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The Parent Pastor Podcast
54 minutes | Mar 11, 2018
Episode 55: Stewardship with Chris Brown
Tell us how stewardship - both personal and church wide - became your ministry passion? How do you define stewardship? Is there a better term we can use than “stewardship” for our folks? What’s the connection between raising money and accomplishing our mission as a church? What’s the best approach when motivating people to give individually, small group setting, and from the pulpit? A question I hear many pastors ask is “should I tithe my salary to the local church that pays me? What about if I serve 2 churches?” How would you answer that? How is poor stewardship holding pastors back from fully living into their calling? Say I’m a pastor who hasn’t focused much on stewardship or am just stuck. What advice would you give me to light a fire in me to focus my attention more on it and motivate me? Since this is the Parent Pastor podcast, how might we go about teaching good stewardship to our children?
59 minutes | Dec 13, 2017
Episode 54: The Advent/Christmas Special
Your Parent Pastors engage in a great free-flowing conversation about Advent and Christmas in our families and churches. Also, find out about some... unconventional shopping opportunities.
57 minutes | Nov 20, 2017
Episode 53: Solitude and Community
Episode 53: Solitude & Community Episode Intro: Welcome to Parent Pastor, a podcast where calling and kids collide. Check out our Facebook page for more. Now, onto this week’s episode. Hit it! (Pre-recorded) Theme Song Intro NAMES Intro Will Choate Topic of the Week: Solitude & Community Frame Convo: Bevil Henri Nouwen & Silent(ish) Retreat What IS solitude? What is the importance of solitude? What keeps us from seeking solitude in our lives in our context, specifically North America? How is solitude connected to community? How do we invite folks into this type of community? Where can people find you online Will? Wins & Fails Kris: Retreat Away Bevil: Winning all around; Missy hanging with a friend tonight! Will: Soccer win & podcast listening fail
48 minutes | Oct 23, 2017
Episode 52: Called By God
Catalyst for Our Discussion: http://livingchurch.org/covenant/2017/08/21/priests-are-not-paid-to-do-anything/ New Room Conference Jewel: You work for God and God’s kingdom. God works in the midst and the mess of our lives. What’s the relationship between your calling from God and the denomination in which you live out your calling? How can we as ministers help others better understand the dynamics of this reality? The Holy Spirit’s got this! Is the Spirit strong in this one? In your very life? Not everyone has the privilege to so easily move denominations or be received and affirmed by others. Excerpt from Bevil’s poem, “Faith in the Woods” Wondering deeply on into the night Who we are and what will become Methodist for now but called by God Messy existence not really so odd Real dialogue in the small group Hits closer to home and truth Baptisms and new professions of faith Could shape all of our understanding We can walk from here more clear Guided by the Spirit now; appear Wins & Fails Bevil: Stepping Up More; Double Date Tonight! Stout: 10th Anniversary Renewal Kris: Food Options
59 minutes | Oct 8, 2017
Episode 51: Life Callings
Topic of the Week: Life Calling(s) How do you describe calling to someone who has no idea? Are there different types of callings in our lives? What has God called you to? Great Resource for Understanding Calling: J.D. Walt Called: Following a Future Filled with the Possible https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/mission-minded-families-with-ann-dunagan/id1039901563?mt=2&i=390233283 - 16:15-23:37 balancing family/ministry - “find the divine balance for each day” Darlene Check, Australian worship leader - God call on my life to be in ministry but not at expense of family “I no longer have boxes for marriage, ministry and motherhood… God showed me that I am to break out of the box mentality and instead seek him for divine order for my life… Marriage, motherhood, and ministry are all cohesively part of that call. God anoints us for our entire call.” - God wants for us as a family to love God and love others - A fervent heart for the family, inwardly focused on a personal relationship with Jesus and fire to fulfill God’s purpose, outwardly focused on reaching others for Jesus; walking that divine tension - high risk, high joy, seasons of rest, showing a deep enough love for Jesus that interrupts personal preferences
51 minutes | Oct 2, 2017
Episode 50: The Good, Bad, and Ugly of YouTube
