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Episode 30: Thirty-seven (37) baptisms on one college football team on one night! The rise of personal spiritual directors. Women in the church need women in the church.


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On August 7, 37 players on the Faulkner University football team gave their lives to Christ in baptism. Hear the story from coaches and a player who were there (in the water). Personal spiritual direction is emerging as a new kind of minister and ministry among both believers and seekers. What is it? How does it work? Is it right for you or members of your congregation? Two certified spiritual directors give their take. Loneliness and a longing for connection may be as much a crisis in the Church of Christ as it is in the country at large. Hear from a woman who, 20 years ago, started a ministry to connect generations of women in her congregation around common tables and open homes–and how that ministry spread to congregations across the nation. 
Segment One: Thirty-seven baptisms on one college football team on one night (Hunter Burke, Brandon Johnson, Khalil Pope, Faulkner University)

Link to Calvin Cockrell’s story in The Christian Chronicle

Link to Faulkner University Eagles football team

Segment Two: Personal spiritual direction is growing. What is it and how does it work? (Dr. Beth Bowers, Becky Frazier)

Link to Lipscomb University Institute for Christian Spirituality

Link to Wellsprings in the Wilderness

Email Dr. Beth Bowers at [email protected]

Email Becky Frazier at [email protected]

Segment Three: Women in churches need women in churches (Joneal Kirby, Heartfelt Ministries)

Link to Heartfelt Ministries

Link to The Christian Chronicle archive of Heartfelt Ministries and Joneal Kirby stories 

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