The Plant Strong Podcast features women and men from all over the country who are serving and leading in diverse ministry contexts. You will hear stories from leadership veterans to women in the beginning years of church planting. Each episode will encourage you no matter your role in church planting.
This podcast is produced by Bloom, a ministry of Stadia. Stadia is an organization that plants churches all over the world that intentionally care for children. Host Lisa Bennett planted Lifebridge Church in the Atlanta area with her husband Jeff, where they still live with their two daughters Madi and Macy.
Sara Simons- Healthy Transitions
Join our host Lisa as she learns from Sara Simons, a major life transition & vocation coach and director of the non-profit The Way Between. Sara has a heart for ministry leaders being equipped with support and knowledge for healthy sustainability. Whether your role in church planting takes you behind the scenes or front-stage, this conversation will inspire you to lean into your unique calling while taking care of your personal health.
The Search to Belong by Joseph R. Myers
Find Your People at Expo- Matt Murphy and Ashley Stewart
Today on the show Lisa chats with Matt Murphy, Stadia's VP of Mission Support and Ashley Stewart, Stadia's Project and Events Manager, about the ins and outs of the Exponential East Conferencing in Orlando Florida on March 6th-9th. Learn about the events that Stadia is hosting and be reminded of the importance of connecting with missionallly minded disciples of Jesus.
Katie Tyndall: Delight-The 2023 Theme for Bloom
A New Year is upon us and so is a new Bloom theme. On today's episode, the 2023 theme is revealed through an honest conversation with church planter Katie Tyndall. Listen in as Katie and Lisa unpack the nuances of a theme designed for women in church planting!
Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren
End of Year Celebration and Reflection with Lisa Bennett and Heidy Tandy
Who doesn't love a good celebration? Today our host Lisa Bennett is joined by Heidy Tandy, Bloom Catalyst. They celebrate and reflect on this past year, digging into all the fun and many lessons learned. Join them as they wrap up 2022 with candid conversation and more than a few laughs.
The Cost of Control by Sharon Hodde Miller
Simply Tuesday by Emily P Freeman
Not In It To Win It by Andy Stanley
The Thing Beneath The Thing by Steve Carter
Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey
Tami Free: Escaping the Comparison Trap
On today's episode, Lisa interviews Tamesis Cruz-Ballauf aka "Tami Free" who currently serves as a Pastor at Crossover Church ATL and Director of Operations for City Takers, an urban outreach non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA. Dive into deep questions regarding unmet expectations, comparison traps and the desire to keep disciple-making at the center of our churches.
Jyothi James - The Deep Work of Paying Attention and Knowing our Story
On today's episode, Lisa interviews Jyothi James. Jyothi and her husband Jason planted New Hope Church in Harlem, NY in 2020. Jyothi is a licensed mental health counselor providing both group and individual counseling. Listen in as Jyothi graciously shares her struggles of planting in a pandemic and the beautiful lessons learned in the midst of it.
I’m so grateful that this platform exists. As a woman in church planting, I’m not certain how I could fully show up as me without the support of this Bloom community and the resource that this podcast has been for me. I’m deeply aware with each episode of how seen the church planting daughters of God are, though our days may find us battling loneliness and even isolation. Here is home, a place where women who are so different from me, come to the table sharing many of the same challenges I face daily. Continue providing this content; I am listening, learning, growing, healing, and sharing! 🖤💛🖤💛
Ever since I’ve been introduced to this podcast it’s been a game changer! A podcast dedicated to helping women in ministry specific to church planting?! YES PLEASE. There aren’t enough resources out there and this podcast is an incredible wealth of knowledge, encouragement, and strength! Just knowing I’m not alone in this process. Thank you!
Someone rooting for you!
We all know how great it feels to have your squad there for you. To have your “go to” people who can answer questions you never even thought to ask. A cheering section to root for you- who just GET you! That's what this podcast feels like to me. Leaders who deal with the same day to day realities that I do, yet bring perspective from the culling of decades of experience. Subscribe right now! Seriously. Such good stuff!