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World Women’s Wholeness Summit

World Women’s Wholeness Summit

Not too long ago, I asked God a question that was both simple and profound. I wanted to know the answer to this question because I knew that God’s response would shape the trajectory of my life and impact the way that I walked with Him in the days to come. “God, Where do my gifting and my calling line up?” 

I petitioned through prayer. 

Shortly after, God began showing me how my gifts for connecting people, gathering them together, and encouraging them could be used to uplift and inspire Christian podcasters. Almost one year ago, on February 21st and 22nd 2020, I hosted the first inaugural Spark Christian Podcast Conference in order to encourage believers to spread the message of Jesus far and wide through Christian podcasting. Since following this call, I have seen the Lord open numerous doors for the advancement of the gospel.

I want to share one of these opportunities with you all today, the World Women’s Wholeness Summit.

I have recently been given the opportunity to share about the hope that I have in Jesus to a very large audience. I will be speaking at the World Women’s Wholeness Summit alongside many distinguished pastors, teachers, and leaders who are on fire for Jesus. Over the course of the three-day event, there will be 80 speakers. Some of these include Darlene Zschech from Hillsong, and my friends Gari Meacham, Kate Battistelli, and Dr. Susan Mead, Quinn Kelly, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, and many more.

Women, I hope that you will join us for this incredible event on  March 5-7, 2021. The Lord Wants to Bring You Into Wholeness, Fullness, and Purpose! This a move of God that addresses every wholeness & purpose need for women at this critical time in history. Topics include:

Your Wholeness

Your Breakthrough

Your Word from The LORD

Your Open Door to the Purpose of God in Your Life

This is your invitation to be a part of World Women’s Wholeness Summit 2021 where you’ll learn to live whole, on purpose with the Lord, living and serving in your sweet spots, without hindrances. Watch ONLINE by yourself, with a group of girls, or invite your whole Church! Register now for FREE.

To sign up, visit

Am I Being Faithful to God’s Call in the Small? 

Am I Being Faithful to God’s Call in the Small? 

Am I being faithful to God’s call in the small? 

by Anthea Kotlan

Am I being faithful in the small? Am I taking on those kingdom assignments that involve just one or two other people? Is this a season of preparation? Am I willing to allow for interruptions? (I’m not sure if we really have a choice on this one.) Am I willing to take a long obedience in the same direction even when the destination seems unclear? This is all part of hearing the calling on our lives as believers and those who follow after Jesus. 

  • Listen for that still small voice

Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire, and after the fire a still small voice.

(I Kings 19:11-12 NKJV)

When God spoke to Elijah, it was not the sky parting, booming voice of overwhelming power, it was the still small voice that came after a demonstration of God’s power. Am I listening for that voice closely or allowing the noise of the world to drown it out? 

  • Let your words be small (few)

Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore, let your words be few. 

(Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 ESV)

Am I so eager to tell God how it is that I miss out on His message for me? Can I be willing to wait to hear His voice? It simply takes time to hear from God. For some of us, it takes time to reach a point of being able to be quiet long enough to hear from Him, rather than the voice inside our head that keeps barking out directions. Take five minutes to sit in silence, ask the Lord to speak, and really listen. Set a timer if necessary

  • Take Small Steps

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? 

(Micah 6:8 ESV)

Small steps in obedience in pace with God is a demonstration of humility. Am I willing to wander as I travel with Him? I can’t all be so hyper-focused on the destination that I miss the journey. How often have I missed some of the gifts God had for me by rushing ahead to what I thought was the finish line? Staying in step with God may appear to be small progress to the others but walking close is most essential. 

Join me on the journey in being faithful in the small, 

Anthea Kotlan

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25 More Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

25 More Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

25 More Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

The Spark Media team is excited to share even more faith-filled podcasts with you in this season. We hope that these podcasts point you to the hope and encouragement that can only be found in Jesus. In the new year, we want to provide content that serves you well and helps you grow in your work as a podcaster and in your faith. Here are 25 more podcasts to listen to in 2021. 

26. Take Heart with Amy Brown, Sara Clime, and Carrie HoltT

The hosts of Take Heart, Amy Brown, Sara Clime, and Carrie Holt seek to equip special needs moms with Biblical truth and hope through the telling of inspiring stories. Special needs moms are sure to be encouraged as they are joined in their walks by others with similar circumstances. If you are raising a child with unique needs, this show is for you. 

27. The Mike Thakur Show

Mike Thakur, the host of the Mike Thakur show, fuses faith and business together on his new and inspiring show. He provides an entrepreneurial perspective while at the same time sharing passionately about issues that matter in the Christian faith.  

