Each Saturday we point you to the best content we have encountered on the internet during the week.
Links of the Week
This was a really good conversation.
Intuitively church folks know that their churches must empower younger leaders. Simply stated, if a church fails to engage new generations, the church will eventually die. Yet while people know a church must empower younger leaders, some churches struggle to do so. They struggle to hand significant responsibility to younger leaders, to empower younger leaders to launch new initiatives, and to joyfully allow themselves to be led by a new generation. In churches that struggle to empower younger leaders, these three cultural realities exist:
Pete was super helpful and insightful. I’m going to have to get his book, The Emotional Healthy Leader soon. If you need to be ministered to, listen to this entire episode. Like now.
Pete Scazzero’s book The Emotionally Healthy Leader and his ministry, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, have shaped and rebuilt numerous church leaders across America. It is a practical and rich book the digs into the heart, the motivations, the history, and the inner life of the reader. On the 5 Leadership Questions podcast I co-host we heard time and agin from leaders we interviewed that this book was impacting them dramatically and that we ought to have Pete on with us. So we did, and it was a wonderful conversation.
When it comes to work and life, most of us know what it feels like to be out of balance. But do we know what it feels like to be in balance? It’s not a trick question—even if it seems so at first.
There is a legal structure in so much Christian thought—justification, covenants, guilt, law, obedience—and it can dominate the deeper structure of Scripture. Perhaps it is the familiarity of legal imagery.
You know you’ve been in church for a while if you’ve heard the acronym “P.K.” It’s an exclusive club whose membership requires one thing: You must have a parent who is pastor (unless you are the child of a missionary … then you’re an “M.K.”).
Over the past six months, I have consulted with churches and communicators about the effectiveness of their messages.
Some messages are incredibly powerful, and some are not, which leads to the question, “What is the difference between a perfect message and a powerful message?”
Structure doesn’t cause growth; the structure of your church determines how fast you’ll grow and the size to which you’ll grow. There is no clear organizational structure in the New Testament, and I think God did that intentionally so the Church can adapt to different stages, ages, and cultures. God gives us broad principles and not narrow rules. There is no perfect structure.
Nobody likes to ask for money. But let’s be honest, your church needs money.
Whether it’s for a leak in your roof, a mission trip to Honduras or everyday maintenance and salaries, there will come a time that your church will need to ask for money. But how?
Social media is a brilliant opportunity for your church or non-profit to communicate with existing or new audiences in a way that no other communication channel allows. The traditional gatekeepers of media aren’t there. Social media is the digital campfire of today. Being around for a while I’ve seen some use social media really well and unfortunately some use it really badly. Here are 22 common mistakes most churches & non-profits make on social media: