Why I am No longer a Local Church Pastor

Ha8637804873_1d267ee5c3_kve you ever tried to put yourself into a box that doesn’t fit?

Or more than that… have you thought you fit in a box that you really don’t fit in? I certainly understand that experience.  That is my journey as a local church pastor.
I am telling the story to help and encourage some of you. Maybe you’re not a pastor, but maybe you’re in a box doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Let me start by saying, “I am not against being a local church pastor.”  I think we need more passionate individuals who will find their calling in serving the local church in this way.  This is about my journey of finding my calling.
God created each of us in a unique way.  Therefore, my path will not be your path…. but I want to encourage you to believe that God has a unique calling just for you.  However, even more than that, I pray you take action to start moving down your path.
When I was a teenager I started sensing a call to help others through Christian ministry. In my understanding, at that point in time, that meant being in some type of full-time ministry occupation. Both of my grandfathers had been pastors and that was the framework I had for ministry.
I had a deep desire to serve God and serve people.  I wanted my life to count for the Kingdom of God and I completely surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.
So I started forward on my journey to become a pastor…. I went to bible college, served in my church as a small group leader, began leading our youth ministry, etc.  Everything in my life was geared around becoming a pastor.
Then God started to redirect me, he put in my heart a desire to start a construction company.  It did not seem to fit with my plan.  I met with my pastor and he encouraged me with, “If that is what God is putting in your heart to do… then do it and don’t worry about where it fits into becoming a pastor.”  So I pursued starting a construction company and found a love for business that I didn’t know I had.  It was a great season of life.. and we had a lot of success.
After about 5 years of running that company, I started sensing that God wanted me to do more to minister and make a difference in peoples lives.  I processed that with Victoria, our pastors, and others. The door opened for me to pastor a new church plant.  It seemed to me, that everything was coming together for me to become what I had always wanted to be… a local church pastor.
So I started down that road… We had some initial success, and God was doing good things in the ministry and I thought I had “found my calling.”  I was bi-vocational which gave me the opportunity to still use my passion and skills for business.  I thought it was the perfect solution.
However, I was burning the candle at both ends and my passion for both business and ministry, made it hard for me to focus.  The result was that I and my family burned out.  The decision was made for us to take a break from pastoral ministry.  As I took the break and stepped back from things, I realized that I wasn’t confident that being a local pastor was the right fit for me.  
God has wired me with passions for both ministry and business.  Therefore, I started praying that God would bring those passions together for me into one focus.  The result of this journey is the founding of Small Business Revival.
I know that God has created me to fill a unique part of His plan that only I can fill.  I don’t have to be like anyone else, I don’t have to fit in a particular box… I just need to be myself.
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I have no regrets of my time as a local church pastor, and maybe there will be a season in the future where I am a local church pastor again.   But, right now I am at peace being a “Pastor” to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  I love helping people realize their dreams, and I know that as they realize their dreams I am building the kingdom of God.
You see, just like the Kingdom of God needs pastors and evangelists, it also needs gospel patrons (This term comes from John Rinehart’s book of the same name) who will use their business abilities to fund and support the work of ministry with their time and money.  There are those with wealth, who need to become more generous, but I also believe that there are those who are generous who need to learn how to create more wealth.
It is toward this mission that I am directing my efforts.  Living out, and finding, your calling is a journey not a destination.  God directs our path and leads us into those places of greatest impact and fulfillment if we will follow Him.
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I am excited about what God has in store.  I am beyond ecstatic about beginning to teach the Bible in a way that empowers entrepreneurs to create amazing work… whether it is creating a business, music, works of art, a non-profit organization or a fundraising event.
I am amazed at the incredible work being done by Christian Entrepreneurs in all aspects of society.
Let me close by saying this… ministry is setting captives free through the good news of Jesus Christ.  Maybe you are captive to a career box made by yourself or those around you.  If so, I pray that this encourages you to go hard after Jesus and allow him to guide your path into all that you were created for…
But, it starts with turning loose of your grip on the box!

