Priority Pastor X

Priority Pastor X
Helping pastors and their spouses craft a focused, sustainable life and ministry.

PPX222 Road Trip Checklist
Nov 11 • 5 min
Here are a few items that can make your travel more pleasant and effective.
PPX221 Pastoring on Autopilot
Nov 7 • 5 min
Do you ever find yourself coasting in ministry, not engaging fully in the calling at hand? There are two valid options for you (and me) to consider.
PPX220 Evaluating an Offer of Employment from a Church
Nov 4 • 5 min
Some considerations for evaluating an offer of employment to serve as a pastor in a church.
PPX219 Time-Saving Tech Upgrade
Oct 31 • 3 min
A simple upgrade I took too long to make which instantly made me more productive. (Hint: HD to SSD)
PPX218 Amazon Prime for Productivity
Oct 28 • 4 min
I’ve been impressed with the time saved by using Prime, as well as the way it helps fill in some of the gaps of living in a small community.
PPX217 When the Lead Pastor is Broken
Oct 24 • 5 min
What do you do when you are on a church staff and the lead pastor is clearly out of line, abusive, unethical or just plain nuts?
PPX216 Crazy Dysfunctional Church Staff Situation
Oct 21 • 4 min
What do you do when you find yourself in a broken staffing situation, and you’re supposed to be the boss?
PPX215 Your Church Governance Achilles Heal
Oct 17 • 5 min
Do you understand the weaknesses of your church’s or denominations polity?
PPX214 Hunting and Leadership
Oct 14 • 6 min
I’ve made the same mistake both out hunting and in leadership: Looking too far ahead.
PPX213 Tools for Church Boards
Oct 10 • 5 min
A quick list of some tools that church boards might find useful in doing their work. For more info on any of them, feel free to contact me.
PPX212 Common Church Elder Board Mistakes
Oct 7 • 6 min
These are the things we bump into again and again in transitional ministry. Don’t let these things happen in your church!
PPX211 Rationing Your Creative Energy
Oct 3 • 4 min
Out of all the energy you have, there is a segment that can be used for creative work, and when it’s gone it’s gone. Here are a few things I’m learning about rationing my creative energy.
PPX210 Email and Ministry
Sep 30 • 5 min
Some ideas of how to use email list segmentation and personalization in a church or ministry setting.
PPX209 Breaking Out of the Afternoon Doldrums
Sep 26 • 3 min
A simple tactic to reenergize yourself for the final segment of your work day.
PPX208 A Simple, Strategic Church Budget Process
Sep 23 • 4 min
A quick overview of a budget process for churches that isn’t simply based on the squeaky wheel.
PPX207 How to Leave a Church
Sep 19 • 5 min
The way a pastor leaves a church can enhance the ministry they’ve had and give a boost to the ministry of the next pastor…or detract from both.
PPX206 Evangelism: The Logic and Passion for Souls
Sep 16 • 6 min
As logical and biblical as it is to do evangelism, until there is an accompanying passion we don’t tend to do it.
PPX205 Breaking Indecisiveness
Sep 12 • 4 min
How to break out of indecisiveness, information overload and paralysis by analysis.
PPX204 When There’s Nothing to Do
Sep 9 • 5 min
How to you use your ministry time wisely when there are no pressing tasks? Here are three ideas.
PPX203 Everything But the Main Thing
Sep 5 • 6 min
It’s been a hazard in ministry from the time of the early church. But there is a remedy.
PPX202 Getting Refocused
Sep 2 • 6 min
It’s not easy to make the shift from holidays back into the work and ministry routine. Here are a few steps I’m taking to get my head back where it needs to be.
PPX201 Holiday Brain
Aug 28 • 5 min
How do you detach and ensure you get a real break from work?
PPX200 How to Increase Church Giving
Aug 22 • 4 min
Too many churches and pastors live in crisis mode when it comes to finances. Here are some principles to break out of that pattern.
PPX199 Are You a Consumer or Producer?
Aug 19 • 6 min
This could change the way you look at social media and entertainment. (Plus give you a very cool parenting idea.)
PPX198 Trust Busters and Trust Builders
Aug 15 • 7 min
There are things leaders do that can destroy trust or fortify it. Do you know what those things are in your context?
