Christina Dodson

5 Podcasts That I’m Listening To

Moving to New York City intensified my love for podcasts. Riding the subway I lose mobile service and podcasting has become the best way to pass the time in the most productive way. I’ve always listened to podcasts, but the past 2 years my listening time significantly increased. Here are my top 5 favorite podcasts:

  1. The #AskGaryVee Show Podcast - great social media and business insights (warning: Gary’s language can be a little strong)

  2. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast - this is the podcast that I’ve listened to for the longest and always moves to the top of my list when new episodes come out. I wish there were more episodes than just once a month.

  3. Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast - the interviews on this podcast for church leaders are second to none. If you’re a church leader and you are not listening, please subscribe today.

  4. This Is Your Life Podcast with Michael Hyatt - Over the past half decade or so I’ve read and listened to as much Michael Hyatt as I can. I love his leadership insights and productivity hacks that he so openly shares.

  5. Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn - conversations with some incredible digital geniuses that are utilizing online marketing systems in effective and efficient ways.


Here are a few others on my subscribe list:


Also, I want to also highly recommend 3 other podcasts that I am very hands on with:

  1. Social Media Church Podcast - Jay Kranda and I talk Social Media for church leaders with some of the top practitioners around the world.

  2. Awesome Marriage Podcast - featuring Dr. Kim Kimberling, I have the privilege of co-hosting with Christina Dodson where we talk practically about how you can have an awesome marriage.

  3. Emotionally Healthy Leadership Podcast - Pete Scazzero and Rich Villodas share openly and honestly about leadership from the trenches and how Emotionally Healthy Spirituality can transform your leadership.

We’re Celebrating 2015

I get this question a lot: “So, what is it exactly that you do and why the heck are you in New York?”  

Well, there’s no easy answer to this question, but let me answer it directly: I’m the Innovation Pastor at Community Bible Church (oversee pretty much everything on the Internet – website, apps, Online Church, etc.) and my wife and I choose to live in New York for this season in order for our family to gain a unique life perspective.  

Out of my work at Community Bible Church came my book, speaking opportunities and several consulting opportunities, which led us to launch this Nils Smith Solutions business. What has from day 1 functioned as a side business for me personally continues to blow me away by the impact we have been able to make as a team. While there are so many things I would love to celebrate when it comes to my work at CBC or experiences I would like to highlight from my family, I wanted to use this post to celebrate the impact that this business has been able to make over the past year.

Here are some of our highlights from 2015:

I’m humbled as I look at the impact that God has allowed for us to have this year. We believe that God has even greater plans for 2016 and preparing for exponentially greater impact. We appreciate your being a part of the journey and pray that we are able to serve you effectively in the future whether it’s through blog posts, online courses, strategic solutions or consulting services. We are truly humbled, honored and grateful as we celebrate 2015!  

3 Questions with Christina Dodson

For more than a year friends have been encouraging me to hire an Executive Assistant for my growing consulting business.  I blew them off for 2 primary reasons: 1) this was a side business and not something I was even fully committed to and 2) I didn't think I could justify the cost. 

I was wrong on both.  While my business is not my primary focus (my role at Community Bible Church is), it is very important and something I'm very committed to.  By hiring an Executive Assistant I have been able to better serve my business clients while also better serving Community Bible Church as I'm less distracted managing the details of my business.  When it comes to justifying the cost, I couldn't be more wrong.  After just 3 months of having an Executive Assistant, I can very honestly say that I cannot afford not to have an Executive Assistant.  In just 3 months the business has already grown tremendously as I have been able to work out of my strengths and focus on the things I'm most passionate about and gifted in.  

I want to encourage you to consider hiring an Executive Assistant and I can't recommend eaHELP more.  It honestly is quite affordable and you can start with an EA for just 5 hours/week.  That's where I started and in week 2 we increased to 10 hours and in month 2 we increased to 15.  The value is through the roof and my only regret is not hiring an Executive Assistant sooner! 

Here are 3 questions I recently asked my Executive Assistant, Christina:

As a new mom and soon to be church planter's wife, how does a new job fit into a seemingly crazy schedule?

It actually works extremely well! Mostly because Nils is so flexible with me and recognizes that God and family comes first. Additionally, a lot of our team works odd hours so it ends up flowing great! On a typical work day for me I am able to get a couple hours of work done in the early morning while my little one naps or swings contently in her swing (Praise the Lord for technology/machines!). Then I check on a few things in the afternoon on my iPhone in between juggling other things. And then I typically work for another hour or so at night after my little one goes to bed at night. 

Technology truly is a blessing! Working virtually has worked so well for my family and I. 


How did you find eaHELP and what has been your experience in becoming a Virtual Executive Assistant through this growing company?

My husband was actually the one who found eaHELP while reading Michael Hyatt's blog. After reading up about Virtual Assistants, he thought I'd be awesome at it and that it would be a great fit for our family. It was a very rigorous application process. After several interviews and questionaries I had to complete a two week assessment period where they sent me numerous projects that I had complete with excellence in a timely manner in order to be hired. 

Now that I've been with the company for a few months, I fall more in love with it everyday. The staff at eaHELP are amazing and so attentive. And the tools and resources they provide are incredible. I feel like I have learned more about administration in the last few months through the VEA community than I have in my entire administrative career! 

And probably the most amazing thing about eaHELP is their client/VEA matching process. They take great care in placing clients with the right VEAs and vice versa. Nils could not have been a better fit of a client for me and I'm pretty sure he'd say the same about me! 


Having experienced my world for just a couple months, what advice would you give to church leaders who are considering hiring a Virtual Executive Assistant?

Just do it! As church leaders you need us and we need you! You need time back in your day to focus on big picture stuff and we have the time and skills to take care of the details so that you can. And you'd be amazed at what an admin can do. When Nils first hired me he had a vision of me taking care of 2 specific projects for him and only 2 short months later that list is more like 15-20 and ever growing! So fun! 

And we (VEAs) need you too- it is such a service to us to be hired. It is such a blessing to be able to work virtually so that I can be home and invest in my daughter and watch her grow. Not all VEAs are Moms, but regardless of a VEAs situation the flexibility to be able to work from anywhere is awesome!