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Jonathan David and Melissa Helser


    • Aug 24, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    Keys to Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 37:15

    In this episode Melissa shares from over two decades of leadership experience and gives keys for loving and leading your team well, and navigating through conflict. Styles Of Relating Handout (click here) This message was recorded at Bethel Music Worship School, an annual gathering for worship leaders, musicians, and creatives hosted in Redding, CA. Go to https://bethelmusic.com/worshipschool/ to find out more. To learn more about Jonathan & Melissa and their ministry, go to jonathanhelser.com or cagelessbirds.com. 

    Joy of the Lord (Spontaneous Worship)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 30:44

    During one of the final worship nights of our school, The 18 Inch Journey, we encountered the joy of the Lord and the heart of the Father in a profound way. In this episode we are sharing that moment with you! Our prayer is that you are lifted by the joy and affection of God as you listen. To watch this extended worship moment, go to our YouTube channel, or search "Cageless Birds Joy of the Lord"

    Years Later: The Heart & History of the 18 Inch Journey, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 32:19

    This episode is the second half of an interview with Jonathan & Melissa Helser, celebrating 14 years of leading their school, the 18 Inch Journey! Originally recorded in 2019, our Art Director, Justina Stevens sat down with the Helsers to answer some commonly asked questions about our school, its history and our heart for discipleship.  In Part 2 you’ll hear about the pillars & values of our school, and how you can support what God is doing here. Go to www.18inchjourney.com to learn more & apply!

    Years Later: The Heart of the 18 Inch Journey, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 46:44

    To celebrate 14 years of leading the 18 Inch Journey, we are re-releasing one of our favorite podcasts from 2019 when we sat down with Jonathan & Melissa to answer some commonly asked questions about our school, it’s history and our heart for discipleship. In Part 1, Justina Stevens hosts an interview to help dive into some of the biggest topics, including how the school began, our reason for it’s length, and why we focus on the age range of 20-30. Go to www.18inchjourney.com to learn more & apply!

    Years Later: Testimonies from The 18 Inch Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 33:06

    Jonathan & Melissa have been pouring into discipleship and ministry for over two decades. Together, along with the Cageless Birds, they have led their school, The 18 Inch Journey for 14 years! In this episode, they share their passion for life on life discipleship and share 8 audio testimonies taken from alumni over the last 14 years. Videos of each of these testimonies can also be found at 18inchjourney.com  The 18 Inch Journey 2021 is open to those ages 20-30 who want to learn to cultivate their heart, establish firm foundations in their life and not burn out on gifting and talent.  Apps are OPEN. Go to 18inchjourney.com to learn more and apply! #18inchjourney  To give to our campus campaign, go to https://www.18inchjourney.com/campus-campaign 

    Leading from Overflow

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 27:04

    “Burnout happens when our doing exceeds our being.” In this episode Jonathan shares on cultivating a life of overflow in friendship with God, and the importance of becoming a leader who is rooted in rest. This message was recorded at WorshipU, an online school and annual gathering hosted by Bethel Music in Redding, CA. Go to http://WorshipU.com to find out more. To learn more about Jonathan & Melissa and their ministry, go to jonathanhelser.com or cagelessbirds.com. 

    How Could It Be (Spontaneous Worship from The 18 Inch Journey)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 19:27

    "Instantly I felt the voice of the Lord speak in my heart. He said 'Jonathan, worry magnifies the problems, but worship magnifies My promises.'" In this episode we are sharing a recent spontaneous worship moment from our school, The 18 Inch Journey. Our prayer is that this moment would become a space for you to fix your eyes on God, where His promises become more real than the problems that surround you. www.jonathanhelser.com www.18inchjourney.com   

    Holy (Spontaneous Worship & Prayer For Advent)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 30:08

    “As our community has entered into this beautiful season of Advent, we have been experiencing some remarkable times of worship. In the middle of the pressure, the presence of Jesus has been lifting us up to see the way that He sees.” - Jonathan Helser This is a followup worship moment to our last episode (“Yield”). You can watch a full length video of this moment on our Cageless Birds Youtube Channel, as well as listen on the Tribl Music app!

