HopeCast: Faith in the face of crisis

We’re a couple of months into the pandemic, and if you’re like most of us here at NCF, you’re probably ready for some news to lift your spirits. 

With that in mind, we’ve launched HopeCast, a podcast with encouraging insights from a variety of national and global leaders who are quickly responding with generosity in the midst of this crisis. To improve your outlook today, set aside a few minutes to listen to one or more of these powerful conversations below.

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Episode 16: Simon Barrington from Forge Leadership

June 8, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has been with us for months now. Where do we go from here? Simon Barrington, founder of Forge Leadership and former CEO for Samaritan’s Purse in Europe, has 15 years’ experience in disaster recovery. He shares how leaders can set the pace to reboot the world in a restorative and meaningful way … read more.

Episode 15: Dave Blanchard from Praxis

May 21, 2020

How should entrepreneurs design for an unknown future? What does it look like to build trust and follow through with a long-term vision? Dave Blanchard, co-founder and CEO of Praxis, dives into questions that arise from Praxis’ two recent and very popular articles describing our current circumstances in terms of a “blizzard, winter, and little ice age.” Dave shares a hopeful look at how at how business leaders can prepare to thrive – not just survive – right now and in the days to come … read more.

Episode 14: Bob Westfall from Westfall Gold

May 13, 2020

It’s no secret that ministries have been directly impacted by COVID-19 with aspects like fundraising and events. But even in the midst of crisis, Bob Westfall from Westfall Gold shares how he’s seeing donors rise to the occasion and have honest conversations with ministry leaders as they lean in, together, to a shared mission … read more.

Episode 13: Rob West from Kingdom Advisors

May 5, 2020

How can financial advisors steward their influence in a time such as this? Rob West from Kingdom Advisors shares some perspective on the unique opportunities advisors have right now for a deeper connection with their clients and peers that all points back to the fact that God still owns it all … read more.

Episode 12: James Winans from The Bowery Mission

April 30, 2020

For The Bowery Mission in New York City, COVID-19 isn’t the first crisis they’ve encountered since they opened their doors in the 1870s. More than ever, their dedicated team of staff and volunteers are committed to provide shelter, meals, and compassion for their neighbors today and long after the pandemic is over … read more.

Episode 11: Josh Crossman and Bishop Vincent Matthews from Churches Helping Churches

April 24, 2020

Listen to learn how a coalition of church leaders, ministries, and individuals came together to make it easier for churches to help each other in crisis … read more.

Episode 10: Alli McGill and Amber Seyler from Food on the Table DC

April 22, 2020

Listen to find out how two ordinary women quickly mobilized volunteers to serve those at high-risk during the pandemic … read more.

Episode 9: Martha Newsome from Medical Teams International

April 16, 2020

Martha Newsome, President and CEO of Medical Teams International, describes how her team pivoted their care model by turning their mobile dental vans into emergency dental clinics, as well as by training healthcare workers globally to respond to the crisis … read more.

Episode 8: Terence Lester from Love Beyond Walls

April 16, 2020

With the homeless facing challenges like never before, Terence Lester and his team at Love Beyond Walls are quickly innovating to provide hand-washing stations, PPE, and uncommon dignity in the midst of coronavirus … read more.

Episode 7: Mike Sharrow from C12

April 13, 2020

Mike Sharrow, CEO of C12, shares stories of how Christian marketplace leaders and entrepreneurs are pivoting their business models in ways that’s leading to rapid innovation, employee care, and so much more … read more.

Episode 6: Jeff Fray from Gloo

April 8, 2020

Jeff Fray from Gloo in Boulder, Colorado shares about the opportunities that arose when his company’s plan to help the Barna Group with the biggest church study ever conducted was disrupted by the  COVID-19 outbreak … read more.

Episode 5: James Kelly from FaithTech

April 6, 2020

Find out what happens when a global faith-driven technology community comes together online to solve 10 urgent new COVID-related issues … read more.

Episode 4: Edgar Sandoval from World Vision

March 31, 2020

How do we regain a sense of safety in this time of isolation and crisis? Edgar Sandoval, president of World Vision, describes how his team is responding to the pandemic and shares a timely reminder that we are all vulnerable … read more.

Episode 3: Guy and Sondra Sottile from Italy For Christ

March 27, 2020

How is the church in Italy preparing for a new renaissance of faith? Italy For Christ co-founders, Guy and Sondra Sottile, describe what it’s like to serve and minister in one of the hardest hit regions of the outbreak … read more.

Episode 2: Kendra VanderMeulen from NCF Northwest

March 25, 2020

Kendra VanderMeulen from NCF Northwest shares stories of small businesses and charities who are keeping the doors open by innovating business models and meeting the needs of the community in the midst of this crisis … read more.

Episode 1: Joe Pringle from NCF Chicago

March 24, 2020

An early look at how givers, churches, a Christian school, and neighbors using the NextDoor app responded in their Chicago communities during the first days of the pandemic … read more.

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