PPX197 Pastors and Toastmasters
Aug 12 • 6 min
A quick plug for Toastmasters and the benefits for pastors in joining a club.
PPX196 When Should a Pastor Move?
Aug 8 • 5 min
I was asked this question in an interview recently. Here’s my 2-bits.
PPX195 Retirement Isn’t the Endgame
Aug 6 • 5 min
It’s important that pastors and ministry leaders model and teach that we need to be shooting for eternity, not just retirement.
PPX 194 The Prophecy was False
Aug 1 • 6 min
The story of an old native American prophecy and how it relates to ministry to today.
PPX193 Quotes That Get Me Moving 2
Jul 29 • 5 min
More nuggets that are just too good to file away.
PPX192 Quotes that Get Me Moving
Jul 26 • 6 min
Some ideas are just too stimulating to put in a file- so I put them on the wall. Here are a few of those nuggets.
PPX191 Before and After Pic
Jul 24 • 6 min
A few thoughts from Ephesians 2, describing where we all were- or still are- and where Jesus wants to take us.
PPX190 Even More InBox Zero Nuggets
Jul 22 • 6 min
A few more ideas on keeping that email inbox lean and mean.
Self-Publishing Mistakes
Jul 19 • 5 min
The big three mistakes self-published authors make, and a few others I’ve made.
PPX188 The Secret to Getting a Book Written
Jul 17 • 4 min
Most prospective authors never do this.
PPX187 Online Pastoral Care?
Jul 15 • 4 min
The system used by an online coach I’m working with presents some interesting possibilities for pastoral care, discipleship and church communication. Note: In the audio I fail to mention the software used for this. It is Xenforo2: I…
PPX186 Facebook Pixel for Church Websites
Jul 12 • 5 min
A quick heads up about a valuable resource most churches aren’t using.
PPX185 You’re Not Essential (So Take a Break)
Jul 10 • 6 min
Memo to my younger pastor self, and anyone else who’s listening: You’re not as essential to the church as you think you are. (But you are to your family and your health.)
PPX184 The Ultimate Benefit Package
Jul 8 • 8 min
No matter how your day is going, here are some benefits highlighted in Ephesians 1 that are true of you if you are a follower of Jesus Christ.
PPX183 Perseverance in Ministry
Jul 5 • 7 min
A long confusing hike made me think of ministry…for some reason.
PPX182 House Churches and Other Labels
Jul 3 • 9 min
Changing the package doesn’t change the reality that true community and effective disciple-making is challenging.
PPX181 Time to Say No to a Few Things
Jul 1 • 8 min
We regularly need to take inventory, identify unsustainable trends in our lives and ministries, and take some options off the table with a bold “No!”
PPX180 How to Turn Your Sermons into a Book
Jun 28 • 6 min
Three big steps I will be sharing in an upcoming training. Please send questions!
PPX179 Final Words from a Leader
Jun 26 • 6 min
When someone gives what they know are their final words to people close to their heart, those words are usually worth noting. Here are a leader’s final words to the leaders of a church he planted.
PPX178 Change Your Default Settings
Jun 23 • 6 min
Sometimes “the way things are” needs to be challenged and changed.
PPX177 Offensive or Bland?
Jun 21 • 7 min
A tension we face in ministry and communication. We don’t want to be either!
PPX176 Making a Clean Break
Jun 19 • 5 min
Some things are common, culturally acceptable, but contrary to the cause of Christ.
PPX175 How to Start Your Day
Jun 17 • 7 min
An excerpt from the Recipe for an Epic Day training, which is part of the Pastor Productivity Pack in Priority Pastor.
PPX174 Simple Principles for Personal Evangelism
Jun 14 • 7 min
A final excerpt from the Personal Evangelism Crash Course webinar, sharing some simple but critically important principles for personal evangelism.
PPX173 The Heart of Personal Evangelism
Jun 12 • 6 min
At least half the job of evangelism is this one thing.
PPX172 Personal Evangelism and the Power of Encouragement
Jun 10 • 5 min
An excerpt from the Personal Evangelism Crash Course webinar on how non-evangelists can be effective witnesses.
