Welcome to Episode 019 of the Ministry Hangout podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for Ministry Hangout on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

In this episode, we learn from Shaunti Feldhahn. Shaunti is a Ministry Hangouts veteran, researcher, speaker, and author. This episode is a tool in the hands of anyone who is willing to sit under Shaunti’s wisdom. We believe it is especially valuable to Pastors and Church Leaders as they press on into developing spiritually and relationally mature congregations.

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Resources Mentioned

1. Book: The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldhahn

2. Book: The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

3. Products: Craig Groeschel’s open network resources 

4. Website: Jointhekindnesschallenge.com

Insights from This Episode

1. There truly is a Golden Rule for relationships

There is always room for self improvement, but when it’s motivated by scripture, it’s no longer about self help and is instead about God’s redemptive story working out in our lives. The say “do unto others” has more to do with the posture of our hearts, than our behavior.

2. We’re all a little bit diluted

Relationships are messy because people are messy. All people, even those in leadership. Humility and a right view of self open up our hearts and minds to hear from God about how He wants us to relate to one another, and it also enables us to do it.

3. When it comes to growing in kindness, start small

Have Grace for yourself when you display less than perfect responses to the peoples and circumstances around you. Start small, with someone close to you, whether that’s a spouse, trusted friend or your own kid! This is an insanely practical way to lead out in kindness as the body of Christ.

Quotes from This Episode

1. “Even us as the body of Christ need to be intentional to train ourselves to be the kind of people that look like Jesus.”

2. “We are far more likely to ascribe kindness to ourselves because we feel benevolent in that moment. Not because we are actually kind.” 

About Ministry Hangout

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