Links of the Week (11/5/16)

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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10 Best Leadership Advice – by Rachel Blom

What’s the single best advice on leadership you have ever received?

Someone asked me this question recently, as we were talking about my ‘career’ in youth ministry. He had just started a position as a youth pastor after a long time of working in the private sector and he wanted my advice.

The Only Four Things You Need to Read in Response to the Hatmakers – by Justin Taylor

Back in the heyday of blogging, I probably would have tried to do a comprehensive roundup of all the responses to the evangelical controversy of the week. But with the seeming ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter, you can probably find all the “hot takes” you want from whatever writer you like.

30 Observations About Fast-Growing Churches – by Brian Dodd

I am getting more and more questions about the subject of fast-growing churches. This has caused me to wrestle with many thoughts.

The following are 30 General Observations About Fast-Growing Churches:

The Two Most Common Practices in Healthy Churches – by Thom Rainer

Churches are too busy.

Church members are too busy.

Unreasonable Churches: 10 Churches Who Zagged When Others Zigged and Saw More Impact Because of It – by Rich Birch

In an era when 94% of churches are losing ground against the growth of the communities they serve, there is a new breed of churches who buck the trend.

UNREASONABLE CHURCHES tells the stories of 10 churches who stopped copying the models of other churches and tried something new. You’ll be inspired to consider how your church could see great impact by blazing new trails!

5 Reasons Millennials Are Not Giving to Your Church – by Art Rainer

Millennials often get a bad rap when it comes to their giving.

Millennials are generous. But their generosity doesn’t look like prior generations. They are not motivated to give in the same way that prior generations are motivated to give. The ways in which they give are not the same as prior generations.

Taking Advantage of Daylight Savings (to reset your morning) | PP66 – by Chad Brooks

I’m really excited about this episode. Two big reasons. The first is it is the 3rd birthday of Productive Pastor. The second is I am replaying a section from THE FIRST EPISODE. It is all about taking advantage of daylight savings and hacking it to give you some more time back for your morning. This isn’t about getting into work earlier, but setting yourself up for the best possible day. It will help you with focus and productivity. It will help with energy.

6 Podcasts We Think You Should Listen To – by Tony Morgan

I asked my team at The Unstuck Group to share podcasts they think pastors should be listening to and why. If you’re new to podcasts, or just looking for some fresh voices to follow, here were some of our top picks.

Why Church Leaders Need More Coaching, Not Conferences – by Tim Stevens

Conferences are great. They can be inspiring and helpful. They get you out of your environment so you have fresh eyes to learn. I’ve hosted conferences and taken many groups to conferences – they definitely have a purpose. Workshops or seminars are also good. You have a bit longer to learn about a specific topic and even interact some with the other people who are learning. I’ve taught many workshops over the years.

Rookie Preacher Articles

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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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