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

Mar 19, 2018

Mandy Smith, the Lead Pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati is chatting with Steph today about what it looks like for her to be the only female Lead Pastor in her denomination. Discussing both the external and internal hurdles to stepping into leadership, Mandy and Steph share from their different perspectives as an introvert and extrovert.

 

Mandy’s latest book is out now: The Vulnerable Pastor: How human limitations empower our ministry.

 

Check out She Leads for resources on how women and men can partner together: http://www.missioalliance.org/sheleads/

Mandy’s church here:  http://www.universitychristianchurch.net/

Mandy is also a regular contributor to Missio Alliance: Www.missioalliance.org

Find Mandy on Facebook: Facebook.com/mandy.smith.50999 

Discussion questions:

1) Have you spent time personally pouring over scripture to come to your personal convictions about women in leadership?

2) What do you perceive to be the weaknesses of your personality/gender and where could they be inhabited by God’s strength?

3) What ways can you identify that male and female leaders speak different languages? How can you better learn the language of the other gender?

 

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Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

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Mar 12, 2018

Lisa Harper is discussing how a failure to understand the context in which the Bible was written - by writers under oppression - has warped our understanding of what the Bible says and what Good News truly is.  

 

Join Jo and Steph as they chat to Lisa about how the Gospel can be good news to all people - not just those who are in positions of power.

 

Discussion questions:

1) How does knowing that the Bible was written by individuals under oppression change how you see the Good News?

2) Where have you allowed your understanding of the image of God to be limited to just a certain people group?

 

For more information about the pilgrimages (Deadline April 1st 2018) go to: Freedomroad.us (go to the blog)

Www.facebook.com/lisasharonharper

Twitter/instagram: @lisasharper

Www.freedomroad.us

Www.lisasharonharper.com

 

Get her latest book out now: The Very Good Gospel

Mar 5, 2018

Dominique Gilliard the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation shares ways that the church needs to rethink its attitude to the criminal justice system and incarceration. With some horrifying statistics and also some hope-filled testimonies and practical ways churches can make a change, this podcast will change the way you see those who are and have been incarcerated and equip you to be part of the change.   

 

Every church can and should be involved in one of 4 ways:

1) prevention: mentoring, tutoring, supporting underfunded schools, summer feeding programs

2) prison ministry: go behind the walls and see for ourselves.  

3) walk alongside those who have lost family members to incarceration.  

4) aid the reentry process: disciple, support and walk alongside those who have left prison and use networks to help find employment opportunities.

5) extend our definition of family to include foster care children who need care and love especially over the holiday seasons.

 

Check out Dominique’s new book: “Rethinking Incarceration: advocating for justice which restores”

 

https://dominiquegilliard.com/

Facebook: /dominique.dg.7

@DDGilliard - twitter

dominiquedgilliard - instagram

 

Discussion questions:

1) How does your attitude towards those who have been incarcerated change when you consider the number of key biblical characters who spent time behind bars?

2) Of the 5 practical ways mentioned that churches can get involved in change, is your church engaged in any? Which one could be the first step?

3) How has your perspective on the criminal justice system changed through listening to this podcast?

Feb 19, 2018

Brian Sanders talks about how the Underground Church in Tampa, Florida has been breaking the mold of what church in America looks like and how it reaches the lost.

 

Check out Brian’s new book ‘Underground Church: A Living Example of the Church in Its Most Potent Form’

 

You may also be interested in the Tampa Underground Open Conference this weekend:  23rd - 24th February.

 

Discussion questions:

1) If you could be part of a church or group that reaches out to one people group, who would that be?

2) If you are not reaching out to that group now, what are the things stopping you?

3) Where do you need to stop complaining about something and become the solution for it instead?

 

Tampaunderground.com

 

The Underground Open conference - 23rd - 24th February.

www.undergroundopen.com

Feb 12, 2018

Annie Downs chats to Jo on today’s Lead Voices episode.  Listen in to hear how author and speaker Annie Downs manages her daily life and leadership, how she managed get her book published 6 years and 47 rejections later, and why she doesn’t have email on her phone!

 

Check out Annie’s Latest book: 100 days to Brave

www.Anniefdowns.com

@Anniefdowns

 

Also mentioned:

The Tech-wise Family by Andy Crouch

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

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Feb 5, 2018

It’s Jo’s turn to talk about how her life has unintentionally and then over time, intentionally broken molds.  Jo discusses how her cultural background has meant she has always broken molds and caused her to question her identity. However, as she has become increasingly comfortable with being uncomfortable she has been able to accept the calling God has given her and accept God’s invitations to break molds.

