Links of the Week (5/6/17)

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Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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Nine Very Hopeful Signs for American Churches – by Thom Rainer

I remain an obnoxious optimist about the future of American congregations.

No, I don’t have my head in the sand. I know many congregations are struggling. And I fully expect we will continue to have a net loss of churches for the next several years.

Preaching to the Unchurched: 5 Essentials – by Rick Warren

In terms of seeing radical life changes in individuals, nothing can take the place of Spirit-anointed preaching. The message is still the most important element of a worship service for the unchurched.

14 Resources Which Will Help Pastors Relieve Stress And Improve Efficiency – by Brian Dodd

My personal mission statement is ‘To utilize my gifts, skills, talents and abilities to help pastors and church leaders reach their full redemptive potential.” As a result, God has exposed me to many people who do likewise. I love helping them promote their quality materials but sometimes many release resources at a similar time.

Awakening the men of your church. It’s doable, but risky. – by Joe McKeever

Men like challenges. Tough jobs.  Big assignments. Things no one else can do.  A little danger, some risk, to be pushed beyond their usual boundaries.

Women want a church with nurturing, good healthy relationships.  Men want a church that is doing something, making a difference, not protecting the status quo.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Oh, that it were universally true.

4 Ways We Go Wrong in Thinking about the Holy Spirit – by Michael Horton

Many of us still remember the “Holy Ghost” from the old King James Version. For most modern people, a ghost is associated more with All Hallows’ Eve (a.k.a. Halloween) than with Pentecost Sunday. Especially in our age, the Holy Spirit is regarded (when taken seriously at all) as the “spooky” member of the Trinity. If you’re into that sort of thing—the paranormal and sensational—then the Holy Spirit is for you.

Mother’s Day: Free Graphics, Ideas & the Challenge – by Kevin D. Hendricks

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 14 (hi Mom!). We’ve got some free Mother’s Day social graphics, some ideas for how you can approach Mother’s Day, and we’ll unpack some issues surrounding this holiday.

10 Ways to Keep the “Favorite” Pastor Hat – by Ron Edmondson

I read somewhere leadership expert Peter Drucker once said the hardest jobs in America (not necessarily in order) are President of the United States, university presidents, hospital administrators and pastors. I don’t know about most of those, but I talk to struggling pastors weekly. I can believe it makes the list.

The Top 3 Inner Battles of a Leader – by Dan Reiland

Leaders who are fully engaged in their mission fight battles.

There is no way to avoid battles if you want to make progress consistently.

9 Gift Ideas for College Graduates – by Jon Acuff

I’ve written about this before, but this month, college graduates will have a hard time finding jobs because their parents refuse to move to Florida. It’s not the pythons, alligators, sharks, panthers or bears preventing the exodus to the Sunshine State, it’s the money.

Rookie Preacher Articles

Three Types of Bad Preaching (And Their Remedies) – by Chris Pascarella

Be Delicate in Church on Mother’s Day – by Joe Hoagland

3 Necessary Frameworks for Engaging our Culture With the Gospel

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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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3 Necessary Frameworks for Engaging our Culture With the Gospel

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