Links of the Week (7/1/17)

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

Are You An Organizational Leader Or A Shepherd? (10 Easy Ways To Tell) – by Carey Nieuwhof

So are you an organizational leader, or are you more of a relational leader—a shepherd?

It’s an interesting question, and a highly polarizing one in the church today. Ditto for this blog. Just check out the impassioned comments on this post, where I argue the church today needs more entrepreneurial leaders, not more shepherds.

The Definitive Pastoral Ranking Guide – by Stephen Altrogge

This was hilarious!

Pastors never know who’s in the audience – by Joe McKeever

When a pastor stands to preach, he never knows who is listening to him. And if his sermon is recorded or broadcast, he has no clue who will be hearing his words. He will do well to make sure he knows what he’s talking about.

5 Habits Of Highly Successful Teams – by Brian Dodd

“We are essentially trying to fly a boat with no engine.” These are the words of America’s Cup Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. He would know. The licensed pilot captains a vessel which can reach speeds in excess of 60 mph.

3 Deadly Social Media Sins Every Church Needs to Avoid – by Brady Shearer

Social media is a unique source of frustration for churches. Most churches do not have the budget to hire a staff member to oversee their social media platforms.

Principles of Public Speaking – the Final Seven – by Dr. Nick Morgan

With this blog post, I’m concluding a series of public speaking principles that are a summation of what I’ve learned about this fiendishly difficult art and science over three decades of practice, coaching, learning from others, and research, especially neuroscience. The final seven concern general issues of delivery and the speaker.

The Leadership Gap – by Jonathan Pearson

It happens in life and it happens in our leadership…

It’s the gap between where we are and where we want to be. It’s the gap between where our organization is and where we know it needs to be. How we manage this gap and how we operate while in the gap goes a long way in deciding whether or not we’ll ever close that gap.

One Big Principle in Developing Leaders – by Eric Geiger

One big principle in leadership development is to prepare people for their future roles, not their current roles. Ram Charan, in his work The Leadership Pipeline, identifies training people for their existing job instead of their next one as a major gap in most leadership development initiatives. People must be developed for the future, not just for the immediate and the urgent.

Rookie Preacher Articles

Do This and Improve Your Preaching This Sunday – by Peter Walters

3 Ways to Collaborate in Sermon Preparation – by Joe Hoagland

Lead Better: Get Organized – by Chris Pascarella

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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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