Books, Blogs, & Resources for Church Leaders – February 5, 2016

Books to Take Note Of

Screenshot 2016-02-05 14.10.39Rebuild: Reset Your Life. Renew Your Church. Reshape Your World., by Tommy Kyllonen

Rebuilding is way harder than building. But sometimes God calls you to this stretching work rather than starting something new. Pastor and hip-hop artist Tommy Kyllonen faced this journey when God led him to an abandoned Toys “R” Us building in inner city Tampa and said, “Rebuild this into a church.” How do we rebuild in a healthy way despite living in a world of brokenness? Drawing on Nehemiah’s example as the rebuilder of Jerusalem’s walls, Kyllonen reveals the struggles and joys that he, his family and his young urban, multiethnic church experienced as they pursued a seemingly impossible dream of restoration. Their story will encourage and inspire you to pursue God’s rebuilding work in your own life, church and world.

Screenshot 2016-02-05 14.14.08Philippians Devotional: The Eight Places Joy Is Won or Lost, by Tom Holladay

Based on Tom Holladay’s popular podcast, Drivetime Devotions, this personal study is designed to be read daily, five days a week, so you have the margin to stay on track from week to week. You will be deeply inspired by Paul’s unwavering pursuit of thankfulness and joy—regardless of his circumstances. Celebrate the fact that joy isn’t the absence of problems. It’s the Jesus-inspired ingredient that equips you with the resilience you need to handle any relationship or problem.

Screenshot 2016-02-05 14.18.57Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo

Public speaking coach and bestselling author Carmine Gallo has broken down hundreds of TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters, as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology, communications, and neuroscience to reveal the nine secrets of all successful TED presentations. Gallo’s step-by-step method makes it possible for anyone to deliver a presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable.

Blogs to Check Up On

How to De-Clutter Your Church for More Effective Ministry, by Karl Vaters

The healthiest churches are relentless about being effective, not just busy. They trim off anything that saps time and energy. They refuse to be burdened by clutter.

How to Develop Young Leaders, by Paul Alexander

The best kind of training is on the job training. And leadership isn’t learned in a classroom…it’s learned by leading. Identify, create, and give young leaders the opportunity to lead small projects.

7 Non-Negotiables for Effective Spiritual Leaders, by Perry Noble

Reality is that everyone of us only do a few things well…and our leadership will be maximized when we focus on what God has gifted us and called us to be rather than what everyone else in the church expects us to be! I can’t do everything…but I can do something…and the something that I can do…I will do!!!

8 Ways to Fight Porn Addiction, by Mike Souder

Be patient and gracious with yourself and commit to the long haul, the marathon of deliverance. Jesus has made a way for you. The Holy Spirit will be with you. Your Father in heaven is cheering you on.

Four Ways to Attack a Sense of Entitlement, by Eric Geiger

When leaders see entitlement festering, it is a good indication that they need to point people to the beginning, to the mission, to outside, and to Jesus.

Servant Leadership Revisited, by Dan McCarthy

Servant leaders value the needs of followers over their own needs for recognition, being right or being in control.

How Do We Protect Ourselves Against False Teaching?, by Aaron Armstrong

When we are committed to, with the help of the Holy Spirit, seeking to understand the Scriptures to the best of our ability, and when we hold all teaching—even good teaching—up to its light, there is no place for false teaching to hide.

Resources to Check Out

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