Here’s a round up of leadership and productivity posts for this week, particularly from the the Christian blogs to read that I could find. You’ll also find a summary of this week’s content on www.equippinghispeople.com.
Here are the top five posts to read on leadership or productivity from the Christian blogs to read that I’ve read this past week:
Karl takes us back to basics with this post. He asks, why does the church exist? It’s not to get people together for meetings. Or to keep our theology pure. Or to defend our traditions. Or to look cool and appealing to the unchurched. But it’s easy to fall into one or more of those traps if we’re not constantly reminding ourselves what we actually do exist for.
In many ways, my colleague Pete’s post is The Salvation Army equivalent to Karl’s. Pete says The Salvation Army does need to die. It needs to die to its own image. It needs to die to its own strategic plans. It needs to die to its own narcissism. The Salvation Army needs to spend less time celebrating the mission it has achieved, and more time celebrating the source of the mission. The Salvation Army needs to spend less time focused on how good it thinks it is, how good it thinks its forebears were, but rather point to how good it believes God is. Hard to hear, but all too true.
If there is one constant in church leadership, it’s change! Carey lines up five key steps from driving engagement, creating a healthy culture, enabling high capacity people, prioritising the next generation through to prioritising the mission over methods.
In The Salvation Army (at least in the UK) we call it collectania. Whatever you call it, Rick suggests five things you should collect before sermons preparation that will help to illustrate them.
I have come to appreciate good sermon illustrations recently. People seem to remember them better than the rest of the message, but usually recall why the illustration was used. Chuck provides another six reasons why illustrations matter.
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this week:
- Salvation Army Soldiership: A Radical Lifestyle
- Self Denial: The Salvationist’s Most Effective Weapon
- Holiness: Radical Followers (Luke 9:21-17)
- Are You Worrying?
- Bible Message Podcast: Remembrance Sunday | A Vision of Hope (Revelation 21:1-7)
- Christmas Stress in Ministry? Stop!
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