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Ministry Hackers

135 EpisodesProduced by Dr. Brandon M. PardekooperWebsite

So the big question is this: how do pastors like us, who remain focused on the mission of Jesus and serving our communities without being distracted by everything in the world around us, how do we increase our effectiveness while living a lifestyle that doesn’t compromise our health, our families, o… read more

135 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

MH119 How to Make Engaging Training Experiences When You Aren't Engaging

August 5th, 2021


So you need an engaging pastoral training experience, but the problem aren't really an engaging person. Sure, you can preach and sermon and you are great one-on-one, but in any other context you are shy, …

MH118 What An Engaging Pastoral Training Experience Does for You

August 4th, 2021


To live your Dream Life in Ministry you need to have an effective pastoral team. But to have a pastoral team you need an engaging training experience and that can take a ton of time. Is it really worth it to spend all …

MH117 Why Pastors Should Train Best Practices vs. Personal Preferences

July 29th, 2021


Did you know that your personal preferences are holding your pastoral staff back?

We all have opinions about how things should be done. I have an …

MH116 Why You Need to Download All You Know to Your Pastoral Team

July 28th, 2021


As a sophomore in high school, I had a football coach that the varsity coach would describe as “forgetting more football than most coaches ever know”.

MH115 Train Highly Effective Pastors Quickly By Doing This

July 27th, 2021


Every training experience has gaps and all of your pastors on your team have gaps. In order to cut down the time it takes to make them highly effective, it is invaluable for you to identify those gaps and design an …

MH114 Why You Need a Pastoral Training Process

July 26th, 2021


You want to pastor a growing church while still having time for your family, hobbies, vacations, and other dreams like writing a book, starting a ministry, or launching a business. But, how do you get there without …

MH113 Why You Should Hire Millennial Pastoral Staff Members

July 23rd, 2021


You may be a little hesitant to hire Millennials on your pastoral staff team, even if your a Millennial Lead Pastor, but in this episode, I am going to give you two really good reason why you need to start hiring …

MH112 Good Faith Conversations with Skeptics, Preston Ulmer Interview

July 22nd, 2021


Do you have a heart to reach the seeming unreachable? Do you want to have meaningful conversations with atheists, spiritually wounded, and …

MH111 How to Assess Your Church Using SWOT

July 21st, 2021


As we are rounding the corner of the midway mark of the year, many of us are beginning to thinking about preparing for the next year. Part of that preparation is assessing your ministry for what is working and asking …

MH110 How to Reclaim Your Spiritual Health from Your Spiritual Vocation with Dr. Jim Bradford

July 20th, 2021


Do you ever feel like your spiritual health is complicated by your spiritual vocation?
We talk a lot on this podcast about the toll ministry can take …

MH109 Why You Should Have Confidence as a Pastor

July 20th, 2021


I see it all the time, pastors who are low on their confidence. Well, in this episode I share why I believe every pastor should be confident in their …

MH108 Why You Need to Stop Going the Extra Mile

July 1st, 2021


Go the extra mile, they said.

Put in the extra effort they told you.

Well that sounds good, but what happens when you put in the extra mile and it …

MH107 3 Ways to Give Your Pastoral Staff Your Time

June 30th, 2021


If you want to live your Dream Life in Ministry, then what we have said here on Ministry Hackers is that you need a highly productive staff. But, that requires you to give them your time and attention in order to invest …

MH106 The #1 Thing You Need to Land that Interview

June 23rd, 2021


Are you looking to transition to a new ministry position, but that interview process has you a little nervous? Well, in this episode I reveal the one thing you need to have in order to nail the interview and get …

MH105 The 1 Thing You Need to Do When Facing Challenges

June 21st, 2021


Are you in transition, facing a big decision, or tackling a challenge? Well, there is one thing that we normally do in these situations and one thing …

MH104 4 Ways To Afford a Highly Productive Staff...Even When You Can't

June 18th, 2021


So, you don't think you can afford a highly productive staff, so living your dream life in ministry isn't possible right? 


