7 Habits of Unproductive Pastors | PP58

7 Habits of Unproductive Pastors | PP58

So what makes a ministry leader unproductive? It might be a little different than you expect. Today we are talking about the habits of unproductive pastors.

Front Matter

Our new interview format is going great! I’ve heard great things from folks with last week’s episode with Dave Shrein. Make sure you check it out.

This week I have spent PLENTY of time listening to Dan Carlin’s podcast Hardcore History. His recent series entitled “King of Kings” is a fascinating look into the world of the ancient near east. For anyone who teaches the Bible, it would be a great resource to utilize.

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7 Habits of Unproductive Pastors

They Aren’t Incarnated
Think about John 1:14 at what it means for Jesus to dwell among us. That means we have to be embodying the dwelling of Jesus in the places we are called to and the people we are called to lead. It can be tough sometimes, but not leading from the standpoint of love can be pretty gnarly.

They Don’t Know What They Are Doing
As leaders, we need future focus. This is about building a planned strategic schedule. I’ve done an entire episode on this idea.

Building a Priority Based Schedule | PP3

They Can’t Differentiate Between Urgent and Important
There is a huge difference between what’s urgent and what’s important. We can fill our life with the urgent and never touch the important! We have to develop the skillset to begin weeding out the unnecessary urgent.

They Don’t Delegate
Delegation is one of the hardest and most important skills for any ministry leader to develop. Full honesty…I’m terrible at it. Folks know it and even joke about it. The best resources on delegation come from Michael Hyatt. Here is a search query on all of his delegation content. Make sure to check out the podcast episodes.

They Don’t Know Their Personalities and Strengths
I am a big fan of two resources to help leaders understand the way they are wired. The DiSC test and Strengthfinders 2.0. Spend the money, invest in the tests and learn about how you will lead, relate and schedule better. Bonus points to those who also lead their teams through these resources.

They Can’t Keep The Future in Focus
I’ve been focusing energy on this lately. I’ve been personally asking myself the question about how much future work I am doing. Remember that maintenance can’t maintain. It won’t end well.

They Don’t Have Routines 
I’m a big proponent of a morning routine. It is an absolute for me. You will find this is a regular habit for the folks with the highest degree of capacity and influence.

Back Matter

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Organizing Workflow Templates in Evernote | PP56

Organizing Workflow Templates in Evernote | PP56

Welcome back to Productive Pastor. In this episode, I share some amazing workflow templates I’ve built out and use constantly in Evernote.

Front Matter

How To Find Your Most Productive Hours. Trello Blog

I read this a couple of weeks back and I was amazed. It gave such a great pathway to creating an experimentation plan to learn your most productive hours and days. You need to check this out.

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Organizing Workflow Templates in Evernote.

I’m a big fan of templates AND Evernote. You can hear more about them in these two episodes of Productive Pastor

Up Your Productivity With Templates. Productive Pastor 6

Managing Your Week With Evernote. Productive Pastor 49

I love building out workflow’s inside Evernote because of these three things

Repetition Builds Response

  • It gets in your brain
  • The workflow becomes a rhythm

Having Effectiveness Systematized is Worth It

  • Saves time
  • Let’s you keep more balls in the air (and not drop the ones you are responsible for)
  • It can make handing tasks off easier

Creativity

  • Just working through it keeps your mind clearer
  • Learn other ways to organize and clean up things
  • The boundaries invite expression.

Shared Evernote Workflows/Templates

Sermon Sheet
Sermon Production Checklist
Weekly Tasks Blank (my weekly list)
Contact Sheet
Journal Sheet
Bible reading
1000 Questions to Ask of the Text (episode 2)
Preaching Rocket and it’s 4 questions
Facebook Contact Workflow (Hacking Facebook Lists for Ministry Effectiveness)
Event Evaluation

Mentioned
If you want to jump into Evernote headfirst, then you need Brett Kelly’s book Evernote Essentials. There are 3 different versions of the program. I’ve bought into the highest level and it is absolutely worth it.

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Five (first thing) Tasks to Gain Serious Traction | Productive Pastor 53

Five (first thing) Tasks to Gain Serious Traction | Productive Pastor 53

Welcome back! In this episode, we are talking about 5 tasks to gain serious traction. I’m STOKED to share them with you!

Front Matter

  1. Where are you learning right now?
    For many folks, the summer is a time to take things a little slower, relax and focus (I know…the two don’t necessarily go together). I want to hear WHERE you are learning things this summer. Tweet to me at @revchadbrooks to let me know.
  2. 5 Podcast Episodes. 
    I’m curating a new list of my FAVORITE podcast episodes. I release it every Friday, so make sure you check it out to keep up with some really interesting podcasts from across the world. Check out the first post here.
  3. Ratings and Reviews. 
    I want to make a shout out here to jmcanally. Thanks for the review and rating on iTunes.

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Five (first thing) Tasks to Gain Serious Traction

What exactly is traction?
Traction gives you the footing you need to move forward in a slippery or uphill situation. These are all about gaining serious traction in a few quick, intentional moves.

