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May 22, 2017

This week Steph chats to Chris Frank, a clinical counselor about mental illness, and the stigmas connected with them, especially within the church.  Both Steph and Chris talk from personal experience about struggling against mental illness and the different roles medical professionals have played in helping them and those close to them.

 

Listen in to find out the difference between primary and secondary emotions and how they impact our mental health; how stigmas from society and the church impact mental health freedom and how we, as leaders and individuals, can support ourselves and others towards better mental health.  

 

Discussion:

1) How does it help to state: ‘I am struggling against depression’ rather than ‘I am depressed.’ How can our language help tear down stigmas?

2) One of the definitions of shame is a feeling of not being enough. Where do you struggle with that and what lies are you believing that impact your mental health?

3) What positive things can you do to support your own mental health and the mental health of those who you lead?

 

Mental Health Resources:

 

https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help/

 

https://www.betterhelp.com/helpme/

 

https://www.breakthrough.com/

 

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/



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May 15, 2017

Living with stigmas is exhausting. The wondering if people support you in the role you are in can be incredibly tiring - like having too many apps running in the background at one time.   

 

In this final conversation about the stigmas against strong women, Jo and Steph talk interpersonal and work/vocational relationships and how being strong women has affected those areas for them.  They also share from the new ebook on ‘Empowering women in leadership’ on how we can all empower strong women in helpful ways.

 

Check out the ebook at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources.

 

Discussion:

 

1) What pre-conceived ideas do you think there are about strong women in dating relationship? Is it okay for women to be strong in a relationship? Are there only specific circumstances where it is okay?

 

2) Where have you felt you have had to compete with other women? Where has that feeling come from a false understanding of the abundance of God’s kingdom?

 

3) What does it look like to affirm the range of gifts and personalities in your friendship group / extended family? Do both the louder and quieter voices get heard?

 

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May 10, 2017

Jo and Steph talk the public and private life of leadership this week with Jennie Allen, founder of the If Gathering.  Listen in to hear how God led Jennie to start the If Gathering, how she overcame doubts and fear as she stepped into leadership, and how her renewed perspective on trials has helped her persevere in the face of private trial in the midst of public success.  

 

Check out Jennie Allen’s new book: Nothing to prove

Twitter: @Jennieallen Instagram: @jenniesallen

Facebook.com/Jenniesallen

IFequip.com

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) Do you receive or run from trials? Can you think of a time you have received a trial and you have grown as a result?

2) How does seeking the approval of man hold you back right now? What intentional steps can you take to know God’s approval and keep moving forward?

3) Who are the people God has placed around you to encourage you that you are tempted to take for granted or fail to accept when things get tough?

 

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May 8, 2017

This Lead Voices episode sees Jo and Steph interviewing Sharon Hodde Miller, a mom, speaker, writer and who also has a PhD!  

 

Listen in to hear all about Sharon’s research into why evangelical women go into ministry and the steps we can all be involved in to encourage and empower women to step into their callings. 

 

1)  One of the things Sharon often heard when interviewing women training for ministry is that they felt ‘selfish’ for pursuing training.  When have you felt selfish for using or being trained further in your areas of gifting? 

 

2) Men are often willing to give something a go without feeling 100% sure of their calling or gifting, whereas women are much more reluctant until they are totally sure.  Can you think of a time when you or women you know have been slow to embrace an opportunity because you/they haven’t felt sure? How important do you think it is to feel ‘sure’ before you step into something? 

 

3) ‘Your words create leaders’. What mentoring / group mentoring opportunities are there available for women in your church? Are women encouraged to step into their callings as much as men are? If not, are there steps that could be taken to encourage this further? 

 

Check out Sharon’s website: sheworships.com 

If you are interested in reading Sharon’s doctorate contact her via her website or on her author page on facebook - Sharon Hodde Miller. 

 

Also check out the new Lead Stories resource guide ‘Empowering Women in Leadership’ to help you be empowered and to empower women around you at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

 

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May 1, 2017

You spoke up and Jo and Steph respond by discussing the stigmas there are against strong women. Why is it that ‘assertive’ and ‘confident’ are desirable traits for men, but women with those same characteristics are often seen as threatening and aggressive? Listen in to hear Jo and Steph’s personal stories alongside an exploration of how the Biblical word to refer to woman as Adam’s ‘helper’ in Genesis 2:18, did not mean his lesser servant, but something very different…surprisingly different!  

