The Daily Growth Discipleship Podcast

Finding Holy in the Suburbs - Ashley Hales - Episode 21

Finding Holy in the Suburbs - Ashley Hales - Episode 21

Ashley Hales holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She’s a writer, speaker, and hosts The Finding Holy Podcast. Ashley’s married to a church planter in the southern California suburbs and the mother to 4. Her writing has been featured in such places as The Gospel Coalition, Books & Culture, and Christianity Today. Her first book is Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Living Faithfully in the Land of Too Much.

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Reflections on a Lifestyle of Discipleship - Chris & Josh - Episode 20

Reflections on a Lifestyle of Discipleship - Chris & Josh - Episode 20

The podcast is 20 episodes old. Every episode has been focused on learning how to live a lifestyle of discipleship. So we want to take some time and reflect on the ways we're learning to live that life in the spiritual disciplines we practice, the podcast guests we talk to, the books we read, and other things in between. We also wanted to answer our own favorite question to ask guests: What's the most valuable thing you've learned in the Christian life?

Let us know what your favorite episode has been so far in a review on Apple Podcasts. We'd love to hear how about your lifestyle of discipleship!

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Are You a Faithful Steward Called to Lead? - Scott Rodin - Episode 19

Are You a Faithful Steward Called to Lead? - Scott Rodin - Episode 19

Scott Rodin has a passion for helping Christian ministry leaders take a biblical approach to leadership development, strategic planning, board development and raising kingdom resources. Over the past thirty years he has worked with hundreds of organizations in the U.S., Canada, Middle East, Great Britain, China, India, the Philippines and Australia.

Dr. Rodin is president of The Steward’s Journey and Kingdom Life Publishing. He also runs Rodin Consulting, Inc. He is a Senior Fellow of the Association of Biblical Higher Education and is past board chair of ChinaSource.

He holds Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Systematic Theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He has also authored fourteen books and blogs weekly at www.thestewardsjourney.com.

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How the Spirit Sculpts Your Life - Leo Sánchez - Episode 18

How the Spirit Sculpts Your Life - Leo Sánchez - Episode 18

Leo Sánchez is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. A faculty member since 2004, he is professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Seminary’s Center for Hispanic Studies.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Concordia Seminary and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.

Leo teaches regularly in the United States and abroad. And he has delivered courses and workshops in Brazil, Cuba, India, Ghana, Chile, Panama, Argentina and Venezuela. He has participated in various colloquies on pedagogy through the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

In his community, Leo is principal double bass player with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. He also enjoys swimming and international cooking. He and his wife, Tracy Lynn, have two children; Lucas Antonio and Ana Victoria.

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How to Have a Life-Defining Relationship - Russell Verhey - Episode 17

How to Have a Life-Defining Relationship - Russell Verhey - Episode 17

Russell Verhey’ is on a mission to build leaders; Leaders who have committed their lives for redemptive purposes. As a coach and author, his passion is to move leaders from inspiration to impact in their area of influence. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Entrepreneurship from Kennesaw State University, and a Master's Degree in Leadership Development from Denver Seminary.

He’s run his own business, been part of R12 and Vistage business round tables, and invested in the lives of CEOs through his work as a coach and chair of Convene in Colorado Springs. He now runs The Advance, an organization he founded a few years ago to meet the expanding leadership development needs and team challenges of his leadership clients.

The most important thing to him is his faith and family. He says, God is the source of every good thing in his life.  He and his wife Cari have been married for 23 years and they have three children.

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Your Memories Matter - Casey Tygrett - Episode 16

Your Memories Matter - Casey Tygrett - Episode 16

Casey Tygrett is an author, pastor, and spiritual director. He is the host of the “otherWISE” podcast, a place for gathering wise conversations about living well on the journey with Jesus. He holds both a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate level courses in Christian higher education in the United States and Australia. He also serves as a board member for the Apprentice Institute, a program focusing on Christian spiritual formation located at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

He is the author of two books, Becoming Curious: A Spiritual Practice of Asking Questions (2017) and As I Recall: Discovering the Place of Memories in the Spiritual Life (2019), both with InterVarsity Press.

Casey has served both in rural churches of 25 and suburban megachurches of 10,000. He and his wife Holley and their daughter Bailey currently live in Chicago, IL where he is the Theologian in Residence at Parkview Christian Church.

