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.”