28. The Renew You Podcast with Quinn Kelley

The host of Renew You, Quinn Kelley, invites listeners to tune in to honest and authentic conversations that center around renewed faith. If you are looking for real, honest, and vulnerable conversations, this show is for you. 

29. Compelled with Paul Hastings

The host of Compelled, Paul Hastings, seeks to tell stories of people who are compelled to live life in a way that is glorifying to the Lord. This encouraging show is sure to spur you on in your faith and to provide hope and faith-filled conversations for your day. 

30. Your Hope-Filled Perspective with Dr. Michelle Bengston 

The host of Your Hope-Filled Perspective, Dr. Michelle Bengston, finds hope in every situation and helps her listeners to find it, too. This insightful podcast brings a wealth of knowledge and practical advice suited to everyone.

31. Take the Stage with Mary Snyder 

The host of Take The Stage, Mary Snyder, brings insight and training to listeners who have a desire to speak professionally. Her interviews address the questions that often go unanswered in the speaking world. If you want to be a speaker, you need to listen in. 

32. We’re Not Done Yet with Susan Macias 

The host of We’re Not Done Yet, Susan Macias, encourages moms who are empty nesters to step out into the purpose that the Lord has for them. This podcast will encourage you to serve the Lord wholeheartedly right where you are. 

33. Mom to Mom with Jamie Erickson, Kate Battistelli, and September McCarthy

The hosts of the Mom to Mom podcast seek to provide a unique perspective on the journey of motherhood. These moms all come from varying backgrounds, different generations, and have unique motherhood experiences. They are a wealth of knowledge and we encourage moms too listen in to the show. 

34. The Alli Worthington Show

Alli Worthington, the host of the Alli Worthington show, brings people that she knows, likes, and trusts on to her show. This means that listeners can expect to be encouraged, uplifted, and inspired by its content. Alli is passionate about helping women to overcome adversity and stand strong in the faith that the Lord has given us. 

35. Dream Big with Bob Goff 

The host of Dream Big, Bob Goff, inspires listeners to reach for their God-given dreams. He walks alongside of listeners in an encouraging manner and compassionately guides us toward our purpose in Christ. 

36. The Bible Project 

The Bible Project podcast is a resource that allows listeners to dig deep theologically, be encouraged by truth and scripture, and have many deep questions addressed. This podcast is an extension of the ministry that creates YouTube videos explaining the Bible in a way that makes it accessible to everyone. 

37. The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey 

The host of The Happy Hour, Jamie Ivey, invites her guests to grab a cup of coffee and join her and a friend each week for conversations that are filled with laughter and are sure to encourage you. A wide array of topics are discussed on the show and every woman can benefit from hearing these episodes. 

38. The Proverbs 31 Ministries Podcast 

The founder of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa Terkeurst, equips women with Biblical truth through her work as a speaker, Bible Study teacher, and author. This podcast is an extension of this ministry and it helps women to walk though life deeply rooted in who we are as devoted followers of Christ. 

39. Confessions of a Crappy Christian with Blake Guichet 

The host of Confessions of a Crappy Christian, Blake Guichet, strives to have conversations that revolve around issues that are unaddressed in the church. Her podcast helps listeners to see that we are not alone in our hardship and that others have walked through similar circumstances. 

40. Longing for More with Vona Johnson 

The host of Longing for More, Vona Johnson, encourages listeners to incorporate faith into every activity that we partake in. Because Jesus is at the center of all things, it is essential that we give Him honor and praise throughout our days. This podcast teaches us to lives in reverence to the Lord. 

41. Real People, Real Talk with Paul Calcote

The host of Real People, Real Talk, Paul Calcote, is a pastor who through his podcast, has created a space for real, raw, and vulnerable conversation. He addresses issues from a Biblical perspective and brings on guests that are sure to inspire. 

42. Positively Joy with Yvette Walker

The host of Positively Joy, Yvette Walker, invites listeners to embrace the joyous moments of life and to look out for joy in all circumstances. Her show is a breath of fresh air and you are sure to enjoy it. 

43. God Girl Nation with Susan McPherson 

The host of God Girl Nation, Susan McPherson, has a passion for seeing women follow God’s call on our lives. She interviews individuals who are passionately pursuing Jesus and all that he has for them. This podcast is sure to equip you to live out your God-given purpose. 

44. Building Faith with Kris Reece 

The host of Building Faith, Kris Reece, is passionate about delivering Bible-based messages to her audience. It is so important that, as Christians, we are being encouraged scripturally and this show is a fabulous resource for that. Listen in. 

45. Your Spiritual Game Plan with Cheri Fletcher 

The host of Your Spiritual Game Plan, Cheri Fletcher, strives to show women our identities in Christ through candid conversations with her guests. This show is a must-listen if you want to be thoroughly encouraged. 

