Resources for Thriving Leaders: The Preparation

img_6064-jpg-1I’ve included some really cool resources for planning and preparation. If you missed Monday’s blog Thriving Leaders: The Preparation, click Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt. 5 “The Preparation”). Here are the resources I’ve found helpful in getting ready for meetings, speaking, etc.

Christianity Today Online lists four ways to invite God to planning meeting. Highlight and click the link here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2017/march-web-exclusives/4-ways-to-invite-god-into-your-planning-meetings.html

There’s also a worthy article for preachers and worship planners on the sermon as the key reason people return. Good preaching takes preparation.  Block and click the link here.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2017/april/gallup-hottest-thing-at-church-not-pastor-worship.html 3 tips for bi-vocational pastors

Another resource: For those in bi-vocational pastoral work, here’s a good article on preparing for your sermons. Copy and click the link here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2015/july/3-sermon-prep-tips-for-bi-vocational-pastors.html

Finally, I found an article for women but useful for all who prepare to speak to others, on preparing ahead of time. Copy and click the link here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/women-leaders/2015/may/before-you-open-your-mouth.html

God bless you this week. Denn

Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt. 5 “The Preparation”)


When I played golf, my back swing was the hardest part for me. I had so many things to track: aligning my feet, my back, my legs; raising the club slowly; getting the club high enough over my head; making sure one arm was straight, the other bent over my head; in swinging, not letting my hands take over; keeping my eyes on the ball; making sure my lead shoulder dips while keeping my hips from rotating too much; holding still my body while my arms swing through; holding my head down after I’ve hit the ball.

All I truly wanted to do was to go up to the tee and swing away. Period. Forget the preparation. Not surprisingly, I easily gave the game up. Continue reading