Links of the Week (6/17/17)

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 pastor needs a sabbatical: How to tell and how to get one – by Joe McKeever

In the academic world, professors receive sabbaticals every so often–the word implies seven years, so that’s probably the norm–during which they pursue some program of continuing study approved by their superiors.  The idea is for them to be continually growing in their effectiveness as educators.

Twenty Relics of Church Past – by Thom Rainer

This article will get me in trouble.

It began with a simple and informal poll on social media followed by several direct conversations. The question I asked was basic: “What did you have or do in your church ten years ago that you don’t have or do today?”

7 Key Characteristics of Diversity-Oriented Churches – by Brian Leander

Diversity-oriented churches, despite the challenges they face, are some of the fastest growing churches in the United States, says Brian Leander of Adelphi University. He names seven characteristics that help explain how these churches are able to embrace greater racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic diversity.

3 Reasons Preaching is Essential to Discipleship – by Matt Brown

God can use whatever methods or techniques he wants to bring life change and hope to the world.

God uses many things, but he has ultimately and sovereignly chosen preaching to be one of the primary channels he uses to bring his blessing, his truth and his kingdom to this Earth.

How to Lead Your Team in the Same Direction – by Dan Reiland

Teams lead stronger when they lead together.

That’s more difficult than it sounds.

How Leaders Encourage Cooperation on a Team – by Ron Edmondson

Leader, do you want people to cooperate on the team you lead? Do you want people to get along, support one another, and join forces to achieve the vision?

5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader – by Michael Hyatt

A readership crisis is really a leadership crisis. And for people who know how to respond, crisis is just another way of saying opportunity.

3 Truths About The Accelerating Pace Of Change And Leadership – by Carey Nieuwhof

When was the last time you had a productive conversation about the pace of change?

In many businesses, that conversation happens all the time. In church world….it rarely happens.

Rookie Preacher Articles

Lead Better: Get Pure – by Chris Pascarella

An Update on “Old School” Tools – by Joe Hoagland

The 10 Commandments of an Effective Sermon Introduction – by Brandon Kelley

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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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The 10 Commandments of an Effective Sermon Introduction

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