The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 8 – Ryan Garnes

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Ryan Garnes has a passion for ministry and has been involved in church from worship ministry to youth ministry.  However, specific events in the leadership of the church had led to his departure from the church and pursue other avenues of ministry outside the church.

Join us as we hear Ryan’s story and his views on ministry in a post-modern world.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

Episode 8: The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 8 – Ryan Garnes The Scott Stedman Podcast

Ryan Garnes has a passion for ministry and has been involved in church from worship ministry to youth ministry.  However, specific events in the leadership of the church had led to his departure from the church and pursue other avenues of ministry outside the church. Join us as we hear Ryan's story and his views on ministry in a post-modern world.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 7 – Veronica Wylie

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Veronica grew us having a diverse upbringing within her family and church life.  When her family moved to Indiana from Texas, she begin to find a sense of home within the church and at college.  However, during her time at a private Christian university, she began to deconstruct her faith as she moved out west to pursue an acting career.

 Join us as we hear Veronica’s story of her faith deconstruction and if she will ever decide to be part of a local church after he wild experience at a church in West Hollywood.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com   

Episode 8: The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 8 – Ryan Garnes The Scott Stedman Podcast

Ryan Garnes has a passion for ministry and has been involved in church from worship ministry to youth ministry.  However, specific events in the leadership of the church had led to his departure from the church and pursue other avenues of ministry outside the church. Join us as we hear Ryan's story and his views on ministry in a post-modern world.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 6 – Phil Van Dyke

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Phil Van Dyke grew up in a standard protestant Christian home, and the church was a huge part of his faith development and life.  When Phil went to a private Christian University, that was when he began to question his faith and the world around him.

 Join us as we hear Phil’s story of his faith development and why he has converted to the Catholic Church.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com  

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The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 5 – Mandi Hamilton

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Mandi is a Pastor’s Daughter, who practically grew up in the church.  After graduating college and going to work at a megachurch, she began to experience some of the anxiety and fallacies of church life and began to reevaluate what the church is supposed to be.

Join us as we hear Mandi’s story of her faith development and where she is now.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

Episode 8: The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 8 – Ryan Garnes The Scott Stedman Podcast

Ryan Garnes has a passion for ministry and has been involved in church from worship ministry to youth ministry.  However, specific events in the leadership of the church had led to his departure from the church and pursue other avenues of ministry outside the church. Join us as we hear Ryan's story and his views on ministry in a post-modern world.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 3 – Lindsey Gray

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Lindsey had a strong foundation in her family as they would attend church and have get-togethers at her grandparent’s house.  This community of family and love, let to a shape in her theology as she would love others, especially those who were less fortunate.  As she got older, she begin to see how judgemental the church can be, especially when it came to caring for the poor.

Join us as we hear Lindsey’s story of her faith development and where she is now.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

Episode 8: The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 8 – Ryan Garnes The Scott Stedman Podcast

Ryan Garnes has a passion for ministry and has been involved in church from worship ministry to youth ministry.  However, specific events in the leadership of the church had led to his departure from the church and pursue other avenues of ministry outside the church. Join us as we hear Ryan's story and his views on ministry in a post-modern world.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 2 – Josh Stefanow

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Josh participated in a new church plant in his area and was blown away by the simplicity of the church model from its infrastructure to its mission.  This leads to him, pursuing his ordination and taking an associate pastor position away from home.  Three years later, he resigned from the church and is in a season of waiting.

Join us as Josh shares his thoughts on church ministry and his reasons why he left the church.  If you have any feedback, feel free to send us an email at our website thescottstedman.com

Episode 8: The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 8 – Ryan Garnes The Scott Stedman Podcast

Ryan Garnes has a passion for ministry and has been involved in church from worship ministry to youth ministry.  However, specific events in the leadership of the church had led to his departure from the church and pursue other avenues of ministry outside the church. Join us as we hear Ryan's story and his views on ministry in a post-modern world.  If you have any questions or comments on this episode, please send us a message over at thescottstedman.com

The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 1 – What is Deconstruction?

