Unterwegs, the En Route Podcast
You’re listening to Unterwegs, the En Route Podcast, where we talk about what it means to be en route with Jesus in our day to day life. Navigating life and faith in our complex and changing society is hard. Our goal is to keep you Unterwegs with Jesus – moving forward as you follow God’s calling on your life.
A major theme of Unterwegs explores Stephen W. Jones book “Transitions across Cultures” and the workbook “Cross-Cultural Transitions Handbook” from Stephen and Jennie’s vantage point as they transparently share about their own journey to Berlin, Germany to join the staff of Envision Berlin.
A second theme is Mike’s 5-Questions series, in which he asks people from a variety of backgrounds the following questions:
- What is a significant transition you have experienced?
- What’s one of the most important risks you have taken and why?
- What is one decision you wish you didn’t make?
- What role does faith play in your life? (Or Who do you look up to for inspiration or mentorship)
- What are your current projects or what are you working on next?
Mike Picconato has an M.A. in Ministry Leadership from Crown College. He pastored for 16 years (6 years as the youth pastor at Maple Plain Community Church in Maple Plain, MN and 10 years as lead pastor at Staples Alliance Church in Staples, MN.).
In 2012, Mike and his wife Elissa moved with their 3 children to Berlin, Germany to join the church planting team with the C&MA in Berlin. During their time in Berlin, Mike and Elissa led an art gallery project, helped the Alliance begin reaching out to refugees in Berlin, led the Berlin Arab/German team, and helped launch Journey Berlin, a network of micro-churches ministering in former East Germany.
In 2021, Mike and Elissa launched Envision Berlin. Along with Stephen and Jennie Jones, the Picconatto’s will be helping Envision identify and develop missional leaders through short-term missions opportunities and innovative ministry strategies in Berlin, Germany.