The Grown Man Podcast

The Grown Man Podcast

By Kurt Kersey
WELCOME TO THE GROWN MAN PODCAST. We are on a journey to learn what it means to fully step into manhood in faith, work and life. Thanks for joining us.
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017 /// From Paralysis to Purpose with David Cooks

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33 | #PodWithAhmaud | Darris Sneed (BONUS)
There are a lot of tough things happening in our world, but we have to stand together if we want to see change. Not least of these is the tragic killing of Ahmaud Arbery, and now #GeorgeFloyd and so many others like them. None of us can pretend to know what these events do to the lives they directly impact, but what about what they do to our own communities? There is too much that is left unsaid when things like this happen. That’s why Kurt and Darris jumped on a call to say some tough, awkward, but important things out loud to each other. | www.grownmanproject.com | www.darrissneed.com
26:13
May 28, 2020
32 | The Powerful Voice of a Father | Darris Sneed
Do you have people in your life that care about you enough to PULL you into destiny? In this episode, pastor and musical artist Darris Sneed joins us to talk about the importance of affirmation in our lives, how creativity shows up in our journey as men, and why it’s important to surround ourselves with the right community. | www.darrissneed.com | www.grownmanproject.com
36:34
May 26, 2020
31 | Leading in Unprecedented Times | Jerry Beerman
How do we stand up as leaders in these unprecedented times, especially when we definitely don’t have all the answers? Oftentimes, leading means being real, authentic and clear. Being honest about what we know, what we don’t, and what we need is sometimes all it takes to lead through these seasons. But what does that actually look like? Join host Kurt Kersey and special guest Jerry Beerman as they unpack the call Jerry has on his life to be a Conduit and how he’s leading his company, Alluring Glass through adversity. www.GrownManProject.com
40:31
May 18, 2020
30 | Killing James Bond | Chad Allen
"One of the way we live attractive lives is by living life in a vulnerable way with the people we care about." Join Chad Allen, publishing agent/consultant and entrepreneur, and host Kurt Kersey as they unpack what it looks like to push against the stereotypical manhood we see in culture today and embrace true friendship, lead lives that actually attract others to Jesus, and build rich disciplines to experience God. Learn more about Chad and his work at www.ChadRAllen.com. Learn more about The Grown Man Project at www.GrownManProject.com.
34:10
May 4, 2020
29 | Discover Grace, Leave a Legacy | Zac + Steve Eklund
What does it mean to truly embrace the grace that God has for us? In this episode of The Grown Man Podcast, Zac Eklund invites his father, Steve Eklund on the show to share a bit of his story, wisdom, and what has set their relationship as father-son apart. Steve is an entrepreneur and cofounder at Witheos, a coaching organization that helps individuals and businesses more fully align themselves with who God created them to be. You can learn more at www.Witheos.com. Learn more about what we're up to at www.GrownManProject.com.
46:02
April 27, 2020
28 | Walk It. Don't Just Talk It. | Marcus Murphy
In this week's episode of the podcast, a dude I've fan-boyed about for awhile agreed to come in and knocked it out of the park. Marcus Murphy is the Head of Strategic Partnerships for DigitalMarketer and is a total stud. He and the team at DM have stepped up huge throughout COVID-19. This episode was recorded pre-crisis, but it's still exceptionally powerful. Marcus shares his journey to a full career, the daily disciplines of his faith that help keep him ground, and a powerful story of obedience and humility that has led to restoration. /// www.GrownManProject.com ///
46:21
April 20, 2020
027 /// Embracing New Rhythms + Routines
#Stayathome has certainly changed a lot for all of us. It’s forced us to innovate and reset in so many ways. No matter how much adversity we’re all facing, we will make it to the other side of this. And for a lot of us, we’ve made some changes that we hope to keep. So we asked our community to share a few of the new habits and routines they’re embracing.  /// Learn more about what we’re up to at grownmanproject.com.
25:33
April 13, 2020
026 /// A Different Take on Discipleship with Jeremy Pryor
Jeremy Pryor is the co-founder and former CEO of Epipheo, a wildly successful video and animation studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. They help create epiphanies through video for companies like Deloitte, Microsoft and other household names. Currently, Jeremy is co-founder and partner in Family Teams, an organization copiloted by Jeff Bethke and devoted to helping families create multi-generational teams on mission. In this episode, we dive into: What being a “family team” means, whether you have a house full of kids or you’re single How to know if you’re called to marriage or singleness What intentional discipleship could (and should) look like in today’s world How to think differently about finances, career and wealth What practicing a Sabbath looks like and why rest is so important Learn more about Family Teams at www.familyteams.com. Learn more about The Grown Man Project at www.grownmanproject.com.
