Resources for Thriving Leaders. Pt 11 “The Rest”


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:

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

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


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:

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

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.


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:

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. 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:

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:

God bless you this week. Denn

Resources for Thriving Leaders: Blog #3: “The Wait”


This weeks’ post was the 3rd blog in the series, “Thriving Leaders: Lessons from the Front Lines of Ministry: The Wait”. If you missed it, you can click  Thriving Leaders: Lessons From the Front Lines of Ministry (pt.3 “The Wait”) to read it.

Here are some resources I have found helpful for diving further into this important subject of waiting.

Pastor Jeff Strong wrote a helpful article entitled Jesus Wants You to Wait. The item can be found on Christianity Today Online. To access the article, copy and paste this link into your search engine:

Another helpful classic is Waiting on God by Andrew Murray Whitaker House 1981. This is a helpful book where Andrew Murray shares thirty-one heartfelt meditations, one for each day of the month, to help renew our vision and quicken our desire to turn to the Lord for His quiet, peaceful strength.

Another book by the same name is Waiting on God. by Wayne Stiles. Baker Books 2015.  The author unpacks the Old Testament story of Joseph, who teaches us to wait on God. A practical guide to finding hope and peace in life’s difficult pauses.



Resources for Thriving Leaders, part 2

This weeks’ post was the first of a 2-part series on the idea of “Call” in ministry. If you missed it, you can click here to read it.

Here are some resources I have found helpful for diving further into this important subject.

  1. Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today, by Mark Labberton. I’d suggest looking at page 45 where Mark speaks of the call of every Christian to live as a follower of Christ in every aspect of our lives. This, Mark says, is “our primary calling”. We begin where we are.
  2. Hearing God’s Call, by Ben Campbell Johnson, Beginning on p. 34 Ben examines eight ways God calls us. This is a good checklist we can hold up and compare to our own experience of God’s call.
  3. Finally, this article by Melissa Lauber is helpful in articulating what she calls the “cycle of God’s call” – that is, steps we actually go through in discovering and living out God’s call on our lives.

How about you? How have you heard or wrestled with God’s call on your life?

Resources for Thriving Leaders, Part 1.

On Thursdays during the “Thriving Leaders: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines of Ministry” series I am going to post a few recommended resources for diving deeper into our topic for the week. This week’s post was an introduction (miss it? read it here!), so here are a few links I hope you will take the time to explore further.
  • Life for Leaders offers a daily email devotional written by leaders for leaders. Worthy comments for daily inspiration and how-to’s.
  • Read/download this article from Christianity Today on what leaders need in this calendar year, 2017. One important key is leading for legacy (#5).