Links of the Week (12/30/17)

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

7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America – by Kelly Shattuck
This isn’t something to ignore.

The Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Entire Year Of 2017 – by Brian Dodd
A great list to work through from a great leader!

How to Keep Your Rural Minister Through the Harvest – by Jim Weaver
“The need of rural America for the redemptive promise and power of the gospel has never been greater. Rampant addiction, an unprecedented breakdown of the family, and rapidly aging and dwindling churches are among the greatest challenges facing this predominantly overlooked mission field.”

Christianity Today’s 2018 Book Awards
“Our picks for the books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture.”

The 2018 Effective Preacher’s Reading List – by Charley Reeb
“Leaders are readers. The same goes for preachers. The effective preachers I know are constantly trying to improve their craft by reading the best books on preaching and communication. If you’re a preacher, get these preaching books on your shelf and read them in 2018.”

4 Surprising Things I Learned From My Online Hiatus – by Josh Weidmann
“In May 2017 my wife and I made a conscious decision to change many things in our life—including our engagement on social media, and to take an online hiatus. Both of us had it as a mainstay in our life (as most people do) and spent more hours that we want to admit on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter—or whatever other trending platform.”

My favorite reads of 2017 – by Aaron Armstrong
“That season has come around once again, where bloggers make their listicles! As you know, reading is one the few hobbies I have, regularly reading at least two books a week. With that much reading, it’s no surprise that there’s a range of quality. Most are in that “good, but not earth-shattering” category, some were terrible (and we’ll talk about those soon)… but a few were legitimately great.”

How Charlie Brown Saved My Ministry (Twice) – by Russell Moore
“On my desk where I do most of my work there stands a Charlie Brown bobblehead figurine. I take that little comic strip figure very seriously because he kept me in ministry on two very different occasions in which I was ready to quit. Here’s why.”

5 Books I Wish Everyone Would Read in 2018 – by Brandon Kelley
“Books are powerful companions. They are mentors, entertainers, and guides. The following list contains books that I believe will help you in your walk with God, in your finances, and in your career.”

Biblical Archaeology’s Top 10 Discoveries of 2017 – by Gordon Govier
“Each year, on an almost daily basis, archaeological discoveries help us better understand the Bible and affirm its details about people, events, and culture.”

Rookie Preacher Articles

7 New Year’s Resolutions Every Pastor Should Consider – 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.