Weekly Highlights

May 13, 2017

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

Thom Rainer   |   Eight Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

Most churches keep their members so busy they don’t have time to do ministry.

Indeed, I spoke to a lay elder of a church recently who told me he simply did not have time to get to know his neighbors because he was so busy in his church. Something is not right with this picture.

Chuck Lawless   |   10 Things I Wished I’d Done as a Young Pastor

I’ve written previously about my lessons learned as a young pastor (here, here, and here), but I’m thinking today about things I wish I had done back then. Here are several of them:

Peter Hess   |   Nine Lessons for Pastors Facing Leadership Conflict

Two years into our church plant, we faced our first major crisis. Two elders left the church, but not before raising some serious accusations against me as the pastor. Suddenly, our young church had entered into the murky, dark, choppy waters of leadership conflict. As you might expect, the resignation of these two elders led to a series of very difficult members’ meetings.

Mindy Belz   |   How does the church move the world?

Months into the invasion of Iraq by ISIS, I emailed a friend in Baghdad to check on his family and his church. Islamic State militants by that time controlled one-third of the country and could reach Baghdad by car in 40 minutes. Bombings were up in the city.

Dawlat Abouna is a deacon in St. George’s Church. He had a library in his home where he kept documents tracing his Christian ancestry in Iraq to A.D. 1117. He loaned me history books and translated documents for me as I wrote a book about Iraq. So I asked: How is your family? With so much turmoil, are worship services continuing?

Carey Nieuwhof   |   11 Signs You’re More Than Just Tired…You’re Burning Out

Ever wonder if you’re burning out? I know a lot of leaders and people who wonder that. There’s a fine line between being tired and actually burning out.The challenge is, once you cross the line, it’s so difficult to get back.


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