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."

056 - Creating Safe Places

A topic on everyone's minds after the recent school shooting in Florida, along with the church shooting in Texas, is simply that of safety. While it's not a topic we enjoy or want to think about, with our society devolving into chaos, it's one that must be discussed. My friend, Travis Ludvigsen, a fire marshal from Loudoun County is my guest to discuss safety and training in a church setting. Travis is passionate about ministry and is a disciple maker at our church. He is as genuine as they come. He shares practically some things you need to be thinking through when it comes to keeping your people, families and kids safe at your church.

Highlights |

  1. Top priority should be safety for your families and kids.
  2. Your team leaders and volunteers need to know the safety plan. 
  3. We must plan and train for "What if" situations.
  4. Look for someone in your church with public safety experience already to help build a plan and help with training.
  5. Deescalation (verbal judo) is one of the first priorities you need in place. Not every situation needs a "hammer."
  6. Talk to the school or theater you meet in to ask what current safety procedures are already in place. 
  7. Buy high quality, walkie-talkies, so that you can communicate between concrete walls and long hallways.
  8. Use of force is the absolute last resort.
  9. The ultimate goal in an active shooter situation is simply to save lives.
  10. David didn't use other people's armor or equipment to take down Goliath. He used what he knew and had trained with. Your safety plans must be contextualized to your setting!
  11. You must know the current laws in your area regarding safety procedures so that you are operating inside the law and are protected in case something does happen.

Travis isn't big into social media, but if you want to follow him on Twitter, you can do that right here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to him.

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."

054 - Tools for Communicating Easter Effectively

Easter is barely over a month away. We are nearly down to crunch time. One thing that surely is left to do is to communicate to your regular attenders as well as those outside of your church, about what it is that you have going on. You will want to invite them to an event potentially. You also have special stuff planned for Easter Sunday. Maybe new service times. You also have multiple ministries and opportunities for next steps. Whatever it is, you have to communicate it all effectively or run the risk of not being heard at all.

In this episode, I talk with Jeanette Yates, a Communications Director from Jacksonville, FL. She has a heart and passion for ministry and people coming to know Jesus. She helps make that happen through communicating church events and happenings effectively in a variety of ways. In this episode she shares great tools for communicating Easter effectively.

Highlights |

  1. Churches, stay away from Psalm 53:1 this Easter.
  2. Your audience at Easter is slightly different than at other times of year.
  3. Keep in mind that for those not familiar with faith, the resurrection story can be complex to understand in one sitting.
  4. Have a clear call to action on Easter Sunday.
  5. Tool #1: Facebook Live! Use it to pray for people or have some fun by sharing a quiz to help engage your audience.
  6. Tool #2: Facebook Groups! This tools allows people to follow your devotions or Easter preparations in a more private place.
  7. Don't be afraid to create a Facebook ad to share with your community.
  8. Using Instagram Stories is a great way to share the behind the scenes of what is happening at your church Easter morning.
  9. Tool #3: Text in Church! Create keywords and automated follow up through email, texts or reminders to place a phone call to your guests.
  10. Easter is a way to help people get to the on ramp that helps them find life and hope in Christ.
  11. Connecting people to Jesus is the Super Bowl. Easter is the start of the playoffs. Don't miss this opportunity with people.

Links |

  1. Jeanette Yates - http://twitter.com/jnetteyates
  2. Previous Episodes with Jeanette - http://www.stanrodda.com/podcast/2017/9/25/043-storytelling-and-the-generation-gap
  3. Two Church Girls and a Microphone - http://twochurchgirls.com
  4. Text in Church - http://textinchurch.com
  5. Easter Ad Pack - https://www.easteradpack.com/easteradpack

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."

053 - Lessons Learned Over 18 Years of Marriage

Misty Rodda makes her way back onto the show this time to share some of the lessons we have learned over 18 years of marriage. She was last on the podcast in episode 005 to share lessons for 20-something, pastor's wives. That was a great episode and one of the most popular. We have a lot of fun in this episode and probably ramble a little too much, but it was still fun. This is a great episode as we approach Valentine's Day 2018.

Highlights |

  1. Lesson numero uno gentleman is that she is better than you.
  2. Lesson #1: Your differences are a positive, not a negative.
  3. Lesson #2: Marriage actually requires sacrifice and commitment. You actually can't think about yourself all the time and expect it to work.
  4. Lesson #3: Clear expectations are vitally important.
  5. There are seasons in life when one spouse will have to carry more of the load than the other spouse. Realize it's a season and offer grace when your spouse can't offer 100%.
  6. Lesson #4: Your marriage is not expendable. Stop basing it on your feelings.
  7. It is pure arrogance to say you know better than God how your marriage should work.
  8. When you're not "feeling it" in marriage, it's time to: get over yourself, admit you don't have it all together, get some counseling, water the grass in your own backyard and go home and love your spouse.
  9. Lesson #5: Don't overcomplicate the idea of dating your spouse.
  10. Ask the questions: how can I pray for you and what's one thing I can do for you today?
  11. Your spouse is NOT the enemy. You are in a spiritual battle for your marriage.

Links |

  1. Voddie Baucham - Go home and love your wife
  2. Enneagram - Explore your type
  3. The 5 Love Languages - https://www.amazon.com/Love-Languages-Secret-that-Lasts/dp/080241270X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1517501481&sr=8-3&keywords=5+love+languages
  4. Misty Rodda - Twitter
  5. Misty Rodda - Facebook
  6. Misty Rodda Photography - Website

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."