In this episode, I am going to show you 4 ways to start building that highly …

MH103 The Key to Living a More Fulfilled Life, Interview with Loren Zamora

June 17th, 2021


I think it is a tragedy that too many of us as pastors and ministry leaders do not live fulfilled lives. Too often we are overwhelmed with life, …

MH102 How to Train and Develop Your Staff on Your Way to Your Dream Life in Ministry

June 16th, 2021


You have a staff and you want to train them to be highly productive so that you can live your dream life in ministry, right? So how do you train and develop your staff to be highly productive. In this episode, I am …

MH101 How to be a Magnetic Leader with Chris McClure

June 15th, 2021


As we continue to celebrate our 100th episode this week, we are bringing in someone familiar with the Ministry Hacker community, Chris McClure, to talk about his new book, The Magnetic Leader. In this episode, he …

MH100 #1 Key to Living Your Dream Life in Ministry

June 14th, 2021



I am so excited to see that the Ministry Hacker podcast has made it to this point and we have such a wonderful group of …

MH99 #1 Reason Your Church May Not Be Growing...It May Hurt a Little

June 11th, 2021


Do you want to know the #1 reason churches don't grow? What if this is the reason your church isn't growing? Would you still want to know? 

In this …

MH98 Why You Need to Optimize for Growth

June 10th, 2021


Your church is going to grow this year, but if you don't have optimized systems, your growth is going to disappear as quickly as it comes. Its time to revisit your systems and processes and optimize them for growth. 

MH97 Connecing Your Way to a Dream Life in Ministry

June 9th, 2021


I had two conversations with pastors today that are one of the keys to your Dream Life in Ministry. In this episode, I am going to tell you what we …

MH96 3 Ways to Increase Your Hospitality at Church

June 8th, 2021


If your church has plateaued or is in decline, there is a good chance your hospitality strategy needs to be revamped. Not because we are trying to grow churches numerically, but because we are trying to create …

MH95 3 Reasons Why You Should Stop Trying to Grow Your Church

June 7th, 2021


We need to stop trying to grow our churches today...right now. In this episode I am going to give you 3 good reasons why. 

Let's Partner This Summer Together

I have studied the lives of pastors for decades and those who …

MH94 Where We Should Be Focusing

June 4th, 2021


We are all going through it on some level, and there are large numbers of people in our congregations that are also going through it. We are in a year of remembering and dealing with the pain. I had a loss just a week …

MH93 What You're Missing By Not Being Outside

June 3rd, 2021


It's summer and time to get outside! Sure there are BBQ's, baseball games, times at the poolside, and drive in theaters. But what about taking a …

MH92 You Need to Develop Your Superiority Complex

June 2nd, 2021


Do you have a superiority complex? If not, you need one and you need to start working on it today.

Having a superiority complex is going to give you confidence, increase your belief in yourself, carry you when times get …

MH91 How My Jacket and your culture are connected

June 1st, 2021


When I was a student in my youth group growing up, my youth pastor did something that changed my life. At the time, I didn’t really understand how …

MH90 4 Ways Your Lack of Fun is Killing Your Church

May 27th, 2021


Are you a golfer? A movie buff? A woodworker? A gamer? A reader? What do you do for fun?

Sadly, too many of us have things we used to do for fun …

MH89 The Missing Component in Your Servant Leadership Approach

May 26th, 2021


In Christian circles, and primarily in ministry, we talk a lot about servant leadership. We model our leadership style after the servant leadership we see modeled in Jesus’ life and ministry.

Usually this means we are …

MH88 Make Sure Your Pastoral Staff Doesn't Do This

May 25th, 2021


This is the last thing you want your pastoral staff members doing right now. Unfortunately, they are already planning on it and you don't even know it. 

Engage More People in Your Discipleship Experience

Do you want …

MH87 3 Keys to Identifying Your Key Influencers

May 24th, 2021


In this episode, I am going to show you how to identify key influencers in your congregation who can step up and help you lead the church, carry the …

MH86 How to Hear the Voice of God with Matt McAfee

May 21st, 2021


Do you want to hear the voice of God more...or maybe just once? 

In this episode, Pastor Matt McAfee stops by and we talk about his new book "Listen: Simple Ways to Hear the Voice of God". We have a great conversation …

MH85 Knowing Who You Are Designed to Be

May 20th, 2021


Engage More People in Your Discipleship Experience

Do you want members of your congregation to grow and mature into the disciple-makers Jesus called us all to be so that Gospel is spread, your community is reached and …

MH84 Make Your Resume Work For You To Get That Interview

May 19th, 2021


There is a growing trend right now in the church: pastors are on the move and looking for open positions. In this episode, we are looking at what you may be doing wrong on your resume that is keeping you from getting …

MH83 Is Your Church in Trouble and You Don't Know It?

