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.”