Best Link of the Weeks 12/15/2017

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The Most Important Part of Your Sermon

The entire sermon is important. Each part is connected to the others and is a part of a greater whole. I am on board with you. But I want to argue that one part of the sermon is more important than the others. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

Research and Thoughts on Billy Graham’s Legacy and Leadership

There will be a lot said about Billy Graham, and rightly so, in coming years as people reflect on his legacy and his leadership. Posted by Eric Geiger.

A Test for Christian Leaders

Christian leaders are sinners before we’re leaders. We’re all fallen men and women destined for hell apart from the grace of God. That means that we Christian leaders have no grounds for ego. Posted by Chuck Lawless.

The Critical Trends for Churches in 2018

Cultural Christianity is all but dead. The “Nones,” those without any religious preference, are increasing. Many of the communities are no longer friendly to local churches; some have become adversarial. Posted by Thom Rainer.

Best Links of the Week 12/8/2017

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4 Phrases for Preachers to Avoid

Nothing excites me more than the week in and week out ministry of preaching. The preparation is a joyous burden that shapes my character, challenges my skills, and encourages my personal relationship with God. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

Four Considerations for Baby Boomer Pastors

It’s time, fellow Boomers. It’s time for us to consider how to transition in this phase of our life and ministry. Don’t hold on to those things where God has told you to let go. Posted by Thom Rainer.

The Fine Print in Christian Leadership

I’m an advocate of strategic leadership. I don’t believe the church should run from leadership. We need it, just as does any other organization of people. God uses men and women to lead His people. You can see it throughout the Bible. Posted by Ron Edmondson.

Four Benefits of Partnering with Other Local Churches

As pastors, we can see our church as our primary team. Though I advocate for robust local church membership, we should be wary of the temptation to begin viewing other churches as the “competition.” Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

Best Links of the Week 12/1/2017

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Five Reasons Thankful Pastors are Doing So Well in Ministry

Simply stated, pastors who have an attitude of continuous gratitude are doing very well in ministry. They are joyous pastors. They serve joyous congregations. Posted by Thom Rainer.

To My Heroes: Bi-vocational and Small Church Pastors—7 Reasons to be Thankful

Bi-vocational and small church pastors are my heroes—those brothers to whom I look to find strength and courage to persevere in the faith and in difficult ministry. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

Leadership in the Beginning: Watching Over and Working

God gave leadership to humanity before sin corrupted and tainted everything. We should abhor the sin that corrupts leadership, not the principle of leadership or God’s design for it. Posted by Eric Geiger.

5 Grave Dangers For Any Local Church

It’s easy for church work to become “business as usual.” Therefore, it’s wise and helpful to reflect on the depth of five dangers that can really hurt your church. Posted by Dan Reiland.

Best Links of the Week 11/24/2017

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Five Things to Keep in Mind When Preaching This Week

When it comes to preaching the sermon, we think about the text, do the exegesis, do as much language study as we can, think about the introduction, conclusion, and application. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

The Wordsearch Thanksgiving Sale

Low-Cost Resources to Build a Strong Bible Library. Posted by Wordsearch.

Facing Three Common Ministry Fears

Why does a seasoned pastor fear sharing the gospel with an unbeliever? Why does a grown man fear a hard conversation with his child? Why are we afraid to ask others for help? Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

5 Negative Influences on Pastors Who Leave Pastoring

In other words, why is it that some leaders tap out of pastoring, even after years of doing so, and move in a completely different direction? Posted by Eric Geiger.

Learn More about Boice Expositional Commentaries

A reformed theologian and pastor, Dr. James Montgomery Boice was known for combining careful scholarship with clear, personal communication. Posted by Wordsearch.

Best Links of the Week 11/17/2017

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John Newton on Suffering in the Pastor’s Life

Newton is wonderfully pastoral, lodging the truths of Scripture into the hearts of hurting people with pinpoint accuracy. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

Seven Ways Being Nice Hurts Your Church

Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. Posted by Thom Rainer.

10 Clichés Pastors Should Keep

At the end of the day, some clichés still communicate well and serve a useful purpose. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

6 Mistakes Leaders Make in Their First 90 Days

But no matter what context you find yourself in, there are six common mistakes you can avoid during your first ninety days. Posted by Eric Geiger.

Best Links of the Week 11/10/2017

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We Are First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas

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Lessons for Rural Pastors from Bob Ross

You probably don’t talk a lot about happy clouds when you preach. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.

Distinguishing Between Holy and Unholy Discontent

A holy discontent comes from a deep belief that there must be something done to right a wrong with the world or to do all one can to ensure the gospel is brought to hurting people. Posted by Eric Geiger.

7 Things Great Leaders Do: Advice For Today’s Young Leaders

I’ve led in the business world, elected office, and now in ministry – and on dozens of non-profit boards. Along the way I’ve observed a few things about leadership. And, some great leaders have appeared along the way. Posted by Ron Edmondson.

Stop Telling People How Much You Love to Preach

No offense pastors, but nobody cares how much you love to preach. Posted by Lifeway Pastors.