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April 6, 2020
025 /// Healthy #StayatHome Habits with Team KK
Kaci and I share some of our best ideas, what's working for us and what we wish we were doing more of during this #stayathome season to take good care of our relationships, faith, marriage, health, community and businesses.  Follow Kaci at instagram.com/psfortysix Follow Kurt at instagram.com/kurtkersey
44:54
March 30, 2020
024 /// Wholly Dependent on Him with Todd Guckenberger
In these uncertain times, we have to make an active choice. We can either choose anxiety and fear or we can release the uncertain to God and trust that He will be faithful and good. Todd Guckenberger, Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries, joins us again on the show to talk about navigating without a roadmap as a leader, father, husband and man of God. /// www.GrownManProject.com ///
41:24
March 23, 2020
023 /// Calm in the Chaos
With the market tumbling, a virus spreading, and uncertainty around when it will stop and what comes next, it's hard to know how to respond to it all. But as we've prayed through what it looks like to be a Grown Man in seasons like this, one phrase comes to mind: CALM IN THE CHAOS.  /// If you have a prayer request of our team, we'd love to hear from you. Shoot us an email at kurt@grownmanproject.com. ///
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March 16, 2020
022 /// Living a Rich Life with James Lenhoff (Repost)
Finances are such an important part of all of our day-to-day lives and there’s so much that the Bible tells us about money. But how do we actually put it into practice? There are few people better to ask than James. His resume speaks for itself: Co-Founder, President and Certified Financial Planner™ at Wealthquest, a financial planning firm that serves 1,200+ clients nationally and manages $1.4B+. Author of Living a Rich Life: The No-Regrets Guide to Building and Spending Wealth. Host of The Rich Life Podcast, where James is on a mission to change the conversation about money. Happily married father of three children, leader at Northstar Church, and active advocate for financial literacy and orphan care in Haiti. /// SIGN UP HERE: https://www.grownmanproject.com/events/richlife /// At this MAN HOURS event, James is going to unpack what he’s learned about being a grown man and being a great financial steward. In a hybrid keynote / workshop style setting, we will talk about topics like: Releasing yourself from worry and setting a vision for your financial life How to avoid The Lure of More in your life and prioritize what matters most Escaping budget prison and choosing the freedom of a spending plan instead Why and how to always choose experiences over things Tapping into the power of generosity How to have healthy fights with your spouse about money /// SIGN UP HERE: https://www.grownmanproject.com/events/richlife ///
47:12
March 9, 2020
021 /// Intentional Gratitude with Dave Resseguie
When is the last time you received a handwritten note in the mail? When was the last time you SENT one? On this episode of the show, Kurt sits down with Chief Shepherd of The Resseguie Group, Dave Resseguie. Together, they unpack: / One of the best things mentors can do is just bring you along for the ride / The magical importance of #intentionalgratitude / How vision and discipline come together to drive results / Praying thoughtfully for opportunities to bless others /// DO YOU WANT TO LIVE A TRULY RICH LIFE? Join us on April 2nd as James Lenhoff guides us through a conversation about making manly money moves in our lives, escaping misperceptions about wealth and taking the steps needed to start living a Rich Life. SIGN UP HERE: grownmanproject.com/richlife
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March 2, 2020
020 /// 3 Ways to Develop Great Mentors
020 /// Kurt digs into the power mentorship has to shape your entire life, including your finances, relationships, leadership capacity, and most importantly, your understanding of God's character and love and your relationship with Jesus.  /// We first talk about what mentorship really is and some misconceptions around mentorship that we need to release ourselves from. /// Then we walk through three simple steps you can act on today to develop great mentors in your life: 1. Audit Your Admiration 2. Reach Out Respectfully 3. Lean In to Be Led /// DO YOU WANT TO LIVE A TRULY RICH LIFE? Join us on April 2nd as James Lenhoff guides us through a conversation about making manly money moves in our lives, escaping misperceptions about wealth and taking the steps needed to start living a Rich Life. SIGN UP HERE: grownmanproject.com/richlife
37:50
February 24, 2020
019 /// Fully Surrendered with Mike O'Connell
How do you go from high school football rockstar In Iowa to life-threatening injury to playing for your the biggest rival of your dream school to pastor of a growing church in Omaha? By leaning into what God has for you every step of the way, regardless of whether you like it or can see clearly what he is up to. Mike O'Connell's story is powerful, challenging and inspiring. Check out Mike on Instagram: @mike___oconnell Get signed up for our next live event on 4/2 with James Lenhoff!  www.grownmanproject.com/richlife
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February 17, 2020
018 /// Hypergrowth Business + Kingdom Mindset with Aaron Mason
From three to 40+ locations internationally in just a few short years. That's what growth has looked like for the team at Next Door Photos. On this episode of the show, Aaron Mason, Director of Expansion for NDP, joins the show to chat with Kurt about what it means to be a social impact entrepreneur, a Certified B Corporation, a hypergrowth startup with a fascinating venture-partnership model for scale, and an organization focused on redeeming lives in the Philippines and growing the Kingdom throughout the world. Learn more about Next Door Photos at nextdoorphotos.com. Learn more about The Grown Man Project at grownmanproject.com.