46. The Unstoppable Solo Mom with Annie Quinnell

The host of the Unstoppable Solo Mom, Annie Quinnell, seeks to encourage mothers who are parenting solo. She provides insight, hope, and encouragement to single mothers who need to hear that they are not alone in the journey.

47. Motherhood Unmasked with Vanessa Harris

The host of Motherhood Unmasked, Vanessa Harris, encourages mothers to come as they are to be equipped and inspired to face. The challenges that come along with motherhood. There are many obstacles for moms, but Vanessa shows us that we are not alone. 

48. Your Best Writing Life with Linda Goldfarb 

Your Best Writing Life is a podcast designed to equip writers of all stages to chase their writing dreams. The show provides insight from industry leaders and helpful hints to guide writers along on their paths. 

49. I Am The Remnant with Sunny Gault

The host of I Am The Remnant, Sunny Gault, believes that God is constantly communicating with His people. Though this powerfully podcast, she encourages listeners to lean in and listen intently to what He has to say to us. 

50. Bridge of the Faithful with Jenna Erlandson 

The host of Bridge of the Faithful, Jenna Erlandson, helps listeners define the word faithful and to see how God’s character reveals Him as such. This encouraging show is sure to lift you spirits and remind you of God’s truth. 

We hope that you have enjoyed reading through 25 more podcasts to listen to in 2021. We encourage you to take some time and listen to these shows in the new year. Each one of them has encouraged the members of the Spark Media Team greatly. 

25 More Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

Spark Media presents – 25 Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

Spark Media presents – 25 Podcasts to Listen to in 2021

The Spark Media team is excited to share some of our favorite podcasts. These are Christian podcasts that are sure to encourage, inspire, and help you walk out your faith. Here are 25 podcasts to listen to in the new year. 

  1. Raising Christian Kids with Lee Ann Mancini

The host of the Raising Christian Kids podcast, Lee Ann Mancini, believes that it is necessary for parents to help instill Christian values in their children before the age of ten. Her show provides priceless resources, Biblical insights, and education and guidance for parents of young children in hopes that what is shared will ultimately lead to the preservation of a Christian nation. 

  1. The Air That I Breathe with Jodi Howe 

The host of The Air That I Breathe, Jodi Howe, beautifully articulates what it looks like to struggle with anxiety and to walk closely with Jesus. If you are someone who struggles with anxious thoughts, this show will point you directly to the source of everlasting peace and show you that you are never alone when Jesus draws near. 

  1. Kairos Moments with Julie Holmquist

The host of Kairos Moments, Julie Holmquist, teaches listeners to look out for moments in life when God moves. She encourages listeners to respond to Him and all that He is orchestrating and working through our lives. Kairos moments is a podcast you will love that will help you to have an active faith. 

  1. By His Grace with Misty Phillip 

The host of By His Grace, Misty Phillip, believes that “where there are deep wounds, there is deep grace.” She invites listeners into an encouraging space to hear conversations revolving around life’s greatest struggles. Misty invites listeners to journey alongside her and to discover that though the struggles of life are real, so is God. 

  1. The Pantry Podcast with Shea and Michelle Watson 

The hosts of the Pantry Podcast, Shea and Michelle Watson, have a passion for seeing people come to know the Lord more intimately. Through their candid conversations with each other and with their guests, this couple guides new believers and those who have walked with Jesus for a while into more intimate fellowship with Him. If you enjoy theological conversations, laughs, and fun, you will love this show.

  1.   Hearts at Rest with Sarah Keeling 

The host of Hearts at Rest, Sarah Keeling, has a passion for seeing parents raise their children up in the ways of the Lord. In these short but impactful episodes, Sarah teaches parents to pray through scripture with their children. If you are a parent of a young child or are involved in the lives’ of little ones in any capacity, this show will help you to point them to Jesus. 

  1. Coffee Jeans & Jesus with Micaela Deegan 

The host of Coffee, Jeans, & Jesus, Michaela Deegan, encourages women to come just as they are to be encouraged through Biblical truths and healing conversations. If you need a dose of encouragement in this season, this show is a great place to start. 

  1. His GPS for Your SOS with Cindy Yorks 

The host of His GPS for Your SOS, Cindy Yorks, passionately walks alongside listeners in our faith walks. She encourages listeners to trust in God in all seasons, especially difficult ones. She helps listeners identify our struggles and seek God’s heart for our issues. His GPS for Your SOS is a fabulous show for anyone who needs to be encouraged and pointed to the truth of God’s word. 

  1. A Quilter’s Life with Paula Chamberlain 

The host of A Quilter’s Life, Paula Chamberlain, believes that every quilter has a story to tell. Her show exists so that these stories can be told. This show is perfect for the quilter in your life. It is sure to encourage, uplift, and inspire, while at the same time, sparking creativity. 

