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Links of the Week
This was good. There’s a follow-up episode for those who want to get into the nuts and bolts of running a podcast, too.
How long, O Lord?
That lament echoes through the Psalms, appears in Habakkuk, recurs in Revelation—and pervades the meandering minds of parishioners obliged to suffer the pastor’s preaching past the point of effectiveness. Expressions of pain and bewilderment is hardly the response a pastor hopes for when delivering his sermon after a week’s worth of preparation.
Some of the healthiest people I know are the ones who know how to say “no”—especially to good things. They realize that they have limits: They’re human and need sleep. Maybe they want to spend time with their families. They have full-time jobs and ministry commitments. Perhaps they even recognize they’re only gifted in so many ways…
A preaching ministry is built on a whole set of convictions. Convictions about God, the Gospel, about people, about ministry. It is right that we let these convictions grow over time as we spend time in the Bible, and learn from mentors, from experience, from life. In this post I’d like to flag up one of these convictions.
This was good. Really good.
I am a high-energy person. But I haven’t always been that way. There have been times in my life when I was utterly exhausted.
Effective leaders pay attention to both the big and the little things. There are the big projects, the overarching deliverables, and an executing strategy to drive the vision. There are also the details of personal lives to track, and reminders to do the little things with high leverage, because leadership is about working with others.
Recently, I was speaking with a church staff member who was lamenting mistakes he had made as leader. These mistakes caused him to lose tremendous amounts of influence with the pastor, fellow staff, and key volunteer leaders within the church. Ultimately, he lost his job.
As promised, I’m going to share a few practical handles I’ve discovered that will help you to recognize the Lord’s voice in your own life. There are many more that I cover elsewhere, but here are five:
What are the habits and disciplines that make high capacity leaders, high capacity? I interview Elevation Church’s Frank Bealer, who became President of an Insurance Company at age 23 and has continued to be promoted into positions of high influence and responsibility at a young age. Frank shares his strategy, approach and schedule in detail with a view to helping you get better at what you do.
Deep within the soul of every expositor, there must reside an unwavering commitment to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word. Regardless of the cultural currents of the day, and regardless of the changing of the times, the preacher must be persuaded that the truth of Scripture is the only hope and remedy for the souls of men and women.