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Welcome to the Ferment Podcast - Conversations about Worship and Transformation. In this wide ranging podcast our host Adam Russell sits down with thought leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs, and other innovators digging into their personal stories of spiritual transformation. Current roster of guests include John Mark McMillan, Audrey Assad, David Ruis, James Duke, Carol Wimber-Wong, and many others.

The Ferment Podcast


    • Jun 13, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Living In The Father's Love with Ed Piorek

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 59:57

    In this episode of The Ferment, Casey Corum and Melisa Keller meet up with Ed Piorek at his home in San Clemente, CA to talk about Ed's first encounter with the Lord after his mom's death, his introduction to a move of the Kingdom in his life, and what the Lord taught him about identity. Ed shares about the beautiful invitation the Lord offers to seek after what He is doing and join Him in the journey, and the way we are transformed by experiences of mercy and the Father's love. Finally, Ed leaves us with a wise word for worship communities.    Ed Piorek, known as Eddie to his friends, is a Pastor Emeritus, Speaker and Author who helps people connect with the Father's Love.  With 50+ years in ministry, Eddie has a deep connection to the Father's Love and the enormous impact it can have in people's lives, including his own. He and his wife Janet (who has been his partner in ministry for the past half century) embody and live out the message of the Father's Love in their lives. In the mid-80's, Eddie had a dramatic encounter with God as Father. After years of intense labor in planting the congregation which would become the Mission Viejo Vineyard, and speaking at the Signs and Wonders conferences with John Wimber , Eddie became increasingly aware of a deep-seated fear of failing to perform up to public expectation.  In the midst of a palpable experience of that fear, God revealed himself to Eddie as a loving Father. That experience forever changed him, his life message, and ministry.   In recent years, Eddie has discovered the treasures of monastic contemplation, which has shown him how to find rest in the Father's love amidst the ongoing rigors of kingdom ministry. His new book The Eclectic Contemplative (2020) shares his adventures on this ancient path.  When he isn't preaching, speaking or writing, Eddie can be found surfing, gardening, reading, or spending time with his wife Janet in sunny San Clemente, California.      Show Notes:  Classic Vineyard by Ed Piorek   https://amzn.to/3twcALV   The Father Loves You by Ed Piorek https://amzn.to/3HhkJtf   The Eclectic Contemplative by Ed Piorek https://amzn.to/3MJJGPo     Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    A Long Obedience in the Same Direction with Joel Balin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 64:16

    In this VSOW takeover episode of The Ferment, Mike O'Brien and Joel Balin chat about serving as a “second chair leader”: the heart behind it, the benefits and challenges, and the surrender required. Mixed in are stories about how Joel came to faith, his entrance to ministry and the Vineyard, and his experiences with his wife in the music industry.   Joel Balin has been on staff at Cobb Vineyard since 2010. He oversees worship arts, graphics and video, and prayer along with leadership development. Along with writing the book The Spirit, Soul and Body of Worship and co-authoring the book War on Fear, Joel was founder and Senior Pastor of Cross Bridge Church in Marietta, GA and was the associate pastor of the Atlanta Vineyard Church. Prior to being a pastor, Joel worked in the entertainment department of Sea World, Orlando and was the musical conductor for international tours with his wife, Contemporary Christian Recording Artist, Trace Balin. When not causing groans with his dad jokes, Joel can be found walking the parks with his family and dog, Mozart, recording guitar, working out at Planet Fitness (especially the days they serve pizza and bagels), and searching for the most interesting Ted Talks.   Show Notes:  We Are Vineyard feat. Steve Nicholson https://vineyardusa.org/podcast/   A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson https://amzn.to/3aAs0rT   The Spirit, Soul and Body of Worship by Joel Balin https://amzn.to/3Q2xAnd   Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Everything But The Singing - Sunday Morning Checklist for Worship Leaders

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 43:16

    In this episode of The Ferment, Adam and Mike O'Brien (Director of Vineyard School of Worship) talk through some practical tools for worship pastors that go beyond singing and playing music. Show Notes:  // Sunday Morning Checklist //  Top 10 Worship Leader Checklist // The things we do before (and after) the thing.    BEFORE  1. Exhaustive Contact To Your Team  2. Individual Contact To Your Individual Team Members 3. Communicate Upward to Leaders  4. Set the Stage.  5. 7 Minute Worship Team Check In https://churchleaders.com/worship/worship-articles/310743-7-minute-worship-team-check-mike-obrien.html   AFTER  6. Give Yourself Grace 7. Encouragement Bombardment 8. Difficult Conversations 9. Post Service checkin with pastor 10. Post Service checkin with your people

    If You Say Go - Diane Thiel-Sharp's Incredible Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 55:05

    In this episode of The Ferment, Diane Thiel-Sharp shares about her early relationship with music, how she came to love the Lord, and early encounters with the Holy Spirit speaking through her in song. She then tells the story of the events that dramatically changed her life, how the Lord has repeatedly opened doors for her, and the story of her well-known song "If You Say Go."   Diane Thiel-Sharp lives in Marietta, Georgia where she and her husband Rod serve at the New Hope Vineyard. Diane has led worship for over 30 years first in the Chicago area and then as Worship Pastor at the Marietta Vineyard until 2010. For many years Diane helped empower and train worship leaders through Worship Boot Camps, Call to Worship Tours, retreats and song writer gatherings,  as well as serving for a season on the Vineyard Worship task force. During that time she had several songs recorded and released (If You Say Go, Come Lord Jesus and others). A Vocal Coach with Jan Smith Studios in Atlanta, Diane draws from her years of experience including early years of recording and touring with her late husband in the Contemporary Christian Music and Indie Rock scene in Chicago. She works with artists all over the U.S. and overseas, helping them discover and care for their voices. Married in 2011 , Diane and Rod have enjoyed partnering  for the last 10 years with the Pastor Sabbath Retreats, ministering to Vineyard Pastors, spouses and leaders through worship and Inner Healing Prayer. They are currently part of Flourishing Leaders offering prayer through Zoom. Having both lost their first spouse, God has used their story of pain and loss to minister to others. The Sharps' life in Marietta is full with their growing family of four married children and five grandchildren. They love opening their home for church small groups, family gatherings and house shows which has become a fun way to connect with their neighbors.   Show Notes:  Vineyard Worship featuring Diane Thiel-Sharp https://spoti.fi/3MDM5fe   The Ferment feat. “Mama Jan” Smith  https://bit.ly/38BnVDu Looking for a vocal coach?  https://jansmith.com   Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Discipling Creatives with Rian Emano