Ministry/Learning YouTube Examples: (Matt Stout) I use YouTube to watch X-wing games and improve. What are good youTube channels for ministry? Do you create youTube content for your congregation? What are some tips for that? How do you filter through all the nonsense to get to the good stuff? Terrible Kids’ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vURPkyQUwWI&t=385s - Kid makes a horrible mess and also opens surprise toys. This family only refers to the kid as “Assistant” which is weird. Weird, but not my least favorite channel. These people at least seem like they might be nice IRL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=857IJlhtfsA - CookieSwirl is Satan. A faceless, nameless, enthusiastic woman opens up scores of LOL Dolls and comments on their relative cuteness. Sometimes she makes little scenarios in which they pee or spit on various things and whine. These videos have been banned from our house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng0nhq4R_Ts - Bad baby videos. Bad Baby does something bad, gets in trouble for it, sort of. Encourages bad behavior. Banned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8nltpN-gZk - Daily Bumps - The worst family in the world makes millions of dollars doing nothing and posting it on YouTube. They bought that house with YouTube ad money. And the dad is just awful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIbrgf1KupQ - Ryan’s Toy Review - The least offensive of all kids stations. The parents seem cool, and the kid seems relatively less spoiled. Sometimes manages to be actually funny. Still indulges in the worst parts of the other ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hOqqUvrBUM Toy Surgery Videos - There’s a genre of kids youtube where they pretend to do surgery on toys and pull stuff out of them/deliver babies from them. Disgusting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrqgXplbl9E Gummy vs Real Food - Why would anybody like to watch this? Including kids? Most kids YouTube channels do some version of the gummy vs real food challenge. It is stupid. Bad things about all these videos: They all use the same public domain music that’s awful They all encourage materialism in kids, to one degree or another There’s nothing educational or redeeming about them in the slightest Chad’s quick thoughts. Granted, I don’t have kids to involve in this discussion. I do have some thoughts and contributions to the above list. Here is what I do want to contribute. This is a super quick list, and I’ll end up fleshing it out more. What makes content aggravating? Fake cheese. Africa cover (metal) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH9FyLsfDzw IT reminds me of people trying to do the holderness family thing. Instead, a more authentic version is pomplamoose vlogging as an art form Casey Niestat-> the Godfather we love it because it is real life. the frustrating generic side of youtube now. It’s all (COPY THIS) style. Youtube content is super hard to get moving. It takes tons of uploads and work, What life are we wanting to share with people? Of course kids love seeing other kids get magic toys out of another toys butt. It creates an alternate world . Think Jamie Smith “Desiring the Kingdom” ___I think youtube can turn into such a black hole because we are only one more click away from finding our own “idealized” life. The escape from real life is real and can easily throw us off track. A Real Man’s Breakfast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmXhQFUKC3E
2 minutes | Sep 17, 2017
ANNOUNCEMENT: New Room Meetup!
Big News Everybody! We are going to be at the New Room Conference next week and we are going to have a meetup! 9/21 5-7pm at the Bunganut Pig Pub & Eatery! We would love to hangout with you in Franklin, TN next week! Check out website for a map to the venue.
46 minutes | Aug 27, 2017
Episode 48: Family in Public
This week we dive into the intricacies of taking your family out in public. The pitfalls, the joys, the judgements, and what a public witness looks like when all you want is for your toddler to JUST BE COOL for one meal in a restaurant. Topic of the Week: Family in Public Younger Kids = Harder Experience(s) Grocery Store Woes Target Trips Can Be Fun Buggy Design Dirty Spaces & Things Kid HANGRY-ness Horrible Restaurants Experiences Buffalo Wild Wings Johnny Carino’s Disciplining Kids as a Witness to Christ Focus more on ourselves or our kids Stop behavior now vs. learning Opportunity to deepen the relationship between us and our kids Chick-fil-a Conway Coffee Shop Bathroom Situations Wins & Fails Manderson: Trip to Visit Sister! Bevil: Family Fun Night! Stout: Olivia Cast Off
55 minutes | Aug 13, 2017
Episode 47: Shared Interests and Bigfoot
