Each Saturday we point you to the best preaching, leadership, and ministry content we have encountered on the internet during the week. Today, we are bringing together the top links of all of 2016. These are ranked based on clicks to those links.
Top 10 Links of the Week for All of 2016
It’s Christmas time again.
And every year pastors have the task to create yet another great Christmas sermon. But after many years of preaching the same message, you can get repetitive.
What’s the best way to outline a sermon? Where do you start? How do you outline your sermon for the maximum impact? In this episode we discuss the most killer way to outline your sermons.
It amazes me the insights and wisdom available to us in great preaching books. I’ve pulled together the books that have impacted my preaching the most. Each one of these books will help you improve your preaching in distinct ways. I love all of them for different reasons, and my copies are all marked up. Here’s my list of the best 5 books on preaching:
I’m often asked by other pastors or church planters about how I prep a sermon. While these aren’t so much things you should do, these are things that are principles for me and shape how a sermon goes from nothing to something.
How you begin your sermon is vital. It can mean the difference between your listeners checking out or deciding to pay close attention. The things you say at the beginning of a sermon are what your listeners subconsciously use to build a framework for your whole message. If your thoughts are murky and unclear, you’re laying an unstable foundation.
Your sermon is nearly finished, but it’s still missing that one thing—the perfect sermon illustration or story that will make it unforgettable.
So, if you are like most pastors, you fire up the Google machine and search for “sermon illustrations.”
With Christmas fast approaching, I want to provide you a wonderful list of resources to get the leaders in your life. Below are 17 books written by some of today’s top Christian leaders. These will inspire, equip and challenge all Christian leaders. Make sure you check out each one!
Have you ever tried to pick a favorite hymn or Scripture passage when asked? Impossible, isn’t it? At least it is for me. I had similar feelings when my pastoral interns asked me to pick my top books every pastor should read. Too many to choose from and where does the list end? Nevertheless, they demanded this of me and I conceded.
Regardless of what it’s called, almost every church has a church connection card. Check out what makes the following 4 connection cards awesome. Use them as jumping-off points to inspire an upgrade (or simplification) of your own church’s card.
When it comes to church growth, some barriers or size plateaus prove to be difficult to overcome, churches feel stuck at a certain size. Many thinkers and strategists have written about these attendance barriers that burden today’s church.