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 35:16

    In this episode of The Ferment, guest hosts Melisa Keller and Casey Corum chat with Rian Emano about growing up in a pentecostal Filipino church, the rub he felt between entering ministry and living the life of a creative, his entry into becoming a filmmaker, and how he intentionally disciples other creatives.    Rian Emano is the creative director at Vineyard of Hope Church in Walnut, California. Rian is a passionate creative ambassador and filmmaker committed to cultivating creative community and raising up storytellers. Before moving to LA, Rian served as communications director and video producer at Vineyard Community Church in Overland Park, KS while also documenting moments and producing videos for various ministries of Vineyard USA. As Rian continues to grow in his craft of storytelling it is his mission to give away all that he has learned to raise up a new generation of storytellers.     Show Notes:  Vineyard School of Worship- Summer Session Use code “Ferment15” for 15% off! http://vsow.org   Project Timothy https://vineyardyouthusa.com/project-timothy/ Heroic Leadership Institute https://www.godogreatthings.com   Vineyard of Hope https://www.vineyardofhope.org

    David Ruis - We Need A Faith That Works

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 88:14

    Please enjoy this special repost of Jay Pathak's conversation with David Ruis on the We Are Vineyard podcast. David shares some things he's been learning about the story of God through his own story of adoption, the work of music in his life, and some stories of his early encounters with the Holy Spirit and his process of reconciling them with his Baptist upbringing. David also shares his heart in seeking the Lord to hear what He wants to do during any gathering or time of worship and his practice of coming with expectation that the Lord is with us.  David and Anita Ruis have lead, encourage, and empowered the Vineyard in Canada as the National Directors since 2014. David is a well-respected worship leader and songwriter (You're Worthy Of My Praise, Every Move I Make, and much more). His most recent album, When Justice Shines, was released through ION Records. David has also authored two books: The Worship God Is Seeking and The Justice God Is Seeking. As a team David and Anita are also known to be effective church planters and seasoned pastors having established churches in Canada and the US. David has also been instrumental in seeing Vineyard communities established in Nepal and India. Much of the Ruises' focus has been in indigenous settings, working with people experiencing poverty and subsequent marginalization. They also have significant experience facilitating leadership development and on the creative side David is known for fostering originality in song-writing and the arts in various cultural settings. A burning passion for the Ruises is both practical and theological integration of creative worship in church community, and deep life engagement with issues of poverty and social injustice. The Ruises currently reside in Kelowna, BC. In their down time they love to be creative and hang with their grandkids. Show Notes: We Are Vineyard Podcast https://vineyardusa.org/podcast/ David's church- Kelowna Vineyard https://www.kelownavineyard.com/ The Worship God is Seeking by David Ruis https://amzn.to/3w1PDAT The Justice God is Seeking by David Ruis https://amzn.to/3y8uZSd Miracle Work by Jordan Seng Vineyard USA's recommended reading for May https://amzn.to/3y3mtE6

    The Value Of Rest And Retreat with Mike O'Brien and Melisa Keller

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 46:17

    It's a VSOW takeover! In this episode of The Ferment, Mike O'Brien (Director of Vineyard School of Worship) and Melisa Keller (Director of Events & Project Management) reflect on the 2 years that have passed since the pandemic changed everything, including the losses and the changes that they're excited about.  They also talk about Vineyard worship leader retreats, why they exist and who they're for (spoiler: YOU!), and how they've incorporated rest and retreat into their regular rhythms. As life is ramping back up into its pre-pandemic busyness, this episode is a grounding reminder of the need for balance and rest in our lives.     Show Notes:  Vineyard School of Worship- Summer Session Use code “Ferment15” for 15% off! http://vsow.org   The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill  https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/podcasts/rise-and-fall-of-mars-hill/   Contact Mike or Melisa! https://www.vineyardworship.com/team

    Co-Leading in Worship with Tiadra Mickels - LEADING BETTER WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 40:43

    In this episode of The Ferment, Adam and Tiadra Mickels finish out the “Leading Better Worship” series with a conversation about co-leading.  Tiadra shares about her passion for seeing people find healing and wholeness through worship and the growth she has seen in herself since she began leading worship. They also talk through some common points of tension in co-leading and her approach to working through some of those issues while building trust and placing an emphasis on bringing the worship team to a relational level.    Tiadra Mickels is currently on staff at Vineyard Church North Phoenix. Originally from Michigan, Tiadra moved to Arizona in 2007 and has been serving in worship at Vineyard North Phoenix since 2014.   Tiadra was a featured voice on Vineyard Soul: We Are Ready, LoFi Vineyard 2 and 3, and will also appear as a vocalist on an album releasing this Fall through Vineyard Worship.   Tiadra's prayer and passion is that, in leading worship, she can encourage others into richer, deeper, and more honest worship for God, and that this would carry on into their daily life.   Show Notes: Vineyard School of Worship- Summer Session Use code “Ferment15” for 15% off! http://vsow.org   Joe's Tacos https://www.joestacosaz.com Instagram: @Joestacosaz   Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    Raising Up Leaders with James Moscardini - LEADING BETTER WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 49:49

