Faith Backstage

Joey James

Backstage conversations with pastors and church leaders about faith, life, and ministry.

All Episodes

Genein Letford is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author and corporate trainer on creative thinking and Intercultural Creativity™. She is the founder of CAFFE Strategies, and has inspired and led many to reconnect to their creative abilities in order to produce innovative ideas for an inclusive workspace. During our conversation, we talked about the definition of creativity, the role creativity has to play in the church, and how everyone can unlock their creative potential.

Sep 13

58 min 19 sec

Ariel and Trey Fernald, co-founders of Easter Sky Theater Company, join Faith Backstage to discuss their new book about how performing arts can be used for ministry, and what goes into creating a show that effectively illustrates the heart of God. They also share some stories and testimonies from the over 100 shows they have produced together.

Aug 30

1 hr 11 min

Kristen joins Faith Backstage to talk about the importance of empathy in parenting, how families can stay connected to the church even when they aren't physically present, why it's critical that we have conversations about social justice in the church, the unique heart and character of Gen Z, and so much more.

Jul 21

56 min 49 sec

Michael is the lead pastor of The Church at Rocky Peak in southern California, and with over four decades of ministry experience at two different mega churches, he has a lot of wisdom to share. We talked about why leading a spiritually and emotionally healthy church is so important to him, how the church has been starting to think like the world, and why our nation and culture is approaching a breaking point.

Jul 5

1 hr 2 min

Jason is the Director of Church Ministry Initiatives with Christian Alliance for Orphans, and the author of several books on foster care including Reframing Foster Care and Everyone Can Do Something. During our conversation we talked about the role churches have to play in equipping their families for foster care, what keeps families and churches from pursuing foster care, and how Jason leads his own family of fostered, adopted, and biological children.

May 31

1 hr 1 min

Dusty is the youth and young adults pastor at Shepherd Church, where he has been on staff since 2005. He joins Faith Backstage to talk about leadership, discipleship, youth ministry and the biggest challenges facing the students of today.

May 18

1 hr 14 min

Netflix made a Christian version of Camp Rock recycling radio hits from the 90s, and we couldn't stay away. Kelly Bumb joins me to talk about the good and the not-so-good of this bizarre piece of Christian pop culture.

Apr 21

1 hr 11 min

Elisha is the Art Director at Fresh Life Church in Montana! During our conversation we talked about what collaboration looks like in a team of creatives, how her church uses social media in a way that genuinely ministers to people, and whether or not it's important for a church to have a specific style and brand.

Mar 30

1 hr 18 min

Matt has a huge range of ministry experience including urban outreach in South L.A., eldership at Cornerstone Church, and teaching at Eternity Bible College. He is currently the lead pastor of Hope Sacramento, and during our conversation we talked about the importance of discipleship, the challenges of church planting, and the lack of diversity in the Church in America.

Mar 15

58 min 33 sec

Brad is the lead pastor of Restored LA, and we sat down to talk about being called to plant a church, the joys and challenges of shepherding a congregation, and his heart for the Church in America.

Mar 1

59 min 21 sec

It's a new season of Faith Backstage! Tim is currently the high school pastor at The Church at Rocky Peak, and on this episode we talk about growing up in the church, the pressures facing students today, and how to trust God in the waiting.

Feb 15

1 hr 18 min

Kim joined me on this episode to talk about her ministry in physical therapy and some of the best ways to battle COVID-19 that we aren't talking enough about.

Nov 2020

44 min 48 sec

Jesse Bailey joins me on the morning of Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election to talk about discerning truth in a post-truth society.

Nov 2020

58 min 44 sec

Taylor Pircey returns to the show to chat with me about the upcoming election, the current state of our country, and the faith and politics should have. We also discuss some significant propositions California will be voting on in this election.

Oct 2020

53 min 36 sec

On this episode I am joined by three incredible women (Mariana Castro, Taylor Pircey, and Madison Hernandez) to discuss how the church has handled conversations about both fashion and modesty.

Oct 2020

1 hr 9 min

It's the first edition of the Faith Backstage After-show with John and Frankie! We spent another 45 minutes discussing 30 films that have told the stories of Black men and women in honest ways.

