The Productive Pastor

The Productive Pastor
Called Life Productivity
Thanksgiving Q and A
Nov 22 • 14 min
Every Thanksgiving I take questions from YOU! We talk about systems, calendars, and storytelling.
Three Big Mistakes | Productive Pastor 86
Nov 19 • 20 min
What are three big mistakes you potentially making every day? I want to let you in on things that can add value to your church and ministry right now.
Crashing Isn’t The Same as Resting | Productive Pastor 85
Oct 10 • 38 min
Creating a Staff Onboarding System | PP84
Sep 26 • 21 min
How do you bring new staff members into your ministry well? That idea freaked me out earlier this year. So we got together and made a rock-solid onboarding system for ministry.
Scott Magdalein,, and hot rodding your volunteers
Sep 7 • 39 min
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Pastoring During a Disaster | PP82
Aug 31 • 35 min
Over the last week, folks all over the country have had their eyes on the Texas and Louisiana coast as Hurricane Harvey made landfall. In the last year, I’ve lived through a 500 year flood and been part of two other disasters. Living through a…
Keeping Up With Content Creation | PP80
Aug 26 • 7 min
So how do you manage a GIANT amount of content creation? Whatever you do, I think I can help. Pastors are in the content creation business. Here are the 5 superpowers that will help you create and manage a massive amount of content.
The Preferred Future | Productive Pastor 79
Aug 17 • 14 min
Have you ever thought about the future you would love to have for you or your ministry? Many times we can wander about individually or organizationally. This episode, I want to talk about the idea of a preferred future. This is an amazing tool that can…
Never Stop Learning | PP78
Jul 20 • 21 min
Are you still learning? That’s a big question because most of our immediate answer would be a resounding YES! But are we really? I want to share with you the why of deliberate learning and hopefully jump off your battery towards more strategic…
Chaos Killer | Productive Pastor 77
May 2 • 24 min
Do you ever feel like you’ve lost control? It’s time to conquer the chaos and become a chaos killer. Over the last few months, I’ve gotten a little too familiar with chaos and what it takes to climb out of it. But we aren’t going to talk about…
Talking with God (with Adam Weber) | PP76
Mar 20 • 34 min
I am super excited to share my conversation with Adam Weber today. Adam is the lead pastor of Embrace Church. And he just wrote his first book! It is a fantastic, accessible book on prayer. I love it. Front Matter I’m hustling along on the premium…
Under the Hood: Study Retreat Recap and more | PP75
Mar 7 • 20 min
I wanted to take a quick episode to do a study retreat recap and talk about some awesome things happening in Productive Pastor world Front Matter iTunes Review and Rating If you were one of the reviewers, make sure to contact me at twitter….
5 Must Have-Notes in your Evernote Shortcut List | PP75
Feb 27 • 17 min
What’s Up! Today we are talking about that little-used shortcut feature in Evernote. Evernote shortcuts are the best! This episode is all about the 5 best notes to have sitting in your shortcuts. Front Matter Sermon Notes from Dale McCamish-This is…
Designing a Productive Study Retreat | Productive Pastor 73
Feb 7 • 22 min
Welcome to Productive Pastor. In this episode, I am sharing how I designed a productive study retreat. Can I mention how stoked I am about a STUDY RETREAT!!!! I am spending a few days at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston, Texas. This should be…
The Benefits of Backward | PP72
Jan 30 • 19 min
Do you work backward? I love it. Working backward means choosing to start with a preferred future in mind, not a problem to solve. You need to try it! Find the shownotes at Front Matter: I’m super excited about how episode 71…
Deep Work (with Isaac Hopper) | PP71
Jan 17 • 54 min
How often do you build deep work into your schedule? Do you even know what deep work is? In this episode, I sit down with my buddy Isaac Hopper and talk about deep work. Isaac isn’t a stranger to the podcast, having been a guest before and being a…
Planning Your Best 2017 | Productive Pastor 70
Jan 2 • 17 min
Welcome to season 5 of the Productive Pastor! I’m back from my December break and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will look like for you and your ministry…and the podcast. I’m excited about the podcast. In this episode I am going to share some…
Using Email Series for Greater Engagement | PP69
Dec 6, 2016 • 12 min
How well does your ministry use email? Email series can increase engagement and lower the amount of work you have to do. Front Matter Ministry Library Next year I am creating original video content for Ministry Library. I have been part…
Community Questions (Thanksgiving Special) | Productive Pastor 68
Nov 21, 2016 • 17 min
Happy Thanksgiving! This is one of those weeks in ministry where we slow things down a little, spend time with folks we care about and get some serious eating done. So I decided to source some questions and conversation from the Productive Pastor…
The 5 Emails You Need To Be Sending (and more) | PP67
Nov 15, 2016 • 20 min
How well do you and your church do email? I think email is one of the best ways for us to communicate with people…but we need to wade through some legit bad practices first. Front Matter I’m still obsessed with Planning Center’s People app….
