Bob’s Links – Feb 20-26, 2017

Here are the links to the articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of February 20-26, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Confessions of a Church Shopper (Kelly King) “I’ve visited a few congregations, and I want to make a few observations as an “outside” person who is walking through your church door. I’m not trying to be critical, but if you are a ministry leader, I want to give you some practical ways you can make a good first impression.”

Pastor, Remember Your Wife Is the Most Vulnerable Person in Your Church (Joe McKeever) “Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt in what happens during the next hour. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, oldtimer or newcomer, child or geezer, everyone is vulnerable and should be treated respectfully, faithfully, carefully. No one in the church family is more vulnerable than the pastor’s wife.”

Southern Baptists – An Unregenerate Denomination (Tim Challies) “[Jim] Elliff suggests churches should reexamine the way they introduce other pastors. How’s this for an introduction? ‘Here is Brother ______, pastor of a church of 15,000 members, 5500 of whom do not bother to come on a given Sunday morning, and 12,000 of whom do not come on Sunday evening. He is here to tell us about how to have a healthy, evangelistic church.'”

When Pastors and Churches Pray, God Moves (Rick Warren) “The greatest work you’ll ever commit to as a pastor is the work of prayer. Praying churches, those that experience the miraculous power of God, are led by praying pastors.”

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Bob’s Links – Feb 13-19, 2017

Here are the links to the articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of February 13-19, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Five Reasons to Recommend Books to Your Church Members (Jonathan Howe) “As a pastor or church leader, you obviously play an important role in the spiritual development of fellow church members. But you can also develop members personally through the simple act of recommending books to them on a regular basis.”

The Resuscitated Church (Thom S. Rainer) “What about churches? Can a church experience a similar miraculous recovery? Admittedly, I have only seen a few churches with the same story of resuscitation. But I have seen a sufficient enough number to make some concise observations.”

Bob’s Links – Feb 6-12, 2017

Here is the link to the article that I connected to on Facebook during the period of February 6-12, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to this author if you find his articles worthwhile.

9 Things to Include on a Revamped Church Prayer List (Chuck Lawless) “I know there’s a reason for a church to list and share all of its personal prayer needs (and I strongly affirm that approach), but I also think we’re missing an opportunity by not more strategically using a prayer list. Below is my proposed list for a ‘revamped’ prayer list.”

Bob’s Links – Jan 30-Feb 5, 2017

Here are links to articles that I connected to on Facebook during the period of January 30-February 5, 2017. I encourage you to subscribe to these authors if you find their articles worthwhile.

Autopsy of a Deceased Pastor (Thom S. Rainer) “Autopsies are not a pleasant topic. I get that. But I would be negligent if I did not share with you about the numbers of pastors who are dead in ministry. You need to know.”

Another Pastor Bites the Dust (Rob Shepherd) “A few months ago a prominent pastor was let go from the church he planted. This past Sunday another prominent pastor stepped down.”