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

Oct 10, 2016

Life as a leader is like an I-phone running lots of different apps: many things are going on but only one thing is seen at a time. Unfortunately (or sometimes fortunately?!) most people around us only get to see one or two of the things we have going on and fail to see the greater perspective of our lives.   This episode is a chance to find out more of life behind the scenes for Steph as she is in the hot seat this week being grilled by Jo.   Steph shares about feeling misunderstood, how her personality can make people assume things about her, how she manages friendships at work and outside; and the unspoken grief that comes with leading and letting go. Listen in to find out how she copes behind the scenes with disappointing others, as well as being personally disappointed with others as a leader. She also shares some of her journey into leadership and the choices she made which helped build her character before stepping into ministry.  

Discussion questions:

1. Do you ever feel you need to compensate for your personality as a leader? In what ways?  

2. How do you handle saying ‘no’ to others? Are you prioritizing time for self-care?  

3. Does the fear of others saying ‘no’ hold you back from asking for investment in your leadership? Can you give others grace to say ‘no’ and trust that God will still provide for you?  

4. What are your biggest struggles behind the scenes as a leader?  

 

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Oct 3, 2016

In this episode Steph talks leadership with Raymond Blackledge, a YMCA youth support program director, serving youth in the juvenile justice system.   Talking from his experience working with leaders and vulnerable young people, Raymond shares the things which have helped him lead successfully, as well as his failures and top tips for leading others.   Which people have most influenced Raymond’s life? How does he handle leading people from different cultural backgrounds? How does he handle disappointment and frustration in leadership? How does he intentionally pursue growth in his own leadership and encourage others to grow too?   Listen in to find out!  

Discussion questions:  (Remembering leadership is defined as someone who is intentional with their influence):  

1. Raymond talks about being a servant leader.  In what ways do you intentionally serve others in your leadership?  

2. Raymond compares sports coaching to leadership. Do you encourage others to coach you and give you feedback in your leadership? Why or why not? How can you give constructive criticism (coach) those who you are leading?  

3. How do you handle disappointments in leadership? Do you take enough time for self-care?   

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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) pursuing 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?  

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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!)

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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?

   

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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)    

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Aug 29, 2016

In this episode Jo interrogates Steph and her new fiancé, JD, on your behalf, to find out all the things you want to know about their relationship and engagement! Tune in to find out LeadStories exclusives such as:  

  • Which online dating site helped them get together?
  • What about Steph made the first impression on JD?
  • Who is JD?
  • Were there any deal-breakers in their relationship?
  • How did they know that they had found the right marriage fit?
  • How did JD plan his marriage proposal to Steph?
  • How did they each individually decide they were ready for marriage?
  • Why are they getting married?!

  Check out JD’s work at: http://www.thousandpie.com/   Check out JD’s film ‘Out in the Cold’ here: http://www.outinthecoldfilm.com/   Discussion questions: 1) What do you think are the most important reasons to get married? If you are married, do you feel that those priorities are being worked out in your relationship right now?   2) If you are dating someone right now, is this person helping you be a better follower of Christ than if you were not together?   3) If you are single: are you able to enjoy the season you are in right now? Why or why not? Steph mentioned that she felt a call to pursue dating at a certain stage of her life. What season do you feel God is calling you to be in right now?   

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Aug 22, 2016

We all have a contribution to make to society and to the kingdom of God - let’s use that as our definition of ‘work’ as we explore what Mission looks like in our everyday work.   In Genesis 1:26-31 we see that God made the world and put us in it to take care of with Him.  That was the first work, God said it was good and it was before the fall.  God desires us to bring His kingdom into our work spaces as part of His plan for redemption. How can we do that?   4 frameworks for what mission looks like at work:  1)  Looking for People of Peace at work (Check out more about People of Peace in Ep. 37)   2) Being a person of Godly ethics in the workplace   3) Spiritual formation opportunities for you through your work (E.g. David in Psalm 78:70-72; Joseph)   4) What is the inherent kingdom value of the work you are doing?   Resources: Kingdom calling - Amy Sherman Visions of Vocation - Steve Garber Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work - Tom Nelson Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work - Timothy Keller Ordinary Mum, Extraordinary Mission — Anna France-Williams and Joy French (note the British spelling of Mum here!) Check out http://www.faithandwork.com/   Discussion questions:   1) Read Genesis 1:26-31 - how does it change your attitude to your work knowing that work was part of our original design for life with God?   2) Who are the People of Peace in your workplace? Are there people who aren’t but who you would like to be? Spend some time praying together for your work relationships.   3) What are the difficulties in your work right now? What might God be forming in you and preparing you for through them?   4) What is the inherent kingdom value of the work you are doing right now?      