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How to Grow in All of Life - Darryl Dash - Episode 15

How to Grow in All of Life - Darryl Dash - Episode 15

Darryl Dash is a pastor and church planter in Toronto with over 25 years of ministry experience. He also has a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

He’s written the book How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to ALL of Life. And currently serves as the pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto.

He and his wife Charlene are the cofounders of Gospel for Life, and they are both passionate about helping people grow.

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How to Live the Christian Life Well - Chris & Josh - Episode 14

How to Live the Christian Life Well - Chris & Josh - Episode 14

Sometimes it can feel like the Christian life is boring or mundane. You go to church on Sunday, work all week, spend time with your family, and probably don’t have time for much else.

But the Christian life is so much more than just that, especially in our relationships with our family, friends, and coworkers. Jesus calls us to be like him in the way we live our lives. And living like him is an adventure people like the Apostle Paul and those who followed Jesus in the gospels knew very well.

This week Chris and Josh had an opportunity to preach. And God led both of them to speak on living the Christian life.

In his message, Chris opens up omen of his favorite passages of Scripture, Philippians 1. In that passage, Paul tells one of his dearest churches about what it means to live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It turns out to be more life-changing than many of us ever imagined.

In his message, Josh tells his story of battling depression and anxiety to learn, just like the tax collector in Luke 18, that the Christian life is about repentance, humility, and grace.

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Developing Habits to Help You Grow - Justin Earley - Episode 13

Developing Habits to Help You Grow - Justin Earley - Episode 13

Justin Whitmel Earley (JD, Georgetown University) is the creator of The Common Rule, a program of habits designed to form us in the love of God and neighbor. He is also a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. He previously spent several years in China as the founder and general editor of The Urbanity Project and as the director of Thought and Culture Shapers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community through arts. He and his wife, Lauren, have four sons and live in Richmond, Virginia.

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No Silver Bullets for Spiritual Growth - Daniel Im - Episode 12

No Silver Bullets for Spiritual Growth - Daniel Im - Episode 12

Daniel Sangi Im is the Director of Church Multiplication for NewChurches.com at LifeWay Christian Resources.

He serves as a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multisite church in Nashville. 

He's the author of No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry and Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply (2nd Ed). He also co-hosts the New Churches Q&A Podcast, the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast, and a brand new podcast with his wife on marriage and parenting called the IMbetween Podcast.

Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville.

He's a scholar-practioner who can not only create theory, but also implement it in an innovative way to solve problems. His experience and strength is in creating alignment and momentum within teams and churches by implementing strategies and systems to move the church towards multiplication. In other words, He's a strategic thinker that can produce, rather than a strategic thinker that can muse.

He's also a Gallup Strengths Performance Coach (Strengths Advisor) and has led over 600 people through the StrengthsFinder assessment in multiple countries. His top themes are: Maximizer, Learner, Intellection, Developer, Strategic, Achiever, Input, and Relator.

He has been married to his wife, Christina, since 2006 and they have three children.

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Growing Spiritually Healthy Families - Brian Dietz - Episode 11

Growing Spiritually Healthy Families - Brian Dietz - Episode 11

Brian Dietz is the Marriage and Family Pastor at Highrock Covenant Church in Arlington, MA. He’s been married to his wife, Heather, for 14 years and they have three kids: Abby (12), Lydia (10) and Caleb (7). Date Nights and Family Nights are both favorite part of Brian’s week and he loves encouraging others through the highs and lows of their own marital and family intimacy. In 2011 Brian started developing a curriculum called Milestones: Raising a Jesus-loving Generation to help families in his congregation celebrate spiritual mile markers and prepare for the next season of discipleship. This curriculum has evolved over the years and continues to be one of Brian’s biggest passions.

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Using the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth - Chris Heuertz - Episode 10

Using the Enneagram for Spiritual Growth - Chris Heuertz - Episode 10

Chris has spent his life bearing witness to the possibility of hope in a world that has legitimate reasons to question God’s goodness. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Chris studied at Asbury University in Kentucky before moving to India where he was mentored by Mother Teresa for three years. While living in India, he helped launch South Asia’s first pediatric AIDS care home–creating a safe haven for children impacted by the global pandemic. A forerunner in the New Friar movement, Chris and his wife Phileena served with the Word Made Flesh community for nearly 20 years, working for women and children victimized by human traffickers in the commercial sex industry. His vocation has taken him to over 70 countries working among the most vulnerable of the world’s poor. In 2012 Phileena and Chris launched Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism.

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