Christiana Rice shares a powerful image.God is a woman giving birth and we are the midwife attending to God and to the new life that is coming into the world. That’s the image we’ll be unpacking in this episode of Spiritual Life and Leadership. It’s not an image that normally comes to mind when we think about God. But it certainly isn’t unbiblical. Listen to how God describes himself (herself?) in Isaiah 42:14:“For a long time I have kept silent, I have been quiet and held myself back. But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.”Christiana Rice unpacks this powerful and visceral image in this episode of Spiritual Life and Leadership.THIS EPISODE’S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:Christiana Rice wrote a book with Michael Frost called To Alter Your World.A key metaphor in Christiana Rice’s book portrays God as giving birth and the world as a midwife, joining with God to bring new life into the world.Scripture portrays God in Isaiah as a woman in labor, groaning and panting, to give birth the new Israel.Christiana asked, if God is the one giving birth, then who are we? We must be the attendants.“Midwife” means “with woman.” To be a midwife is more about being “with” than about controlling the outcome.The role of being with a woman in labor is incredibly intimate and vulnerable.A midwife must enter a birth with humility, recognizing that this birth with will be utterly unique. She must let go her expectations.As we attend to what God is birthing in the world, we, likewise, must be open to the new thing that is coming to life. We, too, must let go our expectations.The midwife knows that she is not the one giving birth. Likewise, we are not the ones giving birth; God is.Christiana Rice gives an example of how God birthed something new in her neighborhood schools. But it took time. And it required faithfully attending to the labor of God in her neighborhood.Christiana Rice shares about her ministry with Thresholds in San Diego. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS:Christiana Rice Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christiana.riceTwitter: @ctianariceThresholds Website: http://thresholdscommunity.org/To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities, by Michael Frost and Christiana RiceMichael Frost Twitter: @michaelfrost6Instructions to leave a review of Spiritual Life and Leadership:Click HERE.Click on the link that says, "Listen on Apple Podcasts."In the window that opens, click the button that says, "Open Link." This will open iTunes.To the right of the Spiritual Life and Leadership logo, click "Ratings and Reviews."Under the heading, "Customer Reviews," click on the button that says, "Write a Review."Select the number of stars and write your review.Click submit.I'd be so grateful if you did this. Thank you!— Links to Amazon are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through any of these links, I’ll receive a small commission–which will help pay for the SSupport the show (http://patreon.com/markuswatson)
Celebrating New Life with Christiana Rice - Episode #17
Mockingbirds and Mariners
On this podcast you will hear from Christiana Rice. Christiana is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer with Thresholds, a community of player-coaches who help people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. She leads a neighborhood faith community in San Diego.Christiana grew up in Tokyo, Japan, the daughter and granddaughter of missionaries to that country. Whether teaching and coaching global leaders, engaging the deeper spiritual longings of her neighbors, or embracing the sacred mundane of daily life with her family and her community, Christiana seeks participate in God's restorative mission in all things.During our time together Christiana shares with us about how God gives birth to the church and his kingdom and how followers of Jesus act as the midwife celebrating the arrival of new life.
RePlacing Church: Local Spirituality, Innovative Community & Social Change with Ben Katt
Christiana Rice is the coauthor with Michael Frost of To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth Our Communities. Christiana is an on-the ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer for missional leaders with Thresholds, based in San Diego, CA where she leads a neighborhood faith community in the Golden Hill neighborhood. A daughter and granddaughter of missionaries, Christiana grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Whether teaching and coaching global leaders, engaging the deeper spiritual longings of her neighbors or embracing the sacred mundane of daily life with her family and her community, Christiana seeks participate in God’s restoration of all things. In this episode of RePlacing Church, we talked about: How being a “Third Culture Kid” has shaped her sense of connection to place Why we need to shift the conversation from saving the church to altering the world How changing our metaphors alters our understanding of church planting How listening to stories transform our capacity to be present in our neighborhoods 6 promises that members of a neighborhood faith community can make to each other The transformative power of coaching *Support Tim and Cote Soerens journey of recovery! You Caring & Facebook Group* *Get your free RePlacing Church Resource List, a guide to being and becoming the church in the neighborhood. SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW the RePlacing Church Podcast on iTunes, or listen on Stitcher, Google Play, or Podbean. Sign up for RePlacing Church updates at www.replacingchurch.org. Like on Facebook, Follow on Instagram. Episode Song Credits: "Another Wrong to Right" and "You Won't Walk Alone" by Mercir. "Closed" by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission. Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.
An Interview With Christiana Rice - HCP Season 6 Episode 3
Hardcore Church Planting
Welcome to Season 6 Episode 3 of the Hardcore Church Planting Podcast with Peyton Jones. In this episode, I interviewed Christiana Rice. Christiana is the co-author of the book 'To Alter Your World' and is involved in a ministry called 'Thresholds' in San Diego. Christiana emphasizes impacting neighborhoods and creating community engagement. Check out: The Weird Niche That Is Enabling BIVO Church Planters To Maximize Their Income Without Having To Give Up Their Time at http://BIVOWebinar.com CPPGet the Jump School Core Team Training on DVD For FREE at: https://JumpSchoolTraining.com/free Discover more about Pete & Peyton here: http://JumpSchoolTraining.com Get the Church Planter Magazine here: IOS Device: http://goo.gl/NGe18T Android Device: http://goo.gl/NLy4wj If you are a church planter, soon to be church planter, or leader of an established church, that is looking for more insight and direction on what God is doing through church planting to reach the lost, then this is the podcast for you!