  1. Heart in a Drawer with Sarah Geringer 

The host of Heart in a Drawer, Sarah Geringer, has a heart for children of divorce. Her podcast addresses issues that this unique population faces. She approaches each episode from a perspective of someone who has walked this path. She uses her platform to share stories and her own experiences in hopes that they will help others to heal. 

  1. An Unresolved Life with Teresa Blaes 

The host of An Unresolved Life, Teresa Blaes, seeks to answer life’s most difficult questions through a Biblical perspective. Everyone has questions, regardless of how much or how little we have been involved in the faith. An Unresolved Life is the show for you if you if you wish to be encouraged, inspired, and challenged in your faith. 

  1. Grit and Glam with Dorothy Strouhal and Allison Henderson 

The hosts of Grit and Glam, Dorothy Strouhal and Allison Henderson, recognize that faith is the foundation for all things in life, and that glam is necessary for every woman. This show invites listeners into candid conversations between friends. On the show, they tackle many issues from business, to mental health, wellness, and dating. This show is for you if you need a little sparkle in your life. 

  1. Flourishing with Avery Forrest 

The host of Flourishing, Avery Forrest, encourages listeners to live out our unique callings and purposes with intention and passion. She believes that never in history has God duplicated a person or their story. On the show, she shares the ways that the Lord has helped her to flourish and cheers you on as you do the same. 

  1. Look Out For Joy with Adria Wilkins

The host of Look Out For Joy, Adria Wilkins, is so incredibly joyful that her joy overflows. She encourages her listeners to look out for joy in every area of life and she serves as a wonderful guide in this process. This show is for you if you need a little extra joy in this season. 

  1. Gospel Spice with Stephanie Rousselle 

The host of Gospel Spice, Stephanie Rousselle, has a heart for people and for Jesus. Her desire is to help listeners spice up our faith and our walks with the Lord. She walks alongside listeners sharing Biblical truth and insight to help us enhance our study of God’s word. 

  1. Fierce Calling with Doris Swift 

The host of Fierce Calling, Doris Swift, sits with women and shares their stories of purpose, calling, and the way that the Lord works through them. If you are a woman who is unsure of your calling, a woman who is secure in your calling, or a woman who is curious about what walking in step with the Lord looks like, this is the show for you. 

  1. Do the Thing Movement with Rebecca Dotson George 

The host of Do the Thing Movement, Rebecca Dotson George, is an encourager and a cheerleader who walks joyfully alongside listeners as they “do the thing.” If you need encouragement to do the thing that God has called you to, this podcast is for you. Rebecca will journey with you, cheer you on, and be the friend that you need while you walk in your calling. 

  1. The Love Offering with Rachael Adams 

The host of The Love Offering, Rachael Adams, interviews women who are living out their faith and loving others well. The Love Offering is sure to encourage you to share your gifts, talents, and love with the world. 

  1. Life on Purpose with Amy Debrucque

The host of Life on Purpose, Amy Debrecque, has candid conversations with individuals who have battled anxiety and fear. She speaks to those who have overcome this struggle, and gives hope to those who are still struggling. If you know someone or are someone who battles anxious thoughts, this encouraging show is for you. 

  1. Real Talk with Rachael with Rachael Gilbert

The host of Real Talk with Rachael, Rachael Gilbert, seeks to have honest and encouraging conversations about tough subjects. Her goal is to bring what is in darkness into the light. Through listening to the show, each listener will, without a doubt, feel less alone in her struggle and grasp the hope that is found in Jesus. 

  1. Exhale with Holly Newton 

The host of Exhale, Holly Newton, encourages her listeners to lean into and embrace rest. Not any type of rest, but rest in the Lord. Holly and her co-hosts take listeners on an encouraging journey to find purpose and rest in the Lord. 

  1. It is For Freedom with Holly Meyers 

The host of It is For Freedom, Holly Meyers, shares inspiring stories of women who have been set free by the love of Jesus. She recognizes that the reason for our freedom is so that we may go forward and free others by the power of God’s word and their testimonies. These testimonies of freedom are sure to inspire you to find your own freedom in Christ and to pursue it wholeheartedly. 

  1. Equipped to Be Connie Albers

The host of Equipped to Be, Connie Albers, strives to help women develop their God-given gifts and thrive in the callings that the Lord has placed on our lives. Her practical insight, encouraging interviews, and focus on relationships and connection are likely to help you thrive in your walk with the Lord. 

  1. Grace Enough Amber Cullum 

The host of Grace Enough, Amber Cullum, seeks to remind Christians that God’s grace is enough to sustain us in all seasons. 

