Plus Membership Changes As of January 2011

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 17, 2011

in Blog

Dear Friends,

What started out as a hobby in December of 2005 has radically changed our lives and the lives of many people around the world. Back then, we would have never dreamed we would be where we are today. One thing is for certain, Stephanie and I have felt the calling to share our lives online in a very authentic way in an effort to bring entertainment, education, inspiration, and encouragement to anyone who would listen.

As the amount of content that we felt led to share grew, we found that the community around the content grew as well. We knew that there were two main things that we wanted to do with First, we wanted to continue to provide high quality, consistent content people could count on. Second, we wanted to build a community where Stephanie and I are directly involved with those who listen to our shows as well as provide multiple tools and opportunities for our community to connect to each other based upon shared passions.

In January of 2008, Stephanie and I took a huge leap of faith by making the decision for me to leave my career in insurance behind so that we could pursue podcasting and new media work full time as a career. So many wonderful things have happened since then. We are especially grateful for the additional co-hosts that have joined us and allowed us to extend the range of our content that we produce. And we are most excited about the growth of the community and the amazing stories of true friendships have been built and are being built.

From March of 2008 through December 2010, Plus Membership was designed in such a way that many of our shows offered one episode per month that was available to everyone for free, and those who had become a Plus Member, by paying $10/month, had access to special rss feeds and a website that provided every episode of every podcast that we produced.

On January 10th, 2011, I published Episode 486 of Pursuing A Balanced Life that explained why I felt a very strong urge to make every episode, of every show we produce, available to everyone in the world for free. I would strongly urge you to listen to that episode to hear the full story of how Plus Membership got started and how it turned into what it is today.

So what is Plus Membership Today?
Plus Membership is all about supporting the entertaining, educational, encouraging, and inspirational content that is produced on a weekly basis. It is also all about “Joining The Community.” By this, we mean to invite you to connect with other people, from around the world, who share your same passions, to build authentic friendships that make a positive difference in your life.

What are the Benefits of Becoming A Plus Members & Joining The Community?

  • The good feeling that comes with knowing that you're supporting the entertaining, educational, encouraging, and inspirational content that we produce here at and that your support makes it possible for us to make every episode, of every podcast available, to everyone, free of charge.
  • You are given access to the online community found at, a place where you can establish and build amazing friendships with other folks around shared passions.
  • Monthly Plus Member conference calls. These conference calls will vary in topic and will be interactive, giving you the ability to participate both in a live chat room as well as the ability to call in and participate in the discussion. For those who are not able to attend these calls live, the recordings will be made available in a section on the online community website.
  • As a Plus Member, you'll have access to the complete podcast archives going all the way back to December of 2005.
  • Plus members will also receive a discount on the community meetups.
  • Plus Members have the opportunity to be introduced to the community via an interview on the Community Voice Podcast.

How Much Does Plus Membership Cost?
That's completely up to you! It has been the support of our Plus Members that has allowed us to devote the time and resources necessary to produce all the content that we've produced and to provide rich environments for community growth.

From this point forward, the cost of Plus Membership will be completely up to our Plus Members! The recommended contribution is $10 per month. However, there are options for lower and higher monthly contributions. There is also an option to make a one-time contribution of any sized amount as often as you desire. Technically speaking, you could become a Plus Member for a low as a single $1 contribution.

You see, at the heart of the matter, we do not want to hinder anyone from being able to fully participate in the community. If you make a financial contribution of any amount, you ARE a Plus Member…. FOR LIFE!

That's right! Your Plus Membership DOES NOT Expire! Let's say that you contributed $10 per month for eight months two years ago but then had to stop for whatever reason. We want you to know that your contributions for those eight months were extremely valuable to us and that contribution allowed us to produce content and grow this community during that period of time as a result. For this, we are very thankful!

Note: Monthly recurring contributions are set up through paypal. One-time contributions can be made by credit card or via PayPal. If neither of these options work for you, please email me at [email protected] to discuss other payment options.

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Do You Still Have Questions About Plus Membership?
If you still have any sort of questions, please check out our Plus Membership FAQ page!


