Post Pandemic Pastoral Priorities

I’m here today to riff on some post pandemic pastoral priorities. This is in a way, a continuation or an expansion of the last podcast, which was too many weeks ago. Really boy, I’ve been slacking here in the summer sun. I did one on re-entry resolutions, just talking about how this was a unique time to make some changes in our routines, much like a new year, but in a bigger way.

As things open up and restrictions are lifted, just a great time to change routines and patterns of life and ministry, and I hope you’re doing that. I want to suggest three post pandemic pastoral priorities that might fit into your re-entry resolutions or not, but I’m going to throw these out for your consideration.

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How Power Messes You Up

I saw an article the other day from The Atlantic titled “Power Causes Brain Damage: How leaders lose mental capacities–most notably for reading other people–that were essential to their rise.” Here is the opening paragraph. “If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe he’s sexually magnetic. But can cause brain damage?

The article really unpacks how, when people experience power, they actually lose the capacity to empathize, and of course, that is related to reading people and responding to people and ultimately leading well. Basically it actually affects our brains.

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Six Ways for Pastors to Get Paid

I heard a great bit of teaching by the amazing Dan Sullivan, who is probably the preeminent business coach in the world. The names of the people he associates with or has taught is a who’s who list of those who have done big things and doing big things in the world right now.

In this teaching, he talked about six ways to get paid and I thought wow! The content was good in itself, and I thought this really has some pretty solid application for pastors, so I thought I’d run through this thinking about different ways for pastors or Christian leaders to get paid. There’s six of them and they all begin with C, which is helpful.

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Prolific Quality Output

This post is commemorating the 300th episode of my podcast Priority Pastor. I was toying with several different options and I’ll explain all the different factors in a while. I was considering making this the last one of this podcast, making a big shift in the podcast itself, just mixing it up in some way, or just continuing as I have.

The reason I started this podcast was due to a course I was taking that really challenged the idea of publishing content regularly. I actually initially started publishing a blog post pretty much every day, which is a bit of work for me. I love writing and think I write fairly well, but you’re moving towards perfectionism when you’re writing (at least I am) and it was a lot of hard work.

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You Won’t Like The Answer

Today’s topic is a question: what is the greatest challenge, the greatest need of churches, large and small right now? What is the thing that is bottle-necking, hindering, or in some way slowing down churches of every size from moving ahead?

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