Local Spirituality. Innovative Community. Social Change.
Imagining new expressions of church
Becoming church in the neighborhood
REPLACING CHURCH PODCAST
In each episode, I explore local spirituality, innovative community, and social change through interviews, stories, and ideas. Popular topics include: justice, leadership, church planting, parish, and many more.
Sarah van Gelder is an activist and storyteller. She is the author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from 12,000 Miles Journey Through A New America. She co-founded the award-winning YES! Magazine over 20 years ago […]
Dominique Gilliard is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores (IVP, Spring 2018) and the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy, Do Justice ministry […]
Rev. Alexia Salvatierra is the founder and “madrina” of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She is a Lutheran Pastor with over 35 years of experience in community ministry, including church-based service and community development programs, congregational and community […]
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No one needs to be convinced that both the Church and the broader culture is undergoing massive change. If you are interested in the growing movement of people joining God at work in your everyday life, in your neighborhoods, amongst a team of friends, this is the podcast for you. Ben is a wise guide, I’m thrilled he’s offering this wisdom in a podcast.
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A Sunday afternoon stroll through Clear Lake, Iowa with the Coleman family.All good things must come to an end… My family’s #NeighborhoodsForDays Odyssey (which I announced in late June) — learning from 30 neighborhoods in 30 days — ended yesterday [...]
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Ben has a truly unique gift of standing in the gap, believing in people, mobilizing, encouraging, and catalyzing a delicate hope into bold and audacious action that changes lives, churches, neighborhoods, and cities.
Ben has a unique ability to identify people’s gifts and coax them out. He helped me not only to see my unique abilities and strengths, but to believe in and trust them. He has a great sense of humor, is genuine and smart, and has great intuition. Anyone who works with Ben will benefit greatly.
It’s no secret the church world is struggling to remain vibrant and meaningful as committed believers leave in droves. I’ve had the privilege of joining Ben on his adventure in Seattle the past 7 years, and among the scores of men and women I’ve enjoyed working with in the ecclesial world, he is one of the most talented we’ll see. Those aspiring to accomplish what he has will benefit greatly from his wisdom and insight.