The Productive Pastor

Every year I record a listener Q & A episode during Thanksgiving week. We've got three great questions, with a few helpful links. to talk about today.

This episode is sponsored by the awesome folks at TrainedUp.Church. They are innovating how churches train leaders and volunteers. 

  1. How do you encourage and incorporate staff and volunteers into your processes and systems? What are some times when you've struggled (and/or failed) to adequately get others to engage in productivity/system flows? Preston Morgan

      Systems rise and fall on the person who is leading the system. 

     Helpful Episodes
     Michael Lukaszewski on Systems 
     Developing Systems that Work
     Building Guest Systems
     Building a Staff Onboarding System

2. I’m always considering is the best ways of keeping a calendar for ministry, family, etc.  Best practices, best tools. Tyler Tibbs
I've found the best lesson with calendars is to simply pick something and use it. 

3. What's the best way to tie Thanksgiving into the larger story of God? Jonathan Bevil
I've worked off how the different seasons speak into the vision of our church. What are the hard parts, the good parts, and the lessons to be learned. 

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Direct download: PP87_thanksgiving_mixdown.mp3
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Three Big Mistakes

I want to have a conversation today about the way we handle our schedule and how it has the ability to move us forward or keep us sitting still.

First, we have a few prerequisites. These are three episodes of Productive Pastor I think can help make this conversation better.

The First Mistake: Not Knowing What You Are Doing Today.
This is something all of us can learn from. It is super easy in ministry to just take care of things day by day, living in reaction mode. Understanding what the most important task of the day helps us manage, lead, and ultimately provide better care for people.

The Second Mistake: Not Knowing What You Are Doing Tomorrow.
How do you end your days? I've worked recently on having a solid end of day routine. It helps me so much starting fresh the next day. It gives a completely different atmosphere, to begin with. Remember, this is all part of a larger picture of goals.

The Third Mistake: Not Evaluating What You Did Yesterday.
I remember the first time I heard about an after action report in the military. I thought it was absolutely genius. Evaluation is a key component in managing a forward-focused calendar.

Direct download: PP86_mixdown.mp3
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