  1. Seek Go Create Tim Winders

The host of Seek Go Create, Tim Winders, helps Christians rethink how we live, work, and lead. If you enjoy business podcasts, this is the show for you.  

We hope that you enjoy these podcasts and that they serve as an encouragement to you during this season. 

Spark Now Summit Christian Podcast Conference

Spark Now Summit Christian Podcast Conference

A Recap of the Spark Now Summit

by Baylee Dunn

In the midst of a contentious season filled with strife, division, and unrest, the Spark Now Summit brought me hope, joy, and affirmation in my call as a Christian communicator. This event was just what my heart needed. If you missed it, here is a recap. 

We started the conference with an anointed worship by Amber Rhoads, the Worship Pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas. She led us into the presence of the Lord so beautifully. This was the perfect start to a day filled with fellowship and learning. 

Kelly Buckner, a visual branding consultant with BeeBold Consulting, shared her tips for being clear, being visual, and being consistent with our branding strategies. She encouraged Spark Now attendees to represent the Kingdom well by putting forth excellence in all that we do and say. She reminded us to be bold in the message that we, as communicators, put out into the world and to take the responsibility of stewarding our brands seriously. 

Charity Ellis gave attendees a beautiful depiction of surrendering our lives to Jesus. She reminded us of the importance of bowing before our creator, and how, in doing this, we are making an exchange of power –  exchanging our worries for His peace, our fear for His faith, our weakness for His strength, our chaos for His order, and so much more. She also commissioned us to live our lives in a posture of bowing in submission to the King. 

Sunny Gault presented the message, “Podcasting is the New Pulpit.” This message propelled listeners to take a stand against the enemy by believing the Bible and standing in truth. Podcasters have the opportunity to spread the gospel to the entire world via our podcasts. As Sunny said, “it’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about Jesus.” So, let’s stand on the truth of God’s word and continue on the path that God has placed us. 

Matt Sommerfield gave us the three ways to win on social media: know your brand, know your customer, and know your plan. These three strategies might seem simplistic at first, but applying them is necessary in order to succeed in the digital space. We must build trust with our customers and our listeners so that we can serve them well. 

Tonya Kubo gave Spark attendees insight into the three most common mistakes that podcasters make when utilizing Facebook to promote their shows. She provided us with the inspiration that our messages are too important not to be heard and gave us the strategies to ensure that our voices reach the masses. 

Todd Cochrane, the CEO of Blubrry, shared helpful information regarding the state of the podcast industry and told us what we can expect as we enter into 2021 in regards to podcasting platforms, tech consolidation, podcast indexing,  and the trends of the industry. 

Mike McDonald of the Bible Project presented on the Power of Storytelling. He showed us that being vulnerable is the key to connecting with others who may be struggling in similar ways to us. Mike also pointed to the importance of starting with empathy in our interviews. 

September McCarthy, Kate Battistelli, and Jamie Erickson of the Mom to Mom Podcast shared insight into podcasting with multiple co-hosts. They shared tips for being strategic in this endeavor as well as their unique experiences with motherhood across generations. 

Last, but certainly not least, Misty Phillip, the founder of the Spark Christian Podcast Conference and the Spark Now Summit presented the three ways to market a book using a podcast. She commissioned us in our calling as Christian communicators and urged us to continue on in the journey. She reminded attendees that we are anointed and appointed for a time such as this. 

The information, insight, and inspiration that I gained from this event will be something that I carry with me for years to come. I am grateful for the ways that I have seen the Lord working in my own life and in the lives of the others who attended the Spark Now Summit. The event was just what I needed to refuel and refocus on the mission that the Lord has placed before me. Because of Spark, I am better equipped to serve those whom the Lord puts in my path and to spread the gospel to all the nations. 

For a limited time, you can gain access to all of the Spark Now Summit recordings and to our private Facebook group. Grab your tickets now: Spark Now Summit Sessions

What people are saying about the Spark Now Summit!

“I went into Spark expecting to gain helpful advice to grow my podcast. I wasn’t expecting revival. Your opening address really spoke to my heart. Thank you for all you do to help other podcasters.”- Sharon Wilharm host of All God’s Women

“Spark is one of the best virtual events I have experienced as an attendee, and I have attended  A LOT this year!” – Tonya Kubo 

Grab your tickets now: Spark Now Summit Sessions

Raise Your Voice, Share His Mission, Spread His Truth: 3 Reasons to Attend the Spark Now Summit

Raise Your Voice, Share His Mission, Spread His Truth: 3 Reasons to Attend the Spark Now Summit

Raise Your Voice, Share His Mission, Spread His Truth: 3 Reasons to Attend the Spark Now Summit

by Baylee Dunn

I am a person who is inspired by the power of a story. For as long as I can remember, I have loved reading books and writing stories of my own. Earlier this year, before attending the Spark Christian Podcast Conference, I was not familiar with the way that stories are shared through podcasting. After the conference, though, it became evident to me that those who are called to Christian podcasting are gifted communicators with unique stories to tell. Each one of these stories has the potential to ignite a spark within the Kingdom of God. The words of Christian communicators bring life and light into darkness. They spread hope and point others to the love of Jesus. 

