Planning Your Ministry Calendar


As a comedian and speaker, I’m always getting emails from churches that open with something like this:


“Sorry this is last minute, but we have this event coming up in a few weeks and we were wondering if you’re free.”


I can totally relate to these emails, and I send plenty myself. Unfortunately, last minute planning leads to all kinds of problems.


But you already know that.

We all know that.


In a perfect world we’d have every detail planned and in place for events A YEAR in advance. We’d see boosts in attendance, greater volunteer involvement, and everyone would sing “Saul has slain his thousand but this pastor is KILLING IT with event planning!”


But it’s so easy for the calendar to get away from us.



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See Stephen Colbert’s Greatness [VIDEO]


Stephen Colbert is a thoughtful and thought provoking comedian. He also has the sense of humor of an 8th grade boy.


My fellow Americans, last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the film and television podcast Seeing & Believing. They brought me in to shine a light on a subject I am a bit of an expert in: “not being able to shut up about how great Stephen Colbert is.”


In fact, the whole reason I was invited onto the show is because of something I tweeted out in desperation.

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Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show tonight. If you’re not all that excited for it, let me share some of my favorite Colbert clips to help explain why this show is going to be so great.


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Should I be Scared to Die? [video]

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We’re all going to die one day and that’s terrifying.

I think about death a lot and now I’m going to talk about it with you so you can think about it a lot too. Hooray for death!

Isn’t it crazy that you could die before you finish reading this post? That means either you’re an impossibly slow reader and it takes you 40 years to get through 100 words OR it means you could die at any minute.

How does that make you feel? Does it freak you out? Are you ok with it?


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My One Good Heckler Story


The words were leaving my mouth and there was nothing I could do to stop them. I didn’t have time to think “Is this a good idea?”


I’m sure a lot of us have stories that involve a moment like this. You ask a lady about the baby you think she’s pregnant with and then all of a sudden OH NO WHAT HAVE I DONE?! She’s not pregnant. She’s just gassy. Then you’re just stuck there in the awkwardness willing to do anything to escape.


It’s bad enough when you have a moment like this when you’re alone, but can you imagine if it happens when you’re on stage? In front of a lot of people? Doing standup? And your name is Taylor Johnson? Can you imagine?!


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How to Pursue Your Calling? I DON’T KNOW

During a lot of youth services I'll jump into the crowd and try to take a selfie with as many different students as possible. I apparently make the same face in every single picture.

I have no idea what I’m doing.

At the end of this summer I’ll get to celebrate one whole year of traveling as a comedian for my full time job. Up until that point it had just been something I did on the side. First it was a fun thing I did in college and then it became a side job while I worked as a part time youth pastor. And before all that it was just this far away pipe dream that seemed impossible.


I’m so glad I’ve never been asked to be a part of any sort of Q&A about following your calling because I don’t know if it would go well.



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Rick Rubin Says a lot of Really Smart Things



A few weeks ago I was on the road listening to a podcast that was so inspiring I had to keep pulling over to take notes. I’m so glad I got to hear this Rick Rubin interview.
Rick Rubin is a music producer who looks like a homeless man and cult leader gave birth to Duck Dynasty. He’s worked with everybody in ever genre. Kanye West, Black Sabbath, and Johnny Cash to a small few on a very large list.


I’ve always been fascinated by Rick Rubin. He looks insane, he’s one of the most respected producers out there, and he’s apparently a big WWE fan because I’ve seen him in the background of a few Wrestlmanias.


I just listened to an interview with him that had so much wisdom in it I’m surprised I didn’t have to pay $3000 to hear it. It was so motivating and inspiring. You’ve got to listen to it. It’s an episode of The Tim Ferriss Podcast. 


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Taylor Johnson on Youtube

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Here are a few things that have happened in my life that I may have forgotten to tell you about:

  1. I bought a minivan.
  2. I crashed that minivan and had to buy another one a month later.
  3. I started traveling full time with my minivan. Some nights I even camp out in it.
  4. I was bit by a vampire and so now I’m a vampire myself.
  5. I started a Youtube Channel.

One of those things is not true. I wish it was the part about crashing my first minivan. I’d take being a vampire over that any day. But let’s not focus on that. (more…)

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