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How To Find The Right Coach For You

Brief Overview

“Is that coaching?” “No, that’s not coaching.” “Here’s what coaching looks like.” This is the conversation among church leaders when it comes to coaching, and it’s largely unhelpful. The truth is there are three primary ways to coach leaders and you should choose the approach that is most helpful to you right now.

 

Types of Coaches:

  • Mentor - Coaches who have been successful where you are struggling. Priority is on information that shows you how they achieved success.

  • Pastor - Coaches who care for you as you lead. Priority is on confirmation of God’s love for you and his calling on your life.

  • Trainer - Coaches who put you in the best position to succeed. Priority is on their dedication to helping your reach your goals.

Vic Doss on Losing 50 Pounds, Leading College Students and Why He Loves Oprah

Brief Overview

Matt sits down with Vic Doss from Watkinsville First Baptist Church to talk about leading college students, what’s missing in evangelical politics and the holistic transformation that took place in Vic’s life over the past 12 months.

Listen To Learn:

  • How Vic lost 50 pounds in a year

  • The moment Vic decided to stop using his phone for a month

  • How a church of 200 people has become a spiritual home for more than 2,500 college students since 2006.

  • The one question church leaders should be asking about politics

How To Get The Most From Your Smartphone

Brief Overview

In the third of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal talk about the challenges we face in how we use our phone. Plus, they share a simple framework that you can use today to multiply the benefit you get from your phone.


How To Get The Most From Your Phone

  • Fence. Set boundaries around the time when you use your phone and stay away from your phone.

  • Focus. Leverage tools on your phone to help you stay away from distraction and the myth of multi-tasking.

  • Fill. Make sure that your most significant work makes it into your calendar.

  • Filter. Determine whether your current task requires the use of your phone.

Take a (One-Day) Digital Detox

Brief Overview

In the second of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal talk through the details of taking a 24-hour break from your smartphone. They talk about why we get hooked on our phones, the benefits of taking a 24-hour break from our phones and how to take the next steps to freedom.


Benefits of a Digital Detox:

  • Freedom from FOMO: The fear of missing out (FOMO) is a problem compounded by the way our phones tap into our neurochemistry. A consistent break from your phone disrupts that connection and helps to create healthier phone habits.

  • Freedom from Overwork: Show us the person who is always on their phone, and we’ll show you a person who is working more than they should.

  • Freedom for Praying: Few challenges are more difficult to overcome than disconnecting from the constant distraction of your phone to make room for focused times of prayer.

  • Freedom for Play: When you have an entire day disconnected from your phone, you find time to enjoy unhurried opportunities for fun and leisure with family and friends.

Your Relationship With Your Smartphone? It's Complicated!

Brief Overview:

In the first of four episodes on how healthy leaders use their smartphones, Matt and Tal show you the possibilities of using your smartphone in a different way. In the face of increased concerns about the holistic impact of smartphone use, healthy leaders are reimagining their relationship with their phone.

Benefits of Better Smartphone Use:

  • Heightened sense of security and gratitude. Research shows that smartphone use increases the risk of loneliness and depression. Mentally healthy leaders limit the time they spend on their phone.

  • Improved sleep. Your phone emits a level of radiation that disrupts the quality of your sleep. Physically healthy leaders keep their phone in another room at night.

  • Better connections in relationships. Our relationships are damaged by decreased eye contact as we scroll our phones. Relationally healthy leaders set boundaries on their phones when they’re spending time with people. 

  • Better able to hear God. Your phone creates an untold number of distractions from the time you spend listening to God through the Scriptures and responding in prayer. Spiritually healthy leaders consider the cost of using your phone to fuel your relationship with God.

  • More productive at work. Your productivity will increase and you will feel better at the end of the day if you are not glued to your phone. Vocationally healthy leaders limit their access to work-related apps on their phone. 

Are You Addicted To Work?

Brief Overview:

In this last installment of our series on work, Matt and Tal answer five questions that church leaders should wrestle with related to how much they work. We live in a world that celebrates ‘the hardest workers in the room’ but when does our hustle become a problem? What are the warning signs that we are becoming addicted to work? How do we put Pandora back in her box if our schedule is out of control and our heart is out of alignment with the way of Jesus?

