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8 things remarkable people do everyday.

What is it that separates people who are highly effective in work (and life) from those who are less so?  Often it’s a few very specific (and learnable!) things. Acquire these eight simple habits and you won’t just get more done, you might actually change your life.

Ron Edmondson on 7 ways my introversion works for me as a senior leader.

It’s easy to concentrate on the big picture. You’ll seldom find me chit-chatting. It’s not that I don’t have casual conversations — I certainly do when I’m connecting with people — but communication for me is usually very purposeful. As a result, I tend to be able to be very big picture oriented. Very strategic in my thinking. I step back and observe everything often. I’m a deep thinker. Those are traits especially strong with most introverts. That has proven to be very profitable for my leadership and the teams I lead.

Tony Morgan on The day we visited a dying church.

The churches who make the transition successfully from dying to life share some common traits: They value reaching people outside the faith, They value a clearly defined pathway for spiritual formation, They value strong, healthy leadership, They value a bold, clear vision for the future, They value simple systems and structures.

5 signs you can’t handle more as a leader.

Most of us leader types are rarely satisfied with the status quo. But are you ready for more? Could you handle it if it came your way? When I think back to when I was a young leader, I know there were more than a few seasons when I wasn’t ready for more, even when more came my way.

Jared Wilson on Success is dangerous.

When we find ourselves in difficult ministries, where the word seems out of season and the soil inordinately hard, despite our sincere and faithful efforts to share the gospel in contextualized ways and love and serve our neighbors with gladness and kindness, many of us battle discouragement, but we at least theologically understand that sometimes God gives and sometimes he takes away.

Dads, date your daughter’s boyfriend.

Part of the problem is trying to understand a father’s role in his daughter’s pursuit of marriage. In today’s ideal scenario, she brings home a guy the whole family can love, and the rest is matrimony. But as good as ideal sounds, it’s hard to find that picture in the Bible, and ultimately it’s far too simple for most not-yet-married realities anyways.

9 fascinating facts about people who attend megachurches.

New people almost always come to the megachurch because family, friends or coworkers invited them. Fifty-five percent of megachurch attenders volunteer at the church in some way (a higher percentage than in smaller churches). What first attracted attenders were the worship style, the senior pastor and the church’s reputation, in that order.

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Links for Your Morning Reading

  1. Brad Lomenick on Are you a leader or a follower?
  2. How to criticize your pastor
  3. Brian Tracy on 5 tips for running an effective meeting
  4. Mark Driscoll on 8 principles for churches that want to grow
  5. Perry Noble on 8 reasons churches don’t grow
  6. The top 5 things introverts dread about church. As an introvert, I agree with this list. 

Links of the Week

  1. Thom Rainer on 7 personality traits of effective leaders.
  2. What to do about KONY 2012. This is a helpful perspective. Here is some more information about the invisible children. I appreciate how transparent they are being about things.
  3. Scott Williams on How to effectively handle criticism.
  4. The truth about post-workout nutrition.
  5. Justin Anderson on Reflections on 7 years of church planting.
  6. Leadership lessons from Ed Young Jr. There are some nuggets here.
  7. Charles Stone on Introverts don’t make good pastors. Being a pastor and an introvert, I found this really helpful.
  8. Are you called to be a pastor?
  9. Ben Reed on 5 things a pastor should never say.
  10. Sam Rainer on The trap of availability among leaders.

Links of the Week

  1. Introverts in the church. I haven’t read this book yet, but as an introvert, I’m grateful people are talking about this.
  2. 7 negative effects of porn.
  3. Scott Thomas on What pastors can learn from the Penn State scandal.
  4. Is there a megachurch bubble?
  5. Mike Breen on what the American church will look like in 10 years.
  6. Gospel Coalition on importan female voices in the church.
  7. Andy Stanley on Creating a come and see culture.