The Listening Chair
Episode 29: Jordan Butler - Fine Tuning Angst

Episode 29: Jordan Butler - Fine Tuning Angst

April 20, 2019

Singer-songwriter, Jordan shares on the inspiration he finds in Third Eye Blind and Ryan Adams, the power of keeping one's ego in check, and debuts a song in the Listening Chair Studio.

He shares, “Songwriting is like speaking a foreign language.” It takes him to a very unique place mentally and cautions, “there is great danger in focusing on ones creativity as opposed to what God wishes to do through him/her.”

Does angst have a role to play in creativity? Listen in to find the answer!  

Prepare to be encouraged and enjoy the lyrically inspiring sounds of his song, “Love, People, Love”.  

His first single also just dropped on iTunes. 

Connect with Jordan on Instagram and his first single just dropped yesterday!

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

Episode 28: Chris Watson - Earn & Learn

Episode 28: Chris Watson - Earn & Learn

April 13, 2019

The CEO of Watson Innovative Group, Chris shares on his favorite reads for go-getters, helpful tips for today’s educators, and how one’s environment cultivates mindset.

“We must find strength in humility.” Chris says.

“We have to understand that when we show humility it means that we are secure and are coming from a place of strength.  It really is backwards if you think about it, most people think that they need to talk about their accomplishments & success. They also feel the need to criticize others to feel better about themselves.  When we can use our humility to build others up then we now are using our strength for impact.”

Chris is author of the book Earn Your Story, producer of two podcasts, and speaks regularly at education conferences, business organizations, and sales meetings. He currently is pursuing his vision and passion to empower leaders to earn the greatest story ever told.

In college while competing as a collegiate soccer player he learned first-hand the importance of sound leadership, competition, and teamwork. Chris graduated with a degree in business administration. After college Mr. Watson worked for two Fortune 500 companies as a sales manager. In 2009 Chris and his wife Carol moved to Texas where Chris would begin his new career as a secondary educator and varsity soccer coach.

Chris has traveled the world, as well as breaking a world record traveling to all 50 states in 6 days 17 hours and 31 minutes. Chris Watson lives in Frisco, TX with his wife Carol and 2-year-old son Carmichael.

Connect with him further at his site, on his YouTube Channel, or with his book.

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

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Episode 27: Wendy Mohler-Seib - God’s Beloved is Your Calling

Episode 27: Wendy Mohler-Seib - God’s Beloved is Your Calling

April 6, 2019

“I would tell my younger self to be present right where I was and to make more time to sit at the feet of mentors and soak in their wisdom,” says the gregarious and wise Youth Ministry guru, Rev. Wendy Mohler-Seib, when asked on what she would tell her teenage self.

Wendy is the Director of Faith Formation for Youth and Young Adults. She directs The Summit Youth Academy, a summer retreat for high school junior and seniors about vocational discernment, hearing God’s voice, and Wesleyan theology. Wendy is also a Denman Fellow and is pursuing her PhD in youth ministry through Nazarene Theological College at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.

She’s a graduate of Southwestern College, where she received a B.A. in religion and philosophy. She attended Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J., where she earned both a M.Div. and a M.A. in youth ministry. She is married to Chris Seib, and parents three kids.

In this episode, she seeks to correct some with their belief that, “The starting place with vocation is where we get it all wrong. It’s not about what I do, it’s about who I am.”

She also shares on why wacky fun is integrated in youth ministry, her professional evolution, and one step you can take to assist the teens in your life to hear God better. Prepare to chuckle and have your perspective stretched in episode 27.

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

 
Episode 26: Katye Chambers - Sways of Vocation

Episode 26: Katye Chambers - Sways of Vocation

March 23, 2019

Sometimes, one’s vocational journey sways from studying dance, to serving as a youth pastor to becoming the Director of Vocational Networking at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, and this is exactly the case for Rev. Katye Chambers.

 

At Garrett, they believe that a sense of calling and vocation is always being refined and strengthened, and that one’s need for community and relationship never ends.