46:23
February 10, 2020
017 /// From Paralysis to Purpose with David Cooks
In this episode, we get inside the mind and heart of a man that, despite wild adversity from age 14 on, including being paralyzed overnight and having his health challenged several other times throughout his life, has a faith and trust in God's provision that if nothing short of profound. David Cooks, author of the book Getting Undressed: From Paralysis to Purpose, joins us on this week's episode of the podcast to share his story and all that God has taught him in leaning into his unique anointing and purpose. Grab a signed copy of David's book at davidcooksspeaks.com/online-store Learn more about what we're up to at grownmanproject.com.
47:22
February 3, 2020
016 /// Big God, Big Vision with Tim Warren
How big do you believe our God is? He is the Creator of the Universe. He is the God of Moses and David and Paul. He has and will continue to do amazing things.  So, shouldn't we expect that God will place a big vision and big calling on our lives? In this episode, Tim Warren, CEO of Helium SEO comes by the show to talk about his journey in entrepreneurship, how he and his wife Cornel have leaned into God's calling on their lives to build great companies, and how he is discovering what it means to be a Grown Man along the way. You can learn more about Tim's company at www.Helium-SEO.com. www.GrownManProject.com
49:30
January 27, 2020
015 /// The Power of Mentorship with JR Foster
Every man that has ever done something great both had mentors and mentored others. In this episode of the podcast, Kurt talks to JR Foster, President at Robert Louis Companies. Originally from the westside of Cincinnati, JR talks about the work ethic he learned from his dad creating a drive in him that has led him to build a multiple seven-figure business in the corporate real estate world. So much of his growth was buoyed by amazing mentors - men that saw something special in him and spoke into it and nurtured it. If there is a man in your life that you believe could speak truth into your life or a man that you know you could uniquely encourage, we challenge you to reach out to him and get some time on the calendar immediately. Like, right now. You can type and listen at the same time. I promise, I’m doing it right now. 👉🏼 Follow JR on Instagram @mr_liveyourbestlife 💪🏼 Learn more about what we’re up to at grownmanproject.com.
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January 20, 2020
014 /// Experiencing God In Our Brokenness with Jordan Montgomery
In this episode of The Grown Man Podcast, Jordan Montgomery joins the show to share how the mistakes of his youth have shaped into the man that he is today. Leaving his financial planning practice to pursue his passion as a speaker, coach and consultant, Jordan has faced his fair share of challenges along the way, but God has shown up every time - in his successes and his failures. Listen in as Jordan and Kurt unpack how God meets us in different seasons of our life, always giving us what we need, even if sometimes it's not exactly what we want, but ever preparing us to bring Him glory. Connect with Jordan on Instagram (@jordanmmontgomery) or at www.MontgomeryCompanies.com. Learn more about what we're up to beyond this podcast at www.GrownManProject.com.
