Bob’s Links – Oct 24-30, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of October 24-30. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Kill the Midweek Prayer Meeting? (James Faris) “Church leadership often laments a lack of participation in midweek prayer meetings because we know the power God gives through prayer. Perhaps we can overemphasize one good-but-not-required way of doing things. The one divinely ordained corporate prayer meeting is public worship on the Lord’s Day.”

Things Christians Just Don’t Get to Do (Tim Challies) “This one began with a conversation, with a statement within that conversation: “Christians don’t get to hold a grudge!” It’s just not an option, not a vice we can allow ourselves. But it’s not the only thing Christians don’t get to do.”

Women, Trade Self-Worth for Awe and Wonder (Jen Wilkin) “Christian women ask Psalm 139:14 to soothe us when our body image falters, or when we just don’t feel that smart, valuable, or capable. We ask it to bolster us when our limits weigh us down. But based on how frequently I hear it offered, I suspect the message may not be “sticking to our ribs” very well. Why is that? I believe it is because we have misdiagnosed our primary problem.”

Open Bible, Burning Hearts: Response to Andy Stanley (John Piper) “Now that Andy Stanley has responded so fully and helpfully to the critics of his sermon “The Bible Told Me So,” we may be able to sort out a few things about his method more carefully.”


Bob’s Links – Oct 17-23, 2016

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of October 17-23. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

10 Warning Signs that Your Pastor’s Getting Burned Out (Chuck Lawless) “When I do church consulting, I often encounter pastors who are just worn out, and often heading toward burnout. In my conversations with these leaders, I usually learn that the battle had been ongoing long before I arrived to consult. Indeed, some of the following signs seem to be recurrent among wearying shepherds.”

Blessed Are the Undistracted (Matthew Westerholm) “And distractions do not stay in the car when we enter into church on a Sunday morning. We arrive with the intent to worship Jesus with focus. But the burdens of our week, the tensions of our morning, the children by our side, the anxiety of our upcoming schedule, and the wandering of our thoughts all conspire to distract us.”

6 Things Church leaders Need to Know About Small Churches (Karl Vators) “Ninety percent of the churches on earth are under 200 people. Eighty percent are under 100. There may be no segment of the church that is more normative. But they may also be the most misunderstood.”

3 Warnings From a Pastor Leaving the Ministry (Scott Hollingshead) “As I look back on that experience, I’ve pulled out three lessons for pastors—warnings you could call them—from a pastor leaving the ministry.”

Oh, Behave! Conduct Worthy of the Gospel in Corporate Worship (David Mathis) “We love to blame our neighbor, or the worship leader, for our inability to engage in corporate worship. But the deeper problem usually belongs to the one who is distracted.”

10 Attitudes of Healthy, Long-Term Pastors (Them S. Rainer) “A key insight I learned from healthy, long-term pastors is how they think. In this article I explored the top traits of pastors who had enjoyed mostly joyous, long-term ministries at the same church.”

8 Tips for Bivocational Pastors (Bob Smietana) “Whatever the reason, many bivocational pastors are finding unexpected blessings for themselves and their churches while navigating the unique challenges of bivocational ministry.
Here’s some advice from well-seasoned bivocational ministers for those considering a similar path.”

Ten Annoying Things Pastors Need to Stop Doing (Mark Dance) “I have noticed a few annoying patterns amongst our tribe that just need to stop…immediately.”

The Missing Elements of Modern Worship (Tim Challies) “I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a church held up as a model for modern evangelicalism. I went in with as open a mind as I could muster. I left perplexed. I was perplexed not by what was said or done in the service as much as what was left unsaid and undone.”

Unstoppable: 3 Lessons We Must Learn from the Early Church (Sam O’Neal) “As modern participants in that movement, we can learn a great deal from those earliest of disciples. In fact, we must learn from our spiritual ancestors if we want to continue their legacy of changing the world for the cause of Christ. Specifically, here are three lessons from the early church that will help us fulfill our mission as disciples of Jesus.”

