Links of the Week (1/13/18)

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

The Dangerous Desire for Church Growth – by Adam Ramsey
“There is a ministry mindset that looks and sounds impressive—one that potentially even uses all the right gospel terminology—but as you get closer, the scent is unmistakable. It smells of Babel (Gen. 11:1–9).”

10 of the best leadership principles I know – by Joe McKeever
“Whether you’re talking about your business or a church or the Beta club in your high school, the principles for making it successful and effective are similar. Here is my short list, based on nearly 60 years in serving the Lord’s churches.”

Money Matters: Practical Tips for Fund-Raising – by David Dummitt
“Whether you’re raising funds for a personal mission trip, planting a new church, or any number of other ministry endeavors, money is necessary to drive God-given dreams forward. In my experience, God has “come through” most dynamically through finances. I have found myself in a position many times where a vision was sure to fail, and yet God has always come through in huge ways.”

Peterson, Driscoll & the Millennial Man – by Matthew Hosier
If you’re interested in discipling men – which I hope you are – please read this.

Ministry From (not for) the Blessing – by Chris Seidman
“As I reflect upon my own brokenness and how it has played out in ministry over the last 25 years, there’s a truth I’ve been soaking in for some time that’s been ever-so-gradually liberating me as a person and proclaimer in general, and as a servant-leader in my particular church. And I’ve needed to be liberated.”

How to Grow From 1,000 to 5,000 – by Brian Jones
“I always encourage the Senior Pastors I coach to seek out pastors in churches twice their size and find out what they did to lead their churches in growth. Doing this has allowed me to forge some incredibly encouraging friendships. I’ve always found that pastors are always more than willing to share mistakes, hard-fought lessons, and an encouraging ear.”

New Year’s Voice Resolutions for Speakers – 2018 – by Dr. Nick Morgan
“The single most important tool in the speaker’s toolkit is the voice. If you have no voice, you have no speech. If your voice is strong, you get to worry about everything else – and maybe change the world with your message. To kick the new year off right, then, here is my second set of new year’s resolutions – specifically for your voice.”

3 Paradigms For Hiring the Right Staff – by Ron Edmondson
“I deal with pastors often who are trying to make leadership decisions. One of the most frequent discussions, and honestly one of the hardest things we do as leaders, is attempting to add quality and qualified staff to the team.”

In Defense (Somewhat) of Self-Help – by Samuel James
“Here’s what I’m having a hard time with nowadays. For all my theological education, I tend to have only the foggiest, most vague ideas about my life. I know that the whole universe exists for God’s glory. That fact, alas, did not translate into a workable budget for me last year. I know that God works all things to the purposes of His will, and that no one can thwart him. But not one person in my church or seminary life has ever explained to me that the reason I feel behind at the end of most weeks is that I haven’t identified what was most important to me at a personal level.”

5 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Leadership in 2018 – by Gordon Tredgold
“Being a better leader doesn’t have to be that hard”

3 Top Things Church Leaders Were Thinking About in 2017 – by Brandon Kelley (via Ministry Pass)
“How do we as church leaders avoid the allure of the pendulum swing when it comes to ministry strategy? How do we navigate a rapidly changing world that will likely introduce a new disruptive technology in the next twelve months that may help or hinder engagement in the local church?”

Rookie Preacher Articles

4 Online Resources Every Pastor Should Utilize in 2018 – by Joe Hoagland

4 Levels of Gospel Preaching – by Brandon Kelley

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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.