Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week. Salvation Army officers and other spiritual leaders: click away if any article interests you.
Read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
Solitude and success? That doesn’t seem likely! Busyness is the real key to success. It’s the signal that we’re important, and doing important work. My experience is that when I am busy, I’m not really accomplishing as much as I can do. With no time to reflect, I can’t see the bigger picture. Solitude helps.
The Salvation Army’s principle purpose is to save souls. We are an Army at war with sin in the world and in our lives. God calls us to work tirelessly to win the world for Jesus. Everything else is subservient to this. Whatever you do can fulfil The Salvation Army’s bigger mission of saving souls.
Why does The Salvation Army exist? The clue is in the name! We are a Salvation Army, getting people saved and getting saved ourselves more and more. We are an Army, at war with sin in the world and in our own lives.
God raised up The Salvation Army to be somewhat different to the rest of the Church. Most importantly, soldiers volunteer to live by uncompromising lifestyle standards. But sometimes we become tired of being different.
And here are the top five articles on spiritual leadership or effectiveness I’ve read this past week:
CCLP 020: Danielle Strickland On Becoming A Great Communicator, Knowing When It’s Time To Move On And Being A Rebel At Heart by Carey Nieuwhof and Danielle Strickland
One Salvation Army officer and leader I have admired for many years is Danielle Strickland. Her decision to resign as a Salvation Army officer at the end of last year disappointed and hurt me. This podcast goes a long way to explaining her decision and the love she still has for our movement. A reminder that we never know the full story of a situation we might be disappointed in.
The prophetic book, The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb by Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel, talks about a dangerous trend in churches towards focusing less on the humility, weakness, and servanthood of sacrifice, instead prioritising the triumph, power, and boasting of success. Greear sets out eight signs this might be the case, including these that struck home to me: Jealousy towards the success of others, Dissatisfaction with how little I’ve accomplished, Distance from people in the flock and Annoyance with people. I’ve already downloaded a sample of the book based on this article.
Following hot on the heels of the last post is this one from Brian Dodd. The resignations and/or firings of prominent pastors in the last few years have created a tipping point. Dodd says the days of the pastor being primarily influenced by the business community are coming to an end. The days of delivering a TED Talk and throwing in a Bible verse at the end are coming to end. The time of the pastor leading through his larger-than-life presence and personality is coming to an end. The era of the pastor valuing personal freedoms more than personal holiness are coming to an end. A new Christian leadership model which so many have felt intuitively was needed but could not put into words is now emerging. He quotes Brad Cooper who says, “Leadership in and of itself is not the end-game in the church world. There is a higher calling, even higher than leadership… A shepherd is the highest calling in the pastoral world and in the ministry world.” Amen!
I use OmniFocus as an essential part of my productivity and effectiveness system. This is a great article reminding me of the essentials of a task management system. Schmitz sums up the advice in this article as: Figure out what you kind of tool you need for making your list every day and
Identify a way to capture new tasks as you become aware of them.
I’me beginning to get the impression the big tech companies are themselves becoming concerned about how technology is harming society. The anticipation of trying out the new “restrictions” that will form part of iOS 12 when it comes out later in the year, including Screen Time and quiet notifications excites me. They can only enhance productivity and wellbeing. Gartenberg compares Apple’s approach with Google’s.
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