Links of the Week (12/2/17)

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

How Big Data Can Help Your Church Better Fulfill Your Mission – by Eric Swanson
This is huge if you want to reach more people in the digital age.

A Series Of Bold Moves – by Brian Jones
“At some point – after having worked through everything you need to work through – the only way to break through your next attendance barrier is to commit yourself to what I call ‘a series of bold moves.'”

Five Key Sources for Sermon Illustrations and Why They are Important – by Sam Rainer
“Preaching is a grind I welcome every week. Expositing God’s Word is one of the toughest but most rewarding aspects of being a pastor. You can’t treat preaching like a sprint, rushing to get a response on Sundays. It’s more like a marathon, a paced lope in which long strides are made over time.”

Top 17 Books of 2017 – by Tony Reinke
“Once again, I’m honored to choose my favorite nonfiction Christian books published in the last calendar year, my twelfth consecutive list. 2017 proved to be the most difficult year yet (and I’m sure I said the same thing last year), all driven by aggressive publishing momentum.”

10 Mistakes Churches Make at Christmas Time – by Jonathan Howe
“Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Some would even say it’s the most wonderful time of the year. While it still has its wonderment, Christmastime has a tendency to be stressful as well—especially in the church. Unfortunately, stress can lead churches to plan poorly and make unnecessary mistakes. Here are ten such mistakes to avoid in your church this Christmas:”

The Productivity Tricks Of Seven Successful Entrepreneurs – by Alison Coleman
These are applicable for pastors, too.

5 Things The New iPhone X Can Teach You About Leadership (Whatever You Lead) – by Carey Nieuwhof
“Technology can teach you something. But how tech companies handle themselves during a launch can teach us all something about leadership too, whether you love tech or not.”

19 Things The Best Leaders Know About Performing Under Pressure – by Brian Dodd
“This weekend is Rivalry Weekend in college football. This weekend will establish legacies and create memories that last generations. Eight of the top ten teams will be playing on the road. #2 Miami has already lost to Pitt. Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema was ridiculously fired after losing to Missouri while walking off the field. Nebraska fired Mike Riley after a blowout loss to Iowa. At least they waited 24 hours. Regardless, the stakes in rivalry games are high and the environments are pressure-packed.”

How to Move from Managing to Leading Your Church – by Rick Warren
“You don’t have to be a charismatic leader (in the emotional sense) to be a great leader. Personality has almost nothing to do with dynamic leadership.”

Stop Announcing Everything – by Bryan Haley
“It’s one of the most universal issues that church communicators face. I see the same dilemma arise in every church I visit—how do we rank what gets communicated, using which methods? I think I can give your church a few insights to help you get the ball rolling in prioritizing what gets communicated where.”

Rookie Preacher Articles

3 Things to Remember During Advent – by Joe Hoagland

Thom Rainer on Reaching Millennials – a Millennial Pastor Responds – 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.