Our role, per Ephesians 4, as pastors is to equip our people to do the work of the ministry - and I contend that somethings the best way we can equip them, is to recognize that they are already gifted by the Holy Spirit, and we just need to get out of their way!
3/10/2023 0 Comments
Weekend Edition 42 - The People's Perspective: Everyday Disciplemaking with Paul Schlieker
Paul Schlieker takes seriously Jesus' command to make disciples of all people. Paul is going to challenge your thinking about how you challenge YOUR OWN church family to be disciple makers!
Paul is a financial planner who takes Jesus with him everywhere. He and his wife Peggy are very active serving in various roles and if you CLICK HERE they have some free gifts for you - that you can use in your church for small groups, discipleship classes, Bible studies, or Sunday School classes.
Enjoy my conversation with Paul... just for you!
Paul's life was changed by the message of the cross, and he has become a servant of God, with a calling he is committed to fulfilling. Paul is a financial planner/manager who serves people by helping them prepare for their future. He's also a disciple of Jesus who makes more disciples of Jesus.
Soon he will travel to Chicago to consult with leaders of a national ministry on how they can better their discipleship ministry. He and his wife meet with international college students who have come to Omaha for college. Their aim is to help them place their faith in Jesus and become followers, who will take the message of Jesus back to their home countries and communities.
The other day he met me for breakfast in Omaha NE and really blessed me - he will be our guest on March 11 for the 42nd Weekend Edition of the Coaching for Pastor's Podcast. You. Will. Like. It.
Today I share how Paul both blessed and challenged me...
Tonight I asked ChatGPT to "Write a blog post about how pastors can use ChatGPT in sermon preparation."
A portion of this episode will be me, using what ChatGPT wrote - in my own voice. You decide if it was any good. Then I give you my hot take on us pastors using writing AI's in our ministries.
We can't stick our heads in the sand - nor can we move forward without wisdom...
3/4/2023 0 Comments
Weekend Edition 41 - Pastor, Are Your Methods Getting in the Way of Your Mission?
Andy Stanley once said, we need to marry our mission but date our methods. So true! So that begs the question that I unpack in this short episode: Are your ministry methods getting in the way of your church accomplishing its mission??
Enjoy - but please also give this some thought this weekend...
Pastor, the Enemy would love to sideline both you and your church. He'll attack your marriage, your parenting, your family, your hobbies, your addictions, anything! Anything to keep you off the court and out of the game.
Our people are languishing for lack of encouragement, inspiration, and affirmation. We could so easily build them up through a simple gift God has given us. A gift to use to do exactly those three things for our church family.
Jeff talks about that gift, that #1 tool of a pastor, in today's episode, #234.
Here is a simple pastoral hack to help you alleviate stress and anxiety from your ministry day. God is BIG and he can handle and shoulder all of our cares and anxieties. Giving him your "trust list" is an easy way to join in community with others.
The recent CDC Report on Teen Mental Health is out and it is not good.
Pastor, I believe it is absolutely critical that as lead pastors, whether we are in our 20's or 60's - we must develop rapport and relationship with the kids in our churches. They need to have a connection to us. We must influence them.
When the tough times come, we need to be able to speak into their lives. When they are learning and growing the most, forming their world view and their assumptions about God - we should have a connection with them. Today I share 5 Reasons Why We Should!
2/25/2023 0 Comments
Weekend Edition 40 - Fantastical Thinking (Deep Dive!) Into Peter's First Letter with Dr. Jeannine Brown
(This is the first 20 minutes of a recent 60 minute conversation I had with Jeannine Brown for my 200churches Podcast. It has not been released yet, so this is a sneak preview!)
Dr. Jeannine Brown from Bethel Seminary joins me to talk about her work on the First Peter volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series. We discuss the content and context of 1 Peter. A fascinating conversation on the text of 1 Peter itself. Let's geek out together!
This week for me has been full, varied, exciting, and filled with a moderate amount of high drama. Today, on Friday, I share two lessons I learn from this week - and truly wonder at the opportunities that next week will bring!
Jeff Keady has been a pastor for 35 years and podcaster to pastors for 9 years - Coaching For Pastors is his latest podcast!