Here’s a round up of the top leadership and productivity posts to read this week, particularly from a variety of Christian pastor blogs. You’ll also find a summary of this week’s content on www.equippinghispeople.com.
Here are the top five posts to read on leadership or productivity from Christian pastor blogs I’ve read this past week:
Gavin argues that to do ministry well, we need to not only love people, but like them. We need to give our hearts to them. But amidst the strains and seasons of ministry, it is easy for affection to cool. Just as in a marriage, romance does not keep on happening all by itself; we have to be intentional to keep kindling it. So also as pastors, we must be intentional to keep kindling affection (for instance, yearning, desire, dearness) in our ministry relationships. How do we do it? Gavin has a few ideas.
Scott reminds us that every serious pastor labours under a heavy weight. This is not belly-aching or an embellishment, but rather this is the reality of being a pastor. The work is serious and the work has eternal ramifications. We have the burden of walking with people through the most difficult times of their lives, the pain of sleepless nights because of anxiety over the church, the task of preaching God’s word on a weekly basis, and the joy of seeing God use it all for his glory. Scott sets out six weights we have on our shoulders.
Chris reminds us that our week, no matter how many hours we work, is finite, and we can’t reclaim it. Spend half an hour with cat videos, and its gone – poof – forever. How you spend your time as a pastor is a more serious question than how you spend the church’s money. Much more serious. A good reminder.
Ron’s blog is one of my go-to Christian pastor blogs. In this post he acknowledges hospitality isn’t something we commonly associate with definitions of leadership, but he believes it’s critical to our effectiveness that we begin to do so. He argues we can’t influence people if we haven’t invited them and welcomed them once they’ve arrived. When you can get people to the table, when you can get people in a place where they’re willing to listen to you, then you can be successful. This, he says, is the power of marrying hospitality and leadership.
As a pastor, it might be a question you get asked. It’s increasingly common to hear from long-time, Jesus-loving believers that they don’t go to church as often as they used to. Some have quit completely, saying that the church has been more harmful to their spiritual health than helpful to it. But Karl has come to the opposite conclusion. He’s discovered that the more he grows in Christ, the more he needs the church – and the more they need him.
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this week:
- Christian Leadership: Why Me?
- Abide in Jesus Today
- You Need More Margin
- Soultime: Best Christian Meditation App [Updated]
- Equipping His People
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