Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week, for the disciplined leader, pastor and others. You’ll also find a summary of this week’s content on equippinghispeople.com.
Here are the top five articles on leadership or productivity I’ve read this past week:
Joseph argues that becoming a disciplined leader takes hard work. You have to discipline yourself and break yourself of the bad habits you’ve created. He suggests the disciplined leader needs to learn self-care, respect their time and the time of others, master their thoughts, focus on what’s important, communicate clearly, be committed and reward themselves. A great list!
Must-Read Books for Preachers in 2018 (Recommended by Preachers and Church Leaders) by Brandon Kelley
I agree with Brandon who says books are vital for our development as leaders and preachers. If the disciplined leader isn’t reading, they likely aren’t growing. But when we regularly expose ourselves to new ideas, new angles, and new thought processes, we open the door to growth. There are some great ones on this list that I will be adding to my wish list!
Carey says the disciplined leader becomes a student of themselves. This isn’t some strange form of narcissism or self-absorption. Just the opposite. The best leaders ask themselves and others piercing questions. They’re relentlessly honest with themselves about their strengths and weaknesses. I find journalling helps me with this, particularly in exposing any gap between my public and private self, and in helping me see my limits.
Karl cogently makes the case that the church is not a business, and pastors are not CEOs. In scripture, the church is referred to as a family, not as a business. And the requirements for its members and its leaders are based on how family members treat each other, not how businesses function.
Nowhere does the Bible imply that a pastor is not being faithful if they are not producing certain levels of numerical increase. Karl goes on to set out what does matter instead.
I’d love to say that every church member is a saint, but, well, I’m one of them! Sadly, in some churches, some members are toxic. Dan helps to expose them with ten questions to ask. I liked the projects at the end of the article too.
And why not read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
The Salvation Army Soldier’s Covenant emphasises holy living and a high moral code. Is that still relevant today?
The Salvation Army’s principal purpose is to save souls. We are an Army at war with sin in the world and in our lives.
“Pray to the Lord for me”. What an amazing response to criticism! If only I could learn to respond in that way.
Shepherds smell like sheep! Why? Because they spend the majority of their time with them. I can’t fully delegate pastoral care to someone else or leave someone else to pick it up. If I am going to pastor the people God has given me to love and care for, then I need to be with those people.
What helpful posts have you read this week? Why not link to them in the comments below?
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