Priority Pastor X

PPX52 Starting Your Year

An episode of Priority Pastor X

By Daren Wride
Helping pastors and their spouses craft a focused, sustainable life and ministry.
PPX165 A Productive Roadtrip
Travel is inherently unproductive. But this week's roadtrip was an exception. Here's what I learned. 
May 24, 2019
PPX164 Lobster and Soap
“If you eat too much lobster it tastes like soap.”
May 22, 2019
PPX163 Don’t Shoot for the Moon
How can we set goals that stretch us but don’t discourage us?
May 20, 2019
PPX 162 Checklists
Forgotten items on a combined camping-conference trip reminds me why I really need to use checklists!
May 17, 2019
PPX161 Check Your Google Business Listing
Did you know that until you claim the automatic Google listing for your church that anyone can post whatever link they want as your website?
May 15, 2019
PPX160 A Short Observation About Stress
Maybe some of our stress is caused by thinking we can control or fix issues that aren’t ours to control or fix.
May 13, 2019
PPX159 Ministry Without Crisis
I’m finding myself in an odd state of disorientation from not having any burning crisis staring me in the face. And this brings its own challenges.
May 10, 2019
PPX158 Mentoring and Masterminds
What are you doing to get objective input into your life, ministry and projects?
May 8, 2019
PPX157 Donald Miller’s StoryBrand- A Bit of a Review
Miller’s StoryBrand book got my wheels turning in so many ways. Here’s and overview- take a listen and then get this book!
May 6, 2019
PPX156 What Makes for a Good Day Off?
A week full of good days requires a good day off. Here are some things help make a good day off.
May 3, 2019
PPX155 Simple Way to Build a Digital Asset
It’s so easy I don’t know why everyone isn’t doing this.
May 1, 2019
PPX154 Slaves Who Think They’re Free
This Harriet Tubman quote stirs me to reach more people.
April 29, 2019
PPX153 KRA’s and Strategic Planning for Churches
Here’s what to do once you have a good idea of the current state of your church.
April 26, 2019
PPX152 Church Health Assessment Questions
Here are some questions we use in transitional ministry to help understand the current state of the church.
April 24, 2019
PPX151 Transitional Nuggets for Regular Pastors
Some transitional ministry practices and ideas that you can apply in a regular, longer term pastoral role.
April 22, 2019
PPX150 Taking My Own Medicine
Some adjustments I’m making to ensure that I’m walking my talk and crafting a focused, sustainable life and ministry.
April 19, 2019
PPX149 Advice for Young Pastors and Christian Leaders
Part 5 of the interview with Seth Shelley, with some direct words for young pastors, and his thoughts on who would most benefit from Priority Pastor.
April 17, 2019
PPX148 Leading Change When You’re Not the Boss
Part 4 of the Seth Shelley interview, with some insights into the relational side of leadership.
April 16, 2019
PP147 Focus Finances Fitness
Part 3 of the Seth Shelley interview, where he shares how he has adapted the principles of Priority Pastor to his unique role and personality.
April 15, 2019
PPX146 Adapting to a New Role as Lead Pastor
Part 2 of an interview with Seth Shelley. Getting up early, irritation with “Footprints”, team ministry, and more.
April 14, 2019
PPX145 Moving from Youth Pastor to Lead Pastor
Part 1 of an interview with Seth Shelley.
April 13, 2019
PPX144 Stand-up Desk Latest Report
The latest developments in using a stand-up desk.
April 12, 2019
PPX143 Leave the Canoe on the Truck
A simple trick we use to make it easier to do what’s important. And it’s not just about canoeing.
April 11, 2019
PPX142 Three More Secrets
Some principles that will help you craft a focused, sustainable life and ministry.
April 10, 2019
PPX141 Take a Cortisol Stroll
There’s something about getting some natural light as early in the day as possible that sets you up for a good day…and a good sleep that night!
April 9, 2019
PPX140 Syndicating Your Content
Marketers do it, churches should do it. Here are the basics.
April 8, 2019
PPX139 Stop Learning and Start Leading
Sometimes we need to quit pouring more leadership theory into our heads and actually get out there and do the work of leadership.
April 7, 2019
PPX138 Why and How to Write a History of Your Church
An honest history of your church can give people a common story and be a launch pad for the next season of ministry.
April 6, 2019
PPX137 Leadership via The Announcements
Yep, the Sunday morning announcements can be a leadership moment.