Taking Advantage of Daylight Savings (to reset your morning) | PP66
Nov 3, 2016 • 11 min
I’m really excited about this episode. Two big reasons. The first is it is the 3rd birthday of Productive Pastor. The second is I am replaying a section from THE FIRST EPISODE. It is all about taking advantage of daylight savings and hacking it to…
Rhythms, Health and Administration in Ministry | Productive Pastor 65
Oct 24, 2016 • 17 min
Welcome to this episode of Productive Pastor. We jump away from our typical discussion this week to talk about the relationship between patterns, rhythms, and health in ministry. Also-I share with you some of my recent discoveries about church…
Attaining the Unattainable (with Meredith Brooks) | PP64
Oct 17, 2016 • 22 min
What does it mean to pull off something impossible? This episode, I sit down with my WIFE. Meredith is a beast at many things; two of them being 1. Endurance Sports and 2. Systems and implementation. This year she is training for the Texas Ironman. I…
Creating a Ministry Self-Education Strategy | PP63
Oct 11, 2016 • 15 min
Do you ever struggle with known weaknesses? Or do you feel that you don’t have an adequate knowledge of something that keeps coming up in ministry? The solution is self-education. In this episode, I am sharing how each of us can create a ministry…
How I Wrote a Book. (with Tom Fuerst) | PP62
Oct 4, 2016 • 19 min
Have you ever wanted to write a book? In this conversation episode, I sit down with my friend Tom Fuerst and told us the story of how he wrote his first book. Tom is a pastor at Christ Church in Memphis, Tennessee and is one of my favorite people. You…
Having a Great Conference Experience | PP61
Sep 26, 2016 • 18 min
Welcome back! I spent last week at the New Room Conference put on by my good friends at Seedbed. As always, I had a great time interviewing folks for the Threshing Floor and learning TONS. In this episode, I want to show you how to have a great…
Building a Sermon Engagement Strategy | PP60
Sep 12, 2016 • 20 min
Do you want to keep folks focused on Sunday? You need a sermon engagement strategy…and I’m going to help you build one! It is a chance to make the sermon stretch past Sunday. Front Matter iTunes Review and Rating. Building a Sermon Engagement…
How To Have Quality Momentum With A Future-Focused Calendar | PP59
Aug 28, 2016 • 19 min
Do you struggle with future-focus? In this episode, I share how I am tackling that EXACT problem. Stay tuned and learn about creating a future focused calendar. Front Matter I am almost done with the new sermon worksheet AND an accompanying eBook….