PPX171 The Purpose of Evangelism
Jun 7 • 4 min
An excerpt from the Personal Evangelism Crash Course highlighting the purpose of evangelism. Also a note about the fact that while not all are gifted as evangelists, all are called to be witnesses.
PPX 170 Preparing for a Lead Pastor Job Interview
Jun 5 • 7 min
Advice to a friend who has been shortlisted for a lead pastor role and is getting a second interview.
PPX169 How to Do a History of Your Church
Jun 3 • 7 min
Here is the process we use in a transitional ministry to develop a useful church history document for leveraging change.
Evangelistic Progression
May 31 • 7 min
Two radically different responses to one of my books highlights the need for understanding different the stages of people we are seeking to reach withe Gospel.
PPX167 Personal Evangelism Crash Course
May 29 • 6 min
Two important points I plan to make in an upcoming evangelism training.
PPX166 How to Sell a Book, an Album, or Anything at All
May 27 • 5 min
My biggest marketing lesson of the year which I have shared with many of my author and musician friends.
PPX165 A Productive Roadtrip
May 24 • 7 min
Travel is inherently unproductive. But this week’s roadtrip was an exception. Here’s what I learned.
PPX164 Lobster and Soap
May 22 • 3 min
“If you eat too much lobster it tastes like soap.”
PPX163 Don’t Shoot for the Moon
May 20 • 4 min
How can we set goals that stretch us but don’t discourage us?
PPX 162 Checklists
May 17 • 4 min
Forgotten items on a combined camping-conference trip reminds me why I really need to use checklists!
PPX161 Check Your Google Business Listing
May 15 • 4 min
Did you know that until you claim the automatic Google listing for your church that anyone can post whatever link they want as your website?
PPX160 A Short Observation About Stress
May 13 • 4 min
Maybe some of our stress is caused by thinking we can control or fix issues that aren’t ours to control or fix.
PPX159 Ministry Without Crisis
May 10 • 6 min
I’m finding myself in an odd state of disorientation from not having any burning crisis staring me in the face. And this brings its own challenges.
PPX158 Mentoring and Masterminds
May 8 • 7 min
What are you doing to get objective input into your life, ministry and projects?
PPX157 Donald Miller’s StoryBrand- A Bit of a Review
May 6 • 7 min
Miller’s StoryBrand book got my wheels turning in so many ways. Here’s and overview- take a listen and then get this book!
PPX156 What Makes for a Good Day Off?
May 3 • 6 min
A week full of good days requires a good day off. Here are some things help make a good day off.
PPX155 Simple Way to Build a Digital Asset
May 1 • 5 min
It’s so easy I don’t know why everyone isn’t doing this.
PPX154 Slaves Who Think They’re Free
Apr 29 • 5 min
This Harriet Tubman quote stirs me to reach more people.
PPX153 KRA’s and Strategic Planning for Churches
Apr 26 • 7 min
Here’s what to do once you have a good idea of the current state of your church.
PPX152 Church Health Assessment Questions
Apr 24 • 8 min
Here are some questions we use in transitional ministry to help understand the current state of the church.
PPX151 Transitional Nuggets for Regular Pastors
Apr 22 • 7 min
Some transitional ministry practices and ideas that you can apply in a regular, longer term pastoral role.
PPX150 Taking My Own Medicine
Apr 19 • 7 min
Some adjustments I’m making to ensure that I’m walking my talk and crafting a focused, sustainable life and ministry.
PPX149 Advice for Young Pastors and Christian Leaders
Apr 17 • 11 min
Part 5 of the interview with Seth Shelley, with some direct words for young pastors, and his thoughts on who would most benefit from Priority Pastor.
PPX148 Leading Change When You’re Not the Boss
Apr 16 • 8 min
Part 4 of the Seth Shelley interview, with some insights into the relational side of leadership.
PP147 Focus Finances Fitness
Apr 15 • 9 min
Part 3 of the Seth Shelley interview, where he shares how he has adapted the principles of Priority Pastor to his unique role and personality.
PPX146 Adapting to a New Role as Lead Pastor
Apr 14 • 9 min
Part 2 of an interview with Seth Shelley. Getting up early, irritation with “Footprints”, team ministry, and more.
