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Do you take submissions for guests on the show?
While we don't consider ourselves an interview show, we do periodically feature guests on the show as God leads us to cover topics that we cannot personally speak to. Currently, interviews are by Risen Motherhood's request only, as we do not accept unsolicited submissions for guests on the show.
Do you take guest submissions for your blog?
We love hearing how many women are using their gift for the written word for the glory of God. While we don't accept submissions year round, we do have open submissions a few times throughout the year. The best way to be in the know on these dates is to follow us on Instagram and Twitter—we post our submissions dates in both places!
What Bible studies do you recommend?
We're so glad you desire to study God's word! Please visit our resources page to see all our tools for spiritual growth. Also, you can reference the Ask Us Anything show notes for some specific studies we've enjoyed.
What books / music / scripture memory tool / etc. should I use with my kids?
With 13 kiddos combined from the RM Team, we're constantly trying new tools and resources for spiritual training and growth. Checkout our children's resources page for a full list of the tools we love! And if you have a product you've personally developed and would like for us to check out, see this page.
What book should I read to grow in motherhood?
Depending on what area you want to grow in, you might consider checking show notes or blog posts by topic for shorter articles, videos, and related content. If you're wanting to engage in an actual book, we have a growing list for gospel-centered motherhood on our resources page.
Could I interview you for my podcast, blog, magazine, website, etc.?
We love connecting with new audiences and we're passionate about encouraging others in gospel-centered motherhood! We'd be happy to review your request, and time-permitting (we're both still full-time stay-at-home-moms!), one or both of us would love to participate. Just drop us an email, here.
How do Emily and Laura know each other?
Emily is married to one of Laura's older brothers (Brad), so we are sister-in-laws! (We're also great friends of course!)
Why are your shows only 20 minutes? Have you considered longer shows?
We know at times it can feel like there is "more to say" on a topic, but we have put a lot of thought into the time-frame of our show. For every person we hear from that would like longer shows, we hear many more that tell us the 20-minute time frame is more approachable for a busy mom's life and what (particularly, initially) helped them to be open to listening to the show. In addition, the shorter time frame allows Emily and Laura to be able to produce more content, allowing us to continue providing new, high quality shows each week.
Our hope is that our podcasts are discussion starters, something that can kick-start conversations between moms and inspire them to dive deeper into the topic to learn more for themselves – that's why we include additional articles in our show notes to point listeners to solid resources where they can learn more. If you really want to hear longer shows, most of our interviews are around 35 minutes, and we do have three episodes, the Ask Us Anything shows that are a FULL HOUR of us talking. (Listen to Spring 2017 , Fall 2017, and Spring 2018) We were exhausted after recording, to say the least. :)
What’s your philosophy on discerning what guests to have on your show or which articles you post on your blog? How do you decide?
This is a great question and it’s always important to view any information you take in through the proper lens. First off, we want to be upfront and say the purpose of the ministry of Risen Motherhood isn't meant to be authoritative bible teaching. We like to think of the content we share on RM more like peer-to-peer discipleship or sitting across from a good friend while she shares how the grace of the gospel has transformed her life. We strive for sound theology in all our content, but we recognize that everyone (including ourselves and our guest writers/speakers) are mid-journey in the process of sanctification. We still stumble, learn, repent, and grow daily. The small glimpses of life shared on our blog or podcast are meant to encourage and challenge the RM community as we run alongside one another with eyes on the prize of Christ. While our team does spend time vetting blog post authors and podcasts guests, our highest priority is that the gospel is shared truthfully and clearly on our own platforms. While we stand behind the content produced by our ministry, we're not responsible for another individual's personal blog posts and interviews, or differences in tone, lifestyle, or theology that may have happened in the past, or occur in the future. Our hope is that even if you don’t personally agree with every nuance shared on our platform, you will find the overarching theme of the content produced at Risen Motherhood to be truthful and sound, while knowing we all continue to be works-in-progress. It is our joy to walk alongside each of you, unified in the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ, and we pray you find the guests we share on the show and blog to be beneficial in your walk with the Lord.
How do I subscribe to a podcast?
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How do I rate and/or review a podcast?
We have so appreciated every rating and review we've received - and because we know it's not always a straightforward process, we built a tutorial for that as well.
I'd like to donate to Risen Motherhood – is there a place I can do that?
First of all, wow. Just wow. We are completely humbled by your willingness to monetarily support Risen Motherhood. Each month, we pay fees for podcast, website and domain hosting, as well as to develop creative content for the blog, social media, branding, marketing and RM|Equipping. We recently launched Patreon, a membership site where people can support ministries they love. (Like RM!) You can join our community here, and you'll unlock lots of extra perks and benefits just for signing up! Please know that 100 percent of proceeds will go to provide for the podcast and online community. Thank you for linking arms with us!
*If you prefer a one-time donation, you can do that here here instead.
Do you take sponsorships or run giveaways?
