Each Saturday we point you to the best preaching, leadership, and ministry content we have encountered on the internet during the week. Today, we are bringing together the top links of all of 2017. These are ranked based on clicks to those links.
Top 10 Links of the Week for All of 2017
The Top 18 Books Christian Leaders Need To Read In 2018 – by Brian Dodd
“Leaders are readers. Therefore, you can never go wrong with books. The books listed below provide a nice cross-section between systems, processes, leadership development, instruction, inspiration, prayer, church growth, and challenging personal development. There is something here for everyone.”
Five Key Sources for Sermon Illustrations and Why They are Important – by Sam Rainer
“Preaching is a grind I welcome every week. Expositing God’s Word is one of the toughest but most rewarding aspects of being a pastor. You can’t treat preaching like a sprint, rushing to get a response on Sundays. It’s more like a marathon, a paced lope in which long strides are made over time.”
The 5 C’s of Preaching – by Jared C. Wilson
“How do you know you’re preaching a Christian sermon and not simply giving a religious or spiritual lecture?”
The Best Commentaries for Every Book of the Bible – by Brandon Hilgemann
“Wanting to build the best commentary library possible, I did hours of research and read what all the experts said.”
The Eight Worst Ways to Start a Speech – by Dr. Nick Morgan
“Every year about now, the conference season kicks into gear and I hear — and coach — speeches and speakers under conditions of high stress and adrenaline. Inevitably, I hear speech beginnings that don’t do either their speakers or their audiences any favors. Some are small mistakes and some are more fundamental, but they’re all unnecessary.”
The most significant thing a pastor will ever do – by Joe McKeever
Please read this. Just do it.
13 Fall Outreach Ideas for Your Church – by Church Fuel
“Are you looking for some ways to reach out to the community and invite people to church this fall? Here are some of our favorite ideas.”
10 Obstacles to Church Growth – by Chuck Lawless
“Recently, I was asked about the greatest obstacles to church growth I see in evangelical churches. Based on my consultations and studies, here are some of the primary ones I’ve seen:”
Quick Keys to Effective Communication for Pastors – by Greg Atkinson
“As communicators, we desperately want to reach the people that we’re speaking to. How can we improve in the art and science of communication?”
How to make the most of the 1st minute in a speech. – by Jon Acuff
“One of the worst things that public speakers do is waste the first minute of their speech. They reintroduce themselves, thank the host, and kill that first 60 seconds with banal commentary about the event.”
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