48 Great Links for Leaders, Readers, and Creatives – March 16, 2015

Two Surprising Areas Many Pastors And Church Leaders Are Least Trusted, by Brian K. Dodd

Trust is a fragile.  Trust is the foundation of all healthy relationships.  Trust takes a lifetime to build but can be lost at a moment in time.  You cannot grow a church without trust.

4 Secrets of a Fruitful Ministry, by Rick Warren

Most people are interested in productivity. But the Bible doesn’t use the word “productivity;” instead, you’ll find there the word “fruitfulness.” God wants us to have fruitful ministries, so I want to show you some principles…

6 Simple Rules For Tapping Into People’s Creative Potential, by Kaihan Krippendorff

The days when innovation was the sole responsibility of the chief innovation officer or corporate venturing group are over. Today companies are realizing they need to harness the innovative power of all their employees if they want to grow.

10 Keys for a Great Team, by Brad Lomenick

What actually makes a great team? We’ve all been on teams, whether in school, in athletics, in our churches, organizations, and communities. We’ve watched great teams win championships, we’ve marveled at their ability to create amazing resources,…

5 Bible Verses That Should Scare Leaders, by Joseph Lalonde

The Bible is a wealth of leadership wisdom. There are scripture verses that encourage leaders. There are also Bible verses that should scare leaders.

Seven Distinguishing Habits of Highly Effective Pastors, by Thom Rainer

Determining the effectiveness of a pastor is a highly subjective exercise. While certain metrics may prove helpful, they do not tell the whole story. In that context, I reviewed my 40 years of serving churches in a variety of capacities…

10 Reasons to Consider Church Revitalization – Even Over Church Planting, by Ron Edmondson

I meet with young church planters frequently. I hope that continues. We had great experiences in two successful church plants and it’s certainly in my heart. Currently we are working to plant churches in Chicago. I love the energy of planting.

The Art Of Building And Maintaining Authentic Relationships, by Ximena Vengoechea

The best professional relationships I have ever formed have come from unexpected places. Clothing swaps. Birthday parties. Continuing education classes. The Internet.

How to Create Shareworthy Twitter Images and Visuals, by Kevan Lee

For gaining more engagement, clicks, retweets, and replies, Twitter images work. It’s why we created Pablo—a simple way to create social media images in under 30 seconds—and it’s why we love sharing all the tips we can about creating great visuals…

In-Depth Guide on How to Create Awesome Visual Content That Gets Noticed, by Jeff Bullas

Would it sound awfully cliché if I were to start off this post by saying content is king? But what about this one: visual content is king.

3 Thinking Errors Leaders often Commit, by Charles Stone

God gave us an amazing 3 pound dynamo called the brain. And although it weighs on average 2% of our body weight, it requires 20% of our body’s energy and blood flow. So, it follows that we should steward well our energy and consider what goes on in …

12 Challenges to Building a Leadership Pipeline in Your Church, by Brad Bridges

It is easy to talk about leadership development, but developing disciple-making leaders is a far greater challenge. It requires us to address the challenges to building a leadership pipeline in your church.

5 Signs You’ve Taken Your Eye Off the Leadership Ball, by Scott Cochrane

I think what has impressed me most about the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) leaders we’ve met with this week in South Africa is their clarity and focus.

The Five Step Method To Failing Well, by Tim Parsons

I fail in life far more often than I care to admit. Maybe it’s my perfectionist tendencies or just the high bar that I set for myself. Regardless, failure has been and continues to be a regular part of my life. I miss deadlines.

Social Media Ideas, Formulas and Shortcuts for Improvement, by Rebekah Radice

Creating a successful social media presence is one of the most important elements to branding your business online. As recent statistics show, social networking is now the top online activity in the U.S.

10 Things Your Church Should Not Be Doing On Facebook, by Josh Blankenship

Facebook, like any social platform, can be a tool for good or for evil. If your church has a working and up to date Facebook page… I already applaud you. If your ministry desires to go to the next level on social media there are a few things…

The History of Web Design [Infographic]

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Why You Need to Develop a Team of Leaders, by Art Rainer

Most leaders eventually realize their limitations. They hit a wall. The Lone Ranger leadership style is not be able to take the organization any further. And when this happens, they will realize they must develop men and women who can lead with them.

You Can’t Prove Jesus, by Kevin Thompson

I didn’t disagree with his statement. We were having a political discussion and he was irritated at my interjection of a Biblical belief into what he thought should be a secular discussion.

Should I Bring a Charge Against My Pastor?, by Scott Attebery

The office of pastor is to be respected and honored by the church. Yet, these recognized leaders of the church are still humans battling the flesh like everyone else. They are no -and cannot be expected- to be perfect.

25 Discipleship Resources Every Pastor Should Have Bookmarked, via ChurchLeaders.com

What Christians Get Wrong About Discipleship [relevantmagazine.com] 2. What is Christian Discipleship? [gotquestions.org] Five marks of everyone engaged in true discipleship. 3. The Conditions of Discipleship [utmost.org]…

The Power of Adding More Services to Grow Your Church, via Pastors.com

Editor’s Note: The following is a testimony about Centerpoint Church, where Dane Aakers is Lead Pastor. They’ve managed to add new services and then add more new services, and it’s working! Centerpoint was founded in 1887 and had averaged about 125-…

44 Social Media Tools Recommended by the Pros, by Cindy King

Are you looking for ways to enhance your social media marketing? Do you want new tools to simplify your marketing tasks?

