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Season 6: Core Values of the Future Church | Episode 1

Methodist Hope for What Comes Next


What better way to start our season about the values the church must carry forward into the future than with the ‘gadfly of the church,’ Bishop Will Willimon! Co-host Gil Rendle points out that as the gadfly of the church, Will both loves and cares about the institution AND asks critically important questions that challenge the church to be better. You won’t want to miss this compelling story-packed episode that includes topics like how Jesus disrupts contented churches, why purpose is so important right now and Will’s advice to pastors in today’s context.

In this conversation, you’ll hear:

  • Gil Rendle shares the meaning behind his paper “Jacob’s Bones.” What should we carry forward? (4:50)

  • Will Willimon’s call to ministry and relationship with the church (15:00)

  • How Jesus Christ disrupts otherwise happy, contented churches (20:00)

  • Why getting clear on purpose is so important and how easy it is to get distracted (33:00)

  • How to stay focused on what to keep and what to let go of (43:30)

  • Willimon’s hope for the church 20, 30, 40 years from now (51:00)

Meet Our Guest

Rahel Billups

Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon

The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama.

For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Willimon is the author of over 80 books. His articles have appeared in many publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, and Christianity Today.

Our Guest

Discover more information about Bishop Will Willimon.

Will Willimon is the author of 80 books. His latest is “Don’t Look Back: Methodist Hope for What Comes Next.”

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