What Is Your Trajectory?

Good day. Usually I record in my office on a nice little USB microphone right next to the computer, but today in preparation for a bit of a road trip where I might not have access to my nice little setup, I’m doing a podcast through my phone. I actually did a test a few minutes ago using the phone jack and the mic I would use if I was talking on the phone, and it really didn’t sound that great, so I’m doing this directly to the phone mic, which theoretically should be better. Anyway that’s the background if the audio is worse than usual, you’ll know why. 

I had the privilege just in the last few weeks to attend two very significant services, at least significant for those churches and the individuals who were the focal point because one was an ordination service, a recognition of someone’s call to ministry. And our in our circles, that’s what the ordination is and they’ve proven themselves and it’s a public recognition of that. And then I was also at an installation service, an induction service for the fella who was picking up after me in a transitional role I just completed. 

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A Simple Strategic Church Budget Process

Good day! This is Daren Wride and welcome to Priority Pastor. 

I’m starting to do some work for a webinar on church budget process, which is maybe more exciting than it sounds. And I know that you might listen to this podcast, not catch the webinar or getting it the Priority Pastor where the webinar will be recorded for all time. So I just want to share with you a real quick overview of church budget process that I found really helpful and a little bit strategic. It’s not just a random detached from ministry priorities budget process. 

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Consumer or Producer?

This is Daren Wride and welcome to Priority Pastor.

How often do you hear an idea that just kinda roots in your head it’s like a little thought bomb that changes your thinking or shifts your thinking in some small, but permanent way.

I had one of those moments a while ago and I came across a fella who was explaining the difference between being a consumer or a producer online.

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Trust Busters & Trust Builders

Welcome to Priority Pastor, this is Daren Wride. I’m going to talk today about trust busters and trust builders.

A question we find helpful to ask going into transitional situations where there’s often been a crisis of some kind or some kind of awkward pastoral transition, is to ask the leadership both, formal and informal- that would be your board of elders as well as people who are just part of the church, but influential long term members- ask them what kinds of things that if you did them inadvertently would would break trust, would raise suspicion, would put up a wall between you and the congregation. And these are things that are not necessarily bad things, but because of the history and the culture of the church in the community, they would immediately break trust.

For instance, I went into one church and when I asked this question, right away some of the people said don’t use the phrase “on the bus, off the bus.” That whole terminology about the right seats in the bus… The previous pastor really used that phraseology a lot and always challenged people to get on the bus or get off the bus in a very dictatorial, almost offensive kind of way. They said any kind of phraseology like that is going to put up an immediate wall.

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