Episode 9: How a Creative Approach is Renewing Communities | Andy Sikora

Episode 9: How a Creative Approach is Renewing Communities | Andy Sikora

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On this episode, I sat down with Andy Sikora. He’s the Lead Pastor of Renew Communities, a different kind of church that is making an impact and changing lives. We talk about pursuing your purpose, persevering through hard times, finding hope when you feel like packing it in, and the power of renewal.

Andy’s got a great story that I think you’ll be able to not only relate to, but be encouraged by as well.

 From the interview…

  • Life as a sports fan in Cleveland
  • Three words that describe Andy: Relational. Achiever. Belief.
  • Andy’s family
  • Andy’s dream of baseball stardom as a kid and how that led to a conflict at a youth camp when he was 12.
  • God’s call on Andy’s life and what that means.
  • His schooling at Huntington University
  • Internship at Cedar Rapids. His love for working with youth.
  • His taste of working with a new church in Indiana. Making the decision to go even though he didn’t have everything worked out.
  • His move to Cleveland. Working at a large church while also attending online seminary. Working with 1500 young adults at the church.
  • Ministry hit by several major crises that stretched and strained Andy and made him question if he could stick it out.
  • The value of his community with the seminary cohort and mentorship with his lead pastor.
  • A lot of what he’s doing now came out of those years with the grad school.
  • He didn’t question whether God intended him for ministry, but whether he could persevere.
  • His distance running helped him in these areas as well. Pushing through limitations and beliefs. Training.
  • There is power in community
  • Struggles produce perseverance. Perseverance produces character. And character, hope.
  • How the book “The Path” changed the way he viewed things. It forced him to look into the future and helped him choose the path that led him to launch Renew.
  • The value of creating a ministry plan.
  • How a speaker who was a little bit ahead of Andy helped spur him on to make the leap.
  • What makes Renew Communities different? Is it a church?
  • Being intentional and not separating work and other aspects of life from church.
  • They are taking Jesus out to the community. Missional communities with a focus, a cause.
  • In a typical community, 60% of the people don’t want anything to do with church.
  • Andy says “I’m just trying to raise the level of people’s belief in what God’s put in them.”
  • Renew Communities: A church for our community
  • Story after story about how people are discovering God in a new way, building community through Renew.
  • It wasn’t hard until the started.
  • War of Art by Steven Pressfield. The “resistance”
  • Don’t do it alone! There’s power in community
  • Dare to do something differently, to re-think the norm.

 

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Episode 8: Knowing When to Pivot and the Power of a Mentor | Ken Cavanaugh

Episode 8: Knowing When to Pivot and the Power of a Mentor | Ken Cavanaugh

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On this episode, I talk with Ken Cavanaugh, owner of Cavanaugh Photography about his passion for capturing memories through pictures, the value of mentor, learning what you DON’T want to do, the importance of great customer service, and what a limousine did that nearly ruined his day.

The interview is packed full of so many great tips for you  as you start or grow your business or passion.

 From the interview…

  • Ken’s favorite go-to coffee
  • One of Ken’s dreams
  • Who and what Ken would love to go back in time to photograph…. maybe even together.
  • How Ken got interested in photography. Some of his other loves as well.
  • The impact that having his pictures published made in his confidence
  • The value of a mentor that helped shape his skills and career
  • Trying something new and finding out it wasn’t a good fit.
  • Making the leap with his wife to starting his own business
  • How a simple business plan was a life saver
  • His original focus and how it shifted over the years.
  • His recurring nightmare
  • What you can learn after photographing 400 weddings
  • What we lose with digital photography
  • What it’s like to be sweating bullets but still come through for your customer
  • Some of the great things that having his own business has allowed him to do
  • The freedom to call your own shots, make your own decisions
  • The value of diversifying and knowing your craft
  • Customer service can make or break your business
  • Never think a job is beneath you
  • Ken believes that every person deserves to get a great photo of themselves. It can change how they view themselves.

 

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