Here are some equippinghispeople posts you may not have read this week:
Would you like to be more loving, more joyful, more at peace, more patient, more kind, more good, more faithful, more gentle, more self-controlled? Then I have the answer!
As a spiritual leader, it is important I rest. One way to ensure I am following the discipline of rest is to ensure I take a Sabbath day every week. I try not to be involved in any work. I try to ensure all we have to do is to play and rest. Here are five ways I ensure that happens.
And here are the top five articles on spiritual leadership or effectiveness I’ve read this past week:
Your mobile phone can doom your workday with endless distractions—a text here, an app notification there, and your focus ends up drifting from the work at hand to what’s happening on your screen. Ziv harnesses the power of the Do Not Disturb Whilst Driving feature on the iPhone to set an auto response for texts when you want to focus deeply on work.
Wax says that in an age of disenchantment, a world in which people are starved by superficiality, we need writers and pastors and artists who can feed us with the wonder of existence. We need theologians and pastors who combine their desire for theological accuracy with the desire to showcase biblical beauty, until we stand in awe—of this world in all of its haunted goodness and of the gospel in all of its long-awaited surprise.
Chuck thinks all of us who preach regularly need to have a team that evaluates our preaching. I agree. I am grateful to those who give thoughtful feedback regularly. I’m reflecting on if and how I should formalise this.
Kneale reminds us the main issue with the social gospel is that it doesn’t save anybody. Nobody is ushered into the kingdom because we put on some nice social services for them. Always a good reminder for those of us involved in The Salvation Army.
Ron recognises the constant tension between the administration/money side of ministry and the discipleship/hands on side of ministry. Some tensions need to be managed, some are a problem to be solved. Ron notes that many policies are written because someone didn’t want to solve a problem. This is especially prevalent in the church world. Churches, in his experience, are notorious for creating a new policy to attempt to manage the problem rather than doing the difficult work of solving it. I recognise the problem, and would add some of the notices I see up in churches into the mix too!
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