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
“Um, so, did someone tell you about Dave’s job?” an anxious member told me, as she shook my hand on the way out of the auditorium one Sunday morning. “Because it seemed like you were talking to us.”
WoodsEdge Community Church Senior Pastor Jeff Wells knows there is only one thing that could have moved his church from a massive debt load to being debt free and giving away 50% of its income—all in less than a year.
For the past couple of weeks my RSS feeder has been humming with list after list of the best books of 2016. It seems that just about every avid reader I follow is eager to share his or her picks for the year that was. I love these lists and decided I’d compile them to look for patterns and repeats. Here, then, are the collected best Christian books of 2016. Each one of these is from a blog or web site I read regularly.
I hesitate to say one group in the church has a “right” to expect anything of another. Insisting on our rights will almost invariably result in resistance, frustration, anger, and division. And yet in a very real sense believers who support the work of the Lord with their tithes and offerings and time and energy have a right to expect certain things from their shepherd. That’s what this is about.
You’ll see in this list a theme of fear and loathing vs. faith and love. As we see our neighbors mediated through our reading, watching, and listening we’re tempted to fear and loathe them, because someone’s paying to keep our attention. And the easiest way to keep that attention is through anger and fear. But I’ve noticed in my church and community I’m more likely to see my neighbors, even when we disagree, as people who can teach me, as people made in the image of God, as people who need the gospel of Jesus Christ. Locally I know all about our serious problems. But I’m stubbornly optimistic about God’s plan. Why do I struggle, then, to see God at work in stories I only know from a distance? Please join me in prayer that bring good from what appears to be evil.
Leaders are dealers of hope. They point people to a brighter tomorrow. Leaders remind people they are going to make it and there is always a chance to succeed. The is the message of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
If your church has been running in the 290 to 490 attendance range for more than five years, you are stuck at the 400 barrier.
In my experience, more Senior Pastors reach out for help at this size range than any other. That’s because the complexity of issues they get hit with at this size are fundamentally different than what had to be addressed to break the 100 and 200 barriers.
In case you need some ideas for this Christmas. Great list by Brandon.
In case you need some entertainment.