Links of the Week (3/25/17)

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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To the Unknown Pastor – by Jordan Standridge

Last week I went on vacation with my family. And since we were on vacation on a Sunday, I looked for a church for us to attend. It wasn’t the easiest choice to make as zero churches came up on the TMS and 9 Marks church finder websites, but eventually, I settled on a church based on a Google search. We showed up right as it was starting. The first song began. As I walked into the room, there were about 40-50 people present. My expectations were not very high based on previous vacation experiments we had tried.

Basic Training – by Jennifer Johnson

A few years ago I wrote a proposal for an online initiative that would provide customizable resources for churches wanting to develop their pastors, worship leaders, campus ministers, church planters, elders, and key volunteers. I suggested an online portal with everything from 101 to seminary-level books, articles, podcasts, and videos, as well as suggested “tracks” with curated lists of resources for specific groups. I referred to research from the Barna Group and Ed Stetzer as well as insights from the leaders of Orchard Group, Stadia, and some of our megachurches to support my argument.

6 Lessons Learned Ministering in a Blue-Collar Community – by Craig Thompson

I grew up in a blue-collar family. My dad was a mechanic for twenty years and my mom managed the high school cafeteria. My first jobs involved manual labor. I learned to work on cars, mow lawns, paint houses, and repair decks. I went off to college and got a white-collar education and then to seminary to further cement myself among the white-collar crowd of professors and pastors.

9 Things Pastors Need to Know About Sermon Delivery – by Brandon Hilgemann

Effective preaching is more than just about what you say. It’s also about how you say it.

Too many sermons fail not because of bad content, but because of bad delivery.

Passing the Baton of Leadership to Millennials – by Dan Reiland

Dr. Stetzer asked me about how the Church’s view and value of leadership has changed, and if we will see a new focus on leadership in years to come. The following is a summary of my response.

11 Ways To Make This Your Most Generous Giving Year Ever – by Brian Jones

Here are eleven specific things that churches around the country are doing that could help you make this year your church’s most generous year to date.

Church Shopping: How Can We Better Welcome Guests? – by Kevin D. Hendricks

Secret shoppers visit stores to offer an unbiased critique of the customer experience. Greg Atkinson does the same for churches and has released a new book, Secrets of a Secret Shopper: Reaching and Keeping Church Guests. Greg is also an author, leadership coach, and consultant. We asked for some insights on secret shopping and how churches can be better at welcoming visitors.

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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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