We're back for season 2 baby! Mark and Andy Matzke from Monsterland Ohio (http://monsterlandohio.blogspot.com/) and the SasWhat Podcast (https://saswhat.podbean.com/) join us to talk about connecting with our kids over a shared interest, seeing our hobbies as a part of our calling, and what it's like to be the coolest Bigfoot-hunting-father-and-son team on the internet! How old was Andy when you knew he took an interest in Sasquatch? How have you most connected with each other through your shared interest in Bigfoot? What do y'all differ on in you opinions on Bigfoot? 1976 Pulaski County Bigfoot Report http://www.bfro.net/GDB/show_report.asp?id=57471 What are your impressions of this report? Have y'all had any encounters with Bigfoot? Recent stories in Salt Fork State Park: https://www.daily-jeff.com/local%20news/2017/07/18/report-of-body-found-is-a-hoax http://www.breakingnews365.net/59643e8751caa/bigfoot-finally-found-at-salt-fork-state-park.html What's next for y'all in your pursuit of discovering the existence of Bigfoot? Where can folks find you at? Most Recent Memorable Shared Experience: Manderson: Swimming in the pool (even though it busted); Fireworks and nighttime fires Bevil: Fishing with Sophie: storm & baby ducks Stout: Olivia’s Broken Leg Mark & Andy: G-Fest
62 minutes | Jun 4, 2017
Episode 46: Small Group Ministry
Special guest Matt Carter joins us for our season 1 finale in which we talk about the importance of small group ministry in churches, how to start a small group ministry, and not a little discussion of delicious smoked meats. Topic of the Week: Explain your role at St. James in relation to small group ministry. What was your 1st experience of a small group? Why small group ministry? What makes small groups significant in the life of the church? What challenges have you faced in leading small group leaders and just in general? What are the initial steps for starting a small group ministry? How do you get people to buy in? Is there something your church had to give up in order to have time/margin for a thriving small group ministry? How do you decide to split a group into 2? What’s your line of thinking and what’s that process like? What’s the most amazing thing you’ve witnessed happen as a result of small group ministry? What’s the 1 thing you’d say to motivate a pastor and church to start small group ministry? Is it possible to do a family small group with kids? How would you recommend going about that? Would you do it with other families? Would you break up the kids and adults? Have you seen this work anywhere? Wins & Fails Manderson: Win: Fishing Rodeo with Justus on Saturday! He was 4th in his age group. Got knocked off the the board at the very end. Fail: Transition Sucks! Bevil: Win: Larry’s Pizza Sophie Celebration Stout: Win: End-of-school-year craziness. I’m proud of Ruthie in how she handled her first big school year. Fail: Told kids too early about visiting my parents. Carter: Win: No mas travel baseball Fail: Summer schedule bomb
59 minutes | May 14, 2017
Episode 45: Sermon Planning
Episode 45: Sermon Planning This week, we’re discussing how our retreat sermon planning turned out. Bevil Plans & Executions: Strategically schedule sermon series Star Wars Mythology: out there for some; guest preacher Clever Stories: great visuals & examples; learning welcomed Emotional Lent: someone crying during sermon, me praying Exuberant Lent: folks love singing more Party Invite: understand work’s relationship to rest; mini fest Work with the worship team I need to do more work with individuals outside our meetings We need to plan even further in advance & nail down better Opportunities for discipleship Stout Plans & Executions: Schedule sermon series All In series went well, but I think I may have lost the focus on stewardship that I started out with. Troublemaker: Ended up with the singer singing country songs. People liked it Party Time is good so far. I’m loving the collaborative aspect of it. I already need to schedule another retreat to plan out the rest of the year. I didn’t get as far as I would’ve liked the first time. I think I’m realizing I might need a quarterly long-term planning retreat. Manderson Plans & Executions: Schedule Sermon Series Stakeholders- piggybacked on Spiritual Gifts and Had stewardship elements Good Trouble: Really Good Party Time- Loving the fact we collaborate as well. This helped me establish a rhythm of preparation and execution of sermons that has seen results. I’ve had a lot of folks tell me that my sermons have been much better of late. I think that’s a combination of things: personal spiritual health, planning ahead, and collaboration with others. I hope to plan a retreat sometime in the summer to plan through the end of the year. We are moving so that may throw a wrench into the plans. But I can take time away from the office to coordinate and schedule and develop plans. Maybe not so much a few days but a day or two. Art of the Sermon Shoutout: Dan Wunderlich’s Interview with Jorge Acevedo about Team Sermon Prep http://defininggrace.com/aots/031/ Wins & Fails Manderson: Silas is a Daddy’s Boy! It's so great! Bevil: Carrying something heavy Stout: Felt useless at field day
45 minutes | Apr 24, 2017
Episode 44: Talking to Your Kid About Sex
