inspiring spiritual curiosity through listening
Stonecroft’s Ears to Speak podcast acknowledges that often we as Christians haven’t been great listeners or learners in relationships. We want to inspire Christians to practice good listening and communication skills, especially in relationships with people who have a different faith or worldview. We believe God can use these practices to build a foundation of trust that will lead to open conversations about Jesus Christ and faith.
Hosts: Maddison Berciunas, Outreach Coordinator, and Jessica Leep Fick, Evangelism Resources Director
At Stonecroft, Maddison coordinates national and international events and training and resource development to engage younger women. Before serving on Stonecroft’s Home Office staff, she spent a year in Lebanon building bridges with Muslims and learning about Middle Eastern culture. She loves having conversations with Muslims and easily connects with people from different faith backgrounds.
Maddison is a native of Kansas City, where she currently lives with her husband, Caleb. Their household is growing quickly as they foster Maddison’s 7-year-old sister, Mia, and recently welcomed their first baby, Flora Bea, born Aug. 26. Maddison loves visiting local coffee shops, traveling, and spending time with family, including her six siblings.
Jessica Leep Fick serves as Evangelism Resources Director at Stonecroft, carrying out our commitment to reach each woman where she is, as she is. Jessica helps Stonecroft develop creative new resources for reaching women – especially younger women – with the Gospel. She is the author of Beautiful Feet: Unleashing Women to Everyday Witness (InterVarsity Press) and holds a Master of Arts degree in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College Graduate School.
Before joining Stonecroft’s Home Office staff, she worked with college students through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Jessica and her husband, Dave, enjoy exploring Kansas City rivers and lakes with their two sons, Reuben and Oswald.
We say goodbye to Season 1 of our Ears to Speak podcast, but this isn’t the end. Listen in on the exciting plans for Season 2!read more
Many of us were taught how to present the Gospel using a set of points. This can be a great beginning, but it’s important to follow Jesus in what He wants us to say, how to say it, and when.read more
“It is the power and blood of Jesus that define us, not how we dress, how we feel, or what we post on social media.”read more
“Let’s show people what we’re for rather than what we’re against.”read more
In this episode, we talk about a stereotype named “Close-Minded Kelly.” She’s not a real person, but is a mix of who we’ve been in the past and people we’ve interacted with. Together, we can acknowledge our mistakes in how we’ve shared our faith and grow where we’ve been close-minded.read more
Do you ever fear being labeled as the judgmental Christian? In this episode of Ears to Speak, you’ll hear how to avoid becoming this stereotype.read more
How can we respond to the #MeToo movement? How can we bring the hope of Jesus to women trapped in shame, fear, and depression because of sexual assault?read more
Nothing is stuck. That is the Gospel fingerprint. Nothing is hopeless. Nothing is beyond repair by God.read more
We can extend the gift of silence to others in a world that is noisy and distracted.read more
We can deepen our relationships and give hope to others when we find common ground in our brokenness.read more
I don’t want to be so burned out that I don’t have emotional energy to connect with others. I want to be present and give my best self when I’m with people.read more
If we live out our Christmas in a way that we actually enjoy, then we give off the vibe as Christians that Christmas is something to celebrate and not something to resent.read more
Maddison and Jessica share some of their favorite and most effective questions they use when talking with people about their spiritual backgrounds and beliefs.read more
Christian author Tricia Goyer shares insights from her new book, Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time.read more