Evaluation Questions:

  • Do you get more excited about work than your family or anything else? Misplaced love is a symptom of addiction.

  • Do you take work with you to bed, into the weekend and/or on vacation? When work spills into parts of life not intended for work, you squeeze out critical components of your health.

  • Do you believe it’s ok to work long hours if you love your work? Would you believe it's ok to excessively drink or play video games just because you love it?

  • Do you get irritated when people ask you to stop working to do something else? If you get irritated when someone asks you to stop doing something, that’s a sign your body and soul is becoming hooked.

  • Have your long hours hurt your family or other relationships? We dare you to ask your spouse or children...

Bryan Miles on A Better Way To Build Your Staff Culture

Brief Overview

At the heart of culture is relationships. How do people get along as they work to lead the mission of your church? Bryan Miles sits down with Matt to talk about the surprising benefit that comes when your staff has the flexibility to work remotely (at least part of the time).

 

Big Ideas:

·         Your next hire should be a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant increases the productivity of a pastor by 2x-4x. And great companies like Belay (belaysolutions.com) handle the training and management of your assistant, so you can focus on getting work done together.

·         Remote work increases staff productivity. When you treat someone like an adult, you end up with someone who does work with greater levels of joy and a higher sense of loyalty to you and the mission of your church.

·         People don’t need an office to thrive as workers. Connection and collaboration can take place with great results using digital platforms. What matters more than being together is what we accomplish together.

Justin Trapp on How To Build A Better Sermon

Brief Overview

Most preachers use a collection of digital tools to help prepare sermons. Until recently, there was no solution available that would provide a single resource that could help write, present and store your sermons. But Justin Trapp has created a fantastic resource called Sermonary that you should start using.

Big Ideas:

  • Pastors are pressed for time. From social media connections to internal pressure to do more, pastors find their schedules filled with tasks and meetings and conversations that make it challenging to find time to write sermons.

  • Pastors waste time organizing their research. From notes scribbled on legal pads to markups on digital resources inside a piece of Bible software, time and energy gets spent trying to remember what you studied and where you put it.

  • Sermonary simplifies and speeds up your preparation. From templates to sermon building blocks, Sermonary makes it easy to organize your message in a format that you can use to deliver your sermon without having to take time to print a manuscript or outline.

Elliot Grudem on How Pastors Build Friendships

Brief Overview

Healthy pastors have friends. But most pastors don’t have friends. So I asked Elliot Grudem to share what he’s learned helping pastors make friends through his work with Leaders Collective.

Big Ideas:

  • Pastoral work can be dehumanizing. In the eyes of most people, pastors are not actual people with feelings who are flawed and fallible. Pastors are seen as a commodity, often ignored until they’re needed and when they’re needed, they are expected to be immediately available.

  • Pastors need people who will encourage them. Ultimately, God is our great encourager but often he encourages us through other people, such as family and friends.

  • Friendships are necessary but most pastors have no friends. There is a difference between allies and confidants. Almost all of our work relationships are allies; confidants are harder to find. Elliot’s suggestion is to invest in relationships with other pastors who might become a confidant.

When Large Churches Hurt Small Churches

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss:

·         Small churches and large churches are different. And while we know it’s true, those differences tend to be ignored and we become preoccupied with making every church a big church.

·         Large church pastors set the tone. Leverage the influence granted by your platform to encourage small church pastors and to tailor your message to their context.

·         A great church is a discipling church. Greatness is not determined by size, but by a commitment to help people follow Jesus.

·         A simple recipe for small church greatness. Identify what you’re good at. Do more of that. Celebrate the good things that you do.

 

If you are a small church pastor who recoils at the idea of anyone thinking that your church is small, please know that churches like yours are the bread-and-butter of Jesus’ kingdom. No other church can do in your city what you and your people can do.

Use our FREE Guide to discover how your church can be great.

Great churches love God and love people. But every local expression of the Church loves in ways that are unique to its people and its context. Rather than copying-and-pasting from other churches, use this FREE guide to map out the steps to finding your greatness.

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