Links of the Week (11/4/17)

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

What is a Faithful Preacher? – by Jason K. Allen
“What does it mean for a preacher to be faithful? How does one even measure a preacher’s faithfulness? While I acknowledge that whole books can be written to address these questions alone, let me offer at least six marks of a faithful preacher.”

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:”

The Top Reason Organizations Lose Talented Young Leaders – by Brian Dodd
“Every church, business, non-profit and athletic organization I know is looking to add talented young leaders. As I see it, the challenge is not acquiring young leaders. This generation is producing many of them. The challenge is keeping young leaders, developing them, and building a lasting relationship so you have a sustainable organization.”

When Simple Gospel Preaching Doesn’t Seem to Cut it – by Mike Leake
An encouraging story for preachers.

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline – by Jeremy Kimble
“Some churches don’t practice discipline because they’re unaware of the biblical mandate or unsure how to start the process. Others, however, have concerns about the potential consequences of such a practice. They know what Scripture teaches on the matter but remain unconvinced as to its legitimacy or pragmatic viability.”

How To Consistently Accomplish Your Highest Priorities – by Brian Jones
“The only way to improve personal performance is to have clearly established criteria (i.e., a “ruler”) against which we measure our behavior on a regular basis.

5 Things Improv Can Teach You About Leadership – by Joe Berkowitz
“Here are five lessons from improv that would benefit any business.”

Six Essentials for Advertising on Facebook This Christmas – by Jonathan Howe
“It’s November, so it’s time to talk about Christmas—at least that’s what my kids tell me. And with Christmas Eve falling on a Sunday, we’ll have more discussion later about what services and activities churches are planning for this year. But for now, let’s talk about Facebook, Christmas, and your church.”

7 Key Principles for Every Project – by Rick Warren
“As a pastor, you need to be able to put together projects efficiently and effectively. Whether you are starting a new church, planning a new ministry, opening a new building, or just preparing for next weekend’s services, you need to mobilize people around a common task. That’s leadership in a nutshell.”

Rookie Preacher Articles

Critiquing the Critics: How to Evaluate the Value of Sermon Feedback – by Michael Voll

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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.