 

In this episode, Katye shares the tips and tactics involved in guiding seminarians in making their vocational choices. She also shares the questions that she wishes more would ask as they seek God’s guidance in their careers. Are you asking the right kind of questions? Listen to this episode and find out.

Katye also invites anyone who is feeling a nudge to attend Seminary to come and visit her at Garrett. Click here to find out how they can meet your vocational needs. 

Episode 25: Betsy and Greg Ball - Professional Nomads

Episode 25: Betsy and Greg Ball - Professional Nomads

March 9, 2019

“When you sell all of your belongings, and start your own travel business in Europe, you quickly realize that you can survive on a lot less than you thought you could,” say founders and owners of Euro Travel Coach, Greg and Betsy Ball.

Theirs is a family run business focused on making travel dreams come true by offering travel coaching services, custom itinerary planning, and small-group guided tours. Before founding Euro Travel Coach in 2016, Betsy was a business professor and Greg was the Jazz Band Director, both at Tarleton State University.

When they retired from teaching, they sold their house and most of their stuff and are now traveling full time. They spend most of the year in Europe. They volunteer for wineries, housesit, teach English as a second language and altogether believe that, “Committing to traveling, and sacrificing materialistic things is a way to trust, and store up treasures in heaven.”

Greg and Betsy have two children, Chelsea, who is also a member of Euro Travel Coach and currently lives in Bristol, England, and David, who is an actor living in Kentucky. Beyond travel, the Ball family loves music, cooking, and hiking together. If you’d like to find out more about their adventures, you can find them on Facebook & Instagram, or at EuroTravelCoach.com

This episode will leave you shocked to hear of how few pants they own, encouraged by their tales of religion in different cultures and inspired to take a leap of faith of your own. And if your leap of faith involves Europe, shoot her an email at Betsy@eurotravelcoach.com. She would love to hear from you.

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

 
 
Episode 24: Callie Grant - Craving Change

Episode 24: Callie Grant - Craving Change

February 23, 2019

Previously an editor for Scholastic Inc., Callie Grant founded Graham Blanchard publishing company to create Christian content for new families. Callie  co-founded the Newborn Promise Project, which serves expecting and new parents and their children. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and daughter.

“When you feel God wants a goal, the roadblocks are less scary”, Callie says during tales of the setbacks of starting a publishing company. She goes on to share of the grit that she found in her morning walks and studying the scriptures. Her daughter also joined her on these morning walks in utero and assisted her mom in writing many praise songs.

You will definitely want to give this episode a listen to hear the formative role that her daughter played in the company, the Holy Spirit-dream that she had, and encouragement for your own professional and personal setbacks. Callie’s a wordsmith by trade and by heart and with that said, your ears are in for a real treat!

Episode 24 teaches us that in writing and in life, one must  “know when to leave some ambiguity, [and] know when to wrestle.”

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

Episode 23: The One Event Episodes: Michelle, Megan, Taylor, & Russ

Episode 23: The One Event Episodes: Michelle, Megan, Taylor, & Russ

February 16, 2019

At The One Event in Salina, KS we invited anyone and everyone to get cozy in the Listening Chair podcast and discuss questions from the Five Cups of Coffee created by Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford.

We interviewed 30 teens and adults over how they hear God, what talents they feel God gave them, and how they use these talents to serve others, and man, did we enter some holy ground!

We were surprised at how quickly folks we just met got real and deep with us.

In this episode, you will hear from the following world-changers: the event’s keynote, Rev. Michelle Manuel from the Woodlands Loft church in Texas, Megan Briggs who is studying to be a social worker in hospitals with kids who are clinically ill, Taylor Wood who serves in the aerospace industry and Russ Plock who is an artistic handyman.

May their stories help you find comfort, courage, or clarity in your vocational journey.

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

AND

Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp - Where for or five life-changing days, high school students will be mentored and taught by local worship leaders and will have the opportunity to perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders.

