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Aug 20, 2018

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, pastors at  Grace Community Church on the west-side of Chicago.  She is a preacher, liturgist and activist who re-imagining the intersection of worship and justice.  Today's podcast features Sandra's powerful and passionate talk from The Justice Conference.

Get more information about Sandra HERE

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Get more information about the next Justice Conference HERE 

 

Aug 13, 2018

Edrin Williams is the Formation Pastor at Sanctuary Church in Minneapolis, working to create spaces for adults to Connect, Grow, & Serve in ways that draw them closer to God and other people.  Today's episode features a powerful and engaging teaching from a recent sermon series entitled Mission Friends.  

Bio excerpt:
Beyond my work at Sanctuary, I am passionate about developing leaders of all ages who will impact society from their sphere of influence. I love writing and speaking! I am at my best when I’m using biblical teaching, humor, storytelling and my background in the humanities & social sciences to influence others in the ways of Jesus. Most recently, I was a contributor to the book, Father Factor: American Christian Men on Fatherhood and Faith, a project with White Cloud Press, and the author of Reclaiming Fatherhood, which appeared in YouthWorker Journal. You can find my irregular but interesting blogs about faith, family, and other topics at www.edrinwilliams.com.
Aug 6, 2018

Today's episode features Pastor Gail Song Bantum preaching on John Chapter 8 as part of a series on the book of John called Deeper at Quest Church in Seattle. 

 

Here is an excerpt from Gail's bio on her BLOG:

who am i? a second generation korean-american who doesn’t speak much korean, often mistaken for mixed-race, the black community is like family, love soul and latin music. and i LOVE me some food!

past and futurefor nearly 20 years, i have led worship and pastored in congregations ranging the span of non-denominational charismatic churches to liturgical methodist services. i have a passion and calling to see the life of discipleship and worship within the church expressed in ways that transcend cultural, denominational, and generational boundaries through creative arts and diverse giftings represented in the body of christ. recently, i have also found great passion in sharing life, mentorship, and leadership nuggets that i’ve learned over the years with up and coming leaders -especially with young women and men of color.

i received my mdiv degree from duke divinity school and my bachelors degree from the eastman school of music in rochester, new york in music performance and conducting. i am enjoying and consider it a privilege to be serving as the executive pastor at quest church in seattle, washington.

my life and loves: i have been married for 19 years to brian, the most amazing man ever! we met in college right after my mother passed away and we managed a long distance relationship for two LONG years! (and this was back before cell phones and email!!!) the joys of my life are our three beautiful sons: caleb, ezra, and joseph. we love hikes, listening to music, all things christmas and of course, you wouldn’t be a bantum if you didn’t love to eat;)

-i LOVE to think, discuss, teach and embody what it means for our lives, as the church, to endlessly reverberate with the song of our fervent desire for the One who continually creates, gifts, and sustains all of life. i also LOVE LOVE LOVE to mentor and raise up next generation leaders and have found fulfillment in celebrating the successes, gifts and strengths in others.

 
Jul 30, 2018

You already know Jo is one of the premiere voices on leadership for women today.  This podcast is a recording of one of her teachings on Ezer from the inaugural Ezer Collective held last fall.  Listen and broaden and shape your leadership calling and get a taste of what you can expect at this year's Ezer Collective.

Ezer Registration and Information

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Jul 23, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today. Today's guest is Keisha Polonio, Associate Director at Tampa Underground in Tampa, FL.  Keisha is an powerful and engaging speaker as well as a gifted storyteller.  Listen as she talks about prayer being "breath to our souls".  Exhaling our fears, our dreams, our wants and inhaling the Lord's peace, his plans and hope for us and the world around us.

Find out more about Keisha at keishapolonio.com

 

Jul 16, 2018

In this “Generations” message, Pastor Cyon Edgerton from Freedom Life Church in Hampton, VA dives into our spiritual heritage and legacy as children of God. By unpacking the story of Abraham, we discover what it means to be adopted into God’s family and to be covered by His promises. Our identity, our value, and our purpose all stand on the foundation of the covenant that our Father invites us into and the promises He makes to us. These are the promises that redefine our perspective and make provision for the problems we face.

To connect with Cyon, visit www.cyonedgerton.com  To learn more about FLC (with campuses in Hampton, Virginia and San Antonio, Texas) visit www.freedomlifechurch.com

Signup for Cyon's weekly newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/ddwfbv
 
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Jul 9, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today.  This episode features a sermon recently given by Stephanie at Mill City Church as part of a series called Pick Your Battles.

Stephanie begins this important conversation by noting that we sometimes focus on picking the battles that are in front of our face -our personal lives, our work lives or political spheres - forgetting that what is really going on is a deep spiritual battle that is perhaps unseen but has deep and very real ramifications.  Listen as Stephanie brings clarity to some of  the mysteries of Spiritual Warfare.  

Jul 2, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today.  This episode features a sermon previously given by Jo Saxton looking at Mark chapter 3 where Jesus calls His disciples. Jo speaks powerfully about this movement that started with a few ordinary, everyday people and how God calls us in the same way even today,

Jun 25, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today. Today's message is from Nicole Bullock, Senior Pastor at Blue Oaks Covenant Church in Brooklyn Center, MN. You will be totally engaged as you listen to her speak powerfully and eloquently about miracles or as she puts it "the supernatural manifestation of the divine presence and power of God"!

Blue Oaks Covenant Church 

"Miracles Happen" Sermon Series at Blue Oaks

 

 

Jun 18, 2018

We are continuing our special Lead Stories Summer Sermon series with this message from Pastor Daniel Hill of River City Church in Chicago and author of the book "White Awake: An Honest Look at What it Means to be White".  Pastor Hill starts a dialogue around race relations in the wider church, beginning with the challenge that the current christian church has a "anemic theology" around race relations.  

River City Church

Pastor Daniel Hill interview on Lead Stories Podcast

Listen to more sermons in River City's series "Same Power" HERE

 

 

 

Jun 11, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today.  This episode features a sermon recently given by Stephanie at Mill City Church as part of a series called Led By Jesus, which looked at Jesus as Servant, Teacher, Shepherd, Prophet, Judge, High Priest and King.  Listen here as Stephanie talks about how Jesus speaks challenge into our lives as our Prophet Leader.  

To hear other sermons in this series follow this link:

http://millcitychurch.com/sundays/sermons/series/led-by-jesus/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 4, 2018

Lead Stories Summer Sermon Series 2018 gives you an opportunity to hear some of the premiere voices from women in ministry and leadership today.  In this episode, Jo Saxton brings a compassionate and inspired challenge to women to walk confidently into their leadership calling and understand their spiritual authority. 

This talk was originally from the She Leads Summit and is rebroadcasted with permission from Missio Alliance:

Missio Alliance invites you to buy the whole bundle from this She Leads Conference at a special 40% off rate by using the code: leadstories at the following sites:

AUDIO:

https://www.missioalliance.org/product/all-sheleads16-sessions-audio/

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https://www.missioalliance.org/product/all-sheleads16-sessions-video/

 

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?

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