049 - Sustainable New Year's Goals

It's no secret that every year we set new resolutions and goals for the New Year. By the end of January some 80-90% of people will have given up on their goals already. Less than 10% will actually accomplish their goals over the course of the year. Join Tom Pounder and I as we discuss approaching your goals in a sustainable way. Quick shout out to Jon Acuff for his book, "Finish." Some of my thoughts were founded in his work in that book.


  1. Set realistic goals - not running once in 2017 and setting a goal to run a marathon in February 2018 is not realistic.
  2. Learn from others - what are other churches or ministries who are just ahead of you doing?
  3. Manageable chunks - break your goals down into small steps I call "manageable chunks." 
  4. Inspiring people - surround yourself with people who will inspire you toward your goals.
  5. Find the right tool - find a productivity tool that helps you the most. I use the "Week Dominator" at neuyear.net. It allows you to break down your yearly goal into quarters, months, weeks and days. I love this tool.
  6. Write it down - writing things down can help you to remember what you're after and to keep you focused on it.
  7. Use automated tools - there are tools out there that can help you put certain systems into place that will happen automatically behind the scenes.
  8. You are not Carey Nieuwhof!

Weekly Email

I send a weekly email out on Friday mornings full of great content from around the web. I include a ministry leader you should be following on social media. And I throw in some other fun stuff along the way like Starbucks gift cards so you can get a cup of coffee in the morning. You can subscribe at stanrodda.com and I'll throw in my eBook for FREE as my way of saying, "Thanks."

BONUS Episode 002

Welcome to 2018!! Happy New Year to all of you. And welcome to BONUS episode 002. On this episode, I simply wish you all a Happy New Year and update everyone on what's to come. Highlights include: upcoming episodes with Tom Pounder, Daniel Im, Matt Adair and Shawn Lovejoy.

You can also subscribe to my email newsletter I send out every Friday morning. It's a simple email with great ministry content from around social media. If you don't like looking for content, but don't mind having it delivered to your inbox for FREE, you should subscribe. I'll also include a free copy of my eBook, "The Art of Self-Leadership," as my way of saying "Thanks" for subscribing.

Head over to stanrodda.com to subscribe to the email.

It's going to be a great 2018 season on the show. We'll chat soon on Monday, January 15th!


048 - News & Updates

Thanks for being a faithful listener to the podcast. It truly means a lot to me. As we near the holidays, I am going to take a break from the weekly show. I will post a few updates along the way over the next couple of months to stay connected, but the weekly show is going to catch its breath.

That said, I am lining up some great stuff for 2018. I am working on new seasons with great content that will bring value to you, your leadership and your ministry. One of the ways I am doing that is through a short survey. My goal is to hear from you and a little of your ministry story. I also want to know what ministry questions you might have that we haven't addressed on the show. One of the ways I can add value to your ministry is by talking about the things that mean something to each of you. I want to build your questions and topics into the 2018 season of the show.

The survey will only take about 2 minutes to complete. It's short and sweet. I'm really hoping to hear from as many of you as possible. If you want to be a part of making the podcast even better in the coming year, I hope you'll take a moment of your time to fill out the survey.

I look forward to hearing your Thanksgiving and Christmas stories. May God grant you hope and peace in this season. And may God's name receive glory as you point people toward Him.


Survey link - http://bit.ly/2yTjmAe

047 - Digital Bootcamp

Don't let the onslaught of digital changes in the world be the things that prevents your church or ministry from moving forward. While everything in our world is changing at a very fast pace, there are opportunities out there to learn and grow with it.

In this episode, Tom Pounder shares about Digital Bootcamp, an online group that is helping pastors, church leaders and volunteers to grow in their knowledge and application of the digital world. You don't want to miss this episode or what's going on at Digital Bootcamp.

Some of our conversation boils down to:

  1. Learning the digital and online world is a constant learning experience. You never arrive.
  2. There is no shortage of resources available online to learn.
  3. Digital Bootcamp is for anyone with a desire to learn digital tools to expand their reach and to help people come to know Christ.
  4. Digital ministry is an opportunity to disciple someone to serve in this area.
  5. Digital Bootcamp is FREE training for a digital and online world.

Links |
Digital Bootcamp
Tom Pounder
YM Sidekick
Church Marketing Sucks
Social Media Examiner
ProChurch Tools
Jay Kranda
Social Media Church Podcast
Church Communications Group


046 - First Rate First Impressions

It isn't just a cultural idea that the church has to be great at first impressions or guest services. It's more than that. It's biblical. We are called to be great hosts and to love people as strangers. When someone walks into our churches for the very first time, they are likely a stranger. What are you doing to welcome them and help them feel at ease? 

In this episode, listen in on my conversation with Dave Hileman of Waypoint Church Partners. Dave shares great insight and wisdom when it comes to creating a great first impression. Churches can and must do better in this area. With so few people returning after a first visit for a second visit, we need to remove every barrier we can so that they can come and hear from God. This conversation is a great starting point for you and your team.

Our conversation boils down to...

  1. Only 22% of first-time guests will become second-time guests.
  2. Hospitality is a sacred responsibility in the Old and New Testaments.
  3. There's no excuse to not have great signage for people to know where to go next.
  4. A first rate first impression will require training and accountability.
  5. Gather your first impressions team 30 minutes before church to regroup, pray for newcomers and to get pumped up for the day.
  6. Don't lead to not lose volunteers. Lead to find the right volunteers for the role.

Waypoint Church Partners - http://www.waypointchurchpartners.com

Dave Hileman - dhileman@waypointchurchpartners.com