043 - Storytelling and the Generation Gap

The world of church communications is a quickly changing world. Everything from email to social media, video and apps like SnapChat. How do you as a pastor or ministry leader make sense of it all? Not only do you have to navigate what feels like overwhelming information and learning new tools, you also have to consider everyone around you. How am I reaching the student population with this communication, but how is it also relevant to some of the older generation who are leading and guiding the church?

On episode 043 of the podcast, I have a great conversation with Jeanette Yates. She is going to help us make sense of it all. There are some simple opportunities for you out there to share stories of great things happening at your church, while also bridging each generation gap you may have at your church. In fact, it is the story that speaks to all generations equally. We are wired for stories. So don't miss this episode and how you can more effectively use storytelling in your context to share the great stuff that God is doing in the lives of people at your church.

Some of our conversation boils down to:

  1. Listen with your eyes and ears to find stories in your church.
  2. Look for opportunities to connect the younger generations with the older generations.
  3. Be intentional about asking your team, staff, life group leaders or volunteers about stories going on around you.
  4. Start. Simple step is video on Facebook to tell a story or post a live video. Not aiming for perfection, just starting.

Take a listen here to episode 043 of the podcast.

Follow Jeanette Yates on Twitter.

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Pro Church Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pro-church-podcast-with-brady-shearer/id848673237?mt=2

042 - Honoring Your Host Location

If you are a portable church, this is an episode you don't want to miss. My guest is my assistant, Barbara Martinez. She is an amazing servant and volunteer at our campus. In this episode I talk with her about how to honor our host location. In our case, it's an elementary school. For you it might be a theater, bowling alley, town hall, community center or other place.

If you aren't careful, it can be easy to have a "get in and get out" mentality. We have the building a certain number of hours. We're just going to do our thing and leave. But the opportunity to be a great guest in someone else's building, can lead to great things. Listen in for some great content on ideas for how to honor your host location. 

Some of our conversation boils down to:

  1. Look for opportunities to praise, celebrate and give gifts to those who serve for you.
  2. Build the culture of leaving it better than you found it.
  3. The custodian can make or break your relationship. You better love them.
  4. God will open great doors if you genuinely love your host and care for them well.

Take a listen here to episode 042 of the podcast.

041 - Celebrating Baptisms

What does it look like to make baptism a celebration for your entire church or campus? Why not "go big or go home" when it comes to baptism? Recently I had Eric Metcalf on the podcast to talk about this very topic. He is a campus pastor at Community Christian Church in Chicago. They recently celebrated a huge Baptism Sunday called, "Beach, BBQ & Baptisms." I invited him onto the show to talk more about celebrating these great decisions in the lives of people.

Some of our conversation boils down to:

  1. Celebrate big because a prodigal is coming home and the father is running to them.
  2. Celebrate because if heaven is, then we should be.
  3. Make baptism accessible and simple for people to take that step.
  4. Share stories of life transformation.

Eric Metcalf - https://twitter.com/ericmetcalf

NewThing Network - http://www.newthing.org

040 - Leading Volunteers

Recently it seems the topic of volunteers has been coming up a lot in my area. I decided to sit down and discuss the topic of caring for volunteers a little bit more with New Life's Online Campus Pastor, Tom Pounder. He shares some of his insight into leading volunteers for more than just an outcome, but also because we care for them as image bearers of God. Leaders want the best for their volunteers, not because it's good for the leader, but because by it we help volunteers live out the passions God has hard-wired into them.

Much of our conversation came down to these things:

  1. We are stewards of volunteers, not owners!
  2. Get to know volunteers outside of the "work environment!"
  3. Take time to train and disciple your volunteers!
  4. Celebrate the wins with them!
  5. Take responsibility when they don't win!

Take a listen here to episode 040 of the podcast.

Learn more and follow Tom Pounder here.

039 - Extreme Ownership

I recently finished reading, "Extreme Ownership - How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win" by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. This was easily one of my favorite books that I have read. Both former Navy Seals, Jocko and Leif share incredible stories and moments from Navy Seal Operations, focusing many times on a very difficult city called Ramadi.

They not only share incredible stories, but they then share the leadership principle found within that operation. Then they follow it up with practical application in the business world. It was not a difficult leap to make the connections into ministry.

In this episode of the show I share my four, favorite extreme ownership principles from the book. I want to encourage you to read the book if you haven't. It's a fascinating look at leadership from a different perspective, but also simple to understand and very challenging. My four, favorite principles of Extreme Ownership are...

1. Extreme Ownership - I am the commander. I am responsible.

2. No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders - It's not what you preach, it's what you tolerate.

3. Check the Ego - Often, the most difficult ego to deal with is your own.

4. Prioritize and Execute - Relax, look around, make a call.

Extreme Ownership Book - https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_17?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=extreme+ownership&sprefix=extreme+ownership%2Caps%2C128&crid=1JWFO6B1JKS22

Leif Babin - https://twitter.com/LeifBabin

Jocko Willink - https://twitter.com/jockowillink