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In the last 20 months, we have seen a surge of individuals sharing their deconstruction stories throughout social media.  In the wake of this mass departure from church life, leaders have been conflicted on what deconstruction is.  Some say it’s bad, others good, but wherever you fall on the spectrum, the fact is there are people who are dissatisfied with church life.  This episode will focus on what deconstruction is, what it is not, and how we can renew our faith development through the process.

Episode 1: The Deconstructing Faith Series: Episode 1 – What is Deconstruction? The Scott Stedman Podcast

In the last 20 months, we have seen a surge of individuals sharing their deconstruction stories throughout social media.  In the wake of this mass departure from church life, leaders have been conflicted on what deconstruction is.  Some say it’s bad, others good, but wherever you fall on the spectrum, the fact is there are people who are dissatisfied with church life.  This episode will focus on what deconstruction is, what it is not, and how we can renew our faith development through the process.

Reflections on the Christianity Today’s podcast series, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.”

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Reflections on Christianity Today’s Podcast, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.”

I have finished listening to all of the episodes to this point (including the bonus episode with Joshua Harris), and here are some of my takeaways.

1). Driscoll and the other leaders at Mars Hill were innovative and had a ton of great ideas they were able to implement to grow quickly as a church organization. However, with that rapid growth, came a lot of opportunities to abuse and spiritually manipulate people in the church. One of the comments that was constantly made was, “Look at the fruit.” There were a number of moments that showed a great bounty of spiritual fruit, but there was also a lot of rotten fruit that simply was ignored, because the “fruit” that was being looked at was numerical, then spiritual. It’s vitally important to not buy into the message that “Numerical growth = Spiritual growth.” The spirit may be growing, but it may not be holy.

2). Being a woman at Mars Hill was difficult. I understand that some religious groups/denominations have various views of women in ministry, gender roles, etc. When women are not allowed to work, because it would disqualify their spouse to be a leader in the church, that is toxic. When women have to stop what they are doing, because their spouses need to have their sexual needs taken care of, that is toxic. When a woman has to sit in a church service, and the minister talks about sex in a very pornographic way and proof-text the Bible to promote sex acts that a woman may be uncomfortable with, but has to perform because her husband request it of her and can now use the “Bible says/pastor says” card, that is toxic. Some notable quotes from former members was a woman, who praised this brash talk on gender roles and sex because it helped get her husband to “step up to the plate,” but then realized how toxic it because as the pendulum continued to swing too far. The other member (Jeff from 90lbs wuss), said that the teachings on sex in the church not only made his wife uncomfortable but that what was being communicated was “spiritual rape.”

3.) Transparency and accountability are vital to healthy church culture, and yet it is also the two things that continue to be thrown out the window in the guise of “protecting the integrity of the church.” Screw your false sense of integrity! It has nothing to do with integrity and everything to protect a brand. Out of all the times I have been a church member, consultant, and pastor, it is few and far between that I have seen leaders be humble and transparent with the church about sin, corruption, and other church issues. Transparency and accountability is a two-way street. In the case of Mars Hill, Driscoll needed to have accountability, and when there were by-law changes to give him more power and less accountability, it eventually lead to the fall of Mars Hill. On the same token, it is also important for governing boards and teams to be held accountable. I have witnessed and heard too many stories where a pastor was forced to resign, fired, or simply quit due to an overzealous, fruitless, fearful, power-hungry board who needed to protect their “assets” at the cost of destroying a minister and their family.

4.) The evangelical community needs to stop making celebrities out of ministers. The problem is two-fold. First, it puts an unrealistic amount of pressure on the pastor, regardless of the size of the church. They tend to focus more on performance than being transformed by the Holy Spirit. Second, it gives the leader a false sense of self and an overinflated ego, that gives him/her a “god-complex.” It leads to an abuse of power, and/or when there is a fallacy, it causes much damage across the church and community.

If you have not listened to “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill,” I would highly recommend it if you are interested in church dynamics and culture.

Episode 109: Film for Thought – Raya and The Last Dragon

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In this episode, Scott reflects on some of the themes the movie portrays and how it can shape our lives. Film for Thought is a segment, where the movies’ spiritual and psychological themes get reveal and are used as teachable moments.

Episode 108: The Truth about Cancel Culture

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In this episode, Scott discusses the hot issue of cancel culture and discusses the origins, what it is, and how we can “cancel” cancel Culture.

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