Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week, particularly from Christian church leader websites. You’ll also find a summary of this week’s content on www.equippinghispeople.com.
Here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity from church leader websites I’ve read this past week:
Why does the Christian church leader (in particular) shy away from experiences of solitude? There are the normal excuses: overcrowded schedules, demanding responsibilities, numerous obligations, constant deadlines, and more. But the deep problem we have is the almost overwhelming feeling that we will be passed over. What really concerns us is that people will get along quite well without us! You see, this strikes right at the root of our fear of becoming unimportant, unneeded, insignificant, useless. That’s the whole reason it is good for us to practice the spiritual discipline of solitude.
Using Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:3-6, Grayson encourages the Christian church leader to be a dedicated soldier, disciplined athlete and hard-working farmer. If you want to be built to last—like an orderly soldier, tenacious athlete, or hard-working farmer—Grayson suggests giving yourself up to Christ and his teaching. Do the work of ministry and draw on the grace of Jesus.
A timely post from Charles. I have worked hard to put margins around my life and ministry in the past few years, but hadn’t spotted the book Margins he refers to. I’ll be checking out for even more help. I can identify with 7-8 of the signs Charles lists, and I’m learning to see that the problem is not what is presented, but the lack of margin. Perhaps one of the greatest things I have had to do to preserve/create margin, which is missed off Charles’s list is to say “no” even to good things so that I don’t become overloaded. An alternative is to drop something good in order to take on something better.
A great reminder from Lolly. I have long been sold on the need for self-awareness in leadership. So much good can be undone by a thoughtless word or a bad attitude or habit. But I’m still learning the second skill. This post has helped to see some of the ways I can do this – inspiring people and encouraging them so that they surprise themselves with what they achieve.
Tim picks up something that concerns me every time I sit down to prepare a sermon. He notes the Christian church leader has amazing resources available to them today. We have no excuses for preparing sermons that do not deal faithfully with the text. Even if we haven’t built a giant theological library in Logos or don’t have a bookcase stuffed full of all the latest commentaries, we have free access to hundreds of commentaries, Bible translations, dictionaries, word studies, and encyclopedias. We have vast collections of sermons by some of history’s great preachers. It’s all there for the taking. But those tools can prevent us from being skilled preachers. They can keep us from studying and learning the fundamentals of preaching. They can tempt us to mimicking others’ messages. We can bypass the hard work of prayerfully pouring over a text to jumping straight to those resources. Tim concludes the tools can keep us from preaching poor sermons can also keep us from preaching excellent ones.
And why not read some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts you may not have seen this week:
- Christian Leadership: Why Me?
- 5 Ways I Ensure I Have a Sabbath
- Living as Fed People (Ephesians 5:15-20)
- Holiness: Radical Followers (Luke 9:21-17)
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