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Ministry Hackers

Ministry Hackers

By Dr. Brandon M. Pardekooper
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, or our personal relationships with Jesus? That’s the question this podcast is going to answer. I am Dr. Brandon Pardekooper and welcome to the Ministry Hackers podcast.
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MH39 Be Intentional About This Current Shift Happening In Your Church
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 just focused on getting back to normal, whatever that means. But, that's not who we are at Ministry Hackers. Our focus is to be pastors and ministry leaders who are intentional about how we do ministry, how we impact our communities, and how we disciple individuals. So, it is time to be intentional about guiding this current shift happening in your church.  If you are not yet part of the Ministry Hackers community, join the Facebook group here. Online discipleship is the next step in the ministry transition we are all part of. This FREE framework shows you how to create engaging content for your online discipleship experience.
26:54
March 3, 2021
MH38 Without This One Thing, Your Discipleship Is Incomplete
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 discipleship classes, groups, courses, the way we felt like they should, but this year it became evident how bad things have gotten. So, many of us are starting to turn our attention to developing or improving our discipleship experiences. But, my guess is, you are leaving one vital piece out, and it could be the gamechanger you need.  If you are not yet part of the Ministry Hackers community, join the Facebook group here. Online discipleship is the next step in the ministry transition we are all part of. This FREE framework shows you how to create engaging content for your online discipleship experience.
20:56
March 2, 2021
MH37 Be Encouraged and Stay in There
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 quitting. In this episode, Dr. Brandon Pardekooper gives a little encouragement to stick in there and stay the course.  If you are not yet part of the Ministry Hackers community, join the Facebook group here.  Online discipleship is the next step in the ministry transition we are all part of. This FREE framework shows you how to create engaging content for your online discipleship experience. 
19:52
March 1, 2021
MH36 Welcome to 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 possibilities, and God is excited for what is coming. At the same time, 2021 feels a lot like 2020 and I wanted to start with a word of encouragement for us all. 
12:60
January 6, 2021
MH35 The Missing Piece in Your Sermons with Pastor Matt
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. Pastor Matthew and I unpack how to maximize the impact of your sermons by using this one simple tool as often as you can.    Come be part of the Ministry Hackers community by joining us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ministryhackers
36:21
October 23, 2020
MH34 Mary Valloni and Fundraising Freedom
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 challenges, and connect with donors inside and outside their immediate sphere of influence.   It is a great conversation and Mary is a delight to be with.  You can find her book on her website at https://maryvalloni.com, as well as resources for pastors, churches, and nonprofits.
38:13
October 20, 2020
MH33 Interview Jimmy Banks Praise Church
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 always appreciated his humility and genuine heart and we talk a little bit about that along with how he structures all the Next Gen ministries he oversees.    Are you a pastor or ministry leader? Then you need to come over to the website and join our awesome community of pastors and ministry leaders just like you. https://ministryhackers.com/home
51:49
October 19, 2020
MH32 What You Need to Get Through These Next Few Months
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 are going to wish you did.    Join the Ministry Hacker community by visiting the website: https://ministryhackers.com/home
11:38
October 13, 2020
MH31 My Favorite Office Event of the Year You Should Get Started On
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 and the lives of my staff 100 times easier.    If you are not part of the Ministry Hacker community, yet, then you need to come on over and join us. https://ministryhackers.com/home
25:49
October 12, 2020
MH30 Mary Stegmiller Life Lessons from King David and Grandma
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 incredible book of insight into the life of David, vulnerability by Mary, and creativity. In the interview, we discuss how this book was a long time in the making, and how it is designed to be used as a resource for Bible Studies and Small Group settings.    Join the book launch Oct. 10 @ 7p: https://www.facebook.com/4ugrandma/   Find out more about the book and Mary on the website: https://alivewiththebible.com/   You can purchase the book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jKaIsf    Learn how you can be an author through Author Academy Elite here: https://vt226.isrefer.com/go/aaevtrng/Bpardekooper/   Mary mentioned how powerful "Your Secret Name" was for her in seeing herself through God's eyes. If you would like to learn more visit the website: https://vt226.isrefer.com/go/ysn5ws/Bpardekooper/   *Links may be affiliate links for some products and services
23:08
October 9, 2020
MH29 It is Time For Us to Adopt an Abundance Mindset
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 from becoming all that God has called you to be. There is a great chasm between an abundance mindset and a scarcity mindset, and I think it is time for us to evaluate where we are.    If you are not part of the Ministry Hacker community yet, you need to come on over and join. Visit the website and grow in your skills, relationships, and confidence as a pastor or ministry leader. https://ministryhackers.com/home
