The conversations Cate and I have had lately about technology, friendships, and school are important, but I’m realizing I need other people to echo the same truths. Yet I’m picky who speaks into my kids’ lives. When I find a resource that works well, I want to share it, so that’s what I’m doing today.
I can’t really remember how I first met Nick & Bethany Calhoon, but our paths have crossed various times in our small town. He is the student pastor at what I call my bonus church – it’s not where we attend, but I go to Bible study there, Cate is going to camp this summer with some of her school friends who go there, and my big kids have been to VBS there. I’m happy he’s here today to introduce you to his new podcast that’s created for teenagers and their parents.
In our family, we have a saying: “See a need, meet a need.” In my experience working with students and their families as a pastor, I noticed a great need and thus we created The Minivan Moments Family Podcast.
This podcast was designed with both parents and teenagers in mind. When we surveyed the current state of families, one trend was the family was no longer communicating the way that it had in the past. Parents and their children have become content in being “around” one another but not really engaging with one another. With chaotic schedules, families are busier than ever and the result is families that are disengaged and at the same time wondering, “How did we get here?” However, we knew there was a time and place that families are together regularly that could begin to refresh the communication amongst families. That place … THE CAR! That’s right, families are in the car more than they are around the dinner table, so we have designed this podcast to meet families where they are and to help them redeem that time in their cars.
How is this podcast different than others? Well, we have good news! This podcast will be a weekly podcast that will be NO MORE than 10 MINUTES! That’s right, 10 minutes or less is our guarantee. We know you’re busy and we can say everything we need to say in that short window of time. It’s also short enough that you can listen to an entire episode in one trip in the car.
So every week we are going to tackle engaging cultural and biblical topics to promote conversation. How are we going to do that, by ending every episode with a question. That’s the best part about this podcast. We want to provide helpful information on a variety of topics that are related to both parents and teenagers, but then we make sure to allow time for you to discuss as a family. We pray that you would use this podcast as a regular part of your routine and begin to redeem that time in the car so that you cannot just survive as a family, but rather begin to thrive!
Nick Calhoon is the student pastor at Hardin Baptist Church. He’s married to Bethany, and they have three beautiful children – Brooks, Ellis, and Atticus. He is a graduate of Murray State University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Find the podcast on SoundCloud or iTunes.