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.
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Over the last few years, a growing number of churches have started celebrating Advent. Historically, this is a part of Christmas you find more liturgical/sacramental traditions (Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Catholic, Orthodox, etc), but lately baptist or non-denominational churches are starting to hang out with the Advent party.
And I think that is totally awesome.
Advent is a pretty big thing to me. It was a big part of my own faith development in my 20’s, and it still plays a special part of my life today.
So what I want to do is resource you and anyone else with an Advent question in this post.
We will start with my own Advent story.
Over the years, The Threshing Floor has produced a special advent episode yearly. These are some of our most popular episodes. In each one, we talk about various Advent practices and traditions and sometimes have special guests.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve also been reading and rereading HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams * this fall. I like it so much I want to give you a chance to win a copy of the book. I am trying Amazon’s giveaway feature, so cruise over to this link, share a tweet, and get a chance to win this book!
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.
Earlier this summer I spent a week recording what I thought would be a fantastic vlog in the behind the sermon series. And it just got posted. This was the vlog that would never end, and I probably uploaded it around 12 times before everything was good.
In other words, this might be the last one, because it was a massive headache. Or not.
If you want to catch the whole sermon, here it is.
Chad Brooks is a United Methodist Pastor serving in Louisiana. Married to Meredith, he is currently starting a new church in northeast Louisiana. Host of the Productive Pastor Podcast and lover of motorcycles, Chad would love to find Bigfoot one day.