New episodes released on Tuesdays. Hosted by Park Street Church’s senior minister, Mark Booker, Park Street Dialogues is a series of conversations with the intent of connecting followers of Jesus in Boston and beyond. Mark talks with a diverse group of guests about their work and ministry in the city and their perspectives on the work of God in Boston: both in its opportunities and its challenges.
Season 1 is now complete; check back soon for Season 2.
Mark Booker, Senior Minister
Dave Searles serves at Central Assembly of God Church in East Boston where he lives with his family. The multi-cultural nature of the neighborhood is reflected in Central Assembly of God Church, and in this final episode for Season 1 of Park Street Dialogues, Dave and Mark discuss that diversity, the importance of being present in the neighborhood of the church, and what it looks like to join in with what God is doing instead of pushing a new agenda.
PSD 04 | Betsy Cowan Neptune, Chief of Economic Development, Metropolitan Area Planning Council and Co-Leader of Thrive and Grow
Betsy Cowan Neptune serves as the Chief of Economic Development for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. In this role, she helps with the development and planning of communities and neighborhoods around greater Boston. In her conversation with Mark, Betsy talks about the challenges that our communities face, and she shares some great ideas for how Christians can engage with businesses in our neighborhoods and beyond. She and Mark also discuss the tension of partnering with others for the common good while knowing that our ultimate hope is in God and his coming future. Betsy helps to lead Thrive and Grow, a network of Christian entrepreneurs and business leaders in Boston, and she serves on the board of the Emmanuel Gospel Center.
Jua Robinson is the Executive Director of Boston Collaborative, an organization that connects networks of Christians to each other and to organizations that help Boston flourish. In this conversation with Mark, he shares his heart that Christians would become known for the key contributions we make to the flourishing of our city. He also tells the story of moving to Boston in 2006 to plant a multiethnic church, and he shares valuable lessons from that experience that speak to the heart of Christians discipleship.
Bryan Wilkerson, senior pastor at Grace Chapel in Lexington, joins Mark Booker for a conversation about Boston culture, challenges in the life of the church, and ways that Boston churches can learn from and work with each other. Bryan tells the story of how he came to have a heart for the city and how that led to a regular gathering of pastors that came to be known as Greater Things for Greater Boston. Bryan also addresses the challenge of polarization in the church, the challenge of relating across generations, and the growing focus on justice among evangelicals.
Barry Kang, lead pastor and planter at Symphony Church in Boston, talks with Mark Booker. Barry moved to Boston in 2010 with the goal of planting a church that would focus on college ministry. Mark and Barry talk about the importance of Christian witness amongst college and graduate school students, the difficulty of growing community in a city church, the coming together of the Boston Pastor’s Prayer Summit, and what it looks like for the Church to work together to engage the city.
Mark explains his heart and vision for Park Street Dialogues in this introduction to the podcast. New episodes released Tuesdays.