Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future

The King's Academy

Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future is a podcast where we delve into candid conversations exploring the heart of our Christian education, nurturing servant leaders who will change the world for Christ. Discover the unique values and goals that set The King's Academy apart.
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Walk Like a Lion
May 21 2024
Walk Like a Lion
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to the final episode of "Lion's Roar: Unleashing the Legacy" before we break for the summer! In this special installment, your hosts Blake Fuller, Chief Communications Officer and Director of Spiritual Life, and Jeremy Sandefur, President of The King's Academy, dive deep into the essence of what it means to "Walk Like a Lion" – the guiding principles that shape our graduates into confident, resilient, and Christ-like individuals.Join Blake and Jeremy as they explore the five key aspects of the "Walk Like a Lion" Graduate Profile:Equipped (Hebrews 13:21): Discover how TKA prepares students academically and spiritually to navigate the complexities of the modern world with confidence and resilience. Learn about the holistic education approach that goes beyond textbooks, encompassing real-world experiences and spiritual growth.Steadfast (1 Corinthians 15:58): Understand the importance of perseverance and unwavering commitment to values. Jeremy discusses how a nurturing and supportive community at TKA helps students develop resilience and moral courage.Effective Communicator (Psalm 19:14): Communication is key to influence and impact. Blake and Jeremy delve into how TKA hones students' abilities to articulate their thoughts, beliefs, and ideas with clarity, empathy, and conviction, through diverse opportunities ranging from class discussions to public speaking events.Critical Thinker (Proverbs 14:15): In today's information-rich world, the ability to analyze, evaluate, and make informed decisions is crucial. Learn how TKA's curriculum fosters intellectual curiosity, encouraging students to challenge assumptions and consider multiple perspectives.Unapologetically Christ-like (Romans 1:16): At the heart of TKA's mission is nurturing students to reflect the love, compassion, and grace of Jesus in all areas of life. Discover how spiritual growth, discipleship, and service are integrated into the students' daily lives, helping them live out their faith authentically.As we wrap up this season, Blake and Jeremy share personal insights and reflections on these essential qualities, encouraging listeners to embody them in their own lives. Plus, don’t miss the fun, off-topic question at the end where Jeremy reveals which historical figure he’d love to have dinner with and why.Thank you for joining us on this journey of faith, family, and future. Stay connected and share your thoughts with us on social media using #LegacyMattersPodcast. Until next season, may God bless you and keep you. Goodbye for now, and take care!Support the Show.
Coaching and Parenthood with a Biblical Perspective- Special Guest Jonathan Byrd
Feb 13 2024
Coaching and Parenthood with a Biblical Perspective- Special Guest Jonathan Byrd
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another episode of "Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future." Hosted by Blake Fuller and Jeremy Sandefur, this episode features special guest baseball coach Jonathan Byrd. The discussion revolves around the intricate connections between coaching, parenthood, and biblical principles.Coach Byrd shares his coaching philosophy, emphasizing the alignment of sports with biblical values such as discipline and teamwork. Beyond the field, he fosters a holistic environment through family events and discussions, ensuring that values learned in sports extend into players' family lives.Balancing coaching and parenthood, Coach Byrd emphasizes transparency and communication. His parenting style, guided by biblical principles, centers on love, patience, and empathy, both for his own children and the players he coaches.Facing challenges in coaching and parenting, Coach Byrd discusses how faith serves as an anchor during setbacks. Triumphs, for him, go beyond on-field success, encompassing the personal growth of players and the embodiment of instilled values in his own children.In a notable story from the field, Coach Byrd recounts a game where faith in action was witnessed, leading to a triumphant victory against overwhelming odds.Join us in this enriching conversation that explores the profound connections between coaching, parenthood, and biblical principles. Subscribe to "Legacy Matters" for more insightful discussions shaping the legacies we leave behind.Support the Show.
Raising Christian Children- Special Guest Craig Connatser
Jan 16 2024
Raising Christian Children- Special Guest Craig Connatser
Send us a Text Message.In this episode of Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future, host Blake Fuller engages in a warm and insightful discussion with Assistant Athletic Director Sean Jones and special guest Mr. Craig Connatser. The focal point of the conversation is "Raising Christian Children," providing a compelling exploration into the integration of faith into family life.The episode unfolds over 30 minutes, where Blake and Sean delve into Craig's family history with The King's Academy and the impactful roles played by his wife and children within the school community. The emphasis lies in understanding how family dynamics contribute to shaping a child's faith. Moving beyond history, the conversation becomes practical, with Craig sharing insights into seamlessly integrating faith into everyday family activities. Emphasizing consistency and natural conversations, he underscores the importance of making faith an integral part of the family experience.As the discussion progresses, the focus shifts to the evolving challenges parents face in maintaining their children's connection to faith. Craig shares valuable perspectives on addressing societal influences and peer pressure through open communication and fostering a safe space for children to express their thoughts.The conversation also explores the long-term impact of instilling a strong Christian foundation in children. Craig paints a vivid picture of his family's journey, witnessing their children grow into compassionate individuals dedicated to their faith and community.The conversation seamlessly aligns with the overarching theme of Legacy Matters, encapsulated by the school's motto, "Faith, Family, Future." Join the journey that resonates with the core values of Legacy Matters.Support the Show.