PPX145 Moving from Youth Pastor to Lead Pastor
Apr 13 • 7 min
Part 1 of an interview with Seth Shelley.
PPX144 Stand-up Desk Latest Report
Apr 12 • 5 min
The latest developments in using a stand-up desk.
PPX143 Leave the Canoe on the Truck
Apr 11 • 5 min
A simple trick we use to make it easier to do what’s important. And it’s not just about canoeing.
PPX142 Three More Secrets
Apr 10 • 4 min
Some principles that will help you craft a focused, sustainable life and ministry.
PPX141 Take a Cortisol Stroll
Apr 9 • 3 min
There’s something about getting some natural light as early in the day as possible that sets you up for a good day…and a good sleep that night!
PPX140 Syndicating Your Content
Apr 8 • 4 min
Marketers do it, churches should do it. Here are the basics.
PPX139 Stop Learning and Start Leading
Apr 7 • 4 min
Sometimes we need to quit pouring more leadership theory into our heads and actually get out there and do the work of leadership.
PPX138 Why and How to Write a History of Your Church
Apr 6 • 5 min
An honest history of your church can give people a common story and be a launch pad for the next season of ministry.
PPX137 Leadership via The Announcements
Apr 5 • 4 min
Yep, the Sunday morning announcements can be a leadership moment.
PPX136 Priority Pastor 3 Secrets Webinar
Apr 4 • 6 min
A heads up about some of the things that will be shared in the new Priority Pastor webinar.
PPX135 Internalist or Externalist?
Apr 3 • 4 min
A devotional I heard decades ago still challenges me in the way I respond when things go sideways.
PPX134 Friends in the Church
Apr 2 • 5 min
If you have a good friend in a church where you pastor, you need to get some things clear in your head- and maybe theirs too!
PPX133 Discipleship vs Disciple-Making
Apr 1 • 4 min
Why I only reluctantly use the phrase “discipleship” and instead prefer “disciple-making”.
PPX132 Persevering
Mar 31 • 6 min
One of the eight essential traits of a follower of Jesus. Why it’s essential, and why it’s always possible.
PPX131 Quitting
Mar 30 • 5 min
A story of when I quit too soon, and regretted it.
PPX130 Leading Change Needs Urgency With Hope
Mar 29 • 4 min
Nothing changes if there is not urgency, no recognition of the need to change. But you also need to instil hope so there is energy to make the change.
PPX129 Email and Church Business
Mar 28 • 3 min
Some simple guidelines for using email for communication with church boards and staff.
PPX128 Take a Break and Persevere
Mar 27 • 4 min
Today has not gone as planned! So I made some tea.
PPX127 Get Outside
Mar 26 • 5 min
A quick note I recorded while playing hooky from work in order to go for what turned out to be an excellent time outside.
PPX126 Symptoms of a Contagious Follower of Jesus
Mar 25 • 5 min
A summary of the latest message in the DNA of a Christ Follower Series: What does it mean to be evangelistic?
PPX125 Beware the Midday Demon
Mar 24 • 5 min
It can strike in the middle of the day, the middle of a ministry or the middle of life.
PPX124 Pressure and Productivity
Mar 23 • 3 min
There’s an intriguing relationship between pressure and productivity.
PPX123 What You’re Worth, Revisited
Mar 22 • 4 min
What is the actual value of the work you do in ministry?
PPX122 The 12Church Manifesto
Mar 21 • 3 min
Grappling with how to make churches and The Church more effective and efficient in making disciples.
PPX121 Quick Tips to Boost Energy
Mar 20 • 3 min
Some simple things anyone can do to give their energy level a boost.
PPX120 Do Not Forgive Yourself
Mar 19 • 4 min
The toxic idea of “forgiving yourself” needs to be exposed as the anti-Gospel lie that it is.
PPX119 Church Governance Really Does Matter
Mar 18 • 5 min
It often gets written off as a necessary evil, but good governance is a spiritual issue.
PPX118 Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner
Mar 17 • 5 min
The One Thing I’d change in this useful planning tool.
PPX117 The Value of a Clear Conscience
Mar 16 • 7 min
What’s a clear conscience worth to you? What will it take to get there?
