Today we’d like to introduce you to Nathan Sack.
Hi Nathan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
My name is Nathan Sack, at 38 years old I have lived in Kansas City all my life except for two years away for Bible college in Tulsa. I am a family man first, married in 2011 to my beautiful wife Maritza and together we have two children Anna and David. I have worked in retail and the service industry mostly, as a manager serving others and working to create a good job culture.
People fascinate me! I like to listen to the stories of people who are on a God-inspired mission. I enjoy asking questions to learn more about the heart of what they are doing. I also like helping these people frame out what they are doing to establish a more focused effort to accomplish the mission they are on. I could do this all day one person after another. It really is one of the most fulfilling things in my life, seeing people light up as they share their heart’s desires is so rewarding.
I fell in love with Kansas City. When I was younger, I had always thought I would get out of Kansas City and see the country, but God had other plans for me. I have lived all over the metro. To date, I have fallen in love with Kansas City.
I have been through Kansas City so many times, but every time I venture out into the metropolitan area, I never fail to find new adventures new side streets, or other undiscovered hole-in-the-wall eateries. This city is teeming with old and new life. It marries so many different expressions of life together to make a more wonderful whole.
A life of Prayer. Prayer has always been a big part of my life. When I was younger, I remember parking in the Sandstone Theater parking lot and praying and then listening to hear what God would say. Through prayer, you get to know the heart of God on issues. It was through prayer that I realized God has a big heart for cities. Cities are all about taking care of the needs of people, whether that’s housing, transportation, water, electricity, green spaces, economy, safety, or fostering a healthy community.
I still pray as I drive through Kansas City. I have noticed great disparities between neighborhoods. Poverty is bad, but some neighborhoods seem to have a lack of hope, which is much worse. It has become part of my heart to contend and pray for the restoration of hope and prosperity to the many different areas of Kansas City?
I never intended to start a podcast. I was trying to help a few other people start a podcast but due to different circumstances they never launched. This was somewhat discouraging because I had put some effort into planning and creating ideas for them. Instead of letting go of all the brainstorming and dreaming to help others start a podcast, I decided to start one on my own.
In the fall of 2019, I began working on the premise of the podcast. With a fascination for people, a love for Kansas City, and a love for God I decided to focus my podcast on providing a platform to showcase the efforts of the kingdom of God.
So, what is the Kingdom of God? In short, the kingdom of God is made up of people who are partnered with the mission of God on earth. The famous Our Father prayer that Jesus prayed on earth depicts the total desired outcome of this mission in its opening phrase: Thy kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven.
The people of this kingdom have decided to make Jesus Christ their king. They choose to live by the values and laws of the bible (of which Loving God and Your Neighbor are primary). In this kingdom, the citizens are called ambassadors and they go to represent heaven and to see the mission of God’s will happening on earth as it is in heaven.
With the podcast, I was first thinking along the lines of figuring out how kingdom businesses in Kansas City positively affect their people customers, and neighborhoods. I believe that businesses are uniquely equipped to deal with real-world problems, even address the complex problems of homelessness and poverty.
I started the podcast in the spring of 2020. After creating a few episodes, I realized that poverty and a lack of hope were being addressed not by just kingdom businesses, but by many different aspects of kingdom society as well. I then refocused the podcast toward Discovering the kingdom of God in Kansas City – One conversation at a time.
With this new focus, I am now able to interview the many different people and organizations that play a role in addressing these issues in the areas of education, entertainment, city government, social programs, etc.
There are a couple of different types of podcasts I create.
A Kingdom Brief: A shorter podcast between 5 – 10 minutes focusing on upcoming and ongoing events in Kansas City. As of right now for kingdom briefs, I regularly interview Scott Stanger with God’s Relay Race which is a marketplace prayer gathering, and Bill Otterness with Otterness Missions which focuses on taking the gospel to the streets.
A Guest Podcast: These are longer episodes leading listeners through the discovery of a specific expression of God’s Kingdom in all areas of life.
As of April 24th, 2022, I have produced thirty-four interviews. It is truly an honor to listen to and share the stories of these incredible people. I am confident God will use this podcast to help those who have His heart better discover, map out and maximize what He is doing in this city.
I look forward to seeing the transformation of lives in Kansas City, thriving with renewed hope and prosperity.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As I mentioned in my story, I never intended to start a podcast. In the beginning, I had no idea about audio equipment or how to edit, add music to, format, and produce a show.
I am a good self-learner even though it was like drinking from a fire hose to learn all the different roles of producing a podcast. It’s a little intimidating at first to ask people to be on a podcast.
You’re asking for their time and building rapport so that they will trust you with their voice. I want to be sure to represent them well.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I have been working with a small business in Kansas City for the past 13 years. I enjoy optimizing the many different aspects of the business. Because it is a small business, I wear many different hats. If something needs to get done, I probably know how to do it.
An operations manager is probably the closest role to define what I do. Trust is the main currency I operate with. I have earned the trust of the owner, clients, and teammates. I like fostering a work culture where people want to work and a learning environment where people can better themselves.
If I had to pick I would say building up and optimizing people and teams would be my main focus.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Camping with the family. As a family with six kids, we would go to Bennett Springs State Park at least once a year.
We would have fires late into the night and wake up and fish in the beautiful river that was stocked with trout. Bennett Springs is a place of peace for me, it is an oasis of fond memories.
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