    In this episode of The Ferment, Adam and James Moscardini continue the “Leading Better Worship” series with a conversation about raising up leaders. James shares about the importance of knowing the people in the room you're leading and the songs they need to be singing each week, how to lead people who are more skilled or talented in certain areas than you, and the role of healthy competition in a worship community. James Moscardini is an Associate Pastor at Vineyard Church of North Phoenix. James was born in Reading, UK, and moved to Phoenix in 2010 to work as a part-time assistant at VCNP after an internship there in 2009. He is a worship leader, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. James is the producer for LoFi Vineyard and has appeared on many Vineyard Worship albums (Cultivation Generation: My Foundation, This is Your Kingdom Come Now, I Love Your Presence, etc.). He has a passion for helping people reach their full potential in the calling that God has placed on their lives. He currently holds the VCNP record for the number of pizza slices eaten in one sitting at Peter Piper Pizza. More than anything, he loves his wife, Samantha, their two kids, and Chelsea F.C..   Show Notes:  Vineyard School of Worship- Summer Session Use code “Ferment15” for 15% off! http://vsow.org   James' email jmoscardini@vcfnp.com   Vineyard LoFi https://www.vineyardworship.com/lofi  

    Administration is the Trellis Where the Fruit of Worship Grows with Matt Farrand - LEADING BETTER WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 60:34

    In this episode of The Ferment, Adam and Matt Farrand talk about the transition from being a utility player and worship leader to the person in charge of worship administration. That's right…scheduling, auditioning, and even a spreadsheet or two. After fleshing out how the function of a trellis relates to both grapes and worship ministry, they walk us through some tangible steps in creating and maintaining a catalogue of songs for your church, the process of onboarding new team members and how to co-create a set list. Administration may be your favorite thing, but we're guessing it's not. So Matt is here to talk you through it! Matt Farrand is a veteran worship pastor and church communications strategist with 20 years of ministry experience. As a pastor's son in a rural church, Matt grew up running sound, fixing gear, making the bulletin, helping lead worship… whatever was needed to make Sundays happen. He was called to ministry at an early age, and has been leading weekly services for more than 20 years. Matt studied worship arts and youth ministry at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN., served Vineyard Church in Maryville, TN for 11 years and is currently the worship pastor at Vineyard Church of the Rockies. He and his wife Teri live in Colorado with their daughter Tatum and son Mac.   Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Leading the Room Well with Anabeth Morgan - LEADING BETTER WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 52:38

    In the first episode of our Leading Better Worship series, Anabeth Morgan shares about her practice of seeking the Lord for His invitation in day-to-day life, how to balance between leading songs and facilitating ministry moments, and tailoring a set list to meet the needs of the room you're in. Anabeth and Adam also talk about the importance of leaders sharing their humanity, and how to incorporate and work in tandem with our personality, temperament and insecurities in leadership. Anabeth Morgan is a worship leader, songwriter and one of the staff pastors at the Mile High Vineyard neighborhood churches since 2011.  She has been an integral part of Vineyard Worship as a leader, artist and writer, serving at Vineyard churches in Houston, Columbus, and Kansas City. Anabeth is deeply passionate about God's presence and loves to lean into the Spirit of God in worship and prayer. Her ability to listen to the Holy Spirit, whether leading worship or groups of people, has given God the opportunity to do wonderful things in people's lives. She loves sharing her intimate faith in God with others, enjoys being hospitable, and is always sensitive to the people and environment around her.  Anabeth has appeared on many Vineyard albums such as Cultivation Generation: Servant Wide Awake and My Foundation; Vineyard National Conference: I Love Your Presence and Wonderful. In December 2017 she finished writing and recording her first studio album A Place Your Glory Dwells. Recently, she has had songs You Meet Me Here and Heaven's Work released through Vineyard Worship and has published other worship songs in collaboration with other songwriters. She was married to Kyle in 2003 and they have two amazing children, Jovie and Miles.   Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Pastoring The Heart with Justin Law - PASTORING WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 53:10

    In the fourth episode of the Pastoring Worship series, Adam talks with worship pastor and spiritual director Justin Law. Justin shares about surrendering music and worship before being called back into it, how his interest in spiritual direction developed, and some practical tools he employs in caring for his worship team and intentionally developing them both relationally and musically. Justin and Adam trade some personal stories relating to spiritual direction growth, and Justin lays out what one might expect when engaging in spiritual direction.    Justin Law has a B.A. in Psychology from Hamline University and a Masters of Ministry from St. Stephen's University. He became worship pastor at River Heights Vineyard in Minnesota in 2001 and currently leads in the areas of worship arts, prayer, and spiritual formation/discipleship. He received his certification as a Spiritual Director in 2015.  In addition to writing and recording worship music, he leads a music collective called The Law Collective and performs as a solo singer/songwriter and as a member of indie rock band The River High. Justin gets excited when people connect with the love and presence of God, when Minnesota sports teams win, and when there's great coffee. He's grateful to his parents for investing in his life, planting the first Vineyard in Minnesota, and allowing him to get that KISS album at the age of four.     Show Notes:  The Ferment 12/16/18 Justin Law - Singer-Songwriter, Pastor, Spiritual Director https://bit.ly/36zh7F4   Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    Making Worship More Humane with Ted Kim - PASTORING WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 42:33