Check out what some of our existing Plus Members are saying below:

Audio Testimonials

Jenny H. from Rochester, New York[audio:]

Chrstine Peel-Malkoff, New York, NY[audio:]

Darrell Darnell – Oklahoma City, OK[audio:]

Murphy from Louisiana[audio:]

Mary from Minnesota[audio:]

Anne T. from Germany[audio:]

Richi, Gessertshausen, Germany[audio:]

Aaron Benedict, Brooklyn, NY[audio:]

Willie Gillis, Memphis, TN[audio:]

Karen Richard, Worcester, MA[audio:]

Chris Oatley – Los Angeles, CA[audio:]

Wayne Henderson – Southern California[audio:]

Michaela Walsh – Melbourne Australia[audio:]

Jaime from Burbank, Califonia[audio:]

Tessa Lowe – England, UK (A Humorous Approach!)[audio:]

Michelle From Texas[audio:]

Michael Dean[audio:]

Written Testimonials

Cliff and Stephanie,

Murphy and I wanted to thank you for your advice on Dave Ramsey. We are on week 5 of Financial Peace University at a local church and we already have our $1,000 baby emergency fund and we have paid off one credit card.

We still have a long way to go, but you have inspired us to get our finances in line and become debt free!

Mary Martin

Hi Cliff,
Couldn't wait till 2010!! So I went ahead and got my plus membership n boy am I having fun with all the wonderful content that you provide….it was worth the investment!! I'm still waiting for the edirol to arrive in the mail n am drooling over the PR-40!! I still haven't added any furniture to the office so the echo is killing me..who knows I might just end up recording in my closet! lol
TC n God Bless

As for my deciding to become a plus member …. I stumbled across your LOST podcast a few months ago and fell in love with it. So I subscribed to that. Then I had to research what you guys were all about because you mentioned some other podcasts that you guys do. I was thrilled when I discovered that not only were you guys LOST fans, but Christians, too! So I started listening (and also subsribed) to the almost daily devotional. Love that, too, btw!

Anyway, I feel like I can just never get enough, and I figured since this is your life, your livlihood in fact, and $10 a month is not too much to give to someone who gives so much….
So thats the short of it.

Looking forward to hearing more from you guys!

Marie H.

It's impossible to think of how greatly you have influenced my life. I learned podcasting from you for crying out loud. You and Steph are a constant support and encouragement and I thank God for giving you to us. Your deep wisdom, your contagious enthusiasm, your irrevocable faith and genuine love for all of us are just a few of the remarkable qualities of you and your lovely wife. Thanks for demonstrating good parenting for those of us who may not have had such good parents, for demonstrating faith in trials, for demonstrating strength and fidelity in marriage. Thanks for building all of this on a foundation of love for people and for your community here. You are fuel for our creative fires. I only hope we can be the same for you. God bless the Ravenscrafts!

-Chris Oatley


I have been thinking about becoming a gspn Plus Member for a while and today I finally took the step and love getting every episode of “my” podcasts.. ;o) Also 10$ a month is really not that much for all the entertainment I get. I started listening to the Grey's podcast for quite some time ago. Now I am also subscribing to the Private Practice, Lost and Full Time Mom podcast and who knows, maybe I will find time to add even more podcasts to listen to while driving to and from work. I am not able to attend the live sessions as I live in Denmark and usually are sleeping while you are recording, but I enjoy listening to them afterwards.

Thank you for doing what you do and keep up the good work.

-Kjersti N

…As listeners we also feel that we are co-creating the shows. After my first feedback on About The Church, I was astonished how you not only discussed my questions quite openly and authentically, but also took the conversation forward for at least the next 5 weeks, still essentially following the line of questioning I'd initiated. I actually felt like I'd set the agenda for over a month of podcasting, with personal responses and encouragement from two compassionate men of my own generation. And moreover, I felt like I'd had an impact on your lives as well. If that's not going to persuade me to support your business financially, I don't know what is.

-Tess L.

Dearest Cliff and Stephanie;

I think I have spoken to you about how I have gotten my son Conor into Lost. Well, in the beginning of the summer I downloaded all of the previous Lost Podcasts so Conor could listen and I could keep up to speed. In the morning he puts my I-pod on our Bose docking station and we listen while I make our breakfast.

