Links of the Week (6/24/17)

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

Introducing the New 2018 Sermon Calendar – by Brandon Hilgemann

Living week-to-week in your sermon planning is enough to drive you mad.

That’s why I created this 2018 sermon calendar template just for you.

Where’s the Steeple? – 2|42 Community Church, Brighton, MI – by Justin Horey and Jennifer Johnson

2|42 Community Church (pronounced “Two Forty-Two”) didn’t mind being a portable church in its early years. In fact, lead pastor David Dummitt liked being portable. He found that the weekly set-up and tear-down made it easy to involve men, who sometimes struggle to find their place in a new church. Moreover, the lack of a building allowed 2|42 to invest more money into ministry and community outreach.

The Top Ten Questions Pastors Ask Me – by Thom Rainer

I have the joy of receiving thousands of questions from pastors and other church leaders every year. The questions come through social media, email, my blog at, my podcast at Rainer on Leadership and, in recent months, Church Answers.

5 Big Things To Know And Celebrate About G.K. Chesterton – by Gracy Olmstead

Reading G.K. Chesterton’s work is a bit like a personal encounter with the Ghost of Christmas Present, from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol.” He’s a larger-than-life figure, with a writing style that’s both jovial and cutting. He paints a picture of reality you want to embrace, and he depicts what’s wrong with our world in a way that spurs the reader to action.

The Top 7 Reasons Guests Return To Your Church – by Dan Reiland

The most common reason people check out your church is someone invited them.

The most common reason people leave your church is they don’t feel connected.

Four Common Gifts Churches Give to First-Time Guests – by Jonathan Howe

Here are four popular gifts churches give to guests and some tips for how you can maximize their usefulness:

How To Stop Saying I’m Sorry To Your Family – by Frank Bealer

Too often in ministry we have to apologize to family, friends, and co-workers because we fail to control our schedule. Instead, we allow our calendar to dictate our priorities.

Virtue Signaling or Virtual Silence? – by Dan DeWitt

This last week the Southern Baptist Convention created a media storm over confusion regarding a resolution renouncing the white supremacy of the alt right movement. For those of you who don’t know too much about how the SBC works, the convention publishes a list of resolutions every year. These are items of concern the SBC wants to communicate to the broader culture.

10 Transformative Lessons for Healthy Churches and Leaders – by Pete Scazzero

I recently rediscovered these “turning-point lessons” that emerged out of a strategic planning retreat of our New Life Fellowship staff team in 2010. At this point, the church was 22 years old. What struck me as I reread these is how timeless and relevant they are for today. The following are my edits and summary out of that discussion:

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3 Levels of Leadership: Are Your Leaders in the Right Place? – 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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3 Levels of Leadership: Are Your Leaders in the Right Place?

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