How Do We Endure? An Interview With Steve Park

In the middle of a dispiriting season in our country, Steve Park, head of Little Lights Urban Ministries, talks about how he's managed to stay active and motivated to do some very hard, dispiriting work for over twenty years. Then we will call specific attention to a few ideas that came up during the interview before we get led in prayer by Rev. Charles Drew.

In this Episode
  • As Executive Director of Center for Christian Civics, Rick helps ministry leaders and faith communities develop missional approaches to their local public squares. He has worked on campaigns for local, state and federal office, is a former writer and editor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and oversaw communications for the Grace DC church network. He and his wife live in Washington, DC.

This autumn has pummeled us with so much bad news that just thinking about what our responsibilities might be to the wider world has to feel intimidating and exhausting.

This week, we welcome Steve Park, head of Little Lights Urban Ministries, to talk about how he’s managed to stay active and motivated to do some very hard, dispiriting work for over twenty years.

Then we will call specific attention to a few ideas that came up during the interview before we get led in prayer by Rev. Charles Drew.

00:00 – Intro, a season of endless bad news
04:35 – Interview with Steve Park
27:30 – Burnout
32:13 – Spiritual disciplines
34:58 – Scripture reading and prayer
42:26 – Endnotes

BONUS CONTENT

We just ran two blog posts following up on aspects of Steve’s interview that we couldn’t get into in the podcast:

“Does Your Faith Make You Distinct?”

“Aspiring to Humility”

HEAR MORE FROM STEVE

We’ll be sending out the complete interview with Steve to all of our partners and supporters later this month. If you want to hear more from him about the work Little Lights has done and what it’s like to lead a faith-based organization using space provided by the government, visit christiancivics.org and make a donation to our work today.

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