 

Discussion questions: 

 

1) How does it change your perspective of women knowing what the Biblical word ’Ezer’ means ‘to be strong strong, defend, rescue, protect, cherish’ and that the word was most often used to describe God Himself? 

2) Read Proverbs 31.  How does your understanding of what women should be change knowing this passage was meant of a celebration of what women could freely embrace rather than a tick-list of perfection for women to live up to? 

3) What could it look like for you and your church to celebrate women? Where have you / others around you stigmatized women and girls with characteristics of strength rather than celebrated them? 

 

Check out the following resources: 

 

Influential / More than Enchanting - Jo Saxton (same book, different titles depending on your location) 

 

Woman: the full story - Michelle Guiness

 

Lost women of the Bible - Carolyn Custis James. 

 

Year of Biblical womanhood - Rachel Held Evans

 

TED talk: Caroline Paul: To raise brave girls, encourage adventure.

 

‘How to empower women in leadership’ guide: 

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources 

 

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Apr 26, 2017

JR Rosko from Canton, Ohio is Jo’s guest on Lead Voices.  Listen in to hear how God has led JR to create a platform for voices of those who have been more marginalized traditionally, particularly through Missio Alliance, a space for missional and theological conversation and training.

 

JR also shares things that have made him more mindful of the dynamics between female and male leaders, and how he has intentionally created space for men and women to be co-laborers in the Kingdom.

 

Discussion questions:

1) JR’s advice to men was: create regular, safe places for women to share.  Are there currently spaces in your church, or in the spaces you lead for women and other minorities to regularly share in a safe space?

2) JR’s advice to women was: find dialogue partners (people who you can highlight things to) and speak up assertively when you feel your or another minorities voice being silenced.  How do you feel about that? What might it look like to be assertive yet humble?

 

www.missioalliance.org

http://www.missioalliance.org/leadership/

 

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Apr 24, 2017

Stigmas are things which mark people as inferior.  Anything which disgraces, shames or brings disapproval on others is a stigma. It may be a stigma against a group of people, an individual or a circumstance, and it has alienating results.

 

Jo and Steph take a look at life in Jesus’ day and the stigmas that were in place against certain groups of people, examining how Jesus walked deliberately over those imaginary lines to bring people into God’s kingdom. They also start exploring what it might look like practically to embrace stigmatized groups, using an example of a housing project focused on integrating people with HIV/Aids in a local community and the opposition that the project has encountered.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Take some time to think about the different groups of people who are stigmatized around you. Who are the people who are ‘unclean’ in your culture / life? Some may be obvious cultural stigmas, whilst some may be personal prejudices against individuals.  Write a list of all those people and begin by asking God for forgiveness for those stigmas and to help you to see those people as He sees them.  Then start by imagining what it might look like for you to step over those imaginary lines and bring God’s kingdom to those people.  

 

2) Is there anyone who God may be asking you to lead or disciple who doesn’t fit into your or others’ expectations about who you should be leading or discipling?

 

3) What holds you back from engaging with people who are stigmatized? What are your fears? Be honest and bring them to God in prayer.

 

Jo and Steph want to hear from you! Let them know at the following social media: What are some of the stigmas you see around you today and why?

 

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Don’t forget to check out and join Jo and Steph for the 6K for water at:

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/worldvision

 

 

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Apr 17, 2017

Jo and Steph have two important things to share with you today - and they want your help!

Listen in to hear how you can join in with the 6K for water with or without coming to Minneapolis, and hear them announce their new series on ‘stigmas’ and how you can get involved.

 

Discussion questions & action points:

 

1) Who can you get together with and join in with the 6K for water or use your influence to join together with others to help others in need? Go to www.leadstoriesmedia.com/worldvision to find out more about how to take part virtually or locally in the 6K for water.

 

2) What stigmas are holding you or the people you lead back? Please let Jo and Steph know the answers (plus any other things you want to hear them talk about) by contacting them at one of the following mediums:

 

Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox

Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast

Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast

Connect with Jo at: www.josaxton.com @josaxton

Connect with Steph at: www.pastorsteph.com @pastorstephMPLS

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Apr 12, 2017

Jo chats with Jenny Dyer, executive director of Hope for Healing Hands based in Nashville, Tennessee.  

 

Listen in to find out what advocacy really means and how we as Christians can be advocates for the world’s poor.  Find out what small 5 minute response you can make to help women and children around the world face a future with hope and free from disease.  