33:02
January 13, 2020
013 /// Trusting God to Write Your Story with Todd Wilkowski
Who: Todd Wilkowski, Attorney + Trusted Advocate at Frost Brown Todd Why: Todd is a consistent advocate for his clients and his community. He is a servant, an amazing husband and father and a generous mentor and friend. What: Todd’s learnings from his father’s life of service in the military Takeaways from Todd’s experiences of the culture in Latin America Todd’s own military story, losing his opportunity as a pilot and embracing a still powerful role in the war on drugs Making his faith his own as a young man and embracing a personal relationship with Jesus Coming to Cincinnati and becoming a leader in the community by focusing on service to those God put in his life www.GrownManProject.com
45:10
January 6, 2020
012 /// Fully Leaning Into Life with Carter Hamric
WHO: Carter Hamric, Co-Founder at Music Row Wealth Management WHY: Carter is a man that I have deeply admired for his dedication always to what God might have for him and his family, no matter how unclear the outcome may be. WHAT: The role that mentorship has played in Carter’s career, guiding him as opportunities and passions continue to evolve How he and his wife, Lindsey, have leaned into God’s call to adoption What being a father has taught him about God’s character www.GrownManProject.com
44:43
December 30, 2019
011 /// Making Moments + Milestones Matter with Jon Adams
Who: Jonathan Adams, President of SALIX Data Why: Jon is a dedicated husband and father, impressive entrepreneur and leader that has built a great business that also has great impact. What: Making decisions about the man you want to be and the choices you will make ahead of time so you can live according to your values Not waiting until your “halftime” to pursue the significance that God is calling you to The role that mentors can and should play in your life, no matter your age The importance of making moments matter for your family and your community Why building a successful business and having a significant impact have to go hand in hand www.GrownManProject.com
47:21
December 23, 2019
010 /// Rooted in Faith with Michael Millay
Michael Millay is the Founder of Rooted Media, a Cincinnati-based photography, video, design and experiential marketing company that specializes in creating and capturing unforgettable moments. In this episode of the podcast, Michael shares his testimony and story, including how God used a tragic accident to place a deep conviction in his heart and shape his future, leading him eventually to play professional soccer and build the relationships that would lead to the creation of his company. He also shares how spiritual mentors and coaches have had an impact on his walk, and what his faith journey looks like today as the company grows and evolves. Learn more about Rooted Media here. Follow Michael on IG here. -------- www.GrownManProject.com Instagram: @kurtisjkersey Facebook: /grownmanproject LinkedIn: /kurtisjkerseycfp
56:09
December 16, 2019
009 /// Life Without a Backup Plan with Brandon Strope
In this episode, Wealth Management Advisor and Founder of Flatirons Financial Planning, Brandon Strope, joins the show to share his story and testimony. Driven in his early years by material success, Brandon shares how God has used that drive to shape him into the man, husband, father and leader He has called him to be. Now, he and his wife, Amanda, share Jesus with their team and clients through their focus on serving each and every individual they work with as though they were family, creating a community in Boulder County that anyone would be blessed to be a part of. Connect with Brandon on LinkedIn here. Learn more about Flatirons Financial Planning here. 👉🏼 Don’t forget to get signed up for our first ever Grown Man Project event, Man Hours: Setting Your 2020 Vision!! GrownManProject.com Instagram: @kurtisjkersey Facebook: /grownmanproject LinkedIn: /kurtisjkerseycfp
45:19
December 9, 2019
008 /// Leading By Example with Strength & Performance Coach Adam Atallah
Adam Atallah, Strength & Performance Coach at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, shares how God has weaved a story more powerful in his life than he could have ever imagined, just because he made himself available to what God might have for him. As a leader and coach, Adam discusses how taking bold action and holding yourself to a high standard can communicate integrity more than any speech or lesson you can give. Listen through to the end where Adam shares how he’s preparing to be new father, what that is teaching him and how his community has helped him feel confident about this next season in his life. Follow Coach Atallah on IG here. Learn more about CHCA here. 👉🏼 Don’t forget to get signed up for our first ever Grown Man Project event, Man Hours: Setting Your 2020 Vision! GrownManProject.com
42:59
December 2, 2019
007 /// Helping Others Go From Powerless to Powerful with Matt Massey
In this episode, guest Matt Massey, pastor of Northstar Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio shares his journey from Proctor & Gamble to vocational ministry, his perspective on the reality that we’re all called to ministry, regardless of vocation, and what manhood truly looks like in faith, work and life. Matt’s call for men to understand who they are in God and, from that solid footing, what they’re called to do with their lives is a clear call to action that every man needs reminded of. 👉🏼 Don’t forget to get signed up for our first ever Grown Man Project event, Man Hours: Setting Your 2020 Vision!! GrownManProject.com Instagram: @kurtisjkersey Facebook: /grownmanproject LinkedIn: /kurtisjkerseycfp
