I’ve started a new experiment. I’ve been thinking of vlogging these last few weeks, and ultimately, after pouring over youtube, realized I wanted to start working through an honest week of sermon writing. I couldn’t find pastors regularly vlogging, so I am curious how this all works out.
So without any added fanfare, here’s the first episode of Behind the Sermon. If you dig it, please subscribe on youtube.
It’s time to conquer the chaos and become a chaos killer. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a little too familiar with chaos and what it takes to climb out of it. But we aren’t going to talk about the dirty side, instead, I am going to share with you what it means to capture the chaos and keep it contained (so it can never come get you.)
It’s about doing, not tweaking by Carl Pullein This is a fantastic article on Medium (one of my new favorite content sites). The biggest takeaway we can all grab from it is realizing in this new world shipping, instead of perfection, reigns.
My new youtube channel: Chad Brooks In this, I’m sharing a little more about life (alongside my wife Meredith). I already have two ironman texas vlogs and a timelapse or two up.
Chaos is in a direct relationship to capacity. When your capacity is hit to it’s maximum, in any area, and pushes pass it, then chaos invades your entire life and slowly begins to take it over. Like the raptors in Jurassic park, it is finding the weakest link in your defense system. Once in, it is capable of taking down the strongest place in your life.
There are three posts of chaos keeping: space, schedule, and soul. Each of these forms a protective element to keep those chaos raptors from destroying your life and sneaking in.
What do the physical spaces of your life look like? They serve as an almost instant reading of how we can let chaos overtake us. One of my favorite differences between total destruction and total creativity is Casey Niestat’s studio. One day my office, study, studio, whatever will look like this.
Schedule What do you allow to run your day? Does your schedule run you or do you run your schedule? There is a big difference. The spaces you live and work in are a visible reflection of the chaos and how it orders your life. Chaos fills in all of the untended gaps and takes up space with distractions, reminders, and methods of life suck.
Schedules need a buddy. That buddy’s name is goals. The listlessness we can experience in life is the best bud of chaos. Remember that.
How are you taking care of yourself? If you are run-down and ragged out, things aren’t going to work out well. Your single, greatest defense system is a regular, rhythmic and routine time of prayer and scripture. Remember the twenty-mile-march.
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.
Being by yourself for that length of time is really odd. I was surprised how tough it was.
Schedule, Schedule, Schedule.
Sermons that have reach
Over a year ago I started working on a new version of my sermon worksheet. It has taken me ages to update this resource because I am making it 100x better. I am shooting for it to be out in April.
I have been getting more and more emails from people wanting to start podcasting their sermons. I TOTALLY believe this is a great idea for any church. I’ve started writing material to help anyone start podcasting, including buying equipment and what services they need to use.
Daily Journal I first started this daily journal habit years ago. It’s really quick. I note the day, weather, location, scripture and where my emotions are at. I learned this from Michael Hyatt. It’s the first thing I do when I sit in front of my computer in the morning.
My Weekly Template
This is simply my always-working-on template for running my week. Currently, it isn’t as task based as it used to be. Right now it is keeping track of some repetitive pieces of contacting that are important to me.
Sermon and Sermon Series Ideas
I have ideas in here that are YEARS old. I mean YEARS. All the way back to seminary. I don’t do big fleshing out in here…but I get the ideas out of my head to the level I will quit thinking about them. I might not ever use them, but I am letting that part of my brain work and wonder.
Things I Need to Do
Ok. This one can seem really weird. I have a running task list…most of them are medium levels of importance. This is a strategic list and it works hand in hand with my weekly and daily to-do list, especially when it comes to strategic tasks.
This is the newest. I made some pretty big goals for 2017. This note isn’t for working through these goals, just marking major milestones and bigger thoughts. I use this note to refer back to my goals pretty frequently, if not every day.
I hope these notes help you develop your own Evernote shortcut list.
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.