Links of the Week (1/21/17)

Each Saturday we point you to the best preaching, leadership, and ministry content we have encountered on the internet during the week.

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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Five Reasons Sermons Fail by Jason K. Allen

To preach is to occasionally lay an egg. Every preacher has felt it, and every preacher hopes to never feel it again. What did I do wrong? Why did the sermon flop? How do I avoid this ever happening again? These questions, and many more, hound the conscience of the preacher who’s delivered a still-born sermon.

21 Things We Need From Pastors in 2017 by Brian Dodd 

We want our pastors to work on their craft, to be prepared, to think of new and creative ways to communicate the timeless message of Jesus Christ.  But because of the over-abundance of pastoral talent and our access to it, we no longer need slickness and craftiness.  But there are things we do need.

9 Little Productivity Hacks That Deliver Way More Than You Think by Carey Nieuwhof

It’s hard to juggle all the competing demands, keep your mind focused on what matters most, and get it all done.

I believe the best thing you can do is change your overall approach to managing time, energy and priorities.

How to Communicate with Leaders (and Hosts) by Mark Howell

How hard (or easy) is it for you to get the word out about upcoming events, recommended curriculum, and leader development?  How do you do it?  Still using a print newsletter?  Sending an email out to a list?  Smiling and dialing?  In this post I want to point you to four easy-to-use tools that will make communicating with your team easier and more effective

How to Reach Searching Catholics by Brian Jones 

One of the greatest joys of my life is serving my friends and neighbors who grew up in the Catholic Church but are now, for whatever reason, looking for God outside the church of their youth. Knowing how to reach searching Catholics has been a huge learning experience for our church.

7 Things We Can Learn From Attractional Churches by Chuck Lawless

The debate between being an attractional or missional church continues. I’m not a fan of a church that is ONLY attractional (and I’ve written about the importance of believers doing evangelism), but I do think we can learn some things from the attractional approach

3 Principles to Communicate the Bible by Michael Kelley

Christians are communicators. While some Christians may be more or less gifted in communication, all Christians are “witnesses.” Since we have been born again into Christ and witness personally the power of the gospel, we are to bear witness of what we have seen and heard:

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Written by Joe Hoagland

Joe is a pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Oh. He is married to his awesome wife Jenna and they have one daughter Aryella.

He loves to lead people to Jesus and preach God's word.

You can often times find Joe hiking, camping, writing, reading, or enjoying technology.


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Tim Keller on How to Preach to and Reach a Culture

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