Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week, particularly from the Christian leader blogs I read. 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 Christian leader blogs I’ve read this past week:
Hat tip to my friend and colleague, Captain Naomi Clifton, for pointing me in the direction of this first post this week. For me, Dallas sums up where The Salvation Army is in many ways today: “A person of some great inspiration and ability emerges, and rises far above his or her origins and surroundings … In each of these people there is a… well, a certain something … They really are different, and that difference explains why these individuals have such great effect, and why movements and institutions grow up around them. It is as if they stand in another world, and from there they have extraordinary effects in this world—as God acts with them. Organization of their activities takes place, and other organizations spin off from them as numbers of talented individuals are drawn to them and make their lives in their wake. But these other individuals—usually, but not always, very well-intending—do not carry the “fire,” the “certain something,” within them. The mission or missions that have been set afoot begin a subtle divergence from the vision that gripped the founder, and before too long the institution and its mission has become the vision”. Fortunately, he concludes it doesn’t have to be this way, and proposes steps to identify and sustain the vision that God has for The Salvation Army (or any other ministry for that matter).
Here’s a post for my fellow introverts! Extrovert Christian leaders may often be the most admired, but we introverts have at least nine reasons we can do well in Christian leadership too. I can especially identify with reasons 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. How about you?
Prayer is critical for the Christian leader. I love these prayers from Ron. I am adopting them into my prayer time already.
Scott says it has been no secret that we sleep less than our forefathers did. Stress, caffeine, television, and the internet work together to deprive us of one of our most basic necessities. Unfortunately, we trick ourselves into thinking we don’t need sleep. In fact, we are tempted to see ourselves as weaker for needing sleep. But you and I need to sleep more than we realise. Your need for sleep is profoundly theological and speaks volumes about where we place our hope and trust. Scott sets out how Scripture gives us three reasons why we need to stop our striving to get ahead or our ceaseless desire for entertainment and go to sleep.
Chuck’s blog is one of my go-to Christian leader blogs, so it’s no surprise I have a second post from him this week. Here is a great post on what to ask yourself during your sermon preparation. It rightly has as much to do with self-preparation for preaching as it does about preparing the sermon itself.
And why not read some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts you may not have seen this week:
- Bible Message Podcast: Living as Fed People (Ephesians 5:15-20)
- Bible Message Podcast: Holiness: Radical Followers (Luke 9:21-17)
- Social Media: The Best Use of Your Time?
- Salvation Army Soldiership: A Radical Lifestyle
- Salvation Army Soldier’s Covenant as a Missional Strategy
- Christian Leadership: Why Me?
- Productivity: The Challenge of Balance
- Prayer, Christian Meditation and the Soultime App
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