Here are some equippinghispeople posts you may not have read this week:
As a leader, I often feel like I need some Ready Brek energy! Leadership is hard work. It takes lots of energy. Spiritual leadership often includes long days, dealing with pastoral and other issues, preaching and a myriad of other tasks that all take energy. How do you ensure you have the energy to keep going?
And here are the top five articles on spiritual leadership or effectiveness I’ve read this past week:
A sermon watched by around 1.9 billion people. A sermon that seemed to be talked about in the media more than the Duchess of Sussex’s dress or anything else connected with the Royal Wedding? Why would you not take a look at it? Social media has been awash with comments about the theology of the message (including some pretty unChristian ones in my view). Carey doesn’t really address that. He looks at the “mechanics” of the sermon, if you like. If you’re a preacher like me, it’s worth a read.
I really appreciated Chris’s take on this. He says he was recently talking through an idea with a friend, and he shrewdly asked, ‘What’s the problem this is trying to solve?’ And the mist cleared in his mind. He’d thought of his idea as a Project – let’s do X, and it was starting to bloat, adding more and more features. Steve invited him to identify the Problem, and once he began to think in that way, it became leaner, cleaner. He goes on to work through an example, which is even more helpful.
This is a problem I have to guard against. Being a people pleaser can become a soul draining habit. This is because, most people will be glad to walk all over you if you allow them that freedom. The mind hacks chime with my practice of mindfulness, so they should be easy to implement.
Chris is back to says he sees ghosts every day! He’s willing to bet you do too. Although you probably don’t recognise them for what they are, and just pass them by. If you’re beset by traditionalism, this post is for you!
Another great post from Carey! Having preached on John 15 a couple of times in the past month or so, this article struck a chord with me. He asks how do you know if you’re producing spiritually mature disciples or not? How do you measure? He says look at someone’s life for the evidence. What evidence? Evidence that the Holy Spirit is transforming someone, or as the ancients used to say (and Salvationists still say!), evidence that someone is being sanctified. He sets out what that looks like.
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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