    In the third episode of our “Pastoring Worship” series, Adam talks with Ted Kim about building a worship community that is fraternal rather than functional. They discuss logistics of creating culture and practicing mutual submission, and how to make the act of worship more humane by respecting people's humanity as we're calling them to serve. Ted also talks about laughter as a sign of health in a church community. This is an incredibly down-to-earth conversation that is full of profoundly practical ideas.    Ted Kim is the senior pastor of the Evanston Vineyard, having taken over the leadership from Steve Nicholson in early 2020, six days after the church shut down its in-person services due to Covid. He is passionate about the beauty of Jesus, spiritual formation, and building a church for Generation Z. It is also his life mission to bend the heart of the city of Chicago to God through the multiplication and releasing of young leaders.   Prior to arriving in Chicago, Ted was a worship pastor and songwriter. He spent the last decade at the Vineyard in Syracuse, NY. For some reason, God's intention is for Ted to be cold. Ted is the son of Korean immigrants. His mother is the daughter of a South Korean dignitary. His father escaped from North Korea during the war and would later go on to be an industrial engineer. They found each other on the other side of the world in bucolic Kentucky. Ted first attended and interned at the Evanston Vineyard in the 90s, while he was a student at the University of Chicago. Despite the  occasional polar vortex, he is delighted (and humbled) to return to Chicago and serve the church that formed him more than any other community in his life. Ted is married to Brittany, an Old Testament scholar. Together they have three children.     Show Notes:  The Ferment February 17, 2019  “Ted Kim – Worship Leader, Songwriter and Pastor – We All Need To Be Seen” https://bit.ly/3qbt8aq The Ferment March 31, 2019  “5 Books Every Worship Leader Should Read in 2019 with Ted Kim” https://bit.ly/3tr4WTL   The Ferment October 25, 2020  “Transcendence, Surprise and Creative Process – John Mark Mcmillan and Pastor Ted Kim” https://bit.ly/3waPjkY     Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    The Blessings and Challenges of Bi-Vocational Ministry with Tina Colón Williams - PASTORING WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 50:44

    In the second episode of our “Pastoring Worship” series, Adam talks with Tina Colón Williams about bi-vocational ministry. Tina shares what the Lord has been teaching her about integration, and how the pause provided by COVID allowed her to step back and reevaluate her priorities. Adam and Tina also talk about how church leadership can better include bi-vocational staff. This is an encouraging and practical episode for anyone who feels like they are pulled in multiple directions and are trying to do all of it well. Tina Colón Williams is an accomplished vocalist, immigration attorney, and worship pastor. Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Tina moved to New Haven, Connecticut in 2005 to attend Yale University, and she and her husband Josh lead the Elm City Vineyard church in New Haven. Tina's powerful vocals are featured on a number of Vineyard Worship releases, including Vineyard Soul: The Chicago Sessions, Roll Like A River, Heaven's Work and You Are God.  Her favorite things include: singing, worship music, meeting new people, eating all kinds of food, and the pursuit of justice in the world.  Tina and Josh have two young kids, ages 4 and 2. Show Notes:  The Ferment with Tina Colón Williams, December 9, 2018 https://bit.ly/3MJGBzN   Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer https://amzn.to/3CDjTot   Elm City Vineyard  http://elmcityvineyard.org    

    The Life of the Mind with Caleb Maskell - PASTORING WORSHIP SERIES

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 54:53

    The Life of the Mind with Caleb Maskell is the first in our PASTORING WORSHIP series. In this episode of The Ferment, Caleb and Adam talk about the discovery process that the new national team is moving through and how it is shaping the future of Vineyard USA. Caleb also talks about the beauty of embracing reality as Bible people, how the life of the mind has been woven into the Vineyard since the beginning, and how it relates to rich encounters with the Holy Spirit. Caleb and Adam discuss expanding our understanding of what a theologian might look like and lastly, Caleb leaves us with a word for worship leaders.    Caleb Maskell is the Associate National Director of Theology and Education for Vineyard USA. Born in London, he immigrated with his family to New Jersey in 1986, at the age of nine. Caleb has been involved in leadership in the Vineyard movement for twenty-five years. After spending a gap year at the Toronto Airport Vineyard School of Ministry in 1995, he went to the University of Chicago to study theology, philosophy, and literature in the interdisciplinary undergraduate Fundamentals program. While there, he joined the core planting team of the Hyde Park Vineyard Church, where he served as a worship leader, a small group leader, a setter-up of chairs, and whatever else Rand Tucker asked him to do. After college, full of questions that had emerged from the beautiful collision of serious academic study and the practical realities of church planting, Caleb enrolled in the M.Div. program at Yale Divinity School. For four years, he immersed himself in the study of theology, church history, and scripture, while also leading worship and working with middle school and high school youth groups.  After graduating in 2004, he worked for three years as the Associate Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. In 2007, along with his wife Kathy and their friends Matt and Hannah Croasmun, Caleb planted Elm City Vineyard Church in New Haven, Connecticut. That year, he also began a Ph.D. program at Princeton University, focusing on the history of American religion, with an additional emphasis in African-American Studies. After moving to Manhattan for four years while Kathy went to seminary, the Maskells ended up in suburban Philadelphia, where Caleb completed his Ph.D, while teaching regularly at Princeton Theological Seminary, and serving as the Worship Pastor at Blue Route Vineyard Church. Since 2010, Caleb has led the Society of Vineyard Scholars, which exists to foster and sustain a community of theological discourse in and for the Vineyard movement. Caleb is passionate about developing leaders and institutions that will help to produce a healthy, courageous, and hospitable future for the church in the twenty-first century. Caleb and Kathy now live with their two kids, Josiah and Emmanuelle, in the heart of Denver, where Kathy pastors East Denver Vineyard Church.   Show Notes: The Other Half of Church by Jim Wilder https://amzn.to/3sHmFpC   John Wimber in Christianity Today, 1997, “God's Wonder Worker” https://bit.ly/3ChsCfK