April 5, 2019
PPX136 Priority Pastor 3 Secrets Webinar
A heads up about some of the things that will be shared in the new Priority Pastor webinar.
April 4, 2019
PPX135 Internalist or Externalist?
A devotional I heard decades ago still challenges me in the way I respond when things go sideways.
April 3, 2019
PPX134 Friends in the Church
If you have a good friend in a church where you pastor, you need to get some things clear in your head- and maybe theirs too!
April 2, 2019
PPX133 Discipleship vs Disciple-Making
Why I only reluctantly use the phrase “discipleship” and instead prefer “disciple-making”.
April 1, 2019
PPX132 Persevering
One of the eight essential traits of a follower of Jesus. Why it’s essential, and why it’s always possible.
March 31, 2019
PPX131 Quitting
A story of when I quit too soon, and regretted it.
March 30, 2019
PPX130 Leading Change Needs Urgency With Hope
Nothing changes if there is not urgency, no recognition of the need to change. But you also need to instil hope so there is energy to make the change.
March 29, 2019
PPX129 Email and Church Business
Some simple guidelines for using email for communication with church boards and staff.
March 28, 2019
PPX128 Take a Break and Persevere
Today has not gone as planned! So I made some tea.
March 27, 2019
PPX127 Get Outside
A quick note I recorded while playing hooky from work in order to go for what turned out to be an excellent time outside. 
March 26, 2019
PPX126 Symptoms of a Contagious Follower of Jesus
A summary of the latest message in the DNA of a Christ Follower Series: What does it mean to be evangelistic?
March 25, 2019
PPX125 Beware the Midday Demon
It can strike in the middle of the day, the middle of a ministry or the middle of life.
March 24, 2019
PPX124 Pressure and Productivity
There’s an intriguing relationship between pressure and productivity.
March 23, 2019
PPX123 What You’re Worth, Revisited
What is the actual value of the work you do in ministry?
March 22, 2019
PPX122 The 12Church Manifesto
Grappling with how to make churches and The Church more effective and efficient in making disciples.
March 21, 2019
PPX121 Quick Tips to Boost Energy
Some simple things anyone can do to give their energy level a boost.
March 20, 2019
PPX120 Do Not Forgive Yourself
The toxic idea of “forgiving yourself” needs to be exposed as the anti-Gospel lie that it is.
March 19, 2019
PPX119 Church Governance Really Does Matter
It often gets written off as a necessary evil, but good governance is a spiritual issue.
March 18, 2019
PPX118 Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner
The One Thing I’d change in this useful planning tool.
March 17, 2019
PPX117 The Value of a Clear Conscience
What’s a clear conscience worth to you? What will it take to get there?
March 16, 2019
PPX116 Fixing a Funnel
How a marketing activity has shaped my thinking about ministry… and pretty much everything
March 15, 2019
PPX115 Mission First, Then Community
If we focus on building community with the idea that we will eventually move into mission, it will likely never happen.
March 14, 2019
PPX114 Being a Leader vs Doing Leadership
There’s a big difference between being called a leader or holding a leadership position, and actually leading.
March 13, 2019
PPX113 Personal Development: Ministry vs Business
What develops you and grows you more: Starting a business, or being in ministry leadership?
March 12, 2019
PPX112 Your Truth, My Truth, Everybody’s Got a Truth
If we can vacuum the absolute meaning out of a word like “truth” where’s the foundation?
March 11, 2019
PPX111 InBox Zero-ish-ness
Wherein I repent for my failure to maintain InBox Zero and resolve to reform my ways
March 10, 2019
PPX110 The Power of Simplicity
Most of my books are in storage. One of the few dozen I keep with me in my transitional assignments is this one.
March 9, 2019
PPX109 God-Dependence Not Independence
Another key trait from the DNA of a Christ Follower.
March 8, 2019
PPX108 What I’m Learning About Podcasting
It’s been one of the best developments in my online marketing journey.
March 7, 2019
PPX107 Memo to Lead Pastors
“Don’t be a jerk.” A restrained rant based on a synthesis of what I have observed.
March 6, 2019
PPX106 Follow...or Not!
The words of Jesus in John 6.67 are a challenge to all Christian leaders: Are you so confident in your mission and calling that you will be unfazed when some of your followers bail?
March 5, 2019
PPX105 Our TV Tactic-Trading Money for Time
Here’s a simple thing we’ve done to spend a little more money but free up a lot more time.
