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
How you get your sermon started matters. While there is lots of room for error in the body of your sermon, there is little room for error in your introduction. It can be the difference between someone being on the edge of their seat or slumped in their seat, between using their phone’s Bible app or fantasy football app.
This is the plan I’m using.
My wife says, “You are addicted to progress.”
For those who read my blog regularly, you know I do a “trends post” every year early in January. This next statement sounds totally immodest, but I’m pretty good at predictive trends.
In a recent podcast, Shawn Lovejoy talked a lot about how church leadership can help create vision and use it to move the church forward. In creating vision and leading people through it, there comes a lot of responsibility though. Shawn offers some advice:
For Christianity Today’s pastoral resources, this was a year of transitions. After 36 years serving pastors with remarkable ministry insight, Leadership Journal published its final issue in January. But its legacy (and entire catalog of articles) lives on here at CTPastors.com.
The turn of the year is always a good time to evaluate what’s working in our lives, what’s not, and make any changes that will start us down a better path.
This works as a tip vice versa too.
Prior to the standardization of typewriters—let alone the development of computers—Charles Spurgeon literally penned a boatload of content. He’s considered to be the most widely read preacher and he produced more written material than any other Christian in history.
Preachers do weird things. One weird thing we do is prepare our sermons alone. Every week you have to get up in front of a group of people and say words. Those words have to be engaging, powerful, motivating, encouraging, accurate, practical, and spiritual all at the same time.