Links of the Week (4/23/16)

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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5 Questions Pastors Should Ask To Determine If Their Church Is (Un)Healthy – by Brian Dodd

The Fully-Engaged Church podcast is quickly becoming one of my favorites because of the type of guests MAG Bookkeeping president Randy Ongie has on.  This week’s guest was Tony Morgan, founder of The Unstuck Group.  Tony has helped over 200 church since founding the company in 2009 and is one of America’s leading church consultants.

Leading a Rapidly Growing Turn Around Church at Age 29: An Interview with Brent Ingersoll – by Carey Nieuwhof

Leading a turnaround church is tough.

Leading it after the previous leader experienced moral failure is even harder.

Doing it all at age 29 makes the story remarkable. Brent Ingersoll stepped directly from student ministry into the senior leader’s chair where he’s led the church to rapid growth and expansion in an area in which few churches are growing. Here’s Brent Ingersoll’s story.

Do Something: Cultural Crises and the Gospel – by Me

Every now and then I share something from my other blog. This is super important and should stir your heart. And it’s still being added to.

Many of the topics discussed in this blog series will prove to be uncomfortable to read and, believe me, they are hard to write. It’s easier to just put our heads in the sand and ignore these major issues of our time. But ignore them we can’t. We have the answer!

It is time that Gospel-infused people step up and step out to do something. God is at work. May we join Him and allow Him to make a difference through our obedience

Why Consensus Is Killing Your Church – by Brian Jones

If your church has plateaued it could be because you have tried to lead everything by consensus.

There’s a colossal difference between pseudo-leadership (leading everything by consensus) and biblically-based, godly, unifying, strong, decisive, servant leadership.

Three Things Pastors Can’t Do Too Much – by Jared C. Wilson

I’m not a big fan of overdoing it. Not a huge proponent of overcooking your sermons, overproducing your worship service. But there are a few things I think pastors probably could do more of than they already do, no matter how much they already do. I think pastors ought to:

I’m Opening My Sermon Illustration Vault – by Brandon Hilgemann

Your sermon is nearly finished, but it’s still missing that one thing—the perfect sermon illustration or story that will make it unforgettable.

So, if you are like most pastors, you fire up the Google machine and search for “sermon illustrations.”

Rookie Preacher Articles

3 Foundations Successful Leadership is Built On – by Joe Hoagland

7 Online Sermon Preparation Resources You Need – 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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7 Online Sermon Preparation Resources You Need

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