May 18th, 2021


The research is in and the verdict is grim...the American Church is in trouble. The question is, how is your church doing? Is it in the 83% or in the 17%? One of these you want to be in and one of these you don't. If …

MH82 The Value of Pastors In the Future...If We Play Our Cards Right

May 17th, 2021


As a pastor you want your people to be ready for the coming job market and you want to be sure you are able to practice ministry as these shifts occur. Well, in this episode I give you two valuable skills that will make …

MH81 Hybrid Church huh? Here’s One Thing You Can’t Do

May 14th, 2021


Well, there is a clear movement toward hybrid church, bringing live church and online church together. But why? Is it avoidable? Can we stear in a …

MH80 How Our Mission Serves You

May 12th, 2021


Are you living your dream life in ministry? 

This is the question we have been asking around here at Ministry Hackers a lot lately, and we are really dialing in on our mission to help pastors and ministry leaders do …

MH79 The Secret to Getting the Best Quality

May 10th, 2021


In this episode, I share with you a mistake that I make over and over again that many pastors make as well. We will talk about the headache, stress, and financial burden these mistakes create for us, and the secret to …

MH78 Are You Living Your Dream Life of Ministry

May 7th, 2021


When we were first called to ministry, we had dreams and visions and even God-ordained understandings of what ministry would look like...or at least …

MH77 How to Know You Are Pastoring a Growing Church

May 6th, 2021


We all face the do you know you are pastoring a growing church? How do we measure that? How does scripture measure that? How do you get off the hamster wheel chasing metrics that do not accurately tell …

MH76 Why Giving Certain People Special Treatment Is The Key to Success In a Growing Ministry

May 5th, 2021


As pastors, we always feel this need to treat everyone fairly. But, that simply isn't realistic most of the time. So, how do manage that tension? …

MH75 How Procrastinating on Purpose Can Help You Save an Hour of Wasted Time Everyday

May 4th, 2021


Work, work, work! Get ahead by getting all of your tasks done and knocking out that to-do list. 

We have all heard it and we have all felt the need to do just that in order to get everything done so that we can be …

MH74 How a Ministry Consultant Can Exponentially Increase Your Ministry Effectiveness

May 3rd, 2021


So, you aren't sure if a ministry consultant can help you? 

The lie we all buy as pastors is that our situation is unique. Well, after 20 years of …

MH73 How Using Standardized Assessments Can Make You A More Productive and Effective Pastor

May 1st, 2021


I have heard all the criticisms of standardized assessments, personality profiles, and strengths inventories, but despite all the criticisms, I still …

MH72 How to be the Cultural Architect of Your Church

April 30th, 2021


Your church has a culture and it is either working for you or against you. In this episode, we discuss how exactly you can become the cultural …

MH71 How to Save 125k in your churches budget

April 28th, 2021


Save your church 125k by creating a culture of productivity.

Are You Joining Us For The Challenge???

"How to Skyrocket Your Pastoral Staff’s …

MH70 How to Know When to Shut a Ministry Down

April 28th, 2021


As a lead pastor, you will be faced with the difficult decision of shutting a ministry down in your church. In this episode, we talk about how to …

MH69 How to Avoid Death By Meeting

April 27th, 2021


Are You Joining Us For The Challenge???

"How to Skyrocket Your Pastoral Staff’s Productivity" Challenge

If you are a Lead Pastor and you feel like your pastoral staff has more potential than what you see on a day-to-day …

MH68 How to Never Have to Micromanage Anyone Ever Again

April 23rd, 2021


None of us want to be micro managers. Well, in this episode, you are going to learn the 5 things you can do to never be a micromanager again


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MH67 How to Graciously Let Someone Go From Your Pastoral Staff

April 22nd, 2021


So you have to let a pastoral staff member go? Let us show you how to do it graciously and not feel guilty about it. 

Are You Joining Us For The Challenge???

