In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with my friend, Scott Bashkov.

This far-reaching conversation is one of the most important conversations I’ve had in this season of my podcast…especially if you struggle with anxiety and suicidal thoughts, or love someone who does.

He has some practical wisdom for any church leader who wants to better minister to people who live with the emotional scars of abuse and/or mental illness.

In this deeply personal conversation, Scott shares his experience with abuse on the mission field, his struggles with mental illness, and why he was intent on killing himself last year. We also discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and his perspective on it–as a white Christian law-enforcement officer born in the Philippines.

We also discuss the wonder of roasting coffee and ponder Godzilla driving a convertible!

Here’s a link to Scott’s coffee company: http://www.nococoffeecompany.com.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, here’s the number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-800-273-8255.

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In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with my mentor and friend, Alan Ahlgrim.

This conversation is rich! I’ve never taken more notes during a podcast conversation than I took during this one!

Alan Ahlgrim and his wife Linda have three Christ-loving children and six life-enriching GRANDchildren! He has served as the catalyst for a national church planting emphasis and as president of the North American Christian Convention. He is a two time church planter, leading churches in growth, ranging from 50 – 2,500 in size.

Since transitioning in 2013 as the founding pastor of Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Alan has developed a system of soul care for pastors nationwide. He now serves as founder and CSO (Chief SoulCare Officer) of Covenant Connections for Pastors, Inc.

The transformational covenant group model Alan has designed and leads is breathing new life into Christian leaders of all ages. These groups are typically composed of four to six leaders, meeting together over three years, twice each year in retreat and monthly face-to-face via the internet. This dynamic relational model is producing life enhancing and even ministry saving results. The network is now expanding nationwide through trained facilitators committed to helping leaders serve well and finish well.

Alan finds great fulfillment in mentoring leaders both nationally and internationally. In addition, he loves biking, kayaking, hiking and snow shoeing with Linda, his wife for life, and their adorable labradoodle, “Molly Brown the dog of renown!”

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My website is http://www.arronchambers.com.

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In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with my dear friend, Pastor Angel Flores.

Angel Flores has been in ministry for over 25 years. He and his wife planted Mosaic Church (https://www.greeleymosaic.com) in Greeley, Colorado 13 years ago.

Mosaic is one of the fastest growing churches in Northern Colorado. Three years ago Angel and I founded the Connect Leadership Network (https://connectleadership.network) to provide soul-care, coaching, and collaborative opportunities for pastors from all over the world. In this conversation Angel and I discuss everything from leading the church during Covid, parenting, leading a large staff, jui jitsu, racism, to white privilege.

This episode is sponsored by Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky. Kentucky Christian University (https://www.kcu.edu) is a private, non-profit Christian university located in the beautiful foothills of Eastern Kentucky. For nearly a century, KCU has been transforming the hearts and minds of students through a Christ-Centered academic community that is both academically rigorous and intimately personal.

KCU invited me to deliver 4 Ted-talk-style presentations on Evangelism in a Covid World. These videos, which will be available as of 10/15/20, offer practical insights and encouragement for any leader committed to reaching lost people today and into the future.

The link to these videos can be found here: https://www.kcu.edu/academics/school-bible-ministry/preaching-roundtable/

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My website is http://www.arronchambers.com.

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In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with a man you probably don’t know, but who is worthy of tons of respect. He’s been preaching for over 50 years and is highly respected all around the country for his faithful service to the Lord, the Church at larger, and the churches of East Tennessee.

This conversation is full of practical wisdom for ministry, family life, and for making the most of the talents God has given you.

*Please forgive the audio problems. We recorded this in a church basement and the wifi was spotty.

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My website is http://www.arronchambers.com.

If you’d like to check out the church where I serve or watch one of my messages, go to: http://www.journeychristian.org/media.

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My talk with a former child prodigy…

In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Dr. Ruth Reyes about worship, ministry, faith, family, and what it’s like to be a child prodigy and study at The Julliard School in New York City.

Here is a video of Dr. Reyes playing the piece we discussed in this conversation: Chopin Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Wow!

Dr. Reyes is the Assistant Dean of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, and a Professor of Music at Johnson University.

Here’s some other information about Dr. Reyes…

Pre-college studies at the Juilliard School

B.Mus. in Piano (Queens College)

M.A. in Piano Performance (Aaron Copland School of Music)

Ed.D. in Higher Education (Nova Southeastern University)

Rehearsal accompanist for Disney’s Epcot Center Candlelight Processional services

Leader of worship clinics and classes in local churches

She answers some questions…

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The ability to impart to students skills I’ve gained over my long career in a very practical and relevant way.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Travel, sample my husband’s culinary dishes, practice the piano.

In my classes, students can expect: Me to demonstrate musical and worship concepts in a practical way: on the piano or by singing or by helping students craft a good worship song.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Hard work, patience, and dedication to practice and honing your skills will pay off in the long run and will add to your versatility in the marketplace or ministry.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Confident with their God-given abilities – to use your giftedness, to respond to a calling in kingdom work, and to earn a living while doing what you love most is a very cool thing to achieve in life.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: There are no easy shortcuts to being a complete worship leader and a musician: the deeper you are in the word, the more committed you are to spiritual disciplines, and the more dedicated you are to being the best musician in any setting, the greater your capacity will be for high impact in whatever you do.