14:27
October 8, 2020
MH28 Why Its Time to Begin Sermon Planning
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 know, most of us have been hoping 2021 would just get here so we can get 2020 over with. But, are you ready to execute 2021? Pastor Matt and I give you the reasons why you need to start working on your 2021 sermon calendar and some tips on how to start planning. Join the Ministry Hackers community by visiting our website: https://ministryhackers.com
41:32
October 7, 2020
MH27 Ty Buckingham and Better Than Jesus
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 Than Jesus".  We also take some time to talk about the Holy Spirit Conference, what he is seeing as he travels to churches around the country, and a quick ministry hack to add to your tool belt.    You can get Ty's books and learn more about the Holy Spirit Conference by visiting his website: https://www.tybuckingham.com/   Are you a Pastor or ministry leader looking to connect with other great ministry leaders? We would love to have you join the Ministry Hackers community. You can do that by visiting our website. Don't wait another day, but join us today! https://ministryhackers.com/home
38:09
October 6, 2020
MH26 What Gandalf Says to Pastors
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 continue to walk through trying and difficult times.    It is time for you to join the Ministry Hackers community. I am so excited about all the things we are seeing among the pastors and ministry leaders in the group, and we would love to add your story to our community. You can join by visiting the website: https://ministryhackers.com
13:54
October 5, 2020
MH25 Planting a Church in Pandemic Allen Kendrick
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 of a national crisis.   Hear Allen's story and what amazing things God has done in him as a pastor along the way.  Plus learn a very cool ministry hack to move more people from social media to sitting in the sanctuary.    If you are a pastor or ministry leader who has not yet joined the Ministry Hacker community, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!! Alright, I want you to stop right now and go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/ministryhackers and come hang out with us!!!
31:59
October 2, 2020
MH24 Are You Practicing this Servant Leadership Skill?
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 productivity, effectiveness, and enjoyment of your days. I unpack that simple hack so you can get your daily rhythm down.   Get your own copy of "Ordering Your Private World". https://amzn.to/2Gef5gD   If you are not already part of the Ministry Hacker community, you need to click on over and join our dynamic group of pastors and ministry leaders. https://ministryhackers.com/home
13:53
October 1, 2020
MH23 Are You Out of Rhythm With Your Day
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 productivity, effectiveness, and enjoyment of your days. I unpack that simple hack so you can get your daily rhythm down.  Get your own copy of "Ordering Your Private World". If you are not already part of the Ministry Hacker community, you need to click on over and join our dynamic group of pastors and ministry leaders. 
13:51
September 30, 2020
MH22 Author Focus Chris McClure and The Way to Greatness
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 pastor of executives. He shares with us his framework for discovering greatness in our own lives, and he has an interesting perspective on how we can successfully navigate our current global situation.  You can get your FREE copy of "The Way to Greatness" here. You can also sign up to get updates on his new book, "The Magnetic Leader" coming this fall. 
42:24
September 29, 2020
MH21 How Are Your Leaders Doing?
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 congregations engaged, rolling with social distancing guidelines, and who knows what else is on your plate. But, when was the last time you checked in with your leaders. Those closest to you? Our group needs great pastors and ministry leaders like you. Jump on over the Ministry Hackers home page and join our insider community. We can't wait to have you.
14:37
September 28, 2020
MH20 A Productivity Boost You've Never Been Taught
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 Golf range.
11:42
September 25, 2020
MH19 Focus Your Message on One Thing
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 your congregation and teams have with your message.
10:08
September 24, 2020
MH18 Engage Volunteers Even When They Aren't Returning to Church
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 volunteers are not able to come, doesn't mean they can't serve. Some of them are even looking for opportunities to serve but aren't sure how. We give you some practical tips on how to keep people engaged and feeling part of what is going on at your church.
27:34
September 23, 2020
MH17 Author Jake Johnson and "A King's Return"
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 Steward King is killed and his young son is thrust into the seat of King. He must find a way to bring Islandia together while they continue to wait for the return of their beloved King Eloy.
22:53
September 22, 2020
MH16 Sowing on Healthy Soil
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 we invest our time and energy into the wrong people and miss out on some great leaders along the way.
12:08
September 21, 2020
MH15 Online Church is Here to Stay, But Is It The Answer
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 stay, and should, why I think it isn't the answer to church growth. Before you stone me, or pat me on the back, make sure you listen to the reason why because it may not be what you expect.