    Yield (Spontaneous Worship & Prayer For Advent)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2020 39:34

    “On December 1 we had our weekly time of worship and prayer as a community. We were overcome with the beauty of the Advent Season and experienced a deep time of prayer and worship reflecting back on this last year, engaging the longing for the Christ. We hope you enjoy this RAW live spontaneous moment, wherever you find yourself in this season.” - Melissa Helser You can also listen to this extended worship moment on TRIBL, an app created for sharing live moments of worship. http://triblmusic.com/apple

    Pastoring and Leading a Room in Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 32:23

    “Great leaders in the Kingdom are great followers of the Presence of God.” In this episode Jonathan opens up his history of leading worship and shares keys to being a follower of the greatest leader, Jesus, as we lead others. This message was recorded at WorshipU, an online school and annual gathering hosted by Bethel Music in Redding, CA. Go to http://WorshipU.com to find out more. To learn more about Jonathan & Melissa and their ministry, go to jonathanhelser.com or cagelessbirds.com. 

    Journaling the Voice of the Lord & The Honesty Tool

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2020 37:45

    In this podcast Jonathan shares about our new online workshop, The Honesty Tool. This episode includes the full audio from the Jonathan’s Honesty Tool teaching on Journaling the Voice of the Lord. Here, Jonathan unpacks the life-changing practice of journaling God’s voice and the common barriers we encounter in the process. Episode Prompt: www.cagelessbirds.com/prompt Go to www.engagingcultivate.com to learn more about the Honesty Tool and use the promo code “podcast” to get 10% off.

    A Conversation On Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2020 53:38

    In this episode, Melissa sits down in an hour long candid conversation with one of her dear friends, and a leader in our ministry, Phyllis Unkefer, to talk about humility, vulnerability, trust, and letting the Lord speak to the deepest places in us on the issue of racism. You can watch the full video on our Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTLvPKmg0hg  www.jonathanhelser.com www.cagelessbirds.com 

    A Journey Through Stories and Songs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2020 32:23

    In this episode, recorded live at WorshipU in Redding, CA, Jonathan sits down at a piano and shares one song from each of the albums he has recorded over the last 14 years, detailing the story and process behind writing them. To learn more about Jonathan and Melissa, and their ministry, go to http://jonathanhelser.com and http://cagelessbirds.com.  For more information about WorshipU, go to http://WorshipU.com 

    Spontaneous Worship during Covid Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2020 93:39

    In this episode, we are releasing the extended audio from our night of spontaneous worship and prayer during the start of the Covid Crisis. In the previous episode you can hear Jonathan and Melissa talk about this time of worship, and what they are hearing from the Lord in this season. Link to the full length Youtube video of this worship time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-SR7Xc0yhM  www.jonathanhelser.com 

    Intro to Spontaneous Worship during Covid Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2020 17:22

    In this episode, Jonathan and Melissa talk about the spontaneous time of worship we released during the start of the Covid Crisis, and share what we are hearing from the Lord during this time. Link to the full length Youtube video of this worship time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-SR7Xc0yhM  Link to the new Visual Journalling series that Melissa references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ha9LGR2Hto  "Before our home state of NC issued a Stay at Home order, we felt the urgency to gather together - to worship, sing and pray over our nation and the nations of the world. Our only agenda was to get Heaven’s perspective and the mind of the Lord for this moment in time. We didn't come with a set list or a group of written songs to sing. We took a few hours in the Helser's living room and sang over homes, families, hearts and minds. We played and prophesied through our instruments - because as musicians, we believe that this changes the atmosphere. Our desire is that this FILLS your home with home, releases faith and propels you to contend for your communities and families as we all wait for breakthrough. These are spontaneous songs - our prayers and heart for this hour. We are praying for you and believing for Faith to RISE in these days."

    Mountain High, Story & Song (Live)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2020 26:50

    In this episode Melissa tells the story behind the song, "Mountain High," and leads an extended time of worship at one of our recent Carolina Worship Nights. You can watch the full video of this live worship moment and many others on our Cageless Birds YouTube Channel! *DUE TO COVID19 we have had to cancel many of our upcoming dates and tours. For the most up to date information, go to www.jonathanhelser.com.

