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Author: Dr. Brandon M. Pardekooper

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So the big question is this: how do pastors like us, who remain focused on the mission of Jesus and serving our communities without being distracted by everything in the world around us, how do we increase our effectiveness while living a lifestyle that doesn’t compromise our health, our families, or our personal relationships with Jesus? That’s the question this podcast is going to answer. I am Dr. Brandon Pardekooper and welcome to the Ministry Hackers podcast.
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MH36 Welcome to 2021

MH36 Welcome to 2021

2021-01-0612:59

Welcome to 2021!!! I am excited about what this year is going to bring all of us as Ministry Hackers. It is not secret 2020 was a challenge likewe have never navigated before, but 2021 has new promises,  new possibilities, and God is excited for what is coming. At the same time, 2021 feels a lot like 2020 and I wanted to start with a word of encouragement for us all.  --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
So, you don't think you can afford a highly productive staff, so living your dream life in ministry isn't possible right?  WRONG!!!!  In this episode, I am going to show you 4 ways to start building that highly productive staff, even though you don't think you can afford it.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
I think it is a tragedy that too many of us as pastors and ministry leaders do not live fulfilled lives. Too often we are overwhelmed with life, inundated with tasks and responsibilities, and we are unable to walk through our days with a sense of fulfillment the way I believe God has called us to. Well, today I am privileged to have a special guest joining me who has just written a new book tackling this very issue. The book is simple, but don’t mistake that for not being powerful. Because in it he asks four hard questions that can help you and I increase our clarity and confidence in our purpose, leading to a more fulfilled way of living life. Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
You have a staff and you want to train them to be highly productive so that you can live your dream life in ministry, right? So how do you train and develop your staff to be highly productive. In this episode, I am going to show you exactly how to train your staff to be highly productive, and you are going to be surprised at how easy it is.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
As we continue to celebrate our 100th episode this week, we are bringing in someone familiar with the Ministry Hacker community, Chris McClure, to talk about his new book, The Magnetic Leader. In this episode, he unpacks how you can be a leader people want to follow.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
WE MADE IT TO EPISODE 100!!!! I am so excited to see that the Ministry Hacker podcast has made it to this point and we have such a wonderful group of pastors and ministry leaders joining us each episode.  In this episode, I go over where we have been over the last 100 episode, and discuss the #1 thing that keeps us from living our Dream Lives in Ministry. Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
Do you want to know the #1 reason churches don't grow? What if this is the reason your church isn't growing? Would you still want to know?  In this episode, I am going to tell you the #1 reason churches don't grow. It is a fixable problem, but it may hurt a little bit. So, proceed with caution because not everyone is able to hear this. As a Ministry Hacker, I hope you can.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/mydreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
Your church is going to grow this year, but if you don't have optimized systems, your growth is going to disappear as quickly as it comes. Its time to revisit your systems and processes and optimize them for growth.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/dreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/dreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
I had two conversations with pastors today that are one of the keys to your Dream Life in Ministry. In this episode, I am going to tell you what we talked about, what the end result was, and how it is directly related to you and your life in ministry.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/dreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/dreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
If your church has plateaued or is in decline, there is a good chance your hospitality strategy needs to be revamped. Not because we are trying to grow churches numerically, but because we are trying to create experiences for people to encounter Jesus...but they can't if they aren't there.  In this episode, I give you 3 ways to increase your hospitality game.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/dreamlife, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/dreamlife and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
We need to stop trying to grow our churches today...right now. In this episode I am going to give you 3 good reasons why.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/consulting, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/consulting and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
We are all going through it on some level, and there are large numbers of people in our congregations that are also going through it. We are in a year of remembering and dealing with the pain. I had a loss just a week ago and I was reminded today of a loss from a year ago. We are all in need and we all need to help one another.  In this episode, I talk about what this need is and why I hope we as a Ministry Hacker community get it.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/consulting, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/consulting and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