  1. Check facebook for birthdays and then text the person. 
    Everyone hits up facebook for the birthday greeting. Go the extra mile and text the person. They will love it.
  2. Write 1 person (from your ministry) a day. Out of the blue. 
    Handwritten notes are POWERFUL. Leverage this every single day. Write someone each day just because. Tell them how you appreciate them.
  3. Text 5 families or persons and let them know you are praying for them.
    I keep a running prayer notebook. I wrote about how and why I do it here. I let 5 different groups of people know a day I am praying for them (and make sure you actually pray for them).
  4. Tackle the biggest task on your list. 
    Remember. This is all about traction. By now, you should be rearing and ready to go. Take care of the biggest and most important thing first.
  5. Make tomorrow’s list (at the end of your work day). 
    The very last task of the day should be creating your list for the next. Keep it short, simple and focused.
Avoiding and Attacking Procrastination | PP 52

Avoiding and Attacking Procrastination | PP 52

Are you good at procrastinating? I’m a champ. In this episode, I am going to tell you what I have learned about avoiding and attacking procrastination. So let’s jump straight in.

 

Avoiding and Attacking Procrastination

The first step to understanding the motivations behind procrastination is realizing it lives first in the realm of fear. Fear is an absolutely catastrophic element of life. When we delve into the realities of what we are scared of, we begin understanding the motivations behind why we individually procrastinate.

By continuing to allow fear to reign in life, we will begin leading from the perspective of fear. When that happens, we will be tied to bad leadership practices and a recipe for a serious “not getting things done” problem.

Avoiding Procrastination

No one leads well out of the shalom zone. 
We need to get serious about learning what puts us at peace. This is about habits that rule us.

Productive Pastor 5: A Conversation with JD Walt about Sabbath

Build rhythms to help you stay relaxed and focused.
How are you building your time to be focused when you need to be and relaxed when you need a break?

Organize your work time to plow through trouble and focus on fun. 
This is pretty basic Productive Pastor stuff. The time you spend doing things really matters. Know when you work the best and make sure that time is carved out.

Attacking Procrastination

Build your schedule focused on goals and effectiveness. 
We all say we have priorities. But our schedule really tells us what matters. When we never have time for the most important things we will never get them done. Are you intentionally placing time in your week to hit your goals? Make sure that happens.

Learn to ask yourself “What’s at Stake?”
This is a huge one for me. It will almost always get my butt back in gear. People who avoid procrastination are future focused. They realize what’s at stake and make sure it happens.

Break things up into approachable goals.
The best example I can think of this is the space race. I spent time reading this week all through Wikipedia and realize every single mission and a purpose and they all contributed to the larger goal of putting a human on the moon. Seriously. Do you realize how daunting this had to have been? If you are hitting a wall, break it up into easy chunks.

Thanks for listening and I hope this prepares you to avoid and attack procrastination.

Articles Mentioned

Fear of Failure: Psychology Today

Why you procrastinate, and how to stop it. Now. | Forbes

15 practices of leaders who lead by fear | Brian Dodd

 

 

Developing Systems That Work | PP51

Developing Systems That Work | PP51

Do you use systems? When I talk about systems do you struggle to understand what it’s like to build and implement them? In this episode we are going to talk about developing systems that work.

Front Matter
Don’t miss out on the 50% sale the Rocket Company is doing right now for Giving Rocket. Their content has been amazing lately. I’ve LOVED the free content they’ve been giving away around the sale.

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Also, a big thanks to Country Parson Hugh for the iTunes review and rating.

Developing Systems that Work

1. Discern.
What behaviors do we need/want?

So what’s the difference between a good system, a bad system and an effective system? An effective system is one intentionally designed for achieving specific outcomes. Getting a good idea of your current situation and your (intended) future situation is an important step.
What environments/behaviors/actions can we control to better improve a specific situation? I recommend doing this as a team and just starting to discover the holes and to what depth they go to in your ministry?

2. Decide
What will make this system effective?

At this point, the job of you and your team is deciding what will actually make this system work well. You ask questions of culture and context at this point. You realize how simply moving things around might seriously change things.
3. Delegate
Who and how will we run this system?

Remember, systems are about creating a replicative pattern for folks to follow you as they join in ministry leadership. Developing how the system will be implemented will affect who you get to run this system. For us,  an external system usually gets run on paper and in person and internal ones take advantage of digital technology.

The easiest (and most effective) system most churches need to build is a visitor follow-up system. So gather your team and make a system! Make sure to let me know about it.

Episodes Mentioned

Michael Lukaszewski on Systems | PP19

Building Guest Systems | PP48

How To Discern Big Goals | PP50

How To Discern Big Goals | PP50

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.

  1. Productive Music.
    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.
  2. iTunes Review and Ratings. 
    We’ve had two great reviews over the last couple of weeks. A big thanks to these listeners! You can leave one right here.

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  1. 3. Giving Rocket May special.
    So my friends at The Rocket Company are giving away some great (FREE) training this month AND heavily discounting Giving Rocket, one of their core coaching programs. I have spent over 1k on Giving Rocket and it is absolutely worth every penny. If you want to be part of this special training, subscribe to my insider list right here. I give away my daily worksheet through the list AND you will have quick access to these amazing videos.

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.

  1. Questions.
    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.

3. Implementation
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
  • Find mini-goals
  • 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?

Mentioned and Recommended Episodes

Lists and Bottlenecks

Digging yourself out of a hole

Project Management 101

Rich Birch on Project Management