"How to Skyrocket Your Pastoral Staff’s Productivity" …

MH66 The 5 Toxic Pastor Types Potentially Stunting Your Church's Growth

April 21st, 2021


There are a lot of things that can stunt your church's growth. One of them is having a toxic pastoral staff member. In this episode we identify a few types of pastoral staff members you may have on your team that will …

MH65 How to Create a Family Culture Among Your Pastoral Staff

April 20th, 2021


If you want to boost the chemistry of the pastoral staff while also increasing productivity, then this episode is for you. I am joined again by Dr. Jason Baca and we discuss how you can do both by treating your pastoral …

MH64 How To Pastor a Growing Church and Have More Time With Your Family

April 20th, 2021


In this episode, I am joined by my friend Dr. Jason Baca, author of the book "Mastering Motivation: How to Get People to Buy Into Your Vision, Own …

MH63 The Importance of Life Giving Conversations

April 9th, 2021


Hey Pastor! Want more people attending your discipleship experience?

Today, I want to give you my step-by-step guide to encourage more people to attend your discipleship experience. I call it the Design Engaging …

MH62 I Have My Vaccine...Do You?

April 8th, 2021


Do you wish more people were part of your discipleship experience?

Today, I want to give you my step-by-step guide to fix your discipleship woes. I call it the Design Engaging Discipleship Framework and it is yours …

MH61 Succeeding at Home and in Ministry

April 8th, 2021


In this Live Wednesday episode, Pastor Matt and I debrief about Easter weekend and discuss how ministry can impact families if we are intentional about how we balance ministry and family. 

We also discuss what in the …

MH60 So, Pastor, What Do You Do During the Week

April 6th, 2021


People have no idea what we do during the week as pastors and ministry leaders. Well, here is a simple and effective way to help them have a better …

MH59 Word of Encouragement for Easter Weekend

April 2nd, 2021


In this episode, I am giving all the pastors and ministry out there a little encouragement as we dive into the Easter weekend. We have planned, prepared, studied, set things up, and done a million little tasks to get …

MH58 Get Those Guests to Come Back Next Week

April 1st, 2021


Easter is almost here and are you ready to follow up with all the guests who are about to visit on Sunday? The nice thing is that it doesn't take …

MH57 There is a Test Coming This Weekend...Are You Ready for It?

March 31st, 2021


This weekend there is a test to see if you are in an emotionally healthy place. The question is, will you pass the test. Today we discuss how to prepare for the test and what you need to do if you don't pass. 

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MH56 What To Do When You Are Rejected For That New Job

March 30th, 2021


Looking for a new ministry position, but hearing the words "I'm sorry, but we have decided to go in a different direction" never settles well. In today's episode, I share what you can do to absorb those words, process …

MH55 A Kids' Perspective on Easter

March 29th, 2021


Today I am joined by my son Aiden and he gives us a Kid's perspective on Easter.

Do you wish more people were part of your discipleship experience?

Today, I want to give you my step-by-step guide to fix your …

MH54 What You Need to Be a Confident Pastor and Leader

March 26th, 2021


What would happen if pastors and ministry leaders around the country had incredible faith that God could do anything AND had the confidence in …

MH53 6 Keys to Building and Keeping a Great Ministry Team

March 25th, 2021


Pastors are moving positions, churches, and even complete vocations. What this means for churches all over the country is a lot of ministry positions being vacated and a lot of pastors looking for new places to land.

It …

MH52 How to Get an Interview With Your Resume

March 24th, 2021


In the aftermath of 2020, we are entering a season of great ministry leader transition. Pastors are exiting for a variety of reasons which is creating a lot of open positions in all areas of ministry. If you are a …

MH51 3 Ways to Make Tired Days Productive Days

March 23rd, 2021


Yesterday we celebrated our 50th episode and had some technical challenges that keep the podcast from going live. So after celebrating yesterday, fixing the tech issues, and getting the podcast out for everyone...I'm …

MH50 What 2020 Taught Us for 2021

March 23rd, 2021


In this special episode, Pastor Matt and I look over the last 50 episodes of the Ministry Hackers podcast. We explore the lessons we learned from 2020, and look ahead to 2021 and how we can be better prepared for the …

MH49 What You Should Be Doing Today...

March 19th, 2021


It is Friday, the weekend is here, Spring is around the corner, Easter is on the horizon, and it is a wonderful day to serve the Lord. I believe the …

MH48 6 Ways to Tell Better Stories

March 18th, 2021


Every time you have people together, whether it is a service, small group, class, or event, people want an experience they will remember. Part of …

MH47 Would You Reach Your Captives for Jesus

March 17th, 2021


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! In this episode, we look at the life of Saint Patrick. Who he really was, what tragedy happened to him as a boy, and how …

MH46 The Key to Building a Great Team

March 16th, 2021


Do you wish your ministry team was better, more enjoyable, and added fun and excitement to your ministry experience? In this episode, we discuss the key to building a great team in ministry. It isn't really hard, but it …

MH45 Can't We All Just Get Along?

