Thank You & Goodbye

February 2, 2015

To our valued customers and fans,

Effective immediately, Goodberry is closing our virtual doors. We are deeply grateful for the churches and ministries who have used our services over the last 3 years of our business. Thank you for your support and patronage!

We’re inspired by the vision of your ministry. We’re sad that Goodberry will no longer be available as a discipleship resource tool, and want to leave you with recommendations of other services your congregation may be interested in:

Lastly, in recognition of your patronage, we’re offering Goodberry customers an opportunity for a free consultation with Goodberry’s parent company, Lanio. Lanio is a consultancy who partners with visionaries to innovate strategically in a rapidly changing world.

Please contact us with any questions or comments. Thank you again for your business.

Blessings,

John Hwang,
Founder, Goodberry

That’s A Wrap!

Wow, we’ve made it to the end of our first season of the Church Growth Hacking Podcast series – and what an incredible season it has been!  After releasing  30 episodes, we’re grateful to have hosted a wide range of ministry experts and to have learned so much along the way.  And, of course, we’re so thankful to have such amazing viewers like you!  We pray that you have been blessed as you’ve journeyed with us.

So what can you expect from Season Two?  Our desire is to provide you with the content, advice, and resources you need to do ministry well.  We’ll be launching our next series in January and we can hardly wait to share what’s coming up next!

If you’re simply to excited to wait, we’ll give you a little preview of some of our guests:  Shane Claiborne, Brian Bennett, Jen Moff, Kelly Minter, Craig Gross, Shane Blackshear, and many more!

Thanks again for a successful season one.  A special shout & thanks to all who participated:

Jessica ConcannonJennie AllenMike AshcraftBrock MorganJeff Edgel of AttaboyJerry B. JenkinsAndrew FarleyRachel OlsenAdam SterenbergRochelle Frazier, Elisha Young, Jenny Simmons, John Eldredge, Eric Samuel Timm, Jeff Jacobs, Doug Pagitt, Ginny Owens, John Dominic Crossan, Steve Carter, Phyllis Tickle, Ed Cyzewski, Stephen Brewster, Craig Borlase, Tyler Braun, Frequency.FM, Don Jacobson, Jeffrey Dean, Michael KelleyBradley Hathaway, Dan Horan.

See you in the new year for a brand new season!  As always, if you have a guest idea, comment, or question, please feel free to reach out at ashleigh@goodberry.net.  That’s A Wrap!

The Millennial Monk


Dan Horan has certainly had an interesting life story.  He started out as a photographer and is now a Franciscan Friar of the Order of Friars Minor.  That’s right, we’ve got a monk on our show today!

Dan now writes extensively about Franciscan theology, philosophy and spirituality.  Though he’s deeply immersed in a rich tradition, he believes that it contains a great deal that is relevant and which can speak to us today.  As such, he is passionate about engaging the millennial generation on this topic.  He’s written books(Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis, Francis of Assisi and the Future of Faith: Exploring Franciscan Spirituality and Theology in the Modern World, Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Essays, Franciscan Priesthood: The Possibility of Franciscan Presbyters According to the Rule and Tradition), delivers lectures and workshops, and portrays the contemporary application for these ancient truths.

The energy he emits for his faith and beliefs help us understand the accessibility and importance they truly embody.  Thanks for joining us today – we hope you’ll enjoy meeting The Millennial Monk!

 

 

A Spoken Word


Bradley Hathaway is wordsmith and composer of heart.  He has been pouring out with pen on paper and with melody and tone.  As a spoken word poet and a folk singer and songwriter, Bradley gives a raw and evocative performance.  He is humble and intentional and we appreciate that he was willing to step out from behind the pages today.

Be sure to check out his music (you can listen here) and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Silence is one of our favorite poems:

What’s happening here?
I was once so alive and now I’m so full of dread and almost dead
Show me your wounded head that is lead to communion with the father
But where did he go?
His presence seems farther and farther away each day
but I’m trying so hard to steer his way
Yet still lonely and confused on this cold hard ground I lay

Speak to me wise mouth and say “it’s all good kid, it’s nothing that you did, and though it feels like I’m not here with you right now just be still and silent and listen for that sound..
Shhh..
Did you hear it?
Listen again.
Did you hear it?
That silent voice that just spoke nothing, that is me, I’m listening to your plea with open ears Counting all your tears flowing from your irritated eyes
Searching the skies looking for that hope that beyond there lies.

Oh you young worrisome sparrow, find rest
Lay your battered head upon my omnipresent breast and make it your nest
No strong cold wind could ever blow and carry you from this your home
Look around, see the life shooting up from the ground
Spring colors springing fourth and celebration of your trusting

It’s a constant process this is
Growing you into the man you are to become
But when you sense the setting of the sun know it is only rising and has just begun
Now go fourth, sing songs of faith, and lift up others in the midst of this race
And if you can’t keep the pace or lose sight of my face
Know that I’m always near so you need not fear
But don’t worry about all that right now
Just sit here and enjoy the peace I offer in my silence
When I am silent I am listening, and not abandoning.


