective (Seattle) where she serves on the instructional team for learning communities that are reimagining missional innovation and church revitaliza...

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 #004 - Few churches have the taken up the challenge of tackling systemic poverty at a community level like the Church of the Messiah on Detroit's East Side. Fearlessly and humbly, this church is seeking to do those 'greater things' Jesus talked about. Under the leadership of their pastor Barry Randolph, and with a clear vision from Father God, Church of the Messiah is focusing their efforts on community-based economic ...

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#001 -  Whether you’re a follower of Jesus, a local church, or a Christian organization, we can all go further in loving our neighbour. This Lean-in Podcast introduces you to the practise of loving God and neighbour, as experienced by intentional association, community transformation, and faith based innovation -- all of which help to bridge the gap between church and community. It's about capturing what it means to lean-in to ...

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#002 - In this episode I catch up with Steve Long (Senior Leader of Catch the Fire Church in Toronto), who provides a Biblical foundation for loving our neighbour, with practical examples from his own street.

Topics Discussed in this episode:

During the podcast Steve explains:

  • Who is our neighbour?
  • The context and meaning of the 'Greatest Commandment'
  • How to 'intentional' and a 'giver' as we explore the story of ...
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