Links of the Week (1/23/16)

Each Saturday we point you to the best content we have encountered on the internet during the week.

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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Why Daughters Need Their Dads – by Dr. Meg Meeker

Men, we need you. We—mothers, daughters, and sisters—need your help to raise healthy young women. We need every ounce of masculine courage and wit you own because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.

8 Mistakes Most Churches Will Make in 2016 – by Rich Birch

Consider this: The vast majority of churches in our country aren’t making an impact in their communities. In fact, 94% of churches are losing ground against the population growth of the communities they serve. [ref] Most church leaders got into the ministry because they dreamed of reaching people and seeing them grow closer to God. But while “in the weeds” of ministry, it’s very easy to lose your way as you try to move your ministry forward.

5 Sure-fire Ways To Get Better As A Communicator When You Plateau – by Carey Nieuwhof

In the early days as a preacher, speaker or communicator, it’s almost impossible not to get better.

After all, you’re actively learning every time you step behind the mic or podium. You learn a lot quickly and fairly easily.

But eventually, all of us plateau. It might take a year or a decade, but all of us reach the point where we don’t know how to get better.

7 Things Every Leader Needs to Quit Immediately – by Ron Edmondson

I’ve often wished I could say something to every leader. Some things I’ve learned the hard way. I often share things leadership should do, but today I thought I’d share some things not to do.

Some things to quit.

What Is Your Preaching Voice? – by Peter Walters

Last week I listened to the Annual Preaching Seminar presented by The Rocket Company you can find them on Twitter at #preachbettersermons.  Every year is a time of inspiration and learning and this year was no different.  One of the teachings that struck me was about finding your preaching voice. I’ve reproduced the notes here with some comments and links that I hope you will find helpful.

Rookie Preacher Posts

What to Do When You’re Between Ministries – by Mike Kjergaard

When Leading in the Church Gets Tough – by Joe Hoagland

7 Rhythms to Develop for Better Sermon Prep – 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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7 Rhythms to Develop for Better Sermon Prep

7 Rhythms to Develop for Better Sermon Prep

4 Cautions for Young Leaders - by Jonathan Pearson

4 Cautions for Young Leaders – by Jonathan Pearson