Shaping the Future: Youth Ministry, Church Camps, and Faith- Special Guest Dominic Kendall
Jan 2 2024
Shaping the Future: Youth Ministry, Church Camps, and Faith- Special Guest Dominic Kendall
Send us a Text Message.In the ninth episode of “Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, Future,” titled “Shaping the Future: Youth Ministry, Church Camps, and Faith,” host Blake Fuller and guest Dominic Kendall, the Youth Pastor for Connect Church, delve into the profound impact of youth ministry and the role of church camps in shaping the future of young individuals.Dominic shares his journey into youth ministry and discusses its role in nurturing the faith of young people, fostering a sense of family within their faith community, and helping them lay the foundation for a purposeful future guided by God.The episode also highlights the transformative experiences of church camps and retreats, which allow students to escape the routine of daily life and enter a faith-based community that feels like family. These experiences deepen their faith and create lasting connections, embodying the values of faith, family, and future.The discussion further emphasizes the importance of building a strong foundation for faith in youth ministry and provides practical steps for listeners interested in engaging with youth ministry or exploring church camps and retreats.This enlightening episode concludes with a heartfelt note of gratitude to Dominic Kendall for shedding light on the incredible importance of youth ministry, church camps, and retreats in shaping young lives. Tune in for an inspiring conversation on faith, family, and the future.Support the Show.
Awakening a Biblical Worldview in Education: A Conversation with Jeff Keaton
Nov 7 2023
Awakening a Biblical Worldview in Education: A Conversation with Jeff Keaton
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another compelling episode of "Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future." In this episode, we delve into the vital topic of awakening a biblical worldview in education with our esteemed guest, Jeff Keaton, the Founder, President, and CEO of Renewanation.Jeff Keaton shares his journey from being a pastor to founding Renewanation, an organization committed to giving every child a biblical worldview. Jeff's unwavering faith and passion for children's spiritual growth led him on this incredible path.Renewanation's mission, to equip schools with the tools to teach a Christian worldview effectively, has had a profound impact. It's heartwarming to witness children develop strong principles and character, becoming committed followers of Jesus and responsible citizens. Jeff shares inspiring success stories of children who have embraced their faith and grown into community leaders.The role of a biblical worldview in education is crucial in today's diverse society. It empowers children to defend and share their faith and equips them to be strong, principled individuals who positively impact society. Jeff discusses practical ways that Renewanation helps schools integrate a biblical worldview into their curriculum, making it a seamless part of the learning experience.Don't forget to subscribe to "Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future" on your favorite podcast platform to stay connected with these thought-provoking discussions. Join us for more inspiring conversations on faith, family, and the future.Support the Show.
Faith in Education
Oct 24 2023
Faith in Education
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to Legacy Matters: Conversations on Faith, Family, and Future. In Episode 4, we embark on a profound exploration of "Faith in Education." This enlightening 30-minute episode delves deep into the intentional integration of Christian faith into the academic curriculum and daily life within a school community.Our hosts Blake Fuller, Director of Communication, and Head of School, Jeremy Sandefur, begin by introducing our exceptional educators: Morgan Kulig, a 4th-grade teacher, Madi Gullion, middle school English teacher, and Josh Smith, high school English teacher. We discuss the role of faith in education, how it shapes young minds and hearts, and its impact on character development.Our guests share their journeys to The King’s Academy (TKA) and Christian education, emphasizing their passion for fostering a faith-based learning environment. The discussion centers around the definition of "Faith in Education" as the integration of faith into every subject and interaction, emphasizing that faith and learning are inseparable.From exploring themes of redemption and moral choices in literature to discussions on worldviews, ethics, and critical thinking, our educators highlight practical ways faith is interwoven into their classrooms. They emphasize the importance of encouraging open dialogue with students who may come from diverse backgrounds or lack a faith foundation.The conversation extends beyond academics, revealing the comprehensive role faith plays in school life. The nurturing of faith involves mentoring students, collective prayer, and upholding Christian values. TKA offers numerous opportunities for students to put their faith into action through service projects, missions, and community outreach, emphasizing the practical application of their beliefs.Join us for this enlightening episode and subscribe to Legacy Matters on your favorite podcast platform to stay updated with our engaging conversations.Support the Show.