March 15th, 2021


It's been a year!

One year ago today churches all over the country had to start making some of the toughest ministry decisions we have ever had to make. Since then, we have been off the map and figuring out ministry in …

MH44 Are You Paying Attention to This Issue Your Congregation is Dealing With

March 11th, 2021


In this episode, Dr. Brandon Pardekooper shoots from the hip a little as he shares his thoughts and feelings about how we as pastors and ministry …

MH43 5 Ways You Can Feel More Accomplished in Ministry

March 10th, 2021


Ministry can sometimes feel this never-ending hamster wheel of tasks, events, and services, and sometimes we find ourselves asking the question, am I really accomplishing anything? 

In this episode, Dr. Brandon …

MH42 Set Your New Staff Members Up for Success

March 9th, 2021


I was in a new church, new city, and completely new part of the country. The culture shock was overwhelming for me right out of Bible College, and …

MH41 Pastor, Are Your Burning Out? Let's Find Out.

March 8th, 2021


It's Monday!!!

For pastors and ministry leaders, Monday's can be a mixed bag. Some are on cloud 9 because yesterday went so well, while others are frustrated, discouraged, and perpetually exhausted because yesterday …

MH40 I Didn't Belong, But I Knew I Was Called

March 4th, 2021


For me, it happened in the back of a chapel service my Freshman year of Bible College. I didn't belong there. I didn't fit in. I wasn't anyone's …

MH39 Be Intentional About This Current Shift Happening In Your Church

March 4th, 2021


It's happening in your church right now and you don't even know it. Maybe you know it, and if so, what are you doing about it? If you are like a lot of pastors and ministry leaders, you aren't doing anything. You are …

MH38 Without This One Thing, Your Discipleship Is Incomplete

March 2nd, 2021


Over the last year, most of us have learned that our discipleship experience is lacking. We have known for years that people weren't attending our …

MH37 Be Encouraged and Stay in There

March 1st, 2021


It is March of 2021 and we are approaching the one-year mark before COVID19 and the world was thrust into chaos. Unfortunately, many pastors and ministry leaders are still overwhelmed, frustrated, and feel like …

MH36 Welcome to 2021

January 6th, 2021


Welcome to 2021!!! I am excited about what this year is going to bring all of us as Ministry Hackers. It is not secret 2020 was a challenge likewe have never navigated before, but 2021 has new promises,  new …

MH35 The Missing Piece in Your Sermons with Pastor Matt

October 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Pastor Matt and I discuss something that I fight all the time when I am preaching, but I know I need to do more of it. It isn't because I don't value it, but it is because I am not wired this way. …

MH34 Mary Valloni and Fundraising Freedom

October 20th, 2020


I am so excited for this episode because I get to interview Mary Valloni, Author of the book Fundraising Freedom. She specialized in helping nonprofits and ministries increase their giving, overcome financial …

MH33 Interview Jimmy Banks Praise Church

October 19th, 2020


In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing one of my dear friends, Pastor Jimmy Banks.  

Jimmy is one of the most dynamic pastors I have ever known and the best youth pastor you have never heard of. I have …

MH32 What You Need to Get Through These Next Few Months

October 13th, 2020


In this episode, I talk about the one thing you need right now as a pastor or ministry leader. Not only do you need it for right now, but you need it to get through the next several months. If you don't have this, you …

MH31 My Favorite Office Event of the Year You Should Get Started On

October 12th, 2020


In this episode, I share my favorite office event of the year. I know it isn't Christmas or anyone's birthday, but it is an event on the calendar that I look forward to all year long. It also makes my life as a pastor …

MH30 Mary Stegmiller Life Lessons from King David and Grandma

October 9th, 2020


In this episode, I have the opportunity to interview Mary Stegmiller, author of the book, "Life Lessons from King David and Grandma". This is an …

MH29 It is Time For Us to Adopt an Abundance Mindset

October 8th, 2020


In this episode, I discuss the one thing that may be holding the church back, may be holding you back as a pastor, and maybe holding your church back …

