The Renaissance of Storytelling of the Gospel

The Renaissance of Storytelling of the Gospel

Fall in love with Jesus through theatrical presentations. Listen to the story of Monarch Ministries. Hear how the Lord placed in Amy and Derrick Rodriguez's heart with the partnership of Kimberly Kerr to teach through Renaissance storytelling and Irish dancing to bring the Gospel to others. Your creative heart will be stirred to find out more.

This episode is dedicated to Jordan Lewis.

25 Minutes • 3 months ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Members of Monarch Ministries

 

Fall in love with Jesus through theatrical presentations. Listen to the story of Monarch Ministries.

Hear how the Lord placed in Amy and Derrick Rodriguez's heart with the partnership of Kimberly Kerr to teach through Renaissance storytelling and Irish dancing to bring the Gospel to others.

Your creative heart will be stirred to find out more.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: So, I begin his podcast today with a celebration of an anniversary. It may not be something that you're used to celebrating or that you even want to think about. But today I celebrate the five-year anniversary of my friend Jordan Lewis passing to heaven. If you've listened to me for very long, you know my relationship with Jordan was one of teacher-student, of pastor and someone who attended my church. I had the privilege of doing his wedding to Katie and I know his parents very well. I know Ron Lewis and Lynette and the suffering they went through as they watched their son die of cancer. Ron Lewis was is a pastor who ministered all over the world. He saw people healed in ministry after ministry, and when he prayed for his own son, he saw different result. We're all mature Christians and we expect sometimes God's will is misunderstood, and I'm with that. I understand it. But I'll tell you what, it doesn't hurt any less today than it did five years ago when I saw his father lay his body over that casket and just cry; a cry that I never want to hear again. It was rattling to me as a pastor. My strength and stability and all of my faith were rattled. There was a quake of my faith, very real. But today I’m a little lighter every year. It's not that I'm forgetting or hurting less, but I'm celebrating more the life of Jordan Lewis and the ministry that he had, and all that he's done after his death through the raising of funds for all over the world. I want to just tell you one little story about the life of Jordan Lewis and being his pastor, being his teacher, his dean at Oral Roberts University, what I saw in him. I tell this story, and maybe you've heard me tell it. I think it's in my book. I can't remember.

 

·         23-Year-Old ORU Grad Dies of Cancer with Wife of 9 Months by His Side

·         Only the Beginning: Cancer Couldn’t Stop this ORU Couple

 

But I know that when he carried Katie across the threshold, he said, when we go into this house together, we agree that we will never speak poorly of anyone in our household. It'll never happen. When I spoke with his father today, he said I want to tell you about something about Jordan I’ll bet you don't know, and I know all the people who have ever been around him and said exactly the same thing. Jordan never said a cuss word in his life. To some of us that reaches miracle phase. To not stub your toe and have a bad word that comes out of your mouth, this is good. But he never said a bad word in his entire life according to those who've been around him and know him. But I want to add to that. I haven't met one person who ever heard Jordan Lewis speak poorly about anyone in their life ever. Certainly, his wife, their life together, he didn't. I watched him go through agony. I saw healed of a cancer. And I saw him really begin a new life full of hope and joy, knowing that he was given a reprieve and he would go foward. And then, having that diagnosis come a second time where it had spread through other parts of his body, and he lived very short time. We did the wedding in there. Katie married him knowing that he had a death sentence on his life, but also believing the healing power of the Lord Jesus. He was healed completely, but not in the way we all wanted him to be healed. So, believe it or not saints that are listening to this podcast, there is a celebration in heaven today, his anniversary there. I love Jordan Lewis. I always will. I celebrate him and a great life that he lived and what a witness this little 20-something year-old was. I think he died at 23. But when he was a student, I saw students reveal him, respect him, admire him, want to be like him, and that's at a Christian college. That's how I honor him, for the effect that he still has on the lives of people all these years later. We have not forgotten him and won't. So, I dedicate this powerful podcast what's going to happen in this show. I dedicate it to the memory of Jordan Lewis, my friend and someone I want to grow up to be like.