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23: Build Your Team Without Employees w/ Tom Ordover

EP. 23Today’s Guest is Tom Ordover a video proffessional of TEO Creative.
“Tom Ordover is President of TEO Creative. Prior to starting the company, Tom was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of CrossMedia, a division of Golin/Harris International providing integrated communications solutions on a project basis to Golin / Harris clients; as well as its own, independently generated clientele. Tom joined CrossMedia in 1998 after seven years in broadcast journalism — with stints at Fox Sports Chicago, and CNN in Atlanta. He was twice honored with Emmy Awards for his work as a Producer and Executive Producer.”

Key Takeaways

  • You can’t ignore what’s happening in your industry. You must keep up with what is going on.
  • Developing a team of independent contractors gives you flexibility in the the work that you do.
  • You must clarify with the customer what exactly it is that they want. 
  • Every platform needs content. Make sure to continue updating and maintaining your content to draw and hold attention from viewers and potential clients.
  • You need to learn that it is okay to say no sometimes. You don’t have to say yes to every single opportunity that comes your way.
  • LISTEN. It is key to listen to your customers concerns, ideas, etc…
  • “If you can’t win, change the game.”
  • “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, your reputation is what other people think of you, your character is who you really are when no one else is around. If you take care of your character, you’ll never have to worry about your reputation.”   ~ John Wooden

Tweetable Quotes

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  • [Tweet “You need to learn that it is okay to say no sometimes. @tordover”]
  • [Tweet “LISTEN. It is key to listen to your customers concerns, ideas, etc… @tordover”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR23

22: Town Hall – 10 Proverbs to Grow Your Business

EP. 22I believe that the Bible is one of the greatest business books of all time.  When we live by the principle of prosperity laid out in God’s word we are positioned success.
I especially love the book of Proverbs in the Bible.  It is a treasure chest of wisdom to help us be successful in business.  In today’s podcast I share 10 of my favorites.  Here is the list.

10 Proverbs to Grow Your Business

  1. Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭11‬ NLT)
  2. Without oxen a stable stays clean, but you need a strong ox for a large harvest. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭4‬ NLT)
  3. Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)
  4. A growing population is a king’s glory; a prince without subjects has nothing. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭14‬:‭28‬ NLT)
  5. There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭6‬ NLT)
  6. Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭22‬ NLT)
  7. Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭3‬ NLT)
  8. Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people! (‭Proverbs‬ ‭18‬:‭16‬ NLT)
  9. To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭8‬ NLT)
  10. Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭24‬:‭27‬ NLT)

Tweetable Links

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Resources

Read the full show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr22

19: Town Hall – Simplifying Life & Business w/ Victoria Mininger

EP. 19In today’s Town Hall meeting, we are doing something different.  My guest is, my beautiful wife, Victoria.  And, we are taking you “behind the scenes” to include you in some of our conversations about life, business and where we are going as a family.  Hopefully, you will be encouraged by our journey as ordinary people, making challenging decisions.

Key Takeaways

  • Simplifying Life allows us to focus on what really matters.
  • Simplifying schedules involves our work as well as our family schedules.
  • Leaning into the discomfort helps you push through it.
  • To move into the best things, sometimes we have to let go of good things.
  • Our personal lives spill over and affect our businesses.
  • We need to run our business, not let our business run us.

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 Resources

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For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR19
 
 
 
 
 

16: Town Hall – What I Learned About Rebounding From Failure

Town HallIn today’s podcast I am going to share what I learned about myself… and the recovery process of overcoming failure.  I am going to dive into my own personal journey.  This is not easy for me, but I think it is important.  We don’t talk about failure, and therefore many people suffer in silence.
I believe that through sharing my story, others who are struggling can find hope.  Maybe that person is you.  Maybe that person is a friend or family member.  (If so share this with them)  I want you to know that you are not alone.
After my construction business failed in bankruptcy in 2009, I really struggled.  I was stuck in the failure and the past and unable to move forward.  I had to learn how to start over…  but I was a wreck.  Everything I had poured myself into, and all of my hopes and dreams were dashed.  My self confidence was shot, my “good name” ruined and I was depressed.
I wondered if anyone would ever need me and if I could ever make a positive contibution again.  I wondered if I could ever provide for my family.
These were dark days.  I tried to help small businesses then, but I wasn’t in any shape to be able to do that.

