Links of the Week (9/17/16)

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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Epidemic: Another Pastor Burned Out and Quit Last Sunday – by Karl Vaters

Another pastor announced to his stunned congregation that he couldn’t do it anymore. He loved them. He was proud of the kingdom work they’d done together for years. But he’d gotten his priorities out of whack. He’d put all his time and energy into the church and had neglected his own spiritual and emotional health.

CNLP 105: Dan Reiland – 35 Years of Wisdom from An Exceptional Church Leader

This was such a rich conversation on leadership.

The light-hearted pastor is an oxymoron – by Joe McKeever

“…the daily pressure upon me of concern for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:28).

After pastoring three churches for nearly nine years, I joined the staff of a large Southern Baptist church in our state and suddenly found myself attending Sunday services without having to preach.

The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 1 – by Ed Stetzer

Part 2 and part 3 are also available and helpful.

20 Things That Happen When You Get The Right Leader – by Brian Dodd

Whether you lead a church, business, non-profit, or athletic organization, you want it to be successful. Few things are as worse as going to church, the office, or to a team you are part of knowing you have little chance for succeed. Everyone wants to be part of a winner. No one wants to be part of a dead end opportunity.

The Stories Our Churches Tell – by Andrew Whitworth

Each morning, millions of kids across the country start their school day by pledging allegiance to the United States of America. They repeat the words “one nation, under God” on a daily basis, searing this part of our national story into their minds. Most Christians believe this line gets something right (setting aside how it has been used as a weapon in the culture wars). It is a humble acknowledgement of our own limitations; that God is over all of our human pursuits, as immense as they might be.

Building a Sermon Engagement Strategy | Productive Pastor 60 – by Chad Brooks

Do you want to keep folks focused on Sunday? You need a sermon engagement strategy…and I’m going to help you build one! It is a chance to make the sermon stretch past Sunday.

8 Steps To Create A Captivating Sermon Series – by Brian Jones

This is a must-read. Very helpful!

The Email Marketing for Churches Episode – by Dave Shrein

Email marketing isn’t only for the most savvy or the megachurches. Churches of any size can capitalize on email and transform it into their strongest tool for communication. Most churches find themselves completely absent from sending any type of email or completely over-saturating their subscribers with too many emails.

Rookie Preacher Articles

How to Improve Your Church-Wide Communication – by Joe Hoagland

Preaching to the Unchurched: Lessons From From My Daughter’s First Dance Class – by Brandon Kelley

Preacher: Know the “Other Side” Well – by Joe Hoagland

20 Tweetable Truths About Preaching – by Brandon Kelley

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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