I believe that the Spark Now Summit is exactly the event that Christian communicators need to help us share God’s mission, spread His truth, and raise our voices for the Kingdom. Here are three simple reasons why you should consider attending. 

Spark Now will equip you to raise your voice for what matters. 

The times that we are living in today are chaotic, divisive, and troubling. But, as Christians, we have hope in the promises of God. We know that Jesus will return one day and gather with Him all who believe in His name. While we do not know the time at which this will occur, we are commissioned to make disciples while here on Earth. This is not a commissioning that we can sit idly with. Instead, it is one that we actively engage in, seeking opportunities to share the hope that we so desperately hold on too. While the speakers at the Spark Now Summit will be teaching from their varying fields of expertise, they all have one thing in common: they want to see you raise your voice now. They want to see you speak up for the things of the Kingdom. And, at Spark, you will be equipped, empowered, and encouraged to do just that. 

Spark Now will empower you to spread His truth.

The Spark Media team believes that your story has kingdom significance. At the Spark Now Summit, you will learn to leverage the gifts that the Lord has given you to speak truth into the lives of those in your own circle of influence. Whether you are a newly emerging Christian communicator or a seasoned veteran with experience in the industry, Spark has a message for you. From social media branding to interview skills, to working with multiple hosts, and the power of storytelling, attendees are guaranteed to walk away empowered to share the messages that the Lord has given them. 

Spark Now will encourage you to share in His mission. 

Friend, the Spark Now Summit was founded with you in mind. Misty and the Spark Media team have a desire to see you chase after Jesus and all that He has in store for you. Walking in the way of His truth, surrendering to His will for your life, and carrying the message of the gospel to all people are things that we, at Spark media, have a heart for. You are in the middle of God’s mission field, right where you are at. And, you have the gift, the opportunity, and the responsibility to share in the work of the Lord. So, raise your voice now, share His mission now, spread His truth now, SPARK Now! 

The Spark Speaker lineup includes Misty Phillip, Kate Battistelli, September McCarthy, and Jamie Erickson of the Mom to Mom podcast, Mike McDonald of The Bible Project, Sunny Gault of Independent Podcast Network Rebecca Dotson George of Do The Thing Movement, Matt Sommerfield of Sommerfield Productions Kelly Buckner of Bee Bold Consulting, Dorothy Strouhal, and Charity Ellis.

I hope that this post encouraged you. I am so excited about the Spark Now Summit! For those interested in speaking with a literary agent, Blythe Daniel and Stephanie Alton of the Blythe Daniel Agency will be taking literary appointments virtually. These can be added to the purchase of a ticket for an additional fee. 

The event will occur virtually on November 6th, 2020, and early bird ticket sales continue through October 23, 2020. Purchase your ticket today before the prices increase! 

For more information about the Spark Now Summit, visit

Grace for the Grieving: Three Lessons from Loss 

Grace for the Grieving: Three Lessons from Loss 

Grace for the Grieving: Three Lessons from Loss 

by Baylee Dunn

I remember it as if it were yesterday, though it has been several months since God called my grandfather home after a long, hard-fought battle with stage four cancer. It felt like the world around me was crumbling as I got the news. “Baylee, Popa passed away tonight.” I lay still on the brown leather couch in our living room, clinching a blanket with both hands, praying that I was in a dream. 

Instead, it was a reality. A man whom I loved with every ounce of my being had breathed his last and ascended into Heaven. Grief rushed in like roaring floodwaters on that dark March night. Tears rushed down my face in a torrential downpour. My body shook violently as I sobbed. Thoughts came spiraling through my mind. “He’s going to miss my college graduation. He will not be there to dance at my wedding one day. I will never hear him sing “Happy Birthday” with the passion and style of Elvis Presley again.” 

So much loss… 

At that moment, I could not imagine a world without him in it. To be honest, I still have a hard time with each passing milestone. Though my grandfather is in Heaven, my heart aches for him here on Earth. It is an ache that I know will not easily fade. I will carry it with me through each of my days. There will be sorrow, there will be sadness, but with God, I will move toward gladness. 

