Links of the Week (1/20/18)

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

The single best preparation you can do for preaching and teaching a text – by Joe McKeever
“The best thing you can do to prepare to preach or teach a text is to live in it for many days prior to the moment. This means reading it again and again until you know what it’s saying. After that, read it again until you see even more.”

Challenges Facing the Church in 2018 – via BreakPoint
“For our first symposium of the new year, we decided to ask several Christian leaders what they thought might be the most important issues to be faced by the church in 2018. We were delighted with the diversity of emphases provided by our panel as each individual analyzed out the various issues facing Christianity in the months ahead.”

Is the Digital Church or the Internet Church Really the Church? – by Thom Rainer
“Some call it the digital church.

Others call it the Internet church.

In either case, it refers to people joining worship services, and even groups, virtually or digitally. They are not physically present.”

4 Habits to Build an Effective Preaching Ministry – by Rob Hortugen
“One of the greatest challenges to building a lifelong pastoral ministry is to continuously excel in the habits, traits, hard and soft skills necessary to build an effective ministry. An “effective pastoral ministry” is not defined by size or influence, but as faithfully fulfilling the ministry the Lord has called you to and a local church entrusted you to fulfill.”

10 Things Pastors Should Really Fear About Capital Campaigns – by Brian Dodd
“For the past 15 years I have had the privilege of working with INJOY Stewardship Solutions helping churches raise significant capital and fully-fund their mission and vision. One of the things I often do is help pastors and church leaders work through some initials fears they may have about the process.”

When You’re Tempted to Quit too Soon – by Josh Reich
“At some point, we are tempted to quit something.

It might be a job, a church plant, a team, a diet or workout plan, a book, a degree program or even a difficult marriage.

Why?

Because we’re human, and when things get difficult, many of us want to pack up and go home.”

The Pro-Life Movement Needs More Wilberforces – by Gracy Olmstead
“The pro-life movement has always been animated by compassion and a zeal for human rights. But if you asked people on the streets whether they associate those two things with the pro-life movement, I wonder how many would agree.”

Millennials Are Ready To Be Leaders: Here’s How They’re Doing It – by Larry Alton
“Millennials have been changing the workplace ever since they started arriving on the scene nearly a decade ago. Now, Millennials are growing older and are starting to step into leadership and management positions.”

How Pastors Can Model and Teach What God’s Word Says About Financial Stewardship – by Randy Alcorn
“In churches, stewardship should not be viewed as just one among many competing “special interests,” occasionally offered as an elective. We need much more than teaching on budgeting and financial planning. We need a Bible-based, Christ-centered theology of money and possessions that tackles critical stewardship issues pertaining to all Christians.”

6 Reminders on the Importance of Pastoral Leadership – by Erik Reed
“Every church deserves to well fed and well led to the glory of God. Well fed churches are nourished in rich doctrine through the preaching of the Word and discipleship. Well led churches are organized with clarity of vision and a plan for accomplishing it. It has been my experience that most pastors focus on feeding the flock, but very few approach leading the flock with the same passion and sense of importance.”

Rookie Preacher Articles

3 Questions to Find Your Sermon’s Sweet Spot – by David Rudd

5 Things Every Godly Leader Should Do in 2018 – by Joe Hoagland

Don’t Be a Selfish Preacher: Widening the Scope of Your Sermons – by Chris Pascarella

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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 Senior Pastor of First Church of Christ in Bluffton, IN. He also writes at BrandonKelley.org. You can follow him @BrandonKelley_. Watch his sermons here.