Love Your City Podcast

In the Love Your City Podcast presenters Sam Jackson and Letitia Shelton discuss the importance of gospel movements in towns and cities around the world.

About the Podcast

Through a unified church that proclaims the good news of the gospel, much can be done to see the transformational life of the gospel and the expansion of the Kingdom of God come to our communities and places.

You will hear stories from around the world, from various denominational, social, generational and ethnic leaders, so that more city gospel movement champions can be raised up to impact their places.

There will also be discussions on the key issues and themes that surround gospel movements and how everyone can get involved.

We invite you to join the conversation.

This podcast is brought to you by Movement Day Australia. If you would like to reach out to us you can do so at contact@movementday.com.au

Podcast Episodes

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    Episode 30 - Interview with Ben Bennet

    22 July 2019

    This is the second of four interviews Letitia did in Washington DC while at the Global Summit to End Sexual Exploitation. In this episode, Ben Bennet shares some of his story coming out of addiction to pornography. It's stories like this that help us pursue the bigger picture of city transformation, especially in the area of sex and sexuality.

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    Episode 29 - Interview with Heidi Olsen

    15 July 2019

    This is the first, in series of four interviews, that Letitia did while at the Global Summit to End Sexual Exploitation in Washington D.C. Heidi Olsen is a sexual assault health nurse who works especially with children. Heidi is working at the cutting edge in bringing healing in her city.

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    Episode 28 - Interview with Carlton Deal

    8 July 2019

    Carlton Deal lives in the beautiful Belgian city of Brussels. He works for Serve the City Brussels - an organisation with the simple dream of seeing everyone serving. (Check out their website: www.servethecity.brussels). You'll get to know Carlton in this, the latest episode of the Love Your City Podcast. Happy listening!

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    Episode 27 - Women in City Gospel Movements

    4 June 2019

    "Release your women! They don't care if it's stinky and smelly and if they're by dead bodies...they will keep the vultures away, the enemy away...and help release the kingdom of God into your city", so said Letitia Shelton at Movement Day Toowoomba 2019. In this episode, Sam and Letitia discuss the crucial and extraordinary role of women in city gospel movements.

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    Episode 26 - Movement Day Reflections

    20 May 2019

    After a week of Movement Day Expressions in Australia, Sam & Letitia take some time to reflect on the impact of these events and where-to-from-here for their own city-based Movement Day, Toowoomba.

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    Episode 25 - Interview with Craig Sider

    29 April 2019

    Craig Sider enjoys helping leaders and organizations live with purpose. As President of The New York City Leadership Center he motivates leaders to impact their cities for Christ. Craig’s lifelong desire has been to reach people for Christ. In 1985, he served as founding pastor of The Meeting House in Oakville, Ontario. He and his wife, Laura, worked to build a vibrant community committed to sharing Christ’s message. Beginning in 1996, Craig served as bishop in the Brethren in Christ Church U.S., a responsibility he held until early 2009. He also served as a Team Leader in Brethren in Christ / Canada, where he was responsible for church development. In 2013, Craig joined The New York City Leadership Center as President, where Craig focuses on identifying, developing and maximizing leadership skills in others. Following a degree in Business Administration/Economics from Brock University, Craig completed a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a doctorate in leadership development from Denver Seminary.

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    Episode 24 - Interview with Rick Prosser

    22 April 2019

    Rick is a born and bred Novocastrian. He served as a C3 pastor for 15 years before stepping out in faith in 2010 to become a missionary to the city of Newcastle. In 2014 Rick was named Newcastle Citizen of the Year for his 20 plus years pioneering and leading community charity work.

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    Episode 23 - Interview with Wendy Francis

    15 April 2019

    Wendy is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and campaigner. She has held managerial positions at Griffith University and Queensland Baptists and is currently Queensland and Northern Territory Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. For 8 years she was Executive Producer of the Lord Mayor’s Carols in Brisbane. In 2012 she co-authored a book THE GREENS Policies, Reality and Consequences published by ConnorCourt. In 2019 she is publishing two children’s books.

