Links of the Week (6/10/17)

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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The Life and Times of Redeemer Presbyterian Church – by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

This was a fascinating look at the beginning of the influential New York City church.

22 Facts On Why Pastors Should Passionately Fight For Their Church’s Vision – by Brian Dodd

The vision can easily get lost in churches. As leaders, we must both passionately pursue the vision and fight to keep the vision in focus.

4 Emotional and Spiritual Battles of Leadership – by Shawn Lovejoy

Leadership is a battle, is it not? Not so much of a physical battle, as it is an emotional…and spiritual one! Every day we wake up to dozens of voices going off in our head about what we can do or can’t do and should or should not do. If we listen to the wrong voices, we’re tempted to retreat or even surrender to lies of the enemy.  We only lose the battle if we retreat or surrender to the enemy in the battles for our mind. What do these battles look like? In my own leadership and now in my coaching hundreds of leaders, I have observed four emotional and spiritual battles we face as the most common:

The Future of Christianity May Be Different Than You Think – by Trevin Wax

A helpful look at the future by reflecting on the past. Don’t miss this.

3 Habits of Highly Effective Coaches – by Michael Hyatt

As pastors, we are equippers. This means we should be the best coaches around. Michael gives us some great habits to pursue daily with staff and volunteers.

Living in dissatisfaction – by Seth Godin

This is the life of a leader. Get used to the discomfort. It’s required.

4 Questions That Help You Lead Change Today – by Kevin Lloyd

Your days can be overwhelming. There are endless things to be done, emails to be returned, issues to be dealt with and crises to be averted. The task of leadership is vast and sometimes we feel the weight of it. On top of that, you are an agent of change. You want to leave your organization better than you found it. Perhaps, like me, you have wondered, “Where do I begin?”

10 Ways to Build a Go-For-It Culture – by Dan Rockwell

It’s difficult for go-for-it leaders to imagine that people are waiting for permission to act. What’s wrong with them?

You take action without asking permission. Why doesn’t everyone else?

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3 Reasons Good Preaching is as Important as Ever – by Joe Hoagland

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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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