102 – Small church pastor, this is just for you. [Podcast]

Online resources for the small church pastor

 

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcastIn this week’s episode, I’m sharing some online resources I have discovered over the past couple of years that are particularly focused on pastors and leaders of small churches.

 

 

Resources Mentioned

New Small Church

@karlvaters

200 Churches

Small Church Pastor (Dave Jacobs)

Dave Jacobs Quick Coaching Videos (Youtube channel)

 

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101 – Yes, a Sabbatical is possible for the small church pastor! [Podcast]

Interview with Pastor Bobby Cates

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcastIn this week’s episode I’m sharing an interview I did recently with my friend pastor Bobby Cates of Slidell’s First Baptist Church in Slidell, TX.

A few months ago, Bobby got to experience something that a lot of small church pastors never get close to and I wanted to spend some time with him to talk about it for the benefit of other small church pastors.

 

 

 

 

Key insights from this interview

“Biblical rest is intentional.”

“This is not my church. It is the Bride of Christ.”

“The best thing we can give our family is ourselves.”

 

Contacting Bobby Cates

Repenting Rebel Website

Repenting Rebel Podcast & Radio

Repenting Rebel Facebook

Repenting Rebel Twitter

Repenting Rebel Instagram

 

Slidell’s First Baptist Church Website

Slidell’s First Baptist Church Facebook

Slidell’s First Baptist Twitter

Slidell’s First Baptist Instagram

Resources Mentioned

Blinkist

Wordswag

Society for Church Consulting

 

Podcast episode with Farsi Pastor

 

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100 – Two tiny letters with massive impact [Podcast]

We need to master the use of the letters "N" and "O"

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m back from hiatus and excited about what’s ahead.  I’m also excited to reach the amazing milestone of releasing EPISODE ONE-DADGUM-HUNDRED!

In this episode, I’m talking about the massive impact possible when we master the use of the two tiny letters “n” and “o.”

Every pastor (and most leaders) have gotten requests to add something new (program, ministry, activity, resource).  Sometimes they come in the form of, “Pastor, God has put it on my heart that our church should …

How can we respond well?

8 Principles for Responding

  1. No” should be our default answer.  Give me a reason to say, “yes.”
  2. Filter every request through your church’s mission, vision, and values.  This is your big “YES” through which all requests must pass.
  3. No” doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t be done.  It means that you are not going to do it yourself, it is not going to become an official ministry of the church with people and financial resources and calendar priority.
  4. Don’t leave the impression that the door is open for the request at a later date.  “Not at this time” is not a clear response.
  5. Give people permission to do ministry and equip them with skills to fulfill their calling.  Make “equipping” a strategic priority rather than simply adding new programs and ministries.
  6. Make your mission, vision, and values so central that they become a way of thinking for your congregation.  If those things become your church’s identity, requests will not be for new things, but for ways to enhance what’s already happening.
  7. Develop strategic processes that keep your folks engaged in ministry.  Engaged and fulfilled people are not usually looking for something new.
  8. Constantly evaluate what you are doing.  The 4 Helpful Lists is a great tool.

Every “yes” requires you to say “no” to something else.  Choose wisely.

 

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A Two Letter Bonus

The letters “n” and “o” are not simply used in the word “no.”  They can also be used in the word “on.”

When we understand ourselves, our strengths, our vision, and our “yes,” we then know what is “on.”

ON” ministries get full out support – financial resources, people resources, calendar priority, visibility, public celebration, passion.

 

Do you have questions about how to discover and implement your mission, vision, and values?  Or how to develop strategic processes?  Or how to move from telling and providing to training and equipping?

Send me an email and let’s talk

 

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099I – Are you enrolled in Auto-University? (encore)[Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

 

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017 when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99i) I’m going all the way back to Episode 40.

 

 

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099H – First follower (encore) [Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

 

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017 when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99h) I’m going all the way back to Episode 49.

 

 

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099G – How to avoid death by committee (encore) [Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

 

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017 when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99g) I’m going all the way back to Episode 33.

 

 

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099F – 4 Ways to Make Choices Without Regrets (encore) [Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017, when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99f) I’m going all the way back to Episode 24.

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099E – How to have a church failure … and why you should try to (encore) [Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017 when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99e) I’m going all the way back to Episode 9.

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099D – The Worst part of Sunday morning (encore) [Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

 

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017 when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99d) I’m going all the way back to Episode 7.

 

 

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099C – Why you MUST unplug (encore) [Podcast]

Encore episode during hiatus

Welcome to Season 3 of the Your Church Matters podcast. I’m currently on podcast hiatus until June 2, 2017, when I will be back with a brand new episode for episode 100. Between now and then, I’m releasing encore presentations of some of my favorite previous episodes. In this episode (99c) I’m going all the way back to Episode 5.

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