Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week, for leaders, pastors and others. You’ll also find a summary of this week’s content on equippinghispeople.com, including last week’s Bible Message podcast.
Here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity I’ve read this past week:
Wait? What? But as Kris points out, isn’t this the case for everyone who is called to testify to the entire counsel of God? Not a single one of us can go their whole lives without preaching a hypocritical sermon or writing a hypocritical lesson. At some point, we are going to have to address issues that we ourselves have difficulty understanding and adhering to. We will inevitably call people to be obedient to a standard that we ourselves fall short of, and we will give advice and instruction to our churches that we need a healthy dose of ourselves. But this shouldn’t cause us to shy away from preaching the Word of God in all its fullness. Kris helpfully supplies three things we shouldn’t do when we have to preach a hypocritical sermon.
Commonly referred to by psychologists as hurry-sickness or “excessive-time-urgency” a plague has probably taken more lives than we realise. Kurt lists ten signs and warns if you see more than four or five in your life, you may have succumbed to the disease. I recognise at least three.
As leaders, we have a finite amount of energy. We either use that energy wisely or waste it. Dan reminds us there are other things we do as leaders that consume and deplete our energy that we don’t have to do, and in fact, should stop doing. Sometimes they are so embedded in our habits we don’t realise we’re doing them. And sometimes we do know and do them anyway. Dan has written an important list of things that if you stop doing, you’ll accomplish more, realise a rise in your stamina (energy), and overall experience a higher level of satisfaction. I need to work on 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 especially!
As part of my transition from a dully digital task organisation system to a hybrid one (digital and paper), I decided this week to move my prayer list from my PrayerMate app to the back of my Full Focus Planner. This article from Darryl helped me organise my paper list.
Carolyn reminds us that God likes churches, which all by itself says a lot about the unfathomable patience of God. Church people have a bit of a reputation for challenging the limits of good sense. And this is what God has chosen as his primary vehicle for saturating the world with the gospel. In fact, he calls it his bride. God doesn’t just like the Church; he loves the Church. Carolyn reminds us that rather than descending into petty and unimportant arguments, many churches and Christians are waking up every day prepared to die. And yet, no other religion is growing at the rate of Christianity. In fact, countries seeing the greatest rate of growth in Christian conversions are also ranked highest in their rate of persecuting Christians. The Church is the hope of the world, because Jesus is.
And why not read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
Do you ever feel people are not listening to you when you’re telling them about Jesus? If you feel rejected, then Jesus understands.
The Salvation Army’s 5th Doctrine outlines that sin impacts all of our lives. Our relationship with God is broken. Why?
What would you do if I asked you to talk to someone about Jesus, to witness for him? Does the very thought of it bring you out in a cold sweat?
The Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt and his team is the best productivity tool I have added to my locker in many years.
When it comes to productivity, almost everyone struggles with work-life balance. So how do I work towards balance as a spiritual leader?
When it comes to leadership, like General John Gowans, I often wonder, Why Me? But God calls, so I have to say, yes.
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