Here’s a round up of this week’s posts and the top leadership and productivity articles I’ve read this week for the spiritual leader and others. For some reason, there seems to be an emphasis on defensiveness! 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:
Like me, you may have been following recent events concerning Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church and the Willow Creek Association with disappointment and sadness. We will be encouraged not to make non-essential things hills we’re prepared to die on. Marty says there is one ministry hill we should be prepared to die on: Finishing your ministry well. Knowing that, when your earthly tent is laid in the ground, you didn’t end the race in disgrace. Anger didn’t beset you. Adultery didn’t destroy you. Greed didn’t distract you. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you finished the race you were called to run. A salutary reminder.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know my love for Michael Hyatt and especially for his Full Focus Planner and Full Focus Journal. Though he’s not totally ready to admit it, Chris is a fanboy too! And here he sets out why it is essential for spiritual leaders to have a Weekly Review.
Another zinger from Chris Green! Chris makes it clear that churchgoers are not “customers”, but when someone tells us our sermons are too long, too dry, too technical, too difficult, too boring, we could take their views on board and work at the illustrations, the connections, the length. Try harder, raise the game. Push yourself. Avoid defensiveness. Why take the risk? What have you got to lose by being defensive? Chris says it’s the old adage: if they’re not actually learning, then I’m not teaching – whatever else I think I’m doing. I’m just pushing words into the air for twenty minutes.
Following on from Chris’s post, Shawn sees the danger in defensiveness in a wider context and offers six helpful ways to avoid it, including listening well and keeping quiet, taking responsibility, and learning to distinguish between criticism and critique. I am too often guilty of defensiveness. This post helped me.
The five ways listed by Dan are helpful. What was more convicting for me were the 20 ways I could be promoting unhappiness on the team. Strangely, many of them could well be symptoms of defensiveness! Someone’s trying to tell me something this week! I need to check myself against these.
And why not read some of the equippinghispeople posts you may not have seen this week:
- Bible Message Podcast: Jesus Meets Needs | Hunger is Satisfied by Jesus (John 6:24-35)
- Bible Message Podcast: We Believe | No More Tears | Revelation 21:1-8
- 8 Ways to Stop Email Dominating Your Work
- Leadership: Why Me?
- Full Focus Planner and its Productivity Principles
- Productivity: The Challenge of Balance
What helpful posts have you read this week? Why not link to them in the comments below?
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