 

I've got a little bit different show for you today. We're not going to talk about a book today, we're going to talk about the arts in a much different way in a way that I think will just bless your socks and your heart and your shoes. Every part of you is going to get blessed by what this group of people with me today, what this family means to each other and what they mean to the gospel and the telling of the gospel in a very unique way. So, I want to welcome to the studio Monarch Ministries, it’s a powerful ministry that we're going to talk about now. Here's who's with us:  Derek Rodriguez and Amy Rodriguez. And Kim Kerr, she's a Kimberly and I like to say a full name because my daughter is a Kimberly and we still don't call her Kim. So, Derek, I guess I'll start with you to define and talk to us about what is monarch ministries

 

Derek Rodriguez: Monarch Ministries is a very unique presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a theatrical setting. It utilizes Irish step dance, clever English humor and original song and dance to present to the audience, first of all the love of God and to have them fall in love with Jesus.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, you're going to do a theatrical presentation of the gospel. People are going to fall in love with Jesus, there's going to be an altar call at the end of the show. So, I'm going to have the ladies, in fact I want have the writer, to speak to us first about what you did as a playwright. What was your vision and how you put this together?

 

Amy Rodriguez: Kim and I have known each other since seventh grade we've been best friends for a very long time and the Holy Spirit started revealing these images, these visions to us, of this Renaissance production. We started recording ourselves on horses and the medieval setting. We fell in love with the Celts.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So why? Tell me tell me why a writer would have the heart to go back in a medieval time and write a story really of the time of Luther.

 

Amy Rodriguez: Well, that's how our starts off.  It is the posting of the thesis upon the door. So, we feel like we're ushering in another anti-religious movement, focusing on grace, focusing on God's love and righteousness, and it also teaches spiritual warfare. We feel like it's time for another one of these movements, to show people the real love of God.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: As you define movement here in your work and your ministry and what you all want to have happen, the center of your movement is grace? Is that what I heard you say?

 

Amy Rodriguez: Yes, grace and empowerment. The main character is Monique, who struggles between truth and spirit. The spirit side is kind of a kind of an uncomfortable portion of our lives as believers, and so we really relate to Monique. She's trying to convert this washed up knight wannabe and she's trying to use light-hearted, friendly conversation to convert him instead of the real powerful gospel itself, which is played out in the second half. She learns really quick that he doesn't want anything to do with God or religion unless it's a real deal. So, she has to alter her game. And, like Billy Graham, she has to get right back into the simple gospel message. In the end, that is the most powerful part of the Monarch play. It starts out very funny. The Irish dance is surely a pull for most people.

 

·         Listen to the song “Unconditionally” from Monarch Ministries

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Tell us a little bit about that. Why did you choose Irish dance to go along with this period?

 

Amy Rodriguez: It’s a question I'm going to ask the Holy Spirit one day, God face to face. But it happened in church, New Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida. In worship, God started just revealing this vision and I started writing.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Did you start dancing?

 

Amy Rodriguez: We did start dancing. We didn't know what we were doing. We used a lot of instructional videos and people and in the community, but we taught Irish dance; very, very basic. It's addictive. Now the gal that we are bringing on board is from Galway and she is professional and she's bringing in a lot of the dancers that danced in River Dance and Lord of the Dance and at Disney. So, we're doing this at a whole different level of professionalism. Everything we've done so far has been volunteer based and us just trying to figure it out. We’re just trying to tell a story and get our hands on people and just love on him. That’s the goal; the production is a seeding and then the harvest comes after.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, Kim, I want to talk to you a little bit about that. You didn’t pick a place out in the country to do this like Eureka Springs to do a Passion Play. You come to Orlando and you want to do a play, a musical, a show, a professional presentation where there's Disney and lots of other shows all over the area. I heard in your vision that you want to be excellent. And you want to be able to do a quality show at that level and tell the gospel story. Tell me about that vision.

