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The Glass House with Ben and Lynley Mandrell

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Ministry Leaders and their families live in a “glass house”—an environment where they are left vulnerable to the stress of ministry, the criticism of others, and feel the spotlight on their personal weaknesses. Lifeway's "The Glass House" is a space where ministry leaders will shed light on the challenges they often don't feel permission to talk about. Listeners who work in the trenches of church life will feel seen and gain tools to navigate ministry and life. Those who live outside this "glass house" will better understand what it's like to dwell there. Join Ben and Lynley Mandrell for these shockingly confessional—yet redemptive—conversations.

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In a field where you are constantly pouring out and meeting the needs of others, it can be easy to neglect yourself. However, caring for yourself as you lead a ministry shouldn't just be a well-intention, it is critical to make it a way of life. Today's show is for all of you that have had the well-intentions, but have struggled with caring for yourself.Mark and Christine Satterfield join Ben and Lynley to discuss the importance of self-care and taking care of one's health, especially for pas...
If you're a regular listener to The Glass House, then you've heard plenty of wives speak to the topic of supporting their husbands in ministry. But what you haven't yet heard is how a husband can also be their wife's biggest cheerleader and supporter when she is the one in vocational ministry. Jen Wilkin and her husband Jeff, join Ben and Lynley on The Glass House to discuss their ministry journey and the dynamics of their marriage as Jeff supports Jen in vocational ministry. These two ...
Happy Southern Baptist Convention Eve! Over the next few days Southern Baptist Churches from around the country will come together in Indianapolis and will debate about key issues involving our churches. Recently Ben preached a sermon from Romans 14 and we thought it would be perfect to publish it on The Glass House. It is not uncommon for christians to be passionate about their positions and opinions and not agree with one another. We hope this episode encourages every listener to keep the m...
Today on the Glass House we are surprising you with a really special Friday episode. At Lifeway we have some really fantastic podcasts that we want to make sure you know about. Angie Elkins is our producer on the Glass House, but she also has her own show called Let It Shine. Lynley has been a co-host with her this season and they had a really interesting conversation around family rhythms. We are sharing it with you today. Make sure you check out Let It Shine an...
Emotions are created by God as indicators of how we are processing the environment or circumstances around us. Most people identify themselves as emotional or not by how much they cry; however, there's a lot more to emotions than crying and it's important that we experience the emotions God has given us. On today's episode of TGH, Ben and Lynley discuss this topic with Bryan Barley. Bryan Barley is a former church planter that recently moved to Nashville, TN. He and his wife of 17 years share...
After every Sunday church service, the biggest thing on the pastor's mind, is how quickly the following Sunday's message is coming. Sermon preparation doesn't just effect the pastor, it also effects the entire family. On today's show Ben and Lynley share with a live audience filled with student ministry leaders at the Lifeway Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. You'll hear Ben and Lynley discuss what to share and what not to share, the authority that comes with being an effective preacher, ...
One of the best tools young parents have, is the tips from older parents a little further down the road! On today's episode of The Glass House, Ben and Lynley share with you practical tools for being intentional in your parenting while serving in ministry. From family closers to teaching your kids how to return a question, you'll hear practices that can cultivate an intentional and healthy family culture. Ben and Lynley have picked up several of these tips from other families along the road o...
There is no typical work week for a pastor. Unforeseen life events, people in crisis, or administrative tasks will always be ever-changing week to week. While being flexible is necessary in ministry, so is establishing healthy boundaries and time management skills. On today's show, Ben Skipper, Senior Pastor of Carterville Baptist Church in Petal, Ms, and his wife Lindsay, share their insights on time management as a pastor and pastor's wife. Ben and Lindsay discuss the challenges of ha...
We cannot believe we are already at our 100th episode! It’s been quite a journey and we are so thankful for the guests who came and shared their life and story with us. This show wouldn’t be what it is without vulnerability and transparency, and we’re thankful to create a space where ministry leaders can experience both. To our listeners, we are so thankful you’ve chosen to join us in this journey. We hope by listening you've realized you’re not alone, or have been encouraged by the experienc...