    Introducing: We Are Vineyard!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 53:25

    We could not be more pleased to introduce you to "We Are Vineyard", a brand new podcast by Vineyard USA with conversations to help us grow in life with Jesus and each other, hosted by National Director Jay Pathak! Check out the first episode right here with special guest Phil Strout, the former National Director for Vineyard USA. You can catch new episodes every Wednesday and hear from leaders inside the Vineyard as well as authors and leaders outside the Vineyard! In this episode of We Are Vineyard, Jay and Phil discuss “Equipping the Saints”…where this principle comes from biblically, what it means, and how you do it. They also talk about the vital role of mentors in a leader's life, share personal stories of pursuing the mentors who have shaped them and cared for their souls, and subsequently how they have learned to recognize leadership on those coming up behind them. For several years, Phil served in the Vineyard on the board of directors for Vineyard USA, as a Regional Leader, and as the Senior Pastor of Pathway Vineyard Church, a multisite church based in Lewiston, Maine. He has also done extensive work in church planting around the world, especially in Latin America, and along with his wife, Jan, is bilingual (English/Spanish). Phil is the author of God's Relentless Pursuit: Discovering His Heart for Humanity and Thrive: How to Successfully Navigate the S-Turns of Leadership. He brings a non-hyped, down-to-earth, passionately authentic spirit and vision to leading the Vineyard Movement in its divine assignment.  Phil and Jan have been married since they were teenagers and have two kids, 6 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids.   Show Notes: We Are Vineyard Podcast with Jay Pathak https://vineyardusa.org/podcast/ Faithwalking https://faithwalking.us/ Reason for God by Tim Keller https://amzn.to/3GWztMQ Walter Ciszek http://www.ciszek.org/About_Ciszek.html

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Jay and Danielle Pathak

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 91:47

    Jay Pathak is the Lead Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard and Danielle Pathak is the Spiritual Formation and Staff Pastor. Jay and Danielle planted Mile High Vineyard, a family of neighborhood churches in 2001. They grew up in Columbus, OH and started attending the Columbus Vineyard as teenagers, where they began leading in ministry very young.  Jay has a BA in Philosophy from Ohio State University, is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute and served on the Vineyard executive team for 5 years. He is also the co-author of The Art of Neighboring. Danielle has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies from Ohio State University, also attended Vineyard Leadership Institute and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Sustainable Faith and one in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from the Transforming Center in Chicago. They are the incoming National Directors for Vineyard USA! Jay and Danielle have been married since 1998 and they have two beautiful daughters, Jasmine and Sofia.  In this episode of The Ferment you'll meet Jay and Danielle up close and personal! They each share their stories of coming to faith and learning how to trust the Lord's leading regarding their future, both as a couple and as people in ministry. Danielle speaks about her process of sorting through deeply engrained hurts relating to women in ministry, and Jay tells some stories about being pastored well…and not so well. Next Jay and Danielle share what Carol Wimber taught them about God giving specific callings on your life, as well as their experience of how God interacts with us differently and how the questions he asks of us change depending on the season of life we are in.  They also talk about the importance of learning to follow well if you want to lead well, and what they learned through the discernment process of whether or not to accept the position as National Directors. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get to know our new national leadership! Show notes:  Mile High Vineyard https://www.milehighvineyard.org   Vineyard USA https://VineyardUSA.org   Socials Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Paul Anleitner

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 78:23

    Paul Anleitner is the Worship Pastor at the First Evangelical Free Church in Minneapolis, MN and host of the Deep Talks podcast - Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making. Prior to joining the staff at First Free, he enjoyed 15 years of vocational ministry experience in a variety of roles and denominational settings. He has had the privilege over the years of being not only a Worship Pastor in the Assemblies of God, Evangelical Covenant Church, and now the Evangelical Free Church, but has also taught theology and biblical studies courses in Christian high schools, directed parachurch ministries, and recorded & released original music. Paul loves reading theology, exercising and watching or playing basketball. He is married to the girl of his dreams, Keri, and they have 3 kids. In this episode of The Ferment podcast, Paul and our host Adam Russell have an incredibly nuanced conversation about the way symbols and the meaning we ascribe to them create stories that shape our worldview. Coming on the tail of January 6th and the insurrection at the US Capitol Building, Paul and Adam discuss the mixed symbolism of nooses and Confederate flags displayed alongside “Jesus Saves” signs and the way that mirrors the present state of Christianity and politics in our nation. As the layers are peeled back, Paul and Adam dive into spheres of psychology and theology, examining the symbolism within our church buildings and worship songs, and the effect the convergence of culture and subcultures has on shaping the narrative of our nation, our worship experience, and our lives.   Show notes Deep Talks Podcast https://deeptalkstheologypodcast.podbean.com The Ferment Podcast – Paul Anleitner 5.26.19 https://bit.ly/3980Pl6

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Eddie Espinosa

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 60:18

    Eddie Espinosa is a well-known Vineyard veteran and pioneer in the modern worship movement. Eddie was featured on numerous recordings through the years including groundbreaking original two vinyl records from Vineyard Ministries International - "All The Earth Shall Worship" and "He Is Worthy To Be Praised" both releasing in 1982. Eddie's song include "You Are The Mighty King", "Worthy Is The Lamb", and the global worship classic and era-defining "Change My Heart O God". Despite being known as a songwriter and worship pastor, Eddie spent most of his professional career in public education as a teacher, counselor and administrator. Eddie and his wife live in Southern California and have two children.    In this episode of The Ferment, Eddie shares his story of being called into a life with Jesus and growing into a worshiper who is known as one who writes love songs to the Lord. He reflects on the early days at the Anaheim Vineyard and how they were marked by hunger and desperation for God, and shares the three things he believes bring the presence of God in worship. This is a very tender episode that overflows with a love for the Lord that is only cultivated in first-hand experience of His goodness and grace.     Show notes: Change My Heart, O God by Eddie Espinosa https://youtu.be/DwudqCO7mSQ Eddie's interview with the Calvin Institute https://bit.ly/3dx2Zf5

