Links of the Week (12/5/15)

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

Links of the Week

Links of the Week

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PP 39: John Jay Alvaro and a Visual Homiletic – by Chad Brooks

Be sure to check out the pictures of his sermon notes!

Intercessory prayer is our duty (and hopefully our delight) – by Aaron Armstrong

“Intercessory prayer” is one of those terms we never (usually) use, but is something hopefully all of us practice. Every time we pray for someone else—when we bring the needs of another before the Lord, whether “serious” or “simple”, we are interceding on behalf of that person. We are praying for them. This, at the most basic level, is what intercessory prayer is.

Criticism Is the Price of Growth – by Brian Jones

If you are going to attempt to lead your church in growth, you will be criticized. Period.

If the Apostle Paul was ruthlessly criticized at every step of his journey, you can pretty much assume that you will be too.

EP083: How to Build Better Reading Habits and Finish a Book Every Day [Podcast] – by Jeff Goins

The average adult reads less than one book a year. If “leaders are readers” holds true, you’d be four steps ahead if you read just one book each month. Imagine what your life would look like if you read one book every day.

8 Reasons Pastors Struggle during the Christmas Season – by Chuck Lawless

Last Easter, I wrote a post about “11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter.” Now, the Christmas season is upon us. Despite all the fun of this holiday, this time of year can also be difficult for pastors. Here are several reasons why:

10 Last-Minute, Low-Cost Christmas Promotion Strategies For Your Church – by Rich Birch

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s a strategically important time of year for churches looking to grow. How should you focus your communications efforts leading up to the big day at your church? Here’s a core truth for growing churches when it comes to special days like this:

6 Reasons Why Pastors Must Be More Courageous Today – by Thom Rainer

If I could choose one more course for ministry training and preparation, it would be “Courageous Leadership.” I hear from so many pastors and staff who are trained well in the classical disciplines, but who are ill-prepared for the real world of church ministry.

You’re Not an Accident – Spoken Word (Shameless plug!)


Rookie Preacher Articles

4 Reasons Why Manuscripting Your Sermon is a Must

RPP 014: 5 Ways to Take Your Sermon Past Sunday

What Should I Preach on at Christmas?

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 Spiritual Development Pastor at a fast growing church in Batavia, Ohio, called The Crossing. Among the many things he does at The Crossing, serving on the teaching team is one of them. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.