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Honest to God

Honest to God

By Mark Pease
A series of frank, honest and fluff free conversations with christian leaders from all sorts of backgrounds dealing with the challenges of this thing called 'ministry'.

Don't worry, you are not alone!
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Episode 3 - The one where we can't stop apologising (Mark Kelly)

Honest to God

Episode 10 - The one with the guy who is always 'all in' (Andrew Grimshaw)
Our final stop in this first series. Check out this wonderful and thought provoking conversation with Pastor Andrew Grimshaw of Relentless Church Manchester (UK). Also there are some updates as to what is next on this Honest to God journey. Enjoy :-)
September 6, 2019
Episode 9 - The one with the lady who went off to become an MP! (Jane Dodds MP)
Join us for this conversation with Jane Dodds as she tells us about her journey from here of Wales all the way to Westminster and the houses of parliament and how her faith has helped her along the way, through the ups and the downs. 
August 30, 2019
Episode 8 - The one about the couple and the crossroads (Chip & Helen Kendall)
Stop 8 in our 10 stop journey and today it is the wonderful Chip & Helen Kendall. Jump on and enjoy the ride. From meeting, dating, marrying, stepping into the call of God and dealing with all the challenges and hurdles that come when you hit a crossroad. Your gonna love this one as we get to hear from both the husband and wife :-)
August 23, 2019
Episode 7 - The second one with the Cordon Bleu pastor - (Phil Weaver PT2)
Part 2 of our conversation with Phil Weaver and trust me, this is a MUST LISTEN!!!!!!!!!
August 16, 2019
Episode 6 - The one with the Cordon Bleu pastor (Phil Weaver - Part 1)
The first of a 2 week double header with Phil Weaver. Phil is the leader of New Springs UK and has over 40 years of experience in this thing we call ministry. There is so much in this episode alone that could help us all. Enjoy it and get ready for next weeks too :-)
August 9, 2019
Episode 5 - The one with the pastor with the worlds longest name (Chido Gideon)
A wonderful, refreshing and honest interview with Chido Gideon, lead pastor of Radiant City Church in London. You know the drill by now; Honest, raw, encouraging, transparent. Just the way we like it. Not for pretenders. 
August 2, 2019
Episode 4 - The one with that Vicar off the Telly (Rev Kate Bottley)
Join us today as we chat with the legend that is the Revered Kate Bottley. This is a wonderful interview which tracks Kate's journey from coming to faith, her call, her transition into the world of media and all of the challenges that came and come with that. Regardless of your setting, there are some life lessons in here that are so precious that you cannot afford to miss this one. You'll laugh, pause, laugh again and be challenged in your own walk, life and calling. Enjoy and share share share away :-) 
July 19, 2019
Episode 3 - The one where we can't stop apologising (Mark Kelly)
Another week, another conversation, another leader, another cracker! Today we meet Mark Kelly and it is a real eye opening, candid and honest conversation. Go on and have a listen, you know you want to ;-)
July 12, 2019
Episode 2 - The one with the 'Loyal Radical Padre' - (Rev Ben Norton)
Stop number 2 on our journey! The Reverend Ben Norton. A Poineer minister with the Church of England, raised a Methodist, was a hair dresser and now reaches into a housing community in the city of Hull. Oh and by the way he is also a Chaplain for the Armed Forces. I think you will like this one. Let's be honest - Honest to God :-) 
July 5, 2019
Episode 1 - The one with the Welsh preacher (Ray Bevan)
Well here it is! Episode 1 with none others that Pastor Ray Bevan. This is a wonderful, funny, thought provoking, sobering and encouraging interview with a man who has been at the cutting edge of this thing called 'ministry' for decades. Ray has and still does speak on some of the worlds most well known platforms but in this interview he really opens up on those personal challenges he has had to deal with over the years.  It just goes to show that all of us have the potential go through things that inwardly we think we are the only ones. Enjoy :-)        
June 28, 2019
The one where I tell you what it's all about
Welcome to this trailer for the upcoming series 'Honest to God.' Come and join me on this journey where I interview different christian leaders from around the country as we talk openly and honestly about the real challenges of ministry. These conversations are real, fluff free, raw and, as the title of the podcasts suggests, honest. Over the following 10 episodes (and who knows there may be a couple more at the end) we will hear from various pastors, vicars, politicians, reverends (and whatever else you want to call them) from all sorts of backgrounds, denominations, networks and church sizes, to hear about their challenges, how they handled or are indeed handling them and what lessons they have learned in the process which we can all be encouraged by and learn from.  This is definitely NOT a 'tell me how to ,,,,,,,' '5 steps to be a better .........' but I'm hoping that it will be a valuable resource that will get alongside you, encourage you, help you and cheer you on as you keep going. So many leaders in faith feel isolated even though they are in the public eye and oftentimes that is one of the loneliest places to be but that doesn't mean that you are alone. I've been on this crazy train called 'ministry' since 2004 full time and in church leadership for 20 years + and the things I have seen and experienced, coupled with the countless stories of others and their experiences have led me to the place where I believe an honest conversation like this one we are about to have is necessary.  Also, if your a leader in any field, there will be something for you here too. Principles, lessons and journeys that will also help us as parents, in our families and careers as well as our own personal development. So check the trailer out to get a feel for what the following 10 weeks has in store for us and if you like what you hear, why don't you subscribe for the whole series. It's free but definitely will add value to you. Oh and feel free to share with as many people you think might be interested, especially your church leaders :-)   Episode 1 drops on June 28th (2019) and its a belter! All following episodes will then drop on the Friday of the following week. Here's to a journey of honesty and encouragement. Blessings. Mark PS - If you want to get in touch (who knows, you might like to come on and tell your story) then you can email me on or you can find me on Facebook (Mark Pease and or Hope Church Family) Twitter (@MarkAPease) or Instagram (mark_a_pease and or myhopechurchfamily) PPS - If you do subscribe, drop me a line and tell me that you have and where you are / will be listening from. I'd love to hear from you.
June 7, 2019