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Phil and Jan Strout

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 68:27

    Phil and Jan Strout are the National Directors for Vineyard USA.  For several years, Phil served in the Vineyard on the board of directors for Vineyard USA, as a Regional Leader, and as the Senior Pastor of Pathway Vineyard Church, a multisite church based in Lewiston, Maine. He has also done extensive work in church planting around the world, especially in Latin America, and along with his wife, Jan, is bilingual (English/Spanish). Phil is the author of God's Relentless Pursuit: Discovering His Heart for Humanity and Thrive: How to Successfully Navigate the S-Turns of Leadership. He brings a non-hyped, down-to-earth, passionately authentic spirit and vision to leading the Vineyard Movement in its divine assignment. Jan is a passionate leader in the church today. As a gifted exhorter and teacher, she has earned the title, “The Queen of Encouragement.” She has served nationally on the Vineyard Women's Task Force with the heart to empower women for leadership, ministry, and life. Jan is an effective communicator and has taught Spiritual Formation, Prayer, Evangelism, and Missions in Portland's E3 Leadership Institute. Phil and Jan have been married since they were teenagers and have two kids, 6 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids. In this episode of The Ferment, Adam joins Phil and Jan at their farm in Maine to hear their story of coming to faith as teenagers, marrying young and heading out to the international mission field. They also talk about the value of soul care and share three prophetic illustrations that have grounded them in the pursuit of a contemplative life. Finally, Phil and Jan share about transitioning the role of National Director and the word the Lord gave Phil about “intersections” that has been guiding the Vineyard through this recent season of change. This is a rich episode full of wisdom and inspiration for leading a life faithful to the Lord.   Show notes: The Quest for the Radical Middle: A History of the Vineyard by Bill Jackson https://amzn.to/38l7NSz Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - Eleanor Mumford

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 50:28

    Eleanor Mumford and her husband John play a significant leadership role within the Vineyard family of churches, both in the UK and overseas. They worked for two years with John Wimber at the Anaheim Vineyard in California before starting the SW London Vineyard in 1987. They handed over the leadership of that church in 2008 and served as National Directors in the UK and Ireland until 2015. They now focus on the continued development and momentum of the international Vineyard family. Eleanor and John have two grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and 4 grandchildren. In this episode of The Ferment, Eleanor shares her origin story and the power of a praying roommate. She also talks about her husband's first interactions with John Wimber and their earliest days with the Vineyard movement, the profound impact of worship in their life and ministry, and their life more recently as international coordinators within Vineyard Global. Eleanor speaks about unity, equipping international leaders to care for their people and communities, and shares an encouraging word about staying close to the Lord during this hard season.   Show notes: Vineyard Global: https://vineyard.org Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    BEST OF SEASON 3 - World-Renowned Vocal Coach Jan Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 57:08

    Jan Smith, dubbed Mama Jan by Usher, is the world's premier vocal producer and instructor. She has over 30 years experience in the music industry as both an artist and a mentor. Mama Jan is a Grammy nominated producer and a Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee. In addition to being a creative force for vocal excellence, Mama Jan is a visionary executive working across entertainment to reboot the music industry into an artist-driven business. As CEO of Mama J Music, she works tirelessly to fuse artist development, technology and music education into a successful career roadmap for all musicians. In this live recording of The Ferment, Adam and Mama Jan talk about the instrument of the human voice: what it is exactly and how to care for it well. Mama Jan shares practical tips for worship leaders, pastors and other vocalists who use their voices more than most including warm ups and warm downs and why every green room should have a steamer. Her holistic approach to honoring the body as a gift we've been entrusted with is an inspiration to every person regardless of vocation! Show notes: Jan Smith's Website https://jansmith.com   Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Ryan Albrecht - Healed People Heal People: A Redemption Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 65:21

    Ryan Albrecht is a psychotherapist, husband, father and musician from Long Beach, New York. He has been serving at the Experience Vineyard Church in Rockville Centre for nearly a decade where he volunteers as a worship leader with his wife and worship director Elisha. It is there where his life transformed and he continues to experience life giving community, family, and encounters with God. Professionally Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker where he works with various mental, emotional, behavioral and spiritual health issues. Inspired by his own life experiences he is called to work with others to help heal from their trauma to realize lives that are full and unique to themselves. Ryan is also passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health in the church through sharing his story and professional insight to educate, equip, and train leadership. In this episode of The Ferment, Ryan shares his story of leading a life of youthful rebellion after a series of traumatic events changed his course, and the way those decisions escalated into addiction, multiple overdoses and criminal activity. He also shares about the steady pursuit of the Lord, being drawn into community at a church and slowly turning his life over to the service of people. Ryan and Adam then chat about the need to mature emotionally as we are growing spiritually, and tending to the inner life. This is a powerful testimony of redemption and the goodness of God.    Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    A Conversation with Legendary Music Teacher Alan Franklin - VSOW Takeover

