Links of the Week (4/15/17)

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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What Jesus Really Endured on the Cross – by Mark J. Kubala

Every time you try to move, the pain becomes excruciating. You are literally abandoned. You see your blood seep out of your body and over the next few hours you become faint, as you slowly go into shock. You know you are dying, and there’s nothing you can do.

The Curious Christian – by Aaron Armstrong

Reading Barnabas Piper’s new book, The Curious Christian, was a very affirming activity for me. Not because I’m a fan of confirmation bias, but because he’s noticed some of the same things I have: many people—especially Christians—aren’t all that curious.

7 Seemingly Unproductive Actions Which Are Valuable in Leadership – by Ron Edmondson

Much of what a leader does can seem unproductive at times – and that is a good thing.

3 Overlooked Traits of Effective Church Leaders – by Clarence Stowers

Succeeding in today’s world, especially in the church world, requires you to possess certain traits. In order to thrive in a fast-changing world, effective leaders make and implement decisions, possess agility and include others in decision-making. Regardless of their respective industry or ministry, effective leaders make decisions and implement strategies to implement their decision.

Invite Visitors to Come Back to Church After Easter with These Graphics – by Rich Birch

You’ve worked so hard to get your guests to come to Easter … now invite them to come back!

12 Things Smart Pastors Do When Walking Into An Existing Leadership Culture – by Brian Dodd

Unless you are planting a new church, you will be inheriting another church’s leadership team – often staff but definitely lay leadership. So what should a new pastor do with leadership who are firmly in place?

6 Things Christ Does With Your Sin – by Jared C. Wilson

On this Good Friday, it is good to remember what the cross accomplishes.

Here are six things Jesus does with sin:

Nine Changes Churches Must Make or Die – by Thom Rainer (Rainer on Leadership)

A recent post on the urgency needed in many churches struck a nerve with many readers. Today, we unpack that post and talk about nine much needed changes for many churches.

6 Important Insights About Bible Belt Christianity – by Chris Hefner

I have the privilege of pastoring Wilkesboro Baptist Church, in Wilkesboro, NC. We are a church in the middle of the Bible belt—a moniker for the region of the South where churches dot the landscape as frequently as convenient stores.

Rookie Preacher Articles

3 Myths About Contentment – by Peter Walters

3 Ways to Listen Better as a Leader – by Joe Hoagland

3 Simple But Impactful Things to Do Before You Preach This Easter – 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 But Impactful Things to Do Before You Preach This Easter

3 Simple But Impactful Things to Do Before You Preach This Easter

An Effective Template for Preaching Christ-Centered Messages - by Chris Pascarella

An Effective Template for Preaching Christ-Centered Messages – by Chris Pascarella