 

Kimberly Kerr: So, being in Orlando, if you look at monarch as a mission, we send people out to over the world to do mission work. The nations are here. The nations are in Orlando. I don't know how many people come to Orlando every year, maybe over 100 million, and we have an opportunity to give them something faith-based, something that's going to tell them about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I want to drill down there a little bit because I've heard you say this and I really think this is the message of the podcast, one of the takeaways for me, and that's that you want to give them a memorable experience that is of equal quality to anything they would see here. That's admirable and that's good. But let's take the next step. It's here because the world comes to us here in Orlando. Most of our listeners know that this podcast is generated right from a little bit north of Orlando. And we know that this is a melting pot site. They come from everywhere, multiple millions of people every day coming into Orlando and that's how you're going to reach the world. Talk to me about that heart.

 

Amy Rodriguez: We are to go into all the world. I wrote a song called Yvon Galion that I dedicated my father, one of the best evangelists I've ever known. His voice is on the bridge and it recites our commission of go into all the world. That’s where we are here in Orlando. The world is coming to us. Through the popularity of shows like River Dance and Lord of the Dance, those are our trailblazers, so to speak. If you want to tell a story of romance, like we long to tell people, that's the setting.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, people are going to leave feeling good about themselves. They can have a nice clean, pure show that will be done with Christian spiritual leaders telling this story of the gospel and you're going to end with an opportunity to be blessed, to have hands laid on. Tell me about why you have that as part of your show.

 

Amy Rodriguez: I'm a Kairos Bible College student here in Lake Mary, and I long to minister.  I have access to many teams in the area that long to minister, a lot from different churches all over in different ministries. That would be our new volunteer base, those people who want to come and minister afterward. So, we need the professionalism. Amanda Finnegan of the Finnegan School of Dance has the skill set. The script, if I do say so myself, is very funny. People love it and relate to it. A lot of church people will relate to this humor and how we go about awkwardly trying to share the gospel. There are little strategies, and in the end, it's just tell them about the story of Jesus.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Amy, Kim and Derek, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Monarch Ministries

·         On Facebook

·         Monarchplays.com

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Members of Monarch Ministries

 

Fall in love with Jesus through theatrical presentations. Listen to the story of Monarch Ministries.

Hear how the Lord placed in Amy and Derrick Rodriguez's heart with the partnership of Kimberly Kerr to teach through Renaissance storytelling and Irish dancing to bring the Gospel to others.

Your creative heart will be stirred to find out more.

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: So, I begin his podcast today with a celebration of an anniversary. It may not be something that you're used to celebrating or that you even want to think about. But today I celebrate the five-year anniversary of my friend Jordan Lewis passing to heaven. If you've listened to me for very long, you know my relationship with Jordan was one of teacher-student, of pastor and someone who attended my church. I had the privilege of doing his wedding to Katie and I know his parents very well. I know Ron Lewis and Lynette and the suffering they went through as they watched their son die of cancer. Ron Lewis was is a pastor who ministered all over the world. He saw people healed in ministry after ministry, and when he prayed for his own son, he saw different result. We're all mature Christians and we expect sometimes God's will is misunderstood, and I'm with that. I understand it. But I'll tell you what, it doesn't hurt any less today than it did five years ago when I saw his father lay his body over that casket and just cry; a cry that I never want to hear again. It was rattling to me as a pastor. My strength and stability and all of my faith were rattled. There was a quake of my faith, very real. But today I’m a little lighter every year. It's not that I'm forgetting or hurting less, but I'm celebrating more the life of Jordan Lewis and the ministry that he had, and all that he's done after his death through the raising of funds for all over the world. I want to just tell you one little story about the life of Jordan Lewis and being his pastor, being his teacher, his dean at Oral Roberts University, what I saw in him. I tell this story, and maybe you've heard me tell it. I think it's in my book. I can't remember.

