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

May 21, 2018

Ending Season 4, Jo and Steph discuss what will be happening over the summer on LeadStories and also what they personally and professionally will be up to.  Listen in to hear Jo’s writing soundtrack and snack, and all about the Ezer Collective, an exciting space coming in the Fall, especially for women who lead. And when we say ‘women who lead’ we mean, any woman who has influence in any sphere!

 

To find out more about the Ezer Collective, press on the tab at: Josaxton.com

 

Check out books:

Woman - The Full Story: A dynamic Celebration of Freedoms: Michele Guinness

Carolyn Custis James

 

Check out Jo’s record collection:

Johnny Coltrane

Miles Davis

Somi

 

 

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May 14, 2018

What does it look like to use power in a positive way to extend the Kingdom of God? This week Jo and Steph discuss what can happen when we use power in the ways God intended us to, and what can happen when we fail to use the power and authority we have been given.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where has God given you authority to speak to a situation but you are afraid to do so? What might happen if you don’t?

2) Where do you have influence (aka authority or power) right now? In which spheres? How are you using that influence to raise up and encourage others?

3) Where do you need to remove some of the rocks and die to self in order for God’s Spirit to flow more freely in your life?

 

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May 7, 2018

How did Jesus engage with and use the authority and power that He was given? In this episode, Jo and Steph highlight key passages in the Bible which show Jesus’ attitudes and practices of power.

 

Passages discussed: Philippians 2: 5-11

Matthew 4

John 13: 1-17

Luke 22: 24-27

 

3 temptations of Appetite, Approval and Ambition are explored further in ‘Multiplying Missional Leaders’ by Mike Breen.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Jesus’ main goal was to release His disciples. Have you ever struggled with releasing those under you? Why?

2) Which temptation of power do you struggle with most: appetite, ambition or approval?

3) What is the main goal of your leadership?

 

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Apr 30, 2018

Following on from last week, Jo and Steph discuss three more pitfalls of power: celebrity status, experiencing powerlessness and hoarding power. Listen in to hear why being a celebrity is so often confused with anointing, what experiencing powerlessness can lead us to do and how to avoid hoarding power in order to give other people a voice.

 

Book mentioned: The Failure of Nerve - Edwin H. Friedman

 

Discussion questions:

 

1. Would you do what you are doing anyway, if nobody was watching? Is there anything you wouldn’t be doing if other people were watching?

2. Can you think of a time where you experienced feeling powerless? How did it make you feel? How did you react?

3. Are you ever tempted to hoard power? How can you amplify other people’s voices, especially those voices that are underrepresented?

4. Which of the 6 pitfalls mentioned in the last two podcasts (or any others you can think of) are you most vulnerable to? (1. Not recognizing Relative Power (rather than positional power) 2. Lack of accountability and transparency 3. (The lie) that the end justifies the means 4. Seeking celebrity status 5. Responding badly to experiencing powerlessness and 6. Hoarding power)

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Apr 23, 2018

Where do you have influence? In those areas you have power. The question is, what are you doing with it? In this episode Jo and Steph discuss 3 pitfalls of power:

1. Not recognizing Relative Power (rather than positional power)

2. Lack of accountability and transparency

3. (The lie) that the end justifies the means

 

Discussion questions:

1. Do an audit of the power you have. Where do you have capacity to direct or influence people, resources and events?

What choices are you making with your financial, intellectual and relational powers?

2. Who gets to really know you and question you? Who are you accountable with? Are you accountable with somebody (could be different people for different areas) about each area of your life?

3. Where are you tempted to lack ethics or honor in your areas of influence?

 

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Apr 16, 2018

If we want to be effective and holy leaders we need to be aware of the pitfalls in our way.  Beginning a new series, Jo and Steph start by defining some of the words connected with power.   

 

Power: The capacity or ability to direct or influence people, circumstances or events.

a) control and command

b) ability to act or to be able

 

Influence: The capacity to have an effect on the development, character or behavior of something or someone.

 

Authority: Permission, right, knowledge or role in which you bring influence.

a) confidence, commanding manner

b) author the story

 

Control: Regulation, domination, command, direction over others.

 

Empowerment: Resourcing people so that they become stronger and confident in who they are and who God made them to be, and to live that out.

 

Ambition: The desire, drive and determination to achieve.

a) self-ambition

b) mission and purpose ambition

 

Discussion questions:

1) Which of these words do you feel comfortable and uncomfortable with and why?

2) Would you define any of these words differently?

3) How do you engage with each of those words?

 

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Apr 9, 2018

Shawn Moore, a Church pastor, teacher at Bethel Seminary and ironman competitor chats with Jo and Steph this week about greatness, cultural competency and how to grow in our understanding of others.  Shawn desires to see education used to liberate people from bondage so that they can become great and he shares with Jo and Steph about what that looks like for him personally.

 

GREAT:

Gratitude

Redeemed / reconciliation (removing barriers to authentic relationships)

Excellence - A for effort, not perfection

Action

Teaching / training - either learning or teaching others

 

Discussion questions:

1) Do you have a  morning routine look like? What does it look like or what would you like it to look like?

2) Shawn said: ‘if you want to give more grace, you have to receive more grace.’ How are you actively filling up on God’s grace right now?

3) Shawn shared that rest is about recharging not just switching off. Write a list of the activities you do in your spare time and mark them as either ‘recharging my soul’ or ‘switching off life’.

 

Mentioned book:

Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire

 

Find Shawn at:

http://www.thebelovedmn.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shawn.moore.313

Apr 2, 2018

This episode is for those who set out intentionally to bring change and breakthrough to different areas and spheres and asks the question: what does it look like to be intentional if you are going to break a mold?

Jo and Steph look at four areas to consider when breaking the mold on purpose:

1) Recognizing

2) Reckoning

3) Reconnecting

4) Responding

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) Who’s on the rollercoaster and who is not?

2) Am I still meant to break this mold and in this way or is there a different mold God is inviting me into in this season?

3) What is the fallout of changes I have / am making and what do I need to attend to?

4) What skills do I need to learn for this season and what do I need to do for this to be sustainable?

 

Take some time to dwell on Psalm 139

 

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Mar 26, 2018

Have you ever found yourself breaking a mold and you didn’t even mean to? Have found yourself having a conversation and thinking that something was a given and realize that it wasn’t? Jo and Steph talk about what happens when we find ourselves breaking molds and how we can respond accordingly.

 

The 4 Rs of handling breaking the mold by accident:

1) Recognizing

2) Reckoning

3) Reconnect

4) Respond to questions

 

Discussion questions:

1) Discuss a time when you unintentionally broke a mold by something you said or did.

2) Where do you need to make some changes to adjust to breaking a mold? Is there shrapnel that you need to spend some time removing and healing from? 

3) Who do you need to reconnect with (people or God) after breaking a mold?

 

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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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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

 

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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!!)

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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