March 4, 2019
PPX104 Your Most Formative Life Event
Self-awareness is a key trait of healthy and effective leaders. Are you aware of the primary event or events that have made you who you are?
March 3, 2019
PPX103 The Greatest Need of Those You Lead
What is the greatest need of those you lead? It might not be what you think.
March 3, 2019
PPX102 An Easy Way to Exercise
My TRX is a wonderful thing. You might want to get one.
March 1, 2019
PPX101 Two Tools for Better Online Communication
Here are two tools I use that you may want to use in your ministry communication system.
February 28, 2019
PPX100 Why and How to Love People
The second trait in the DNA of a Christ Follower is being a lover of people. What does that look like, practically?
February 27, 2019
PPX99 Efficient Sermon Preparation
A few nuggets from my webinar on Efficient Sermon Prep, to help you link your message to your audience.
February 26, 2019
PPX98 Fresh Ways to Assess Church Health
Some nuggets from a recent article by Karl Vaters on non-numerical ways of assessing church health.
February 25, 2019
PPX97 The 22 Percent Challenge
Here is a simple way to be salt and light, love people and maybe change some attitudes about followers of Jesus.
February 24, 2019
PPX96 You Must See Trint
A quick note about one of the coolest new pieces of software I’ve come across.
February 23, 2019
PPX95 Three Words to Juice Up Your Communication
Here are three more words, three more ideas, that will make all your communication more effective.
February 22, 2019
PPX94 Three Words to Amp Up Your Communication
Whether it’s sales and marketing, or preaching and ministry and recruiting, these three words will strengthen your  communication.
February 21, 2019
PPX93 Scary Question for Pastors
Ask yourself and your staff this question…if you think you can handle the answers.
February 20, 2019
PPX92 Weekly Planning Tips
Two principles a webinar attendee flagged as especially helpful.
February 19, 2019
PPX91 Contentment Without Comparison
Finding contentment without having to compare myself to someone worse off
February 18, 2019
PPX90 The Ultimate Fishing Secret
If you want to catch fish, this is THE ultimate secret. But it’s not just about fishing.
February 17, 2019
PPX89 The Core of Leadership
If you’re not doing this, you’re not leading.
February 16, 2019
PPX88 Loving the Invisible God
It’s the greatest commandment, but how do we actually do it?
February 15, 2019
PPX87 Cougar Attacks and Other Patterns
A recent cougar attack on a jogger got me thinking about systems and patterns and what to do when we see a pattern.
February 14, 2019
PPX86 Reverse Engineering an Outstanding Day
It’s not even 2 pm and this has already been a very good day. So I’m trying to figure out why, and how to make it happen again tomorrow.
February 13, 2019
PPX85 Have You Been Pwned?
Here is a way to check if your email address has been tied to a data breach- and how you can keep such breaches from being serious.
February 12, 2019
PPX84 Is 1.2 Million Enough?
I just listened to two podcasts from two different rich people who had the same observation about making more money.
February 11, 2019
PPX83 Addressing Spiritual Challenges
What should you do if you discern spiritual challenges or opposition?
February 10, 2019
PPX82 Discerning Spiritual Challenges
How do you know if a challenge or problem you’re facing has a spiritual component?
February 9, 2019
PPX81 Shorter More Focused Communication
Speak for less time and know your one-liner!
February 8, 2019
PPX80 Do You Know Your Context?
It might make sense for you to do a church and community assessment.
February 7, 2019
PPX79 Travel is Rather Unproductive
It’s hard to get things done on the road so I’m looking forward to some non-travel time!
February 6, 2019
PPX78 Selling…an Enema Kit?
You can sell anything if you create enough value.
February 5, 2019
PPX77 Serving Beyond Expectations
How can we exceed the expectations of those we serve?
February 4, 2019
PPX76 The Audience of One
Who am I trying to impress?
February 2, 2019
PPX75 Substance vs Style
It’s tempting to go for style at the expense of depth, character, substance.
February 1, 2019
PPX74 Seeking God
What does it actually mean to seek God? Are you a biblical God-Seeker?
January 31, 2019
PPX73 Priority. Singular.
How can there be multiple “most important” things?
January 30, 2019
PPX72 Posteriorities
Just as some things are priorities, others are “posteriorities”.
January 29, 2019
PPX71 Measure Twice
A stupid online mistake has made me a little more careful with my planning.