 

Check out:

http://www.hopethroughhealinghands.org/

 

Recommended book:

The Mother and Child Project by Kay Warren and Melinda Gates.

Apr 10, 2017

Welcome to Holy Week! Without the resurrection, all of Jesus’ life (and ours!) would be meaningless. Resurrection is the power of the kingdom of God and it is available for us today, not just in the kingdom to come. 

 

This week Jo and Steph look at Luke 24:36-49 and discuss what difference living in resurrection life can mean to us. 

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) What parts of your life need resurrection? Will you bring them to God and ask Him to work His resurrection power in them? (If it is not immediately clear, spend some time asking God to show you some areas He wants to restore.)

 

2) Where have you faced great disappointment or grief in the past? Did you ever ask God to bring resurrection into those situations? If yes, share your experience.  If no, spend some time asking Him to show you where He did or inviting Him to do so.

 

3) As leaders what could it look like for God to resurrect our failures? Where do you need His resurrection power as a leader?

 

JOIN IN!

Go to www.leadstoriesmedia.com/worldvision to find out more about the 6K for water and join Jo and Steph virtually or locally and take part!

 

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Mar 6, 2017

What does it look like to experience purpose in the wilderness?

 

This week Jo and Steph look at key men and women in the Bible who were given a calling and a promise and then for an extended period of time they recieved the exact opposite to what God had promised. 

 

They also take time to look at Joshua and Caleb, faithful leaders who were ready to respond to God’s invitations to enter the Promised Land but who were held back by others. 

 

Who would have thought that the crazy wilderness journey which is opposite to the promise is actually the journey to the promised land itself?

 

Discussion questions:

1) Do you know what your purpose is? What has God called you to do, not matter what season you are in? Jo mentioned that hers was ‘equipping others to be all they are meant to be’. Spend sometime developing a personal missional statement.   

 

2)  Have you ever felt held back as a leader by other people’s lack of faith? How did you respond to that disappointment?

 

3) What happens when you are the person who sees the giant and is afraid to go in? Are you prepared to believe? Are there giants that are sabotaging your life right now?

 

4)When you have longings do you tend towards despair or hope? How can you invite God into your longings so that they are transformed into hope and faith?

 

5) Are you paying attention to what God is doing in the midst of waiting? Steph mentioned how learning plumbing through broken toilets was not her desired calling, but it has prepared her for later in life in her calling. What things are seemingly pointless in your life right now which God could redeem?

 

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Feb 8, 2017

Jo and Steph chat with Amena and Missi from the ‘Hear for the Donuts’ podcast about using their voices - Amena as a traveling recording artist and Missi as a blogger, homeschool mom and midwife.

 

Check out:

http://www.amenabrown.com/

Missi’s blog:

http://www.audacitermatris.com/

 

Find their podcast: ‘Here for the donuts’ at

https://soundcloud.com/here-for-the-donuts or on iTunes!

 

Remember to check out the Lead Stories community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

 

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Feb 6, 2017

So it turns out God had other plans!  Although uncomfortable, going into the wilderness can be a place where we meet with God and are empowered by Him. Jo and Steph share why and how they felt God is leading them to revisit the wilderness and take us along too!

 

In this podcast Jo and Steph share about the ‘desert fathers and mothers’ who deliberately embraced the wilderness as a withdrawal from consumerist ‘Christian’ society.  They discuss how the desert fathers and mothers met with God in power and also led others who sought them out to encounter God powerfully.  They explore how the same principles could look for us without us leaving our homes and becoming hermits in a physical desert!

 

Discussion questions:

1) What is your gaze on right now? Which of those things are blocking your gaze on God? What are you going to do about it?

 

2) What do your daily, weekly and monthly rhythms of rest and meeting with God look like right now? How can you be intentional about them this year?

 

3) Are you scared of the wilderness? Why? Where do you find it hard to believe that God is enough?

 

4) Where might God be inviting you into the wilderness right now?

 

Check out the new resource study guide for groups and individuals: ‘Life in the Wilderness’. It is an opportunity to dig deeper and explore questions. Find it at:  

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources  

 

Check out Lead Stories Community at:

www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

 

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Jan 23, 2017

What is vision, how do we get it and how do we know if it is any good? Do you have vision for your life?

 

After Steph shares some great, although unsolicited, dating advice, Jo and Steph share how vision is ‘a picture of what could be’ and how we embrace that in our lives. They share why vision is so important and what happens when vision isn’t present.