Looking back, These are the three things I did to get Unstuck.

  • I paid attention to what was going on inside of me emotionally
  • I shared with friends and family who were close to me
  • I started doing something productive.  (Almost by accident)

Doing something productive got me going in a forward motion… the worst thing was sitting at home, filling out applications, and collecting unemployment. For my own morale, I needed to contribute.
This past spring I had a similar experience… I had left my job to start my own business doing construction work, so that I could figure out my path.
Then I got hurt, and we lost our income for a month and a half and it was a slow road back.  During that time, I figured out that I wanted to help people and not continue in construction.  I tried to launch an organic farm ititiative, but was unsuccessful and I had to keep searching.   But this time, I got moving much faster, I went to work with a landscape company and built from there.
We all experience failure.  Don’t quit.  The sun comes up tomorrow.  Grow as a person.  Have courage and don’t give up on your dreams.
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[Tweet “To get un-stuck, you have to start moving.” @brianmininger”]
Resources

 
For complete show notes with click-able links www.BrianMininger/SBR16

You Don't Have to Leave Your Family to Go to Work!

How is that possible you ask?

For years, I did not think it was possible either.  I, just like most Americans, had been programmed to believe that the only way to earn a living was to get up everyday and “leave for work.”
Therefore, I did what I knew to do… I got a job and went to work.  Then I started my own business and functioned very much the same way. My work expanded to fit the “allotted work week” and my expenses expanded to meet what I could earn in that period of time.  The result, was a stretched thin life with no margin that resulted in me responding “busy” to anyone that asked “How are you doing?”
Family Business
I bet you have been there.  Most of us still are there.  However, this is a recent phenomenon.  For most of the history of the world people did not function this way.  They and their families worked together in “family businesses.”  Then, the industrial revolution needed people to work in the factories…  Schools were structured to prepare people for factory work and our routine changed.
In yesterday’s podcast, Tommy and I talked about Family Business, Homeschooling, and lifestyle.  As Tommy put it, “The Family is under attack!”  I believe it is possible to get off the rat-race and live differently.  Our family has committed to living simply, and working together to earn our living.  This lifestyle will provide us the margin to invest time and money in the things that really matter to us…. our relationships and making a difference in our community.
Making this a reality is not easy… even for us.  We recently made the hard decision for Victoria to put in her notice at Liberty University.  She is transitioning to join me in the business and build her own business The Simplified Office.   These decisions are hard, we prayed a lot, had peace about the decision, and have a plan… but there is still fear.
What if the business doesn’t grow?  What if the revenue doesn’t come in?  Were we crazy?   We have asked all these questions… but at the end of the day, we just know that it is worth it.
It is possible for you too.  Maybe your discouraged.  I pray that today you will see a spark of possibility that motivates you to move toward a better future.  It isn’t easy… but it is possible.  Others have done it before.
If you know someone else who needs this encouragement, please forward them this message and share the episode on social media.
Here’s to your Success!
Brian

Bonus – My Interview on The Out of the Box Local Podcast

This Bonus Podcast Episode is my interview with Chip D Thompson for the Out of the Box Local Podcast.  We had a great discussion and I am excited to share this with the Small Business Revival Listeners.

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Here are the Show Notes:


This is a story that hits close to home for me because I have a very similar background of construction and surviving.

Can you make a comeback after a Worldwide change that practically killed your thriving business?Profile Image That is exactly what both Brian and I have been up to since the big Real Estate crash of the late 2000’s.
 
