Servecast Dr. William Lamb invites students, educators, and community advocates to Studio 22 to explore ways individuals and communities can be agents of change for good.

The inaugural guests of Servecast, Carolyn Dirksen and Jimmy Harper, return to Studio 22 to discuss their respective journies while at Lee University. Both Dirksen and Harper are entering new chapters of their lives and have left a tremendous legacy on the Lee University campus and its students. They join William to discuss their defining moments at Lee through the lens of faith, leadership, and service.

Links:

Leadership Challenge (book) by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Relaunch (book) by Mark Rutland

When Helping Hurts (book) by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Half the Sky (book) by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

The Female Vision (book) by Sally Helgesen and Julie Johnson

Rich Christians in the Age of Hunger (book) by Ronald Sider

Toxic Charity (book) by Robert Lupton

 

To join the conversation, email servecast22@gmail.com.

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This episode was recorded on May 22, 2018.

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Modern day human trafficking statistics are staggering. The World Health Organization believes this 150 billion dollar industry enslaves 45 million people worldwide. Despite the magnitude of this pandemic, Jerry Redman and his team at Second Life believe that, together, we can eradicate this assault on human dignity. In conversation with William, Jerry calls for leaders to engage this issue, speaks to how his faith connects to this fight, and shares stories of hope in which ordinary people mobilize to rescue victims of human trafficking. 

If you believe you have witnessed an instance of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. For local Servecast listeners living in Tennessee, you can also call 855-558-6484 to reach the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

To join in on this conversation or others, email questions and comments to servecast22@gmail.com.

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William is joined by Chris Hadsell, Jennifer Hadsell, Sarah Roberts, and Dusty Strickland of Retouch, a non-profit focused on the education and discipleship of children in Kenya. In this episode, Chris, Jennifer, Sarah, and Dusty share stories of personal service experiences, leadership principles employed in their organization, and the way Retouch seeks to impact the local community in Kenya by equipping teachers. They describe how obedience to God's leading may look different for each person and how sometimes old methods need to be cast off to create a brighter future for everyone. In the end, the love of Jesus inspires believers to follow God's call to serve others with perseverance and passion. 

Click here to view the Lee University Chapel service feature the team from Retouch. 

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In the second part of Servecast Live 2017, Chris Absher, Chelsa Flanary, and D'Metri Mattocks join Dr. Cross and William to address questions about the nature of the Church's presence in the world. Together, they discuss their hope for the Church in the world answering questions about the relationship between relevance and faithfulness. Dr. Cross urges listeners to remain faithful to the Church, which is the global Body of Christ, and the panelists reiterate this by encouraging individuals to locate themselves within Christian community. 

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At the second annual Servecast Live, Dr. Terry Cross, Dean of the School of Religion at Lee University, joins William in front of a live audience to discuss the topic of the church in the world.  Drawing on his study of theology and his experience working in the church, Dr. Cross describes the church's "paracletic ministry" of bringing the presence of God to the world. Acknowledging the state of Christianity in western society, Dr. Cross and William discuss how the church today can fulfill that mandate. 

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In this episode, the Servecast crew covers it all! They discuss the eclipse, Servecast past and present, and what to expect in coming epsiodes. William introduces a new Servecast team member. Grayson, "the tech guy," reminisces on his start in the Leonard Center. Tyler shares his views on faith and calling, and in the closing segment, William breaks down leadership. All this and more on Servecast!

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Focused Community Strategies (FCS) has decades of expereince serving in Atlanta, and they recently founded the Lupton Center to share what they have learned. Dr. Shawn Duncan, Director of the Lupton Center, joins William to discuss the work of community development and the philosophy FCS employs. In this episode, Dr. Duncan offers a distinction between traditional charity models and the work of community development.  

Click here to learn more about the Lupton Center and their training offerings, including their e-course Seeking Shalom

Contact Servecast by emailing servecast22@gmail.com

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Faithful Christian mission includes more than preaching. In his book Where the Cross Meets the Street, Noel Castellanos describes his dissatisfaction with the proclamation-only approach and looks at the life of Jesus for a more holistic way to engage our neighborhoods. He believes in the cross God enters our suffering and cares for the vulnerable, and the Christian's duty is to do the same. This entails moving into the neighborhood, engaging both proclamation and formation, demonstrating compassion, seeking restoration and development, and confronting injustice where it may be found. In this episode, Noel joins William to discuss how the radical story of the cross should shape the Church's presence in our communities.

Noel serves as the President of the Christian Community Development Association.

Pick up a copy of Noel's book, Where the Cross Meets the Street: What Happens to the Neighborhood When God is at the Center.

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We all want to know our purpose in life. Christians often speak of this as “our call.” Author and social entrepreneur Jonathan David Golden says we should stop obsessing over missing that purpose and start doing what we can where we are. In conversation with William, Jonathan encourages listeners to consider their strengths, understand their story, and make a difference wherever they may be in life.

Check out Jonathan’s book, Be You. Do Good.: Having the Guts to Pursue What Makes You Come Alive.

Learn more about Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. and the Bwenda Water Project.

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On this episode, Dr. Dan Noel contrasts the Mississippi River and the Dead Sea to call listeners to both give and receive. Both bodies of water receive from other sources. The Mississippi River flows and pours into other bodies of water, but the Dead Sea does not. Similarly, we, as individuals, need tributaries that pour into us, but to bring life, we must pour into others. Student leaders, Jared Noel and Mannah Berg, ask Dr. Noel questions and weigh in on this conversation.

Click here to view Dr. Noel’s full chapel address.

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