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 59:51

    Alan Franklin is a musician and music teacher, co-founder of MuzicNet School of Music in Park Forest and Chicago, IL, and the interim worship pastor at South Suburban Vineyard Church in Flossmoor, IL. He is a Chicago-native and one of twelve children. Alan and his siblings grew up singing and playing music in their parents' church, and he has continued to be involved in worship ministry ever since. Alan has been married to his wife Terrilyn for 32 years and they have 4 daughters and one grandchild. In this VSOW takeover episode of The Ferment, Mike O'Brien and Alan Franklin have a chat about musicianship, growing in music theory, and the value of taking music lessons even as a seasoned worship leader. Alan talks about learning to play music by ear in church and starting a music school in his brother's basement after recognizing a need in his community. He also explains the “number system” and gives some practical suggestions for how to implement it in your worship team. Alan and Mike then talk about generational succession in our life together as a church, the role of elders, and the need for making space and room for kids to join the worship team.   Show Notes: MuzicNet School of Music https://www.muzicnet.net/about/ Vineyard School of Worship (VSOW) http://Vsow.org   Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    Alexandria Faison - Showing Up and Saying Yes to Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 50:07

    Alexandria Faison is the worship pastor at the Vineyard Church of Davenport, Iowa.  She was born into a musical family of faith, singing solos in the choir at her Baptist church at 8 years old and eventually leading worship at 16 years old when they started attending the Vineyard.  Alex felt God's leadership call on her life while attending the University of Northern Iowa where she had a full-ride scholarship for music education, and she soon returned to her home church where she joined the staff as worship director in 2015.  Alex has worked with Vineyard Worship for several years and was a featured voice on Vineyard Soul: Generous God. She will also appear as a vocalist on the much anticipated release Breathe In, Sing Out, releasing early 2022. Alex is passionate about leading people into the presence of God through worship.   In this episode of The Ferment, Alex shares about her gospel roots, growing up in the black Baptist church and what it was like for her family to join a predominantly white congregation when they started attending the Vineyard. She also talks about becoming a worship pastor as a teenager and how she processed some of the reactions people had, the environment she's in that allows her to be brave and share her experiences as a young black woman, and how she has cultivated relationships in different seasons of life. Alex is an old and gentle soul and this episode is marked by her wisdom and joy.   Show Notes:  Alex's TikTok @alexandriafaison   VSOW Sound Lab Discount Code: Ferment15 Vsow.org   Vineyard Worship Together Daily- Alexandria and Kaleb Faison https://youtu.be/crkIq2UsG9E     Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Calvin Rodgers - Serving The Song

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 39:57

    Calvin Rodgers is a Chicago native and drummer who has been credited with revolutionizing the voice of gospel drumming. His parents realized at a very young age that Calvin shared their love for music and an even stronger love for the drums in particular. Both parents worked very hard to invest as much as they could into their son's promising future. Around the age of 9, Calvin began shadowing his father, a well-known gospel musician, and songwriter, as his personal drummer. This afforded Calvin the opportunity of learning from some of gospel music's most prolific songwriters, artists, and musicians. By the time he entered high school, he was traveling with GRAMMY-nominated choir master Ricky Dillard & New Generation. Around the same time, he became a part of the Ravinia Jazz Mentors program, spearheaded by jazz pianist, Ramsey Lewis. Upon graduating high school, Calvin began touring with Lewis and learning his way around the studio. While recording a radio commercial for Rice A Roni, Calvin met R&B crooner, R. Kelly. Kelly invited Calvin to join his band for his upcoming world tour, TP2. Upon completion of that tour, Calvin decided to place his focus on becoming a recording drummer. He also began finding his voice as an arranger and a producer. With over 200 live/studio albums listed to his credit, he has also recorded and toured with artists such as R.Kelly, Ramsey Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Dionne Warwick, Destiny's Child, Ronald Isley,  Ernie Isley, Avant, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton, Donald Lawrence, John P. Kee, Tommy Simms, Tamela Mann, and many, many others. Though quite accomplished, Calvin continues to push himself in all areas while making sure to sow into the next generation through mentoring and private lessons.     In this episode of The Ferment, Calvin and Adam talk about the church as a safe space to raise up musicians and the necessity of continuing to expose yourself to new styles and skillsets to become a well-rounded player. Calvin also gives some solid advice about bringing yourself humbly into unfamiliar gig environments so as to be in service to the songs and the intention of those who hired you while also offering what makes you unique.  The conversation touches on investing in upcoming players, staying true to your roots, encouragement for the Vineyard Movement, and Calvin's personal fermentation process. You won't want to miss it!   Show Notes:  Vineyard Worship: Generous God  https://youtu.be/X4reWPmCgLE   Vineyard Soul: Chicago Sessions  https://www.vineyardworship.com/chicago-sessions     Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Dee Wilson - Songs Are An Extension of the Spirit of God

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 56:14

    Dee Wilson, born Terrell Demetrius Wilson, is a Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter, worship leader, husband and father. Dee is a member of Common Hymnal, a connecting point for believers whose voice are not being heard because they don't fit into the mainstream Christian culture. He and his wife Jennifer are also worship pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO and have a daughter, Adelle. Dee believes deeply in worship with a social conscience, writing honest songs with both message and heart, and being a whole person deeply loved by the Father.    In this episode of The Ferment, Dee and Adam meet up at the Vineyard National Conference for a chat about sports and songwriting. Dee talks about writing songs that resonate with the valleys of life and the importance of naming pain specifically so that God can heal it.  He also talks about interacting with those who are provoked or challenged by the songs he writes, and he and Adam leave us reflecting on the question: what is a good life?  This conversation is a treasure, and you won't want to miss it!      Show Notes Rose Petals written by Dee Wilson https://commonhymnal.com/songs/rose-petals   Common Hymnal https://commonhymnal.com Instagram @commonhymnal     Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Daniel Grothe - The Power of Place - Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 46:07