Mentions:
Eric Ries – The Lean Startup
 
Links
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Website: Brianmininger.com
Twitter: @BrianMininger

02: The Power of a Soul on Fire w/ Kary Oberbrunner

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Today’s Guest is Kary Oberbrunner the author of the book Day Job to Dream Job: Practical Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Full-Time Gig. He left his day job to pursue his dream jobIgniting Souls. Through his writing, speaking, and coaching, he helps individuals and organizations clarify who they are, why they are here, and where they should invest their time and energy. He is the founder of Redeem the Day, which serves the business community, and Igniting Souls, which serves the non-profit community. The author of several books, Kary also serves as a founding partner on the John Maxwell Team. He and his wife Kelly are blessed with 3 amazing children.

Key Takeaways

  • Our personal struggles do not define us. We can break free from those struggles and move into our destiny.
  • We need people in lives who will push us hard if we want to be successful. We need “truth tellers.”
  • Business fail because they are focused on themselves instead of making it all about the client.
  • Time, Team and Tools are key to breaking out of your Day Job so that you can move into your Dream Job.
  • You can’t sustain a high performing business or life if your body can’t handle the work load. Personal and Physical health is important.
  • Confusion repels, clarity attracts.
  • Market before you Manufacture
  • Get to know someone first before hiring them. Learn how they handle projects and different situations.
  • “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He simply pursues his vision of excellence and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always appears to be doing both.” ~ L. P. Jacks

Tweetable Quotes

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[Tweet “”I don’t sell people, I serve people” @karyoberbrunner”]
[Tweet “”Confusion repels, Clarity attracts.” @karyoberbrunner”]
[Tweet “”Market before you manufacture.” @karyoberbrunner”]

Resources

 
Complete show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR02

Help! What is the Purpose of My Life?

photo-1414604582943-2fd913b3cb17editOn Wednesday we talked about simple goal-setting. But how do you know what goals to set?
Your goals are driven by your personal vision.
 
Many people spend a great amount of time and effort on business and corporate visions, but don’t ever develop a personal vision.
I believe God created each of us for a specific purpose. He created us with the passions, skills, and abilities to fulfill that purpose. Looking deep within and discovering how you were made is key to developing a simple personal vision.
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A personal vision is what you desire your life to look like, and the impact you would like to have.
In July of 2014, after reading the book ‘20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course For Mastering Your Life Right Now‘ by Robert D. Smith, I sat down and wrote out the following personal vision;


 

I want to rest in the love of my Heavenly Father, trusting Him completely to guide me, care for me and meet my needs. I want to live zealously, engaging with all the life experiences that God leads me through.  
I want to passionately love those around me, beginning with Victoria and the girls, and extending that to people that God brings into my life.  
I want to help people find their God-given destiny and shape it into their career.  Particularly those who are making a fresh start after significant life events; loss of job, business failure, bankruptcy, divorce, death of a loved one, move, etc.  
I want to help small business owners.  I know their struggles, understand their dreams, and know the incredible opportunity that they have to live their destiny.  They have the opportunity to make a difference in our communities.  I want to help them realize that potential and impact.  
I would love to do this through speaking, coaching/mentoring, writing, and pod-casting. To do this as a career would be my dream.  I would love to develop a farm, business incubator, online community, or other businesses that facilitate the opportunity to help people fulfill their dreams.


Over the last 7 months, I have seen these things start to become a reality.  I am getting ready to take one more step with the launch of the Small Business Revival Podcast.
Now that you know my personal vision, I have a question to ask. What is your personal vision?
Here are 9 questions to help you discover your personal vision:

  1. What is most important to you?
  2. What are your hobbies and passions?
  3. What work or activity gives you energy rather than drains your energy?
  4. How would you like to be remembered after you’re gone?
  5. What do people come to you for help with?
  6. What relationships are most important to you?
  7. What skills and experience do you have?
  8. What kind of lifestyle do you want?
  9. What is your personality type?

