Godly leaders welcome correction (Phillip Holmes): If a leader rarely receives criticism, one shouldn’t assume it’s because he or she is doing an excellent job. It’s easy to overtly or inadvertently make peers and employees feel uncomfortable offering criticism or concerns. Whether it’s a defensive tone or dismissive remark, it doesn’t take a lot to appear unapproachable…Great leaders can’t be righteous and always right. Whether a leader decides to welcome correction ultimately determines where their allegiance lies and whether they will ever be considered truly great. Read more at LifeWay Voices.
12 things pastors should not do (Mark Altrogge): There are many things that pastors are called to do: Preach the gospel and the Word of God, shepherd and care for Christ’s flock, pray, and seek to set an example for the saints, among many others. But there are things that pastors should not do, and temptations that we can fall into. I’ve been a pastor since 1981, and I have failed numerous times, and have many weaknesses. I am so grateful the Lord has been patient and forbearing with me. Here are a few things the Lord taught me over the years that pastors should not do. Read more at The Blazing Center.
5 signs you’re losing your edge as a leader (Carey Nieuwhof): Far too many hold the title of leader long after they’ve truly stopped leading. And that’s not good for anyone, including the leader. So how do you know if you’re starting to stagnate? If you’re losing your edge? Here are 5 signs I’ve watched for in myself and seen in other leaders. Read more at CareyNieuwhof.com.
7 signs of a people-pleaser in leadership (Ron Edmondson): Every pastor and leader I know agrees people-pleasing is not a good quality for a leader. Talking with hundreds of pastors every year, however, I’d have to say this has to be one of the most frequent weaknesses pastors admit to me. For the pastor, when our aim is to please people, many times we are motivated more by what people want than even what God wants for the church. This is obviously dangerous. Hopefully, I don’t have to build the case here. But what are the casualties of people pleasing? Read more at RonEdmondson.com.
Building a leadership development cycle (Chad Hunt): Jesus developed leaders by finding ordinary people and bringing out the extraordinary in them. Successful churches understand that strong leadership is non-negotiable and that leadership development is equally important. Unlike most secular organizations, it is imperative to create leadership roles beyond paid staff. Lay leadership is critical to the success and mission of the church. Read more at The Unstuck Group.
5 documents that say something about your church (Chuck Lawless): We can learn a lot about a church by reviewing its written documents. I encourage you to evaluate your own congregation based on these documents (by-laws, calendar, budget, prayer list, and attendance records). Read more at ThomRainer.com.
7 concepts of biblical preaching (David Qaoud): These are gleaned from different accomplished preachers. Read more at Gospel Relevance.
The case for sermon-centric Sundays (Jeff Robinson): Surely a man standing before a gathered group, preaching the Bible for 30 minutes to an hour each week, cannot accomplish much, we’re told. But therein lies the foolishness: a steady diet of Christ-centered, Scripture-saturated expositional preaching is exactly what sinners need to become more and more like Jesus. It may not look like much, but it’s everything. And it should remain the centerpiece of corporate worship for at least three reasons. Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
14 reasons some people won’t listen to preaching this weekend (Chuck Lawless): In almost two decades of church consulting, I’ve listened to numbers of laypersons talk about preaching. In that light, we’ve considered reasons why people don’t listen to preaching. Here are fourteen reasons, listed in no particular order. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
10 things we reveal about ourselves based on our prayers (Chuck Lawless): In Luke 18:9-14, Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. His point is to show the fallacy of trusting in one’s righteousness while looking down on others, but it’s striking to me that Jesus places the story in the context of prayer. We learn the heart condition of the two men by listening to their prayers—and we, likewise, reveal some things about ourselves by the way we pray. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
7 prayers for those we love (Marshall Segal): What do you pray most often for the people you love most? The question reveals an uncomfortable amount about us (and our prayers). Read more at Desiring God.