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

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

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

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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:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/june-web-only/jesus-wants-you-to-wait.html

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.