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The Be the Difference Podcast by Back2Back Ministries shares stories of everyday people who are being the difference in the lives of others. Hear what they’ve learned, obstacles they’ve overcome and why it’s worth it.

Be the Difference Back2Back Ministries

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

The Be the Difference Podcast by Back2Back Ministries shares stories of everyday people who are being the difference in the lives of others. Hear what they’ve learned, obstacles they’ve overcome and why it’s worth it.

    81 | Todd Guckenberger on A Relentless Pursuit, Leading Through Growth and Hope that Doesn't Stand Still

    81 | Todd Guckenberger on A Relentless Pursuit, Leading Through Growth and Hope that Doesn't Stand Still

    Chris & Sammy are joined by Back2Back Executive Director, Todd Guckenberger! Todd is a husband, father, leader, and visionary. After over 25 years of galvanizing a global staff team, Todd shares the why behind the recent rebrand and why this work continues to be a top priority.

    In this episode, Todd shares about a tree house in Monterrey that is expanding with a growing tree, and how that correlates with the organization's rebrand. Todd reflects on his global team and how they challenge him everyday to continue in this fight of pursuing vulnerable children and families. Hear how key phrases helped develop the ministry’s rebrand and what they mean to Todd and the work being done around the world, what he believes Back2Back’s greatest resource is, and how God keeps him, and his team, relentless in the work to ensure every child and family is known & loved. 

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    • 34 min
    80 | Building a Brand, Guardrails for Life and Reflecting on Where You've Been

    80 | Building a Brand, Guardrails for Life and Reflecting on Where You've Been

    Today, Chris & Sammy give listeners a special sneak peak into something big for Back2Back. We are on the verge of a rebrand! Join them as they share about the idea behind life verses and mission statements, and why they matter both for global organizations like Back2Back and for each of us individually. 

    In this episode, hear Chris and Sammy share about life verses they’ve held onto through different seasons and why they believe they are a guardrail for what comes next in our stories. Hear about the beauty they both find in the mission of Back2Back and how those things will still be carried through to this new, rebranded season, while also expanding. To end this quick episode, Sammy and Chris leave listeners with a challenge and encouragement for finding our own brand and mission.Learn more about Back2Back Ministries


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    • 15 min
    79 | Jayne Schooler on Caring for Kids From Hard Places, Boundless Hope and Asking Good Questions

    79 | Jayne Schooler on Caring for Kids From Hard Places, Boundless Hope and Asking Good Questions

    Jayne Schooler is a wife, mother, grandmother, advocate, writer, and voice of wisdom on trauma and its effects on our brains, bodies, and relationships. She and her late husband, David, are beloved, trusted experts on trauma-informed care, how homes should be for healing, and how to step into hard stories with foster and adoptive youth. Jayne is the author of multiple books around foster care, adoption, and trauma-informed parenting, and today she joins Chris and Sammy to discuss her newest book, Caring for Kids from Hard Places, which she co-authored with her beloved husband. 

    In this episode, Jayne shares when she first began dreaming of becoming a writer and what initially sparked it, who her first book was dedicated to and why, and how 1977 was a  year that would forever change the trajectory of her and David’s lives and mission. Hear how their journey started as gathering information for their own home and children to being information they needed to share with everyone, why she believes if we don’t have hope, we don’t have anything, and why David’s thoughts on two chair universities and curious compassion will continue to be celebrated and live on.



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    • 39 min
    78 | Evaluating First Impressions, Forming Belief Systems in the World of Foster Care

    78 | Evaluating First Impressions, Forming Belief Systems in the World of Foster Care

    As Chris & Sammy look forward to May, which is Foster Care Awareness month, they share the number of children and youth in foster care in the United States today. As they reflect on this statistic, they share their thoughts and views on foster care.

    In this episode, find out what surprises Chris most about the statistic shared and how he and Sammy first were introduced to foster care. Hear how Chris and his team view every child and family they serve and the three buckets they use to determine how to best serve them, how when we learn stories of those separated from, when we see them as children of God, often deeply wounded, it changes how we approach foster care and every single person within it.

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    77 | Leading with Laughter, Serving Emerging Generations and the Impact of Character with Caleigh Willis and Cristen Johnson of The Anthony Muñoz Foundation

    77 | Leading with Laughter, Serving Emerging Generations and the Impact of Character with Caleigh Willis and Cristen Johnson of The Anthony Muñoz Foundation

    Today, Chris and Sammy are joined by Caleigh Willis and Cristen Johnson. Both work for the Anthony Munoz Foundation; Caleigh is the Assistant Director and Cristen is the Director of Programming. The Munoz Foundation seeks to impact the lives of the Greater Cincinnati area youth mentally, physically, and spiritually through their seven Impact Programs. After over two decades of service, more than 55,000 youth have been influenced through the foundation.

    In this episode, Caleigh and Cristen share what their high school selves would think of their current career path and how service was modeled for each of them at an early age. Hear about their drive to serve others, the character they each bring to the table and instill in emerging generations, and why donuts are something to celebrate. 

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    • 48 min
    76 | Beth's Latest Book, God's Design for Women and Living into Who God Created You to Be

    76 | Beth's Latest Book, God's Design for Women and Living into Who God Created You to Be

    76 | Warrior of Eden | A Conversation with Beth Guckenberger

    March is International Women’s Month, and today Chris and Sammy are joined by Beth Guckenberger! Beth is a wife, mom, beloved abuela, author, and speaker. Beth joins us today  to talk about her newest book, Warrior of Eden and how she hopes to facilitate conversations honoring women all around the world through it. 

    In this episode, Beth shares why the release date for her 14th book felt different and, in some ways, more difficult. She shares how the idea for this book was born and why she considers this conversation one of “and,” not “or.” Hear her concerns about being misunderstood with this book’s publication, why Genesis 2 is key to this conversation, and why this is a book and conversation for both men and women today.  

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

WiseandProud ,

Great podcast

Uplifting guests showing how to Be The Difference every day!

mikeyyevans ,

Inspiring

This podcast is the best. Joey’s episode about story telling and listening really inspired me.

Back2Back Ministries!! ,

Be The Difference Podcast is TERRIFIC!

Hosts Chris Cox and Sammy Matthews complement one another very seamlessly and effortlessly as they share amazing stories, interviewing Kingdom builders from all walks of life. I can’t wait for each next episode. Be sure to tune in and show them some love with you own 5-star review.

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