We get that you’re busy and sometimes can’t commit to sitting down for an hour-long webinar, but still want to learn how to improve your leadership skills or plant an emerging place of worship. So why not check out some of our podcasts? We’ve got original content plus episodes of other podcasts that we’re featured on. They’re perfect for your commute to work or while doing chores.

Hopeful Economics podcast

Hopeful Economics is a way of looking at the world’s assets and abundance and making that work for everyone. With an incredible lineup of speakers, you’ll dive deep into the relationship between social enterprise and faith. You’ll learn about the economic impact of churches and how to pitch your community of faith to form new partnerships. This is a joint project between New Church Ministry and EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development.

Episode 1 – Why the Hopeful Economics Podcast

What is Hopeful Economics? And why should you listen? Our first episode features a welcome from Ryan Turnbull and a land acknowledgment from Michael Blair, General Secretary of the United Church of Canada. Listen

Episode 2 – What are we centering?

Adriana Beemans is the Inclusive Local Economies Program Director at The Metcalf Foundation. She is going to share how The Metcalf Foundation approaches its inclusive local economies work, what they’ve learned, and offer a short reflection for our moment in time. Listen

Episode 3 – Pitching for Partnerships

The Presbyterian Church USA’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities help ministries develop their story and pitch to find partners in social enterprise. You’ll hear from: Jon Moore, Mission Engagement Advisor and Alia Abaya – Director, Community Impact and Member Experience, Alterna Credit Union. As you will learn – it isn’t just about asking for money! It’s about building relationship. Listen

Episode 4 – Social Justice

Learn about some of the history of social justice around the world and how the last decade has leapt us forward in our thinking from the Rev. Dr. Japhet Ndhlovu, the United Church of Canada’s Executive Minister, Church in Mission responsible for the Philippines, India, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Now is the time for hopeful economics! Listen

Episode 5 – Understanding God’s Economy: Part 1

Money is one of the most common topics in the Bible. In this introductory session, you will hear about the important linkages and the theological underpinnings of money. The economy and existing systems aren’t perfect, yet there are some important tools that can be considered differently to support social justice and equity in the world. Our guest, the Reverend Doctor Patrick Garnet Duggan, is an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ (UCC) – Senior Pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead UCC, where he has led sustained membership growth and missional vitality for over 25 years. Since 2012, Dr. Duggan has also served as Executive Director of the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF). Listen

Episode 6 – Understanding God’s Economy – Part 2

Money is one of the most common topics in the Bible. In this introductory session, you will hear about the important linkages and the theological underpinnings of money. The economy and existing systems aren’t perfect, yet there are some important tools that can be considered differently to support social justice and equity in the world. Guests include the Reverend Doctor Patrick Garnet Duggan, an ordained clergyperson in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Senior Pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead UCC, where he has led sustained membership growth and missional vitality for over 25 years. Since 2012, Dr. Duggan has also served as Executive Director of the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF). Listen

Episode 7 – Faith and Finance

Cardus reports that religion contributes $67.5 billion to Canada’s economy. Churches make a difference locally, regionally, and nationally in programs that we provide, space we make available, the supplies and money we spend, and most importantly the impact of our people in and around the neighbourhood. This episode will reveal the economic impact of churches and also help us begin to consider what else is possible. Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, CEO Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation; Kevin Jones, Faith & Finance; and Aaron Kuecker, Provost at Trinity Christian College, Illinois speak about the Community Equity Fund and the Perpetual Mission Fund. Listen

Episode 8 – Social Enterprise & Faith – Part 1

What does social enterprise have to do with communities of faith? Why are we even having this conversation? Why is this important? What impact will this have on the future of church? How is this church? In part 1, you will hear from Rev. Lauren Hodgson – Animator for New Ministry Development, Urban and Suburban Ministries – Minister at St. Matthew’s United Church of Canada in Toronto. Listen

Episode 9 – Social Enterprise and Faith – Part 2

Part 2 of this episode features Rev. Darnell Fennel – Director of Social Entrepreneurship, National Benevolent Association, Disciples of Christ. Listen

Episode 10 – History of Social Enterprise

Social enterprise is not a new thing. In fact, it is a very old thing. Tradition and innovation are actually the same thing, just on different parts of a time continuum. Learn from David LePage, founder of Buy Social Canada, about some of the history of social enterprise and social justice around the world and how the last decade has leapt us forward in our thinking. Listen

Episode 11 – How do we make decisions?

Many financial decisions can affect organizations focused on Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour. This workshop, featuring Adele Halliday – Anti-racism and Equity Officer, The United Church of Canada and Rev Murray Pruden – Executive Minister, Indigenous Ministries, The United Church of Canada, will offer some proposed guidelines for making financial decisions that can honour the diverse experiences and stories of people who are Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour and also discuss how to consider anti-racism and decolonial thinking as part of the process. Listen

Episode 12 – Learning from Rural

Roz Lockyer, founder and Chief Executive Officer PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, shares how rural economic development organizations have always been leading edge as they live on the edge. When speaking with someone in a rural context who has done something that would be considered “innovative” in an urban or suburban context, their response is, “that’s just the way we do things.” We hope you will walk away with eyes wide open that every neighbourhood (or community) already has what they need. Listen

Episode 13 – Social Enterprise’s Role in Systems Change

If you are a social purpose organization, you already know about social enterprise. But are you part of the systems change? Wayne Miranda – Social Finance Investment Readiness Lead, McConnell Foundation – outlines some of the major changes in the world and some of the biggest challenges that we are making. How are we part of this bigger picture? Are we part of it? Should we be? Listen

Episode 14 – Fishbowl – What does Hopeful Economics mean for faith organizations?

This bonus conversation features: Phiwa Langeni; Ambassador for Innovation and Engagement in the United Church of Christ’s Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data, Rob Dalgleish; Executive Director of the Edge Network, and Dallas Fiddler; Healing Programs Coordinator with The United Church of Canada. Listen

Episode 15 – Fishbowl – What does Hopeful Economics mean for the social sector?

This conversation features Tracey Robertson; Lead, Innovation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Anjala Kulasegaram; Land Trusts Co-ordinator at the Cooperative Housing Federation of Toronto, and Tim Blair; CEO of United Property Resource Corporation. Listen

Guest episodes

In Disciples Men‘s second series, Building Connections, hosts Greg and Alex have conversations with various leaders within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada about how ministry to and with men connects with their ministry and mission. Pastor Terrell L McTyer, Minister of New Church Strategies, is featured in an episode where he speaks about building the new church and how ministry to/with men fits into our current context.

The Cyclical Podcast brings together voices of faithful innovators to gain wisdom, best practices, and post-colonial frameworks to guide listeners on their journey of leading transformation through the Church. In episode #2, Pastor Terrell takes hosts Brendan McClenahan and Nick Warnes back to his first new church. He shares stories about why it started, the obstacles and resistance they hit along the way, and why he and his team resisted growing big.

Future Christian

At the Future Christian Podcast, host Loren Richmond Jr. asks pastors, authors, and other faith leaders for helpful advice and practical wisdom to help communities of faith walk boldly into the future.