Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.

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Ron Edmondson on 7 suggestions for an effective Easter.

This is an “all hands on deck” Sunday. Plan every detail you possibly can. Plan for and expect excellence. It’s that important. Hopefully by now you have already started talking about it, but people need to know the importance you are placing on the day. Make it a big deal, because it is a big deal.

Forbes ranks the 9 toughest leadership roles. Interesting where pastor and stay-at-home mom landed.

Tim Elmore on The different types of parents and how they affect their kids.

Tragically, this is often the case for many of us.  Instead of learning from our parent’s shortcomings, we echo them in our parenting. The opposite can also be true–in an effort to learn from our parent’s mistakes, we can swing the pendulum too far and commit the opposite error.  Instead of being passive, we smother (or vice versa).

7 reasons preachers should read fiction.

Imagination is a muscle. It needs to be exercised. Unlike movies, books make you use that imagination. When I think of Charles Spurgeon or Jonathan Edwards – what strikes me about their preaching is their vivid imagination.

Sutton Turner on How an executive pastor frees up a lead pastor.

One of the easiest ways an executive pastor can complement the lead pastor is by doing the things the lead pastor isn’t gifted to do. The lead pastor needs to do the things that only he can do, and the executive pastor needs to do the things that he and the lead pastor can both do.

5 reasons why one Christian teen didn’t rebel. Super helpful for parents.

My parents never encouraged any idea of teenage-hood rebellion. They never joked about us rolling our eyes, acting exasperated, or having attitude at all. Rather, they actually made us think that teenagers and the whole rebellion process was stupid and unnecessary. I always figured that I would grow up straight from child to adult, with no “silly teenage stage” in-between. You may think that this is no fun, or that kids need their time to be silly and make mistakes.

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The Call to Stewardship (Sutton Turner)

Today, me and the rest of our pastors are at Mars Hill Connect Day. Really enjoying the time with the team and what we’re learning. The first session was with the Executive Pastor of Mars Hill Church, Sutton Turner.

Here are my notes:

  • It’s all about Jesus
    • 2 Corinthians 8:9
    • Hebrews 4:14
    • 1 Peter 5:4
    • Everything that we do is all a response to what Jesus has done
  • Governance
    • Jesus is our senior pastor
    • Board of advisors and accountability
      • Approve budgets
      • Hold elders accountable, pray for the elders, they pastor the executive elders
        • Ask about the elders marriage, how their kids are doing
      • Executive compensation
      • Approve bylaws
  • Executive elders
    • Strategic decisions
    • Day to day oversight
    • Prophet, priest, and king
  • Full council of elders
    • Alter doctrinal statement
    • Approve Board of Advisors nominees
    • 60+ current elders
  • Advisory committees
    • Board of elders
      • 3 executive elders + 4 elders at large
      • Annual audit and budget process
      • Review audit
      • Senior ministry council
        • Oversees all ministry at mars hill
        • 3 EE + Executive directors
        • Ministry oversight
      • Leadership council
        • 3 EE + Lead pastors
        • Input on new initiatives & policy changes
        • Approve new elders
  • Executive Pastor
    • The executive pastor must complete the lead pastor, not compete with the lead pastor
    • Executive pastors love Jesus, love the church, and love their lead pastor
    • Guys that burn out as lead pastors, they are doing things that God has not gifted them to do and someone needs to step up and do those things
  • We are one church and we’re 14 churches
    • 2 Corinthians 8:13 – 14
    • Take the abundance of one church to offset the need of another church
    • The amount of staff a church gets is based on how many people attend, not based on money
  • Sowing and reaping
    • 2 Corinthians 9:6
    • Matthew 28:19
    • Core Four – this is what Mars Hill focuses on
      • Sunday services
      • Equipping & Training
      • Leadership development
      • Community
  • Stewardship
    • 2 Corinthians 8:20 – 21
    • Stewardship starts with Jesus
      • We give because Jesus gave
      • Jesus calls us to be good stewards
      • How are you doing?
  • Stewardship of people
    • Budget based on people, not church affluence
    • Staffing based on people, not church affluence
    • Compensation based on responsibility and external studies
    • Leadership development