Love Where You Are

January 16, 2023

Ep. 3.3 : Understanding and Engaging God’s Beloved Community with Michelle Sanchez

Welcome to the Love Where You Are podcast! 

In today’s episode I am joined by Author Michelle Sanchez.

Michelle is passionate for disciples to be transformed as they transform the world. She serves as Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Evangelical Covenant Church. She has also served on the advisory board of the Institute for Bible reading, ministered to international students with Cru in New York City, and engaged in three global gatherings of the Lausanne Movement. Michelle earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, completed spiritual direction training at Boston College, and studied the life and times of Jesus at Jerusalem University College.  She has published four books and is a regular columnist with Outreach Magazine.

Hey friend,

It is difficult navigating the division of our world, and it can be especially confusing for our kids who see it everywhere.

As we raise the next generation of Christ followers, we as parents need tools to equip our kids to be a part of the solution to the division we see all around us.

In this week’s episode I sat down with author, Michelle Sanchez to discuss the beauty of community, how God created community, and how we are all made in the image of God.

Michelle reminds us about the importance of communicating with our kids and how it is in fact at the core of scripture. Jesus reached out to the outcasts, so must we; and He gave us the great commission to seek out all people across the world.

On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take time to listen to this encouraging conversation!

You can connect with Michelle through Facebook, Instagram, and her website where you can buy God’s Beloved Community or her other resources such as, Color-Courageous Discipleship. 



*What was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s real dream? We remember his “I have a dream” speech but sometimes we forget he was a pastor and his real dream was a spiritual one, for all of us to love one another as a body of Christ.

*Our kids are experiencing broken community, and Michelle offers the solution to communicate with them about it. It all begins in Genesis, even with God Himself as the Trinity, Three in One, there was community–likewise, humans were built for community.

*Every culture has its strengths and weaknesses. One strength in the United States is our independence, but it also becomes a weakness because we lack a strong sense of community and understand its importance; other cultures may lack individual independence but succeed with community bonds.



*Jesus reached out to the marginalized. “It’s all about the heart.” – Michelle.

*Reconciliation as disciples hasn’t been at the forefront of priorities.

*We are here to advance the Kingdom of God, all nations like a colorful tapestry.



Revelations 7

Matthew 28


Connect with Somer! 

Stay connected to Somer and the Love Where You Are podcast through her Facebook & Instagram! Now, go love where you are and live on mission for Jesus today.

Subscribe to receive Christian Parenting in your inbox

About Love Where You Are

Equipping Christian Moms to embrace their season, live life on mission and share Jesus right where they are!

Like a weekly coffee date with the girls, Somer and her guests come together to ask the hard questions, have honest conversations and dive deep into God’s Word. Her heart is to equip and encourage Moms who are seeking to model an authentic Christian walk for their families while also making an impact for the kingdom through love in action wherever God has them in their current season of life. Following the Deuteronomy 6 model, Somer encourages listeners to identify their gifts, talents and current season of life as opportunities to impact the lives of others and bring their children along in the journey reminding us there are opportunities everywhere and every day to love right where you are!

About Somer Colbert

Somer Colbert is a writer, speaker and host of the Love Where You Are podcast. She is the Director of Adoption and Foster Care Ministry at Crosschurch and Connected Champion with the Arkansas Baptist Children and Family Ministries where she creates support, awareness and advocacy for families seeking to serve in the areas of adoption and foster care. She creates weekly podcast episodes and resources to equip and empower Christian families to identify their influence for the gospel in every season, live life on mission and share Jesus right where they are.  Somer is passionate about equipping spiritually healthy families and seeing a movement of God's people step into confidence in their ability to change the world around them through the way they love! 

She resides in Arkansas with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She's obsessed with British docudramas and cooking shows and can always be found with a cup of hot tea in hand. Her life has been forever changed by the love of Jesus, marriage to her favorite person, parenting her crazy crew and walking multiple adoption journeys. 

Connect with Somer on Facebook and Instagram

Sign up to receive weekly emails and resources from Somer HERE!


Privacy Preference Center