Leadership Links 4/8/2020

LEADERSHIP

7 warning signs of a leader’s fall (Chuck Lawless): Simon Peter fell in a dramatic way (Luke 22:31-62), but the story of his fall is filled with warning signs for today’s leaders. Though these signs don’t always happen in a linear fashion, each one should cause us to slow down and evaluate our lives. In these days of isolation and tension, I encourage you to pay particular attention to #2 below. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

Leading through Covid 19 (Southern Seminary): Southern Seminary has put together some good brief video resources for church leaders at Southern Equip.

Fighting the temptations of successful leadership (Jonathan Leeman): Good leadership aims for equality. The trouble is, good leadership creates clout, which strongly tempts leaders to forget the aim. Let’s make sure we understand the aim, then we’ll turn to the temptation. Read more at 9 Marks.


CULTURE

7 ways our world has changed but God hasn’t (Peter Mead): An encouragement to pray and seek the Lord in this crisis. Read more at Biblical Preaching.

Challenging words for churches from USA Today (Chuck Lawless): Prompted by an article in USA Today, this article looks at  some possible ways to maintain our Great Commission urgency post-COVID-19. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.

What will the new normal look like? (Tim Challies): We don’t know how long this situation will last, but can be confident that it won’t last forever. Eventually the virus will wane and life will return to some semblance of normalcy. What I have been pondering over the past few days is when and how it returns to normal, and how this “new normal” will differ from the “old normal.” Read more at Challies.


CHURCH

Your church is now a blank slate (Thom Rainer): You will never get to return to your church. Let me be clearer. When you return to gather for worship and fellowship and study, it will not be the same church before the coronavirus pandemic. The world will never be the same. And neither will your church. Many, if not most, of our churches are struggling and hurting. Some will not make it. The situation is bleak for many congregations. But this period is also a time of opportunity. It is a time to rethink your church. It’s a time to shed “the way we’ve always done it” mindset and move into a new and exciting future. Read more at ThomRainer.com.

Corona cannot prevail against her (David Mathis): To be clear, this is not a word about being the church in the coronavirus age. This is the church’s age, not a virus’s. The church will not pass. Coronavirus will. Read more Desiring God.


PREACHING

How long should a sermon be? (Jonathan Leeman): As you navigate how long a sermon should be for your context, let me offer five principles. Read more at 9 Marks.

Mature Christians need gospel-centered preaching (Jeramie Rinne): In my experience, mature believers not only need gospel-centered preaching, but in fact savor it. Here’s four things this type of preaching does for those grown-up in their faith. Read more at 9 Marks.


SHEPHERDING

10 church members God especially calls me to love (Tim Challies): Anyone who has been shepherding the flock for very long can identify with some of the characterizations of church members. Read more at Challies.


SPIRITUAL LIFE

5 practices that have energized my Bible reading (Kevin Halloran): If something helps you engage God through His Word, do that thing. That’s my rule of thumb. My personal study time has evolved in the past few years and I’d like to share with you a few practices that have energized my Bible reading. Read more at KevinHalloran.net.