Content Warning: In this episode, we discuss real names of body parts and issues surrounding human sexuality. If your kids are around this may be a little bit too adult for them. Nothing horribly explicit, but definitely awkward for kids. Also, Stout was trying to record this episode while driving in his car, and it led to some less than desirable audio quality in this episode. He apologizes. Sexuality Language Just Say Penis & Vigina Awkwardness when kids say it around others Appropriate touching What age is too old to bath your kids together? Modesty & Honesty When is it appropriate to start teaching our kids about sex? What level of detail do we go into the specifics of sex with them? Wins & Fails Manderson: We’re Moving! Bevil: Girls’ Presentations Stout: Lost the connection to the call and cried :(
51 minutes | Apr 9, 2017
Episode 43: Personal Space
In part 1 of our 2-part-series on the theology of the body, we talk about personal space, and how we teach our children about respecting their bodies and our bodies too. Topic of the Week: Personal Space Theology of Personal Space I am not a chair God created us with bodies and called them good. Our bodies as a temple and how we can use that for affection but that can get unhealthy in a bunch of different kinds of ways Exclusion & Embrace What Does Affection Look Like as Kids Grow? Think about it for both sexes of kids Also think about it for different ages. When does kissing on the lips get weird? Realization: we can still be super affectionate dads while maintaining boundaries over our body Kid Body Consent Adult Manipulation It’s’ our role to give our kids the space to say no, even when church members can be pushy Modeling to Our Kids If we model guilt when someone else lays claim to our bodies, we set our kids up to feel guilty when somebody else wants to lay claim to their bodies Wins & Fails Manderson: Busy week, our family has not been home once this week for dinner. Has led to some serious freak outs and emotional outbursts. Bevil: Lazy Nighttime Stout: Spring break strawberry picking. “When I grow up, I’m going to tell MY kids they have to brush every time they eat.” Weird Segment We talk about our favorite 'middle of the Blockbuster' movies.
74 minutes | Mar 27, 2017
Episode 42: The Parent Missionary Show
This week, we’re discussing the unique challenges of being a parent and a missionary with our special guest Viktor Rozsa discussing the theology of our bodies and how we have helpful conversations with our kids. Topic of the Week: Missionary Life What’s your favorite type of food? Tell us about your transition to American culture. What was your call to ministry experience like? When did you know God was calling you to become a missionary? What significant conversations have you and your spouse had to get on the same page and to a place where you’re both supportive of each other’s roles as missionaries? What are some challenges you’ve faced with your kids on the mission field? What are some things you experienced in the mission field that your mission agency or seminary didn’t prepare you for? What’s been the most amazing / rewarding experience you’ve had in ministry? What’s on the horizon for you and your family when you return to Hungary? What’s God doing already in Hungary? And, what is God wanting to accomplish with you there? Tell us about the youth radio program / podcast coming up. Wins & Fails Manderson: Pamm and I have been adding Bible reading during Lent. It’s been hard to read the Bible as a couple and we’ve been pretty good about reading the daily lectionary readings during this season. I hope to make it a regular occurrence. Also, I had an impromptu Daddy-Bubba date on Sunday night. Justus asked if we could go get dinner together and we did. It was great! Bevil: Changes to Eating Out Stout: Roger’s crib’s poopscape; kids learning about Lent
55 minutes | Mar 12, 2017
Episode 41: Productivity and Parenting with Isaac Hopper
Topic of the Week: Productivity What is your favorite food? Isaac tells us about a preaching series called “Crazy Busy” that he just finished at his church Is there a theology of productivity? Does that theology change when kids/family are added to the equation? I know Isaac does most of his work from his home office. Any tips for communicating to young kids that you're not available to them when you're working? What's your favorite productivity tool/hack that makes ministry easier or more efficient? Any reading recommendations for people who want to take this to the next level? Crazy Busy Deep Work A Failure of Nerve Wins & Fails Stout: “It's me, Ruthie!” Bevil: Sophie: ask forgiveness & have a convo on respecting bodies Isaac: Stopped working to enjoy being outside with the kids Connect with Isaac on www.isaachopper.com
44 minutes | Feb 26, 2017
Episode 40: Mentoring with Jessica LaGrone
