listen, learn, and love people better.
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.
How do you navigate spiritual conversations with someone when it seems you completely disagree theologically? Should you jump in and correct?read more
“Judaism is about a culture of people – it’s about food, where people are from, and their heritage. There was this sense of community and I didn’t feel alone.”read more
“Coming to the U.S. and living away from home was the greatest gift God gave me. It truly strengthened my faith in God and helped me understand my religion.”read more
“God as my redeemer is so huge for me because of the ways He has redeemed everything surrounding motherhood in my life.”read more
“Jesus showed up in tangible ways when we were going through our most desperate financial times.”read more
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