PPX116 Fixing a Funnel
Mar 15 • 4 min
How a marketing activity has shaped my thinking about ministry… and pretty much everything
PPX115 Mission First, Then Community
Mar 14 • 4 min
If we focus on building community with the idea that we will eventually move into mission, it will likely never happen.
PPX114 Being a Leader vs Doing Leadership
Mar 13 • 3 min
There’s a big difference between being called a leader or holding a leadership position, and actually leading.
PPX113 Personal Development: Ministry vs Business
Mar 12 • 6 min
What develops you and grows you more: Starting a business, or being in ministry leadership?
PPX112 Your Truth, My Truth, Everybody’s Got a Truth
Mar 11 • 4 min
If we can vacuum the absolute meaning out of a word like “truth” where’s the foundation?
PPX111 InBox Zero-ish-ness
Mar 10 • 5 min
Wherein I repent for my failure to maintain InBox Zero and resolve to reform my ways
PPX110 The Power of Simplicity
Mar 9 • 5 min
Most of my books are in storage. One of the few dozen I keep with me in my transitional assignments is this one.
PPX109 God-Dependence Not Independence
Mar 8 • 4 min
Another key trait from the DNA of a Christ Follower.
PPX108 What I’m Learning About Podcasting
Mar 7 • 5 min
It’s been one of the best developments in my online marketing journey.
PPX107 Memo to Lead Pastors
Mar 6 • 5 min
“Don’t be a jerk.” A restrained rant based on a synthesis of what I have observed.
PPX106 Follow…or Not!
Mar 5 • 4 min
The words of Jesus in John 6.67 are a challenge to all Christian leaders: Are you so confident in your mission and calling that you will be unfazed when some of your followers bail?
PPX105 Our TV Tactic-Trading Money for Time
Mar 4 • 5 min
Here’s a simple thing we’ve done to spend a little more money but free up a lot more time.
PPX104 Your Most Formative Life Event
Mar 3 • 4 min
Self-awareness is a key trait of healthy and effective leaders. Are you aware of the primary event or events that have made you who you are?
PPX103 The Greatest Need of Those You Lead
Mar 2 • 4 min
What is the greatest need of those you lead? It might not be what you think.
PPX102 An Easy Way to Exercise
Mar 1 • 3 min
My TRX is a wonderful thing. You might want to get one.
PPX101 Two Tools for Better Online Communication
Feb 28 • 3 min
Here are two tools I use that you may want to use in your ministry communication system.
PPX100 Why and How to Love People
Feb 27 • 5 min
The second trait in the DNA of a Christ Follower is being a lover of people. What does that look like, practically?
PPX99 Efficient Sermon Preparation
Feb 26 • 4 min
A few nuggets from my webinar on Efficient Sermon Prep, to help you link your message to your audience.
PPX98 Fresh Ways to Assess Church Health
Feb 25 • 3 min
Some nuggets from a recent article by Karl Vaters on non-numerical ways of assessing church health.
PPX97 The 22 Percent Challenge
Feb 24 • 4 min
Here is a simple way to be salt and light, love people and maybe change some attitudes about followers of Jesus.
PPX96 You Must See Trint
Feb 23 • 3 min
A quick note about one of the coolest new pieces of software I’ve come across.
PPX95 Three Words to Juice Up Your Communication
Feb 22 • 3 min
Here are three more words, three more ideas, that will make all your communication more effective.
PPX94 Three Words to Amp Up Your Communication
Feb 21 • 3 min
Whether it’s sales and marketing, or preaching and ministry and recruiting, these three words will strengthen your communication.
PPX93 Scary Question for Pastors
Feb 20 • 3 min
Ask yourself and your staff this question…if you think you can handle the answers.
PPX92 Weekly Planning Tips
Feb 19 • 3 min
Two principles a webinar attendee flagged as especially helpful.
PPX91 Contentment Without Comparison
Feb 18 • 5 min
Finding contentment without having to compare myself to someone worse off
PPX90 The Ultimate Fishing Secret
Feb 17 • 4 min
If you want to catch fish, this is THE ultimate secret. But it’s not just about fishing.
