Anchor and Ministry

Anchor and Ministry

Over the last two months, I have fallen in love with Anchor.fm. Imagine easy to create podcasts mashed up with Instagram stories. Anchor provides an amazing user experience, the ability to easily create up to 5 minutes blocks of audio content, the quickest publish to iTunes and Google Play that I have ever seen AND an amazing user community interacting with each other’s content. I think anchor and ministry together makes absolute sense.

I believe in the medium of podcasting right now. I think we are going to see audio content reach an unheard of level of engagement. And I think Anchor might be poised to become one of the major players in the field. If you have ever wanted to dip your toe into podcasting, I quickly recommend them to people constantly for the best beginner platform. You can use your phone or upload previously recorded and produced audio content to Anchor. And you can get the content on all the major podcasting platforms. Plus, and this is a big one, Anchor plays embedded clips on both Twitter and Facebook natively.

But before we talk about Anchor and ministry, we need to talk about social media and ministry…

I need to say something about using any social media platform for ministry. Social media is inherently…well, it’s supposed to be social. Before we investigate, utilize, strategize or anything else, we need to be users. I’d encourage you to sign up for Anchor first, start listening, engaging and creating content and then think about how you might apply it to ministry. We have to think about the end user, and if we don’t actually use the service…our marketing is going to appear false and disingenuous. Folks will smell that out quick.  And Anchor is all about the social side of it. Trust me, it’s like an all-day audio party.

So we will now get onto why you clicked this link in the first place.

Anchor and Ministry

Here are the potential use cases I see for Anchor. You need to approach it not from the perspective of a Facebook page. Think about it like an Instagram story that can be shared and publically interacted with. Jumping into any of these 4 will be for a great ministry design using Anchor.

Daily Reflections.
My channel is called Rev. Chad’s Real Life. I talk about ministry some, but I also talk about drinking beer in my neighbor’s driveway, ranting about bad traffic, and what the difference is between a good day and a bad day. I try to create at least 1, if not more, daily reflections on life.

If you’ve ever lived in an area where a church has a 2-minute radio spot, this is the 21st-century version. And folks listen and engage pretty well. I think most of them aren’t Christian and I’m the only pastor they have ever had a relationship with. So I work from that angle and try to be approachable.

Daily Devotion.
You can get a lot of devotional talk done in the 5 minutes (more if you upload external audio, it just breaks them into 5-minute chunks). It isn’t odd for me to pop on in the morning and connect the various pieces of scripture I read together that morning. My church has created 5-minute devotions on our normal podcast feed before, and we would get around 4x the downloads we would normally get in a week.

I could write several more blog posts about what this 5-minute devotion could do, especially in regard to continuing sermon content.

Leadership Notes
Think about how you might use Anchor to share information, tell stories and cast vision for your leadership. All from your cell phone. This is a delivery strategy that could make fantastic use of the iTunes/Podcast feature Anchor offers. As long as your leadership subscribes to the feed, they get the content. And they don’t even have to use the app!

Break Sermons Apart
If you have ever wanted to create a behind the sermon/after the sermon feature, this would be easy. Again, this could be shared via the podcast or with anyone who uses the app. Plus, the embed feature on social media sites makes it easy to get it out to folks who choose not to download an app or subscribe to an RSS feed.

Tell Stories of Church Life
If you are willing to do a little audio production, you could create killer 5-minute mini-docs about your church. Think NPR or American Public Media. This is really taking advantage of the highly social and 24-hour content cycle of Anchor.

So go be social. Engage with folks, create amazing content and dream about how you can use the audio revolution in your ministry content.

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Crashing Isn’t The Same As Resting | Productive Pastor 85

Crashing Isn’t The Same As Resting | Productive Pastor 85

Since the beginning, I’ve wanted the Productive Pastor to not just be about tips and tricks, but to also foster conversations about the spiritual dimensions of productive ministry. This past Sunday, I preached a message on Rest for an entire series on margin. We did a pretty thick survey of the congregation (around 60% of the adults in worship) and developed the series around the fears and emotions we have about feeling stretched.

I wanted to share it with the community because these are all lessons I am learning as well right now (I go into that a little more in the episode).

If you need a new volunteer training solution, make sure to check out the great folks at TrainedUp.Church. They are sponsoring the podcast this quarter. I even have an episode with their founder and CEO.

Back Matter

Are you listening to my daily podcasts on Anchor? It’s a fantastic new medium.

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.

Make sure to subscribe to the Productive Pastor Insider.

Remember to Review and Rate in iTunes. You can do it right here.

What I’ve Read This Week | September 28, 2017

What I’ve Read This Week | September 28, 2017

I am better when I am reading.

I lead better.
I preach better.
I pastor better.
I live better.

I am better.

