Friday’s List | July 14

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fridays-listEvery Friday I post a short list of the things I’m reading, listening to, loving and wrestling with:

Here’s what I’m reading right now:

5 Ways To Become A Better Leader…Today by Carey Nieuwhof. Apply these today! Not profound, but very timely for all of us.

Marc Andreessen: “Take the Ego out of Ideas” This is a great article with several important insights into the kind of thinking that leads to important ideas. There’s an interesting video embedded in this article as well. HT @nancyduarte

7 Smart Moves for New Church Staff by Dan Reiland. Dan writes something very transferable every week. So good!

10 Leadership Lessons From The Navy SEALS by Brian K Dodd. Great read! Very interesting insights into a legendary organization.

THE 8 COSTS OF THE PASTORAL SUCCESSION CRISIS by Will Mancini. Great read with links to several related resources.

10 PRACTICAL WAYS TO FOCUS YOUR MENTAL ENERGY by Michael Hyatt. Very good. Don’t miss this one.

Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus into the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt. I really like the angle of this one.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

Jim Wideman On Staffing The Hardest (And Most Important) Position In Your Church on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. This is a really valuable conversation.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future Audible Audiobook – Unabridged by Kevin Kelly. Very interesting. One of the books I’m recommending on my 2017 Summer Reading List.

Quotes I’m wrestling with:

“You have to be ruthlessly open-minded and constantly willing to reexamine your assumptions. You have to take the ego out of ideas, which is a very hard thing to do.” Marc Adreessen

App I’m using:

I’m committed this year to increasing my effectiveness. Nozbe is a leading productivity app. First heard about it from Michael Hyatt. It’s already making a big difference.

My own post I hope you’re reading:


Have you spent much time thinking about your philosophy of ministry? Your own philosophy of ministry (whether you’ve ever written it down or verbalized it) is actually the foundation for many of the decisions you make.

Why do you choose the strategies you choose? Why do you look for the kinds of leaders you look for? Why do you struggle making certain decisions?

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