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Charles Stone: What You Need to Know About Mindfulness

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Charles Stone is the pastor of West Park Church in Canada. Charles is passionate about the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and Biblical truth. Charles is the author of numerous articles and a handful of books, including Holy Noticing. He and his wife have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Key Questions for Charles Stone

– Our culture seems to be taken with mindfulness lately. Is mindfulness just a fad or is there evidence suggesting it is helpful?

– You talk about mindfulness as compelling us to action vs. being purely contemplative. How does that work?

– How can mindfulness help leaders lead better?

Key Quotes from Charles Stone

“Holy noticing is noticing, with a holy purpose, God and his handiwork, our relationships, and our inner world of thoughts and feelings.”

“If I can understand what’s going on inside of me—my mind and my emotions—I can be more present for you, the person I’m discipling, the person I’m leading, my wife and my kids.”

“Jesus is the prototype for what it means to be a holy noticer.”

“In our moments of reflection, we tend to go negative.”

“The Apostle Paul was the neuroscientist before neuroscience ever really was.”

“Many research studies have found that practicing mindfulness, just during the day…can actually put a brake on anxious moments.”

“Attention is a really important skill as a leader, as a Christian. Paying attention to God, paying attention to your friends, paying attention to your spouse and your kids.”

“Mindfulness actually has tremendously positive benefits in helping us reduce anxiety, the effects of stress, and depression…. Mindfulness is more effective than medication.”

“As leaders…our emotional condition is caught by others–both good and both bad. So we actually have a responsibility to steward our emotions.”

“As we learn to be more mindful of our emotions, our thoughts, and learn to submit those to the Lord, change them, beware of them, not let them control of, we’re flat out going to be better leaders.”

Mentioned in the Show:

Holy Noticing



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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye