Mission Lab
Episode 106 - Converts to Modernism, With Kessia Reyne Bennett

Episode 106 - Converts to Modernism, With Kessia Reyne Bennett

April 21, 2021

Shawn has a really stimulating conversation with Pastor Kessia Reyne Bennett, pastor for discipleship at the College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, as they talk about her journey into faith, the community that drew her in, and whether or not we have to convert people to modernism in order to convert them to Christianity. 

Episode 105 - Kevin Wilson, “The Chai Guy,” on TikTok Discipleship and Mission

Episode 105 - Kevin Wilson, “The Chai Guy,” on TikTok Discipleship and Mission

April 16, 2021

Shawn has a conversation with his new pal Kevin, who became an overnight TikTok star, reflecting on what that's been like personally and missionally - and how it relates to incarnational ministry. 

Episode 104 - From Institutional Church to Small Groups With Chad Stuart

Episode 104 - From Institutional Church to Small Groups With Chad Stuart

March 29, 2021

Shawn has a conversation with his old friend Chad Stuart, pastor of the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, which is a large "institutional church" in Maryland. Chad talks about transitioning his church to focus on small groups, and what it's been like to do it with his whole family, prioritizing his children.

Episode 103 - Seven Reasons You Should Move to Bangor

Episode 103 - Seven Reasons You Should Move to Bangor

March 9, 2021

The title is pretty self-explanatory: as a part of a major recruitment effort, where Shawn's church is trying to bring in 5-10 families to help with their missional work, Shawn provides seven reasons why you should consider moving to Bangor!

Episode 102 - Killing Church With Disruptive Adventism

Episode 102 - Killing Church With Disruptive Adventism

February 23, 2021

We do something different: we cross-post an interview that Shawn was on the receiving end of a while back on a podcast called Disruptive Adventism. Though much of the content will probably sound like much of what we've shared on this podcast in the past, having someone else interview Shawn elicited a slightly different take than what we've heard before. Listen in as Jose Briones grills Shawn on what it means to be missional.

Episode 101 - Mike Brown on the Perils and Pitfalls of Shame-Based Discipleship

Episode 101 - Mike Brown on the Perils and Pitfalls of Shame-Based Discipleship

February 16, 2021

Shawn has a conversation with his friend and one-time parishioner Mike Brown to discuss his journey out of drug-dealing and into faith, and the insidious nature of shame-based discipleship. They talk about the power of going through the 12 steps, and how remembering our identity in Christ is crucial for the life of faith.

Episode 100 -Ten Years, Five Years, and 100 Episodes

Episode 100 -Ten Years, Five Years, and 100 Episodes

February 4, 2021

Shawn looks back at ten years of ministering in Bangor, five years of being on mission, and 100 episodes of the podcast, and shares his favorite and most meaningful missional memories.

Episode 099 - Leading With Mission With Courtney Wetzel

Episode 099 - Leading With Mission With Courtney Wetzel

January 26, 2021

A few months ago when Shawn was wrestling with how to take his church to the next level and develop leaders, he suddenly realized he had a great resource within his own congregation: a young, energetic, successful entrepreneur who has started multiple businesses. So he chats with friend and church member Courtney Wetzel, who launched into business ownership at age 23, to talk about how to lead with a compelling mission and how to develop leaders.

Episode 098 - Gospel-Centered Discipleship With Nathan Stearman

Episode 098 - Gospel-Centered Discipleship With Nathan Stearman

January 20, 2021

Shawn sits down with his good friend, Pastor Nathan Stearman, to talk about Nathan's journey from guilt-driven discipleship to gospel-centered discipleship. Nathan shares his story - about his upbringing, about stepping into the glorious light of the gospel, and about how the gospel has changed the way he treats his dog.

Episode 097 - Neighborhood Chaplain

Episode 097 - Neighborhood Chaplain

January 11, 2021

Have you ever thought about the possibility that one of your primary callings in life is to serve as the chaplain of your neighborhood? What would that look like and mean? Shawn shares some stories and reflections on this critical part of mission and life.

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