January 28, 2019
PPX70 Memorize Something
When was the last time you memorized a strategic passage of scripture?
January 27, 2019
PPX69 Should I Get A Coach?
Why I’m thinking of getting an online marketing coach.
January 26, 2019
PPX 68 Please Don't Quit
Facing a big ministry challenge? Here is my plea for you to stay in the battle.
January 25, 2019
PPX67 If This Was Your Last Year
A new questions that’s got me thinking about what’s important.
January 24, 2019
PPX66 Get Some Sleep
If you’re not sleeping well, make this one of your top priorities.
January 23, 2019
PPX65 Processes vs. People
How can a church with very few documented processes function as efficiently as the one I’m working with right now?
January 22, 2019
PPX64 Focus or Diversify?
My current (and lifelong) tension between diversification and focus.
January 21, 2019
PPX63 Solomon's Advice for Online Marketers
A surprise bulk sale of one of my books got me thinking of something Solomon said
January 20, 2019
PPX62 The Value of Long-Term Friends
Long term friends strengthen and enrich us in many ways.
January 19, 2019
PPX61 A Deal With God
How a deal with God exposed me to the life changing power of the Word.
January 17, 2019
PPX60 Leading Change
Need to change something in your church, ministry or organization? Here are some important change principles from Kotter’s classic book.
January 16, 2019
PPX59 What's Your Role Preference?
Understanding what phase of a project or ministry you prefer gives you an idea of where you ought to focus.
January 16, 2019
PPX58 High Leverage Leadership Moments
Make the most of the high leverage moments in your ministry context.
January 14, 2019
PPX57 Priority Pastor Course Update
Here’s what’s been happening with the Priority Pastor course.
January 13, 2019
PPX56 Sticky Notes on My Wall
Nuggets from a marketing course I took last year which have direct relevant to ministry.
January 12, 2019
PPX55 Recovering from a Nuked Routine
My routine was trashed for the last three weeks. Here’s what happened and how I’m getting back on track.
January 11, 2019
PPX54 Starting New Ministry
Learn to assess well in order to move forward.
January 4, 2019
PPX53 Planning Your Year
Ideas to help approach your goals or habits, and plan your year.
January 3, 2019
PPX52 Starting Your Year
Here are some helpful questions to consider when figuring out what you hope to accomplish in the year ahead.
January 2, 2019
PPX51 Evaluating Your Year
Taking a look back and learning from the last year- as a setup for planning the next!
December 31, 2018
PPX50 What Are You Waiting For?
What are your hopes, dreams, plans and expectations for the next season of your life and ministry? 
December 30, 2018
PPX49 What Makes for a Good Holiday?
Asking the right question as you plan the holiday makes all the difference. 
December 29, 2018
PPX48 What Heals Our DNA?
What's more important than a therapists skills, a physicians drugs and any other factor when it comes to health and healing?
December 21, 2018
PPX47 You Should 8020 It
A quick way to figure out what's important. It's about doing less not more.
December 19, 2018
PPX46 Mission THEN Community
Sometimes we get this backwards...and never get around to mission.
December 18, 2018
PPX45 Scary Bad Preaching Part 2
The rise of the "biblical content-free sermon."
December 17, 2018
PPX44 Scary Bad Preaching Part 1
There's a lot of bad preaching out there. Are you a contributor?
December 16, 2018
PPX43 Middle Class Sinners
What does it take to convince a nice person that they are a dirty rotten sinner?
December 15, 2018
PPX42 Win Build Equip Multiply
Some foundational ministry principles I've learned over the years from Sonlife.
December 14, 2018
PPX41 How to Keep Your Perspective
This activity often gets squeezed out of our lives and churches. But it is a key to maintaining our perspective as followers of Jesus.
December 12, 2018
PPX40 Touch Not the Lord's Manipulative Leader
Tricks that unethical, insecure and manipulative leaders use to insulate themselves from criticism.
December 11, 2018
PPX39 Wasted Education
It's easy to waste time and money on books, courses, seminars. How do you capture the investment?
December 10, 2018
PPX38 Take a Hike eh
Approaching ministry as if we are planning a trip, with a process rather than event mindset, can save us from overwhelm.
December 10, 2018
PPX37 Take a Stand
Who are you, what are you called to do,...and who's backing you? Being confident and secure in those things can reduce overwhelm.
