Links for Your Weekend Reading

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Patrick Lencioni on The healthiest organizations win.

A healthy organization is one that maintains a cohesive leadership team, establishes clarity about what it stands for, communicates that clarity repetitively, and puts in place processes and systems to reinforce that clarity over time.

 How one church is using orderliness to attract millenials.

Jen Wilkin on Daughters and dating and how to intimidate their suitors.

Here’s the problem with shotgun jokes and applications posted on the fridge: to anyone paying attention, they announce that you fully expect your daughter to have poor judgment. Be assured that your daughter is paying attention. And don’t be shocked if she meets your expectation. You might want to worry less about terrorizing or retro-fitting prospective suitors and worry more about preparing your daughter to choose wisely. And that means building a wall. Instead of intimidating all your daughter’s potential suitors, raise a daughter who intimidates them just fine on her own.

The #1 lie parents believe about social media.

The #1 lie parents believe about social media is that that they have to be as tech savvy as their kids. Why is that a lie? Because you will NEVER be as tech savvy as your kids.

Thom Rainer on 10 tips to becoming a more productive pastor.

Pastors are thus expected to “run the race” constantly. But how can a pastor keep the pace in this marathon of ministry without burning out? How can a pastor remain productive with such demands? Allow me to offer ten tips to becoming a more productive pastor.

6 Tips to getting a better night sleep.

OK GO new song (Always blown away by the creativity of this band and this is incredible)

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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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  1. Mashable on The anatomy of the world’s top performing CEO’s.
  2. How to pray for your pastor. I love when Revolutionaries tell me they are praying for me and this is a great blog to know how to pray for your pastors.
  3. Jen Wilkin on Why pastors need women teachers (and vice versa). Really interesting perspective.
  4. Here are some pictures from Revolution Church’s 5 year celebration service!
  5. Brian Howard on How to coach your team to success.
  6. Hungover pastors. Most Sunday nights & Monday morning’s I feel like this.
  7. 7 books to read if you want your business or church to run well without you.
  8. If you are a parent of Jr. High or High School student, read this letter.

Sigur Ros perform “Hrafntinna” in a Cave under Paris

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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  1. Why pastors should be in a study group.
  2. Jen Wilkin on Parents, do you think before you post something online about your kids. Great points for parents to think about.
  3. How to leave a church well. Such a good post. Most people leave churches quietly, but some leave with as much noise and destruction as they can muster.
  4. More honest church postcards. Good for a laugh.
  5. Tim Keller on Handling the question of the bible having contradictions.
  6. Check out the latest worship song from Soma. Such a great song.

How to start a Mumford & Sons Band. 

Links of the Week

  1. Lecrae’s story.
  2. 7 frequently asked questions on missional communities. This is a great resource, especially as we’re transitioning to missional communities.
  3. The reinvention of Switchfoot.
  4. Jen Wilkin on Worship together as a family and How to transition kids into big church.
  5. Amazon Fire takes on the iPad.
  6. Tony Morgan on 7 roles the senior leadership can’t delegate.
  7. SPIN Magazine’s 26 album’s that matter the most this fall.
  8. Sam Luce on 7 tips to keep your kids on mobile devices.
  9. Pat Robertson responds and it gets worse.

Transitioning Children into Worship

We have 2 services at Revolution for a variety of reasons: wanting to give options to people, having more room for guests in the service and in Planet Rev, allowing our volunteers in Planet Rev to attend a service and to allow kids and students to attend a service.

It can be hard to bring kids into the service, to transition them, but it is crucial. I believe that you should bring your kids into the worship service with you as soon as possible. But, the question of how can be difficult.

Jen Wilkin, a member at the Village Church in Dallas, Texas, writes a great blog on raising children to worship God. Here are a few posts that we recommend to parents with young children:

Worship Together 

In this post Wilkin speaks candidly of her experience with her own children in worship and emphasizes how important is is to model to them what ‘big church is all about.

Big Church for Small Kids 

Here Wilkin gives parents more of a ‘how to’ when it comes to bringing your young children into church. Very practical and very helpful.

Thanks J.D. Greear for the links.