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Welcome Bootcampers! We got our math right!  Next week we’re celebrating our 200th EP! We’d love to hear from you!  Drop us a line about how the Bootcamp has helped you!

In this EP the guys take some time to break down their thoughts about the importance of not missing people in the midst of doing ministry.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Loving people is central to our calling:
    • Greatest commandment (and the second is like it) Love God and Love Others
    • John 13 – Jesus says people will know us by our love.
  • Loving and leading people well requires that we LISTEN well
    • Patch Adams says his initial interview with a new patient is 3-4 hours
    • “In the midst of a turbulent, often chaotic world, ministers are called to be contemplatives, to be people who ‘listen’ to the voice of God and to the voices of those who suffer.” – Henri Nouwen
    • James 1:19 – My dear brothers and sisters, understand this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger,
  • Community is a central human need
    • Dietrich Bonhoeffer said “Christian community is like the Christian’s sanctification. It is a gift of God which we cannot claim.”
    • Acts 2:42, 44-47 – “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer… All the believers were together and had everything in common… And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
  • Its ok to not be ok but its not ok to stay there
    • Loving people means LEANING into sanctification

We’d love to hear your thoughts, drop us a line, voice mail, comment.


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EP 198 – Dealing with Church Hurt

Replant Bootcamp
Replant Bootcamp
EP 198 - Dealing with Church Hurt

Hey there Bootcampers! (BTW-Jimbo’s math was off a bit, 199 and 200 are just ahead) Ministry is a full contact sport, you love deeply and you get hurt deeply. In this EP the guys break down how to deal with the bumps and bruises that come your way when you take a few shots and blows in the context of ministry in the local church. We understand that sometimes you need a sounding board, someone to talk to and someone to provide prospective.  We’d love to connect, drop us a line, a voice mail reach out via social media.  (BTW-Jimbo’s math was off a bit, 199 and 200 are just ahead)

We also recommend you connect with the Pastor Help Line: 1-844-PASTOR1

Here are some of the EP highlights:

  • Ministry hurt is an eventual reality for every Pastor
  • You need a plan to deal with the pain you experience
  • Expect your healing to take time and you have to be intentional to pursue healing.
  • Reflecting on your hurt (not to dredge up emotions) but to gain insight and develop perspective.
    • Connect with an experienced pastor to process your pain
    • Listen to his wisdom and look for practical steps to move forward
  • Here’s a very important exhortation – don’t let church hurt drive you into isolation
  • If you are experiencing or have experienced significant and severe hurt – seek professional help
  • Get help for your spouse when they are dealing with the pain that comes from ministry.

Thanks for taking this Journey with us Bootcamper, we seriously pray for you and your work. We’d love to help you get the resources and assistance you need.  Don’t hesitate to contact us.



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Replant Bootcamp
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We’re back at it again Bootcampers. Bob is battling Chipmunks and Jimbo is trying to be sympathetic and fortunately, the CEO of our great sponsor, One Eighty Digital, Wesley Lewis dropped by to help us understand how AI (Artificial Intelligence) impacts ministry and life.

Things to keep in mind regarding AI

  • It is being used (advertisements, social media etc.)
  • It can be helpful (drafting emails, correspondence etc.)
  • It has limitations (it can be incorrect)
  • It can make your work easier and faster.

Some Cautions to keep in mind

  • It is insufficient in doing the work that changes you (sermon prep, prayer)
  • It is a temptation to become a substitute for hard work
  • It may be, in certain instances, a matter of integrity when it comes to you representing its work as your content.

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Replant Bootcamp

The boys are back from the Big Easy and SBC23 and take some time to stop down and talk about food, connections, fun and Resolution One from this year’s convention: On the Importance of Revitalizing and Replanting.  Listen in on the conversation between the guys and Luke Holmes, Pastor of FBC Tishomingo, and author of resolution one from this year’s annual gathering in New Orleans.

SBC Resolution One

Read more of Luke’s writings here


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Replant Bootcamp

Hey Bootcampers, this week the guys have been sweating it out at the SBC Annual meeting in New Orleans LA, the Big Easy! Aside from great food and connecting with friends we took some time to stop down and discuss the important work of renewal in a Pastor’s life and direct you to a great event we have coming in late August, The Replant Summit.  We’d love for you to join us.

When it comes to the the church, especially in Replants and Revitalizations the most important work is not structural or administrative the most important work is first and foremost is Spiritual.

What are some of the keys to living a renewed life?

  • yJoy – Psalm 51:12
  • Renewing our minds  Ephesians 4
  • Put off the ways of the world
  • Pray regularly as a priority
  • Worship
  • Resting in Christ  as the foundation of your joy

What about you Bootcamper? Are you fighting for joy on a regular basis?  Is your joy based fully in Christ?We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line and join us at the Replant Summit this year.

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How’s it going Bootcampers? The boys are talking about the food recommendations in NOLA just ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention and then get around the to the important work wrapping up the Ministry Maxims series.  Here are the food recommendations with the show notes below.

Bootcampers if you are attending the SBC Convention stop by the NAMB booth and see us!

Now to the show notes, as you seek to bring renewal to your church with the Lord’s leadership remember the following:

Maxim #6 Pursuing Faithfulness vs. Chasing Fruitfulness

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.  1 Corinthians 3

Maxim #7 Commiting for the Long Haul vs. Considering another call when things get difficult

For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.  1 Corinthians 16


We hope this series has been an encouragement to you. If you’d like to connect, if you need some specific encouragement reach out, drop us an email, leave a voicemail or drop us a comment. We would love to hear from you.