 

Bible passages mentioned:

 

Proverbs 29:18 (Check out the Message version)

Habakkuk 2:1-3

John 5:19

 

Questions to help you explore your vision:

 

1) What do you get excited / frustrated about?

2) What makes you laugh / cry?

3) Where do you have strong emotions that God may be stirring to lead you into a vision for change?

4) What things do you find yourself returning to in your mind over and over?

5) What things do you find yourself drawn to / investigating (blogs/books/movies on certain themes)

6) What things would your friends say you are passionate about? (ask them!)

7) What threads show up in your journals which may be signposts?

8) What themes / passages in Scripture stand out to you?

9) What would you do if you weren’t afraid? (Of failure / others / discomfort…)

10) Who are you talking to as you explore your vision?

11) What things are your friends and family sick of you talking about that you don’t do anything about? (Ask them!)

 

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Jan 16, 2017

Courageous leaders lead with their whole hearts.  Listen in as Jo and Steph answer questions live from Bethel Seminary. 

 

Questions include: 

 

1) How do I authentically implement my own leadership style whilst also accommodating the needs and styles of those I am leading?

 

2) How can I, as a male leader, empower the women around me without being patronizing?

 

3) How do you lead in the midst of segregation and divided political lines?

 

4) What does it look to lead your leaders when you don’t like the tone or leadership? How do you lead up?

 

5) What qualities do you see in courageous leaders?

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) How would you define courageous leadership? Can you think of any examples in your own life and from the Bible of people who demonstrated courageous leadership to you?

 

2) What does it look like for you to be a courageous leader in the next season? What are the uncomfortable spaces God may be calling you into?

 

3) How is your inner life - your core - where courage flows from? Where do you need to make courageous decisions to deal with your junk? (Unhelpful habits, debt, emotional hurts etc.)

 

 

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Jan 9, 2017

Jo and Steph have been doing the 'hello, goodbye' process for years.  In this podcast they vulnerably and candidly share their personal goodbyes and hellos from last year and for the coming year.

 

Steph shares about how last year’s word ‘threshold’ worked out, and the new words God has given to her for this year: ‘priority shift’ and ‘redefine’. She shares about how she is trying to intentionally embrace the changes with what her work-life looks like and redefining herself as gets married this year.

 

Jo shares how she struggled to truly embrace God’s word for last year ‘favor’, and made the word for the year ‘driven’ instead.  Listen in to hear how she is trying to readdress that (this time recognizing more of her need for God!) as she embraces the word ‘flourish’ for 2017.

 

Check out the mentioned resources:

 

Grayshot www.grayshot.net

 

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

Lost Women of the Bible: The Women We Thought We Knew - Carolyn Custis James

 

Check out and come join us at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) How do you feel about the ‘unknowns’ and ‘abstracts’ of this coming year? Where and how are you tempted to ‘white-knuckle’ hold-on rather than to step out in faith and trust God will meet you there?

 

2) Luke 17:33 says If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.’ - how does this make you feel?

 

3) Do you struggle more with suffering or blessing? How is that manifested in your life? Do you believe that God wants to bless you, or do you feel you have to earn His blessing?

 

4) Read the following C.S. Lewis quote from Screwtape Letters that Jo mentioned:

 

The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring two pence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forearmed against some of our subtlest modes of attack. You should always try to make the patient abandon the people or food or books he really likes in favor of the “best” people, the “right” food, the “important” books. I have known a human defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions.

 

Where are you tempted to choose what society says is “best” and “right” and “important” over the personal things that make you come alive in your relationship with God? Where do you need to give yourself permission to flourish in those areas this year? 

 

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Jan 2, 2017

It’s 2017! Today Jo and Steph are chatting about what it looks like to be intentional with looking backwards at 2016 and saying ‘hello!’ to 2017. It is not too late for you to embrace the process!

 

Saying goodbye to things in the previous year and saying hello to new things has been a process Jo has been embracing since way back in 1992! Listen in to hear her journey with the process.

 

The ‘Hello Goodbye’ process is a tool in response to New Year’s resolutions - it is not about fixing yourself, but intentionally, prayerfully turning away from certain things, whether good or bad, and turning towards other things.  Those things might be fun (like working out!) or they may be uncomfortable like embracing grief or forgiveness, but the focus is finding ways to be healthier emotionally, spiritually and physically.

 

Listen in to find out who said:

‘Why cry when you can eat fried chicken?’ and ‘It’s not an idol, it’s an ideal!’