 

·         23-Year-Old ORU Grad Dies of Cancer with Wife of 9 Months by His Side

·         Only the Beginning: Cancer Couldn’t Stop this ORU Couple

 

But I know that when he carried Katie across the threshold, he said, when we go into this house together, we agree that we will never speak poorly of anyone in our household. It'll never happen. When I spoke with his father today, he said I want to tell you about something about Jordan I’ll bet you don't know, and I know all the people who have ever been around him and said exactly the same thing. Jordan never said a cuss word in his life. To some of us that reaches miracle phase. To not stub your toe and have a bad word that comes out of your mouth, this is good. But he never said a bad word in his entire life according to those who've been around him and know him. But I want to add to that. I haven't met one person who ever heard Jordan Lewis speak poorly about anyone in their life ever. Certainly, his wife, their life together, he didn't. I watched him go through agony. I saw healed of a cancer. And I saw him really begin a new life full of hope and joy, knowing that he was given a reprieve and he would go foward. And then, having that diagnosis come a second time where it had spread through other parts of his body, and he lived very short time. We did the wedding in there. Katie married him knowing that he had a death sentence on his life, but also believing the healing power of the Lord Jesus. He was healed completely, but not in the way we all wanted him to be healed. So, believe it or not saints that are listening to this podcast, there is a celebration in heaven today, his anniversary there. I love Jordan Lewis. I always will. I celebrate him and a great life that he lived and what a witness this little 20-something year-old was. I think he died at 23. But when he was a student, I saw students reveal him, respect him, admire him, want to be like him, and that's at a Christian college. That's how I honor him, for the effect that he still has on the lives of people all these years later. We have not forgotten him and won't. So, I dedicate this powerful podcast what's going to happen in this show. I dedicate it to the memory of Jordan Lewis, my friend and someone I want to grow up to be like.

 

I've got a little bit different show for you today. We're not going to talk about a book today, we're going to talk about the arts in a much different way in a way that I think will just bless your socks and your heart and your shoes. Every part of you is going to get blessed by what this group of people with me today, what this family means to each other and what they mean to the gospel and the telling of the gospel in a very unique way. So, I want to welcome to the studio Monarch Ministries, it’s a powerful ministry that we're going to talk about now. Here's who's with us:  Derek Rodriguez and Amy Rodriguez. And Kim Kerr, she's a Kimberly and I like to say a full name because my daughter is a Kimberly and we still don't call her Kim. So, Derek, I guess I'll start with you to define and talk to us about what is monarch ministries

 

Derek Rodriguez: Monarch Ministries is a very unique presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a theatrical setting. It utilizes Irish step dance, clever English humor and original song and dance to present to the audience, first of all the love of God and to have them fall in love with Jesus.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, you're going to do a theatrical presentation of the gospel. People are going to fall in love with Jesus, there's going to be an altar call at the end of the show. So, I'm going to have the ladies, in fact I want have the writer, to speak to us first about what you did as a playwright. What was your vision and how you put this together?

 

Amy Rodriguez: Kim and I have known each other since seventh grade we've been best friends for a very long time and the Holy Spirit started revealing these images, these visions to us, of this Renaissance production. We started recording ourselves on horses and the medieval setting. We fell in love with the Celts.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So why? Tell me tell me why a writer would have the heart to go back in a medieval time and write a story really of the time of Luther.

 

Amy Rodriguez: Well, that's how our starts off.  It is the posting of the thesis upon the door. So, we feel like we're ushering in another anti-religious movement, focusing on grace, focusing on God's love and righteousness, and it also teaches spiritual warfare. We feel like it's time for another one of these movements, to show people the real love of God.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: As you define movement here in your work and your ministry and what you all want to have happen, the center of your movement is grace? Is that what I heard you say?