December 8, 2018
PPX36 The Secret of Slacking Off
We need to figure out how to do less of the wrong stuff, without being lazy.
December 7, 2018
PPX35 First Priority Pastor Webinar
Just completed my first Priority Pastor webinar. Went well, learned a few things, already planning the next.
December 6, 2018
PPX 34 If Your Head's Made of Butter...
...don't next to the fire. The risk of needing to be needed.
December 3, 2018
PPX33 Plug the Leak, Love the Person
How do you establish boundaries with people who dominate your time, while still loving them?
December 2, 2018
PPX32 Starting to Play with Instagram Ads
Just started running my first Instagram ads today. Curious to see how it will stack up alongside Facebook and Google Adwords.
December 1, 2018
PPX31 Slashing the Social
Some considerations for curtailing social media from The Busy Pastor Cheatsheet at
November 30, 2018
PPX30 We Wanna Come to Your Church and Take an Offering
How do you handle requests from people who want to come to your church and do some kind of ministry?
November 29, 2018
PPX29 Educated or Equipped?
There's a big difference between an education or a degree, and actually being equipped for ministry.
November 28, 2018
PPX28 Ministry and Business
Some reflections on the relationship between pastoral ministry and business, arising from my "crossover day" retreat.
November 27, 2018
PPX27 Entrepreneur Interrupted
My first stuttering attempt at business.
November 26, 2018
PPX26 Fifty-Four Years, 248 Days
Tomorrow is the day, which if I survive, will make me older than my father was when he passed away.
November 25, 2018
PPX25 Financially Sustainable Living
What are the metrics for a financially sustainable life and ministry?
November 24, 2018
PPX24 This Scares Me
This past year has shown me just how scary confirmation bias is.
November 23, 2018
PPX23 Remarketing
The basic premise of remarketing also applies to leadership and ministry.
November 22, 2018
PPX22 Show AND Tell
The Gospel is about more than just being nice. It is necessary to use words.
November 21, 2018
PPX21 The Start of a Good Day
How's your day going? What is the key truth you are carrying with you through it?
November 20, 2018
PPX20 What are You Really Up To?
Some insight into what PPX is really about and what I hope to accomplish.
November 19, 2018
PPX19 My Very Worst Speaking Gig Ever
So bad it still makes me cringe...
November 18, 2018
PPX18 The Story of Release
A quick overview of how a short Toastmasters talk morphed into a sermon, a paid speech, a book and an online course.
November 17, 2018
PPX17 Sexual Failure 2
How Randy Alcorn's "Consequences of a Moral Tumble" can help protect you.
November 16, 2018
PPX16 Sexual Failure
What are you doing to protect yourself from sexual immorality, or the accusation of sexual impropriety?
November 15, 2018
PPX15 Netflix vs YouTube
It's actually about time vs money...
November 14, 2018
PPX14 Underpaid?
What do you do if you think you're underpaid in ministry?
November 13, 2018
PPX13 PomoTodo Surprise
Why are 25 minute blocks of work so productive?
November 12, 2018
PPX12 Road Trip
A quick note about our road trip and plans for the rest of the year.
November 10, 2018
PPX11 Avoid at All Costs
Productivity advice from Buffet and Tracy.
November 6, 2018
PPX10 Technical vs Spiritual Problems
You can't solve a technical problem with prayer. You can't simply teach your way out of a leadership challenge.
November 2, 2018
PPX9 Turn Your Sermon Series into a Book
If you have a sermon series that really clicked, give some serious thought to turning it into a book.
November 1, 2018
PPX8 Trajectory Checkup
What was the moment of your greatest hope and passion in ministry? How's it going today?
October 30, 2018
What?!? It's an Outreach Event?
I thought I was going to a secular motivation and sales training event. But the Gospel showed up.
October 29, 2018
What Drives You?
It's important to understand what it is, under the surface, that is driving you. Do you understand why you do what you?
October 29, 2018
The Ultimate Goal
Once someone is a follower of Jesus, what is the #1 goal?
October 28, 2018
The Key to a Focused Ministry
It's about Making Disciples!
October 27, 2018
The Untrapped Pastor
Untrapped pastors are better pastors.
October 26, 2018
You Can't Convert Trees
A lesson I learned at 20 below in the middle of a stand of poplar.
October 25, 2018
What is PriorityPastorX?
The very first episode of Priority Pastor X. Daren Wride shares the why and the what of PPX.
October 24, 2018
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