Three lessons that I have learned from my season of grief

Here are three lessons that I have learned from my season of grief. I pray that my words encourage you to cling to the Lord, even when it is hard. If you are grieving today, know that there is grace for you in that sacred space, friend. May the Lord hold you close, draw you near, and remind you that even in suffering, He is still here. 

  1. In times of sorrow, the Lord may feel distant. However, He is ever-present. 

The Bible tells us that the Lord is close to the broken-hearted. With His nearness, comes the peace that only he can provide. He will hold you, dry your tears, and give gentle reminders that He is still here. 

  1. Where there is deep grief, there is great love. 

When experiencing loss, it can sometimes feel as if the sadness is impossible to release. It runs deep. If ever you find yourself deep in grief, remember that the Lord will sustain you. You are loved in this space, too. 

  1. Where there is hurt, there is a healer. No grief is too big for God’s grace to cover. 

One of the most comforting promises to cling to during a season of grief is that which is found in Revelation 21:4-5. I pray that this passage encourages you to focus on the Lord during hardship. He will heal your hurt and hold you upright. 

“4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

Be blessed, friends! 

Baylee Dunn

If you enjoyed this post, I would appreciate your shares on social media. Also, I love mentoring Baylee and having her guest post for me. She is such a joy! Speaking of joy, you may also enjoy my recent By His Grace podcast with the author of Joykeeper: 6 Truths that Change Everything You Thought You Knew About Joy, Suzanne Eller. Check out the episode Joy in Jesus.

Much Love, Misty

How to Take Risks with God

How to Take Risks with God

How to Take Risks with God

by Alexandra Kaval

Do you have a big idea or dream that God has planted in your heart?

Do you also have BIG fears or doubts that go along with that dream? I absolutely know what that’s like. One of the biggest risks in my life was leaving my comfortable corporate job to pursue Christian coaching full time. To the outside world, this didn’t make any sense. I was bringing in close to a six-figure salary. The job provided flexible hours. It wasn’t demanding. I had a team that I liked working with and they liked me back. There was great growth potential at the company.

… But God.

Friend, when we get quiet and listen to Him, we’re given insight into a plan that is much more beautiful than our own. Maybe you feel unsettled but also frustrated by that emotion since so much is going well in your life. 

I feel you. I was in that same exact place.

Patiently through that unrest may be one of the wisest things you do. Yes- it may look like taking a risk. And yes – it may look unconventional or different from what the world might lead you to do. But, there is so much joy (and Jesus!) waiting to be found in that exact place.

Taking Risks with God

Taking Risks with God

Here are 3 tips for you if you’re considering taking a risk with (and for!) God:

Create your own definition of success. Get clear on what He is calling you to. 

As the founder of She Works His Way Michelle Myers has said, “We have an audience of one to please.” And that’s God! Not our coworkers, our parents, or our friends. Consider what God is calling you to and let that be your main priority. Let His perspective drive your opinion more so than that of others.

Be consistent and keep showing up each day with your eyes set on His plan.

Cultivate community. Sharing your big thing with others will help propel you forward.

(Although consider waiting to share until you’ve gotten some clarity on what His plan looks like! Andy Stanley’s book Visioneering explains how it may be wise not share too much too early in the process.) But once He’s given you vision, talking through your big thing aloud breathes LIFE into that thing. It can be so incredibly energizing to share it with others and create a support network along the way. Plus, doing so adds another level of accountability. Your people are going to ask for updates on your progress and timing and that’s a good thing!

Also… taking a leap can at times feel lonely. Having a support network in place to build you up will help to balance that out.

And, you may even serve as an encouragement and inspiration to others in ways greater than you may ever know.

Collaborating with a coach can be transformational as well. As a Christian coach, my job is to help get you from where you are to where God wants you to be. We help you to focus on what matters most and let go of the rest. We’ll make sense of all the ideas rolling around in your brain and create a plan of action so that you can make progress on what matters most. Plus, you’re empowered to break through the fears, doubts, and hesitations that hold you back. You’ll be equipped to make progress more quickly and powerfully than ever before.

  • Connect with scripture.
  • There is nothing quite like God’s truth.
  • When you take a leap, it’s important to both launch from and land on solid ground!
  • And what can help you to do that well? None other than God’s word. 
  • Dig in and see what He has to say. He will undoubtedly speak to you.

Here are some of my favorite scriptures to provide strength during challenging times:

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

We must remain connected to Him at all times to be fruitful. Once we stray, the value of what we produce drastically changes.

His power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

When feelings of perfectionism or inadequacy creep up, it’s oftentimes because we’re operating out of our own strength instead of His.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Access His mighty power and allow Him to work through you in order to experience the best results possible.

One other quick tip– I’d also encourage you to journal your ‘God winks’ and celebrations along your journey. God is with you and before you every step of the way. Recognizing how He is showing up may be one of the sweetest blessings.