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Aug 15, 2016

Often the way the Good News is presented to others does not sound like good news! In this Episode Jo and Steph discuss how we can be and bring true Good News to others.     In the Scripture (Isaiah 61) that Jesus quotes in Luke 4 we can identify 5 ways He was Good News to others:   1) Provision 2) Freedom 3) Healing 4) Justice 5) Undeserved favor   We can be and bring Good News to others as we identify and embrace those areas in our own lives and the lives of others which are in need of some good news.  

Discussion questions:  

1) Read Luke 4:14-21 together and discuss which of the five ways above was good news for you as you came to faith. Which of those five drew you to Christ? What made the Good News good to you?  

2) In which of the five areas is your neighborhood in need of Good News right now?  

3) Think about your current People of Peace - what would be Good News to them right now? (Check out Ep. 37 for more on People of Peace)  

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Aug 8, 2016

God is pursuing the people around us and He invites us to join Him.  Using Jesus’ practical instructions in Luke 10:1-9 we can discover who our ‘people of peace’ are and how we should respond to them, pronouncing His wholeness and freedom into their lives.   What does it look like to go into our everyday lives with intention? How do we identify where God’s Spirit is already working amongst those we meet and have relationship with? Who are ‘People of Peace’ and how do we identify them? How does the Bible say we should we respond to them?   In this episode Jo and Steph discuss Luke 10:1-9 and the three spaces where ‘people of peace’ can be found: 1) passing relationships, 2) current, present relationships and 3) permanent relationships. Together they share encouraging testimonies and practical tips to help you intentionally bring Jesus to those different spaces.  

Discussion questions:   - Read Luke 10:1-9 together and discuss how you can apply Jesus’ instructions to your life. How do you feel about talking to strangers about Jesus / your faith journey? Share your struggles with one another and pray for opportunities and boldness to respond to them this week.   - Who are the people who are present in your life right now who are open to you, welcome you and serve you? How can you be more intentional in your relationship with them? Who else in your faith community could you introduce to them?   - Who are the permanent relationships who still need to know Jesus? Pray together about what it looks like to surround them with Jesus in this season.  Are they ripe and need more intentional discipleship or is this the season to sow prayers? What practical steps can you take to either intentionally disciple and / or remember to pray for them?   

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Aug 1, 2016

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?  

Neighborhood crawl: In your everyday life here are 8 things you can be intentional about: (Go to www.leadstoriespodcast.com to see visual)  

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Jul 25, 2016

What is ‘calling’?

How do we handle seasons where God seems silent about our calling?

How do you step into what you think God is doing when all the doors keep closing?

How does serving in insignificant roles make a difference to our callings?

How do we discern which ideas to pursue when we have some many ideas?

How can we encourage people to be content with seemingly insignificant callings?

How can we get access to leaders and mentors who are so busy?

How can we decide who we should mentor?

 

 

Jo and Steph are live answering questions on calling at Mercy Vineyard Church in Minnesota

 

 

References mentioned:

 

Matthew 28: we are commissioned

 

Acts 21: we are witnesses

 

1 Corinthians 12: we are part of a body

 

Isaiah 61: Jesus’ calling

 

Discussion questions:

 

1) Ask one another: ‘Where do you see me come most alive?’ &  ‘When do you see me most discouraged and depleted?’

 

2) What are the small, perhaps difficult things God is calling you to be faithful in right now?

 

3) Who are you mentoring right now? Who is mentoring you?

 

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Jul 18, 2016
  • What can I do if my partner is not at the same place spiritually as me?
  • How can I thrive being single?
  • How can churches encourage people to step out of gender roles and embrace their personal calling?
  • What about conflicts?
  • How can we build healthy teams?
  • How can women navigate relationships with men who are not supportive of their calling?

  Jo and Steph are live answering these questions and more on relationships at Mercy Vineyard Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota   References: Matthew 18:15-17 - Jesus’ practical advice on reconciliation   Discussion questions:

  1. Who are your key relationships right now? Who are you not spending enough time with? Who are you investing too much time in?  
  2. Read Matthew 18:15-17 - how well are you following Jesus’ advice in conflict situations right now?
  3. Which of the questions asked today (see above) spoke most into your situation? Why?

 

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Jul 14, 2016

Racism is a curse, but diversity is a gift.  How can we embrace that gift in the areas of influence that God has given us?

 

In this episode Jo and Steph discuss how we can seek out and pursue cultural diversity and the richness of perspectives that accompany it as individuals, churches and society as a whole.

