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Jan 28, 2021



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Jeff Zaugg

Jeff and Michelle Zaugg will celebrate 15 years of marriage this year. They live in New Brighton, MN with their 3 young daughters and they are expecting their 4th baby in Spring 2021. After 10-years of entrepreneurial non-profit ministry leadership, Jeff served as a pastor at Substance Church in the Twin Cities for the past 7 years. In Fall 2020 Jeff took the leap and went full-time fatherhood ministry. He is the founder and lead cheerleader at dadAWESOME & FATHERS FOR THE FATHERLESS. When he’s not wrestling or playing hide and seek with his daughters, you might find Jeff out for a bike ride, making a pour over coffee, sitting by a fire with his wife or challenging some friends to a game of Spikeball.


Celebrating Three Years of dadAWESOME:


Conversation Notes:


  • Full Interview with Jeff Zaugg on the Bethel University Alumni Podcast (Apple Podcast & Spotify)
  • 10:09 - Time hop of post-college career path
  • 10:27 - YouthWorks, pastoring, kids pastoring, dadAWESOME
  • 12:34 - Describing the work of dadAWESOME and Fathers for the Fatherless
  • 13:17 - Malachi 4:6 - He will turn the hearts of the fathers toward their children and the hearts of children to their fathers.
  • 13:41 - The promise that fuels the passion in dadAWESOME - Deuteronomy 30:19 - I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
  • 16:40 - The LIFE framework: I am Loved. I am Intentional. I am Free. I am Engaged.
  • 17:28 - Fathers for the Fatherless events for Summer 2021
  • 19:05 - "I think every entrepreneur, they find a pain point and you try to meet a need to correct that pain in some way you want to alleviate a pain."
  • 19:49 - Publishing Episode 101 right after his dad went to heaven.
  • 20:07 - Pain fuels passion.
  • 21:16 - Being planted in the local church was a huge part of God seeding the vision for DA.
  • 22:13 - Runs and Rides lead to Resources which lead to Retreats.
  • 25:43 - How has God met you in the wilderness seasons? Expecting every 3-5 yrs a major life crisis will come my way.
  • 26:28 - Wilderness Fellowship 
  • 26:50 - Finding brotherhood
  • 27:24 - Freedom heart work
  • 29:54 - Imagine Beautiful - marriage ministry
  • 32:27 - "If you want to get shiny eyes for the current season, if you want to be at a spot, living in your passion, help other people around you get shiny eyes"


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