Links of the Week (9/2/2017)

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

Hurricane Harvey Response – A Way to Help – via International Disaster Emergency Services

IDES US Disaster Response Coordinator is being deployed to one of our partner churches in Houston. We will be working with the church to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Once the flood waters recede enough in their community, volunteer teams will begin removing damaged dry-wall and insulation to dry out the homes and begin the rebuilding process. We will also be deploying storage buildings to the affected areas in order to provide a safe, dry location for people’s belongings while their homes are being repaired.

H.B. Charles’ Top 15 Books on Pastoral Ministry – by Jordan Standridge

I recently picked up a new book written by H.B. Charles named On Pastoring. It is a very helpful book filled with short practical chapters that convict, instruct and motivate the readers towards increased faithfulness in their personal ministries.

5 Good Reasons A Church Should Close – by Carey Nieuwhof

It’s no secret that thousands of churches close every year.

Every time I hear of a church that’s closing, my heart sinks. Despite the voices of all of the critics, I really do believe the local church is a beacon of light in a world that’s increasingly dark.

The Top 25 Most Read Christian Blogs As Determined By You The Readers – by Brian Dodd

Each week I post my Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Previous Week. I make this list for the purpose of pointing you to quality resources and also helping you cut through all the leadership noise on the internet. These posts have become extremely popular and spotlight some of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Christian leadership community.

How to Preach Effectively on Your Church Website – by Ben Crawshaw

What do people want to know about your church before visiting it? According Thom Rainer, 90% of people want to know the pastor and the preaching.

One Simple Trick to Bring Out the Best in People – by Michael Hyatt

inston Lord is a former ambassador to China who once wrote speeches for Henry Kissinger. Looking back, he said he couldn’t “recommend that to anybody.” Why? “You’d have to go through about 20 drafts and many insults before you got to the final speech.”

The One Set Of Skills Every Leader Needs (But Many Lack) – by Lolly Daskal

What makes a good leader?

The answer varies widely depending whom you ask. Whether you’re talking to researchers or practitioners, there’s not a lot of consensus. But there’s one trait that most agree can mark the difference between a good leader and a great leader.

Strangely enough, it’s also a skill that many leaders lack.

The Priority of Preaching – by Albert Mohler

When the minister of the gospel faces the Lord God as judge, there will be many questions addressed to him. There will be many standards of accountability. There will be many criteria of judgment. But in the end, the most essential criterion of judgment for the minister of God is, “Did you preach the Word? Did you fully carry out the ministry of the Word? In season and out of season, was the priority of your ministry the preaching of the Word?

Prophetic Witness | Jackie Hill-Perry

Rookie Preacher Articles

Shepherd God’s Flock: Our Job as Pastors – by Chris Pascarella

5 Pastoral Leadership Traits to Always Be Working On – by Brandon Kelley

Grow as a Preacher and Leader [Free Resources]

Want to grow as a preacher and leader? We’ll help you do it. Just subscribe to the blog. And to get you started and as a way of saying thank you, we’ll include 6 free resources: Building a Leadership Pipeline Packet, Pre-Formatted Sermon Notes Template, Sermon Evaluation Worksheet, 56 Weeks of Preaching TopicsSermon Series Planning Evernote Template, and the Weekly Productivity Evernote Template. All this for free when you subscribe.

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

Your email address will not be published.

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


5 Pastoral Leadership Traits to Always Be Working On

5 Pastoral Leadership Traits to Always Be Working On

Links of the Week

Links of the Week (9/9/17)