Take some time out of your busy day to sit in quiet and write out your personal vision. When you do, you’ll find greater clarity and purpose for your life. More than you ever imagined.
I know you will do great things.
What is your favorite hobby?
Share your thoughts in the comments

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What is Your Dream for 2015?

Good morning Small Business Revival Tribe.  Like I told you back December, before I took a break from blogging, there are some big things coming in 2015.
Dream 2015I know it can get difficult down in the trenches running your business.  There clients to satisfy, regulations to deal with, employees to manage, and just when you think everything is going great something goes wrong.  Do you remember?  Back when you started your company… you had a dream.  Over time that dream gets clouded and covered up, but it is still there.  I would like to propose something! The key to rising above your daily challenges is to blow the dust off your dream!

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Dream again!  Imagine what you want your life and business to look like.  Then, start taking actions that will help you realize that dream.
I have been dreaming for myself and my business.  I am excited, because I know that the realization of my dreams will help you realize yours.  Together we are stronger than by ourselves.

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I have taken the last few weeks to evaluate where I want to go and what my dreams are for 2015.  I have dreams both personally and for my work. These two things are very intertwined.  My desire is to build a business that supports the needs of my family and allows us to be a blessing without “taking me away” from the family.
Personally, my #1 goal for 2015 is to build a business that allows our family to work together to accomplish something great. For my work, I want this year to be about inspiring a movement of Small Business Owners. This movement will be built upon small business owners, just like yourself, who believe that they can achieve great things through their lives and businesses.  I desire to see you experience personal and business revival. This revival will position you for success which will allow you to give back in a powerful way.
I desire to motivate, connect and help small businesses owners , realize their visions, passions, goals and dreams. Because I believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that if this happens, our families, communities and nations will be transformed.
I don’t want to create content and resources just to promote my name. I want you to succeed. In order to realize that success, it’s time to not only build connections from me to you, but to also build connections between you to each other.
As I have considered how to best accomplish this, I have decided to invest my energies into building the Small Business Revival community.  I will give leadership to this community.  In order for me to give this leadership, I need to be able to communicate with you through mediums that fits my strengths.  For the last 5 months I have communicated through writing.  While I have learned to enjoy writing and am proud of my accomplishments (I never thought I could be a writer) I know that writing is not the medium that will allow me to do my best creative work.
Through the years I have always been more comfortable with auditory communication (In other words, “I love to talk.”).  I know that I do my best creative work, and therefore make the biggest positive impact, through one on one conversations, facilitating small groups and public speaking.  Therefore, In 2015 I will shift to utilizing mediums and tools that capitalize on these strengths.
I will be recording more video, teaching through webinars, facilitating online mastermind groups, AND… launching a podcast.  This shift will allow me to create more great content that resources and inspires you to break out from where you are stuck and experience revival in your life and business.
Podcast Cover 3Launching the Small Business Revival Podcast is the big one.  This will be the connection hub for the community.  For those that don’t know, a podcast is an Internet radio show. You will be able to subscribe and listen to these shows through iTunes, other smart phone apps, or directly on the web.
This podcast will share the stories of small business owners just like yourself.  You will be able to connect and learn from each others struggles and successes.   This podcast will launch later in January.  So stay tuned, I will be sharing more over the next few weeks.
I have written out the Small Business Manifesto.  This will be the guiding declaration for this movement. I will be publishing that written manifesto tomorrow. I hope to turn this Manifesto into a video sometime in the upcoming year.
You are a critical part of this movement.  I am well aware that I cannot do this myself.  Together we will rally those who believe that the revival of the small business in America, and around the world, can transform our lives, families and communities. But more about that tomorrow…

Right now my question for you is this: What is your dream for 2015? What will it take for you to accomplish it?

It is time to dream and inspire others to dream as well.

 
-Brian