Shane Stanford

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“I was taught early in my own journey that with the uncertainties of life we should make each day count for something bigger than ourselves.  And after one or many days of trying we discover a life that truly matters.”


Shane Stanford is a father, husband, author, teacher, and friend. He is emerging from a 30- year ministry in the pulpit as a United Methodist Pastor, and has most recently answered the call to lead JourneyWise, a faith-based multi media ministry.

Two of his primary goals throughout his ministry have been teaching people to love Jesus and love LIKE Jesus in the world and helping them understand that they matter in this world and in His kingdom. The latter being derived from his personal mission verse…

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The Podcast

You Matter is a faith-based podcast hosted by Shane Stanford. For most of his 30+ year ministry, he’s incorporated the phrase “Be Salt and Light, You Matter” into his sermons, and missions out of Matthew 5 : 13-16 (NIV)

This podcast primarily focuses on interviews between Shane & his guests sharing their stories and how they matter in their communities. Everyone can find a soft place to land on You Matter, no matter their walk or journey. Between guests, Shane will share his own wisdom and lessons he’s learned along the way.

13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

From Shane


Redeeming the Broken & Winding Roads We Travel

What if you could have Jesus Himself as your life’s companion? To be JourneyWise is to discover and live out the simple yet powerful truths of the Beatitudes. It is through the Beatitudes, which literally mean “blessings,” that Jesus gives us a new definition of significance before leading us to reflect on the deeper meaning of life, our relationship with God, and the interconnections we have with others. This book will stir your spirit and touch your emotions to bring healing so you can follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Writing with honesty, poignancy, and compassion about the complexities of our daily existence, Shane shows how, in each beatitude, Jesus provides a foundation for developing a significant and spiritually formed life. Here, you will find words of hope and the infinite possibilities of Christ’s simple blessings.

JourneyWise with Jesus.