Links of the Week (1/14/17)

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

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Young Pastor, Here’s What I Wish I’d Known

Six Statements That Can Kill a Church – by Thom Rainer

Words can kill.

Words can kill churches because they often have deadly actions behind them. As we begin this new year, please allow me to share six statements that I have heard from church members whose churches have died.

Beyond the Mug: Connecting with Guests Coming In Your Front Door – by Ryan Stigile

I have a friend who recently moved to a major city. In his quest to find a church home, he stumbled upon something else in the process:

An incredible church mug collection!

24 Dead Giveaways That You Might Be A People Pleaser – by Marvin Williams

Hello. My name is Marvin Williams, and I am a recovering people pleaser. I wanted to be wanted and liked to be liked. I needed validation from outside sources, especially from people I admired. It was hard for me to say “no” for fear of disappointing others. If you resonate with the list above, then you might be a people pleaser. So, what are some other indicators that you are a people pleaser? How do you fix it?

The Top 30 Christian Leaders You Should Follow On Twitter in 2017 – by Brian Dodd

On Saturday December 31st, I provided my annual listing of The Top 35 Blogs Christian Leaders Need To Read In 2017 as a resource for pastors and Christian leaders. As how now become my annual custom, I am now posting my follow-up, The Top 30 Christian Leaders You Should Be Following On Twitter In 2017.

A Word to the Small Town Pastor – by Ron Edmondson

Over the last dozen years or so I’ve had the privilege of ministering with dozens of pastors in other churches. Many of these were in person. Others were virtual. I’ve been in large and small churches. I’ve been to big cities and small towns with only one stop light. (Or none at all.).

Leader, It’s All About You – by Jonathan Pearson

As a leader, we have to be extremely self-aware. Not self-aware so that we can get what we want and always be comfortable or have control, but self-aware so that we can be in a place that best fits our personality and makes us most effective.

The Hot ‘New’ Church Growth Method – by Owen Strachan

A new study just unearthed a remarkable finding: conservative doctrine grows churches.

5 Questions Every Pastor Will Answer in 2017 – by Ronnie Floyd

These are five questions every pastor will answer in 2017 whether he addresses or neglects them.

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Rookie Preacher Articles

4 Canadian Bloggers You Should Follow In 2017 – by Peter Walters

Use Facebook Live to Enhance Church Social Media – by Joe Hoagland

How to Create a Path to Guide Regulars to Become ALL IN Members [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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How to Create a Path to Guide Regulars to Become ALL IN Members [The Growing Church]

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