Links of the Week (12/3/16)

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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The Top 17 Books Christian Leaders Should Be Reading In 2017 – by Brian Dodd

With Christmas fast approaching, I want to provide you a wonderful list of resources to get the leaders in your life. Below are 17 books written by some of today’s top Christian leaders. These will inspire, equip and challenge all Christian leaders. Make sure you check out each one!

What To Do When Facing A Massive Budget Shortfall – by Brian Jones

In the past few weeks, I’ve lost count of how many Senior Pastors I’ve talked to whose churches are hemorrhaging financially. Dealing with a massive budget shortfall is something every Senior Pastor will face sooner than later.

6 New Videos For Your Christmas Services in 2016 – by Steven Kryger

Each year, new videos are produced that can be used in Christmas church services to share the good news of God with us. I’ve previously shared a list of 45 videos for your Christmas services – here are 6 more.

The Devil’s 5 Favourite Strategies: Church Leader Edition – by Carey Nieuwhof

You’re probably thinking: Seriously? A blog post on the devil? I mean come on… I thought this was a blog for thoughtful leaders.

Well, I’m with you. Talking about the work of the enemy is not an easy task.

40 Christmas Sermon Ideas – by Brandon Hilgemann

It’s Christmas time again.

And every year pastors have the task to create yet another great Christmas sermon. But after many years of preaching the same message, you can get repetitive.

5 Ways To Send Better Church Newsletters – by Brady Shearer

Email is pretty boring, right? At least compared to all of the flashy moving parts of social platforms. An Instagram Story with a gradient filter is considerably more exciting than a plain, old, HTML email.

5 Ways to Get People to Pay Attention When You Preach – by Charles Stone

One of the most disconcerting feelings pastors experience is when we prepare a sermon and pour our heart into it, yet feel that it didn’t make a difference in people’s lives. It’s equally frustrating when we preach and notice somebody tuning us out.

The Communication Secrets of Craig Groeschel – by Lane Sebring

I love to watch dynamic communicators and discover new ways to sharpen my own communication skills. In fact, the Preaching Donkey ideal is that all of us, no matter how skilled we are (or think we are), can always improve. This week we’re going to look into the communication secrets of one of the most dynamic communicators alive today.

6 (Non-Political) Lessons for Church Leaders from the Trump Campaign – by Rich Birch

Is it safe to talk about this yet?

It’s been 3 weeks since Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in one of the most hotly contested elections in modern history.

Rookie Preacher Articles

Lay Leadership and Development is Vital to Church Growth [The Growing Church] – by Ken Hudson

3 Reasons You Should Tag Team Preach – by Joe Hoagland

3 Stage Path to Guiding Church Visitors to Become Church Regulars [The Growing Church] – by Brandon Kelley


Written by Brandon Kelley

Brandon Kelley is the co-founder of Rookie Preacher and the author of Preaching Sticky Sermons and Crucified to Life. He serves as the Lead Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.


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