Mon, 23 May 2016
Do you use systems? When I talk about systems do you struggle to understand what it's like to build and implement them? In this episode we are going to talk about developing systems that work.
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Developing Systems that Work
So what’s the difference between a good system, a bad system and an effective system? An effective system is one intentionally designed for achieving specific outcomes. Getting a good idea of your current situation and your (intended) future situation is an important step.
What environments/behaviors/actions can we control to better improve a specific situation? I recommend doing this as a team and just starting to discover the holes and to what depth they go to in your ministry?
What will make this system effective?
At this point, the job of you and your team is deciding what will actually make this system work well. You ask questions of culture and context at this point. You realize how simply moving things around might seriously change things.
Who and how will we run this system?
Remember, systems are about creating a replicative pattern for folks to follow you as they join in ministry leadership. Developing how the system will be implemented will affect who you get to run this system. For us, external systems are usually run on paper and in person and internal systems take advantage of digital technology.
The easiest (and most effective) system most churches need to build is a visitor follow-up system. So gather your team and make a system! Make sure to let me know about it.
Sun, 8 May 2016
Welcome to the 50th Episode of Productive Pastor! I am going to help you learn how to discern big goals in this episode...but until then, there is even more awesome stuff I want to share with you.
Sun, 24 April 2016
Did you know you can use Evernote to order and organize your week? I use Evernote for nearly everything and the two tasks that I can't imagine NOT using it is ordering my week and ordering my contact list.
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Managing Your Week in Evernote
I use Evernote to manage my daily repeatable tasks. I make mention of several previous episodes and I will link them in the bottom of the shownotes. For me, Evernote is an amazing tool to keep up with the small tasks I do every week on the same exact same day. I am always curating my weekly work template for the best effective use of my time, energy and mind space. This is what I am currently using my focus days for.
Monday -> AM. Sabbath. PM. Visitor Contact, Team Communication, Basic Administration and Sermon Preparation.
So each day gets a checklist of repeatable tasks. Honestly, these lists get pretty sparse as the week goes on. I try to reserve Mondays and Tuesdays for these type of tasks.
I also use Evernote to keep up with one of my main goals. I try to stay in contact with 2-3 new people a day and 5-7 existing church folks a day. On Monday, during my weekly planning session, I build a list of the people I am going to make contact with during the week. For the ones that get a phone call (around 5 a day), I put their name and phone number into my weekly note. That way, I don't have to hunt for the number. I just click on it inside Evernote on my phone. It makes the call and I can go down my list. This sounds super simple...but it is SO EFFECTIVE.
Sun, 10 April 2016
Do you struggle with how to contact, assimilate and lead visitors into part of your church? This episode is ALL ABOUT building guest systems in your church. I sit down with my friend Rev. Allison Sauls. Allison isn't a normal guest, but she leads Foundry with me! We break down the systems we have built over the last 9 months in starting a new church and the lessons we have learned.
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Build Guest Systems
The Benefit of Systems
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Our larger framework is based all around collecting guest information. We do this in two ways.
Check out my post on using Trello to streamlining Church Assimilation with Trello for more details.
We use aweber.com. I love it. To use an email system, you have to have a paid account somewhere. Mailchimp charges a few dollars for this, but I have been using aweber for a pretty long time and I'm familiar with it. One of the best explanations of using an email series for guest systems is from Bobby Williams. He was a guest on Rich Birch's Unsemianry podcast and explained how his church used them.
I've outlined my strategy for using Facebook lists and leveraging them for ministry here.
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Mon, 28 March 2016
In this episode of The Productive Pastor we talk about having a proactive vs. reactive strategy for ministry. One of the dangers of a non-strategic approach to ministry is simply spending all day reacting to emergencies, facilities, office issues and a multiplicity of other things (much less the actual work of ministry, which is about response).
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Proactive vs. Reactive Ministry
Beginning to plan ministry in a proactive way is all about a mind shift. We individually decide to lead and pastor from a proactive point of view. We don't do this to get out of reactive situation, but to allow ourselves the absolute amount of margin we need for when we DO need to react to emergency situations. This point of view is the biggest difference (I feel) between healthy, vital ministries and struggling and declining churches. If you feel you can necessarily lead others proactively right now, begin leading yourself proactively.
I constantly ask myself if I am leading from a proactive or a reactive position. Understanding this proactive vs. reactive shift is tremendously important and one of the key tasks I am always checking myself for.
What does this change?
What do we learn?
How to we begin a proactive ministry
I hope this episode has been helpful. Make sure to interact on social at @revchadbrooks and use the hashtag #productivepastor.
Sun, 13 March 2016
Over the last 6 months I have finally found the project management tool I've been looking for for YEARS! Trello is perfect for ministry.
I was looking for a project management solution that could accomplish these tasks and requirements.
After doing some research (and seeing some instagram posts), I realized Trello was probably the perfect tool for mine and my teams needs.
Organizing Ministry with Trello
I am currently using Trello for many tasks. Here is a breakdown of 4 of them.
Sermon Series Preparation
New Member Assimilation
Social Media Schedule
Sun, 28 February 2016
Do you use Evernote? If you don't, this episode is all about maximizing ministry with Evernote.
It's no secret how much I think Evernote is a crucial ministry tool. I have spoke about it quite often, but have never devoted a full episode to this AMAZING app.
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Maximizing Ministry With Evernote
The first suggestion I always make is to download the (free) desktop Evernote app. This makes it substantially easier to use. Then, get your evernote email address and find a clipper app for your browser. This biggest secret is to simply USE Evernote.
How I use Evernote
5 Ways to use Evernote for maximizing ministry.
Sun, 14 February 2016
I am a HUGE notebook fan. This shouldn't be a secret to my friends and regular listeners. If you want to keep up more with my notebookery...you can get a glimpse at instagram.com/revchadbrooks. So in this episode I am going to be sharing with you WHY you need to be keeping a notebook, some of the reasons I do and how you can set up your notebook as a modular time/project tracker.
First-I want to thank Brett Byford for his awesome review/rating in iTunes.
Why You Need To Keep A Notebook
My notebook journey has been wild. It all started out with my trying to keep up with life and ministry. I have gone through plenty of different types of notebooks. Here are some of my favorites.
Moleskine (amazon link)
Rhodia (amazon link)
Muji (amazon link)
Why keep a notebook?
Here is my blank notebook page.
Sun, 31 January 2016
Welcome back to the Productive Pastor. We have a great episode in store for you today.
Have you ever found yourself in a hole or a slump? The good news is digging yourself out of a hole is easier than you think. It's about awareness and intentionality. We are going to dive headfirst into the issue and hopefully finish standing on solid ground.
Digging Yourself Out Of A Hole
Confront the Spiritual Issue.
Organize Top Priorities
Fri, 15 January 2016
This episode I sit down my friend Isaac Hopper and we have a conversation about productivity AND parenting. Tons of listeners have asked for a conversation like this. Isaac is a United Methodist Pastor who leads a church, leads a family and is finishing a PhD in England while living in Indiana. I would say Isaac has practical productivity down.
Isaac and I talk about a few things such as; learning productivity, how to office from home and what it means to be present with your family and lead them well.
Isaac writes at isaachopper.com. His recent posts mentioned are;