Links of the Week (3/5/16)

Each Saturday we point you to the best content we have encountered on the internet during the week.

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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My Seven Worst Mistakes as a Pastor – by Joe McKeever

“A pastor lives in a world of unfinished jobs.” That’s one of my foundational truths. If the preacher cannot learn to turn it off at night, he’ll never get any sleep and not last. There’s always someone else who needed a call, a meeting that needed planning, a sermon going neglected. There’s always something.

Two Major, Under-the-Radar Changes in American Churches – by Thom Rainer

I never would have predicted these changes would take place so rapidly. Indeed, I am surprised to be writing about them today as major changes. Still, they are a growing reality.

6 Benefits of Having a Church Staff Blog – by Jonathan Howe

Communicating with church members has become more and more difficult as the frequency of church attendance has waned over the past few decades. A “regular church attender” used to mean attending three times per week; now it’s three times per month.

The Authenticity Generation – by Phil Bowdle

We have a “Millennial” problem in the church. Statistics and attendance are showing that Millennials are leaving or not connecting to the church at higher rates than ever before. Meanwhile, churches across the country are trying to find the best new tactics for reaching young people.

The 100 Top Christian Blogs – by Jeremy Myers

This is the place to find some new blogs to follow!

What Near Death Experiences Tell Us About the Biblical Heaven: An Interview with John Burke – by Carey Nieuwhof

What can church leaders learn from the thousands of near death experiences people have reported?

Are they consistent with biblical depictions of heaven?

John Burke shares years of research he’s done comparing NDE’s and scripture to bring us a vivid and fascinating account of what happens after people die.

Rookie Preacher Articles

3 Skills I Gained as a Teacher That Made Me a Better Preacher – by Jeff Mitchell

5 Reasons to Fellowship With Area Pastors – by Joe Hoagland

3 Simple Steps to Preach the Gospel No Matter the Passage – 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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3 Simple Steps to Preach the Gospel No Matter the Passage

3 Simple Steps to Preach the Gospel No Matter the Passage

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