This Week’s Top 5- April 29, 2017

Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.

Carey Nieuwhof   |   7 Things Every Leader Should Banish Starting Today

As a leader, there are things you do every day. Some help—others, not so much. I’ve found that as I’ve grown as a leader, I’ve regularly had to change how I think, how I lead and even what I say. Fortunately, there are hacks you can learn along the way that will help you get better faster.

Jeff Lacine   |  11 Reasons For A Weekly Service Review—And 4 Cautions Once You Start

Every Monday night, men from our church gather for a time of structured review of the Sunday service. The majority of our time in the meeting is spent giving feedback on the Sunday morning sermon. However, we also spend some time walking through all the elements of the previous day’s morning and evening services, as well as looking to the following Sunday’s services.

Kevin DeYoung   |   What Can Church History Teach Us About Wolves

Several years ago I did a series on heresies and heretics. Preparing the messages helped me understand church history better and more carefully articulate the orthodox faith. It also helped me notice some patterns (and non-patterns) related to false teachers. I discovered that church history can teach us a lot about wolves.

Jenny Funderburke   |   What If My Kid Doesn’t Have Any Friends at Church?

We all want our kids to be happy and to feel comfortable, especially at church. Over many years of ministry, I have talked to several parents who expressed concern that their child did not have friends at church. Sometimes this is a reason that families will give when they stop coming.

Chuck Lawless   |   8 Reasons Church Conflicts Often Burn Out of Control Quickly

As a pastor, I sometimes felt like I spent all my time putting out fires in the church. It might have been right for me to deal with the fires, but I seldom caught the fire before it started burning more brightly than I wanted. Here’s why the fires of church conflict often burn out of control quickly.

This Week’s Top 5- April 22, 2017

Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.

Chuck Lawless   |   10 Facility Questions to Consider as You Go to Church This Weekend

I was shocked. The church had a noticeable, distinct, musty odor, but none of the church leaders noticed it. It seems they had lived with it for so long that it no longer caught their attention – even though it almost knocked out anyone who entered the building for the first time.

Because we “regulars” at our churches also sometimes miss the obvious, here are some questions to consider as you go to church this weekend. They’re designed to help you see your church’s facility as a guest might see it:

Shawn Lovejoy   |   Three Wrong Responses to Our Easter Services

These days, however, thanks to social media, we can always find a church that’s building it bigger, better, and faster than we are! It’s easy to read the status updates on Sunday afternoon, and suddenly what happened at our church pales in comparison to everyone else!

Jonathan Howe   |   Churches, Social Media, and Customer Service

I understand there is a difference in customer service and communication to church members and guests. I also realize church members shouldn’t have a customer mentality. But this infographic below sheds quite a bit of light on some simple practices that can be adapted for churches that will allow them to communicate more effectively with their members.

Brittney Coleman   |   6 Easy Ways to Renovate Your Children’s Ministry Space

Whether you are making small updates or doing a complete remodel, there comes a time that every children’s ministry space needs some renovations. Regardless of your budget, this process can be quite daunting for any one person to tackle alone! Here are six ideas to get you started.

Karl Vaters   |   The Best Way to Avoid Pastor Burnout? Equip The Saints

Ephesians 4:11-12 could easily be called the pastor’s prime mandate. In that passage, the Apostle Paul clearly tells us we have been called “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

The longer I pastor, the more convinced I am that one of the prime reasons for pastoral burnout is that too many pastors – especially small church pastors, like me – are ignoring that simple command.

This Week’s Top 5- April 8, 2017

Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.

Thom Rainer   |   Seven Habits of Long-Tenured Pastors

I have been following these long-tenured pastors for years. And I have seen consistently seven patterns, or habits, in their lives. To be sure, these habits are not unique to long-tenured pastors. But they do seem to be most consistent among those pastors who have been at one church for at least ten years.

Aaron Earls   |   American’s Perception of Pastors is a Mixed Bag

In general, Americans are split on their attitudes toward pastors. Almost 3 in 10 (28 percent) have a negative opinion, with 19 percent saying “somewhat negative” and 9 percent saying “very negative.”

However, close to the same number (24 percent) say they have a very positive opinion of pastors.

Josh Gilman   |   How to Build a Healthy Accountability Group

When most people think of accountability they are getting it wrong. They are thinking in wrong categories. They don’t have a complete understanding of what accountability is. They don’t know what it should look like when practiced.

Eric Geiger   |   5 Realities About the Weight of Pastoring

When the apostle Paul listed all his sufferings, he concluded the list with referencing his burden for the churches he served. The weight of pastoring, though filled with immense joy, was a weight that topped Paul’s list of suffering.

Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? (2 Corinthians 11:28-29)

Notice a few of the words Paul uses: face, daily, pressure, concern, sin, inwardly, burn. With those words in view, here are five realities about the weight of pastoring.

Darryl Dash   |   Why Ministry’s Discouraging

“Discouragement is an occupational hazard of the Christian ministry,” said John Stott. “It is not necessary by quotations from the biographies of eminent ministers to prove that seasons of fearful prostration have fallen to the lot of most, if not all of them,” observed Spurgeon. If you’re in Christian ministry, prepare to be discouraged at least some of the time.