A quote that influences how I live is: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – Johann Sebastian Bach –Source: https://johnsonu.edu/staff/ruth-reyes/

Here’s my interview with Dr. Ruth Reyes:

In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Jennifer Johnson about life, growing up in a Christian home, leadership, the Church, critical-thinking, and the challenges and blessings of being a stepmom.

Jennifer Johnson serves as the Chief Communications Officer at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN, where she leads a small team of artsy people who are more creative than she is. Before joining the JU team, she owned her own business, See Jen Write, and worked with businesses and ministries around the world to create books, small group curriculum, videos, websites, and marketing campaigns. Jen spent her thirties blogging about faith, doubt, the church, and the idiosyncrasies of Christian culture and compiled those posts into her book, “See Jen Write: The Best of the Blog,” in 2018 – she was honored to have Arron write the foreword. She’s currently a wife, a stepmom of two young adults, a board member for Orchard Group and Christian Missionary Fellowship, a graduate student, an American Airlines Gold member, a reluctant dog owner, and a big fan of caffeine.

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If you’d like to contact me, you can reach me at arron@arronchambers.com.

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In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with Pastor, Justin Miller. Justin is the Lead Pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Real Life Christian Church in Clermont, Florida. Real Life serves about 10,000 people a weekend from 7 different campuses. There is a lot of laughter and practical wisdom in this conversation! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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If you’d like to contact me, you can reach me at arron@arronchambers.com.

My website is http://www.arronchambers.com.

If you’d like to check out the church where I serve or watch one of my messages, go to: http://www.journeychristian.org/media.

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In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m sharing a conversation I had with business leader, entrepreneur, and consultant, Bruce Vande Steeg.

Bruce Vande Steeg owns and operates Vande Steeg Consulting, whose mission is “Improving Peoples Lives One Business at a Time.” Walking alongside leaders and employees to create functional, high performing, enjoyable businesses provides wind in his sails. Bruce is a serial entrepreneur with business experience in Organizational Health, Veterinary Medicine, Real Estate and Dairy Production. He and his wife, Marie, have raised 3 kids to adulthood and the fourth is on the verge of launching. Bruce often gets lost in his shop amongst his power tools.

He can be reached at: bvandesteeg@gmail.com or by phone/text at: 970-397-4902

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If you’d like to contact me, you can reach me at arron@arronchambers.com.

My website is http://www.arronchambers.com.

If you’d like to check out the church where I serve or watch one of my messages, go to: http://www.journeychristian.org/media.

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If you want tons of practical wisdom on marriage, parenting, and what it looks like to love Jesus as you journey through life with your spouse and children–this is the episode for you!

In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I’m excited to share a conversation I had with Andrew and Jamie Peterson.

Oh, before I forget…”We like you, too, Andrew and Jamie!” 🙂

Jamie is a deep well of wisdom, grace, and all things Jesus! Jamie toured with Andrew for the first five years of his music career, before eventually stepping back from that so she could step into raising–and homeschooling–their three children. Andrew and Jamie have been married 25 years.

Andrew is an accomplished musician, who has released at least 19 (I think) albums, including, Resurrection Letters, Volume, which contained “Is he Worthy” written by himself and Ben Shive which was covered on Chris Tomlin’s Holy Roar album. As an author, Andrew has published at least 7 (I’m pretty sure) books, including a four-book series of fantasy/adventure novels for young adults entitled The Wingfeather Saga. Andrew’s latest book, the creative memoir Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling and the Mystery of Making, was released through B&H Publishing in October 2019. I’m currently reading this book and–if you are an artist, or someone who values all things art and beauty–this book is a must-read!

You can purchase a copy here: https://store.rabbitroom.com/collections/andrew-peterson

If you want to learn more about Andrew or purchase some of his amazing music or books, check out his website: https://www.andrew-peterson.com/home

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If you’d like to contact me, you can reach me at arron@arronchambers.com. My website is http://www.arronchambers.com.

If you’d like to check out the church where I serve or watch one of my messages, go to: http://www.journeychristian.org/media.

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In this episode of Enjoy the Journey, I interview Licensed Professional Counselor, Stephen Street about mental health issues–in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, the sheltering, social distancing, etc.

The Coronavirus pandemic–and all that has come with it–has brought with it an increase in depression, anxiety, fear, and suicidal thoughts.

This interview is packed with practical wisdom, insights, and guidance for anyone who lives with–or loves someones who lives with–mental health issues.

Our conversation focuses also on Pastors–why there has been an increase in Pastors committing suicide and what can be done to help prevent this disturbing trend.

Here’s another video where I get more personal about my own struggles with depression: ETJ 10: –On Pastors, Suicide, and Depression https://youtu.be/3UFUdazwzpQ