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 blogs on ministry I’ve read this past week:
This is a great reminder, especially as we are about to go into the busy Christmas season, that pastors are not meant to be superheroes! Aaron encourages us for the sake of our health and the wellbeing of our ministry, make ourselves a “not to do list” today. Let go of the unrealistic burdens we aren’t supposed to bear in order to focus on the tasks that are most important to fulfilling our calling as a minister of the gospel.
Karl’s blog is one of my go-to blogs on ministry. So don’t worry, Karl isn’t advocating mediocrity here! What he does argue is instead of preaching better sermons, we need to become more effective at using our words and actions to point people to Jesus. What matters is, are we making a difference? Is what we’re saying having the impact it needs to have? Is it effective? Becoming a great preacher is about me. Preaching more effectively is about Jesus. And connecting others to him. A challenging reminder!
One of my two ministry priorities is pastoral care and particularly visitation. So I valued this contribution by Jared. He says the Gospels record the ministry of Jesus occurring in three places: public spaces, the synagogue, and the home. It stands out to us that Jesus placed a special emphasis on homes as a place of intentional ministry. There are over 50 instances of this across the four gospels. Even later in His ministry, Jesus began to move away from primary ministry in the synagogue and public spaces, moving more to homes. He advocates home groups too, which is something I am continuing to think through in my current context.
This may be a hostage to fortune as I was chairing our quarterly church council meeting a number of nights ago, but I was drawn to this blog post from Mike Kruger because the Holy Spirit has to work extra hard on my heart when I am stuck in poorly run meetings! Mike says making meetings better (contrary to popular perceptions) can be a spiritual move to advance the cause of the Kingdom. He sets out six ways we can do that. I endeavour to work on all of them.
Another great blog post from Karl this week. He says that when it comes to input into ministry, he draws from as many sources as he can (history, science, theology, the arts, and more), but when it comes to output of his ministry, he’s constantly narrowing it tighter. He argues we all need to narrow our focus. Know what we’re called to do, then do it with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Then, using that as our focus and our filter, widen our scope. Don’t just listen to voices we agree with, the ones that sound and look like us. There’s nothing new to discover that way.
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this week:
- What Do You Look Like? (James 1:17-27)
- I Want to Live Right | Unclenching Our Fists (Mark 10:17-31)
- Using “Yes” to Match Your Priorities in Ministry
- Choose Joy, not Resentment
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