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.
Real talk with Jo Saxton
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, church planter, and leadership coach. Her most recent book, Ready to Rise, released in April. This interview is from the 2020 Virtual Bloom Retreat, where Lisa asked Jo several questions directly from the Bloom Community. You will need a pen and paper for all of the knowledge that Jo drops in this episode! You can also check out Jo’s leadership coaching that she references at https://www.josaxton.com/coaching.
Irene Rollins - My Struggle in the Silence
This powerful episode features Pastor Irene Rollins: she shares her story of transformation from addiction and working through trauma (*you may want to give this one a pre-listen prior to having littles around). This episode is one of healing and hope. You’ll even smile at how God brings light into even the darkest of moments on the church planting journey.
Kyra White - The Balance Between Surviving and Thriving
Do you feel like your life is going in several different directions all at once? Kyra White—Church Planter, Wife, Mom, and School Principal from Detroit, Michigan—shares about how compartmentalizing different areas of your life is actually helpful and necessary. Lisa and Kyra also talk about the importance of boundaries with social media and how we can lead ourselves well in ministry to thrive instead of just survive.
Leilani Sizemore - First Year Celebrations and Surprises!
Have you ever asked God why He wired you the way he did? Leilani Sizemore, Director of Operations at Creekside Church in North Paulding, GA, shares how God has used her strategic brain for impact in unexpected ways on the church planting journey. Leilani and Lisa also talk through loneliness in ministry and how to lean into Jesus with all of it.
Valarie Grimes on Online Discipleship and Community
This episode is packed with wisdom from Valarie Grimes-- Lead Pastor of Radiant Church in Savannah, GA. Valarie shares her experience of hearing God’s voice through deep loss and pain. She also talks about the power of discipleship even through the unique challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Sheila Brown on Celebrating 10 Years of Church Planting
10 years in church planting! This is what we’re celebrating with Sheila Brown from Journey Church in Jackson, TN. Sheila looks back on her 10 years post-launch and shares some hard-earned wisdom from along the way.
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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!
Encouraging and insightful
These podcasts are for any woman in ministry, regardless of role. Each one is encouraging, practical and it makes me wish that I had these voices in my life sooner in my ministry life! Thanks, Bloom, for putting these together to encourage women (and men) in how to minister to yourself and others in a healthy way.