7 Habits of Unproductive Pastors | PP58
Aug 15, 2016 • 21 min
So what makes a ministry leader unproductive? It might be a little different than you expect. Today we are talking about the habits of unproductive pastors. Front Matter Our new interview format is going great! I’ve heard great things from folks…
The Entrepreneurial Mindset with Dave Shrein | PP57
Aug 9, 2016 • 38 min
I am excited about this episode of Productive Pastor. I am *attempting to start running weekly episodes. The odd weeks (outside of the older episode structure) will be interview and conversation focused. Our first episode with this new format will be…
Organizing Workflow Templates in Evernote | PP56
Aug 1, 2016 • 26 min
Welcome back to Productive Pastor. In this episode, I share some amazing workflow templates I’ve built out and use constantly in Evernote. Front MatterHow To Find Your Most Productive Hours. Trello Blog I read this a couple of weeks back and I…
Building a Bible Reading Routine | PP55
Jul 18, 2016 • 20 min
Do you struggle with Bible reading? Even folks in ministry have problems with a Bible reading routine. No matter what your 9-5 is, I want to help you out in this episode of Productive Pastor. Front Matter I’ve spent the last week on vacation. It was…
Overcoming Forgetfulness | PP54
Jul 4, 2016 • 21 min
Are you forgetful? I know I am. This episode focuses on overcoming forgetfulness. We dig a little into what makes us forgetful and how we can get around AND correct it. Front Matter Thanks for engaging so much on social media! The Productive…
Five (first thing) Tasks to Gain Serious Traction | PP 53
Jun 19, 2016 • 15 min
Welcome back! In this episode, we are talking about 5 tasks to gain serious traction. I’m STOKED to share them with you! Front Matter Where are you learning right now? For many folks, the summer is a time to take things a little slower, relax and…
Avoiding and Attacking Procrastination | PP52
Jun 6, 2016 • 17 min
Are you good at procrastinating? I’m a champ. In this episode, I am going to tell you what I have learned about avoiding and attacking procrastination. So let’s jump straight in. Avoiding and Attacking Procrastination The first step to…
Developing Systems That Work | PP 51
May 23, 2016 • 15 min
Do you use systems? When I talk about systems do you struggle to understand what it’s like to build and implement them? In this episode we are going to talk about developing systems that work. Front MatterDon’t miss out on the 50% sale the …
How To Discern Big Goals | Productive Pastor 50
May 8, 2016 • 18 min
Welcome to the 50th Episode of Productive Pastor! I am going to help you learn how to discern big goals in this episode…but until then, there is even more awesome stuff I want to share with you. Productive Music. Lately, I have been…
Managing Your Week With Evernote | Productive Pastor 49
Apr 24, 2016 • 14 min
Did you know you can use Evernote to order and organize your week? I use Evernote for nearly everything and the two tasks that I can’t imagine NOT using it is ordering my week and ordering my contact list. Front Matter iTunes Reviews….
Building Guest Systems | Productive Pastor 48
Apr 10, 2016 • 44 min
Do you struggle with how to contact, assimilate and lead visitors into part of your church? This episode is ALL ABOUT building guest systems in your church. I sit down with my friend Rev. Allison Sauls. Allison isn’t a normal guest, but she leads…
Proactive vs. Reactive Ministry | Productive Pastor 47
Mar 28, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode of The Productive Pastor we talk about having a proactive vs. reactive strategy for ministry. One of the dangers of a non-strategic approach to ministry is simply spending all day reacting to emergencies, facilities, office issues and…
Organizing Ministry With Trello | Productive Pastor 46
Mar 13, 2016 • 15 min
Over the last 6 months I have finally found the project management tool I’ve been looking for for YEARS! Trello is perfect for ministry. I was looking for a project management solution that could accomplish these tasks and requirements. Worked…
Maximizing Ministry with Evernote | PP45
Feb 28, 2016 • 16 min
Do you use Evernote? If you don’t, this episode is all about maximizing ministry with Evernote. It’s no secret how much I think Evernote is a crucial ministry tool. I have spoke about it quite often, but have never devoted a full episode to this…
Why You Should Keep A Notebook | PP44
Feb 14, 2016 • 19 min
I am a HUGE notebook fan. This shouldn’t be a secret to my friends and regular listeners. If you want to keep up more with my notebookery…you can get a glimpse at So in this episode I am going to be sharing with you WHY…
Digging Yourself Out Of A Hole | PP43
Jan 31, 2016 • 14 min