 

You can get your free Hello Goodbye workbook at www.leadstoriesmedia.com

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) What traditions have you had at New Years? Have you ever had any New Year’s resolutions? How did they go?

 

2) When you look at your life honestly right now, would you say you are living intentionally or surviving? How are your work-rest rhythms?

 

3) Have you already done a Goodbye-Hello process this year? What would you like to be held accountable on? If you haven’t done it yet, when are you going to take some time (let’s talk days and dates!) to actually do it?

 

You can get your free Hello Goodbye workbook at www.leadstoriesmedia.com

 

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Dec 29, 2016

Steph's Favorite episode: Episode 36 - The Biggest Lies of Life on Mission

God is doing things all around us and is inviting us to be on mission with Him on a daily basis in our everyday lives. There are, however, many lies we believe which hold us back from joining Him.   Jo and Steph discuss 10 lies about life on mission: 1. It is going to take a lot of extra time (which I don’t have!) 2. A life on mission is somewhere else, preferably abroad. 3. You have to be a professional missionary to be sent on mission 4. You have to have a certain personality type - one that is fearless and chatty! 5. You have to have professional training to do mission - until then I can’t do mission. 6. Assumption that real mission will be the exact opposite of anywhere you want to go and anything you want to do. 7. It’s all about what you say. 8. It’s all about what you do. You don’t need to say anything. 9. You have to go it alone! 10. You have to do it for God.   Discussion questions:   1) Read John 5:19.  Where is God already working in the lives of people around you? In which contexts is God inviting you to be on mission with Him in your every day life? 2) Are you an introvert or extrovert? How can you do mission within your personality type? Where are the challenge to embrace? 3) Who are your team? Who is praying with you about your mission opportunities?

Dec 26, 2016

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Dec 19, 2016

In this episode Jo and Steph review Lead Stories season 1.

You may or may not hear them singing Mariah Carey as well as find out their favourite Christmas movies, favorite Lead Stories episodes this year and some ideas for Season 2.

Also if you haven’t joined the mailing list yet to get your free ‘hello - goodbye’ workbook, and to be one of the first to find out about the forthcoming Lead Stories community, then go quickly to www.leadstoriesmedia.com to sign up and check out the new website!

Discussion questions:

1. What was your favorite Lead Stories episode this year?

2. In what ways has Lead Stories helped you in your leadership this year?

3. What self-care ideas are you going to embrace over the holiday season?

Let Jo and Steph know the answers to those questions as well as any things you would like them to discuss next year or questions for them.  They are waiting to hear from you!

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Dec 12, 2016

The holidays are coming and that means we often have lots of opportunities to navigate conflict in testing times!

Jo and Steph share several practical ideas to empower us to manage tension, and to pursue healthy relationships with our loved ones.

 

In this episode they will discuss:

 

1) The importance of the preparation of prayer

2) Learning to listen well

3) How to ask good questions

4) Clarifying what you think you heard someone say

5) Taking a moment to pause before jumping into conversation

6) Managing areas where opinions are different in a positive way.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Which relationships do you particularly need to prepare for in prayer this season?

 

2) Where do you need to grieve and lament injustices and difficulties in your family relationships? Maybe take some time to write a lament that leads to praise.  Check out the Psalms to find some examples of laments.  

 

3) Are you more likely to avoid conflict or be hot-headed? Discuss what elements make up a healthy conversation where conflict, misunderstandings or disagreements are present. Take some time to pray for courage to communicate in healthy ways.

 

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Dec 5, 2016

Jo and Steph are answering questions from a live audience on leadership and life.

Questions include:

- What key questions or conversations should I have when I start working with a new boss?

- What tips do you have on finishing well?

- Is there a common thread in the lives of those leaders you look up to?

- How do you motivate or move on people you are leading who are not doing a role well?

- How do you deal with toxic people as a leader?

- What would be your utensil of choice to eat ice cream if a spoon was not available?

- What does self-leadership look like for you right now?

Resource mentioned:

Edwin H. Friedman - A Failure of Nerve

Jo and Steph would love to hear any questions you have about leadership to help them plan future podcasts. See their social media contacts below to get in touch!

Discussion questions:

1) Think of three people who have influenced or directly led you in different ways and discuss what you admired about them. (Keep it positive!)

2) What goodbye rituals do you have already in place in your life for seasons of transition? Discuss some different ideas which could be used for future transitions.

