POD Strangely Warmed is a United Methodist Podcast produced by the Central Texas Conference UMC designed to engage in frank, direct and (as often as possible) entertaining conversations about what’s going on in and around the United Methodist Connection.

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Ep. 6 "Ancient Truths for Tomorrow's Church" with Rev. Jason Valendy

In this sixth episode of the Central Texas Conference's POD Strangely Warmed podcast, we continue our series focused on how the people and churches of the CTC can actively work towards laying the foundation of a vibrant and fruitful church of 2050 and beyond. This week, Rev. Daniel Hawkins and Rev. Jason Valendy, co-senior pastor of Keller United Methodist Church, discuss some of Jason's insights on building the church of tomorrow gleaned from studying and learning from the desert mothers and fathers of our ancient past, the importance of good story telling, the current crisis of leadership in the church (and how it may not be due to a lack of leaders, but too much of a good thing), how the modern markers of success may be false indicators of a church's strength of mission and the need to simplify and focus our resources.

Previous Episodes


Ep 4 - "Change is Possible. Hope is Power!" with Rev. Beth Evers

In episode 4 of the POD Strangely Warmed Podcast, Rev. Beth Evers, senior pastor of University UMC, and host Rev. Daniel Hawkins offer an insightful and unique twist to the current Being Good Ancestors series as they recount how the church ministered...


Ep. 3 - Being Good Ancestors with Dr. Luther Henry (Pt 2)

Episode 3 of the POD Strangely Warmed podcast continues our focus on Being Good Ancestors for those who will lead and make up the United Methodist Church of 2050 and beyond with Part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Luther Henry. In Part 1, host Rev. ...

Ep 2 - Being Good Ancestors with Dr. Luther Henry (Pt 1)

The POD Strangely Warmed podcast series on Being Good Ancestors for the clergy and lay leadership of the church of tomorrow continues by mining the vast wealth of knowledge and experience that is the CTC's own Dr. Luther Henry. As podcast host Rev. ...


Ep 1: How Are We Good Ancestors with Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

In the inaugural episode of the POD Strangely Warmed podcast, host Rev. Daniel Hawkins engages in a lively, informative and energizing conversation on the importance of being good ancestors to the church of tomorrow with Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr., ...