Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week, particularly from 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:
Karl’s blog, Pivot, is one of the church leader websites I check every week. In the light of several recent scandals involving church leaders, Karl provides a timely reminder why church leaders must live morally. Finishing well has nothing to do with our reputation and everything to do with it being the right thing to do, to ensure we are faithful to God and do not hurt other people.
Rick says that your most important job as a church leader isn’t to hire and fire. It isn’t to manage a budget. It isn’t to mentor younger leaders. It’s not even to preach. Your main job as a leader is to remind your congregation continually of your church’s vision. Everything else you can delegate. You can’t delegate vision.When you don’t regularly refocus your church around a shared vision, you’ll slowly find your church experiencing vision drift. Rick sets out six ways to prevent it.
Karl helpfully sets out his journey through preaching over the past 25 years and how and why his style has changed. Why has it changed? Because people hear differently now than they did 25 years ago: our language keeps changing, our common experiences are fewer, illustrations that used to be universal no longer are, and so on. And because preaching is a skill. We either get better at it or we become stale. Preachers have to keep growing and learning. Like writing, bricklaying or guitar-playing, preaching is a skill. We either get better at it or we become stale.
I include this blog post despite the risk of a hostage to fortune as I rise to preach on Sunday morning! Kevin asserts that the majority of preachers could safely cut their sermon length by five or ten minutes (or more) and be more effective because of it. The freeing reality, he says, is that you don’t have to go 60 minutes to preach an exegetically responsible, theologically rich, personally relevant, doxologically powerful sermon. Amen!
The attractional church model assumes the greatest and highest purpose of the church service is to evangelise unbelievers rather than to equip and disciple believers. It assumes we should do whatever it takes to get people through the doors of the church. It says we shouldn’t do or say anything that may make unbelievers uncomfortable. It has been successful in its ability to draw massive crowds but found exceptionally wanting in its ability to draw people into a living relationship with the Lord that results in holiness and spiritual reproduction. But Tim asks if it has peaked and calls for gospel-centred churches instead. The marks of these that he suggests are certainly what I would like my church to be marked out for.
And why not read some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts you may not have seen this week:
- Christian Leadership: Why Me?
- Seeing with Jesus’ Eyes
- Building Each Other Up
- Jesus Meets Needs | Are You Listening? (Mark 6)
- Accountability: It Cuts Both Ways
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