The So-called “Wrong Side of History”, by Scot McKnight

Some people think they know where history is taking us and are quite happy to declare boom-booms on those who take exception, the boom-booms declared with a long finger pointing at them with the accusation they will be on the “wrong side of history”…

How to Actually Find Your Voice on Twitter, by Darrel Girardier

I remember my first week using Twitter.  At first I loved the service, then the newness wore off and began to wonder what I was going to tweet about. I mean, does anybody care what’s going on in my life? Do have anything to add to the conversation?

12 Steps to Beat Procrastination and Finish What You Started, by Timo Kiander

Timo is a blogger right here! No matter how productive you are, we all have one trait in common: we all procrastinate.

Life, Love, & Leadership Lessons In Unlikely Places, by Jane Perdue

Kind of funny, isn’t it, how you can find lessons about life, love, and leadership almost everywhere, provided there’s openness to seeing them.

4 Practical Ministry Uses for Text Expander, by Wayne Cordova

TextExpander and utilities like it enable you to insert chunks of text, long paragraphs, internet code, and outlines (which TextExpander calls snippets) by typing in short abbreviations or code names.

9 Obstacles to Effective Communication in the Church, by Lindsey Bridges

Few people know how to deliver effective communication in the church. With all the choices and options we have today, how does one know the best way to ensure the congregation gets the right information? If you struggle with this, you are not alone.

10 Permissions a Great Leader Grants, by Ron Edmondson

Does your team have permission? To dream – Give your team permission to dream the seemingly impossible. The lid of possibilities will often be when your sense of realism trumps your sense of imagination. To fail – People need to know they can mess u…

7 Surprising Ways To Boost Your Memory, by Stephanie Vozza

Memory is a tricky thing.

7 Ridiculously Common Mistakes Churches Make On Social Media, by Steve Fogg

Church leaders should be tuned in and aware that most of the world spends a good proportion of their day on social media. That includes first and second world economies. Social media should be a church leaders dream come true.

John Stott on Christian Ambition, by Matt Perman

Ambitions for self may be quite modest. . . . Ambitions for God, however, if they are to be worthy, can never be modest. There is something inherently inappropriate about cherishing small ambitions for God.

6 Characteristics of the Best Church Leaders: Are You One?, by Tony Morgan

“Leaders of successful churches are tempted to stop working on themselves, but when the pastor doesn’t grow, the people don’t grow.” – Dr. John Maxwell Leadership is hard and often ugly. It has its growing pains, and church leadership is no exceptio…

Top 50 Leadership Books to Read, by Brad Lomenick

I love leadership. And I read a lot. So I wanted to provide you with a list of some of the best leadership books I recommend. These are not the only leadership books you should read. There are hundreds of others that are great. But these are just si…

5 Reasons a Church or Organization Stops Growing, by Ron Edmondson

I was talking with a church recently that had explosive growth, but things have slowed. They wanted to know why they were not growing any longer. Honestly, I do t know. There are probably different reasons for every church that stops growing.

The Young Leader’s Guide to Building Credibility, by Dan Black

This post is written by Kent Sanders. Kent Sanders is a writer, professor, and guitarist whose mission is to help people unlock their creative potential. He is the author of 30 Days of Evernote for Churches and teaches art, film, and theology…

Secrets To Becoming More Constistent, by Joseph Lalonde

There are areas of my life that I’m very consistent in. I was consistent in being their for our youth group students. I’m consistent in showing up to work. I’m consistent in my writing.

3 Thoughts On Oneness In Marriage, by Tim and Consuela Parsons

A couple of weekends ago, I had the fortune of officiating a wedding for one of the students I had when I was a Youth Pastor.  It was an awesome ceremony full of love and laughs.  The bride and groom said “I do” and are now enjoying their lives toge…

The Gospel We Preach Determines The Churches That Exist, by Derwin L. Gray

Whether you are a church planter, pastor, or other Christ-follower, I hope you will seriously grapple with the words of my good friend and doctoral advisor, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight.

Lies we Believe About Marriage, by Joshua Reich

Marriages are strong and marriages need work for all kinds of reasons. Sadly, few marriages got the distance and even fewer are happy. A lot of that has to do with expectations of marriage (before and during) but many of the issues in marriage stem …

7 Key Attributes for Working Outside of the Box, by Suzanne Coblentz

Most traditional organizations are not setup to foster independent action or even collaboration. Teams, hierarchies, and silos can inhibit employees from realizing their full potential.

9 Smart Tips For Improving Your Church Bulletin, by Steve Fogg

I am always on the look out for new ideas for any church communications and when it comes to the humble church bulletin I’m very interested. Why? In my opinion, the humble church bulletin or as some call it, news-sheet is a much maligned communicati…

5 Infographics to Teach You How to Easily Make Infographics in PowerPoint [Free Templates]

These days, visual content is all the rage. And considering the fact that people are naturally drawn to pictures, images, and other visuals, it’s no wonder it’s become such a dominant force in the marketing world.

Simple Facebook Tips for Pages, by Jonathan Pearson

I see it all the time. A Facebook profile that should be a page. A Facebook page that is dormant or only posts things that are also posted on someone’s profile. For a lot of people, this may not matter that much.

You Can’t Follow Fear: 5 Signs Fear’s Getting the Best of You As a Leader, by Carey Nieuwhof

Want to know what’s might be holding your leadership back? Most leaders I talk to struggle with fear in one measure or another.

7 Step Content Creation Strategy for Epic Content Marketing, by Jeff Bullas

The success of your content marketing strategy depends on the nature of your content. If your content is good and by good I mean straight out of the top drawer, it will bolster your content marketing efforts.

The Science of Posting on Social Media, by Shea Bennett

Did you know that studies have shown that the optimum number of tweets to send per day is three, and that for maximum engagement you should aim to post between 9am and 3pm Monday through Thursday? And the worst time to tweet? Every day after 8pm.