Here are some equippinghispeople posts you may not have read this week:
How do you decide what should take priority on your to do list each day? Are you guided by the “tyranny of the urgent”? or do you ask God what he wants you to prioritise?
Have the celebrations of Easter Sunday left you cold? Sometimes, our circumstances are so dark that we just don’t feel like joining in. But God’s resurrection power is available to you too!
The resurrection of Jesus changed everything! It ushered in a whole new world. We need to share our own stories of transformation.
And here are the top five articles on spiritual leadership or effectiveness I’ve read this past week:
I am really grateful to Matt for posting this article this week. After posting pictures of his sermon preparation process on Twitter, several pastors and church leaders commented that it was helpful for them. Matt figured he would publish this blog post with a little explanation for each step. I’ve already incorporated much of his process into my own.
Preaching with Notes: Yes or No? by Chuck Lawless
This is something I continue to wrestle with. Most articles come down on the Yes or No side and see it as very black and white. I appreciate Chuck’s decision to balance his post with the positives on both sides.
Karl argues cogently that every programme, building and denomination is temporary. They should stay in place only as long as they are being effective. I love his metaphor of scaffolding.
God is not concerned with our efficiency by David M. Hare
This post is an excellent reminder, especially to me having launched a blog focused, in part, on effectiveness! David doesn’t think we should be wasteful or spend money and time recklessly. Whilst it is good to strategise and plan, it should never be at the cost of obedience. If our strategy and planning and desire for efficiency drive us to ignoring the plain command of God, we need to rethink our priorities.
You Need to Stop Last Minute Sermons by Brandon Hilgemann
I cannot think of anything that would scare me more than sitting down on a Saturday night to plan what to preach the next morning! Brandon is right in my view.
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