I’m always wanting to explore how people are using new media. Earlier this summer, I started (very mildly) vlogging with Youtube. I’ve enjoyed it, but it takes a TREMENDOUS amount of time. I still enjoy it, but it takes too much time up to really get into the platform. This week, I’m experimenting with Anchor.fm
As much as I love video, I still think we are moving into an economy of audio. Most of our cars have bluetooth and/or aux jacks. With smartphones, we can play audio pretty much wherever we are. It’s no secret how much I believe in podcasting. Between Productive Pastor, The Threshing Floor, FOUNDRYcast and other experiments, I think podcasting is a fantastic way for ministry leaders to reach and influence folks.
Anchor.fm is a new audio delivery service with some fantastic ideas. You can create content right on your phone, stream music and many other things. I love the call in feature as well. So I’m experimenting in and with Anchor. I’m thinking of shorter bits of content with some music thrown in. Really light and super real life focused.
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.
Every year I try to read more and read better. A few years back, Jon Acuff started the #EmptyShelf project, with folks sharing their reading each year by adding books to a…(wait for it)…empty shelf. So here are the books I’ve read in 2017 so far, and a quick review. Hopefully find some great books to read.
Imagine Heaven by John Burke
I first heard about this book from a series Carey Nieuwhof preached at Connexus Church. I recommended the series to a friend who had some questions about death and ended up listening to all 6 sermons in one day! I picked up the book the next day and read it in 2 days. John wrote a fantastic book about near death experiences and what we can correlate them to in scripture. This is a fascinating and fantastic read. Some folks might be a little highbrow over the entire concept, but I highly recommend the book AND preached series. You can find John Burke’s resources to preach the series here.
Cal Newport wrote a fantastic piece for anyone who practices thought work and needs to find the time to work better. This whole idea started off with a few conversations with my friend Isaac and went deeper on an episode of Productive Pastor. It took a longer time for me to read, but I kept find myself soaking and wanting to go deeper and deeper.
What Is The Bible
A few years ago, Rob Bell was castigated, called a heretic, and left his church. This is his first book since the controversial Love Wins, and it is fantastic. I picked it up on a whim, I heard about the book listening to an episode of Robcast. I was curious as to what it would be like and what Rob’s ministry looks like right now. I was only a few chapters in when I realized how good this book was. It is 97% not-controversial. If you love his style of exegesis and story-telling, pick it up.
Resources for better reading
Do you want to read better? Here are some resources on reading and keeping up with your reading.
I am excited about this episode of Productive Pastor. I am *attempting to start running weekly episodes. The odd weeks (outside of the older episode structure) will be interview and conversation focused. Our first episode with this new format will be Dave Shrein. Dave is a social entrepreneur who has led in the communication sector for years. I wanted to grab Dave and have a conversation about marketing in ministry and what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset with Dave Shrein
Arizona vs. Louisiana
Church and Social Media
From worship leader to entrepreneur
Church technical arts and marketing
What has God wired you to do in order to communicate with specific people?
Marketing and Church
Love people and generate the ability to love them even more
God has created people in our community who are waiting to hear from us.
Making a bigger impact by acting like a 30,000 ft leader.
God using everything He has done in your life to prepare you for this new move
The Church world has a lot to learn and a lot to redeem
The Mindset of an Entrepreneur
Clouds and Dirt
The Rhythm of going up and going down
Visioning and Executing
The power of resourcefulness
The audacity that Jesus is going to do it
Doing the chores
Lean upon the people with the gifts and resources that you don’t
Be aware of what is out there
What does it mean to have unique gifts and abilities?
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.
Lately, I have been fascinated with the music people use to get into a productive zone. I’ve shared a few articles on the Productive Pastor Facebook page. Share with me what music keeps you in a productive mindset on twitter. I’m @revchadbooks.
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How To Discern Big Goals
I hear from folks constantly needing help about goals. Some people need helping creating systems and checklists and others have a tough time actually filtering what is worth being a goal. Let me take you through three movements of how to discern big goals.
Think about these things. Here are the first questions I use…and I’m sure you can come up with more.
What would radically change things?
What holes exist currently?
What problems repeatedly arise (handle this proactively)
What would give us a new “normal”?
2. Dreams Take the time to think about what could be. Think about what a new future reality could look like.
What would the environment of completing this goal look like?
What would be different?
How would it be different?
This is the space where you think about what manipulating and changing parameters could do.
Now begin putting these things together. I’m a big fan of sitting down and taking a massive amount of notes. Don’t worry about building it into systems and pathways yet.
Step your goal back.
Begin creating steps
Discern if your main goal is way too big. How can you transform this into a reachable win?
What are the bottlenecks in your way? How can you fix them?
What do you need to do to cause the dreams to happen?
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.