Here are some equippinghispeople posts you may not have read this week:
Actually, I’ve been on holiday this week, and following on from last week’s post about more margin, I haven’t written or posted any! Back on it this week though.
And here are the top five articles on spiritual leadership or effectiveness I’ve read this past week:
I have thought a lot about spiritual warfare whilst I’ve been away on holiday, so this post was timely. Brandon says pastors and church leaders are on the front lines of the battle, where the smell of smoke, sweat, and blood always hangs in the air. He happens to believe that Satan’s servants are keen observers of our patterns, behaviours, and weaknesses. When you pursue God’s purposes and decide to influence the world for the gospel’s sake, you become a subject of study among the demons.
It’s not hard to see the difficult parts of pastoral ministry. Expectations are high. The weight of pastoring is heavy. Discouragement is a constant temptation. People can and will hurt us. But Dash reminds us of the incredible privilege of ministry. I really don’t deserve to be doing the best job in the world!
Rainer says that when you talk to long-time church members about a deep love for their pastor, they speak of presence—the times when the pastor was there. Why do you love your pastor? Nobody answers the question, “Stage presence” or “social media following” or “writing ability” or “leadership acumen.” Most often, church members answer with a personal anecdote of when the pastor was simply there, present in real-time and at ground level. This was a wake up call to me to get out of the office more.
So many leaders write a to-do list, put in 8-10 hours, work hard, and have nothing to show for it. Often, not only did the to-do list not get shorter, it often gets longer. Carey asks why that is, setting out five reasons he has found for it. Productivity is a favourite theme of Carey’s, so some of the problems and suggested solutions are repeated. But the one that stood out for me this time, was the problem of lagging energy. I have begun to notice this in me at particular times, and will be trying his suggestions instead of trying to push through it.
Chernoff notes our the tendency to put ourselves at the centre of the universe, and seeing everything—every event, conversation, circumstance, etc.—from the viewpoint of how it relates to us on a personal level. And this can have all kinds of adverse effects, from feeling hurt when other people are rude, to feeling sorry for ourselves when things don’t go exactly as planned, to doubting ourselves when we aren’t perfect. This includes taking everything personally. I love the Notes to Self, and will be keeping them close by.
What helpful posts have you read this week? Why not link to them in the comments below?
– Do something as a result of what you’ve read.
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