Links of the Week (7/4/2015)

Each Saturday we point you to the best content we have encountered over the week on the internet.

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

13 Truths about Spiritual Warfare for Leaders – by Chuck Lawless

Over the past twenty years, I have studied, written, and taught about spiritual warfare. Based on that work, here are some warfare reminders for church leaders:

Sermon Smith Podcast Interview with Luke Norsworthy

Sermon Smith is a bi-weekly podcast all about sermon preparation and preaching hosted by John Chandler. 

Advice For Aspiring Senior Pastors – by Brian Jones

Brian shares 6 valuable lessons for any pastor whether you are an aspiring senior pastor or not. 

9 Things That Will Still Be True for Your Church in 10 Years – by Rich Birch

Great church leaders are like sailors who are reading the breezes and adjusting the sails to catch the winds of change. While we worry about the latest social media trend or where music in the church is headed or if it’s possible to train robots to do pastoral care, we also need to invest in what we know will remain true and build our ministries, systems and approaches around that. Here are some areas where our churches can have impact for a long time to come!

10 Reasons Churches Are Not Reaching Millennials – by Frank Powell

Many people are pessimistic about Millennials, but I believe the next generation is poised to transform the culture (and the world) for the good. For many churches and leaders, however, Millennials are (to borrow from Winston Churchill) “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

7 Important Reasons Pastors Need a Summer Preaching Break – by Josh Reich

It’s always interesting to me when pastors hear about the break I take each summer. They often tell me how they could never do that or what they would do if they did that. I’ve also talked to church members who don’t know what to do with a pastor taking a break. I get quizzical looks and they say, “It would be nice for me to take four weeks off”—which totally misses the point.

Here’s what I do on my break and why you as a pastor should take one:

Rookie Preacher Articles

5 Reasons Why You Need Community (And Here’s a Group to Join)

RPP 003: How to Lead and Preach in a Post-Christian Culture

Leading in the Face of Cultural Change

Leonard Sweet on Creativity in the Church


Brandon had articles featured on and recently:

Just Because Jesus Taught That Way Doesn’t Mean You Should, Too (SermonCentral)

How Jesus Led People: Minister to Many, Invest in a Few (ChurchLeaders)


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.


Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


5 Reasons Why You Need Community (And Here's a Group to Join)

5 Reasons Why You Need Community (And Here’s a Group to Join)

3 Reasons Your Church Isn't Reaching Millennials - by Jonathan Pearson

3 Reasons Your Church Isn’t Reaching Millennials – by Jonathan Pearson