Speaking at your Church

Shawn Wood WEBSITE – www.shawnwoodwrites.com Shawn Wood (@ShawnWood) is the experiences pastor at multisite Seacoast Church and author of 200 Pomegranates and an Audience of One(Abingdon) and Wasabi Gospel (Abingdon). As experience pastor, he helps create Spirit-filled (yet not creepy) kind of mystical connections with God on 13 campuses and the Web. As an author (when he has lots to say), he writes books, but he also opines often in 140 characters on Twitter and a few more characters his blog. You can visit his website at www.shawnwoodwrites.com. You can also find Shawn on Facebook. Speaking Topics :: *You are an Artist (derived from 200 Pomegranates and an audience of One) –Based on the story of Huram in I Kings 7 -Everyone is an artist – what are you creating -Get great at something, Do something, Invest in things that last, do it to an audience of One, finish well *So Jesus, what do I…

Disclosure Statement

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by Shawn Wood. I would like to disclose the following existing relationships. These are companies, organizations or individuals that may have a significant impact on the content of this blog. I’m employed by or have contracts with: Seacoast Church, Shawnwoodwrites.com and Abingdon Press. My goal is that the content provided would be a  free resource to church leaders and generate conversations that equip and encourage them as well. In full-disclosure, it’s also a means of financially supporting my family. With that in mind, this blog accepts several forms of cash advertising and sponsorship. We will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations. Because this is a personal blog and reflects on my character and integrity I actually only partner with organizations that I know and work with enough to stand behind in a…

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This info is current and was updated on April 2010. My advertisement info is inspired by Carlos because I always think rip-off is both flattery and smart. I am glad that you have some interest in my wife getting to stay at home with my two babies more.  I know that is not why you are here, but it is why I am glad that you are here. So now that you know why I have advertisers on my blog, lets chat about what is in it for you. Because money is always has the potential for questions…I have a full-disclosure statement here. Now to the good stuff. My blog is written with a few folks in mind.   Church staff (including decision makers), business-to-church vendor partners, creative types and web 4.0 type folks (web 2.0 is so old we are going for the future here) This blog is not the…

An inefficient great experience.

Sometimes we need an experience to be great. Sometimes we just need to be efficient. Though we all lean into one of these, the truth is both of these statement exist in life everyday. Experience, I am sad to admit is not everything.  It’s a thing, just not everything. And as much as my choleric “D” personality would like it to be true, sometimes being simply efficient is not the win either. The key is to manage the tension.  Ship with the best experience possible. My wife worked in a dental office one time where the experience won out over efficiency. The dentist had massage chairs, soft music playing on comfortable head phones and smells of incense wafting through the office.  It was a great experience.  Because he believed in the experience he asked Connie, who was a very skilled and experienced Hygienist, to take the full hour on the…

Are you an Immature leader?

I have a ton of young leaders all around me at Freedom Church.  I love it! As I watch them grow in Ministry leadership I am reminded of when I was a young 20 something coming on staff at Seacoast Church and Pastor Greg took me under his wing.  I was such a knucklehead, and yet he allowed me to grow, screw up and learn under him.  As I reflect back I think there are three areas that have the potential to separate you from the pack – or hold you back as a young leader and I almost failed as a leader because of all of these…if you see some of these in your young leaders help them but cut them some grace too, we have all been there. Leadership is about followers not the leader. Immature leaders tend to try and make a place for themselves in the world….

Effective or Excellent. Pick one.

What if you had to pick one?  Effective or excellent? I know, I know.  The excellent police among us will say that you don’t have to pick (and depending on how close to perfection excellence is to you that is probably true) but what I do know is there will always be a tension between effectiveness and excellence. You can always spend a few more hours practicing before you release that new song. You can always practice that sermon more times. You can always adjust the lighting cues one more time. Here is the result of the tension being always won by excellence. It is possible to be excellently ineffective. So, if I had to pick one I’d pick effectiveness.  I am okay with a few scratches on the paint and a few “i”‘s not dotted if I win the race and write the book.

My Sermon Prep System

The job of a church planter and pastor has a lot of moving parts, but for me, the biggest of them is my time preparing to preach.  Because of that, I have a system in place that may be helpful to you: 1.  I  stay one year ahead on series planning.  Rather than having a planning meeting once a year or a study break, I do this every month.  So in January I will plan the series that will be for the following December. 2.  I stay at least 3-5 weeks ahead on finished sermons.  I am a writer by nature, so I actually write out my sermon like I would a chapter to a book.  Once I am finished this week with the sermon for 4 weeks from now, I will not look at it again until the Monday of the week I am preaching it. With those two things in…