Here’s a round up of the top leadership and productivity posts to read this week, particularly from the best pastor blogs I could find. 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 the best pastor blogs I’ve read this past week:
Mike explains that when it comes to relationships, when we function primarily in chronos time, people either fit into our schedules or they don’t. Our relationships are controlled by a scarcity of minutes and hours. To give our attention, time, or energy to another person is to sacrifice a limited commodity. So we must decide, with every interaction, if the person before us is going to be a drain to an already limited asset or a worthy investment of our time. There is another way—one more ancient and biblical—to view time. The Greek term that defines this understanding of time is kairos. The idea of kairos time, in the Bible, carries with it an idea of divine appointment: that God is in control of time itself, and he has appointed times, seasons, and dates to fulfill his own purposes. Each moment is, therefore, pregnant with purpose above and beyond our own understanding. Kairos time is purposeful, yet outside of our control. Our lives, therefore, are filled with a multitude of divine appointments, rather than a long line of annoying interruptions.
Tim’s is one of the best pastor blogs out there, and this post proves why. There is one realisation about pastoring that came to Tim slowly but which finally arrived like a breath of fresh, cool air on a hot summer’s day. It is freeing because it counters an expectation church members can have toward their pastors and, even more so, an expectation pastors can have toward themselves. Here is what he realised: The pastor’s job isn’t to fix things. A profound truth for me to remember!
Simone argues that enabling notifications is essentially giving other people permission to schedule blocks of time in your day. Specifically, in 23-minute chunks. Researchers have found it takes, on average, 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task at hand after a distraction. And notifications are serial offenders. That’s why I turn most of mine off.
To be an effective leader, you have to be able to hold people’s attention. People have to be willing to listen to you if you’re going to lead and influence them. If you find yourself regularly being ignored and tuned out, Lolly lists ten possible reasons and their solutions.
Jordan thinks the church must be an oasis for the true Christian. Each of us must be such a great encouragement that we become a breath of fresh air for those who speak to you. This is perhaps especially true of leaders. Of course, we should confront sin and push people towards holiness, but when our people talk to us they should feel like we care about them and, more importantly, their soul. The church should be the most encouraging place on earth, and it all starts with you and me.
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this week:
- Productivity: The Challenge of Balance
- I Want to Live Right | Watch Your Mouth! (James 3:1-12)
- Bible Message Podcast | All Loved Up! (Revelation 2:1-7) – Major Lisa Lloyd-Jones
- The Power of Silence in Leadership
- Putting the Bible into Practice
- Holiness: Radical Followers (Luke 9:21-17)
- We Believe | No More Tears (Revelation 21)
- Living as Fed People (Ephesians 5:15-20)
I’m on holiday next week, so the equippinghispeople posts will start again from 5 November.
Have a look at the current content for more inspiration.
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