PPX89 The Core of Leadership
Feb 16 • 4 min
If you’re not doing this, you’re not leading.
PPX88 Loving the Invisible God
Feb 15 • 5 min
It’s the greatest commandment, but how do we actually do it?
PPX87 Cougar Attacks and Other Patterns
Feb 14 • 5 min
A recent cougar attack on a jogger got me thinking about systems and patterns and what to do when we see a pattern.
PPX86 Reverse Engineering an Outstanding Day
Feb 13 • 5 min
It’s not even 2 pm and this has already been a very good day. So I’m trying to figure out why, and how to make it happen again tomorrow.
PPX85 Have You Been Pwned?
Feb 12 • 3 min
Here is a way to check if your email address has been tied to a data breach- and how you can keep such breaches from being serious.
PPX84 Is 1.2 Million Enough?
Feb 11 • 4 min
I just listened to two podcasts from two different rich people who had the same observation about making more money.
PPX83 Addressing Spiritual Challenges
Feb 10 • 5 min
What should you do if you discern spiritual challenges or opposition?
PPX82 Discerning Spiritual Challenges
Feb 9 • 3 min
How do you know if a challenge or problem you’re facing has a spiritual component?
PPX81 Shorter More Focused Communication
Feb 8 • 4 min
Speak for less time and know your one-liner!
PPX80 Do You Know Your Context?
Feb 7 • 5 min
It might make sense for you to do a church and community assessment.
PPX79 Travel is Rather Unproductive
Feb 6 • 4 min
It’s hard to get things done on the road so I’m looking forward to some non-travel time!
PPX78 Selling…an Enema Kit?
Feb 5 • 5 min
You can sell anything if you create enough value.
PPX77 Serving Beyond Expectations
Feb 4 • 6 min
How can we exceed the expectations of those we serve?
PPX76 The Audience of One
Feb 2 • 3 min
Who am I trying to impress?
PPX75 Substance vs Style
Feb 1 • 4 min
It’s tempting to go for style at the expense of depth, character, substance.
PPX74 Seeking God
Jan 31 • 4 min
What does it actually mean to seek God? Are you a biblical God-Seeker?
PPX73 Priority. Singular.
Jan 30 • 2 min
How can there be multiple “most important” things?
PPX72 Posteriorities
Jan 29 • 5 min
Just as some things are priorities, others are “posteriorities”.
PPX71 Measure Twice
Jan 28 • 5 min
A stupid online mistake has made me a little more careful with my planning.
PPX70 Memorize Something
Jan 27 • 4 min
When was the last time you memorized a strategic passage of scripture?
PPX69 Should I Get A Coach?
Jan 26 • 4 min
Why I’m thinking of getting an online marketing coach.
PPX 68 Please Don’t Quit
Jan 25 • 5 min
Facing a big ministry challenge? Here is my plea for you to stay in the battle.
PPX67 If This Was Your Last Year
Jan 24 • 3 min
A new questions that’s got me thinking about what’s important.
PPX66 Get Some Sleep
Jan 23 • 4 min
If you’re not sleeping well, make this one of your top priorities.
PPX65 Processes vs. People
Jan 22 • 4 min
How can a church with very few documented processes function as efficiently as the one I’m working with right now?
PPX64 Focus or Diversify?
Jan 21 • 4 min
My current (and lifelong) tension between diversification and focus.
PPX63 Solomon’s Advice for Online Marketers
Jan 20 • 3 min
A surprise bulk sale of one of my books got me thinking of something Solomon said
PPX62 The Value of Long-Term Friends
Jan 19 • 5 min
Long term friends strengthen and enrich us in many ways.
PPX61 A Deal With God
Jan 17 • 5 min
How a deal with God exposed me to the life changing power of the Word.
PPX60 Leading Change
Jan 16 • 4 min
Need to change something in your church, ministry or organization? Here are some important change principles from Kotter’s classic book.
PPX59 What’s Your Role Preference?
Jan 15 • 4 min
Understanding what phase of a project or ministry you prefer gives you an idea of where you ought to focus.
PPX58 High Leverage Leadership Moments
Jan 14 • 4 min
Make the most of the high leverage moments in your ministry context.