Yes and no. We are not currently accepting ad-spots on the show, and right now, giveaways are by RM's request only. But if you have developed a product that is helpful for a mom to grow in gospel-centered motherhood, or in training her children, you can send it straight to us for review - see this page for more information. We take extreme care in reviewing and vetting the products we share with our community, and the product must be something we use and love. (If you have a book for us to review, please see the below question.)
I have a Bible study / book / devotional I'd like you to endorse or review - what's the process?
Congrats on your book! We are currently not accepting unsolicited requests for book endorsement or review. All of the books we endorse (through social media, by listing on the resources page, or talking about on the show) are listed because Emily and Laura have personally read and evaluated each of them. Because a book takes so much time to vet, we unfortunately are not able to accept inquiries for book reviews at this time.
I'VE DEVELOPED A GREAT TOOL FOR TRAINING CHILDREN OR FOR GROWING IN GOSPEL CENTERED MOTHERHOOD - CAN I SEND IT TO YOU?
Yes! We'd absolutely love to see what you've created as we're always on the hunt for new resources to share with our audience. Right now, everything we share with our community comes from a genuine desire to show people the products that we use and love in our own lives. Because of that, we currently don't accept paid or sponsored post of any kind. But, if you'd like to send your product to the Risen Motherhood team for review, we'd be happy to look at it. If it's a fit, we may share it on the show, social media, and/or list it on our resources page (accessed by thousands of women each month). In all products, we look for business that align with our community values and statement of faith. Please note: Because we actually use the products we promote, it may take us a few months to review your item. (If you have a book for us to review, please see the above question.)
I have a show idea! Can I submit that to you?
Our shows are scheduled out several months in advance, but we still love hearing about new topics that would interest our listeners! Before you send one, you may want to check our archives to see if we've already covered it (so you can hear it sooner!). If not, please feel free to send your idea our way.
I'm looking for more podcasts to listen to, do you have any recommendations?
Yes - of course we do! We love the world of podcasts, there's so much to learn! While we could go on and on (we're always switching up what we listen to and finding new ones), here are some of the podcasts we keep coming back to again and again:
Journeywomen, Word Matters, Ask Pastor John, At Home with Sally Clarkson, Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology, The Gospel Coalition, United? We Pray, The Briefing, Help Me Teach The Bible with Nancy Guthrie, Revive our Hearts, Knowing Faith, By Faith, enCourage Women’s Podcast, ELRC podcast, God-Centered Mom, Questions Kids Ask, Seeking Him, Storyformed, and Jesus is Better (for kids). And these last few are not Biblically-based, but we like them for easy entertainment: Coffee + Crumbs, Read-Aloud Revival, Masterpiece Studio, This American Life, and How I Built This.
Do you have an official Facebook group for follow-up discussion about podcast episodes?
It's always exciting for us to hear moms are encouraged by the gospel and want to have more conversations about its application in their lives. At this time, we don't have any “official" Risen Motherhood Facebook groups, but we know there are some out there that have been started by listeners that people can join. We also have many listeners who have started a Risen Motherhood Podcast Club with a group of friends who listen to the show. To download a handbook for tips on how to start one, and to access round ups of related shows and discussion questions, head over to Patreon to join the community and unlock the perk.
Do you have any spiritual oversight for Risen Motherhood?
Yes. We (Laura and Emily) are both members of local churches where we have the personal oversight of our elders, pastors, and other older women in the church. Both of us have teams of 5+ people who are regularly "in the know" about the inner workings of Risen Motherhood. These teams are also involved in our lives (providing accountability for time in the word and faithfulness to our families) and they read and interact with Risen Motherhood's content on a regular basis. *Note: Because Risen Motherhood is a LLC versus a non-profit ministry, it isn't officially governed by an oversight board.
I'm thinking of starting a podcast - any advice? What equipment should I buy?
First of all, how fun! We love seeing so many people getting started with podcast. Getting a podcast launched off the ground can be a little complicated, so it's definitely important to do your research first. There are lots of great blog posts and articles out there on how to start one, so we won't go into great detail here, just give it a Google!
Our top tips are to remember that podcasting isn't free (like blogging) but does typically require a small monthly financial investment for hosting services at minimum. In addition, we recommend you make sure you know what you want each episode's main point(s) to be - and write down detailed notes if you have to! That way you can stay on message the entire time and not forget something important or wander off on a bunny trail. Strive to be concise and not ramble. At Risen Motherhood, we try to get to some sort of "meat" by three minutes in. That's not how every podcast does it, but generally it's best to give your listeners "something" in return for their time as soon as you can, so you're not wasting precious minutes of their day. After recording, ask yourself: "Was that interesting? Or was I bored?" If you're bored with you, everyone will be bored with you. Be ruthless. No one will enjoy your own voice as much as you. Don't be afraid to re-record and try again.
As far as equippment, a great mic makes all the difference! We each have this microphone and use a combination of Skype, GarageBand and QuickTime to record and produce shows, and use Libsyn for hosting. Again, there are lots of robust and in-depth tutorials out there, so just get on a search engine and you'll sort it out quickly!