Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.
Alan Briggs | How to Stay Healthy in Ministry: Get a Hobby
The truth is that leaders are good at feeling guilty and can be driven by that guilt to perform. We can always make one more call or squeeze in one more meeting. Yes, we work hard, but we also forget that even when we aren’t working God still is. We squeeze every minute out of our week, but we forget to enjoy every minute of our off time. Maybe it seems counterintuitive, but the cost of an enjoyable pursuit outside of our work is far less than the cost of neglecting such a pursuit.
Eric Geiger | 3 Reasons Why Ministry Leaders Choose to Be Isolated
It is not uncommon for ministry leaders to preach on community while living in isolation. While we can preach on community for everyone else, ministry leaders are often tempted to live in isolation. Why do ministry leaders often choose isolation? What pulls them away from community and away from being vulnerable with others?
Baptist Press | Young Leader Initiative Announced by EC & NAMB
The SBC Executive Committee and North American Mission Board are launching a young leader initiative to better engage pastors between the ages of 25-45. The network’s goal will be to provide a sense of brotherhood for those already participating in Southern Baptist life and find ways to engage those who are disconnected or minimally involved.
Thom Rainer | The Resuscitated Church
Admittedly, I have only seen a few churches with the same story of resuscitation. But I have seen a sufficient enough number to make some concise observations. These observations are among the most encouraging events I have ever witnessed. How did these few churches go from near death to vibrant life? Here are their stories.
Ronnie Floyd | Pastors and Their Children
One of the greatest legacies of any pastor is for his children to grow up loving God and loving the Church passionately. Yet, this is often not the story of the children of a pastor. Why? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question.