 

Amy Rodriguez: Yes, grace and empowerment. The main character is Monique, who struggles between truth and spirit. The spirit side is kind of a kind of an uncomfortable portion of our lives as believers, and so we really relate to Monique. She's trying to convert this washed up knight wannabe and she's trying to use light-hearted, friendly conversation to convert him instead of the real powerful gospel itself, which is played out in the second half. She learns really quick that he doesn't want anything to do with God or religion unless it's a real deal. So, she has to alter her game. And, like Billy Graham, she has to get right back into the simple gospel message. In the end, that is the most powerful part of the Monarch play. It starts out very funny. The Irish dance is surely a pull for most people.

 

·         Listen to the song “Unconditionally” from Monarch Ministries

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Tell us a little bit about that. Why did you choose Irish dance to go along with this period?

 

Amy Rodriguez: It’s a question I'm going to ask the Holy Spirit one day, God face to face. But it happened in church, New Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida. In worship, God started just revealing this vision and I started writing.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Did you start dancing?

 

Amy Rodriguez: We did start dancing. We didn't know what we were doing. We used a lot of instructional videos and people and in the community, but we taught Irish dance; very, very basic. It's addictive. Now the gal that we are bringing on board is from Galway and she is professional and she's bringing in a lot of the dancers that danced in River Dance and Lord of the Dance and at Disney. So, we're doing this at a whole different level of professionalism. Everything we've done so far has been volunteer based and us just trying to figure it out. We’re just trying to tell a story and get our hands on people and just love on him. That’s the goal; the production is a seeding and then the harvest comes after.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, Kim, I want to talk to you a little bit about that. You didn’t pick a place out in the country to do this like Eureka Springs to do a Passion Play. You come to Orlando and you want to do a play, a musical, a show, a professional presentation where there's Disney and lots of other shows all over the area. I heard in your vision that you want to be excellent. And you want to be able to do a quality show at that level and tell the gospel story. Tell me about that vision.

 

Kimberly Kerr: So, being in Orlando, if you look at monarch as a mission, we send people out to over the world to do mission work. The nations are here. The nations are in Orlando. I don't know how many people come to Orlando every year, maybe over 100 million, and we have an opportunity to give them something faith-based, something that's going to tell them about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: I want to drill down there a little bit because I've heard you say this and I really think this is the message of the podcast, one of the takeaways for me, and that's that you want to give them a memorable experience that is of equal quality to anything they would see here. That's admirable and that's good. But let's take the next step. It's here because the world comes to us here in Orlando. Most of our listeners know that this podcast is generated right from a little bit north of Orlando. And we know that this is a melting pot site. They come from everywhere, multiple millions of people every day coming into Orlando and that's how you're going to reach the world. Talk to me about that heart.

 

Amy Rodriguez: We are to go into all the world. I wrote a song called Yvon Galion that I dedicated my father, one of the best evangelists I've ever known. His voice is on the bridge and it recites our commission of go into all the world. That’s where we are here in Orlando. The world is coming to us. Through the popularity of shows like River Dance and Lord of the Dance, those are our trailblazers, so to speak. If you want to tell a story of romance, like we long to tell people, that's the setting.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: So, people are going to leave feeling good about themselves. They can have a nice clean, pure show that will be done with Christian spiritual leaders telling this story of the gospel and you're going to end with an opportunity to be blessed, to have hands laid on. Tell me about why you have that as part of your show.

 

Amy Rodriguez: I'm a Kairos Bible College student here in Lake Mary, and I long to minister.  I have access to many teams in the area that long to minister, a lot from different churches all over in different ministries. That would be our new volunteer base, those people who want to come and minister afterward. So, we need the professionalism. Amanda Finnegan of the Finnegan School of Dance has the skill set. The script, if I do say so myself, is very funny. People love it and relate to it. A lot of church people will relate to this humor and how we go about awkwardly trying to share the gospel. There are little strategies, and in the end, it's just tell them about the story of Jesus.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Amy, Kim and Derek, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Monarch Ministries

·         On Facebook

·         Monarchplays.com

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

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