So I’ve realized I want to commit to starting reading at the levels I used to in the past. My own odd obsessions with note-taking and journaling helped me realize my own previous benefits of reading. So in an effort to share this commitment with others, I want to start sharing with you what I’ve been reading each week. This list will mainly be books, but specific journal articles and/or long form blog posts.

So this is what I’ve read this week.

 

HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams
This book has been in my hands for the last two weeks. I’ve taken it everywhere with me. Not because it is that big, but I want to process really well what it has. Over the last year I have grown fascinated with what it means to have a great ministry team built. I’ve done OK with part of this and I also have areas I really want (and need) to grow in. This has been a great learning piece as I try to learn from past high-performing teams that I’ve worked on and led.

Soul Keeping: Caring For The Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg
My Dad gave me this book last year and I’ve just now looked at it. I read it in 3 days. It is a fanastic look into the relationship between John Ortberg and Dallas Willard. Jon uses his life with Dallas to outline the reasons our soul acts the way it does. For anyone who has wanted to start slowing down and living more, it is absolutely fantastic.

The Ben Lilly Legend by J. Frank Dobie
Ben Lilly was a legendary bear and panther hunter in North Louisiana in the early 20th century. He spent the last part of his life out west pursuing the same animals. This guy is a legend around where I live and once I heard his story, I couldn’t pass up the chance to read it.

What have you read this week?

 

 

Creating a Staff Onboarding System | Productive Pastor 84

Creating a Staff Onboarding System | Productive Pastor 84

Have you ever struggled to get new staff started? Has it caused you anxiety? It certainly did to me. This episode I want to share our new staff on-boarding system with you.

Front Matter

This episode is sponsored by the great folks at TrainedUp.church. If you are looking to build a fantastic servant culture at your church, you will need to train well. TrainedUp helps you in our busy world to make that a reality.

The List

God Dreams by Will Mancini – I’ve been re-reading this book over the last week. It is fantastic. If you struggle with the idea of vision, want to be more visionary, are teaching on vision, or need anything to do with vision…go grab this book. It’s been rocking my world recently.

How I Use My Journal To Create My Future and Achieve My Goals by Benjamin P. Hardy – I’ve been all over this article several times over the last week or so. As big of a fan of notation and notebooks, it’s my jam. Plus, the author has some fantastic insights into the practice of future-casting.

Creating a Staff Onboarding System

I realized this summer I needed to be super intentional about how we brought folks on our team. I wanted them to have a great experience and to thrive as staff members. I, alongside my friend Jack, sat down and pounded this system out and we’ve started using in at my church. We started with the preferred future and then worked towards enacting that preferred future. You can grab a template for this system on trello, right here.

  1. The Preferred Future-what emotions would be present and how would the person interact with their work at the church?
  2. Turn emotions into task-specific actions
  3. What is the timeline we would like to work off of?
  4. Begin building these task-specific actions into a schedule

 

The kicker, is you have to run the system to make it effective. Remember, strategy is our most valuable resource and it doesn’t cost us anything.

Back Matter

Resources Mentioned:

HBR on Teams 

Episode 44: Why You Should Keep a Notebook 

Episode 72: The Benefit of Backwards

Are you listening to my daily podcasts on Anchor? It’s a fantastic new medium.

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.

Make sure to subscribe to the Productive Pastor Insider.

Remember to Review and Rate in iTunes. You can do it right here.

 

Scott Magdalein, TrainedUp.church, and Hot Rodding Volunteers

Scott Magdalein, TrainedUp.church, and Hot Rodding Volunteers

This is a big day for The Productive Pastor! This episode is sponsored by the good folks at TrainedUp.church. If you are looking for a thoroughly modern way to utilize video in your church training, they’ve built a turn-key solution for you. Make sure to check them out! In today’s episode, we’ve got Scott Magdalein, Founder of TrainedUp on the podcast to talk about his life, why he created TrainedUp and how it can help hot rod your church and ministry.

Front Matter

You Have to Show Up. Every. Day by Zak Slayback 

Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours a Week on “Compound Time.”  by Michael Simmons

My Conversation with Scott Magdalein

    • Scott’s background
    • What local church situation made Scott create TrainedUp
    • The power of consistency in solving small issues.
    • What is TrainedUp
    • What successful churches are doing to be successful in TrainedUp.
    • It’s all about being consistent. Yet again.
    • How Scott stays productive.
    • How self-awareness has changed things.

Make sure to follow Scott on twitter (@scottmagdalein) and on Youtube (I love Boat Fam!)

Back Matter

Are you listening to my daily podcasts on Anchor? It’s a fantastic new medium.

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.

Make sure to subscribe to the Productive Pastor Insider.

Remember to Review and Rate in iTunes. You can do it right here.