    The Kind of Worship God Desires

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2020 49:47

    In this episode, Jonathan gives an inspiring message about living a life of honest connection and authentic worship with the Father. This message was recorded at WorshipU, an online school and annual gathering hosted by Bethel Music in Redding, CA. Go to http://WorshipU.com to find out more. To learn more about Jonathan and Melissa, and their ministry, go to http://jonathanhelser.com and http://cagelessbirds.com. 

    Healthy Family and Ministry

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2019 40:34

    In this episode Jonathan and Melissa share their values and wisdom on how to live healthy in family and ministry. www.jonathanhelser.com This message was recorded at a gathering called WorshipU, hosted by Bethel Music in Redding CA. For more information, go to https://worshipu.com/on-campus/

    New Cageless Birds Album, “We Bow” 

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2019 55:46

    In this exclusive podcast episode, Jonathan and Melissa sit down to walk through the stories and songs found on part 2 of We Rise We Bow, the brand new Cageless Birds album releasing next week! Hear a special sneak peak of all five tracks in this podcast, and learn more about the artists and stories behind them! Go to all the places you get music to get “We Bow” on October 11. www.cagelessbirds.com www.jonathanhelser.com

    The Voice That Defines You

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2019 42:14

    "You can always hear the voice of the one who holds your heart." In this episode, Jonathan tells stories and shares on learning to listen to and be defined by the voice of the Father. This message was recorded at a gathering called WorshipU, hosted by Bethel Music in Redding CA. For more information, go to https://worshipu.com/on-campus/ www.jonathanhelser.com     

    The Humanity of Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2019 52:28

    In this message Melissa opens the book of her life and candidly reflects on the past decade of growing with the Father, the Holy Spirit and Jesus. Melissa shares a compassionate invitation to embrace both our own humanity and the humanity of Jesus, with a promise that we will meet Him there every time. This message was recorded at a gathering called WorshipU, hosted by Bethel Music in Redding CA. For more information, go to https://worshipu.com/on-campus/ www.jonathanhelser.com 

    New Cageless Birds Album, “We Rise” 

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2019 58:46

    In this episode Jonathan and Melissa share their hearts about the new Cageless Birds album releasing this week! Hear a sneak peak of the entire album in this podcast, as well as some of the stories behind the songs. Go to all the places you get music to get “We Rise” on June 21st. www.cagelessbirds.com www.jonathanhelser.com 

    Keys to Worship Leading

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2019 32:19

    In this episode, Jonathan shares stories and keys from his journey that have significantly shaped who he is as a worship leader. This message was recorded at a gathering called WorshipU, hosted by Bethel Music in Redding CA. For more information, go to https://worshipu.com/on-campus/ www.jonathanhelser.com 

    Sustainable Living

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2019 32:27

    “Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord.” (Psalm 102:18) In this episode, Melissa shares her thoughts on sustainability, the mindset of seeing beyond ourselves, and planting an orchard of the nature of God for the generations to come. *** We are currently raising funds to build a new Cabin for Staff & Student Housing! To learn more, and support this dream go to https://www.18inchjourney.com/campus-campaign Thank you for your support! *** This message was recorded at Bethel Music Worship School in Redding, CA. For more information, go to bethelmusic.com/worshipschool/

    Interview, Part 2: Common Questions about the 18 Inch Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2019 31:58

    In this episode, Cageless Birds Art Director, Justina Stevens, continues her conversation from last month with Jonathan and Melissa Helser, focusing on commonly asked questions about their school, the 18 Inch Journey. To learn more about the 18 Inch Journey, and how to partner with us, go to https://www.18inchjourney.com/donate You can also support the 18 Inch Journey by shopping at https://shop.cagelessbirds.com 

    Interview, Part 1: The History & Heart of the 18 Inch Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2019 45:56

    In this episode, Cageless Birds Art Director, Justina Stevens, sits down with Jonathan and Melissa Helser to talk about the history and heart behind their school, the 18 Inch Journey. Make Applications are still open for the 2019 18 Inch Journey Phase One! Go to www.18inchjourney.com for more information, and to apply.

