Links of the Week (10/14/17)

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

Seven Common Reasons Pastors Get Cold Feet – by Thom Rainer
“Many people have this naïve view that a pastor just has to preach and love people.

Not so. Pastors certainly have to give a priority to preaching and ministry to others, but the pastor’s week is filled with unexpected and multifaceted demands.”

N.D. Wilson is Literally on a Non-Stop Tilt-A-Whirl – Only the Good Stuff Podcast
This was a good episode. Be encouraged. Be challenged.

Being Married to a Pastor: The Good and the Bad – by Becky Weber
“The church has been part of my life since I was born. I grew up as a pastor’s kid. It’s all I’ve ever known. When it came to getting married, I swore I would never marry a pastor.”

10 ways pastors can save their sanity – by Joe McKeever
“Alternate titles for this might be: Ways to Prevent Burnout. Or, How to Pastor the Saints Without Losing Your Religion. How to Mind God’s Work Without Losing Yours. How to Enter the Ministry Rejoicing and End the Same Way.”

3 Bad Excuses for Avoiding Leadership Development – by Eric Geiger
“Leaders can offer excuses rather than take the task of development seriously. Three common and very bad excuses are:”

Building a Preaching Team: How and Why We Have Changed Our Preaching Calendar – by Ross Lester
“Quite a few people have spoken to me about how they have noticed that the preaching calendar has changed at BBC this year. I have even had some chirps (well meaning I am sure) asking me if I have retired, or if I am being disciplined, as people aren’t seeing as much of me in the pulpit as they used to. I thought it would be helpful to be explicit on what we are trying to accomplish through the changes.”

3 Reasons to Regularly Get Others to Preach – by J.A. Medders
“Preachers love preaching, but they shouldn’t love it too much. A potential idol for preachers is the act of preaching. You can crave the pulpit too much. And while we preachers can talk to the sheep about not finding their identity in their work but in Christ, this is a word we preachers need to preach to ourselves.”

The Five Traits Of Entrepreneurial Leadership – by Tendayi Viki
A great look at leadership from the news of AOL shutting down AIM.

What to Do When Your Church Hits a Plateau – by Rick Warren
“I hear it frequently: ‘My church has hit a plateau. What can I do to get it moving again?’

While this can be a common crisis, it’s not unfixable. There are several things you can do to help your church move beyond its growth block.”

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Rookie Preacher Articles

Shepherd God’s Flock: Equipping God’s People – by Chris Pascarella

5 Keys to Finishing Your Next Project – by Brandon Kelley

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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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