Links of the Week (8/19/17)

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

Top 10 Church Finance Mistakes – by Dan Reiland

The intersection of faith and finance is never easy to navigate as a local church leader.

The topic of money is inescapable for anyone who leads a church, so while many of us would rather lead people toward Jesus, we must also embrace the truth that the functions of a local church do not operate for free.

Grow Your Own Leaders – by Adam D. Swift

Choosing leadership for a church ministry is a tricky business. Pastoral search committees and hiring new staff members can be one of the most sanctifying experiences for churches. As you wade through dozens of resumes piled up on your desk, you feel overwhelmed by the sea of potential candidates for the job. You wonder if the person will possess the skills necessary for the ministry or be a “good fit” for the family, and you pray you do not hire a clown who simply knew how to interview well.

Preaching Cheating – by Scot McKnight

Yesterday I received a letter from a reader asking about plagiarizing sermons, and the writer made it clear when the subject came up many in the room thought it was not only acceptable but there were no moral issues at work. The issue is not professional ethics or intellectual property. The issue, the reader said to me, was about “authentic spirituality.”

Seven Characteristics of Reactionary Pastors – by Thom Rainer

Sometimes church leaders have to be reactionary.

There is a family tragedy. A church member walks into your office unexpectedly with a load of gripes. Your wife goes into labor.

Okay, you get the point. We can’t always plan ahead. We can’t always be proactive.

5 Don’ts of Healthy Communication – by Ron Edmondson

In my career, I work with a lot of people in a lot of settings. You might say my job involves a lot of relationships. In the process, I have learned the key to healthy relationships is communication.

6 Things Churches Can Do To Reverse Declining Attendance – by Brian Dodd

I was recently asked my thoughts on helping a church with declining attendance.  The following is the advice I gave.

Preaching Bigger Books in Shorter Series – by Peter Mead

Let’s say you want to preach from a bigger book, but you like the idea of shorter series – is that possible?  Here are a few suggestions:

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. – by Billy Baker

As men grow older, they tend to let their friendships lapse. But there’s still time to do something about it.

Pastor, Do You Have Any [Real] Friends? – by Matt Adair

We don’t have friends. 

We’re lonely.

And it’s killing us.

Rookie Preacher Articles

How Long Should You Spend Preparing? – by Nathan Hardesty

3 Required Characteristics of Godly Leadership – by Joe Hoagland

How to Build a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church (Plus Free Pipeline Packet) – 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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