MH28 Why Its Time to Begin Sermon Planning

October 7th, 2020


In this episode, I am joined by my illustrious cohost, Pastor Matt, and we discuss why now is the time to start planning your sermons for 2021. I …

MH27 Ty Buckingham and Better Than Jesus

October 6th, 2020


In this episode, I have the privilege of interviewing Ty Buckingham, author of two books, "The Holy Spirit is Not a Bird" and his latest, "Better …

MH26 What Gandalf Says to Pastors

October 5th, 2020


In this episode, I reflect on a quote from one of my favorite movies of all time. The words spoken by Gandalf were profound in the context of the movie, but also profound for us today. It is an encouragement as we …

MH25 Planting a Church in Pandemic Allen Kendrick

October 2nd, 2020


In this episode of the Ministry Hacker podcast, I interview our very own Allen Kendrick! 

A year and a half ago Allen felt God call him to plant a church...little did he know he was going to have to do it in the middle …

MH24 Are You Practicing this Servant Leadership Skill?

October 1st, 2020


In this episode, I pull a ministry hack from the book "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon McDonald. In it, he explains how you can increase your …

MH23 Are You Out of Rhythm With Your Day

September 30th, 2020


In this episode, I pull a ministry hack from the book "Ordering Your Private World" by Gordon McDonald. In it, he explains how you can increase your …

MH22 Author Focus Chris McClure and The Way to Greatness

September 29th, 2020


In this episode, I interview Ministry Hacker Chris McClure, author of the book "The Way to Greatness". Chris has had a career in ministry serving as an executive pastor, but in recent years transitioned to being a …

MH21 How Are Your Leaders Doing?

September 28th, 2020


In this episode, I explain why it is time to regroup with your closest leaders and check on how they are doing.

Since March most of us have been responding to the most immediate needs in front of us, trying to keep our …

MH20 A Productivity Boost You've Never Been Taught

September 25th, 2020


In this episode, I give you a simple ministry hack no one has ever taught you before that will boost your productivity, lower your stress levels, and allow you to plan so far ahead you will be able to go hit the Frisbee …

MH19 Focus Your Message on One Thing

September 24th, 2020


In this episode, I share a tip from Andy Stanley's book "Can We Do That". In it, he talks about how to streamline your messaging so that you avoid causing information overload and you increase the level of engagement …

MH18 Engage Volunteers Even When They Aren't Returning to Church

September 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Pastor Matt and I discuss how to engage your volunteers, even if they aren't coming to your live services. Just because your …

MH17 Author Jake Johnson and "A King's Return"

September 22nd, 2020


In this episode, I am joined by Jake Johnson, author of the book "A King's Return". This first book in a trilogy explores the fantasy world of Islandia. When there was already a lack of peace among the kingdoms, the …

MH16 Sowing on Healthy Soil

September 21st, 2020


In this episode, I unpack the parable of the sower with a little bit of a different application of the lesson Jesus was teaching. We can invest our time, energy, and resources into many different people, but too often …

MH15 Online Church is Here to Stay, But Is It The Answer

September 18th, 2020


In this episode, I touch on the hot topic in ministry: online church. I reveal the reason that even though I believe that online church is here to …

MH14 Create and Utilize a Personal Dashboard

September 17th, 2020


In this episode, I share a personal hack I have used for a couple of years now. I am always trying to find ways to make my time more efficient and systems that run themselves. This one helps me get all the resources and …

MH13 Change by Choice or By Force

September 16th, 2020


In this episode, I discuss how we are all facing change at a level most of us are not used to. We have two choices presented to us...we can either choose to change on our own and orchestrate it ourselves, or we can wait …

MH12 The Keys to Facilitating the Success of Others

September 15th, 2020


In this episode, I pull from a chapter in my book, Millennial Leadership, and discuss how you can increase your influence by facilitating the success …

MH11 Creating Connections Through Virtual Partnerships

September 11th, 2020


In this episode, I steal a page from the Pastor's Secret Blueprint for an Engaging Church. We are all looking for ways to engage people in our …

MH10 Bridging the Generational Gap for Building Successful Teams

September 10th, 2020


In this episode, Pastor Matt and I talk about my book Millennial Leadership and how it is designed to create common ground, collaboration, and …

MH09 Church Can Be Strong If We Choose to Be

September 7th, 2020


In this episode, I discuss the incredible impact this COVID pandemic has had on the church, how the numbers are not looking good for the church in …

MH08 Im a Finalist and Now Its Time to Beat Jim

September 4th, 2020


In this episode, I make a big announcement about my book, Millennial Leadership, and how you can help me beat Jim Edwards. You can purchase the book and help me beat Jim by visiting my website:

MH07 From the Closet to the Pulpit

September 3rd, 2020


In this episode, I talk about how I overcame a detour in my road to ministry and how my coming out of the closet is directly linked to God's plan in your life.


