In the Naked Truth Relationships Podcast, christians with different relationship statuses and histories chat about what it’s really like in church when it comes to dating, singleness, marriage and everything in between. Each discussion is led by André, who always asks his guests 3 main questions: What’s your experience of this stuff in a christian context? How has the christian community helped or hindered? What’s the main thing that needs to change?
We hope you find the discussions helpful and enjoyable!
(All episodes are hosted and edited by André Adefope, with music by Rivers & Robots)
This episode welcomes Simon and Sarah who’ve been married for three years. André discusses with them how marriage affects mission, and how mission affects marriage, as they talk about what it’s like bringing God into our relationships, whether married or dating. Simon and Sarah also evaluate the conversations they were having when they started dating, when they got engaged, when they got married, and the ones they have now. They honestly share about their own hopes and dreams around church leadership and church planting, giving insight into some helpful questions couples can chat about as they think about this stuff, and how to be involved in mission whilst being a couple.
Grace and Clare join André in this episode to talk about their experience of singleness. They are both in their mid 20s and single themselves, having had a few relationships in the past. Despite the similarities they share, their perspective on singleness and the church, the pressures they go through, and their experience of being single, are actually quite different. Yet, working this out within the christian community is something they’re both doing, and they openly discuss the wisdom and things they’ve learned as they reflect on their situations
Jonathan and Nathan are in their late 20s and early 30s. Their work with Rivers&Robots and Set Sail means they are constantly working with people their age who find themselves with all types of relationship statuses, so they are well placed to talk about what being single and starting a relationship is like in the church and Christian community. Why is it seen as such a hard thing to talk about in church? Why is it hard to date when you are part of a community? Why does the whole dating thing seems so intense? How do you break-up well? André, Jonathan and Nathan discuss all of this and more.
Today André is joined by a dating couple, Miriam and James, who’ve been together for about 18 months. They very bravely share what dating has been like while being part of a church, openly talking about the positives and negatives, as well as the challenges around moving from being single to now being in a couple, and what that means for their friendships, how they serve God, and how they use their time. They also unpick the processes and thinking involved as they work all of this stuff out, talk about how they now interact with their single friends now that they are in a dating relationship, having been single for a long time beforehand.
This episode is all about singleness. André is chatting with two guests called Lora, who is a single mum who has separated from her ex husband, and Char, who has always been single. They led Honoured Singles; an organisation doing amazing work empowering single people in church, supporting them and emphasising the value they bring to the christian community. The discussion reveals the wisdom they’ve learnt from their personal contexts and from the work they’re involved in, chatting about the barriers that hinder us as we try and move from singleness to dating, why singleness shouldn’t be seen as second best, and what it’s really like being single in the church today.