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Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien are both leaders in Minneapolis. Jo is an author and speaker who has opportunities to teach around the world in various contexts. She is passionate about empowering women to realize their potential and purpose.
Steph is a church planter and pastor of a church plant in the city. She coaches leaders and pastors around the country and is a professor at Bethel University. Passionate about investing in the next generation, Steph, blogs and speaks in order to equip people to live their every day life on mission for the Kingdom of God.

In this podcast they share stories from their lives and what they've learned. Their hope is that this show will encourage, challenge and share tools with leaders and those who desire to live on mission for the Kingdom of God!

Lead Stories Podcast Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph Williams O'Brien

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    • 4.7, 175 Ratings

Jo Saxton and Pastor Steph O'Brien are both leaders in Minneapolis. Jo is an author and speaker who has opportunities to teach around the world in various contexts. She is passionate about empowering women to realize their potential and purpose.
Steph is a church planter and pastor of a church plant in the city. She coaches leaders and pastors around the country and is a professor at Bethel University. Passionate about investing in the next generation, Steph, blogs and speaks in order to equip people to live their every day life on mission for the Kingdom of God.

In this podcast they share stories from their lives and what they've learned. Their hope is that this show will encourage, challenge and share tools with leaders and those who desire to live on mission for the Kingdom of God!

    What Got You Here Won't Get You There #SummerReplay

    What Got You Here Won't Get You There #SummerReplay

    Previously recorded in the fall of 2019, Jo and Stephanie kicked off a new series "What Got You Here, Won't Get You There" with a conversation about the need to ask God whether you need to let go of your "here" in order to get to the "there" He is calling you to. Their challenge question is "What's your here - in the areas of work, team, family, fitness or interpersonal relationships?"
    Connect with Lead Stories and Jo and Steph:
    Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox
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    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph
     
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
     
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    • 29 min
    STIGMAS - Lead Voices with Edrin Williams #SummerReplay

    STIGMAS - Lead Voices with Edrin Williams #SummerReplay

    #SummerReplay Jo and Steph have a conversation on stigmas and race today with Edrin Williams, who was born in South Carolina and now a pastor in The Sanctuary Covenant church in the Twin Cities.
    Listen in to hear how growing up in the South impacted Edrin’s childhood and raised early questions about race and how we can all become more inter-culturally competent as we lead others from different backgrounds and races.
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    Also find Edrin on:
    Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook!
    Connect with Lead Stories and Jo and Steph:
    Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox
    Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph 
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
    For other resources and podcasts head to: www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community
     

    • 40 min
    #SummerReplay When Breaking the Mold Breaks You

    #SummerReplay When Breaking the Mold Breaks You

    The fallout of change is often 'breaking the mold' and 'breaking the mold' results in change.  In this episode from the series first aired in 2018, Jo and Steph talk about the cost of 'breaking the mold'.  Change is difficult and there can be costs to your family, your community, your job and even your heart. 
    Connect with Lead Stories and Jo and Steph:
    Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox
    Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph 
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
    For other resources and podcasts head to: www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

    • 45 min
    Lead Voices with Eugene Cho #SummerReplay

    Lead Voices with Eugene Cho #SummerReplay

    #SummerReplay -  In this compelling episode recorded in the spring, Stephanie talks with Eugene Cho, pastor, speaker, author, visionary and humanitarian. A son of Korean immigrants and a natural entrepreneur, Cho spends much of his time circling the globe speaking about the intersection of faith, justice, and leadership.  Eugene's new book "Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging in Politics" is available HERE. 
    Connect with Lead Stories and Jo and Steph:
    Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox
    Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph 
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
    For other resources and podcasts head to: www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

    • 38 min
    Breaking the Mold #SummerReplay

    Breaking the Mold #SummerReplay

    What does the phrase ‘breaking the mold’ mean? Is it a good thing? In this introductory episode to a new series, Jo and Steph talk about the limitations of molds, how we can be blind to them and how they hold us back as leaders - both by keeping us from stepping into things and also stopping us from helping others to step into things.
     
    Discussion questions:
    1) What are ways which we are being held back because of the molds society, church etc has placed on us?
    2) Which molds are we blind to because we fit the mold, and so we are blind to how that mold is holding other people back?
    3) Who are some people or leaders in your life who you have seen break the mold in ways that have been really meaningful to you?
    Connect with Lead Stories and Jo and Steph:
    Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox
    Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph 
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
    For other resources and podcasts head to: www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

    • 33 min
    Breaking the Mold - Lead Voices with Lisa Sharon Harper #SummerReplay

    Breaking the Mold - Lead Voices with Lisa Sharon Harper #SummerReplay

    Today's #SummerReplay episode features a conversation with Lisa Harper who discusses how a failure to understand the context in which the Bible was written - by writers under oppression - has warped our understanding of what the Bible says and what Good News truly is.  
    Join Jo and Steph as they chat to Lisa about how the Gospel can be good news to all people - not just those who are in positions of power.
    Discussion questions:
    1) How does knowing that the Bible was written by individuals under oppression change how you see the Good News?
    2) Where have you allowed your understanding of the image of God to be limited to just a certain people group?
    Www.facebook.com/lisasharonharper
    Twitter/instagram: @lisasharper
    Www.freedomroad.us
    Www.lisasharonharper.com
    Get her latest book out now: The Very Good Gospel
    Connect with Lead Stories and Jo and Steph:
    Twitter: @LeadStoriesVox
    Instagram: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Facebook: LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph 
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
    For other resources and podcasts head to: www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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175 Ratings

Carl the Minion BA ,

Best Podcast Ever

I started with the beginning of season 8. I absolutely love it. They talk about all walks of life (not just married with kids). I really appreciate they honesty and challenges they offer all listeners through a Biblical View.

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Inspirational

I love these women and their leadership. Well done.

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Challenging and Inspiring

Love the podcast and all the wisdom and experience shared.

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