PPX57 Priority Pastor Course Update
Jan 13 • 3 min
Here’s what’s been happening with the Priority Pastor course.
PPX56 Sticky Notes on My Wall
Jan 12 • 6 min
Nuggets from a marketing course I took last year which have direct relevant to ministry.
PPX55 Recovering from a Nuked Routine
Jan 11 • 7 min
My routine was trashed for the last three weeks. Here’s what happened and how I’m getting back on track.
PPX54 Starting New Ministry
Jan 4 • 5 min
Learn to assess well in order to move forward.
PPX53 Planning Your Year
Jan 3 • 5 min
Ideas to help approach your goals or habits, and plan your year.
PPX52 Starting Your Year
Jan 2 • 4 min
Here are some helpful questions to consider when figuring out what you hope to accomplish in the year ahead.
PPX51 Evaluating Your Year
Dec 31, 2018 • 6 min
Taking a look back and learning from the last year- as a setup for planning the next!
PPX50 What Are You Waiting For?
Dec 30, 2018 • 5 min
What are your hopes, dreams, plans and expectations for the next season of your life and ministry?
PPX49 What Makes for a Good Holiday?
Dec 29, 2018 • 4 min
Asking the right question as you plan the holiday makes all the difference.
PPX48 What Heals Our DNA?
Dec 20, 2018 • 3 min
What’s more important than a therapists skills, a physicians drugs and any other factor when it comes to health and healing?
PPX47 You Should 8020 It
Dec 19, 2018 • 4 min
A quick way to figure out what’s important. It’s about doing less not more.
PPX46 Mission THEN Community
Dec 18, 2018 • 3 min
Sometimes we get this backwards…and never get around to mission.
PPX45 Scary Bad Preaching Part 2
Dec 17, 2018 • 3 min
The rise of the “biblical content-free sermon.”
PPX44 Scary Bad Preaching Part 1
Dec 16, 2018 • 6 min
There’s a lot of bad preaching out there. Are you a contributor?
PPX43 Middle Class Sinners
Dec 15, 2018 • 5 min
What does it take to convince a nice person that they are a dirty rotten sinner?
PPX42 Win Build Equip Multiply
Dec 14, 2018 • 4 min
Some foundational ministry principles I’ve learned over the years from Sonlife.
PPX41 How to Keep Your Perspective
Dec 12, 2018 • 3 min
This activity often gets squeezed out of our lives and churches. But it is a key to maintaining our perspective as followers of Jesus.
PPX40 Touch Not the Lord’s Manipulative Leader
Dec 11, 2018 • 4 min
Tricks that unethical, insecure and manipulative leaders use to insulate themselves from criticism.
PPX39 Wasted Education
Dec 10, 2018 • 5 min
It’s easy to waste time and money on books, courses, seminars. How do you capture the investment?
PPX38 Take a Hike eh
Dec 9, 2018 • 3 min
Approaching ministry as if we are planning a trip, with a process rather than event mindset, can save us from overwhelm.
PPX37 Take a Stand
Dec 8, 2018 • 3 min
Who are you, what are you called to do,…and who’s backing you? Being confident and secure in those things can reduce overwhelm.
PPX36 The Secret of Slacking Off
Dec 7, 2018 • 3 min
We need to figure out how to do less of the wrong stuff, without being lazy.
PPX35 First Priority Pastor Webinar
Dec 6, 2018 • 3 min
Just completed my first Priority Pastor webinar. Went well, learned a few things, already planning the next.
PPX 34 If Your Head’s Made of Butter…
Dec 3, 2018 • 4 min
…don’t next to the fire. The risk of needing to be needed.
PPX33 Plug the Leak, Love the Person
Dec 2, 2018 • 7 min
How do you establish boundaries with people who dominate your time, while still loving them?
PPX32 Starting to Play with Instagram Ads
Dec 1, 2018 • 4 min
Just started running my first Instagram ads today. Curious to see how it will stack up alongside Facebook and Google Adwords.
PPX31 Slashing the Social
Nov 30, 2018 • 3 min
Some considerations for curtailing social media from The Busy Pastor Cheatsheet at
PPX30 We Wanna Come to Your Church and Take an Offering
Nov 29, 2018 • 1 min
How do you handle requests from people who want to come to your church and do some kind of ministry?