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MH06 Are You Sure You Can't Do That?

September 2nd, 2020


You think you can't do it, but I think you can. You just need to try again.


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MH05 Using Micro-commitments in Ministry

September 1st, 2020


In this episode, I talk about one of the biggest challenges we all have with getting enough volunteers and how we can increase overall engagement in …

MH04 Practice the One Minute Pause

August 31st, 2020


In this episode, I give you a tool, the one minute pause, that will provide clarity in your work as well as more productivity, less stress, and …

MH03 The Lost Monkey

August 28th, 2020


In this episode, discover what my wife and I looked all over the country for and what that has to do with you.


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MH02 Brainstorming Tool for New Ministry Ideas

August 27th, 2020


This brainstorming tool will give you more innovative ministry ideas than you can use.


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MH01: How to Bring Them From Their Smartphone into Your Sanctuary

August 26th, 2020


Boost your Engagement Experience with these simple tweaks.


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MH00 How will we survive 2020?

August 18th, 2020


How are we going to get through this next season in our churches and ministries?


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MTG15 Final Episode: Digital Discipleship

August 10th, 2020


In this final episode Pastor Matt and I discuss how to effectively do digital discipleship.


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MTG14 The Primary Source of Church Growth

July 27th, 2020


Big Announcement!!! Also, what every church needs but many neglect in their church growth.


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MTG13 Why Church Growth Doesn't Require a Big Budget

July 13th, 2020


in this episode, we discuss why your budget is not the reason your church isn't growing.


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MTG12 Being Called into the Ministry

June 29th, 2020


Our calling into ministry is all very unique and personal. Pastor Matt and Dr. Pardekooper share their calling and some practical advice for those starting out.


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MTG11 Keys to Keep Pastors Productive When Working From Home

June 15th, 2020


As pastors all over the country continue to work from home, these valuable keys will keep each one focused and productive.


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MTG10 How to Keep Bad Decisions From Sinking Your Ministry

June 1st, 2020


Make better decisions with this powerful process the guys discuss in this episode.


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MTG9 Tools to Help You Be Productive in Ministry

May 18th, 2020


The key to a productive and efficient ministry is having a suite of effective tools in your toolbox to help you keep all the tasks, demands, and …

MTG8 Master Social Media to Increase Online Engagement

May 4th, 2020


Over the last couple of months you have figured out how to have church it is time to figure out how to engage your new online venue.


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MTG7 Churches Are Doing What During This Pandemic?

April 20th, 2020


In this episode, Dr. Pardekooper and Pastor Matt celebrate some of the awesome things churches are doing in response to this pandemic, while also exploring the question, how do we continue for the long term.


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MTG6 When Will Church Return to Normal?

April 6th, 2020


By using scenario planning, Dr. Brandon Pardekooper and Pastor Matt Wazbinski reveal to you what possible scenarios there are for your church as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.


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MTG5 Being Innovative in Uncertain Times

March 23rd, 2020


COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, which means it is the time for the church to rise. This simple tool will equip you to innovate in this …

MTG4 How to Say 'No' to Your Lead Pastor Part 2

March 9th, 2020


In ministry you will be faced with a situation where you will need to tell your Lead Pastor 'no', so here is how to do it well.


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MTG3 How to Say 'No' to Your Lead Pastor Part 1

February 24th, 2020


In ministry you will be faced with a situation where you will need to tell your Lead Pastor 'no', so here is how to do it well.


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MTG2 Get Your Lead Pastor to Say 'Yes' to Your Crazy Ideas

February 10th, 2020


When you have a crazy idea, here are 3 keys to getting your Lead Pastor to say 'yes' to it.


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MTG1 Church and Sports: Super Bowl LIV

January 22nd, 2020


Super Bowl is right around the corner. Should the church leverage the opportunity or set itself apart from the cultural event.


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