This morning we listened to the show where you talked about a listener in Hong Kong who probably speaks “hong kongese”. Stephanie then dead panned “Um, that would be Chinese Mr. World Traveler.” Well, Conor and I were laughing soo hard. Conor was laughing such a deep right from the toes laughter.

It reminded me of when he was a little boy and we used to tickle him. Thank-you Cliff and Stephanie!

Once again your podcasts have brought me such joy, and happiness. I just don't know what I would do without you!!!

When I pray tonight know that I will be praying to keep your family in my life forever. I must get to KY one of these days!!!!


HI Cliff, I heard you a couple of months back when you were a guest on the App Show. I decided to check out, and am now listening to Almost Daily Devotional, About the Church, and Family from the Heart. I appreciate what you are doing and have been blessed because of it. Becoming a plus member is the least that I can do, and at only $10 a month, how can I not, that is a bargain, it's 2 coffees a month. Anyways, I really appreciate what you are doing, keep up the great work, and may God continue you bless you and your family and everything that you do.

Mitchell B

Hi Cliff & Stephanie,

I wanted to say thank you for the wonderful podcasts that you have put out for us to hear. They are so inspiring for me. Your words have helped me during very difficult times in my life. You have inspired me to be a better steward of the money that God has provided for my family. You have inspired me to want to just be who I am and let God work with in me.

There is so much more that you two have done for me, and I can't even put it into words. There is a special place in my heart for both of you, and I continue to keep you in my daily prayer life. Thank you for inspiring me in working out, eating right, and finding a community of wonderful people. You are truly blessed with what you are doing, and I do believe that you are doing what God is calling you to do because you are changing lives, like mine.

Thank you again,

Jenn Davis

Hi Cliff,

I am writing to you as a grateful GSPN Plus member who wants to say thank you for inspiring me to pursue my passion. I have been a plus member since almost the beginning of plus membership and was listening to many of your podcasts before that. I listened to you on your journey to quit insurance and pursue your passion, and I hold so much respect and admiration for you for being able to do this. It has inspired me to pursue my passion.

My passion is dogs, and it always has been. I have been involved in dog rescue, walking, and training most of my life and it is what I love to do. In June, I graduated college with a Psychology degree and had many of those what am I going to do with my life moments. I had not gone away for College, I lived at home with my family in New York City, and I am very close to my mom and sister. When I graduated, I knew I wanted to go into dog training and dog rescue, but I was scared. Many people told me I would not make money doing this, I should go to graduate school and pursue human psychology, but that is not what I wanted to do. What I wanted to do was take a 6 week course in San Francisco, CA, at the SF SPCA Academy for dog trainers, which is widely respected as the best dog training school in the country, but is also known as extremely hard and intensive. After filling out some lengthy applications, I was accepted to the program, but unsure if I wanted to go. It would mean leaving my mom, sister, and dogs for the longest period of time I had every been away from home, and it was an expensive course that would use up most of my savings. But dogs are my passion, and this is what I wanted to do, so I did it. I have done very well and tomorrow will graduate with honors. I have learned so much and had a great time, and have learned that I certainly can now pursue my passion. My mom is coming here tomorrow for my graduation and we will then spend the weekend exploring SF, I can't wait to see her even though I've had such a great time. I plan to come back out here in a few months to do an internship program.

So I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to pursue my passion and follow what I love. I figured if you can do it, I can too. I love your podcasts and don't know what I would do without them, I need something to listen to while walking the 2 miles to and from the Academy as well as for my usual hour each morning at the gym. Congrats on your motivation to get healthy as well. I am a bit of a health fanatic and a runner, and I love that you have decided to pursue a healthy life. I fully support all of your efforts with eating healthy and walking and I love that you never say you are on a diet- you have changed your way of life, which is how it should be. While I don't usually have time to participate in live shows or on message boards, don't spend much time on the computer at all other than quick e-mail and loading podcasts on my ipod, know that I am listening and being inspired. Keep pursuing your passion and keep getting healthy!

Thanks for doing what you do,

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