    Daniel Grothe is associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO as well as a  drummer, author, father and farmer. He received an undergraduate degree in theology from Oral Roberts University and a Masters in Theology through Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Chasing Wisdom and The Power of Place. Daniel and his wife, Lisa, live on a small hobby farm outside of Colorado Springs with their three children: Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley. In this episode of The Ferment, Daniel talks about trading a theology of blessing and prosperity for a theology of suffering and how an incredibly traumatic experience reoriented his church's priorities and mission. He and Adam also discuss the value of micro-communities, intentionally investing in the community you live in, and using social media as a tool and not letting it replace the people around you. This is an incredibly rich episode packed full of encouragement and challenge for those looking to build a deeply fulfilling life.     Show Notes: Daniel's website: https://danielgrothe.com The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age by Daniel Grothe https://amzn.to/3b3adXx The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton https://amzn.to/3Cc5pL9 On the Road by Jack Kerouac https://amzn.to/3m7UzjI Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    Tim Brown - Worship Leaders Are Called To Lead The Room, Not The Row

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 73:48

    Tim Brown has served as the Worship Pastor of Canyon View Vineyard Church in Grand Junction, Colorado since 2012 and he serves the larger Vineyard Movement as a songwriter, song artist, and educator in foundations of Vineyard Worship for aspiring worship leaders all across the United States. Tim was raised in southern New Mexico as a pastor's kid, is the oldest of four boys and has the voice of an angel. He has written on many well-known worship songs including “Have Your Way” and “What Can Separate”.  Tim and his wife, Dale, have two amazing kids: Evelyn (4 years old) and Otis (4 months old).     On this episode of The Ferment, Tim gives us a crash course on life in New Mexico past what is represented in Breaking Bad and his thoughts on why tennis is a superior sport to baseball. He also shares what he's learned from CrossFit and his health journey about the physical-spiritual connection, and how he grew up in the church and still loves it. Tim and Adam also talk a lot about spiritual and mental health of worship leaders and commitment to the church.     Show Notes:  Canyon View Vineyard Church https://www.canyonviewchurch.com   Socials:  Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Incoming National Directors for Vineyard USA - Jay and Danielle Pathak, part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 39:03

    Join us for part 2 of Adam's conversation with Jay and Danielle Pathak, incoming National Directors for Vineyard USA! On this episode of The Ferment, Jay and Danielle share what Carol Wimber taught them about God giving specific callings on your life, as well as their experience of how God interacts with us differently and how the questions he asks of us change depending on the season of life we are in.  They also talk about the importance of learning to follow well if you want to lead well, and what they learned through the discernment process of whether or not to accept the position as National Directors. Finally, Jay shares a word about the upcoming Vineyard National Conference in Phoenix, AZ coming up this month. This episode is stuffed full of wisdom you won't want to miss out on! Show notes: Register for the Vineyard National Conference! https://conference.vineyardusa.org/register/ Socials Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    Incoming National Directors for Vineyard USA - Jay and Danielle Pathak, part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 54:31

    Jay Pathak is the Lead Pastor of the Mile High Vineyard and Danielle Pathak is the Spiritual Formation and Staff Pastor. Jay and Danielle planted Mile High Vineyard, a family of neighborhood churches in 2001. They grew up in Columbus, OH and started attending the Columbus Vineyard as teenagers, where they began leading in ministry very young. Jay has a BA in Philosophy from Ohio State University, is a graduate of Vineyard Leadership Institute, served on the Vineyard executive team for 5 years and is the national director elect for Vineyard USA. He is also the co-author of The Art of Neighboring. Danielle has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies from Ohio State University, also attended Vineyard Leadership Institute and holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Sustainable Faith and one in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from the Transforming Center in Chicago. Jay and Danielle have been married since 1998 and they have two beautiful daughters, Jasmine and Sofia. In the first of this two-part episode of The Ferment you'll meet Jay and Danielle up close and personal! They each share their stories of coming to faith and learning how to trust the Lord's leading regarding their future, both as a couple and as people in ministry. Danielle speaks about her process of sorting through deeply engrained hurts relating to women in ministry, and Jay tells some stories about being pastored well…and not so well. You won't want to miss this opportunity to get to know our new national leadership, and make sure you come back for part two next week!   Show notes: Mile High Vineyard https://www.milehighvineyard.org Socials Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship

    How To Be An Artist And Have A Normal Life with songwriter and worship leader Glen Yoder

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 48:00

    Glen Yoder is a musician and songwriter, husband and father, and the worship pastor at Vineyard Campbellsville in Campbellsville, KY. Born in an Amish community that his family left during his childhood, Glen was raised in the hills of Kentucky and came of age on the streets of the world. His formative years were spent somewhere between his Amish roots, the folk music of his home in the hills and the indie-rock soundtrack of the streets of Lexington, KY. From Central America to South Africa, Glen traveled with his friends to far-flung corners, settling in the heart of Kentucky to write songs tinged with sadness and outlined with hope. In this episode of The Ferment, Glen and Adam talk about Glen's journey into music and skateboarding as a boy and how they served him as portals to a new world as his family was leaving the Amish community. They also continue the conversation of worship versus secular music and Glen shares about his process of songwriting with his writing partner and how you balance creating art with having a family and a full life. This conversation catches Glen right in the middle of the gestation of his new record, so stay tuned for more details on the future release from his band, Always Endless.   Show Notes: Glen's Instagram @glenyoder   Socials: Instagram @thefermentpodcast Twitter @fermentcast TikTok @vineyardworship  

    Things I've Learned in 20+ Years of Ministry Part 2 - Adam Russell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 16:14

    In the second episode of our Fall series on what Adam's learned after 20 years in ministry, he shares about the process of spiritual transformation and holding space for others who are in different stages than we are. Adam also speaks to the fact that it's Jesus who heals people, and what that means for our role in people's lives as pastors and leaders.