Sister- I am so excited for you as you embark on this adventure! Stand firm in the truth that He can do more than we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). I pray that you’ll allow Him to take on more of a leading role in your life- you won’t regret it.

And remember… “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”  – Corrie ten Boom

Want more? 

If you have a similar story and are feeling led to pursue your side hustle full time, you may want to check out Grace Space Christian Coaching’s eBookSide Hustle Success: How to Finally Take the Leap & Live your Dream. I share the scoop on what went well, what I wish I knew, and what I would’ve loved to do differently as I transitioned from my corporate job to pursue my side business full time. Here are the topics that are covered if you want a peek:

  • What I Learned from the First Year of My Side Hustle 
  • What I Didn’t Expect from My Side Hustle 
  • Best Boss in the Whole World 
  • The God Winks on My Journey from Corporate to Coach 
  • 10 Things to Do Before You Leave Your 9-5 
  • BONUS: Bye to the Big ‘But’

Friend, don’t miss out on one of the greatest adventures you & He can go on together. He’s got you in the palm of His hand.

Alexandra Kaval is a certified professional life coach for purpose-driven Christian women who crave more and founder of Grace Space Christian Coaching. She partners with women who are feeling scattered and stuck. Through their work together, her clients transform from overwhelmed to overjoyed. They experience a deep sense of focus & intentionality, rooted in their identity in Christ, with a path for the season ahead. After working with Alexandra, you’ll be freed up to live your purpose and prioritize what matters most, all while more fully loving God, yourself, and others. 

All it Takes is a SPARK!

All it Takes is a SPARK!

All it Takes is a SPARK: 3 Lessons from the Spark Christian Podcast Conference 

by Bayle Dunn

We are amid a global pandemic. Those words still feel strange to say, although it has been six months since the first Covid-19 cases in the United States. During this unprecedented time, I, like many of you, have been searching for encouragement, digging deep into my Bible, and trying to cultivate community in new ways. When I heard that my friend and mentor, Misty Phillip, was hosting the Spark Christian Podcast Conference at the Podfest Global Media Summit, I was extremely excited for many reasons. 

My Thoughts: 

First, I knew that Podfest is traditionally a secular conference, one that is open to all, but with no previous faith track. When I think of the people who have impacted my personal faith the most, I think of those who have unashamedly shared their hearts with me and helped me to see the Lord and His purposes more clearly. Misty Phillip is one of those people. So, I was ecstatic that the Lord was going to use her in this capacity.

Secondly, I knew that at a conference so large, there were going to be people who believed differently than we, as Christians, do. So, I knew that the Spark conference had a purpose. That is, to shine the light of Jesus in a way that it may resonate with those who have not yet met Him. I wholeheartedly believe that the Spark Pod Con did this so well. 

Three Lessons from Spark:

Spark Pod Con

If you missed it, here are three lessons that I learned from my time there! 

At the conference, I heard from so many incredible speakers – each one inspiring me to continue sharing the message of the hope that is found in Jesus with those who are close in proximity and those who are across the country. As someone who doesn’t yet have a podcast, these messages sparked a desire in me to start one.

Lesson #1

This brings me to lesson number one: we are all digital apostles. When Jonathan Roumie said this, I knew that it would stick with me for a while. The truth is, friends, that in the age of social media, there are people in the secular world looking to us, as followers of Jesus, for hope.

Let’s be imitators of Christ, walking in the way of His word and shining His light so brightly that others cannot miss Him!

Lesson #2

The second lesson that I learned from Spark comes from Anne Watson, who said, “do your thing in your way!” As a recent college graduate, this was so encouraging to hear. God made us all with unique talents and abilities so that we may glorify Him in all that we do. When we do things in our own ways, we are more apt to serve the kingdom well. 

Lesson #3

The third lesson that I learned from the Spark Pod Con comes from Connie Albers, who said, “with disruption, comes innovation.” Right now, we are all living in a world that is somewhat turned upside down. The thing about this is, though, that we, as Christians, have a choice to make. We can allow this disruption to derail us and knock us off of the path that the Lord has placed us on.  Or, we can view this time in history as a chance to be innovative about how we spread God’s message to the unreached. 

Y’all, Spark was incredible! It is an event that I do not want you to miss out on! For more information go to Spark Pod Con

PS: So, I am going to let you all in on a little secret – Misty’s Rocket Podcast Community is remaining open for THIS WEEK ONLY! If you join, you will have access to all 11 of the sessions from Spark in the Rocket Library! How awesome is that?! You will also learn and grow through coaching and training, networking within the community, weekly Masterclasses, and Mastermind sessions for accountability and growth.

So, hurry on over to and join today! 

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