3 Tips to Jump Start Your Ministry Year

Work on Your Listening

As a leader, it is essential that you be an above average communicator. But that means more than speaking. It also means listening. Sadly today, listening is a lost art. This loss of listening skills affects many things, especially how we lead. Check out Kathy Lockwood's post on the art of listening and then purpose to become a better listener.

Tip One: Work on your listening.
Are You Listening?
by Kathy Lockwood
"Are you listening for understanding or are you focused more on what you are going to say next? As the other person is speaking, is that little voice in your head preparing your next response?" 


Think Small

I am the pastor of a small church. So I pay attention whenever I come across something for the small church leader. Here is one by Karl Vaters, the author of  The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. Mr. Vaters shares that small churches should use their smallness as a tool to reach people in ways that big churches can't. 

Tip Two is Think Small. Small churches need to use the power of smallness.
Is it Wrong If I Don't Want My Church to Grow?
by Karl Vaters
"One of the primary misunderstandings I face when writing about the value of small churches is the assumption that I don’t want churches to grow – or at least that I’m okay with settling for less."

Get Coached Up

A pastor is a shepherd, a servant, and a CEO. As the Chief Executive Officer, it is essential that you function at your highest level. So how do you do that? Gordon Tredgold has an idea. Give it a read and then schedule your free 45-minute coaching session.

Tip Three: Get Coached Up. If you're a leader you need a coach.
5 Great Reasons Why You Should Get an Executive Coach
by Gordon Tredgold
"I now realize that you can read all the books you want, attend training courses, seminars, and conferences but the real progress comes when you have a coach, as they can help you improve focus, hold you accountable, build your confidence, help you shape your ideas and give you a different perspective which we all need from time to time." https://www.inc.com/gordon-tredgold/5-great-reasons-why-you-should-get-an-executive-coach.html

Click Here to schedule a free 45-minute coaching session.

Coaching Christian Leaders is Here - Episode 1

For the past 18 months, you have known this podcast as The Real Pastors Podcast. But now it is time to make a change. So I am rebranding the podcast. The podcast will now be called Coaching Christian Leaders.
Why are you doing this you ask?
There are a few reasons.
  1. The title Real Pastors never explained what the podcast was about. When I picked the Real Pastors, I took the idea from Real Simple Magazine. Unfortunately, what works for a magazine does not work for a podcast.
  2. Another reason is that my guest list has broadened. In addition to the pastors and missionaries I normally interview, there will be Christian authors, counselors, and leaders sharing their knowledge. For example, our first guest for Coaching Christian Leaders is Dr. Sam Serio. Dr. Serio is the is the author of Sensitive Preaching to the Sexually Hurting. This is a great interview and I am honored that he will be on the show.
  3. Third, some new doors are opening for me. Real Pastors made it possible for me to begin coaching leaders. And so it is only fitting that this podcast includes coaching.
So what will be the new format? I will continue to interview guests who have a story or an expertise that will benefit you the listener.
I will also be releasing coaching specific episodes to help leaders move forward. This will include interviews with Christian coaches and also my own coaching tips.
Thanks to all the listeners who supported the Real Pastors Podcast these past 18 months. I look forward to further serving you through Coaching Christian Leaders.
I’ll see you soon.

Check out this episode!