Links of the Week (10/7/17)

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

Overcoming the Challenges of Rural Ministry – by Justin Horey

Imagine you live a half hour from the nearest pizza place, and no one delivers. That’s not the premise for a new reality television show. It’s how Dr. Barney Wells, graduate academic dean and associate professor of Bible and ministry at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian University, playfully defines “rural communities” for his undergraduate students.

The Best Commentaries for Every Book of the Bible – by Brandon Hilgemann

Here is my list of the top commentaries for each book of the Bible that experts recommend and I use in my study, preaching, writing, and teaching.

Planning Your Fall Outreach: Think Follow-Up First – by Bryan Haley

School is back in session, many of your church’s ministries are getting back into the swing of things, and families are settling back into the routine of regular Sunday attendance following summer vacations. For many churches, this is also prime time for planning a big fall outreach event. Fall events are often geared towards kids and families, but can be a wide-range of events from a halloween alternative, to providing food for those in need during the holiday season, to a caffeine-infused high-energy all-night lock-in event for teens.

The Top Ten Sources of Discouragement for Pastors – by Thom Rainer

“Is this valley I am going through normal for pastors?”

The question came to me directly from a pastor who was relatively new to his church. He was surprised how abruptly discouragement hit him. More than anything, he was seeking assurance that his situation was not an aberration, that he was not alone.

Catalyst ’17 – 42 Leadership Quotes From Andy Stanley On What A Great Leader Would Do – by Brian Dodd

As a member of the Catalyst Blog Team and INJOY Stewardship Solutions, I will be bringing you live updates from the much anticipated Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, GA. The theme for this year’s conference is Of Good Courage.

5 Characteristics of Church Staff Teams that Break the 1,000 Barrier – by Rich Birch

Through my own personal experience over 20 years of ministry in helping three churches across the 1,000 barrier, over 200+ podcast interviews with churches who have broken this barrier and through my coaching practice of churches who are in the process of breaking this barrier, I have come across many diverse groups of staff teams. In my observations, I have attempted to condense the common traits of the teams who are able to break this barrier!

8 Questions to Ask Before We Listen To A Sermon – by Marvin Williams

Every week, millions of people listen to men and women preach sermons – long, short, expositional, topical, content heavy, image rich. In order to experience spiritual transformation, I think we should ask a practical question: How should we listen to a sermon?  Here are eight questions we should ask ourselves before or as we listen to a sermon.

10 Signs You Are a Narcissistic Pastor – by Charles Stone

Based on my experience with others and on the insight of others like Steinki, I believe that if a pastor shows signs of narcissism and doesn’t admit them and seek help, he has doomed himself to failure. The narcissistic pastor lives with an inflated sense of self-importance and an insatiable drive to be liked and to be at the center of attention.

Four Critical Values for Pastoral Accountability – by Dave Harvey

Let’s face it. If a pastor’s accountability isn’t in the local church, it’s probably not real accountability. It’s the illusion of accountability so we can traffic in the vocabulary without the entanglements of the substance.

Eight Biblical Reasons to Preach to People’s Minds – by Marty Duren

We seem to talk little about the role of the mind in discipleship. Serving? Yes. Caring? Yes. The fruit of the Spirit? Yes. But, the mind? We almost seem to fear the subject, except in the most generic sense.

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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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