Personal Development

057 - Lessons Learned from Exponential

I recently got back home after attending the Exponential Conference in Orlando, Florida. And all I can say is that if you're missing out on the resources and content from Exponential, you need to change that. This podcast episode focuses on some of my lessons learned while at Exponential. I was fortunate enough to be able to serve as the social media guy during the week. Running Twitter and Facebook for a conference this size had me a little nervous, but it ended up being a fantastic week.

In this episode I share 4 lessons learned at main sessions. All of those lessons learned I tweeted live while they were happening. I also share 1 lesson learned while walking through the different workshops. I share that in this episode and in the highlights below. 

Highlights |

  • "You can spend 20 years in ministry doing the right thing and miss the greater thing God is doing." Albert Tate
  • "What percentage of what you know do you actually obey?" Jossy Chacko
  • "You don't have a church. You've been entrusted to steward what belongs to the living God." Leonce Crump
  • "I'm asking you to make a commitment today to be someone who will give your life away for the Kingdom so that it can be on earth as it is in heaven." Danielle Strickland
  • "Husbands, pray over your wives. Don't just pray for them. Wrap them in your arms and pray a simple prayer over them." Geoff Surratt

Links |

Exponential Conference - http://exponential.org

Digital Access Pass - https://exponential.net/digital-access-pass/

Exponential Events - https://register.exponential.org

Weekly Email |

I send a weekly email called "Stan's Field Notes" 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."

055 - Light in a Cyber World

Like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden, Christians are called to be the light of the world. But in recent years, that has become far more than just the real world. It's more than where we interact with neighbors and co-workers or even the person checking us out at the grocery store. The world has gone digital and we are called to be a light of the cyber world.

In this episode my guest, Haley Bodine, shares 4 practical things that Christians need to think through before posting online. Whether that be a status update, a comment on a post or a retweet on Twitter. This is a great conversation that every believer needs to pay careful attention to. I also share in this episode a recent mistake I made on Facebook to try and give some context to the conversation. 

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Haley Bodine and her family now call metro Detroit “home.” She currently serves as the North American Relationship Catalyst and Communications Director for NewThing Network. She has a background in small group ministry, nonprofit communications, and content development. Her work has been published by Relevant Magazine, World Vision International, Neue Magazine, and more.

Highlights

  1. Haley's worst nightmare is showing up to a band concert only to discover her instrument's reed is broken.
  2. "We must remember that even though we cannot see actual people on the other side of our screens, we are interacting with real people who have real, God-given souls."
  3. Four things to consider before posting: will it build others up, is it truthful, does it reflect the character of Jesus and does it honor the image of God imprinted on others.

"We are the Light of the Cyber World!" -http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2018/january/we-are-light-of-cyber-world-lets-act-like-it.html

Connect with Haley Bodine

Twitter - https://twitter.com/hmbodine

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/haley.bodine.9

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/haleybodine/

Blog - http://haleymbodine.wordpress.com

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."

051 - Leadership Development

All pastors should be in the business of leadership development. If you aren't developing leaders around you and preparing people to lead in ministry areas, then you are probably building your ministry around you and limiting your church to whatever you can accomplish. The most important part of leadership development is deciding to develop leaders. After that, it's all about putting it together.

Matt Adair joins me from Athens, Georgia. He is a former National Director for the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He is currently a lead pastor and coaches leaders through 5 Factors Leadership. In this episode he shares practical insights into how to go about developing leaders.

Highlights

  1. Leadership development is taking someone who is a leader or potential to be a leader and helping them maximize their potential.
  2. Leaders are all around you. You probably call them volunteers.
  3. One thing that connects all leaders is a sense of competence.
  4. Three development questions: 1. How are you? 2. What are you working on? 3. How can I help you?
  5. To find leaders, clarify what leadership is and what opportunities for leadership there are.

Links

5 Factors Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/five-factors-a-podcast-about-leadership/id1280143273?mt=2

5 Factors Leadership - https://fivefactors.net/welcome

Pipeline Academy - https://fivefactors.net/sales-page15679704

Follow Matt on Twitter - https://twitter.com/mattadair

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."

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.

Highlights:

  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 001

Welcome to BONUS Episode 001. In this episode, I simply want to share in a few minutes with all of you a couple of changes in my life recently that have increased my productivity and outlook. But before we get there, the Stan Rodda Podcast is growing!!! Woo hoo! Thanks to all of you for being an amazing community of listeners. We are up around 243 listeners every week on the show. I want to ask you to help me continue spreading the word about the podcast. You can do that in two ways: 1. Simply share the podcast with one friend in ministry who you think might benefit from the content. 2. Leave a 5-star review on iTunes. Helps make it more visible for others as they search ministry podcasts.

And again, "Thank you," to everyone who is joining me on this journey. It has been a lot of fun. Looking forward to the next 50 episodes of the show with you. Now, on to the content.

The two things I have changed boil down to this...

1) Beat The Sun!

I'm waking up at 5:00am every day. My previous schedule has been centered around working late, even until midnight. My work got very sloppy, I wasn't on top of my game, that decreases productivity and was increasing my anxiety as a result. Waking up at 5:00am has allowed me to prepare my day with God, to focus on my relationship with Him and to ask what He wants me to accomplish that day. I'm more prepared, productive and actually leading my day not the other way around.

2) Lose The Weight!

I am down 20lbs thanks to some great coaching from Greg Oraham. You will hear him in episode 044 of the podcast as he shares about fitness and the life of the pastor. I have more energy than I have in years. My outlook on life is way more positive. I feel more in control and honestly, I just feel better. 

I want to encourage you in those two things. Give them a try and see if they don't help you transform your productivity levels and your outlook on life.

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."