Oct 2020

42 min 22 sec

John and Frankie join Faith Backstage for an in-depth conversation about the current state of our country, their experiences after the death of victims like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and how they model the love of Christ in all every aspect of their lives.

Oct 2020

1 hr 50 min

Matt joins Faith Backstage to talk about discipleship, hospitality, raising a family passionate about their relationship with God, and the power of a house church in the community.

Sep 2020

1 hr 3 min

Would you move from California to Tennessee if God told you to, even if you had no guarantee that you would be able to find a home, a job, or a life? Well Ashley certainly did, and she joins Faith Backstage to share her story and how she has learned to put her trust wholly in Jesus.

Sep 2020

43 min 1 sec

Have you ever taken a hard look at your faith? Why do you believe the things that you believe? Is there sufficient evidence for the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus? On this episode, I am joined by two theologians-in-training for an in-depth conversation about the book I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist.

Aug 2020

1 hr 15 min

Young Adults Pastor Kelly McCoy and Joey's fiancee Samantha Marie join the podcast to continue the conversation about racial reconciliation.

Aug 2020

1 hr 33 min

Ariel joins Faith Backstage to continue the conversation about the Justice System, conflict mediation programs she has been a part of, and how we can effect changes in our own areas of influence. She also responds to listener questions about the Black Lives Matter movement and what the effects of defunding the police would be.

Jul 2020

1 hr 51 min

In this live edition of Faith Backstage, Mariana Castro sits down with a panel to discuss social justice in our country... what's working, and what needs to be fixed. What would it look like to defund the police? What is critical race theory? And what can we do to make a difference in our world?

Jul 2020

2 hr 10 min

Kristen joins Faith Backstage to discuss her time as an elementary school teacher, and how she navigated the incredibly unexpected need to teach and nurture students in the virtual, digital space.

Jun 2020

54 min 59 sec

Kate and Aiden, a high school senior and college senior in 2020, join Faith Backstage to talk about senior year and graduating in the middle of a global pandemic.

Jun 2020

57 min 34 sec

Freddy joins Faith Backstage to talk about being raised by his hospital chaplain, the inspiration and conception of Children's Hunger Fund's Poverty Encounter, and his trip to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. But first, Joey and Madison discuss all there is to miss about being at church and how to experience and encounter God during quarantine.

Jun 2020

1 hr 29 min

Jon works in the healthcare field overseeing a team of physicians and is on the elder board at Cornerstone church in Southern California. He joins Faith Backstage to talk about is experience over the past several months dealing with COVID-19 and how we should be responding as Christ-followers.

May 2020

58 min 6 sec

Brian and Lesley join Faith Backstage to talk about their incredibly unique story of how they met and got married, how they make decisions in their marriage, and how they point their kids towards truth. But first, Madison and Joey discuss advertising and consumerism in the context of COVID-19.

May 2020

1 hr 44 min

On this first edition of "The Faith Backstage Book Club," Joey and Madison discuss Max Lucado's recent book Anxious for Nothing, talking about anxiety in the context of the world we're living in as well as our current crisis.

Apr 2020

26 min 56 sec

Lauren joins Faith Backstage to talk about her life as a teacher of both film and Bible over the course of her life, and how she teaches students to think critically about the world around them. She also shares some of her favorite movies, and what makes them so special to her.

Apr 2020

1 hr 4 min

Christa joins Faith Backstage to talk about her time at the Community Pregnancy Clinic, why advocates for the pro-life and pro-choice movements have more in common than they think, and how she navigated online dating as a Christian. But first, Joey and Madison discuss what the permanent effects of COVID-19 could be, and recommend 10 Instagram accounts to get you through quarantine.

Apr 2020

1 hr 17 min

In this inaugural episode, Joey and Madison discuss all there is to say about COVID-19 and how it's affecting both the world and the church. Then, Joey sits down with Dave Cox, COO of ZOE International to talk about his life of ministry, spiritual warfare, and discernment.

Mar 2020

1 hr 20 min