It's summer and time to get outside! Sure there are BBQ's, baseball games, times at the poolside, and drive in theaters. But what about taking a hike, skipping rocks, gardening, and just sitting in the presence of nature and God's creation? In this episode, I talk about the value of spending time with the Lord in the presence of his creation and making sure we are making time to spend outside, even if you aren't an outdoors person.  Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/consulting, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/consulting and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
Do you have a superiority complex? If not, you need one and you need to start working on it today. Having a superiority complex is going to give you confidence, increase your belief in yourself, carry you when times get tough, and ultimately compel you into a closer walk with Jesus on your way to living your dream life in ministry. Now, I know, you are probably skeptical because we are taught that having a superiority complex is a bad thing...however, in this episode I want to show you that there is one area in your life where having a superiority complex is the right thing to do and is the key to unlocking your noble character. Let's Partner This Summer Together I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who are living their dream lives have a few things in common. What I have done is take those commonalities and developed a simple 5-step Framework to help you discover your Dream Life in Ministry. If you would like to begin your Dream Life in Ministry, I want to invite you to go to ministryhackers.com/consulting, and sign up to partner with me so we can discover your Dream Life in Ministry. I believe every pastor should be allowed to pastor a growing, healthy church while also living a healthy life, and you are no different. Go to https://ministryhackers.com/consulting and let’s get started pursuing your Dream Life In Ministry together. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
When I was a student in my youth group growing up, my youth pastor did something that changed my life. At the time, I didn’t really understand how much it cost him, or really even the full impact he was making by doing it, I just knew it was cool, I wanted it, and that it gave me the sense of belonging, purpose, and stability. In this episode, I want to talk about what he did and why you should do it too...well, maybe not do exactly what he did, but how you need to have the same mindset he did in order to take your ministry to the next level and take one step closer to living your dream life in ministry. Engage More People in Your Discipleship Experience Do you want members of your congregation to grow and mature into the disciple-makers Jesus called us all to be so that Gospel is spread, your community is reached and your church makes an impact for the Kingdom of God? I want to invite you to take advantage of my powerful step-by-step cheatsheet to creating an engaging discipleship experience that will draw people in and make an eternal impact on their lives. Along with the cheatsheet you will also get a onepager that will take all the guesswork out of using the cheatsheet. It will be like me sitting right next to you guiding you through the process. The best part is you can get the cheatsheet and onepager for free at ministryhackers.com/discipleship --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
Are you a golfer? A movie buff? A woodworker? A gamer? A reader? What do you do for fun? Sadly, too many of us have things we used to do for fun before ministry became so complicated, tiring, and all-consuming. We say things like… ”I used to play softball every summer until… I used to go to baseball games, but I just haven’t been able to do it the last couple of years I used to read a lot more, but I can’t seem to fit it into my schedule. And please don’t tell me that ministry is all the fun you need. Even for those of us who love ministry, love being with people, love preaching, even love meetings, we need to have outlets of fun in our lives. Do you remember what it was like to have fun? Back in your 20’s, maybe when you were first married, you had a group of friends you hung out with, things you enjoyed doing, hobbies, activities. Now you don’t do any of those things. Maybe on the weekend you go on a date with your spouse, or play in the yard for a couple of hours with your kids. But, what do you do for fun...for you. What refills your tank? Makes you feel alive? Reminds you why you once lived this life so vigorously and made you feel like you could conquer the world? In today’s episode, I am going to share why it is vital you figure this out...right now! Ministry Hackers has Partnered with Life and Leadership Ministries to Bring You a New Tool Have you ever wanted to know exactly what your congregation is struggling with? Have you ever wished you could sit down with everyone in your church and find out how you could minister more effectively to each one of them...without having an endless amount of meetings? Well, I have been able to work with my friends over at Life and Leadership Ministries to develop the Leading Life Experience for their edisciple platform for pastors and ministry leaders just like you. This experience is an incredible opportunity for you as a pastor to see exactly what level of a fulfilled life your congregation is living by measuring four core areas. This will allow you to better know how to lead them toward living fulfilling lives in the Lord. Once you are equipped with this deep level of insight, you will know what ministries, sermons, activities, classes, and curriculum you need to use to minister more effectively to those in your faith community. Best of all, you can stop guessing and know what will engage people and what they will make time for. Go to edisciple.com/pastor to see what the experience looks like and how to bring the Leading Life Experience to your church. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
