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

 

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

Significant Life


Tyler Braun has a passion for the millennial generation.  He serves as a writer, worship leader, and pastor.

Tyler believes that God has a truly significant life in mind for each one of us.  The message he delivers to his audience?

“Your reality is not your destiny.”

So how do we go about discovering what that significant life looks like?  Join us as we learn how to Journey Toward Significant Life.

What’s coming up?

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episode releases from:

Craig Borlase

Frequency.FM

Don Jacobson

And many more!

Have a guest idea?

Contact us:  ashleigh@goodberry.net

The Unqualifications of a Servant

Think you’re the only one feeling unqualified for where God has placed you?  There is a strong tendency in leadership and ministry to feel like we don’t measure up – like our resumes could be labeled:  The Unqualifications of a Servant.  You might be surprised to learn you’re not alone!  Our new staffer Haley would love to share her perspective and a few stories that might change your mind!

The Bible, history, and our world today are full of examples of unlikely people used by God for His purposes. It’s so easy to look at the incredible stories of those who have drastically changed lives and feel insignificant – to feel as though you’ve got the unqualifications of a servant. It’s equally easy to find yourself in a position to help or lead others and suddenly feel inadequate or out of place. I hope you will join me as I start a series exploring the stories of a few of the many unqualified servants of God who have impacted others in both big and small ways.

My Storypiano 

My mom is an amazing pianist. There isn’t a piece that’s too difficult for her and she even arranges and composes her own music. What’s even more impressive is how she finds time and opportunities to use her abilities to serve others. As I grew up, I watched her accompany others for talent shows, competitions, and church worship, play for weddings, funerals, and school functions, and teach a variety of students all at different skill levels.

But this story isn’t about my mom.

When I was in third grade, my elementary music teacher put together a student choir with the intention of performing Handel’s Messiah in December. I refused to join. My music classes had shown me I was a terrible singer, one of the worst in my grade. And after undressing in the hallway earlier in the semester (a story I’d rather not get into right now), I decided I had filled my quota of embarrassment for the year.

My mom was asked to accompany the choir—no surprise there. I also wasn’t surprised when she asked me to turn pages for her—something I had done regularly in the past. I refused. I don’t remember if I was secretly jealous of my fellow students’ angelic voices or just being your typical difficult eight year-old, but I wanted no part in that choir.

Usually my mom had been pretty cool about letting me make my own decisions, but not this time. She pushed and pushed until I finally relented. After all, I would only be turning pages.

The first day of practice was absolute chaos. I sat beside my mom on the piano bench and watched the music teacher struggle to organize twenty energetic students. Most of the kids were too busy talking or running around to bother taking their seats, and one student, the teacher called her Michelle, wouldn’t even leave the wall. She stood in the back of the room pouting, refusing to pick a chair. I didn’t recognize her and assumed she was new to the school.

It wasn’t until after I was sitting beside Michelle, among the other altos, that I realized what I had done. On the car ride home my mom commended me for befriending the shy girl and asking her if she wanted to sit by me, but lamented the fact that she needed a new page turner.

The Servant Girl’s Storybible

“Now bands of raiders from Aram had gone out and had taken captive a young girl from Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. She said to her mistress, “If only my master would see the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.””–2 Kings 5:2–3 (NIV)

2 Kings 5 describes the story of a highly regarded army commander in the Aram army named Naaman. He was plagued with leprosy and sought out Elisha who instructed Naaman to wash in the Jordan River. When the commander emerged from the water, he found himself completely cleansed. This passage is often remembered as the story of how God healed a man through the prophet Elisha and “seven dips in a dirty river,” but recall how Naaman knew to seek out the prophet in the first place.

Verse two of 2 Kings 5 tells us about the young Israelite girl who was serving Naaman’s wife. She was the one who implored Naaman to speak with Elisha. Very little of this passage is dedicated to the girl, but we can still glean information from it. We know that the girl had been captured in a raid and taken from her home in Israel and she was young. She found herself in a foreign land forced to serve the people who had enslaved her.

“…for your servant [Naaman] will never again make burnt offerings and sacrifices to any other god but the Lord.” –2 Kings 5:17b (NIV)

What is so great about this young girl is, as far as we know, she did not have any prior experience with this sort of situation. There is no verse that says she was ready to witness to her captors and felt prepared. Chances are this unnamed girl did not want to be in Aram serving her enemies and she was very uncomfortable. However, something else we know about her is that she believed and trusted in God. When this moment, specifically planned by God arrived, she spoke with confidence, knowing God was with her.

Your Storycalledperson

We all find ourselves in uncomfortable positions, questioning if that is where we belong. Whether we are a church or small group leader, a one-on-one mentor, a Sunday school or catechism teacher, or someone simply striving to be a Christ-like example, we all feel the pressure to be perfect—say the perfect words, quote the perfect Bible verse, prove we are qualified. Helping others in their walk with Christ can be challenging and it’s easy to feel intimidated. The good news is we are not qualified and we do not have to be.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”” –1 Corinthians 1:27–31 (NIV)

Even when we feel inadequate, unqualified, or outside of our comfort zone, God can still use us powerfully, just as He used the young servant girl.

I’m not saying I led Michelle to God or even cured her of her extreme shyness, but I’d like to think I took away some of her discomfort and later I learned that God doesn’t need His people to be perfectly prepared. I know Michelle and I enjoyed the remaining rehearsals, although I’m pretty sure it didn’t take long for her to regret sitting next to someone with the voice of a toad.