Welcome back to the Productive Pastor. We have a great episode in store for you today. Have you ever found yourself in a hole or a slump? The good news is digging yourself out of a hole is easier than you think. It’s about awareness and…
Parenting, Productivity and Presence with Isaac Hopper | PP42
Jan 15, 2016 • 26 min
This episode I sit down my friend Isaac Hopper and we have a conversation about productivity AND parenting. Tons of listeners have asked for a conversation like this. Isaac is a United Methodist Pastor who leads a church, leads a family and is…
Relaxing Vs. Replenishing | PP41
Dec 28, 2015 • 22 min
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Productive Pastor! In this vacation-centric episode, I share about the differences between relaxing and replenishing and why we need to build then into our schedules. Front Matter: Top 5 Downloaded…
40: Creating A Sermon Preparation Calendar
Dec 10, 2015 • 27 min
Welcome Back! In this episode of Productive Pastor I am going to walk through a year-round sermon preparation calendar. So many folks ask me how they can find the time to get ahead in their preaching, and this is the best way I can think of. The…
39: John Jay Alvaro and a Visual Homiletic
Nov 29, 2015 • 31 min
In this episode of the Productive Pastor we hear from Rev. John Jay Alvaro, Senior Pastor of Spring Creek Baptist Church, about his unique sermon note process. John Jay has also created a fantastic resource about his process called “Creating Outside…
38: Using Monday Moments for Better Preaching
Nov 13, 2015 • 22 min
Welcome to the 38th episode of the Productive Pastor. It’s a great, jam-packed time! This week I am sharing part of my “Sermons That Have Reach” content. If you have using my sermon planning worksheet or have listened to the podcast for very long,…
37: How Batching Rocks Your World
Oct 29, 2015 • 21 min
First- let me just say how excited I am about the 4th season of The Productive Pastor. It is going to be amazing; high level, step by step content AND great interviews with ministry leaders from across the spectrum. How Batching Rocks Your…
Season 4 Super Secret Teaser
Oct 27, 2015 • 10 min
Productive Pastor Season 4 LAUNCHES on Friday. Get a quick preview of what we are going to be talking about in the upcoming season.
36: Productivity and Anxiety with Omar Rikabi
Aug 10, 2015 • 45 min
On this episode I come back to content originally recorded for Episode 28. My friend Omar Rikabi is a United Methodist pastor in the Dallas area. He spent years in college ministry and transitioned to the local church just over a year ago. Omar…
EP 25: Leading in Tough Situations
Aug 3, 2015 • 37 min
Welcome to the Productive Pastor. We are doing something a little different with this episode. The main conversation is a replay from the latest Threshing Floor Podcast. I host this show along with two of my great friends. Joshua and I have been…
34: Keeping Important Goals In The Front of the Pack
Jun 20, 2015 • 25 min
Have you ever hit a personal or organizational rut? They are easy to get into if you aren’t paying attention to goals and project management. This episode is all about staying focused on the forward momentum you have identified as the most…
33: Awesome Vacations and Exactly How to Make Them Work
Jun 5, 2015 • 21 min
Summer is HERE!!! Summer means all sorts of awesome things. One of them is vacations. But let’s be honest…most people in ministry don’t vacation very well. This episode of the Productive Pastor is about how to take a great vacation and to not worry…
32.5 Meetings with Rev. John Allen
May 21, 2015 • 17 min
Welcome to the very first “sub-episode” of the Productive Pastor. Occasionally I will have either more content than I really can release or I end up getting connected (usually through a listener) to someone who can really add quality conversation to…
32: Making the Most of Meetings
May 17, 2015 • 17 min
Do you enjoy meetings? I have a love/hate relationship with them. I have worked in places with great meetings and horrible meetings. Now that I am in charge of most meetings, I want to make them part of a positive leadership experience for…
31: Lists and Bottlenecks
Apr 26, 2015 • 17 min
One of the parts of the Productive Pastor I love doing is big ideas and big vision. But sometimes life needs to be taken in smaller chunks. The day to day is where we grind things out. So on this episode I want us to talk about two related ideas; list…
30: Scheduling the Big Rocks
Mar 27, 2015 • 29 min
Do you have big rocks in your schedule? Or do you just do everything in the order it comes in? We are going to talk about making sure the right things are scheduled and scheduled first in this episode. 5 Most Popular Productive Pastor…
29: Social Media Scheduling (without losing your soul).
