10 Ways To Shipwreck Your Relationship With God

Protect your relationship with God, it will be the most worthwhile thing you ever do! Shipwrecks occur when the captain of a ship fails to steer his ship safely thought hazardous surroundings. We can shipwreck our relationship with God when we fail to eliminate everything that threatens it.

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16/9 The Weekly Best

Articles:
3 Things That Churches Love That Kill Outreach – “But some things that churches love hurt their mission and hinder their call. Here are three I’ve observed from my work with thousands of churches.”
Research: Mega Churches – Some interesting stats.
What Is Minimalism? – As we consider packing up our house, this is on the for front of our mind.
3 Essentials For Leadership Development – “Authors Eric Geiger (author of bestselling Simple Church and Creature of the Word) and Kevin Peck argue that churches that consistently produce leaders have a strong conviction to develop leaders, a healthy culture for leadership development, and helpful constructs to systematically and intentionally build leaders.”
Videos:
Dadvice series from Beyond Blue (1min) – here is a link to the first episode trailer. Young dads get around it!
Podcast:
Developing a Leadership Pipeline, Vandercast Podcast (30mins) – This is just a solid podcast that is helpful when thinking about the future of your church and leadership.
Episode 381: Simplifying Your Life, Catalyst Podcast (47mins) – This is one of those podcasts that everyone needs to listen to as it targets a key issue of our culture, busyness.

11 Ministry Mind-shifts for Church Leaders, from ‘The Trellis And The Vine’

After reading the first two chapters of ‘The Trellis And The Vine’ by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, I was inspired to share some of their insights for church leaders and the mind-shifts that are much needed in many churches around the world. If you are a leader in any context these are some helpful insights for you.

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9/9 The Weekly Best

Articles:
6 Ways To Prepare Sermons Like Charles Spurgeon – “His sermons had broad appeal. He spoke in the language of the working-class and packed his sermons with colorful imagery, sharp wit, and illustrations taken from ordinary life.”
Evangelism Without An Alter Call – Menikof provides an interesting perspective on alter calls, and some good points why he doesn’t do them in his church.
6 Reasons We Shouldn’t Freak Out Over Word Variations In Our Modern Translations – “I want to suggest that the variations in wording in our standard modern translations should not concern us greatly.” – Guthrie
Driscoll and his legal battles – Driscoll’s ministry at Mars Hill was deeply impacting for me and it’s said to see the fall out.
Jokes About The New Apple ‘Airpods’ – I didn’t see this coming… Haha
5 Distinctives On Biblical Leadership – “The business sector in particular is celebrated as the ultimate source of truth about leadership—as opposed to God’s Word.”
You Can’t Claim A Promise – ” To claim something is to take ownership, to say “it’s mine.” When we lay claim to property we gain certain rights and privileges. Litigants are awarded claims or denied them, claims of monetary value.  Promises don’t work like that.”
Podcasts:
Episode 62: Dumping, Delegating, or Developing – New Churches Q&A Podcast (16mins) – Some timely truth here.

2/9 The Weekly Best

Articles:
9 Things That Worked In The Church A Decade Ago But Don’t Work Now – “Here are nine things that used to work in ministry a decade ago that aren’t nearly as effective as they used to be.”
20 Tips To Improve Your Productivity – I really enjoy these type of articles because making a difference in this world happens intentionally and wisely.
20 Biography Recommendations – For those who want to be inspired and need somewhere to start.
The Australian Marriage Plebiscite – “Whatever means the activists use, we must always stand for what is right, and always defend the greatest social institution ever known to man.”
Maintaining Your Focus On The Front Line As Your Company Grows – “These four practices can help you stay in touch with, and focus on, the front line.”
One Reason We Don’t See Miracles In The West – “How good it is to have a theology in which there is no tension between using the best medicine possible and looking directly to the Lord for answer to prayer.”
Being Relational With Students In An Over-Connected World – “We were made for relationship and interaction. Technology can be used to aid this, but the key is to remember it was never meant to replace it.”
7 Strategies To Get More Volunteers for Youth Ministry – yes this is a youth ministry blog, however it is translatable to other contexts.
Videos:
Grace Liberates Your Relationships – An article with a series of short clips from Paul Trip