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    The Song You Were Born to Sing

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2019 48:33

    In this episode, Jonathan shares from his heart about songwriting and the story behind No Longer Slaves. This message was captured at the Bethel Music Songwriting Retreat with a small gathering of songwriters and worship leaders. www.jonathanhelser.com https://bethelmusic.com/retreats/songwriting/ https://shop.cagelessbirds.com 

    Singing in the Storm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2019 38:29

    “Anyone who walks in true authority has had tremendous tension in their lives, where they made choice, after choice, after choice.” In this episode, Melissa shares on why she began singing, and reflects on walking with the Lord through seasons of suffering. www.jonathanhelser.com

    Friendship with the Holy Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2018 30:38

    “The Holy Spirit loves friendship with us. He never leaves, he never gets worn out. His capacity for our failures and our success is outrageous. We need to become more obsessed with the nature of God than anything else.” In this message, Melissa shares a beautiful invitation to take the time to learn what the Holy Spirit sounds like and grow in dependency on Him. This message was recorded at Bethel Music Worship School in Redding, CA. For more information, go to bethelmusic.com/worshipschool/ jonathanhelser.com  cagelessbirds.com   

    The Power of Rest

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2018 52:05

    "Burnout happens when our doing exceeds our being." In this message, Jonathan shares on the power of rest as a key for sustaining revival, and keeping our hearts and relationships healthy. This message was shared at Bethel Music Worship School in Redding, CA. For more information, go to bethelmusic.com/worshipschool/ To read the article Jonathan references in this episode, check out Cultivate Volume IV at shop.cagelessbirds.com

    Leaning Into the Holy Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2018 32:32

    The Holy Spirit is the crescendo of the cross and the gift of the Father for our everyday life. In this message, Melissa shares personal stories about raising children and the value of leaning into the Holy Spirit and teaching them to do the same.  This message was recorded at Bethel Music Worship School in Redding, CA. For more information, go to bethelmusic.com/worshipschool/ For more content and resources on healthy and thriving relationships in marriage, parenting, dating and relating to your parents, check out Cultivate Volume V at shop.cagelessbirds.com

    Unlocking Your Identity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2018 30:24

    “One of the greatest battles over our identities is actually just becoming ourselves. But when we fix our eyes on the Author, and open up the book of our hearts in surrender, He begins to write His story in us.” In this message Jonathan shares on positioning ourselves before the Father to write our stories, in our lives as it is in Heaven. For more information on our ministry, scheduled dates, and resources, go to www.jonathanhelser.com This message was recently given at Bethel Music Worship Schoo in Redding, CA. For more information on how to attend, go to https://bethelmusic.com/worshipschool/ 

    The Art of Connection

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2018 25:35

    In this episode Justina, Art Director for The Cageless Birds, sat down with Melissa to ask her questions about working out healthy relationships with God and people, in light of the release of our fifth volume of Cultivate, “The Art of Connection.” To learn more about Cultivate, and to order our newest volume, go to shop.cagelessbirds.com, or www.cagelessbirds.com/cultivate/

    CULTIVATE V5, "The Art of Connection"

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2018 1:00

    "The Art of Connection" is the fifth volume in the Cultivate devotional book series that was written with your most significant relationships in mind. Volume V is designed to encourage and empower you to pursue healthy and thriving relationships in marriage, parenting, dating and relating to your parents. It is full of prompts and practical tools created to help you identify your need for connection and establish new ways of processing and pursuing family relationships.  Get it online at shop.cagelessbirds.com today Learn more about Cultivate at www.cagelessbirds.com

    Brave Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2018 32:53

    In this message shared at WorshipU, Jonathan gives a call to live and lead from our encounters with Jesus, and to measure success by how much love and family are produced. ... For more information about WorshipU, an annual gathering and online school of worship hosted by Bethel Music, go to www.worshipu.com. For more information about our ministry, scheduled dates, and resources, go to www.jonathanhelser.com Have a great day.