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    Episode 22 - Interview with Peter McHugh

    8 April 2019

    Peter McHugh is the founding, and current pastor of Stairway Church in Melbourne, Victoria. He is highly regarded both nationally and internationally, for his love for the Body of Christ and in particular, his heart for Pastors. He has become a spiritual father to many, walking with leaders and speaking life into their communities. Peter is passionately committed to the unity of the church in the city of Melbourne based on his understanding of Jesus' prayer in John 17, and for the body of Christ in a city to recognised it's 'reconciled diversity.'

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    Episode 21 - Interview with James Condon

    1 April 2019

    James Condon has served the Kingdom of Jesus through the Salvation Army since his initial encounter with Jesus 52 years ago. He has served locally in churches, as well as leading nationally as the head of the denomination, been on college faculty, and travelled the world. James' passion remains with the local church - to see it released for mission the community in which it is placed. Tune in to this episode to hear his impassioned plea on why you should be at Movement Day Australia...

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    Episode 20 - Interview with Dave Balestri

    25 March 2019

    A city gospel movement sees all Christians in a city united towards the flourishing of the city. This requires engagement across the spheres, not just the local church. David Balestri is a pastor and marketplace leader. In this episode, David talks about the importance of followers of Jesus finding their place in the marketplace and being activated for kingdom mission.

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    Episode 19 - Interview with Ian Shelton

    21 March 2019

    Movement Day Australia is happening on the 8th and 9th of May in Sydney. Ian Shelton is the man behind the scenes bringing together this significant event for our nation. In this episode, Ian shares about plans for 2019 and what we can expect.

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    Episode 18 - Interview with Dave King and MD100C Wrap Up

    14 March 2019

    Sam & Letitia were thrilled to be part of the Movement Day 100 Cities Summit. In this episode, they share their highlights and insights, right after a special interview with David King.David is a Director of Kingdom Voice Limited based in Salford. He is an ambassador for Gather Global and one of the leaders of Movement Day UK. He is passionate about City Transformation and the role in this of the United Church. He has seen amazing strategic transformation in his own city of Salford. Having seen it there he is now passionate to see the church engage even more in city transformation UK wide and globally.

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    Episode 17 - Interview with Roger Sutton

    9 March 2019

    Roger Sutton founded and leads the Gather movement, a network of over 130 city gospel movements across the UK. Roger, alongside his wife Lesley, directed Movement Day UK held in London in October 2017 which drew together over 1,000 leaders from all denominations and spheres of life, which has resulted in 10 cities across the UK making plans to launch their own expressions of Movement Day.

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    Episode 16 - Interview with Grant Skeldon

    4 March 2019

    In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, cynical, entitled, slacktivists, Grant Skeldon started Initiative Network in order to shift the culture of Dallas by training millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making, local missionaries. Initiative has impacted thousands of young leaders from over 540 different churches across the metroplex. Grant has traveled the world, speaking to thousands of pastors, parents, and business leaders on the topic of engaging and empowering millennials. His book, The Passion Generation, has been a bestseller in multiple categories. Grant serves on the advisory boards for Harvest America in Dallas and Movement Day. He is a member at Mercy Street Church, a multicultural, urban church plant in West Dallas.

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    Episode 15 - Interview with James Kelly from FaithTech

    25 February 2019

    James Kelly, the Founder and Director of FaithTech, is an entrepreneur turned pastor turned story-teller. With a unique background in business (co-founded a faith-based media company at 19 years of age, BComm and 7 years experience in professional recruitment) and church (MDiv and helped plant a church in 2012), he’s positioned to creatively bridge the gap between faith and tech. FaithTech, a growing movement pioneering new ways to advance the gospel in a new era driven by technology, started with an idea in late 2015 and has turned into a global ministry, with operations across North America in Silicon Valley, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and Waterloo.

