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For Senior Pastors, the PROCESS we follow for how to staff churches under 600 is just as important as the PEOPLE we hire utilizing that process.
It amazes me the insights and wisdom available to us in great preaching books. I’ve pulled together the books that have impacted my preaching the most. Each one of these books will help you improve your preaching in distinct ways. I love all of them for different reasons, and my copies are all marked up. Here’s my list of the best 5 books on preaching:
I am asked fairly often what leadership or business books I think pastors should read. I sometimes hesitate to answer because some ministry leaders should not read another leadership book. If your devotional life is weak, if you are not addicted to reading the Bible, or if you want to treat the church like just another organization, you should run from business books.
I have to be blunt – the fact that American Idol is no longer an active show will have absolutely no impact on my consumption of cable television. I hated it! Okay, well, part of me took some sick pleasure in the highlight reels of people who think they can sing, but can’t. I mean who doesn’t love it when someone thinks they sound like Adele and they actually sound like Chris Berman? Still, I found the premise of having a panel of judges overly affirm or brutally critique people in a public fashion to be, well, terrifying. Even when Jack Sparrow (I mean, Steven Tyler) went on a streak of affirming everyone, the whole thing still seemed like a bad idea. Then suddenly, it hit me. This is what Mark Dever has been talking about for years! Well, maybe. But not exactly.
A leader who does not know how to celebrate is a leader not worth following. Celebration is the payoff for all the hard work you have done. If your team has just accomplished something significant, you can always evaluate and improve tomorrow. Take a moment today and celebrate. Celebration is also the motivation for your team to keep working hard.
Many say there has never been such an election as this.
Whether that’s the case or not depends on when you lived. John Adams felt that if the country elected Thomas Jefferson as president, it was all over. Much of the country felt in 1860 that if Abraham Lincoln was elected, the nation could not survive. It almost didn’t. And throughout FDR’s four terms, people spoke of him in the bitterest of ways, calling him a dictator, saying whoever assassinated him was doing the nation a favor.
We’ve always had tough elections and flawed candidates.
I want to be a great pastor. I make no apology for that. It’s an ambition. I want to lead and shepherd well. I want to preach and communicate effectively. I want to develop leaders and cast vision and build a great staff. So where should I start?
I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a church held up as a model for modern evangelicalism. I went in with as open a mind as I could muster. I left perplexed. I was perplexed not by what was said or done in the service as much as what was left unsaid and undone.
The first chapter of the book, as of now anyway, is on the diversity of the Millennial generation. I’ve said it a number of times: the only generalization you can make about the Millennial generation is that they’re too diverse to generalize.