Links of the Week (11/18/17)

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 Top 18 Books Christian Leaders Need To Read In 2018 – by Brian Dodd
“The Christmas shopping season will soon be upon us! In an effort to help you know what to purchase for the Christian leader in your life, I want to provide you a plethora of quality resources to choose from.”

Quick Keys to Effective Communication for Pastors – by Greg Atkinson
“Here’s something fun: Ask your child, wife, staff member, deacon, elder, small group teacher: “What did I speak on 3 weeks ago?…2 weeks ago?…this past weekend? Ouch! Maybe that isn’t so fun. Why do their answers sting so much? Because, 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?”

10 Reasons to Consider Church Revitalization — Even Over Church Planting – by Ron Edmondson
“In this season of my life, God has called me into revitalization. We are positioning an older, established church, that was once in decline, to grow again. And, it’s been amazing – and challenging – and rewarding – and hard.”

The Revolutionary Traditionalist – by Trevin Wax
“Revolutionary? Or tradition? Which one do we choose?”

10 Heartaches of Being a Pastor – by Chuck Lawless
“I make no claim that pastors are perfect people. We mess up. We can be arrogant and uncaring at times. At the same time, though, most pastors I know are genuine, faithful followers of God who love their congregations. They’ve learned, too, that the work of pastoral ministry often carries heartache with it. Here are some of those aches:”

The Pronouns Preach – by Jim Eliff
“When reading the Bible, parts of speech make a big difference in our understanding. There are many examples, but here is one that demonstrates my point perfectly. It is found in Ephesians. I will be so bold as to say, “If you miss the pronouns, you miss the entire meaning of the epistle,” and you will miss a particularly important lesson we need today.”

Luther: Now streaming with Amazon Prime – by Aaron Armstrong
“Yesterday I learned something pretty exciting: Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer is now available to stream with Amazon Prime. If you’ve not already had an opportunity to watch the film, this is a great way to do it.”

Seven Ways Being Nice Hurts Your Church – by Thom Rainer
“Unfortunately, I’ve seen it again and again. Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. The body is sacrificed for the sake of a few members.”

Rookie Preacher Articles

How to Effectively Plan a Year of Preaching – by Mike Edmisten

Deliver Your Next Sermon With Power! 7 Tactics to Use – by Brandon Kelley

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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.