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 church 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 church leader blogs I’ve read this past week:
Craig tells the story of meeting a new employee in one of Apple’s stores. As an Apple geek, I was immediately drawn to it! But the story, and the lesson Craig draws from it got me thinking. As the leader in a holiness movement, I want to focus on moving people through stages of spiritual maturity, rather than focusing on running programmes. This article helps set those priorities.
Brandon’s Rookie Preacher is on the church leader blogs I read every week. In this article, Brandon suggests an outline helps you write faster, keeps your sermon focused on one point and helps you understand your sermon and use fewer notes. Having been preaching regularly for six years, around two years ago I adopted Andy Stanley’s approach of Me>We>God>You>We (which seems similar to Brandon’s in many ways) as my outline, and this has really helped me focus both in my preparation and my preaching. This has been reflected in the feedback I receive too, especially from my wife!
I had a similar experience to Scott earlier in the year when I attempted to reword the mission statement of the Salvation Army corps I lead, having arrived as leader six months before. My rewording did not change the meaning of the mission statement at all, but simply tried to make it shorter and more memorable. A no-brainer, you would think (or at least, I did!). But my idea was rejected. Why? Because I hadn’t brought anyone along on the journey I’d had with it. I sprang it on them. Scott reminded me of that embarrassing lesson and reminds us all about the importance of process when seeking to make progress.
We all need the help of volunteers. In this article, Danny made me think that perhaps I am more guilty than I realise for using the word “need” and inadvertently “guilting” people into volunteering. I love the positive and empowering language of “opportunity” instead. I will have several opportunities for people when I return to ministry after my holiday this week, and will be watching my language carefully!
What Not to Say to Someone in the Hospital by Kathryn Butler
I always think of offering someone pastoral care in the hospital as an awe-inspiring task. So I am grateful to Katie for her article and the reminders in it. Katie is a a trauma and critical care surgeon, so she knows what she’s talking about! Even more helpful than the list of things not to say to a patient, is the list of the six ways in which we can help.
And why not read some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts you may not have seen this week:
- Self Denial: The Salvationist’s Most Effective Weapon
- Productivity: The Challenge of Balance
- Christian Leadership: Why Me?
- Full Focus Planner: The Difference It Makes
- Contemplation Connection
- Seeing with Jesus’ Eyes
- 3 Reasons You Need a Holiday
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