The world is a hard and sometimes unforgiving place. When things feel especially tense, like now, it is easy to only focus on the problems, the hardships and the most immediate fire. While this is good and we must focus on the work at hand, we cannot forget the beauty that surrounds us. There is magic all around and we must be just as disciplined in finding and discovering it as we are pushing against and solving the ills of the world. We cannot merely survive, we have to be people who thrive, people of beauty, poetry and song. This episode is about just those things. Click Here to Listen on Sound Cloud Click Here to Listen on iTunes
Are you afraid of change? Does anxiety and fear well up inside of you when you hear the word innovation? What if you could see change, a changing world, a changing life in a whole different way? What if you saw the world through the lens of possibility and what if instead of it creating anxiety and fear it gave your live a whole new meaning? Check out today's podcast for some thoughts on how you can do just that! Click Here to Listen on Sound Cloud Click Here to Listen on iTunes
We all have endings in our lives. We end relationships, jobs, and even our own lives each have an ending. Most people wait until the end to do the things they really want to do, to live how they want to live and reflect their ideals in their priorities and decisions. On todays podcast I talk about what it means to take each moment and choose to actually live instead of just existing. I give you three ways to reorder your life so that when it is time to end something, you can do so with no regrets. Click Here to Listen on Sound Cloud Click Here to Listen on iTunes
Check out the new 12 Stone Spirituality Podcast "Bookshelves, Heaven and Losing Yourself" In this episode I give you 3 ways and reasons for un-focusing and losing yourself during this and other turbulent times. Also! Don't forget to subscribe, like, share and write a review! Thanks! Click Here for iTunes Click Here for SoundCloud
I am exhausted. I usually love political seasons, (actually I have always loved them since I was a little kid) but this one is different. It is bad, vile and yes evil. It has caused great division and anxiety and has surfaced a hidden hate many of knew was lurking, but never imagined would be given such a pronounced voice. I has caused many to take sides and many to hide their heads. It has caused even more to sit silently by, confused as to their role in a battle where many feel they have no ally. While this is troubling to me it pales in comparison to another voice, a sentiment growing more and more prominent every day. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard and read that people of the clothe, ministers and church workers should not express their political opinions aloud or on social media. I have heard this both about myself and others. Usually there are two reasons this has been said: 1. You will alienate those whom you minister to and 2. You should be about the gospel, kingdom work, not making political statements. These two reasons have not only stifled clergy from speaking up but have been used as a threat to their very livelihood. Not only are these statements problematic, they are unscriptural lies. …
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“Forget the growth hormones! Stephen Ingram calls everyone who cares for young people to get our hands dirty in the organic soil of student ministry. Drawing on years of experience in ministry and consulting, Stephen will help you asses the particularities of your ministry context and determine what to plant and what to prune in order to promote long-term growth and sustainability. This book is required reading for anyone seeking fresh visions for youth ministry.” —Dave Csinos, Author, Speaker, and founding President of Faith Forward “The keen mind of Stephen Ingram permeates this book. Organic Student Ministry is chock-full of smart, savvy youth ministry wisdom. You won't find quick, shot-in-the-arm fixes for programming. Instead, you should read each chapter like it’s a treasure chest: with a yellow highlighter ready to put each gem into pragmatic practice.” —Stephanie Caro, Author, Speaker, Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects “Youth ministry will only be effective in our post-Christendom culture if it is contextual. Cookie cutter ministry models no longer work—if they ever did. Rooted in years of experience as a youth worker and consultant, Stephen Ingram has assembled a collection of best practices and attitude adjustments that will nurture relational and adaptive youth ministry in whatever context you serve. If you want to cultivate a dynamic and holistic ministry with young people and adults, this book is for you.” —John W. Vest, visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Cofounder of the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference “Finally a student ministry book written by an honest youth minister! Stephen not only captures the beautiful and hectic mess of adolescence, but lets the minister off the performance and production hook and invites them to get down and into the students' lives. Organic Student Ministry is the book I wish I read 15 years ago ... but at least I can share it now.”- Tripp Fuller, Cofounder of Homebrewed Christianity podcast “After reading an early draft, I knew Stephen was onto something profound. I could see immediately the authentic ring of ideas proven in the crucible of actually doing ministry week in and week out with young people. Though Stephen has already contributed quite a number of books to the youth ministry conversation, Organic Student Ministry introduces clearly and provocatively Stephen’s innovative, signature vision for ministry. I am thrilled that, at last, Stephen’s timely and distinct approach will be added to the vocabulary of those seeking to do faithful work with a new generation.” —Mark DeVries, Founder of Ministry Architects and Author of Sustainable Youth Ministry…