    Cultivating Creativity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2018 40:50

    Creativity is our birthright as sons and daughters created in the image of God. It’s not just about the songs we write, or the art we create. It doesn’t only belong to artists. Being creative is about the everyday 98% of our lives we walk out in family, relationships, work, and rest. This message is an invitation to walk out our creative identity and create new worlds in every realm of life. For more information on WorshipU go to: http://WorshipU.com To learn more about Cultivate head over to: http://shop.cagelessbirds.com/collections/books

    Fighting for True Connection

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2018 43:32

    “There is a way to live above the storm — to stay connected to the Father, to the Person of Jesus, and to the beautiful friendship of the Holy Spirit. There’s a way to actually thrive in life, even when it’s crazy.” In this episode, Melissa shares a hope-filled message from her own story on the power of vulnerability and our need for connection. www.jonathanhelser.com www.18inchjourney.com www.cagelessbirds.com

    The Power of Instead (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2018 51:27

    Part 2 of Graham Cooke's recent message at our 18 Inch Journey school, "The Power of Instead", an Isaiah 61 invitation to live in the "Instead's" that God has for our lives. www.jonathanhelser.com www.brilliantperspectives.com www.brillianttv.com 

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    The Power of Instead (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2018 51:53

    It’s our pleasure in this episode to introduce a dear friend of ours, Graham Cooke, as he shares a powerful message at our school, the 18 Inch Journey! This is an Isaiah 61 invitation for us to receive God's "Instead's" for our lives. Check out www.brilliantperspectives.com or www.brillianttv.com for more about Graham and his ministry. www.jonathanhelser.com  www.18inchjourney.com 

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    From One Generation to the Next

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2018 37:33

    In this episode, Jonathan shares from his own story his thoughts on the power of generations carrying the presence of God together, and passing on the blessing. For more information about Bethel Music's "Heaven Come" conference, go to https://bethelmusic.com/heavencome/ For more information on our ministry, resources, and scheduled dates go to www.jonathanhelser.com or find us on Facebook.

    Worship Moment: "Abba"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2017 14:04

    In this episode we are sharing an extended live recording of Jonathan's song, "Abba" from a recent service at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. For more information on our ministry, resources, and scheduled dates, go to www.jonathanhelser.com or find us on Facebook.

    The Heart of Leading Worship

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2017 28:42

    Leading worship is about loving God and loving the people. It's not either/or, it's both and more. In this message Jonathan shares from his journey on the privilege of leading worship.

    Rooted in Delight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2017 31:49

    Being rooted in what the Father thinks about us is as key element to living in delight. Melissa shares from her testimony and life experience on the Father's delight in this powerful message from WorshipU at Bethel Church in Redding, California.

    Heart Over Gift

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2017 33:44

    "When we do our DOING out of the pleasure God has in our BEING, we will do much more than we could ever imagine." In this message, Jonathan shares about the importance of recognizing that the greatest gift we all possess is our hearts. For more information about our ministry, resources, and scheduled dates, go to www.jonathanhelser.com, or find us on Facebook.

    Discovering the Father's Heart

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2017 41:01

    The more heaven comes to earth, the more the earth looks like family. In this message, Jonathan shares on discovering the Father heart of God for his Kingdom family. www.jonathanhelser.com

    Engaging Hope in Seasons of Disappointment

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2017 32:06

    God created and loves our humanity and emotions. In this message Melissa shares on the process of engaging hope during seasons of disappointment and grief. This message was recorded at WorshipU, an online school and annual gathering hosted by Bethel Music in Redding, CA. Go to http://WorshipU.com to find out more.

    The Presence is Greater than the Pressure

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2017 33:36

    Jonathan shares powerful stories and revelation on the Father's presence bringing rest from pressure in our lives. ***Next month we will be switching to 1 Podcast episode per month, released every first Thursday*** For more information on our ministry, resources, and scheduled dates, go to www.jonathanhelser.com

    Your New Name

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2017 39:32

    Jonathan shares on the power of knowing, and living from your new name. Recorded in Dubai at the end of 2016. For more information on our ministry, music, and other resources, go to www.jonathanhelser.com 

    Growing Roots

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2017 34:19

    Melissa shares on being rooted and grounded in life in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit For more information, go to www.jonathanhelser.com 

    Worship Moment: "Catch the Wind"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2017 12:04

    Melissa leads a spontaneous worship moment after her song "Catch the Wind" at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, NC. 

    Staying Centered in Life and Ministry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2017 26:45

    Jonathan & Melissa share from their journey on what they have learned about staying centered in life, marriage, and ministry.   For additional media and resources, go to jonathanhelser.com

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