This week, we’re discussing mentoring with Jessica LaGrone. Jessica is the Dean of Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She’s a pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to groups throughout the United States. A native of Texas, Jessica is an ordained pastor in the Texas Annual Conference at the United Methodist Church and previously served for nine years at The Woodlands United Methodist Church near Houston, Texas. Jessica and her husband, Jim, have two young children, Drew and Kate. Topic of the Week: Mentoring What is your favorite food? How would you define mentoring? How many folks can we be mentoring at the same time? How does one get into a mentoring relationship? Who makes the first move? Is it like dating? Wins & Fails Manderson: Church has been crazy but God has continued to speak to me. It's been a great season of growing with God and a good time of communication with others. Bevil: FaceTime & Speakerphone Jessica: Practicing no-anxious presence; Naming what I love about our kids and what they’re good at or like
69 minutes | Feb 6, 2017
Episode 39: Mental Illness
This week we're joined by Kevin Ireland, a Presbyterian pastor in Pennsylvania and Manderson's college roommate! Kevin has had experience as a chaplain at a psychiatric hospital and deals with generalized anxiety disorder. We have a great conversation about caring for the mentally ill, the church's unique opportunity to minister in mental health situations, and how to take care of our own mental health. Topic of the Week: Mental Illness Tell us about your experience at the hospital. What things did you learn and how does that help you now as the pastor of a congregation? How do you help educate your congregation about mental illness? How do you talk with your kids about your work at the psychiatric hospital and mental illness in general? What are things you should never say to a person with mental illness? What’s the role of the church in the care of folks with mental illness? Wins & Fails Stout: 1 on 1 Time Mandy: Castle Get Away Bevil: Emma’s Breakout; Stop Babying Emma Kevin: Painting with my Girls, the YouTube give-in
57 minutes | Jan 23, 2017
Episode 38: Retreat
Your Parent Pastors recorded this episode all in the same place, while on a sermon-planning retreat. After about five minutes of silliness, we get down to the importance of being able to get out of the 'tyranny of the urgent' and focus on what God wants to say to our congregations in worship. Referenced in this episode: Mate taste test Productive Pastor Episode 71: Deep Work with Isaac Hopper Terrace House
52 minutes | Jan 10, 2017
Episode 37: 2017
Ya boys are back in 2017, bringing the noise, bringing the funk, bringing the optimism with brand new goals and a focus for 2017. This is going to be a great year for the Parent Pastor community! Parenting Fail Segment Manderson - Justus having breakdowns with Silas getting all up in his business. I’m not real patient with this. Also, our house was full of kids, 5 with my sister in town last week. Patience was thin Noise Level all CAPS! Stout - Weird tension between me and SB, we’re just not on the same page. Also, I had a weird emotional breakdown a few nights ago worrying about nuclear war. Bevil - Emma, Missy, & Bedtime Topic of the Week: New Year Goals Stout: No bullcrap - my mantra for 2017 Meditation as a personal spiritual discipline Kids over Screens Goal-oriented leadership at church Manderson: “Calm and Consistent” Calm Emotionally, spiritually, and physically Present in the moment not looking too far in the future Attentive to people Consistent In daily devotions In how I react to different situations Days off- Sabbath Marriage and Parenting Bevil: 2016 - “Accomplishing” Recently Learned: Goals Accomplish Intentions 2017 - “Tracking Life” Pray 15 Word 30 Exercise 30 Girls 15 Touch 5 Read 1 Music 30 Parenting Win Segment Manderson - Time off with the family. 2 Pajama days. And Alabama in the National Championship. (Side note: I have a signed football from most of the starters because a girl from my church is dating a player who transferred from Bowling Green, and he’s been coming to Easter/Christmas with her since I’ve been here. Roll Tide!) Stout - Young Clergy Retreat was awesome; Olivia meltdown; Ruthie was an acolyte for the first time Bevil - Snow Day & Pizza Night!
57 minutes | Dec 26, 2016
The guys talk about all things Christmas after a hectic Advent. Parenting Fail Segment Manderson - Silas cried during all the Traveler’s Christmas Service Stout - Father/Daughter Dance Bevil - Elves & The Shoemaker Topic of the Week: Christmas Favorite gift ever? Tension between family & church responsibilities To Santa or not? Xmas audience affecting preaching prep as it should Self-care afterwards Parenting Win Segment Manderson - Justus wants to sing Mary Did You Know as a family band every christmas. Stout - Enthusiastic Christmas participation from the kids Bevil - Donut Breakfast Saturday!
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