Missional Man Podcast
Tools for the modern Christian man.

Episode#000: Introduction, Jonathan Chambers

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My Story, Vision, Mission and Style

On this very first episode of the Missional Man Podcast, I do an introduction to help share my story, cast my vision and mission, my style and approach, topics and guests I’ll have, explain my interview flow and what to expect, reveal my unique action round plan and invite you to join me. Together for the adventure!

My Story

I was born in Orlando, Florida in 1981. I have one older brother. My mom is from upstate NY from a family of 10 kids. My dad is from Minneapolis, Minnesota with one brother. I was raised in a Christian home all my life. All I know is the modern, American Christian life. Living in a Christian subculture bubble for 33 years has had a significant impact on my own identity story and my ability to understand the world. I encountered the transforming love and grace of God a few days after September 11, 2001 when I was almost 20. The last 13 years have been one day after another of discovering false identities I’ve been believing in and plumbing the depths of who I really am in Christ.

I have been married to my beautiful wife and best friend for 10 years.

I have two precious little angels for daughters, one is 6 and one is 4.

I own a family business and am a hopeless romantic entrepreneur. I am a visionary and an idea guy.

I lead worship for my church and teach bible study small group on occasion.

I love music, film, documentaries, history, art, food and nature. Oh, and I bleed coffee! 😉

I am an occasional blogger, aspiring author and now a podcasting amateur.

All of my life I have fought an identity crisis, trying to let my circumstances, past, people, possessions or my pride define who I am. God very kindly exposed my heart to His new reality 13 years ago, and I’ve never been the same since.

I am certainly not qualified to be a podcast host nor am I any expert on what it means to be a real Christian man. On the contrary, I believe the fact that I’ve failed often and am still figuring things out more than qualifies me to start this journey; and invite you to come with me. Together we are stronger. “Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).

Podcast Vision and Mission

Vision: tools for the modern Christian man.

Mission: Empower men with truth. Equip men with tools. Encourage men with stories for the mission.

Style and Flow

I enjoy talking. Even more so, I enjoy listening to people’s stories and personal experiences. What makes them tick. What ticks them off. What they are passionate about. Why they think the way they do. Most of my interviews will follow some general structure with pre-planned questions to keep things moving. But I also love dialogue, drawing people out and connecting the dots. I like to ask the “hows” and “whys”. This makes for interesting conversations and exchanges between me and my guests. I am not always satisfied with “yes” and “no” for answers. I wanna dig deep and find out what’s really going on under the surface. I think you’ll enjoy this style.

The flow of my interviews will follow the below pattern:

1. Brief Introduction: I quickly introduce each episode and give a brief synopsis of what to expect.

2. Guest Intro: the guest introduces himself and shares his background and story.

3. Interview: this is where I direct the flow with questions and we begin our conversation.

4. Recap: the guest and I will being to recap the best highlights of our conversation.

5. Action Round: this is what I’m most excited about. My vision is not to simply add another podcast show to the already loud, overcrowded podcast market. To help set me apart from the pack, I want to end each episode with a powerful Action Round where you’ll get two things:

 1. One Take-Away (1TA) – the guest chooses one major take-away to think about.

2. One Action-Item (1AI) – the guest offers one simple action-item to go do.

“Information doesn’t lead to transformation.” I have no desire to just talk and blab on for an hour just to say, “well that was nice, thanks and let’s do this again soon.” No way! I want to apply. Now I know some tend to overapply and obsess about doing and doing and doing. I want to balance the tension between great thinking and great doing.

Men are simple. We like things we can focus on easily and then go and put into practice. We love action! I want to give you the chance to take one take-away to think about and one action-item to do. I think we can handle that!

 Why Launch with a series on “Identity Crisis”?

Good question. I discuss this in more detail in this introductory episode. If you are faithful to listen to the whole series on Identity Crisis (probably 15-20 episodes or 3-4 months worth), you will discover my own journey and the unique journey of other men just like you.

Men often define themselves by what they do, their jobs, what they make, their gifts, talents and hobbies, their past, their circumstances, their successes or failures, how well they perform or are respected, etc. This leads men to place their identity in things that are constantly changing, things that are fluid. God designed us to find our identity in something bigger than ourselves. Greater. More glorious and majestic. Something that never changes and is like a rock! Him!

Throughout this series, you’ll hear stories of struggle, pain, hope, joy, fear, frustration, failure, success and a lot of aha moments. I invite you to join me. And invite another guy along for the ride. It’s going to be amazing to see what God will do. How will He change you?

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