Here’s a round up of the top leadership and productivity posts to read this week, particularly from good ministry blogs 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 good ministry blogs I’ve read this past week:
Josh suggests far too many preachers (am I one of them?) seek to unleash their theologically robust and esoteric vocabulary upon the church without considering the common man and woman among the church who may not get it. It is our duty to make sure the message of Christ is clearly articulated and powerfully communicated so that men, women, boys, and girls might have their faith rooted and grounded in Christ alone. We also need to remember, it’s not the eloquence of the preacher, the clever cliches in their sermon, or enticing words of man’s wisdom that brings people to faith—it’s the power of the gospel.
If there’s one thing that remains the same in ministry, it’s change! Through his years of experience in ministry, Ron knows what it’s like to have to turn around a culture. He shares his thoughts in this post. How do you take an existing culture, which may be decades old, and turn it into a new culture? Ron outlines five ways to effectively change an established culture.
I love this post from Karl, whose blog is a good ministry blog to follow. In this post, he argues that making the transition from the doer of ministry to the equipper of ministers is very hard for most pastors to do. And it can be even harder for church members to understand, let alone step up to. He advocates a simple strategy that can help any church start down that road, giving everyone some early success. Put “equipping God’s people” on the agenda. Literally. In every regular leadership meeting, ask your team members (deacons, elders, staff, volunteers) to share an instance since your previous meeting when they had someone else do ministry with them, instead of just doing it themselves. Then, lead them by your own example.
Shawn says that every great leader he knows has two primary characteristics: They are disciplined, and they have clear goals. Goals are like a magnet— they pull us onward and upward. The stronger they are, the more purposeful they are, the more focused they are, the stronger they pull. Everyone sets goals, but few follow through on them. So as we come towards the new year, how can we set goals that actually stick? Shawn suggests five ways.
Another one from Ron, who consistently writes a good ministry blog. He sets out four things that inevitably happen when you’re in a new leadership position. Having been through this at least five times, I can assure you, he’s right!
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this week:
- Bible Message Podcast: Remembrance Sunday | A Vision of Hope (Revelation 21:1-7)
- The Important Ministry of Interruptions
- How to Evaluate Church Leadership
- Leave Some Room
- Bible Message Podcast | All Loved Up! (Revelation 2:1-7) – Major Lisa Lloyd-Jones
- Receiving Feedback as a Leader
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