Mar 13, 2015 • 30 min
Welcome to the 29th Productive Pastor. This episode is all about social media scheduling and how that might affect transparency and honesty. I also give a social media scheduling sheet at the bottom of the shownotes. This whole episode came from this…
28: Productivity, Call and Soulcare
Feb 27, 2015 • 38 min
This episode of the Productive Pastor will be a little bit different. I have a conversation with Omar Rikabi and Michelle Manual. Both of these conversations are centered around how productivity relates with our call and soulcare. These conversations…
27: Interview with Carey Nieuwhof
Feb 13, 2015 • 41 min
Today I interview one of the top leaders in ministry in the modern world, Carey Nieuwhof, the pastor of Connexus Church in Ontario, Canada. This episode is full of absolute gold. I wanted to have this conversation with Carey because of…
26: How to Read for Maximum Effectiveness
Jan 16, 2015 • 18 min
Welcome to the third season of the Productive Pastor. I am really excited about this season and I want to share a few things with you before we jump into the episode. New Content: I am working up a great way to feature different folks in the…
Episode 25: Project Management with Rich Birch
Nov 21, 2014 • 42 min
On this episode of The Productive Pastor I interview Rich Birch, of and Liquid Church. Rich is a great pastor, leader and project manager. The ListYour Not Going Fast Enough How to Be an Effective Road…
24: Project Management 101
Oct 10, 2014 • 20 min
Welcome to Project Management month. This month we are going to focus all of the productive pastor content on project management. I have some great resources and interviews lined up. The List: 10 Indicators You Have No Margin in Life: Charles Stone…
23: How To Lose a Week (and not lose it all)
Sep 26, 2014 • 21 min
Ok listeners. It’s time to get into the big stuff. Not the easy, entry level time management, but the stuff of practitioners and productivity evangelists. This episode is about how to lose a work week and not lose your sanity. From time to time we all…
22: How To Destroy A Massive To-Do List
Sep 12, 2014 • 25 min
Have you ever almost shut down from the stress of loosing control of your to-do list? Don’t lie. You have. We all have. In this episode of The Productive Pastor I share the 5 ways you can destroy a massive to-do list and set yourself up for future…
21: Sermonsmith and John Chandler
Aug 29, 2014 • 37 min
I have been waiting for this episode for months! I sit down with John Chandler, host and producer of the Sermonsmith podcast and learn from him. John interviews a different preacher on each episode and it is a wealth of knowledge about the craft of…
20: 5 Keys to Effective Sermon Preparation
Aug 15, 2014 • 21 min
Welcome to sermon preparation month! In August I am focusing both episodes on sermon preparation. This is the topic I have been hearing about the most and I am want to share some great content with you. The List: For a More Ordered Life, Organize…
019: Michael Lukaszewski on Systems
Aug 1, 2014 • 26 min
Welcome to the 19th episode of The Productive Pastor. I have a great interview in place for you today with Michael Lukaszewski focusing on systems. This is a topic I have been excited about for a long time. Michael is THE GUY to talk about why your…
018: The Morning Show
Jul 18, 2014 • 23 min
In this episode of the Productive Pastor I take the time to talk about my favorite time of the day and what mornings can mean for your personal productivity. We take a more conversational approach with this episode, so sit back and enjoy. The…
17: Why You Need a Production Calendar
Jul 4, 2014 • 23 min
I learned a HUGE lesson this last week that will change your ministry. The funny thing was it already applied to this episode. Isn’t it great how things work like that? In this episode I want to share with you why you (and your ministry) needs a…
016: Justin Wise on Call, Hustle and Why Goals Matter in Ministry
Jun 20, 2014 • 46 min
In this episode of the Productive Pastor, I interview Justin Wise. Justin is a consultant and runs #ThinkDigital. If you ministry is curious about how the digital age matters, Justin is the person to talk too. When I sat down to plan out season 2 I…
015: How To Have a Great Weekend
Jun 6, 2014 • 18 min
Welcome to this episode of The Productive Pastor. I have some great resources to share, great conversations and a great announcement. The focus conversation this episode is having a great weekend. The List: The Top Ten Lessons I Learned from A Year…
014: The Power of a Time Audit
May 23, 2014 • 16 min
The List: The Complete Guide to Structuring your Ideal Work Day: By Rachel Feltman This is a great article explaining how certain actions at certain times enhance personal productivity. Gospel Driven Productivity: By Joe Stengle I am really happy the…
The Super Secret Pre Season 2 Episode
May 16, 2014 • 10 min
Season 2 will launch May 23rd. I wanted to do a quick update for my subscribers and twitter followers. See you in a week.
