The Productive Pastor

Welcome to the 96th episode of Productive Pastor. We've got a fantastic episode with Karl Vaters for you! He's the author of Small Church Essentials and The Grasshopper Myth. He's also the teaching pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. 

In this episode we talk about: 

  • The church industrial complex and the problem with grow, grow, grow.
  • How your churches denomination and culture play into the idea of growth.
  • Big churches require a different type of funding and membership. 
  • It's about gifting, not skill. Or better or worse skills. Just a different type of personality. 
  • Extroverts and Introverts in ministry, and how that plays out in ministry. 
  •  The longer the church has been around, the more challenging it will be for defining pastoral expectations. 
  •  APEST and the job of the pastor. 
  •  The tension of defining large vs. small in different church traditions. 
  • The role of tenure in the small church. 
  • Vision casting in the small church.  

Connect with Karl 

New Small Church (blog)
@karlvaters
Small Church Essentials*
The Grasshopper Myth*

Back Matter

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I want to share about 3 things I'm thinking about and hearing about a bunch right now. This episode will be a bit of a mishmash, but it's all recurring conversations in the Productive Pastor world. 

Front Matter

Big Data and the 21st Century Church - Justin Allison 

I can't begin to tell you how Justin's thoughts and writing have had us at Foundry thinking about how we utilize our database. He's asking some great questions, but also showing you how to do some amazing work inside of Planning Center People

Productive Pastor on Patreon 

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Preaching, Podcasting, and Paper

Preaching
This isn't as much as a conversation about my preaching, but how I am listening and learning from other preachers. I've always been on the lookout for some of my favorite podcasts on the art of preaching and preparation. Here are the ones I listen to right now. 

The Art of the Sermon
SermonSmith
The Teaching Pastor

Podcasting
I think more and more churches (and pastors) are beginning to podcast outside of simply sharing their sermon. I think it is an amazing way to expand your voice, create better engagement, and find new ways to talk about your ministry. This is a growing segment, and here are three podcasts I find extremely interesting. 

Maybe God
The Holy Family Podcast
This Cultural Moment  

If you want to explore a more narrative podcast with your church, or just simply up your game on podcasting, here are a few pieces of equipment I find to be extremely helpful towards creating a quality podcast. *

Interface : Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 or Zoom H6N (I use both of these)
Microphone : Shure SM58  

Paper
Over the last few months I have been using paper more and more as I plan and work. I've gone back to using many things I have created over the years and slowly moved away from. Now, I am almost entirely paper based in my actual workflow. 

Back Matter

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A Year of Talking With God (with Adam Weber)

I’ve got to say, Adam is consistently one of my favourite podcast guests. Below I’ve linked to all the times I’ve had him on a show. We spend our time talking about being the author of a book on prayer has changed his personal life with God, the way he relates to his family, and how this has helped and been part of his fast-growing church. We also have a great story about how Adam learned about sheep.

Podcast Episodes

Productive Pastor 76 (Talking With God) 

Adam Weber, Church Planting, and being Missional | TTF 35

Adam Weber on Prayer | TTF 83

AdamWeber.com

Back Matter

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You can grab it at https://www.patreon.com/revchadbrooks

 

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When was the last time you admitted you made a mistake?

Face it, we all make mistakes. There are two different kinds of mistakes. The first are the mistakes we make when we don't have the knowledge and/or ability to execute a task. The second type of mistake are the ones we willingly make because we don't have the margin or resources to go for the win.

Front Matter

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The Mistakes We All Make

Willful mistakes are all about us gambling about what we are willing to sacrifice. Here are the three mistakes I've been super intentional about in my life lately.

  1. We sacrifice our ability to tell the truth.
    This is all about when we simply don't have the time or margin to do everything we tell people we will do. It undermines our character and we get a reputation as someone who doesn't do what they say. I'm becoming hyper aware of this and what I need to do about it.
  2. We sacrifice our best.
    We end up spending an inordinate amount of time on what we are worst at.
  3. We sacrifice our boundaries.
    This is becoming one of the most important things to me. But to understand our boundaries, we need to realize we first need to work on our own self-boundaries. Build into yourself the practices you need the most.

Back Matter

Have you checked out the Productive Pastor Community? It’s an awesome place for ministry leaders to have productivity and time management resources. It’s absolutely free and connects you on Facebook to other folks in the community.

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Welcome back to Productive Pastor. In this episode, I talk with JR Forasteros about content creation and content curation. JR is no stranger to the podcast, so it's awesome to have him back on and I talk with him about one of my favorite topics. 

The Pastor as Content Creator and Curator

  • Did you ever have a time in ministry when you weren't creating content?
  • Have you ever been scared for a church to read your content?
  • What content JR is creating
  • Pastors are consistently creating content and that makes you a better content creator.
  • Pastors are creating MASSIVE content each week, and have access to one of the best audiences in the world. 
  • Content is an inevitable by-product of a sermon. 
  • The skill we have not figured out how to develop is what it means for ministry leaders to be curators and truth show-ers.
  • People want someone who can give them trustworthy information. 
  • Fake news.
  • What it looks like for churches to see their pastors as content creators.
  • How we talk about things that don't lend themselves to sermons. 
  • What are the ways you need to communicate things that don't make sense in a sermon?
  • We've got to stretch out the energy it takes for us to write sermons. 

