Two Leadership Essentials for this Season: Grief and Lament

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Featuring Aubrey Sampson, Daniel Yang & Jessie Cruickshank

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Episode 24 — Two Leadership Essentials for this Season: Grief and Lament

Join Daniel Yang & Jessie Cruickshank as they interview Aubrey Sampson on how to find hope in the midst of suffering.

Summary from The Louder Song: Listening for Hope in the Midst of Lament, by Aubrey Sampson:

When you’re in the midst of suffering, you want answers for the unanswerable, resolutions to the unresolvable. You want to tie up pain in a pretty little package and hide it under the bed, taking it out only when you feel strong enough to face it. But grief won’t be contained. Grief disobeys. Grief explodes. In one breath, you may be able to say that God’s got this and all will be well. In the next, you might descend into fatalism. No pretending. Here, you are raw before God, an open wound.

There is a pathway through this suffering. It’s not easy, but God will use it to lead you toward healing. This path is called lament. Lament leads us between the “Already” and the “Not Yet”. Lament minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope. Lament anticipates new creation but also acknowledges the painful reality of now. Lament recognizes the existence of evil and suffering – without any sugarcoating – while simultaneously declaring that suffering will not have the final say.

In the midst of your darkest times, you will discover that lament leads you back to a place of hope – not because lamenting does anything magical, but because God sings a louder song than suffering ever could, a song of renewal and restoration.

Featured Guest

Aubrey Sampson

Co-Planter, Renewal Church; Author

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Featured Guest

Aubrey Sampson

Aubrey co-planted and serves on the teaching and preaching team at Renewal Church. She is an award-nominated author, a contributor to Propel Women, and the co-host of the Nothing is Wasted Podcast. Aubrey preaches and speaks around the country at churches and ministry events. She and her husband and three sons live and minister in the Chicagoland area.

Co-Hosts

peyton jones

Peyton Jones is a serial church planter, author, speaker, outreach consultant, and founder of New Breed Church Planting.

Peyton served as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and interim pastor of the mega church Refuge Huntington Beach that has served as his sending church since 1999 when he embarked on a 12-year mission to Wales, UK. Originally serving as the Evangelist at Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s historic Sandfields church, Peyton served as the both the interim pastor, and helped them plant their first church. From there, he engaged in a replant of a Baptist congregation in West Wales, which grew and led to Peyton planting a collegiate church. He also planted a church out of a Starbucks which multiplied to three churches, and a church in urban Long Beach, CA, that planted two other churches.

In both the UK and USA, Peyton formed the New Breed Network, a small network that specializes planting in hard places utilizing 1st century principles. Peyton also co-founded Church Planter Magazine, the Church Planter Podcast, the Hardcore Church planting podcast, and the Ministry Ninja Podcast. His books include Church Zero 2013, Reaching The Unreached 2017, and an unpublished church planting textbook 2021, and he developed CityWide to train planters in collaborative church planting teams wired for multiplication.

DANIEL YANG

Daniel is the Director of the Send Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church in Toronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and involved in global and multi-faith engagement.

Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eight years. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D. Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Jessie Cruickshank

Jessie is a licensed Foursquare minister and regional denominational leader. She's a demonstrated disciple-maker and experiential education neuroscientist. She is a nationally recognized leader in the fields of Experiential Education and Educational Neuroscience and holds a Master’s from Harvard in Mind, Brain, and Education. Jessie is a published academic and has edited several books on the application of neuroscience and cognitive psychology to the field of education. She and her husband currently live in Denver, CO.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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