I Attend The Best School in the World

I currently attend the best school in the world.

Here’s why it’s the best school in the world:

  • I’m not forced to take any classes.
  • I can go to class when I want.
  • I don’t have to pay any tuition.
  • I can take classes that I really want to take and skip the ones I have no interest it.
  • There are no expensive textbooks.
  • I can go to school when it is convenient for my schedule. Morning, afternoon, evening, middle of the night. It doesn’t matter.

No, it’s not any of the name-brand, highly recognized schools.

I call it “Automobile University.”

That’s right! I attend school in my car.

Here’s what’s great about my school. I have the pick of numerous and outstanding teachers. Teachers like Michael Hyatt, Mark Hart, Dave Ramsey, Chris LoCurto, Jim Burns, Pat Flynn, Mark Horstman, Mike Auzenne, and a lot more!

Every single one of these teachers has taught me a ton. What’s even cooler is that if at any point I find that a teacher is not being effective or practical for me, I can either ditch the class or dump the teacher without getting a failing grade! And I’ve done both!

The details are simple: almost every time I’m in the car driving to my ministry, church, or the grocery store, I pop on one of my podcasts. Podcasts I typically listen to fall into the areas of spirituality, family life, leadership, management, personal finances, leading an organization, and others.

I’ve learned more at Automobile University than I have in bacherlor’s, master’s, and doctorate program combined!

I’ve been doing this for over 10 years (starting with CD’s instead of podcasts). My commute is minimally an hour each day. One hour a day, 5 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year, for 10 years.

Let’s do the math:

1 hour x 5 days a week x 52 weeks a year x 10 years = 2,600 hours of education in my car!

This doesn’t even count long road trips or the days I drive more than  one hour. That’s a lot of podcasts!!!

Since I’m serious about my personal and professional growth, I take any opportunity I can to learn and grow. The car is a great time to do that because I can’t be in meetings or do other work while I’m driving. So, I learn and grow through my podcasts.

I truly believe that this practice, along with reading good books, is what has helped me the most in my ministry in the church.

Give it a try. Maybe you don’t drive as much as I do, but it can still be effective. Go on iTunes and just starting searching through podcasts to listen to. You will definitely find ones that fit your interests.

What’s great is that they are free!

If you don’t know where to begin, start by clicking on the names I mentioned above. That will lead you to some great podcasts to start off with.

Try it for one month and let me know if you find it helpful or not. I would be willing to bet that it will help you grow your ministry and help you become a better leader.

Question: What do you do in your car while driving?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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