42:52
November 25, 2019
006 /// Trusting God's Vision as an Entrepreneur and Father with Lucas Cole
Lucas Cole, CEO of Cincinnati-based video production agency Epipheo, shares his journey from single packaging engineer to father and creative entrepreneur. Lucas is amazingly vulnerable about his early years as a young believer, how he responded to God’s call on his life, and how his perspective on faith, family and business has evolved through the years. Stay tuned through the end of the episode where Lucas boldly shared his bold view of family and fatherhood. If more families would choose to pursue mission the way the Cole family does, there’s no telling what God might do in and through His people. Learn more about Epipheo here. Connect with Lucas Cole here. 👉🏼 Don’t forget to get signed up for our first ever Grown Man Project event, Man Hours: Setting Your 2020 Vision!! GrownManProject.com Instagram: @kurtisjkersey Facebook: /grownmanproject LinkedIn: /kurtisjkerseycfp
54:57
November 18, 2019
005 /// Casting a God-Sized Vision for Your Life with Cory Carlson
In episode 5 of the Grown Man Podcast, Cory Carlson, Executive Coach and author of Win at Home First, joins Kurt Kersey as they discuss how to craft an intentional vision statement for your life so you can fulfill your greater purpose. Cory shares wisdom from his own life experiences and challenges as a leader, husband and father, as well as the knowledge he has gained from years of coaching and developing other men. Cory’s book, Win at Home First, helps leaders find rhythm and purpose in their lives by balancing their work at home and at the office. The book is an Amazon Best Seller in three different categories and was named one of 7 Books Everyone on Your Team Should Read in Forbes Magazine. You can learn more about Cory and his work at corymcarlson.com FIRST EVER GROWN MAN EVENT /// Don’t miss a chance to work with Cory directly at our first ever Grown Man event on 12/18!
37:07
November 11, 2019
004 /// Choosing Quality Over Quantity
In this solo episode of the Grown Man Podcast, Kurt Kersey addresses three areas of your life in which quality is unquestionably more important than quantity: [1:23] your inner circle of friends who will you invest time and energy into [3:40] your quiet time with Jesus, that is both fixed and flexed [6:23] and your work, that you’re focused on the things that matter ——- https://www.grownmanproject.com
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November 4, 2019
003 /// Finding Margin While Running a $1B+ Investment Firm with James Lenhoff
After 19 years in the financial planning industry, James Lenhoff has learned a thing or two about how to be intentional in his professional, personal, and spiritual life. In this episode of the Grown Man Podcast, Kurt Kersey is joined by the president of Wealthquest, as he addresses: [17:57] when his perspective on emotion shifted after a conversation with his son [20:55] establishing non-negotiables as a family which will, no doubt, require sacrifice [23:27] creating a safe space in marriage, a place to feel heard and validated [25:50] how to be in community with men where you can be vulnerable [30:38] learning how and when to say “no” [37:24] why he chose to write a book, designed specifically with men in mind ——- Learn more about James’ investment firm at www.wqcorp.com. Get a copy of James’ book here: https://amzn.to/2pC6Jah Listen to James’ podcast: www.livingarichlife.com https://www.grownmanproject.com
45:55
November 4, 2019
002 /// Finding Faith in the Midst of Adversity
In moments of hardship, Jesus reminds that that He has already won. This doesn’t make our seasons of struggle any easier, but it does give us the promise of hope. In the second episode of the Grown Man Podcast, Kurt Kersey shares why John 16:33 has set the tone for his faith journey. It’s the message Jesus gave his disciples just prior to His arrest. He says, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have already overcome the world.” https://www.grownmanproject.com
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November 4, 2019
001 /// Leading a Non-Profit from $0 - $10M+ as a Husband, Father + Leader with Todd Guckenberger
In this first episode of the Grown Man Podcast, Todd Guckenberger, Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries shares lessons learned from leaning into God’s call on the path to building a $10M+ Non-Profit. Back2Back Ministries is a recognized leader in global orphan care and is an amazing example of a story that only God can write. In this episode, Todd shares: [16:27] memories and lessons about community from the early days of B2B [19:26] leadership lessons from the frontlines as a co-laborer [20:53] marriage lessons for leaders and advice on how to raise boys into honorable young men [28:53] how to expectantly step into whatever God is calling you to ——- Check out our first ever live event at grownmanproject.com/events/plan2020
32:46
November 4, 2019
000 /// WELCOME TO THE GROWN MAN PODCAST
WELCOME TO THE GROWN MAN PODCAST. We are on a journey to learn what it means to fully step into manhood in faith, work and life. Thanks for joining us.
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November 1, 2019