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Now displaying: September, 2016

Stories of leadership and life with Jo Saxton and Steph O'Brien

Sep 26, 2016

Leadership that is seen is just the tip of the iceberg of a leader’s life.  To be people who thrive we need healthy foundations and we need other people to walk alongside us.   Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego’s are a powerful picture of leaders in relationship encouraging one another as they faced difficult situations.   Jo and Steph share their own practices in finding and maintaining relationships with their people, which include:   1) clearly defining the relationship 2) having a communication plan 3) communicating boundaries 4) taking advantage of technology to connect 5) being proactive in new friendships in your field and beyond 6) finding contexts where your people can challenge as well as encourage you 7) using Matthew 18 in response to conflict 8) pursing restoration and healing in context of relationship with others   SWOT analysis (great to do every 6 months):   Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats   Or in other words:   Breakthroughs Battles Frustrations Failures   Discussion questions: 1) Who are your people? If you aren’t sure, ask God to show you relationships you can pursue intentionality with. 2) When did you last connect with your people? Are you making the most of the resources you have to connect with them? Are you intentionally prioritizing those relationships? 3) Are you struggling with one or more of your people right now? Do you need to go and talk to them / forgive them? 4) Are you vulnerable with your people? When can you find time to do a SWOT analysis of your lives together?   Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Sep 19, 2016

When God’s people were dragged to Babylon as exiles, God told them to accept the new normal and prosper within it. (Jeremiah 29).  ‘New normals’ mean that something has changed, whether good or bad, big or small.  New normals are not always new ideals, but God still desires us to accept them and prosper within them.

 

In this episode, Jo and Steph discuss how to fully step into the new normal.  Steph shares a testimony about an unexpected new season in her life and how she adjusted to it.

 

3 tips for navigating the new normal:

 

1) Recognize and embrace grief and the things left behind.

 

2) Be patient with yourself, give yourself space and ask people to be patient with you too.

 

3) Find a way to physically represent stepping into a new space.

 

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) Do you feel like you are stepping into a new normal or being dragged into it?

 

2) Are there sacrifices that you need to make going into this new season? What is God saying to you about this new season and what are you going to do about it?

 

3) Is there a creative way you can represent this new season?  (drawing line in sand to walk over, write a manifesto, toast the new season…be creative!)

  Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Sep 5, 2016

It’s September and the physical seasons are changing and so it is a great opportunity to look at how we can prepare for and embrace new seasons well.

 

 

In this podcast Jo and Steph discuss the 4 Rs of stepping into a new season:

 

 

1) Review

 

2) Release

 

3) Receive Revelation

 

4) Respond

 

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) Review: Do you have regular planned times to review the different areas of your life? Can you plan in some time this week and in the coming months to review?

 

 

2) Release: What things do you need to release from the last season? Which of those things are painful to release and which are celebrations? Are there any helpful rituals (journalling, photos, stone throwing etc.) that can help you engage with releasing those things?

 

 

3) Receive Revelation: How can you create some space in your life this week to spend some time thinking with God? When can you plan in a walk or some time with a journal, bible and pen or a whiteboard this week to think through the next season? Who can you discuss and be accountable with about the ideas you have?

 

 

4) Respond: What needs rearranging in your life right now to enable you to embrace the new things of this season well? What new things are on the horizon since the beginning of the year which mean you need adjustments in your plan?

    Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

Sep 5, 2016

Love it or hate it, transition happens to all of us - sometimes we are ready and waiting and at other times we struggle to embrace it.       In this episode Jo and Steph look at the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42 and discuss how Mary put aside the cultural expectations on her to embrace her calling. Martha embraced the oughts whereas Mary embraced what was needed. Jo shares her testimony of a two-year-long embrace of a calling into a new season she was resistant to.       Discussion questions:   1) Can you think of a time when you laid down your/others oughts and shoulds and embraced what God was telling you that you needed to do? Share your story.   2) What is God calling you into right now? What are the oughts and shoulds which threaten to get in the way? What is God saying you need to do?   3) When can you create some space this week to spend some time praying and seeking God’s heart for you where you have doubts?   Read more:     Influential / More than Enchanting by Jo Saxton (same book, different titles depending on your location)     Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo: Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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