Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

7 Words of Encouragement in Church Revitalization

The work of revitalization is similar to church planting. We are starting some things new. We are building momentum around a vision. We are constantly looking for new leaders. But, its also incredibly different. There are unique challenges in church revitalization. As I’m learning things, I’m trying to pass them along.

Five Reasons Why Millennials Do Not Want to Be Pastors or Staff in Established Churches

My plea to Millennials is not to abandon established churches. Not all of them are as bad as many think. Consider yourself to be a part of the solution.

Tim Keller’s New Lectures on Preaching

Tim Keller is currently writing a much anticipated book on preaching, planned for release sometime in 2015. Last week he offered a taste of what’s to come in four new lectures delivered at the 2014 John Reed Miller Lectures on Preaching at RTS Jackson (November 11–13).

Time Assets vs. Time Debts: A Different Way of Thinking About Productivity

Time Debts need to be paid. Be careful how you choose them. Time Assets pay you over and over again. Spend more time creating them.

Marryin' & Buryin': How Much Should I Pay the Pastor?

I'll try to answer some questions you might have about the odd strange world of "honorariums" and "love offerings".

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Saying No

The key to a productive and content life is “planned neglect”—knowing what NOT to do, and being content with saying no to truly good, sometimes fantastic, opportunities.

4 Tasks of a Senior Leader

  • Directional clarity
  • Strategic movement
  • Cultural leverage
  • Resource stability

Over-Pastoring and Under-Pastoring

There are two common dangers in pastoral ministry and Paul is alert to both of them. They are what we might call over-pastoring and under-pastoring.

6 Reasons Established Churches Should Plant Churches

Let’s plant churches that plant churches that plant churches. Let’s trust God to do the things that God likes. God likes to surprise people who have faith in Him.

5 Essential Phrases for Every Talk to Youth

  1. If you’re not a Christian . . .'
  2. 'What this word means is . . .'
  3. 'Here’s where the gospel comes in . . .'
  4. 'Let’s open our Bibles to . . .'
  5. 'Here’s why this matters when you walk out of these doors . . .'

The Case for Idolatry: Why Evangelical Christians Can Worship Idols

I really hope it's obvious that this is a parody, but if not: it is.

Reflections Following My Conversation With An Abortion Provider

I thought it was only fair that if I was going to speak publicly on this issue, I should hear directly from all the perspectives. After studying the Scriptures and listening to all sides, here are a few thoughts I would like to share.

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

Is Politeness Killing Your Prayer Life?

Go ahead and jump in the deep end with God. Polite prayer may be more comfortable, but authentic prayer transforms hearts.

The Strange Case of the Imploding Ministers

Ministers don’t explode. Ministers implode. That is, the pressure on the outside becomes greater than the pressure on the inside and we’re crushed like an empty soda can.

The First 11 Minutes at Your Church

To get really practical and helpful, Will encourages church leaders to think about the following “seven checkpoints” in expressing hospitality.

Why I Don’t Go By “Pastor Mark”

I am called to lead the church, especially through preaching and teaching. But I'm leading as a member.

How to Leave Your Church Without Hurting It

Those of us who have the privilege of serving on a church staff will eventually leave our ministry posts. I would like to share a few lessons I learned from this transition that may help make your last Sunday a happy ending rather than a hurtful one.

Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading:

What Led You To Become An Atheist? Some Surprising Answers

On the whole, this research offers a lot of encouragement to churches that preach the whole Bible with evangelistic passion and sincere conviction, that apply the truth to the modern world and modern questions, and that use digital technology to engage, evangelize, and disciple their youth.

7 Wrong Reasons to Join a Church

Committing yourself and your family to a local church is one of the most important decisions you will ever make this side of eternity; and yet, for all the weightiness of it, it is a decision to which the larger part of church attenders have given little to no thought.

Five Church Planting Dangers

  1. Planting a replica church
  2. Planting a reactionary church
  3. Planting a romantic church
  4. Planting a restorationist church
  5. Planting a reductionist church

4 Tasks of the Senior Leader

  1. Vision – The senior leader is the ordained caretaker of the organization’s vision.
  2. Values – The senior leader must carry out, protect, or shape the culture of the organization.
  3. Victories - Senior leaders determine what matters to an organization.
  4. Velocity – The Senior leader sets the speed by which the organization will operate.

You Can Have an Easy Life or an Awesome One. Choose Wisely.

Everything you desire in life has a price.

Saturday Links

10 Lessons I learned pastoring the same church for 10 years

The first five years were very difficult, while these last five were a great blessing. Here are a few of the lessons I learned these last ten years that I pray will encourage you in whatever season of pastoral ministry you find yourself.

How to Shape Your Church’s Culture

A key to effective church leadership is to understand a church’s culture as it is presently and shaping it in Biblical ways for the future. The following are three practical ways to shape the culture of your church.

Working on Learning to Rest

If you’re anything like me, you know that you have to be intentional about learning how to rest.

7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

Here are 7 I things I stopped doing to become more productive.