Episode 12: The Great Pause
Mar 28, 2014 • 6 min
Since October of last year The Productive Pastor has had great success. It’s all thanks to you. The listener community for this podcast is amazing. I love how many connections have been made and the conversations that have sprung up. Over the last…
011: How to Have a Productive (and Great) Day
Mar 13, 2014 • 31 min
Over the last few episodes we have been talking about time periods of productivity. We thought about the month, several podcasts about the week. It is time to talk about the value of the day. I think this is one of the hardest pieces of productivity…
010: How To Get Out of a Slump
Feb 28, 2014 • 15 min
I am excited about this episode. No matter what you do, everyone has been in a slump. I have a problem with slumps because they are life stealing. They steal for us as individuals, those we work around and those we minister with. I want to share with…
009: How To Have a Productive (and Great) Month
Feb 14, 2014 • 28 min
Have you ever wondered where the month went? Sat back on the last few days and realize time has slopped through your hands? I want to talk exactly about that this episode.A Month is a great amount of time to use as part of a productive strategy for…
Episode 008: When Things Get Crazy (Navigating the Time Bomb)
Jan 31, 2014 • 22 min
Have you ever noticed how hectic ministry can get? It is an interesting job because we always have certain things needing to get done every week (sermons, programing, teaching), but we also live with the realization at any moment an urgent emergency…
007: The Three Most Productive Times of My Week
Jan 17, 2014 • 22 min
In this episode I want to share with you the three most productive times of my week. These are the three blocks of time I will fight for and I find essential to having a great week. I am a big fan of finding repeatable patterns and realizing the…
006: Up Your Productivity With Templates
Jan 6, 2014 • 20 min
In today’s podcast I talk about my new favorite productivity trick. I use templates for EVERYTHING. I cannot imagine not having access to them. They are super handy for several different reasons and I will share those with you later on. The List:Top…
005: A Conversation with JD Walt about Sabbath
Dec 24, 2013 • 47 min
This episode of the Productive Pastor Podcast will be just a little different. Since it is the holiday season and many of us will be taking some time off, I decided it was time to have a conversation about Sabbath. For this topic…I know only one…
004: Starting a Theology of Time Management
Dec 13, 2013 • 23 min
What does it mean to be a productive pastor? In this episode we begin the conversation of a theology of time management. I look at three beginning ideas. 1. Productivity vs. Call 2. Learning to live a quiet life 3. What we spend our time doing tells…
003: Building a Priority Based Schedule
Nov 28, 2013 • 23 min
On the third episode of The Productive Pastor Podcast we tackle the topic of priorities and their place in your weekly routine. I have found my week runs smoother and I feel I have accomplished more when I consistently am able to compare my…
002: Interview with Jonathan Andersen
Nov 14, 2013 • 33 min
In episode two we talk about plenty of great productivity practices for ministry leaders. Chad shares three great blog posts found around the internet and interviews Jonathan Anderson. Jonathan is a pastor in Georgia and is a person to learn from!…
001: How to Reset Your Morning
Nov 1, 2013 • 16 min
Have you ever struggled with how to get a great start in the morning. I want to give you tip on our first episode, and it is time dependent. It is the easiest and best way I have ever found to take control of the morning. I also bring in some listener…
Preview Episode
Oct 22, 2013 • 8 min
The Productive Pastor is coming soon! This podcast is for ministry leaders to talk about productivity and time management and how we live that out inside the called life. While you wait for the first full episode to get here, check out host Chad…