S1E6 - Dave Sharpes - belovedness, transitions and the future of healthy pastors and kingdom leaders

In our sixth episode, Doug and J.R. talk about joy, how to look for joy, and what blocks it. Plus, J.R. discusses racing an eighty-year-old man at the pool the other day. We also have the esteemed privilege to have an honest conversation with Pastor Dave Sharpes. David brings wisdom and tears to this episode. He is a confessed recovering church growth pastor, and has a deep love for cultivating healthy staff and family. Dave is passionate about following Jesus and knowing that one’s worth and beloved-ness comes from who you are, not what you do. We are extremely excited to share our conversation with Dave with our MMP listeners!

Resources from Episode 6:

1. F.O.C.U.S. goals:

  • Family first

  • Objectives in ministry

  • Communication

  • Under the surface

  • Shape

2. Covenant Narrative:

  • Because of who Jesus is, I am a beloved child of God


Questions for Reflection:

1. Focus reflection

  • Ask: Is family first?

  • Ask: What am I working on?

  • Ask: Who am I communicating with?

  • Ask: What am I reading, journaling, and learning?

  • Ask: How is my physical shape?

2. Who are the safe people that can help you discern God’s voice in your life?

3. What do you need help discerning right now?

Action Steps:

  • Take one day away with God, aka: a D.A.W.G. This means you set no agenda, and you simply spend time with the Lord for one D.A.W.G. within the next 30 days.


J.R. is giving away 25 copies of his book, Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure to the first 25 people who write a review on our iTunes page. To get a free copy of J.R.’s book, all you need to do is write a review, and then email Jane@Kairospartnerships.org your address and we will get it out to you.

Joel Limbauan