15:46
September 18, 2020
MH14 Create and Utilize a Personal Dashboard
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 steps in front of me in one place, and it is pretty simple to put together and maintain. This episode is inspired by Chris McClure's The Great Life Podcast episode titled "Use Your Resources" (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-great-life-podcast/id1475553119?i=1000491300830) If you haven't done it yet, you need to jump over to our website and join our growing community of pastors and ministry leaders. If you are looking for encouragement, support, and great ministry ideas, you need to come on over to the community. http://ministryhackers.com/home
09:32
September 17, 2020
MH13 Change by Choice or By Force
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 till it is forced upon us. The choice is in our hands now. What will we do?
10:26
September 16, 2020
MH12 The Keys to Facilitating the Success of Others
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 of others. As leaders, our focus should not be leveraging people to facilitate our own success, but we should leverage our influence to make others around us successful.
25:02
September 15, 2020
MH11 Creating Connections Through Virtual Partnerships
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 communities, so I thought it would be a good time to share a simple strategy for creating a virtual relationship with local businesses.
22:15
September 11, 2020
MH10 Bridging the Generational Gap for Building Successful Teams
In this episode, Pastor Matt and I talk about my book Millennial Leadership and how it is designed to create common ground, collaboration, and increased team morale.
32:12
September 10, 2020
MH09 Church Can Be Strong If We Choose to Be
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 America, but how I believe we should be responding to glorify God. This could be our greatest moment, I believe.
09:04
September 7, 2020
MH08 Im a Finalist and Now Its Time to Beat Jim
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: https://brandonpardekooper.com/millennialleadership
15:38
September 4, 2020
MH07 From the Closet to the Pulpit
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.
10:36
September 3, 2020
MH06 Are You Sure You Can't Do That?
You think you can't do it, but I think you can. You just need to try again.
11:55
September 2, 2020
MH05 Using Micro-commitments in Ministry
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 our churches and ministries by using micro-commitments.
05:58
September 1, 2020
MH04 Practice the One Minute Pause
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 greater innovation opportunities.
09:23
August 31, 2020
MH03 The Lost Monkey
In this episode, discover what my wife and I looked all over the country for and what that has to do with you.
12:52
August 28, 2020
MH02 Brainstorming Tool for New Ministry Ideas
This brainstorming tool will give you more innovative ministry ideas than you can use.
12:39
August 27, 2020
MH01: How to Bring Them From Their Smartphone into Your Sanctuary
Boost your Engagement Experience with these simple tweaks.
12:39
August 26, 2020
MH00 How will we survive 2020?
How are we going to get through this next season in our churches and ministries?
16:46
August 18, 2020
MTG15 Final Episode: Digital Discipleship
In this final episode Pastor Matt and I discuss how to effectively do digital discipleship.
46:49
August 10, 2020
MTG14 The Primary Source of Church Growth
Big Announcement!!! Also, what every church needs but many neglect in their church growth.
37:32
July 27, 2020
MTG13 Why Church Growth Doesn't Require a Big Budget
in this episode, we discuss why your budget is not the reason your church isn't growing.
51:29
July 13, 2020
MTG12 Being Called into the Ministry
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.
39:53
June 29, 2020
MTG11 Keys to Keep Pastors Productive When Working From Home
As pastors all over the country continue to work from home, these valuable keys will keep each one focused and productive.
38:07
June 15, 2020
MTG10 How to Keep Bad Decisions From Sinking Your Ministry
Make better decisions with this powerful process the guys discuss in this episode.
59:36
June 1, 2020
MTG9 Tools to Help You Be Productive in Ministry
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 projects in order. This episode covers useful tools to help you do just that.
43:12
May 18, 2020
MTG8 Master Social Media to Increase Online Engagement
Over the last couple of months you have figured out how to have church online...now it is time to figure out how to engage your new online venue.
39:50
May 4, 2020
MTG7 Churches Are Doing What During This Pandemic?
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.
46:21
April 20, 2020
MTG6 When Will Church Return to Normal?
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.
46:21
April 6, 2020
MTG5 Being Innovative in Uncertain Times
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 time of disruption.
56:48
March 23, 2020
MTG4 How to Say 'No' to Your Lead Pastor Part 2
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.
53:45
March 9, 2020
MTG3 How to Say 'No' to Your Lead Pastor Part 1
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.
40:12
February 24, 2020
MTG2 Get Your Lead Pastor to Say 'Yes' to Your Crazy Ideas
When you have a crazy idea, here are 3 keys to getting your Lead Pastor to say 'yes' to it.
40:11
February 10, 2020
MTG1 Church and Sports: Super Bowl LIV
Super Bowl is right around the corner. Should the church leverage the opportunity or set itself apart from the cultural event.
28:38
January 22, 2020