Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week for church leaders 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:
Paul says the best church leaders spend time on becoming better at the art of leading through relationships. After all relationships are both the glue and the grease that make work, happen. Emotionally intelligent church leaders say the right thing at the right time, remain focused on others and are self-aware. A good reminder.
Lolly provides a good list of ways to effectively get work done, including being productive, focusing on the important, cultivating good habits, learning to say no and managing projects. There’s not much new here, but it is a good summary and contrasts these things with their busy and overwhelming contrasts.
Carey catalogues that people who used to attend church regularly aren’t. Whole groups of people are gone.He asks what this means for today and for the future church? His argument is that in the future church only the engaged will attend because only the engaged will remain. He maps out how he sees this taking place. A thought-provoking read.
Ed says if we are really considering others as more significant than ourselves, then we will not insist on our own preferences. He gives biblical back up for this argument and suggests spiritual leaders need to keep compelling their people with their vision, study the culture you are in, and model preference denial. We all have our battles with traditionalism, and these posts are a good help with it.
And why not read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
In this message, on of Basingstoke Salvation Army’s own young people, David Ebenezer wove the film Paddington with Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, to challenge us to love others.
The Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt and his team is the best productivity tool I have added to my locker in many years. A few weeks ago, I was posting photos on social media of my Daily Big 3 in my Full Focus Planner and a number of friends have enquired about the Planner. So, I thought you might like to know! This post is part three of a three part series. You can read the first post here and the second post here.
“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. I have to spend a significant part of each week on the ground, listening to, laughing and crying with, eating with, and being with my people.
Christians are called to be a light in the world. That sounds like a big deal, doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be. Being a light in the world doesn’t mean preaching to hundreds of people at a time. There are many smaller ways you can be a light to those around you.
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