In Christian circles, and primarily in ministry, we talk a lot about servant leadership. We model our leadership style after the servant leadership we see modeled in Jesus’ life and ministry. Usually this means we are willing to do things like clean the bathroom toilets because no task is beneath us as pastors. Or, we go out of our way to serve others in their crisis or point of need. Though these are examples of how we can show and exercise servant leadership, it does not capture the entire essence of what being a servant leader truly is. In fact, there is one component in most who are intentionally exercising servant leadership that is missing. This missing component, in some circles of ministry, is even seen in a negative light because it doesn’t leave room for the Holy Spirit to operate...at least that is the claim. Well, in this episode I am going to show you how this missing component of servant leadership is vital, was exercised by Jesus, and when absent, actually negates your efforts to truly be a servant leader. Ministry Hackers has Partnered with Life and Leadership Ministries to Bring You a New Tool Have you ever wanted to know exactly what your congregation is struggling with? Have you ever wished you could sit down with everyone in your church and find out how you could minister more effectively to each one of them...without having an endless amount of meetings? Well, I have been able to work with my friends over at Life and Leadership Ministries to develop the Leading Life Experience for their edisciple platform for pastors and ministry leaders just like you. This experience is an incredible opportunity for you as a pastor to see exactly what level of a fulfilled life your congregation is living by measuring four core areas. This will allow you to better know how to lead them toward living fulfilling lives in the Lord. Once you are equipped with this deep level of insight, you will know what ministries, sermons, activities, classes, and curriculum you need to use to minister more effectively to those in your faith community. Best of all, you can stop guessing and know what will engage people and what they will make time for. Go to edisciple.com/pastor to see what the experience looks like and how to bring the Leading Life Experience to your church. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
This is the last thing you want your pastoral staff members doing right now. Unfortunately, they are already planning on it and you don't even know it.  Engage More People in Your Discipleship Experience Do you want members of your congregation to grow and mature into the disciple-makers Jesus called us all to be so that Gospel is spread, your community is reached and your church makes an impact for the Kingdom of God? I want to invite you to take advantage of my powerful step-by-step cheatsheet to creating an engaging discipleship experience that will draw people in and make an eternal impact on their lives. Along with the cheatsheet you will also get a onepager that will take all the guesswork out of using the cheatsheet. It will be like me sitting right next to you guiding you through the process. The best part is you can get the cheatsheet and onepager for free at ministryhackers.com/discipleship --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
In this episode, I am going to show you how to identify key influencers in your congregation who can step up and help you lead the church, carry the load of ministry, and ultimately free you up to focus on the things only you can do as the pastor. If you use these 3 ways, you will be on your road to living your dream life in ministry.  Engage More People in Your Discipleship Experience Do you want members of your congregation to grow and mature into the disciple-makers Jesus called us all to be so that Gospel is spread, your community is reached and your church makes an impact for the Kingdom of God? I want to invite you to take advantage of my powerful step-by-step cheatsheet to creating an engaging discipleship experience that will draw people in and make an eternal impact on their lives. Along with the cheatsheet you will also get a onepager that will take all the guesswork out of using the cheatsheet. It will be like me sitting right next to you guiding you through the process. The best part is you can get the cheatsheet and onepager for free at ministryhackers.com/discipleship --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
Do you want to hear the voice of God more...or maybe just once?  In this episode, Pastor Matt McAfee stops by and we talk about his new book "Listen: Simple Ways to Hear the Voice of God". We have a great conversation about getting closer to God, hearing his 'voice', and being led by the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  You can get a free version of Matt's book by going to realmattmcafee.com. Engage More People in Your Discipleship Experience Do you want members of your congregation to grow and mature into the disciple-makers Jesus called us all to be so that Gospel is spread, your community is reached and your church makes an impact for the Kingdom of God? I want to invite you to take advantage of my powerful step-by-step cheatsheet to creating an engaging discipleship experience that will draw people in and make an eternal impact on their lives. Along with the cheatsheet you will also get a onepager that will take all the guesswork out of using the cheatsheet. It will be like me sitting right next to you guiding you through the process. The best part is you can get the cheatsheet and onepager for free at ministryhackers.com/discipleship --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ministryhackers/message
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