Nov 8, 2021
This episode marks the end of season 2 of OCF Crosspoint. Thank
you to each of our listeners, whether you’re tuning in for the
first time or you’re a longtime listener. If you haven’t heard each
episode this season, be sure to go back to episode 1 and catch up
on some amazing stories.
Was there an episode that really stood out to you this season?
Maybe one that you could relate to on some level or that had some
other significance? If so, I’d really like to hear from you. Share
your favorite episode with me at email@example.com.
Likewise, a big thank-you to all of my guests this season. I
appreciate the willingness of each guest to share some deep and
personal parts of their life stories.
As we head into this break between podcast seasons and start
working on interviews for season 3 in April, here are three ways
you can help the podcast:
- First, if you have an idea for a guest, topic, or story that
should be considered for the podcast, send an email to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and let
me know. At least a couple episodes in season 2 happened as a
result of listeners like you reaching with ideas.
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you consider leaving a review for the show wherever you listen to
podcasts, and would you also tell someone else about this podcast?
We’ve found that word-of-mouth advertising is extremely helpful in
getting the word out to others about the show.
- And finally, since this podcast is a resource of Officers’
be sure to find out more about OCF if you haven’t heard of our
ministry. Otherwise, take a look at the website for ways to get
involved in OCF, for additional resources to help you integrate
your spiritual calling and military calling, and with winter
approaching, check out the holiday programs at our two conference
Spring Canyon and
White Sulphur Springs.
My guest this episode is ENS Nelson Chiaravallotti, USN. Here
are a few questions to ponder as you listen to his story of
military life at the intersection of faith, family, and
- Nelson’s childhood desire to become a Navy officer was sparked
by his parents, both Navy commanders, and their friends, who he
calls “role models,” for the way they lived out their Christian
faith and character in leadership. Of those in your life who
influenced you either positively or negatively, what are some of
the ways you have built upon the positive examples? What about the
- Nelson emphasizes several times about the quality of
perseverance—which he defines as an “enduring and faithful pursuit
in the face of affliction,” essential to the Christian walk, and is
“built on your why,” which is trust in God. Consider this
Scripture: “…we also celebrate in our tribulations, knowing that
tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven
character” (Romans 5:3-4, NKJV). How do all those things help hone
Christlike leadership as military leaders?
- Nelson quotes John 18:8-9 as a backdrop to the importance of
taking ownership as a leader of “what you’re doing, your job, your
role, and your people most of all.” How does ownership of what
Christ has entrusted to you as a leader impact how you lead others?
Is it true that “their well-being is your well-being”? What are
some of the ways you care for those you lead in ways that others
leading you don’t do?