Here are the top 5 Christian Leadership blog posts on leadership and productivity I read this week, along with some posts from here you might have missed.
Here are the top 5 Christian leadership blog posts on leadership or productivity that I’ve read this past week:
“Overlooking offences is our glory. Then the offences actually come, and we often find them too large to look over. Peripherals blur, tunnel vision ensues, and we have eyes only for The Offence. Even if sanity swiftly returns, the damage is often already done. We returned tone for tone, passive aggression for passive aggression, jab for jab. Or we restrained ourselves externally, but only as a small volcano erupted inside of us. Or we quietly smouldered, playing the incident on repeat the rest of the day”.
“We’ve got to move dialogue with believers beyond a superficial level if we are going to really know and encourage one another. But where do we even start? Here are seven questions you might ask. They might be useful in a variety of settings, such as when you have someone (or a family) over for supper, when spending time at the park, or when you’re on a long car ride together”.
“The reality is if you are a leader in any capacity, that is the only requirement to get criticised. If you are a leader and I’m using the word leader to define someone who is out in front of a church or organization, casting a vision for the future, leading people there. If you are at that person, it means you are pushing the status quo; you are most likely making changes of some kind. If you preach on a weekly basis, you are challenging people to kill their idols, pressing on hurt and sin and showing how the gospel transforms those places people don’t like to talk about. The reality is that by going into leadership of any kind, you are inviting criticism. If you preach, you are attracting even more criticism”.
Avoiding Difficult People Is Not Christlike Love by Maria Baer
“‘Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you,’ says the girl, photographed in black and white, looking off into the horizon. Shared thousands of times on social media, the meme is meant to empower: You deserve to feel good all the time, so make it happen. Anyone with a difficult friend, neighbor, or coworker has faced this temptation to sever ties. And it’s an enticing bonus that, if we do, we’ll be called “brave” for shutting out difficult people. But when the persons affecting our happiness are simply awkward or annoying, this popular meme spirals into sin and foolishness. If the people we should dismiss from our lives are just those who have let us down, well, haven’t we failed often too? If a friend is genuinely trying to call out our sin, but it makes us uncomfortable or ashamed, is that the sort of relationship we don’t deserve?”
“Three times in the last week or so, I have received a communication from someone which says ‘I know you are very busy…’ and these have stuck in my mind. One of these said ‘I am sure you are very busy—I know that I am.’ A couple of things struck me immediately. The first, and most urgent, was: What have I said or done that has provoked this comment? Am I looking tired, or hassled? Have I failed to give people my attention? Have I not replied to messages? What is it that makes me look ‘busy’? If I am giving off signs that I am busy, that suggests that I broadcasting a signal ‘I don’t have time for you’—and that is worrying”.
Looking Back: The Important Ministry of Interruptions
Pastors have an important ministry of interruptions. We should never be too busy with the important work of ministry to minimise contact with our flock.
And why not look at some of the www.equippinghispeople.com posts to read you may not have seen this week:
- Christian Leadership: Why Me?
- Sermon Podcast: How to Let Our Corps Grow | Mobilising Our Soldiers (Exodus 18:13-26)
- How to Let Our Corps Grow | Are the Wheels Round? (Ephesians 4:11-16)
- Busy Pastor, Pace Yourself
- Christmas Stress in Ministry? Stop!
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