Head to college, get married, land your dream job, have kids, go to church, and live the American Dream. It's the reality most American Christians are living in, and it's where the Ley Family found themselves when they experienced a calling from God asking them to leave it all behind. On today's episode, Michael and Naomi Ley share their experiences as missionaries and the challenges they faced from letting go of dreams and expectations, difficulties in learning a new language, and the comple...
A recent study discovered that over 1/2 of pastors over the age of 50 had less than $50,000 in their retirement fund and no expectation they would ever retire. On today's episode of The Glass House, Ben and Lynley dive into a topic that no pastor likes talking about: finances! Dr. Hance Dilbeck from GuideStone joins in this conversation and shares alarming research and statistics on pastoral compensation and the emotional impact it can have on a pastor and their family, yet encouraging a...
Too often pastors and their wife feel pressure to step into any role necessary and serve the church. However, we all have different personalities, gifts, strengths, and yes, even weaknesses. On today's show Ben and Lynley discuss Clifton Strengths Finder with Ed O'Neal. Ed O'Neal is an American Veteran, leadership developer, and executive coach for leaders of non-profits, banking, and small businesses. Ed shares the importance of working in one's strength rather than obsessing over weak...
Ministry leaders typically spend time caring and discipling their congregation, and often times forget the very people they're in the trenches with. Caring for your staff and team is crucial for the overall health and impact of a church's ministry. On today's show, Pastor Mark and Jenna Hallock share ways they've created a healthy culture and cared for their staff over the years. Mark and Jenna are from Englewood, Colorado. In 2009 God called the couple to revive Calvary Church. They ha...
We all know that living in the glass house is hard, but growing up in it can be even harder. Today Ben and Lynley are concluding this 3 part series on what it's like to grow up in the glass house. Today's conversation is two Lifeway employees, Tyler Litton and Heather Burczynski. Tyler is the manager of Media Creative and Heather serves as the Executive Assistant to President Ben Mandrell. The two discuss the need to be adaptable, being wired to protect their father, ways of processing loss, ...
One of the most common feedback we hear is how much you love hearing about raising kids in the glass house. You've spoken, and we've listened! We're so excited to share this series with you! Over the next few episodes you'll hear from those who grew up in the glass house. And even though all of these people were pastor's kids, they all have unique stores! On today's show, two Lifeway employees, Joel Polk and Shelly Richardson, share with us their experience growing up in the glass house...
One of the most common feedback we hear is how much you love hearing about raising kids in the glass house. You've spoken, and we've listened! We're so excited to share this series with you! Over the next few episodes you'll hear from those who grew up in the glass house. Today's we're kicking off this series with Kelly Minter. Kelly Minter is an author, Bible teacher, and podcaster. Her most recent Bible study from Lifeway publishers is called Encountering God: Cultivating Habits of Faith Th...
The Glass House is starting a new series interviewing pastors' wives! We will hear from the different generations what it required of them to be a pastor's wife when they were younger. On today's show we have Veronica Geear, wife of JD Greear, Senior Pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina. Veronica shares some incredible wisdom in having people speak into our blindspots, how we carefully speak into areas in our husband's life that only we can, and how little control we actually have in...
Have you ever asked your spouse a simple question, like, "whats for dinner?" and all of a sudden they're making a snarky comment back to you? Have you ever found yourself responding out of irritation and frustration when your spouse or kids simply ask you a question? On today's show Nicole Zasowski describes to us what happens when we are operating in our pain cycle, how we can regulate our emotions, and why the simplest of questions can push us over the edge. Nicole Zasowski is a marriage an...
On August 23rd, 2005 people all over the country were glued to the television watching the largest hurricane in recent history move towards the Gulf Coast. As if a category 5 hurricane wasn’t enough of a threat, the levees that protect New Orleans, Louisiana from incoming water, collapsed. On today’s show Dr. Fred Luter shares his experience of losing everything to a natural disaster, the onset of depression he endured, and the joy of seeing the greater church body come together in a time of ...
What happens when we hide who we really are? What happens when we let God do a work in 90% of our life, while trying to hide the other 10% from Him? It's so incredibly powerful to come clean to people in your life and confess your sins to others. Typically, it's where the healing that needs to take place begins. In today's episode you'll hear a message that Ben preached at Long Hollow Church. This message is filled with conviction to confess, but also filled with so much hope of the healing G...
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