 

Discussion questions:

- Do you feel comfortable in the armor that God has given you to wear or are you constantly trying to put someone else’s on?

- Which things, which felt very uncomfortable at the time, do you now recognize were God-given situations God used you in to break the mold and advance His kingdom?

- Where do you need to embrace the uncomfortableness of being salt and light right now?

 

Check out the following books:

Shonda Rhimes: Year of Yes.

Jo Saxton: Dream of You (out now!!)

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

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Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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Jan 29, 2018

Steph shares stories from her life about how she has unintentionally broken the mold on many occasions by standing up for what she feels is right or following God’s calling.

Listen in to hear how not to stand up to a gym teacher like teenage Steph did, but how God used it to grow her capacity and for God's truth to be proclaimed. Steph also shares how being a female pastor (and previously a single one) also unintentionally broke molds and brought conflict but also breakthrough. 

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where have you broken the mold in your life without intentionally setting out to do so?

2) Where have you been afraid to do something right or stand up for someone because you fear breaking a mold?

3) Think of some specific situations where Jesus broke the mold. 

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

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Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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Jan 22, 2018

What does the phrase ‘breaking the mold’ mean? Is it a good thing? In this introductory episode to a new series, Jo and Steph talk about the limitations of molds, how we can be blind to them and how they hold us back as leaders - both by keeping us from stepping into things and also stopping us from helping others to step into things.

 

Discussion questions:

1) What are ways which we are being held back because of the molds society, church etc has placed on us?

2) Which molds are we blind to because we fit the mold, and so we are blind to how that mold is holding other people back?

3) Who are some people or leaders in your life who you have seen break the mold in ways that have been really meaningful to you?

 

Don’t forget to check out Jo’s new book - The Dream of You - it’s out now!

 

And you are invited to the launch party on February 1st in Minneapolis. Check out Jo’s social media to get the link code to sign up. It’s a free but ticketed event.

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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Jan 15, 2018

Lead Stories listeners get the privilege of hearing one of the new ‘The Dream of You’ podcast episodes right here on Lead Stories!

 

In this first episode of the 7-part mini-podcast you can hear Steph interview Jo on her new book, also called ‘The Dream of You’ and hear Jo talk candidly about the writing process, the reasons why she wrote the book and how it feels to have her personal journey of rediscovering her identity in print for all the world to read. Listen in to hear more about the book and find out why rediscovering your identity is so important to how you live your life.

 

To listen to the rest of this 7 part ‘The Dream of You’ podcast series then search for ‘The Dream of You’ in iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts! (And if you enjoy it then don’t forget to leave a review so that others can find it too!)

 

Don’t forget to grab your copy of Jo’s new book: ‘The Dream of You’ now!  

 

Jan 8, 2018

Want a sneak peek into Jo and Steph’s hello/goodbye process? Listen in to hear Jo talking about what last year’s word ‘flourish’ ended up looking life for her and why she feels that ‘focus’ is the word for 2018.  Find out what saying goodbye to other people’s expectations looked like for Steph and what she thinks God may be saying to her through the phrases: ‘Keys of the Kingdom’ and ‘Break the Mold.’

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where are you at in your goodbye/hello process? When can you separate some time this week to work on your goodbyes and hellos? (Don’t forget to download the workbook - link below)

2) How does it make you feel to know that God’s word is often like a seed? How can you practically water the seed of the word God is giving you for this year?

 

Check out the new 7-episodes of The Dream of You podcast. They will all be out on January 10th!

 

Get your hello/goodbye workbook at:

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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Jan 1, 2018

Welcome to Season 4!

In today’s episode Jo and Steph talk Hello / Goodbye and share how we can examine the past year well and embrace 2018 intentionally.

 

There is an accompanying Hello / Goodbye workbook which you can pick up www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources - check it out!

 

Steps for Hello / Goodbye:

1. Meditate

Try Proverbs 4:4-19

2. Review

Look at the highs and lows of the year.

3. Release

Let go of the accomplishments, failures, etc of year.

4. Reveal

Ask God to show you what to say goodbye to

5. Receive

Ask God to show you what to say hello to and step into in 2018

6. Respond

Share your ideas with others. It builds towards your plan.

7. Record

Write it down!

 

Workbook available at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

 

Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:

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Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph

Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com

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