Finding Our Way

Welcome to the Finding Our Way Podcast!  Join us each week as we discuss how to pursue Jesus’ Way in community, and how as local churches we can better foster Jesus’ Way among us, so the world will see more of Jesus through His Church.

Ep.155 - Leading the Emerging Gen

January 24, 2022 • Jeff Lockyer

Join us for today's podcast where Jeff sits down with with Jud Stade, who has an unmatched passion for seeing the emerging generation come to know Jesus in real and powerful ways. Whether you are someone with young people in your direct circles, or whether you're just excited about the impact that this generation can have in the church, you won't want to miss this insightful conversation.

Ep.154 - Soul Care

January 17, 2022

Sometimes it can be easy to make our faith journey about just the thinking and the knowing, without allowing time for the being. Christa Hesselink, founder of SoulPlay, has made her life's work about encouraging people in the slowing down to generate mind and heart habits that focus on experiencing the presence of God. If you're in a place of feeling weariness in your faith, don't miss this conversation with Christa and the wisdom that she brings.

Ep.153 - The State of Evangelism

January 10, 2022 • Jeff Lockyer

We believe in being a church where it's safe to ask questions, regardless of where you are on your faith journey. One of the specific ways we love doing that is through the Alpha program - an open environment for discussing faith and life, where no question is off-limits. Today on the podcast, we're excited to sit down and chat with Shaila Visser, the National Director of Alpha Canada. Tune in to learn more about Alpha, about evangelism, and Shaila's story.

Ep.152 - Making The New Year New

January 3, 2022 • Carrie Jones

As we kick off 2022, Carrie sits down with Southridge's Lead Pastor, Jeff Lockyer, to discuss vision and direction for the upcoming year and what it looks like to make the New Year truly NEW. Check it out!

Ep.151 - Friendship Makes the Difference

December 27, 2021

If you've been around Southridge for any length of time, you've undoubtedly heard the phrase "friendship makes the difference". On today's podcast, Jeff sits down to chat with Elaine Orr - it's a conversation about how her life was changed, and how the natural response was to pour love into others. You're not going to want to miss this story!

Ep.150 - Justice and the Emerging Gen

December 20, 2021

As we wrap up our Hope Live series, we are excited to have this conversation with Grace Jones. Grace is an emerging gen leader at Southridge who is passionate about compassion and justice in her community, and the world. You won't want to miss hearing about her heart for loving others - whether it's cooking meals for land defenders at 1492 Landback Lane or the development of a new greenhouse at our Welland location to combat that community's food insecurity needs - as well as her insights into why this emerging generation is so passionate about compassion & justice.

Ep.149 - Maximizing Christmas

December 13, 2021

As the Christmas season ramps up, join us on the podcast this week as we chat with Rob Hogendoorn, pastor of Forest City Community Church in London, as he talks about the way his church uses the Christmas season to uniquely serve their community.

Ep.148 - One Story Curriculum

December 6, 2021

Yesterday in all of our kids classes at Southridge, we launched into a brand new teaching curriculum called One Story. We are so excited about this new content and how it will help all our Southridge kids to grown spiritually. Today on the podcast, we are thrilled to chat more about this with Natalie Frisk. Natalie is lead pastor at The Meeting House Brantford, as well as curriculum pastor for One Story kids and youth curriculum. She is author of Raising Disciples: How to Make Faith Matter for Our Kids (Herald Press). Natalie has an MTS from McMaster Divinity College and is presently working on her doctorate in practical theology with an emphasis on the spiritual experience of children. She is married to Sam and mom to Erin. (For a chance to win a copy of Natalie's book, head on over to our Family Ministry's social media channels today!)

Ep.147 - How Gatherings Drive Compassion

November 29, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

As we dive into our annual Hope Lives series on the Sunday mornings leading up to Christmas, we want to take a moment to chat with our Action Pastor, Nate Dirks. Take a listen to this conversation about how gatherings drive compassion.

Ep.146 - What Church Health Requires

November 22, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

This week, we are excited to sit down with Keri Ladouceur, a pastor from the Chicago area, to talk about church health, church growth, church learnings from the pandemic season, and more. If you're interested in learning more about church leadership, this is a great conversation to take in!

Ep.145 - The Impact of Online Services

November 15, 2021 • Carrie Jones

Throughout the months of COVID lockdowns, we grieved the shutting down of our buildings on Sunday morning and having to shift to the backup plan of online services. But God can bring good things from bad situations and we quickly learned that the online service was serving as a way for those who might not otherwise be able to attend Southridge to become a part of the family. On today's episode, Carrie sits down with Helen Garda to hear one of these stories. Helen and her family began taking part in the online service while they were living in Edmonton. They're now living in Niagara and call Southridge home. Check out this amazing conversation!

Ep.144 - New Eldership Appointment

November 8, 2021

So many big decisions regarding the direction, vision, and life of our church are made by our Board of Elders. This group of amazing, behind-the-scenes leaders is elected by our members, serve as volunteers, and are instrumental to who we are as Southridge. This year, you appointed two new elders - we already heard from one of them back in September, and today we are excited to introduce you to the other. Dee Neuman is not a stranger to this podcast (check out her episode about Resiliency back in May of this year!), and has such a heart for the people of Southridge. You won't want to miss this conversation and the chance to get to know her a bit better.

Ep.143 - The Younger Heart for the Church

November 1, 2021

What do the emerging gen leaders feel about the local church these days? In this week's podcast we sit down to talk with Victoria Archibald; she works at the Shelter as Resident Services Support, and is one of Southridge's awesome young leaders. You won't want to miss what she has to say! #findingourwaytogether

Ep.142 - Canadian Church Leaders Network

October 25, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

On this week's episode of Finding Our Way, Jeff sits down to chat with Jason Ballard of Canadian Church Leaders Network. Jason is a pastor in Vancouver and it's a pleasure to hear him talk about his love for the Church in Canada, in all its beautiful messiness.

Ep.141 - Certifying COVID-19 Safety

There have been fewer recent topics more divisive than the conversations around vaccines and vaccine mandates. As a church, we have been in prayer about what it looks like to live out a "Love Beyond Belief" mindset in the midst of this. If you're at all curious about where we've landed (and why!), check out this week's episode of the Finding Our Way podcast where Jeff sits down with our Board Chair, Joan Hyatt.