 

First steps to grow in intercultural competence:

1. Seek relationships with people who are different from you.

2. Read, Listen, Learn - grow in knowledge and experience of diversity.

3. Be mentored by people who are different than you and mentor others.

 

The Underground Network, Tampa, Florida - http://tampaunderground.com/

 

Read Listen Learn: Resources on Diversity:

The Global Church Project - www.theglobalchurchproject.com

Latasha Morrison - Be the Bridge - www.beabridgebuilder.com

Dr. John Perkins & Christian Community Development Association - http://www.ccda.org/

Disunity in Christ by Dr. Christena Cleveland - http://www.christenacleveland.com/

The Next Worship by Sandra Van Opstal - http://www.sandravanopstal.com/

Austin Channing Brown - http://austinchanning.com/

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil - www.saltermcneil.com/

 

Questions for discussion:

1. Is there cultural diversity in your daily face-to-face relationships? How can you further embrace culturally diverse relationships in your local community?

2. Think about the books you read, the podcasts and music you listen to - are they culturally diverse? How can you seek different cultural perspectives in those areas?

3. Who are the people who are mentoring / influencing you right now and who you are mentoring / influencing? How can you grow in diversity in those areas?

 

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Jul 11, 2016

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Jul 5, 2016

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Jun 27, 2016

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Jun 20, 2016

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Jun 13, 2016

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May 30, 2016

Racism is a curse, but diversity is a gift. How can we embrace that gift in the areas of influence that God has given us?

In this episode Jo and Steph discuss how we can seek out and pursue cultural diversity and the richness of perspectives that accompany it as individuals, churches and society as a whole.

First steps to grow in intercultural competence:

1. Seek relationships with people who are different from you.

2. Read, Listen, Learn - grow in knowledge and experience of diversity.

3. Be mentored by people who are different than you and mentor others.

The Underground Network, Tampa, Florida - http://tampaunderground.com/

Read Listen Learn: Resources on Diversity:

The Global Church Project - www.theglobalchurchproject.com

Latasha Morrison - Be the Bridge - www.beabridgebuilder.com

Dr. John Perkins & Christian Community Development Association - http://www.ccda.org/

Disunity in Christ by Dr. Christena Cleveland - http://www.christenacleveland.com/

The Next Worship by Sandra Van Opstal - http://www.sandravanopstal.com/

Austin Channing Brown - http://austinchanning.com/

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil - www.saltermcneil.com/

Questions for discussion:

1. Is there cultural diversity in your daily face-to-face relationships? How can you further embrace culturally diverse relationships in your local community?

2. Think about the books you read, the podcasts and music you listen to - are they culturally diverse? How can you seek different cultural perspectives in those areas?

3. Who are the people who are mentoring / influencing you right now and who you are mentoring / influencing? How can you grow in diversity in those areas?

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May 30, 2016

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May 23, 2016

In part 2 of stepping into empowerment as a woman, Jo and Steph discuss 9 further ways to be intentional about embracing our callings. 

 

5) Willingness to risk

6) embrace the season you are in and have the right expectations of the season you are in right now.

7) Building a network of relationships.

8) Network with people in your field.

9) We need to articulate it and say what we are called to.

10) Being aware of what is happening with the door.

11) Burn up your cultural oughts and shoulds.

12) One of the ways we can grow is to grow with others. Responsibility of calling out other’s gifts.

13) Sharpen your skills - invest in the things you are good at further.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where are you afraid to step into your calling? Are you willing to embrace Godly-risks? Where do you feel held back right now? Is it because you are afraid or because God is holding you back?

2) Articulate your calling.  Speak out what you are called to do. (e.g. I am a mother, I am a writer, I am an evangelist, I am a speaker, I am an encourager)

3) Who are you building relationship with in your field of interest? What is holding you back?

 

 

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May 16, 2016

What does it mean to step into empowerment as a woman? This week Jo and Steph discuss 4 ways we can embrace our callings:

 

1) Embracing our identities and covenant relationship with God

2) Looking at where we have limited ourselves and made assumptions that we have nothing to offer.

3) Making our character’s a priority

4) Looking for accessible role models doing what you are passionate about.

 

Discussion questions:

1) Where have you limited yourself? What things do you believe are not open to you?

2) How do you make your character a priority? What intentional steps have you taken to get healing for hurts and to live accountably? Where do you need to take further steps to get healing?

3) Where have you found accessible role models (not just physically 1-on-1, but in books or online) doing things you are passionate about? Where do you need to be more intentional about this?

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May 9, 2016

Many leaders are asking how they can empower women into their callings. Today Jo and Steph discuss 5 ways:

 

1) Look at the assumptions we already have

2) Ask, seek, knock

3) Consider viable vehicles of discipleship and training.

4) make it visible

5) give people several tangible opportunities (and let them fail / be mediocre).   

 

Discussion questions:

1) What assumptions do you have about women in leadership? What things have you consciously or subconsciously been taught about the spheres women / you can lead in?

 

2) Where are women underrepresented in areas of influence in your life? (Both secular and church settings)

 

3) Which women have made leadership visible for you?

 

4) How do you feel about giving people who are not very good at leading an opportunity to lead? Do you have a culture of discipleship where people can practice and make mistakes in a loving, encouraging environment?

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May 5, 2016

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