 

Resources Mentioned
How I wrote a book with JR Forasteros | Productive Pastor 88

3 Reasons Pastors Should Be Curators of Content 

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So how do you craft a great communication strategy? In this episode, I share the basics of campaign communication design.

The List
I've been LOVING, and I mean LOVING this conversation from Peter McKinnon on the creative process. I watched it twice in a row.

Campaign Communication Design

So what exactly is a campaign? Many churches leaders are only familiar with the idea when it comes to capital campaigns. What if I told you enabling bits and pieces of the strategy would allow you to communicate more effectively AND efficiently? For far too often, we end up spinning our wheels and simply regurgitate the important things our churches desire folks to know.

Campaign communication design is simply strategic communication for a specific set of goals and outcomes. It helps you get as much participation, reach, and attendance as possible for special events in the life of your church.

Get the communication design resources here.

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This episode we are going back in time and bringing new content into a conversation that has been the MOST DOWNLOADED episode of Productive Pastor.

This episode is sponsored by the awesome folks at TrainedUp.church. Make sure to check them out for the best mobile volunteer training system out there. If you didn’t catch it, we recorded an episode earlier this year with their founder Scott Magdalein.

How often do you stratigically think about your communication? Maybe you have a list, or maybe you want to take things a little deeper. If that's you, we've got some great information for you today.

The List

All You Need To Know About Whiteboard Markers. 
Yes, I have been getting into this article a little too much. But if you are a whiteboard dork, I know you will as well.

The Jocko Podcast and Barbell Logic
Both of these shows have been getting major airtime in my truck this year. I am interested in the primary parts of both of these podcasts, but I am super interested in the conversation about discipline that is an underlying current in both podcasts.

Production Calendars (Part 2)

Over the last few months, as I was dealing with a tremendous amount of anxiety over what ministry looked like, I remembered a strategy that had given me tremendous margin in the past. I had stopped using a production calendar. And I realized it was time to get back on board with the idea 100%. Since then, I have significantly more margin because I have streamlined my entire communication process. Let's just back into the original conversation started in episode 17; Why You Need a Production Calendar.

  1. This takes a simple list and fast-forwards the creation of margin.
    As leaders, we are creating tons of content. A production calendar moves you into the realm of deliberate communication strategy and out of a reactive mode. High impact material needs to be groomed. Significantly.
  2. You need a creation schedule and it needs to be calendared.
    The further we are able to step back, the farther you can plan into the future. You are giving things the ability to be edited and molded into their ideal version. It can be a newsletter article or a weekly update email. it will communicate better if it is sculpted out.
  3. Communication, no matter if it is specific or recurring, need a strategic release sequence.
    This means you figuring out when the best day/time to write is.
  4. There are many ways to do this.
    You can go full out digital or totally paper. Just don't get caught in the app trap. Pick out a method and stick to it.

There are four stages we can all find ourselves in right now.

  1. We are actually thinking about strategic communication and calendar for the first time.
  2. We want to step beyond just having stuff on a calendar for a release date.
  3. Let's take one thing, like our weekly emails and email systems, and develop them deliberately.
  4. We want to strategically order all of our communication.

 

Resources Mentioned:

The Simple Content Creation Method + How to Publish More Than You Thought Humanly Possible by Anne Samoilov   

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How many of you have taken part in a year-end review? I'm pretty sure many of us have been thinking about them, taking part in them, and possibly working on our own reviews. I spent the week reflecting on a few things, and I want to share them with you. I've also put together two worksheets for you to use for a personal review and for a team review. 

This episode is sponsored by the awesome folks at TrainedUp.church. Make sure to check them out for the best mobile volunteer training system out there. If you didn’t catch it, we recorded an episode earlier this year with their founder Scott Magdalein.

The List
The Procrastination Doom Loop

Resources
Yearly Dream Sheet. Team Sheet.

Yearly Dream Sheet. Personal Edition.

Links Mentioned

Why You need to ask yourself tough questions. 

Have you checked out the Productive Pastor Community? It’s an awesome place for ministry leaders to have productivity and time management resources. It’s absolutely free and connects you on Facebook to other folks in the community.

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Welcome to this episode of Productive Pastor. We are doing another installment of "How I wrote a book" with my buddy JR Forasteros.

This episode is sponsored by the awesome folks at TrainedUp.church. Make sure to check them out for the best mobile volunteer training system out there. If you didn't catch it, we recorded an episode earlier this year with their founder Scott Magdalein

Jr, the pastor of Catalyst Community Church, is the author of Empathy For the Devil: Finding Ourselves in the Villians of the Bible*. I was lucky enough to read it early on and it is a fantastic read. It is also written differently than many other books, so I knew I wanted to get JR on the show. 

We talk about: 

  • The story of his book title
  • The role of a book cover
  • Writing fiction AND non-fiction for a book.
  • How JR researched the narrative portions
  • What questions he asked during the process.
  • Why you need an agent
  • How to write a book proposal (check out the resources)
  • How JR wrote
  • How to get published
  • What JR would do differently

 

Resources/Links Mentioned:

Books

The Story of God, the Story of Us: Sean Gladding*
Exclusion and Embrace: Miroslav Volf*
Unclean: Richard Beck*
Lex Luthor Man of Steel*
My Friend Dahmer*

Episodes

How I wrote a book with Tom Fuerst

Back Matter

Are you listening to my daily podcasts on Anchor? It’s a fantastic new medium for podcasting and content creation. 


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