Links of the Week (11/12/16)

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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Todd Adkins on the Poetry and Plumbing of Leadership Development – by Rich Birch

A great conversation on leadership development in the church. Todd and his team at Lifeway are doing some great things in this area.

The 5 C’s of Preaching – by Jared C. Wilson

What are the basic elements of biblical preaching?

How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?

The preacher disagreed with me. How dare he! – by Joe McKeever

When I asked where he went to church, the man working on my house said, “I used to go to church across the river.  But the preacher said something I disagreed with.”

It was all I could do not to laugh out loud.

8 Things I Wouldn’t Do Again if Planting Another Church – by Ron Edmondson

I have been involved in church planting for most of my ministry career – whether as a planter or as a supporter of planting. I love the process of planting. I love the energy and the enthusiasm a new church brings to a community.

CNLP 113: UnSeminary’s Rich Birch On Why Some Churches Beat The Odds And Grow – by Carey Nieuwhof

Rich Birch has worked for three large churches that have launched over a dozen new locations, and he’s seen many small and mid-sized churches turn things around. What’s their secret? They do unreasonable things.

Sermon prep for the non-vocational preacher – by Aaron Armstrong

It’s one of my favorite times of the year—I’m getting ready to preach for the first time in ages. With moving, settling into my new job, traveling for work, and a host of other things, it’s been hard to even start looking for opportunities. So, God graciously provided one for me this coming weekend when I head down to Texas to work on a Gospel Project-related video.

How Senior Pastors Can Reduce Email Fatigue – by Brian Jones

There’s not a Senior Pastor out there who hasn’t loathed the day email was invented.

What began as a tool to make communication easier, has become the ministry equivalent of the ancient Trojan horse – a seemingly innocent messenger that can quietly sneak into our well-ordered world and wreak havoc.

Selecting and Leading Your Church Elders – by Dan Reiland

I have been blessed to serve with the best board members and key leaders I know, truly extraordinary men and women, but not everyone is as fortunate.

4 Perfect Church Connection Card Examples – by Brady Shearer

Regardless of what it’s called, almost every church has a church connection card. Check out what makes the following 4 connection cards awesome. Use them as jumping-off points to inspire an upgrade (or simplification) of your own church’s card.

Rookie Preacher Articles

Shorter Sermons Simply Aren’t Always Better [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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Shorter Sermons Simply Aren't Always Better

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