Why You Need a Production Calendar (Part 2) | Productive Pastor 90

Why You Need a Production Calendar (Part 2) | Productive Pastor 90

This episode we are going back in time and bringing new content into a conversation that has been the MOST DOWNLOADED episode of Productive Pastor.

How often do you strategically think about your communication? Maybe you have a list, or maybe you want to take things a little deeper. If that’s you, we’ve got some great information for you today.

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.

The List

All You Need To Know About Whiteboard Markers. 
Yes, I have been getting into this article a little too much. But if you are a whiteboard dork, I know you will as well.

The Jocko Podcast and Barbell Logic
Both of these shows have been getting major airtime in my truck this year. I am interested in the primary parts of both of these podcasts, but I am super interested in the conversation about discipline that is an underlying current in both podcasts.

Production Calendars (Part 2)

Over the last few months, as I was dealing with a tremendous amount of anxiety over what ministry looked like, I remembered a strategy that had given me tremendous margin in the past. I had stopped using a production calendar. And I realized it was time to get back on board with the idea 100%. Since then, I have significantly more margin because I have streamlined my entire communication process. Let’s just back into the original conversation started in episode 17; Why You Need a Production Calendar.

  1. This takes a simple list and fast-forwards the creation of margin.
    As leaders, we are creating tons of content. A production calendar moves you into the realm of deliberate communication strategy and out of a reactive mode. High impact material needs to be groomed. Significantly.
  2. You need a creation schedule and it needs to be calendared.
    The further we are able to step back, the farther you can plan into the future. You are giving things the ability to be edited and molded into their ideal version. It can be a newsletter article or a weekly update email. it will communicate better if it is sculpted out.
  3. Communication, no matter if it is specific or recurring, need a strategic release sequence.
    This means you figuring out when the best day/time to write is.
  4. There are many ways to do this.
    You can go full out digital or totally paper. Just don’t get caught in the app trap. Pick out a method and stick to it.

There are four stages we can all find ourselves in right now.

  1. We are actually thinking about strategic communication and calendar for the first time.
  2. We want to step beyond just having stuff on a calendar for a release date.
  3. Let’s take one thing, like our weekly emails and email systems, and develop them deliberately.
  4. We want to strategically order all of our communication.

 

Resources Mentioned:

The Simple Content Creation Method + How to Publish More Than You Thought Humanly Possible by Anne Samoilov   

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How I wrote a book with JR Forasteros. | Productive Pastor 88

How I wrote a book with JR Forasteros. | Productive Pastor 88

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.

Jr, the pastor of Catalyst Community Church, is the author of Empathy For the Devil: Finding Ourselves in the Villians of the Bible*. I was lucky enough to read it early on and it is a fantastic read. It is also written differently than many other books, so I knew I wanted to get JR on the show.

We talk about:

  • The story of his book title
  • The role of a book cover
  • Writing fiction AND non-fiction for a book.
  • How JR researched the narrative portions
  • What questions he asked during the process.
  • Why you need an agent
  • How to write a book proposal (check out the resources)
  • How JR wrote
  • How to get published
  • What JR would do differently

 

Resources/Links Mentioned:

Books

The Story of God, the Story of Us: Sean Gladding*
Exclusion and Embrace: Miroslav Volf*
Unclean: Richard Beck*
Lex Luthor Man of Steel*
My Friend Dahmer*

Episodes

How I wrote a book with Tom Fuerst

Documents

JR’s proposal for Empathy for the Devil

Back Matter

Are you listening to my daily podcasts on Anchor? It’s a fantastic new medium for podcasting and content creation.

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.

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*Disclosure: Amazon Affiliate Links

Thanksgiving Q & A | Productive Pastor 87

Thanksgiving Q & A | Productive Pastor 87

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.

  1. 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.

   Helpful Episodes
Michael Lukaszewski on Systems 
Developing Systems that Work
Building Guest Systems
Building a Staff Onboarding 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.

Parent Podcast Episode on Youtube

 

Three Big Mistakes | Productive Pastor 86

Three Big Mistakes | Productive Pastor 86

What’s up Productive Pastors! Today I want to talk about three big mistakes. It is brought to you by the great folks at TrainedUp.Church. Make sure to check out the all-new version they have out now.

Front Matter
I’ve spent some time updating my YouTube Channel this past month. Hit it up and subscribe. I upload different content to it and love experimenting with the format.

What I’ve been reading. 
It’s Your Ship by D. Michael Abrashoff *
The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield *

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.

The Preferred Future Episode 79

Why You Need a Production Calendar  Episode 17

How To Have Quality Momentum with a Future Focused Calendar Episode 59

 

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.

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.