PPX29 Educated or Equipped?
Nov 28, 2018 • 5 min
There’s a big difference between an education or a degree, and actually being equipped for ministry.
PPX28 Ministry and Business
Nov 27, 2018 • 6 min
Some reflections on the relationship between pastoral ministry and business, arising from my “crossover day” retreat.
PPX27 Entrepreneur Interrupted
Nov 26, 2018 • 4 min
My first stuttering attempt at business.
PPX26 Fifty-Four Years, 248 Days
Nov 25, 2018 • 4 min
Tomorrow is the day, which if I survive, will make me older than my father was when he passed away.
PPX25 Financially Sustainable Living
Nov 24, 2018 • 6 min
What are the metrics for a financially sustainable life and ministry?
PPX24 This Scares Me
Nov 23, 2018 • 6 min
This past year has shown me just how scary confirmation bias is.
PPX23 Remarketing
Nov 22, 2018 • 4 min
The basic premise of remarketing also applies to leadership and ministry.
PPX22 Show AND Tell
Nov 21, 2018 • 3 min
The Gospel is about more than just being nice. It is necessary to use words.
PPX21 The Start of a Good Day
Nov 20, 2018 • 7 min
How’s your day going? What is the key truth you are carrying with you through it?
PPX20 What are You Really Up To?
Nov 19, 2018 • 6 min
Some insight into what PPX is really about and what I hope to accomplish.
PPX19 My Very Worst Speaking Gig Ever
Nov 18, 2018 • 5 min
So bad it still makes me cringe…
PPX18 The Story of Release
Nov 17, 2018 • 4 min
A quick overview of how a short Toastmasters talk morphed into a sermon, a paid speech, a book and an online course.
PPX17 Sexual Failure 2
Nov 16, 2018 • 4 min
How Randy Alcorn’s “Consequences of a Moral Tumble” can help protect you.
PPX16 Sexual Failure
Nov 15, 2018 • 5 min
What are you doing to protect yourself from sexual immorality, or the accusation of sexual impropriety?
PPX15 Netflix vs YouTube
Nov 14, 2018 • 4 min
It’s actually about time vs money…
PPX14 Underpaid?
Nov 13, 2018 • 5 min
What do you do if you think you’re underpaid in ministry?
PPX13 PomoTodo Surprise
Nov 12, 2018 • 4 min
Why are 25 minute blocks of work so productive?
PPX12 Road Trip
Nov 10, 2018 • 5 min
A quick note about our road trip and plans for the rest of the year.
PPX11 Avoid at All Costs
Nov 6, 2018 • 3 min
Productivity advice from Buffet and Tracy.
PPX10 Technical vs Spiritual Problems
Nov 2, 2018 • 5 min
You can’t solve a technical problem with prayer. You can’t simply teach your way out of a leadership challenge.
PPX9 Turn Your Sermon Series into a Book
Nov 1, 2018 • 5 min
If you have a sermon series that really clicked, give some serious thought to turning it into a book.
PPX8 Trajectory Checkup
Oct 30, 2018 • 7 min
What was the moment of your greatest hope and passion in ministry? How’s it going today?
What?!? It’s an Outreach Event?
Oct 29, 2018 • 5 min
I thought I was going to a secular motivation and sales training event. But the Gospel showed up.
What Drives You?
Oct 29, 2018 • 3 min
It’s important to understand what it is, under the surface, that is driving you. Do you understand why you do what you?
The Ultimate Goal
Oct 28, 2018 • 4 min
Once someone is a follower of Jesus, what is the #1 goal?
The Key to a Focused Ministry
Oct 27, 2018 • 4 min
It’s about Making Disciples!
The Untrapped Pastor
Oct 26, 2018 • 4 min
Untrapped pastors are better pastors.
You Can’t Convert Trees
Oct 25, 2018 • 3 min
A lesson I learned at 20 below in the middle of a stand of poplar.
What is PriorityPastorX?
Oct 24, 2018 • 9 min
The very first episode of Priority Pastor X. Daren Wride shares the why and the what of PPX.