The story of the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip teaches another lesson from the book of Acts. It’s important for us to act on our faith by remaining curious and embracing the questions we ask about our faith. Download the episode.
Author Archives: Todd Seifert
Tribute to a Friend Gone Too Soon
I got word late the night of May 8 that my friend, Ed Kociela, had died of injuries from a freak accident at home down in his adopted home of San Felipe, Baja California. Ed thought of that place as paradise, and based on the pictures I saw posted on Facebook from him and Cara,Continue reading “Tribute to a Friend Gone Too Soon”
Luke the Sequel: The Acts of Speaking Boldly
As we explore what the book of Acts has to teach the church today, we explore what it means to speak boldly for Jesus in the world today. And, yes, we are all capable of speaking up for Christ. Download the episode.
Luke the Sequel: The Acts of the Apostles
We begin a multi-week series on the book of Acts. We’ll look at the book as a sequel to the Gospel of Luke and a continuation of Jesus teaching how to lift up the lowly, engage the outcast, and embrace the outlaw. In this first episode we look at 3 lessons Jesus taught during hisContinue reading “Luke the Sequel: The Acts of the Apostles”
Bishop Wilson – 100 Days
On the 100th day of Bishop David Wilson’s tenure as bishop of the Great Plains Conference, he shares in a discussion with Todd what he’s been up to so far in Kansas and Nebraska, as well as plans for the weeks and months ahead. Download the episode.
Lessons from Pandemics Past
One of the biggest disruptions in the life of the church in the past few decades was clearly the COVID-19 pandemic. I suppose you could make an argument that it’s still causing disruption. The Congregational Excellence team of the Great Plains Conference wants to help clergy and laity process what has happened, come to gripsContinue reading “Lessons from Pandemics Past”
CCLI: Enhance Worship While Protecting Your Church
CCLI and similar licensing services allow for churches to make song sheets, project lyrics and use other tools to enhance worship. Their efforts support the composers whose work we use while also protecting churches from copyright concerns. Todd talks with two representatives from CCLI, who explain how they work and what CCLI and other similarContinue reading “CCLI: Enhance Worship While Protecting Your Church”
Laity Summit 2023
One of the newer traditions in the Great Plains Conference is our annual Laity Summit. Guests in this episode include Lisa Maupin, conference lay leader, and Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter, our keynote speaker for this day dedicated to training and education specifically for laity. The 2023 edition is scheduled for March 18. And it’s completely online,Continue reading “Laity Summit 2023”
Center for Pastoral Effectiveness
Our world today is filled with anxiety, and the church is not immune. The Rev. Bill Selby recognized that long ago and launched what is known as the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness. He has made it his ministry to help pastors better navigate anxiety and improve connections with congregants and their communities. Download the episode.Continue reading “Center for Pastoral Effectiveness”
Space at the Table
The Space at the Table event in mid-November talked about the bright future of The United Methodist Church and featured Rev. Dr. Mike Slaughter, panels of young clergy, academics and bishops, and discussion about how to strengthen the Black church. This episode features excerpts and brief interviews from the venue in Dallas. Download the episode.