3) How honest are you with ‘toxic’ people you are leading? How can you have honest but loving conversations? Share ideas.

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Nov 28, 2016

This week Jo and Steph are live from The Sheridan Story warehouse in Minneapolis, interviewing Rob Williams, the Executive director.

After a call for help from a local school which had discovered children hoarding food on Fridays because of food insecurity over the weekends, The Sheridan Story began to provide Friday food packages to children in need.

Working with local faith communities, The Sheridan Story enables them to partner with local schools providing the logistic know-how.  They are now helping over 120 schools and 15,000 children in the Minneapolis area.

 

In this inspiring interview find out:

- Why providing children with these food packages makes such a difference to their future and the future of society

- How The Sheridan Story began

- How The Sheridan Story gives ‘dignified’ food packages and why that is important

- How Rob’s previous experience and jobs he struggled with helped prepare him to develop and lead The Sheridan Story.

- Steph’s childhood nickname!

 

It costs a cup of coffee to support one child with a food package each weekend.  Find out how you can donate and get involved at www.thesheridanstory.com

 

Also check out: www.millcitychurch.com

 

Discussion questions:

1) What do you think about churches offering services without expecting anything in return? What do you think about churches providing services whilst expecting something in return? (Attendance, access to relationships, formal opportunities to give a Gospel message…) At what point does it become ’prostitution’ rather than love from the church?

 

2) How often do you / your church offer services to others rather than asking them what they really need and doing that instead? Why could meeting people where they are at be an effective way of building relationships with those outside the church? Can you think of any occasions where Jesus or the disciples responded to needs rather than offered services?

 

3) Where could you / your church support a local school? Who has connections with a local school that you know where you could find out what services your local school needs?

 

4) ’All kids are our kids.  All children are from God and bear God’s image.’  How should this impact the way you and your church view children in the wider community?

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Nov 21, 2016

Working with survivors of trafficking, addiction and prostitution, Becca Stevens developed Thistlefarms social enterprise as a way to meet the economic needs of those women.  The project began with a residential community of just 5 women and is now the largest national enterprise run by survivors.   Jo chats with Becca about her dream to create a sanctuary for women survivors, her journey to ordination and some of the key ingredients in helping her to survive and thrive in leadership. Jo and Becca also share how their recent trip to Haiti has impacted them.   Listen in to find out what Becca is currently excited about, and what she means by saying she is ‘more interested in bold leadership than servant leadership’.   Check out:  Thistlefarms products in Wholefoods stores and online: www.thistlefarms.org   Books:  Check out Becca’s books at: http://www.beccastevens.org/books/ Look out for Love heals when it is released!   Also check out this article on Thistlefarms and Becca on CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/02/us/cnn-hero-becca-stevens/index.html   Discussion questions:  1) Dream time! What dreams are in your heart? Take some time to share.   2) God told David ‘not you, not now’ when he dreamed of building a temple, so obviously now is not the time for every dream to be realized.  However, where are you too busy to invest in the dreams that God is calling you to work with now? What are you going to do about it?   3) Would you describe yourself as a bold leader? Why or why not? What do you think it means to be bold in Christ? Where is the Holy Spirit encouraging you to be bold in your leadership right now?   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

Nov 14, 2016

Meet Amy Boucher-Pye, an American writer and leader who lives in London, England.

This week Jo chats with Amy about what leadership looks like for her and why she has found it hard to see herself as a leader at times.  Amy shares about how God helped her to forgive a person who betrayed her, what she has learned about what forgiveness looked like in the Old and New Testament and some of the costs of leadership.

 

Amy also shares some of the practical exercises she uses on retreats to help people forgive and express grief (see discussion questions and exercises below).

 

Check out Amy’s website: http://www.amyboucherpye.com

 

Amy’s books:

 

Finding myself in Britain

The Living Cross

 

Discussion questions and exercises Amy shares:

 

1) Amy says: ‘We have to learn to forgive or it hurts us.’ Share a time when God helped you forgive someone who had hurt you.  What were some of the things that helped the forgiveness process?

 

2) Spend some time praying and asking God to show you if there is any one you need to forgive.  Take or make a cross and when you are ready place the name of that person on the cross.  Remembering that the cross was a place of exchange, so take some time to stay at the cross to receive what God wants to give to you.

 

3) Take some time to write down a lament - a grief or something you cannot change.  Be specific and then find a space (ideally a wall, but be creative!) where you can deposit your lament prayer as a way of releasing it.

  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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