6 Social Media DON’Ts For Church Staff Members (Katie Viscontini) “The truth is, social media is a powerful tool, but it is also a two-edged sword. This is especially so if you work in a church. Avoid any potential pitfalls by not committing these 6 social media mistakes.”


Bob’s Links – Oct 10-16, 2016

Here are the links to the articles that I connected to on Facebook during the week of October 10-16. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

5 Significant Signs You’ve Stopped Growing as a Leader (Carey Nieuwhof) “You’ve seen leaders who have stopped growing. It’s not a pretty site. If you’ve stopped growing as a leader, you’ve stopped leading well.”

7 Things Your Church Needs From You (Tim Challies) “I chose to speak about how any Christian (not only young adults) can make a church better and stronger. Here are some of the things I came up with: 7 things your church needs from you.”

4 Ways Pastors Can Leverage Facebook Live (Jeremy Roberts) “Facebook Live is so simple to use, and Facebook’s algorithm pushes it right into everyone’s newsfeeds. Here are four ways leaders can leverage Facebook Live.”

Seven Simple Daily Prayers (Marshall Segal) “God has given us all kinds of routes out of daily ruts in prayer. Take Psalm 86, for example. Here are seven simple daily prayers drawn from David’s prayer.”

5 Things to Remember When God Changes Your Schedule (Paul Chappell) “Changes of plans don’t only happen to pastors. They happen to all of us at different times and in different ways. What do you do when you are in the midst of an already-full week and circumstances outside of your control slash through your schedule?”

6 Prayer Requests From Your Pastor (Shane Pruitt) “Here are a six very real and specific prayer requests given by very real pastors who are in the daily war of battling for your souls, leading their families and faith families, all the while trying to protect their own souls.”

Bob’s Links – Oct 3-9

Here is the link to the one article that I connected to on Facebook during the week of October 3-9. I encourage you to subscribe to this author if you find his article worthwhile. (Between the annual associational meeting and Hurricane Matthew’s arrival/departure, I didn’t have a lot of time to read very many posts this week.)

What Are 10 Things That Might Help a Pastor and His Wife Stay Married and In Ministry? (Brian Croft) “Marriage is hard enough, but add ministry into the mix and you have a recipe for a potential mess.”


Bob’s Links – Sep 26-Oct 2

Here are links to different articles and posts that I connected to on Facebook during the week of September 26 – October 2. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

The Two Reasons Why the Church Doesn’t Sing Anymore (Travis Agnew) “While I have read many reasonings on why this is happening, there is ultimately two reasons as to why people don’t sing in worship services anymore.”

10 Steps to Confront When You Don’t Like Confrontation (Chuck Lawless) “I admit it. I don’t like confrontation. I often work with students and church leaders who face the same issue, even when they know ignoring the issue isn’t wise. Here are some steps that help me in those tough times.”

Maybe You Need to Declare a Name Amnesty Sunday (Tim Challies) “It’s probably a silly idea. It’s probably the kind of thing we came up with late on a Friday afternoon and laughed about before realizing, ‘Actually, maybe there’s something to this.’”

Shut Down the Bus Tours: What Older Church Members Should Really Be Doing (Carey Nieuwhof) “So how do you engage older church attendees… say people over age 50?”

Why Christians Should Stop Saying “Prayer Works” (And 2 Other Things) (Carey Nieuwhof) “One reason people stay away from Christianity is not because they don’t know any Christians. It’s often because they do.”

5 Reasons to Keep Going When You Want to Quit (Kevin Campbell) “Before I became a pastor, I heard people in ministry joke about how they wanted to quit almost every Monday. I laughed, but didn’t really understand. I then became a pastor and the light bulb came on.”

All Those Things I Will Leave Undone (Tim Challies) “I consider it one of the great tragedies of life: All those things I will leave undone. All those things I mean to do that I will never do. All those things I will begin but leave incomplete. All those things I long to master that I will not even be able to start. All those things I will actually do, but do partially or badly.”

How Jesus Maximized His Season (Sophie McDonald) “Should our planners be continually overbooked? Should the normal pace of our lives yield overwhelming pressure and exhaustion? Is that what Jesus meant by abundant life (John 10:10)?”