Resources for Thriving Leaders. Pt 11 “The Rest”

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Friends, here are some resources for Monday’s post on the importance of rest. If you need to review the blog from Monday, click here Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt. 11 “The Rest”)

John Calvin is said to have talked of rest not as diversion from creativity but as a necessary part of it.

See Mark Labberton’s book, The Dangerous Act of Worship, p. 95. He says that true justice starts with rest.

See as well Eugene Peterson’s book, Working the Angles, on work and rest pp 47-49; and learning to play, p.  53.

Also, see the following on Sabbath keeping for pastors:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2016/august-web-exclusives/sabbath-keeping-for-pastors.html

Perhaps you’ve seen this video on Facebook of what it’s like to pastor ‘sheep’:

Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt. 11 “The Rest”)

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Rest is the discipline of relaxing, regrouping and replenishing our souls, minds and bodies. Thriving Leaders know how to take time apart from their front line duties to rest, to “be” and not just “do”.

Leadership has a slippery slope. Being effective in leadership often gives us an adrenaline jolt that is addictive. The jolt keeps us wanting more. But more is never enough. Performance desire hides our need for rest. We short-circuit our bodies and minds.  Continue reading

Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt. 9 “The Boundaries”)

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God’s kingdom purposes in the world require thriving church leaders. The work of joining Jesus in God’s kingdom work of evangelism, social justice and cultural renewal can be as challenging as it is exciting. God empowers us with his Spirit to reflect Jesus’ love to others in need, inviting them to know God’s love in Christ and to become followers of Jesus in and through the fellowship, worship and mission of the local church. God calls us to bring to rights the cultures of the world, the people of which will one day bow and praise God in the new heaven and earth. Continue reading

Resources for Thriving Leaders: (pt.6 “Conflict”)

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Resources for Part 6 on Conflict: (If you missed Monday’s blog on handling conflict, click Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt.6 “Conflict”)

Two good articles I found on the Internet are:

  1. Ten ways to NOT deal effectively with conflict. Copy and click the link:

https://www.verywell.com/conflict-resolution-mistakes-to-avoid-3144982

2. Four ways to deal with conflict in a positive way. Copy and click the link.

http://www.edcc.edu/counseling/documents/Conflict.pdf

Then I found a section of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together that deals with Confession  and Communion, chapter 5. The German Lutheran pastor talks about confession of our sin with others in the church and forgiving others as we have been forgiven.

May your conflict be manageable, with God’s grace.

Denn