Dr. Preston Pouteaux is the author of The Bees of Rainbow Falls: Finding Faith, Imagination, and Delight in Your Neighbourhood. He is a beekeeper, writer, published watercolour portrait artist and neighbourhood enthusiast. Preston is a syndicated columnist with 13 Ways. Since 2015, his column “Into the Neighbourhood” has been printed over one million times in weekly newspapers. He is a pastor at Lake Ridge Community Church, serves nationally with Forge Canada Missional Training Network, and teaches community engagement, spiritual formation, and biblical geography at colleges across the country. Preston lives and gardens in Chestermere, Alberta, with his wife Kelly, their daughters Scotia and Ivy, and a few thousand honeybees. In this episode of RePlacing Church he joins me to talk about:

  • How exposure to beauty can inspire neighborhood imagination
  • Metaphors that can reshape dialogue among community members
  • How bees (or people) can function as ‘keystone species' that cause everything around them to flourish
  • Intentional practices that can take advantage of seasons – even winter
  • How the church can awaken communities and inspire awe in local everyday places
  • Why we are called to be ‘keepers' of our neighborhoods



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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.