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    Episode 14 - Interview with Mac Pier

    18 February 2019

    Mac Pier is the founder and CEO of Movement.Org and was instrumental in founding the inaugural Movement Day conference. A visionary, strategic thinker and social networker, Mac loves to bring leaders together to transform their cities. He was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship before founding Concerts of Prayer, Greater New York, a collaborative prayer initiative connecting pastors and churches throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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    Episode 13 - Interview with Rob Kelly, For Charlotte

    11 February 2019

    Rob Kelly serves as the founding President and CEO of the For Charlotte Mission Network. In this role, Rob is the primary directional leader of Movement Day Charlotte, the lead author of the Charlotte State of the City Report and architect of the For Charlotte network platform. Prior to this, Rob served 13 years as a pastor, along with numerous other leadership positions, including co-founding CHARLOTTE/ONE.

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    Episode 12 - Interview with RJ Holt from Dallas

    4 February 2019

    As a Global Cities Catalyst, RJ Holt designs, coaches, and facilitates leaders gathering in the urban centres of the world. In this episode, RJ shares his passion for his home city of Dallas, Texas, and in particular, the collaborative work being down to shut down drug houses in the city.

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    Episode 11 - Interview with Adam Durso

    31 January 2019

    Rev. Adam Durso is Executive Director of LEAD.NYC, a division of Movement.Org. For more than 20 years he has been a church pastor in his beloved New York City, while also finding time to speak in churches and conferences around the globe. A powerful thread runs through all of Adam’s work – a calling to connect with and have a powerful impact on people at all levels of society, especially youth, through various ministries and platforms, including social media. He serves on both the New York Mayor’s Clergy Advisory Council and on the ministerial team at The Christian Cultural Center under the pastoral leadership of Dr. A.R. Bernard.

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    Episode 10 - Releasing the Whole Church into the City

    24 January 2019

    If we are to see a gospel movement in our city, the whole church needs to be equipped, released, and sent to serve in their sphere of influence. For that to happen, churches need to consider how their gatherings prepare their people for the scattering. In this episode, Sam & Letitia discuss the importance of this, as well as sharing some practical tips from their experiences in church leadership.

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    Episode 9 - Working with Others in City Transformation

    17 December 2018

    Where should we draw the line in working with people with other beliefs when it comes to city transformation and social causes? Should there be a line? In this episode, Sam & Letitia discuss these questions and the opportunities that come from working with others.

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    Episode 8 - Interview with Nick Scott and Adam Meredith

    10 December 2018

    Perth will be the first Australian city to run their own Movement Day. Sam & Letitia enjoyed interviewing two members of their team, Nick & Adam, at the Movement Day Roundtable held in Sydney in October 2018.

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    Episode 7 - Interview with Millie Voigtlander

    19 November 2018

    Sam & Letitia interview millennial leader, Millie Voigtlander. Millie lives in Montana, USA and has spent her recent years working internationally with YWAM. She has something important to say to both millennial Christians, and to those who lead churches.

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    Episode 6 - Interview with Pastor Casey Wolverton

    14 November 2018

    Sam & Letitia interview Adventist Pastor Casey Wolverton. From a rather exclusive denomination, Casey has become an integral leader in the unity and strategic collaboration of churches across his city. Listen in as Casey shares some of his story.

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    Episode 5 - Starting a Gospel Movement in Your Place

    5 November 2018

    Sam & Letitia discuss some simple tips for starting a gospel movement in your place. You may not consider yourself to be a leader, but you do have influence. These tips will help shape your posture towards being a blessing in your place, in your city.

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    Episode 4 - Interview with Ian Shelton

    22 October 2018

    Sam & Letitia interview church unity and city transformation pioneer, Ian Shelton. Ian also leads One Heart, the organisation behind bringing Movement Day to Australia.

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    Episode 3 - Changing the Scorecard

    15 October 2018

    Sam & Letitia discuss the current scorecard by which churches measure success and how it might need to change when it comes to loving and impacting your city.

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    Episode 2 - A City Free From Porn?

    3 October 2018

    In this episode, Sam interviews Letitia about the pornography education and awareness campaign she is spearheading in her home city of Toowoomba.

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    Episode 1 - Love Your City Introduction

    27 September 2018

    Sam & Letitia discuss why they started this podcast and why it’s important that followers of Jesus and their church communities love the city in which they live.