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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 • 179 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!

    SO9: Episode 3 Unprecedented Leadership

    SO9: Episode 3 Unprecedented Leadership

    We've probably heard the word unprecedented more in the last year than ever before, but it true that we are living and leading in unprecedented times.  Today Steph and Edrin begin to tackle some important questions around what it means to be a leader in unprecedented times and what it means to be an unprecedented leader. 
    Connect with Lead Stories, Jo, Steph and Edrin:
    Instagram & Facebook: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Pastor Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph
    Connect with Pastor Edrin at @edrinspeaks
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
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    • 39 min
    S09: Episode 2 - The Necessity of Leadership // Jo Saxton, Pastor Steph and new co-host Pastor Edrin

    S09: Episode 2 - The Necessity of Leadership // Jo Saxton, Pastor Steph and new co-host Pastor Edrin

    Welcome to the Lead Stories Podcast Pastor Edrin Williams. Pastor Edrin is joining as a bonus co-host this season! Listen in to get to know Pastor Edrin and hear him discuss the necessity of leadership along with Jo and Steph!
    Connect with Lead Stories, Jo, Steph and Edrin:
    Instagram & Facebook: @LeadStoriesPodcast
    Connect with Jo at www.josaxton.com @josaxton
    Connect with Pastor Steph at www.pastorsteph.com @pastorsteph
    Connect with Pastor Edrin at @edrinspeaks
    Subscribe on iTunes to have the podcast automatically download to your device every week or listen at www.leadstoriespodcast.com
    www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Lead Stories resources at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources
    Other podcasts produced by Lead Stories Media: www.leadstoriedmedia.com/podcasts

    • 49 min
    This one is for the writers! Bonus LEAD VOICES episode!

    This one is for the writers! Bonus LEAD VOICES episode!

    Your voice matters!
    If you are a writer at any stage in your writing journey we encourage you to check out Hope Writers and all of their free resources as well as consider joining their exclusive community!
    Check out: LeadStoriesMedia.com/partners for more info!
    Join us on Thursday, September 17th at 11am Central time for a 20 minute Facebook Live with Pastor Steph and Hope Writers Co-Founder - Gary Moreland! 

    • 8 min
    S9 - Episode 1 - Big News from Jo and Steph!

    S9 - Episode 1 - Big News from Jo and Steph!

    First episode of Season 9 starts here! Stephanie and Jo catch you up on what's been going on with them during this time of unprecedented uncertainty and change and talk about what it means for leadership, calling and ministry.  PLUS, listen for some exciting news!! 
    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
    www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community
    Lead Stories resources at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

    • 37 min
    #SummerReplay Lead Voices with Graham Joseph Hill and Grace Ji-Sun Kim

    #SummerReplay Lead Voices with Graham Joseph Hill and Grace Ji-Sun Kim

    Lead Stories went global last September when recording this Lead Voices episode featuring a conversation with Grace Ji-Sun and Graham Joseph Hill, co-writers of the book "Healing Our Broken Humanity" named 2019 resource of the year by Outreach Magazine.  Graham and Grace are both part of The Global Church Project which exists to help local Christians and churches learn from diverse, multiethnic, and global voices and trends.  Listen as they share their stories and encourage us to listen to what is God is doing globally and learn about how we as individuals as well as the Church can experience renewed mission and revitalized churches.
    Book: "Healing Our Broken Humanity"
    Website: The Global Church Project
    Grace Ji-Sun Kim 
    website - https://gracejisunkim.wordpress.com/about/
    ConNext Summit October 13-15, 2019 - http://connextsummit.org/
    Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gracejisunkim/
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/gracejisunkim
    Graham Joseph Hill
    Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/grahamjosephhill
    Twitter - https://twitter.com/grahamjghill?lang=en
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/grahamjosephhill/?hl=en
    website - https://theglobalchurchproject.com/
     
    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
     
    www.leadstoriesmedia.com
    Don’t forget to check out Lead Stories Community at www.leadstoriesmedia.com/community
    Lead Stories resources at: www.leadstoriesmedia.com/resources

    • 50 min
    #SummerReplay Lead Voices with Shawn Moore

    #SummerReplay Lead Voices with Shawn Moore

    First aired in April 2018, this very timely episode features Shawn Moore, a Church pastor, teacher at Bethel Seminary and ironman competitor as he chats with Jo and Steph about greatness, cultural competency and how to grow in our understanding of others.  Shawn desires to see education used to liberate people from bondage so that they can become great and he shares with Jo and Steph about what that looks like for him personally.
     
    GREAT:
    Gratitude
    Redeemed / reconciliation (removing barriers to authentic relationships)
    Excellence - A for effort, not perfection
    Action
    Teaching / training - either learning or teaching others
     
    Discussion questions:
    1) Do you have a  morning routine look like? What does it look like or what would you like it to look like?
    2) Shawn said: ‘if you want to give more grace, you have to receive more grace.’ How are you actively filling up on God’s grace right now?
    3) Shawn shared that rest is about recharging not just switching off. Write a list of the activities you do in your spare time and mark them as either ‘recharging my soul’ or ‘switching off life’.
     
    Mentioned book:
    Pedagogy of the Oppressed - Paulo Freire
     
    Find Shawn at:
    http://www.thebelovedmn.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/shawn.moore.313
    Follow Lead Stories Podcast to interact with Steph and Jo:
    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
    www.leadstoriesmedia.com 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
179 Ratings

179 Ratings

Powermom04 ,

New Co-Host?!?!

I am so excited to hear that you’re bringing Edrin Williams in as a regular voice on your podcast! It can only get better from here! I first learned about him when you replayed an interview with him over the summer, and I know that his addition will make the discussions so much richer and more profound and full of wisdom and insight. So glad the Spirit prompted you to “shake things up!”

Dorina Gilmore ,

Leadership School

This podcast is like going to “leadership school.” Jo, Steph, and their guests continually put out meaty and helpful episodes that help guide leaders in all sorts of situations!

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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