AND

Southwestern College - a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Episode 22: The One Event Episodes - Nyasha, Jayna, & Penny

Episode 22: The One Event Episodes - Nyasha, Jayna, & Penny

February 16, 2019

At The One Event in Salina, KS we invited anyone and everyone to get cozy in the Listening Chair podcast (with guest host, Rev. Molly Just) and discuss questions from the Five Cups of Coffee created by Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford.

We interviewed 30 teens and adults over how they hear God, what talents they feel God gave them, and how they use these talents to serve others, and man, did we enter some holy ground!

We were surprised at how quickly folks that we just met got real and deep with us.

In this episode, you will hear from the following world-changers: Nyasha Maforo is studying to be a medical physicist at UCLA, Jayna McFarland is the Social Media and Website Specialist for the Great Plains Annual Conference, and Penny Shulz is a Pastor and magician from Nebraska.

May their stories help you find comfort, courage, or clarity in your vocational journey.

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

AND

Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp - Where for or five life-changing days, high school students will be mentored and taught by local worship leaders and will have the opportunity to perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders.

AND

Southwestern College - a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Episode 21: The One Event Episodes - Afternoon Youth Voices

Episode 21: The One Event Episodes - Afternoon Youth Voices

February 16, 2019

At The One Event in Salina, KS we invited anyone and everyone to get cozy in the Listening Chair podcast (with guest hosts, Rev. Molly Just and Victoria Lybarger) and discuss questions from the Five Cups of Coffee created by Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford.

We interviewed 30 youth and adults over how they hear God, what talents they feel God gave them, and how they use these talents to serve others, and man, did we enter some holy ground!

We were surprised at how quickly folks that we just met got real and deep with us.

Teens shared about using their talents to care for friends after a classmate took his life last year.

Another holy moment was with a middle school guest who said when God speaks to him, it's like his soul or his instincts are talking back to him. He spoke with such conviction that I was taken aback and deeply touched.

One young woman shared on how whenever she paints with her late grandma's favorite color scheme, she feels close to God.

In this episode, we will hear from teens who...

Got cozy,

Got real,

And got deep.

May their stories help you find comfort, courage, or clarity in your vocational journey.

Check out Episode 20, 22, and 23 for more from the One Event!

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

AND

Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp - Where for or five life-changing days, high school students will be mentored and taught by local worship leaders and will have the opportunity to perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders.

AND

Southwestern College - a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Episode 20: The One Event Episodes - Morning Youth Voices

Episode 20: The One Event Episodes - Morning Youth Voices

February 16, 2019

At The One Event in Salina, KS we invited anyone and everyone to get cozy in the Listening Chair podcast (with guest hosts, Rev. Molly Just and Victoria Lybarger) and discuss questions from the Five Cups of Coffee created by Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford.

We interviewed 30 youth and adults over how they hear God, what talents they feel God gave them, and how they use these talents to serve others, and man, did we enter some holy ground!

We were surprised at how quickly folks we just met got real and deep with us.

Teens shared about using their talents to care for friends after a classmate took his life last year.

Another holy moment was with a middle school guest who said when God speaks to him, it's like his soul or his instincts are talking back to him. He spoke with such conviction that I was taken aback and deeply touched.

One young woman shared on how whenever she paints with her late grandma's favorite color scheme, she feels close to God.

In this episode, we will hear from teens who... 

Got cozy,

Got real,

And got deep.

May their stories help you find comfort, courage, or clarity in your vocational journey.

The Listening Chair is an outlet of the Institute for Discipleship (IFD).

This episode is sponsored by the Summit Youth Academy - a week for high school juniors and seniors to explore their faith, learn Wesleyan theology, and connect with other youth.

AND

Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp - Where for or five life-changing days, high school students will be mentored and taught by local worship leaders and will have the opportunity to perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders.

AND

Southwestern College - a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south central Kansas. Today its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for persons serving in the military. The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.