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.137 - Better Together

September 20, 2021

This week on the Finding Our Way podcast, we are thrilled to sit down with Danielle Strickland. Danielle is a speaker, author, justice advocate, and someone that we as a Southridge community have admired and respected for so long. In this conversation, she shares her heart about a bunch of things that we also feel passionate about - things like female empowerment in the church, how the church can better love those who are experiencing marginalization, and the importance of spiritual practices in our daily lives. Check out this episode (and then check out your favourite bookstore for her most recent book, Better Together).

Ep.136 - New Eldership Appointment

September 13, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

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, and we look forward to introducing them to you on the podcast so that you can get to know them a bit better. First up, we are so excited to share this conversation with Wes Reimer. Wes is a long-time member of our community and you're going to love hearing his heart for Southridge.

Ep.135 - Launch Season!

September 6, 2021

Typically the Sunday after Labour Day, we anticipate a big launch season and return to a regular ministry rhythm... but what does that look like in a season where we are still adhering to provincial health regulations and restrictions, where we are not yet fully out of this pandemic season. This week's podcast episode features a conversation with our lead pastor, Jeff Lockyer, talking about how things are feeling around our Southridge community, and what we can look forward to in this somewhat unusual launch season.

Ep.134 - GatHER Women

August 30, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

This week on the podcast, we are thrilled to sit down with Cathie Ostapchuk, co-founder of Gather Women, a movement dedicated to connecting and empowering women in the Canadian church. Whether you're a woman looking to be encouraged in what God has called you to, or someone looking to be a part of seeing these changes come to be, you're not going to want to miss this conversation. Cathie is a passionate leader, whose love for the church is apparent in every word she shares, and we are so thankful for all that she has to share in this conversation.

Ep.133 - Making Ministry Services Happen

August 23, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

Working behind the scenes of the parts of Southridge that you interact with is the Ministry Services Department. It's their job to support the ministries and programs of the church in areas such as facilities, IT, finance, HR, and communications. Today we sit down with our Director of Finance & HR, Kathy Van Driel, to chat about what's happening behind the scenes at Southridge as we enter this season of reopening. Much like our other departments, there are tons of opportunities to get involved, so if you're wanting to volunteer but are more of a 'behind the scenes' personality, check this out!

Ep.132 - The Value of First Impressions

August 16, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

As our Sunday morning In-Person Service is seeing more and more people gathering together, it's never been more important to be focused on loving people and ensuring that everyone who walks through the front door knows that they are welcome. Today on the podcast we sit down with our brand new Director of First Impressions, Malorie Van Weelden. Malorie has a huge heart for hospitality and for equipping all of our First Impressions volunteer teams; this includes parking attendants, ushers, greeters, cafe servers, tour guides, and Welcome Center teams. If you're looking for a way to get involved in the Southridge community (even if you're on the new side yourself!), you won't want to miss Malorie's vision for this important and impactful ministry. To get involved, you can reach her at mvanweelden@southridgechurch.ca

Ep.131 - The Role of the Arts

August 9, 2021

In a month where we are excited about re-gathering for "worship services", we are sitting down this week to talk with one of our Worship Pastors, Justin Brix. He is joining us on the podcast to talk about what worship IS, why we believe it is so important, and why it is so much more than singing a couple songs on Sunday morning (even though we love that part too). If you are interested in being a part of the Inspiration team, take a listen to hear about the many different opportunities that are available, and then reach out to Justin at jbrix@southridgechurch.ca.

Ep.130 - Making Kids Ministry Amazing

August 2, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

If you joined us in June for our 'Crowded Table' series, you know that we are passionate about investing in the next generation of our church family. Today on the podcast we are thrilled to sit down with our Kids Pastor, Jade Bowie. Jade is here to chat about the excitement of regathering with kids in an in-person setting, and how YOU can be a part of the fun.

Ep.129 - Global Leadership Summit 2021

July 26, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

As we wrap up our month of It Takes A Village podcasts, listening to and learning from voices from outside of the Southridge community, we are thrilled to bring you this conversation with Robb Warren. Robb is a longtime friend of Southridge, and is the Executive Director of the Global Leadership Network. He is here with a fantastic conversation about leadership, and especially in relationship to the Global Leadership Summit. We hope you'll take the time to check out this episode, and to then register for the GLS (visit the Events section of our website or app to sign up).

Ep.128 - Queer Prophets

July 19, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

In continuing with our series of It Takes A Village podcasts, learning from impactful voices outside of Southridge, we are thrilled to share with you this conversation with Greg Paul, an author and pastor at Sanctuary in Toronto. Greg sits down to talk about loving those who society would push to the margins; this includes those experiencing poverty and homelessness, but also the LGBTQ+ community. He shares about his faith journey and the rethinking of his beliefs; a journey that culminated in a book called Queer Prophets. Greg has a powerful and gracious story, and you won't want to miss it.

Ep.127 - The BRAVE Way

July 12, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

Around here, we are passionate about female empowerment, and we are thrilled to sit down and chat with Ellen Duffield in this week's podcast. Ellen has been instrumental in coming alongside of our community to help move those conversations forward and in helping to launch programs like Next Level Leadership and BRAVE Girls. Tune in to this episode to hear more about this, and some of the other amazing things that she's dreaming about for the future.

Ep.126 - State of the City

July 5, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

We spend a lot of time in our podcast talking about our Southridge community, but on this week's episode, we are excited to talk about the state of our greater community and Niagara region in a conversation with St. Catharines mayor, Walter Sendzik. Join in as we kick off a month of It Takes A Village podcasts, learning from those outside of our immediate church family.

Ep.125 - Ready to Reopen!

June 28, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

We are SO excited about this coming Sunday, with reopening and hosting an In-Person Service at all three locations. If you're wondering what to expect, what restrictions and safety measures will be in place (and why), check out this week's episode of Finding Our Way. Jeff sits down with our Connection Pastor, Jeff Martens, to talk about the re-opening process and what the future holds. Looking to sign up for the July 4th In-Person Service? Visit southridgechurch.ca/inpersonservice to register.

Ep.124 - Raising Parents

June 21, 2021 • Jeff Lockyer

Research shows that the top two spiritual influencers in a child's life are their parents (or primary caregivers), followed by other close family members, then friends, with the church showing up at #7 on that list. This is why we are passionate about coming alongside parents to help equip them in being the spiritual champions in the lives of their child(ren). We hope you've been engaging in our Crowded Table series on Sundays this month, and today on Finding Our Way, our Teaching Pastor Michael Krause sits down to dive deeper into this conversation, with an episode called, Raising Parents. If you're a parent or caregiver in our community, you're not going to want to miss this one.

Ep.123 - The Impact of Serving Students

June 14, 2021 • Carrie Jones

The junior high years are generally known to be tough ones - kids are straddling the strange transition between childhood and adulthood. For those walking alongside them during that season of confusion, it can be a wild ride, and so it is not lost on us that small group leaders of this age group are a special breed. This week we sit down with Larry Dyck from our Vineland location to talk about his heart for the R!OT students in our community. With close to 30 years (!) of pouring into preteens, he talks about the challenges they're facing, the joy they bring, and how one small group leader can change a life (even if it might not feel like it in the moment!).