Vision

058 - Passion 4 Planting

Sean Cronin joins me for episode 058 of the show. He works for our church planting organization called "Passion 4 Planting." The heart of P4P is to see churches multiply with the purpose of making disciples who make disciples. They come alongside churches with project management, free resources, templates, planter residencies, assessments and more. If you have ever felt the tug toward church planting, I can't recommend touching base with P4P enough.

Even if you aren't a church planter in waiting, your church can still connect with P4P. Maybe you have a dream for going multi-site or launching churches. P4P comes alongside those churches and leaders to help with training, preparation and strategies to get there. So P4P isn't just for brand new startups. Their mindset is a Kingdom mindset to help churches multiply and make disciples.

Highlights | 

  • We developed our system partly to come alongside churches to help them multiply and make disciples.
  • We have a vision to multiply, but how do we do it?
  • We are helping church planter residents ask the right questions about how to plant a church.
  • Let's be intentional and strategic about leadership development with our church plants.
  • The smartest thing Dave Ferguson has ever done was connecting NewThing to Passion 4 Planting.
  • Bootcamp breaks down strategies and plans for your church plant into a week long intensive training.
  • We partner with local churches to help them with strategies by giving away free tools and templates.
  • If you have questioned if God is calling you to plant a church, take part of Passion 4 Planting's assessment to find discernment.
  • Many planters are vision drunk on their own vision.
  • The wells of resources for church planting are drying up and church planters are going to have to be more creative when it comes to funding their plants.

Links | 

Website - http://church-planting.net

Twitter - https://twitter.com/4planting

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/passion4planting/

NewThing Network - http://newthing.org 

Phil Ling Book - The Generosity Tsunami

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."

 

050 - Vision, Strategy and Values

I invited Daniel Im to come and speak with me on the topic of vision, strategy and values. He recently shared a 90-second video with Lifeway Leadership on these three things. I asked him to come and break it down a little further and to spend time getting practical on how we develop these three areas in ministry.

Highlights:

  1. Bi-vocational Ministry - Lifeway is developing a pathway for bi-vocational pastors at new churches.com.
  2. 90-second Video - distinguishing vision, strategy and values. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm2j-UgXFIA
  3. Your strategy can be broken down into two strands: leadership pipeline and discipleship pathway.
  4. Four categories to discover vision through a "Vision Audit": community history, community context, church people and church leadership context.
  5. Prepare for strategic trade-offs in your ministry. You must be as prepared for what you say "No" to as what you say "Yes" to.
  6. If everyone can say "Yes" to your values, they aren't clear enough.

Daniel Im's website - danielim.com

Follow him on Twitter - http://twitter.com/danielsangi

His book "No Silver Bullets" - https://www.amazon.com/No-Silver-Bullets-Transform-Ministry/dp/1433651548/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1514651460&sr=8-1&keywords=no+silver+bullets

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."

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

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."

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.

Coffee with Pastors - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/coffee-with-pastors-podcast/id1252818301?mt=2

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

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."

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

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."