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“I know what to do. I just need to do it!” That was how I responded to my health coach when she asked if I had any questions about improving my diet and increasing my activity level. I’m guessing that is true of you, too. We know what it takes to be physically healthy—exercise and good nutrition—but sometimes we struggle to do it.

Our spiritual lives are similar. We know what we need to grow as Christians, but we would benefit from some tips and tricks toward integrating it into our daily routine.

Get Your Spirit in Shape is a free, 30-minute, monthly podcast from United Methodist Communications featuring conversations with leaders, authors, and others who offer spiritual nutrition and exercises for our everyday lives.

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Author and speaker Brian McLaren is a 2017 guest on Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast. Photo courtesy Brian McLaren.

Episode 026: Way of Life with Brian McLaren

The bestselling author and speaker chats about the Christian way of life, the method of United Methodism, and ways to live and love as Jesus teaches. Listen

David Teems is an expert on early versions of the Bible in English. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 025: Voices of the Reformation with David Teems

Faithful Christians throughout history can inspire us. An author and expert shares lessons from the reformers that can strengthen our spirits today. Listen

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. leads the Great Plains Annual Conference.  Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Episode 024: Meet Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

The Great Plains bishop shares his call to ordained ministry from a career as a high school teacher, football coach, and business owner. Listen

Bishop Susan Haupert-Johnson was called to ministry after an early career in law. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 023: Meet Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson

Bishop Sue tells us about her early career in law, her call to ministry, her love of books and Broadway, and her daily practice of silence. Listen

Paul Gomez is part of a fascinating conversation about faith and life in our Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 022: Living Our Faith Daily with Paul Gomez

A United Methodist college student shares how he lives out his faith in school, at work, in his service to the church, and even while driving. Listen

Bishop Harald Rückert once studied food technology, speaks four languages and plays the saxophone. Photo by Volker Kiemle, Communications Germany United Methodist Church.

Episode 021: Meet Bishop Harald Rückert

In this conversation, we learn that the bishop of the Germany Central Conference once studied food technology, plays the sax, and speaks 4 languages. Listen

Providing and protecting water is Lorrie King's job and her passion. Photo courtesy Lorrie King.

Episode 020: God's Precious Gift of Water with Lorrie King

Have you ever wondered what you can do to address water issues? Learn some everyday tips to help conserve and protect God's precious gift of water. Listen

The Rev. Adam Weber is lead pastor of Embrace United Methodist Church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Adam Weber.

Episode 019: Talking with God through Prayer with Adam Weber

Do you struggle with prayer? Ever wonder if you’re doing it ‘right’? Get tips and thoughts for improving your prayer life from a United Methodist pastor and author. Listen

The United Methodist Church interviewed children about their faith for an advertising campaign. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 018: Learning about God by Listening to Kids with Jacob Armstrong and Jennifer Rodia

What can we learn about God and our faith from children? Quite a bit! Hear what kids ages 5-12 have to teach us about questions, miracles, the church and more. Listen

A United Methodist pastor and mom shares her experiences in being a mom. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder.

Episode 017: Parenting, Chaos, and Community with Betsy Singleton Snyder

Life can be crazy, especially as the mom of 4 young boys. Hear how this pastor's faith, famiily, church, and community helped her become an even better parent, pastor, and Christian. Listen

Episode 016: Peace, Simplicity and a Tiny House with Rebecca Rutter

During a stressful season, this pastor built her own tiny house. Along the way, she learned about going green, living simply, and growing in Christ. Listen

The Rev. Paul Chilcote sings a hymn of Charles Wesley during the 2016 Wesley Pilgrimage in England. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 015: Singing Our Faith in Lent & Easter with Paul Chilcote

Hymns are written to be sung! As United Methodist scholar the Rev. Paul Chilcote shares, Charles Wesley’s also have much to teach us during this season of resurrection. Listen

In this episode of Get Your Spirit in Shape podcast, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares how his cancer diagnosis impacted his life and faith. Photo courtesy of Jason Micheli.

Episode 014: Keeping Faith and Humor in Cancer with Jason Micheli

A phone call can change everything in an instant. In this podcast episode, United Methodist pastor Jason Micheli shares how his cancer diagnosis impacted his life and faith. Listen

Mike McHargue is the author of ‘Finding God in the Waves,’ and host of podcasts, ‘Ask Science Mike’ and ‘The Liturgists Podcast.’ Photos courtesy of Mike McHargue.

Episode 013: How Science Led from Atheism to Faith with Mike McHargue

Questions and doubts can challenge our faith. United Methodist podcaster and author “Science Mike” shares his journey from belief to atheism, then back to a renewed faith. Listen

Author and professor Paul Chilcote has written a devotional using the Advent and Christmas hymns of Charles Wesley. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 012: Singing Our Faith at Christmas with Paul Chilcote

Hymns aren't just for singing! The hymns of Charles Wesley also teach us about our faith and help us draw closer to Christ in this holy season. Listen

The Rev. Ken Sloane invites us to see generosity as an opportunity for joy. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 011: Generosity is Good for the Soul with Ken Sloane

Generosity is not an obligation, but an opportunity to experience the joy of giving to another and connecting with God. Listen

Shirley Bachelder, 95, shares in an episode of our podcast how she stays in constant communication with God. Photo by Fran Walsh, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 010: Life lessons from a 95-yearl-old United Methodist

Shirley Bachelder, 95, shares life lessons about faith, friendship, prayer, gratitude, and love. Her wisdom will encourage and inspire you. Listen

Sheila Bates joined us in our studio to record an episode of Get Your Spirit in Shape. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 009: College, Church and Faith with Sheila Bates

Finding a faith community in college can be challenging. A college ministry leader shares tips that are helpful to students, parents and churches. Listen

Episode 008: Everyday Disciples with Steve Manskar, Melanie Gordon, and Chris Wilterdink

Becoming a Christian is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of following Jesus. We need companions to help us along the way. Listen

Episode 007: Changing Pastors? It's Going to be Okay with Bob Kaylor

Getting a new pastor can be unsettling. The Rev. Bob Kaylor shares ideas to help and assures us everything is going to be OK. Listen

Episode 006: We Believe in Prayer from General Conference

Bishops of The United Methodist Church share what it means to lead the church in prayer. #UMCGC Listen

Hannah Foust has raised enough money to build 3 wells in West Africa, and has inspired others to build 13 more. #UMCGC Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 005: Called to Serve with Hannah Foust from General Conference

14-year-old Hannah Foust felt called to help people who do not have access to clean drinking water. She teaches about what it means to respond to God's call. Listen

Episode 004: Can You Be Social and Spiritual Too? with R. Scott Miller

Have you ever thought of using Facebook in your spiritual life? In this podcast episode, the Rev. R. Scott Miller shares some ideas on how we can! Listen

Spiritual director Whitney Simpson teaches how to find and create sacred space in your life. Photo by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 003: Sacred Spaces with Whitney Simpson

In episode 3, spiritual director Whitney Simpson talks about finding holy places in our everyday lives—even in a 1970s era corduroy chair purchased at a yard sale. Listen

Authors Jenny Youngman and Kara Oliver have written books to help families begin devotions in the home. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Episode 002: Family Devotions with Kara Oliver and Jenny Youngman

In this episode filled with laughter and great stories, authors Jenny Youngman and Kara Oliver share how we can celebrate our faith as a family—even a really busy one! Listen

Episode 001: When We’re Bad at Being Good with J Brent Bill

In this episode author J. Brent Bill discusses how we strive to deepen our spiritual lives and offers tips for times we fail and fear we don't measure up. Listen