How We Shape Culture

All Christians are called to lead.

When teaching a group of Christians, I sometimes pause after making that statement because I know that too often either through our words, theology or actions, the church collectively perpetuates a different message. We communicate the expectation that some are authorized to lead through their titles or skill while others are not because of their age, class, gender or marital status. In one way or another, we articulate our beliefs about leadership.

Not only are all Christians called to lead, we are also called to lead beyond the four walls of the church. Too often, the church is guilty of compartmentalizing our kingdom mission. Pastors could lead their congregants to believe that only the work done within and for the congregation or on the mission field is “real” ministry, when, in fact, much of the work done outside of those categories is what funds that work.

People need to work. They work to meet their physical needs, to support the ministry of the church and the community, and also to influence culture and share in the lives of people who do not yet know Jesus.

Leading well and working well allows the church to impact its culture.

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A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Mentoring Across Cultures


Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

In this episode, Natasha speaks with Margaret Yu and Kristy Garza Robinson about mentoring across cultures. They talk leadership, sponsorship, patriarchy, being ethnic minorities and predominately white spaces, and so much more.

Kristy Garza Robinson is a Latina minister, activist, and co-author of the new book, Hermanas: Deeping our Identity and Growing our Influence, currently living in Austin, Texas. She is passionate about advocating for those on the margins and seeking to help people integrate all of who they are into their calling, especially their ethnic identity. She enjoys good food, good friends, and deep conversations. She has a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary and is co-founder alongside her husband, Eric, of a consulting ministry called 58 which helps ministry leaders take next steps towards greater justice, diversity, and equity in their organization. Kristy and Eric are also parents to two beautiful daughters.

Margaret Yu is the National Director of Epic Movement, the Asian American ministry of Cru and the Executive Director of Ethnic Focused Communities of Cru. Margaret has served with Cru’s Campus Ministry for over 30 years. Her campus experiences span the globe from Milwaukee to Berkeley, to East Asia to Uzbekistan or to Los Angeles where she currently resides. Margaret loves college students. Her passion is to see God form many more culturally competent leaders for the kingdom of God. (Hence, she holds a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.) Her interests include mentorship or leadership development, talking shop about the NBA, and being at the beach.

Recommended Reading:

Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power by Andy Crouch

A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World

Safe People: How to Find Relationships that are Good for You and Avoid Those that Aren’t by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

More Than Serving Tea: Asian American Women on Expectations, Leadership, Relationships, and Faith edited by Nikki A. Toyama-Szeto and Tracey Gee

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Mentoring Women Across Generations

Our theme for Season 2 of “A Sojourner’s Truth” podcast is mentoring. You can SUBSCRIBE on iTunesSpotify, and SoundCloud.

Check out SheGrows, A Conference for Mentoring Women Across Generations

In this episode, Natasha speaks with Laurie Polich Short and Brooklyn Lindsay, co-founders of the SheGrows Conference.

Laurie Short is a speaker, author and adjunct preacher at Peninsula Covenant and Oceanhills Church. She is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and the co-founder of SheGrows, a cross generational women’s conference to promote mentoring relationships. Laurie’s books include When Changing Nothing Changes Everything (May 2017), Finding Faith in the Dark (August 2014), and 40 verses to Ignite your Faith (coming April 2019). Laurie has been in ministry with youth and adults for thirty years, and has served on staff at four churches. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Jere, and stepson Jordan.

Brooklyn Lindseyis an advocate for being a mentor and for being in mentor-rich environments. As a mom, pastor, writer, and international communicator, she values relationships and supporting the potential of every human possible. She’s been a leader in youth ministry for two decades and recently launched a new community, Somos Church, with her husband Coy in Lakeland, Florida. She was the visionary founder of The Justice Movement, a global youth community that creates educational resources and events to empower youth to do justice together, and is currently empowering women through mentoring education and advocacy with She Grows Conference. She has authored eight books including “Confessions of A Not-So-Supermodel”, “Opposite Day”, “Kingdom Experiment”, “A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Teen Girls”, ” 99 Thoughts For Junior Highers”, “Sacred Life”, “To-Save-A-Life” and “Advent.”

We need to broaden people’s perspectives about what a mentoring relationship can be.


Laurie Polich Short, author of 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages

Recommended Reading:

Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren’t by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson