Here are the top 5 Christian Leadership blog posts on leadership and productivity I read this past fortnight, along with some posts from here you might have missed.
Before we launch into the blog posts, you may have been wondering why my blog (apart from my sermon podcast) has been so quiet for the past two months. On 17 July 2019, my Mum was Promoted to Glory (passed away). I spent a good deal of time up to that point with her in the hospice in Norwich, and had no time to write blog posts. But now I’m back and trying to learn and lead as she always encouraged me to do.
Here are the top 5 Christian leadership blog posts on leadership or productivity that I’ve read this past fortnight:
Confronting Entitlement as a Young Minister by Ryder Mills
“Deny the impulse to seek recognition. Refuse to pander to your own selfish ambition. Instead, rise to meet each day with humility. Commit yourself to people for the long haul, not the interim. It’s there, at the end of prideful entitlement, that you’ll find the peace you crave.”
“A mindful lifestyle, rather than being self-indulgent, makes us more sensitive to the emotions and pain of others and increases the likelihood we will do something to relieve their suffering.”
“I am closing in on my forty-third birthday and have been a churchgoer all my life. A bit of simple math shows that I’ve probably listened to somewhere around 4,000 sermons over the course of my life (which undoubtedly means I should have far more knowledge of the Bible than I do and should be far holier than I am!). I’ve also preached a few sermons of my own over the past 10 or 15 years. Recently, and largely for my own purposes, I found myself thinking about some of the elements that can make a sermon difficult to listen to. Having jotted them down, I thought I’d share them with you.”
“One-on-one pastoral care is every pastor’s inefficient imperative. It invariably seems we could get more done if we were left alone to study or plan, or if we could be with a group of our people all at once to teach or worship or just eat together. There is this powerful instinct to always shepherd the flock in bunches, in herds, because it seems patently obvious we’d get more done. But efficiency is a poor pastoral master.”
“During a meeting with [my senior leader], I recounted several conversations of people who came to me to “talk about concerns.” He said to me, “It seems people come to you with those types of things. Do you find that to be true?” I initially thought this was a compliment, so I proudly declared, “Yes, I believe so. I think I am viewed as trusted and safe.” He then said, “Let’s probe that a bit more. Why else could people be coming to you?” Over the next several moments we concluded together that it is not always a good thing if people are complaining to me, that perhaps “being a trusted person” was not the only signal I was sending. Through the interaction, here is what I learned: If people are always complaining to you, you should evaluate why. It may not be because you are trusted, but it may be because you are divisive.”
In this Mothers’ Day Sermon on hope and faith, we are reminded Christ can make a difference in our home.
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this past fortnight:
- Links to Top Ministry Blogs – 30/11/18
- Can’t Get It Off …
- The Important Ministry of Interruptions
- Pastor and Time Management: People Person = More Time Management
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