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Hey there Bootcampers! Summer is well under way, Bob and Jimbo have been taking some down time to renew and refresh, but they have some great content ready for you. In this second installment of Ministry Maxims they highlight some important shifts for pastors to consider as they lead.

One of the first steps is to re-evaluate your score card (especially during summer.)

Maxim #4: Measuring Actions vs. Counting Outcomes:

  • How many gospel conversations are your people your having on a regular basis? (Shout-out to Jason Lawson on his April 3rd Post) Identifying new things to count: Reggie McNeal
  • Celebrate the activity (actions) done unto the accomplishment of the vision or the goal

Maxim #5: Multiple financial streams vs. single financial streams

  • Resourcing mission and ministry may require more than tithes and offerings
  • The people of God are called to resource the mission and ministry God has called your church to fulfill
  • Here is a great resource for thinking through the development of additional economic streams: The Coming Revolution in Church Economics


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EP 192 – Ministry Maxims pt 1 of 3

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EP 192 - Ministry Maxims pt 1 of 3

Hey bootcampers! In this episode, we’re talking about shifting our mindset from focusing on the wrong scorecard to focusing on missional engagement during the summer. We know it can be discouraging to feel like you’re not measuring up, but we’re here to encourage you to focus on what’s really important.

We also introduce a topic for future episodes that expands this mindset beyond just the summer and shifts our thinking about scorecards and how we approach ministry, especially with minimal resources and people. We know this is common among the majority of our listening audience, so we want to provide helpful insights for you all.

Did you know that the average size of churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is around 70 people? That’s right, we’re all in this together! And despite the challenges of the pandemic, there has been a recent rise in worship attendance, baptisms, and giving. We know many pastors are experiencing pandemic fatigue and trying to evaluate how to lead differently in the current circumstances, so we’re here to offer some practical advice.

We discuss the impact of the pandemic on pastors and the decline in pastoral satisfaction. But fear not, we introduce a talk by Bob Bickford called Ministry Maxims and scorecards, which focuses on leadership principles that can be applied in any setting regardless of church size or resources. We encourage pastors to use the slower pace of summer to make shifts in their leadership style that will have a lasting impact on the upcoming season of ministry.

We also talk about the importance of discerning and adapting to the current situation instead of doubling down or diving deep into discouragement. We suggest creating a stop doing list and delegating tasks that do not align with your calling or mission. And we provide three ways to develop discernment: immersing oneself in God’s word, reflecting on the ways of men, the world, and the church, and exercising good decision-making by dialoguing with key leaders.

Lastly, we discuss the challenges of leading paradigmatic change in a church and how it’s important to shift the culture towards a biblical mission and vision driven by the Word of God. We know it can be a difficult process, but by asking questions and evaluating the mission behind what you’re doing, you can make sure that your ministry is effective and in line with God’s will.

Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll catch you next time!

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Replant Bootcamp
Replant Bootcamp

Well Bootcampers, summer is right around the corner and that means a lot of things. Shorts, BBQ, swimming and the summer slump in weekly attendance.  Fear not loyal Bootcamp listener, the summer provides some great opportunities to connect with your community in creative ways while mobilizing your church to be more missional.  The guys break down some of the ways from this original blog post on another site, you can find here.

  1. Pray for your neighbors by name (Of course, you’ll have to learn their names to do this).
  2. Take a morning or evening walk everyday at the same time. Pray. Wave and say hello if the opportunity allows. If you have a dog or kids take them with you.
  3. Invite neighbors or co-workers over for a cook-out or “porch-party.” Having people in your home can be intimidating. Move the party outside and enjoy.
  4. Have kids and have neighbors with kids? Water balloons and squirt guns go a long way.
  5. Neighbors who are shut-in, elderly, or alone may enjoy a visit from time to time. Just ask?
  6. Find neighbors interested in a block party or school kick-off and plan ahead for the fall.
  7. Live music in your city/neighborhood-gather and go.
  8. Popsicles in the Park. Bring popsicles for your little ones and extras to share.
  9. Look for opportunities to help. Notice the grass getting long or a trash bin still on the road or knocked over? Take the initiative and help out. People will realize you don’t just care about yourself.
  10. Listen. This missional principle is essential. Listen to your neighbors and co-workers. Listening shows you care, allows you to respond in a way that is thoughtful, and makes the world bigger and more beautiful.

Do you have some missional ideas or things your church as done to reach people during the summer?  We’d love to hear about it, drop us a line, voicemail or comment and remember to subscribe and share your feedback on your favorite Podcasting Platform.


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Replant Bootcamp
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Hey Bootcampers, Jimbo and Bob are back home for a bit before heading out once again and take some time to break down a question posed by one of the Participants  they received during a recent event regarding how to lead changes in your church. In short, Leadership Capital.  The guys spend time unpacking this idea a bit more.  Sit back, grab your favorite beverage and listen in as they talk about this important leadership issue.

Leadership Capital: is the influence that you acquire over time, which is stored in the minds and hearts of those you lead. When leading changes, you make withdraws from this account.

As a leader you build this capital over time, in slow, regular steady increments. If you are new to a church, you don’t acquire instant leadership capital just from your position. It must be earned through leading well, demonstrating competency, character and establishing credibility.

Check out this EP and the ones listed below for more insights on leading well.

Here are some additional bootcamp EPs to check out regarding leading change:


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