Tune in and turn up as we listen and learn together!

 

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Daniel P. Horan

Shane Claiborne

Kelly Minter

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net

On Boats And Discipleship


Our guest today is like a librarian in the library of Christianity.  Michael Kelley is a generator and curator of ideas, resources, and guidance.  He works with Lifeway Christian Resources where he writes content to serve churches.  Additionally, he is an author and speaker and is passionate about connecting people to truth.  The only difference from a true librarian is that he doesn’t want people to be quiet about it!

If you tune in today you’ll hear all about Lifeway, Michael’s advice on discipleship, some tricks of the trade for Church marketing, and a refreshing perspective on what it means to follow Jesus fully.

Michael has some great things to share about discipleship.  He tends to think of discipleship in terms of a helpful analogy.  Michael shares On Boats And Discipleship:

“If discipleship is not really like a rowboat and it’s not really like a speedboat, maybe the middle ground is that it’s more like a sailboat.  In a sailboat there’s still stuff that you have to do if you want to move … In the end, any sailor recognizes that you do all the work, but you’re at the mercy of the wind … much in the same way, I think that you could look at the spiritual disciplines – things like prayer, bible study, and scripture memory … you can look at all of those things as positioning your life, putting your life in such a posture that when the Holy Spirit moves that you’re ready.”

Be sure to take a look, check something out, and share the truth out loud!

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Brian Bennett

Bradley Hathaway

Daniel P. Horan

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net

Engaging Teens


Jeffrey Dean has based his life around serving a population that often gets a bad rap.  He’s got a heart for youth and for helping them learn the truth about God.

As a speaker, ordained pastor, counselor, and author, Jeffrey has spoken to more than 3 million people in a variety of settings.  He gets on their level and keeps them wanting more.  He launched Jeffrey Dean ministries in 1993 and has successfully been engaging teens in a journey towards truth ever since.

One of Jeffrey’s key methods is to be relational and to encourage healthy relationships.  Especially with God.  He shares:

“It’s impossible to know and grow with the Lord more if you’re not spending time with Him.  So we really challenge students and communities to get into the word.”

We’re so grateful and curious about his intuitive pulse on this generation and hope you’ll engage with what he has to share with us today.

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Michael Kelley

Brian Bennett

Bradley Hathaway

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net

Lemonade Happens


Don Jacobson runs the best lemonade stand in town.  He is a walking, talking lemonade story.  He knows all about what it’s like when life gives you lemons and he is grateful that lemonade happens.

Don’s passion has become sharing his story about how God made lemonade in his life and also encouraging others to do the same.  By doing so, he’s moved from sour to sweet.  After writing a book about his story, Don now collects stories from around the globe to share in hope and inspiration.

He shares:

“We’ve all heard the saying ‘stuff happens.’  Here’s what I discovered – along with all the bad stuff that happens in life, lemonade happens as well.”   

So, what’s your lemonade story?

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Jeffrey Dean

Michael Kelley

Brian Bennett

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net

Finding Friends & Faith Over Frequencies


Joe Brookhouse is a Consulting Services Manager who lives in Oregon.  Dan Thomson is the Director of Student Ministries at Grace Baptist Church in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The pair are separated by nearly 4,000 miles so they know all about Finding Friends & Faith Over Frequencies!  They began by serving as contributors to All About Worship, moved on to co-host a Christian song-writers podcast called The Songwriter’s Cafe, and now, have created a brilliant non-profit called Frequency FM.

This new podcast is unique in that it features Christian artists across all mediums and provides various perspectives from all walks of life.

Here’s a bit about why they do what they do:

“Christ followers express themselves in countless ways – in many mediums that don’t receive mainstream attention.  It also became apparent, after countless conversations with Christian artists, that the depth and breadth of their interests are vast … we intend engage artists from all walks, discussing life, faith, and their passions.”

As fellow podcasters, we’re excited about what they do and hope you’ll tune in to meet the duo today!

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Don Jacobson

Jeffrey Dean

Michael Kelley

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net

 

Finding Confidence in a Daunting Ministry

Do you often find yourself feeling overwhelmed or discouraged by the ministerial tasks ahead of you?  Sometimes it seems like it’s impossible to keep up with the demands of the positions to which God has called us—making the option to give up look very desirable. Finding confidence in a daunting ministry is not always easy, but you might find it comforting to know you are not alone. 


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Big World, Tiny Shoulders

When I was nine, I had a mid-childhood crisis.

I came home after school sobbing. It took my parents forty-five minutes to finally coax out of me what was wrong. Through my tears I explained how at lunch I threw away half of my jelly sandwich because I wasn’t hungry. My teacher witnessed this and told me that there were starving children in Africa who would love to eat my sandwich.

I don’t know how I made it through the rest of the school day. All I could think about were those less fortunate kids who just wanted a jelly sandwich. And here I was, with not only a jelly sandwich but also a fruit roll-up and a bag of carrots.

Once I made it home, I couldn’t even function. My parents tried to get me to play a board game or do a craft, but I went to my room crying. I immediately crawled under my bed because I decided I deserved to be in the dark.

It took some time for me to get over the fact that I was terribly selfish and ridiculously blessed. Once I had dried my tears, I was determined to help. But I was nine and didn’t know what to do about hungry children.

That one comment from my teacher still sticks with me and reminds me of how daunting this sin-tainted world is. Sometimes the thought of it still makes me want to crawl under my bed for a while.

twoCalled to a Life of Hardship

The prophet Jeremiah struggled with a lot more than just a misguided reprimand from an elementary school teacher. At a very young age, God told him to never marry or have children, and commanded him to preach to a tough crowd that had a penchant for false gods.

Despite their refusal to listen, Jeremiah cared deeply for the people of Judah. The lack of results paired with the difficulties he faced, caused Jeremiah to sink into a pit of doubt and despair. But through all of the troubles, God assured Jeremiah this was where he was meant to be.

Jeremiah was a prophet in Judah during times of war and conflict. Because of this violence, rulers had a hard time holding the throne and Jeremiah witnessed the reign of five kings. At times, Jeremiah was considered a friend of those ruling, but depending on the ruler, he often found himself persecuted.

Jeremiah was quite young when he was called into ministry. He was also timid by nature. There had to have been others in the community who were much more confidant, better speakers, and highly regarded; however, those weren’t the qualifications God was looking for. God knew the young prophet was frightened and intimidated and he still chose him to preach to the people.

“But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.” –Jeremiah 1:7–8 (NIV)

In chapter 12 of the book of Jeremiah, there is a series of verses detailing Jeremiah’s complaints. He is frustrated with the hypocrisy of the people around him. It drives him crazy to hear how people speak as if they are close to God, but the prophet knows God is far from their hearts.

“You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?” –Jeremiah 12:1 (NIV)

The prophecies of pain and destruction discouraged Jeremiah, but God reaffirmed Jeremiah’s position as prophet and answered the weeping man’s complaints and calls. The situation was daunting, the message was frightening, and immediate results were lacking, but with God’s help, this unqualified young man furthered God’s plan and brought glory to God.

“This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”  –Jeremiah 9:23–24 (NIV)

Even in the midst of hardship, Jeremiah trusted God and found a fullness of life. Through guidance from God, Jeremiah prophesied that power and wealth were nothing compared to the delight and joy found through a deeper understanding of God. Rather than overwhelming discouragement, Jeremiah found overwhelming peace in God.

6-7Finding Your Confidence

We all have days where we have to fight the urge to crawl under the bed and hide in the dark—whether it’s because we are daunted by the tasks ahead of us or perhaps embarrassed by our many blessings we know we don’t deserve. This can be especially difficult when we find ourselves in a position with the opportunity to lead others to Christ. It’s easy to get discouraged and our sinful nature fights our attempts to obey God. Rather than run and hide, spend those moments of hyperventilation in prayer.

When you are called to a position that is frightening, intimidating, or overwhelming, take some deep breaths and remember how God responded to Jeremiah when he cried out—with words of comfort and an affirmation of his calling.

“This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’” –Jeremiah 33:2–3 (NIV)

It’s easy to get discouraged in the midst of hardship, but even in the uncertainty of life there is certainty in Christ. In the same way Jeremiah was able to delight in God while in a challenging ministry, by trusting in the Lord and relying on Him, we, too, can find a new found joy in life—especially during times of discouragement.

For more information on the prophet Jeremiah, check out the book of the Bible named after him or this background information from  Biblica.com.

 

From Grief To New Growth


Today’s guest loves to share his story about moving from grief to new growth.  His passion pours out in words that bring hope and challenge – though he never set out to be a writer.  He began on a worship team alongside Matt Redman, and today, that passion and talent pours out other ways.

Craig Borlase feels that writing is like breathing to him – the words just pour out.  He’s used this gift to write books, collaborate on others, and edit many.  To him, the spaces between the words have just as much to say as the words themselves.

In his own words,

Craig spent his teens: “trying to get a buzz out of faith (or drugs)”, his twenties “waiting around for someone to give me permission to take faith seriously,” and his thirties “stripping away the nonsense and discovering the power of God’s grace and love.”

Join us as we journey along in discovering how to move from grief to new growth!

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Frequency.FM

Don Jacobson

Jeffrey Dean

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net