Friday’s List | July 21

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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:

How To Respond To A Culture You Don’t Like Anymore by Carey Nieuwhof. Read this TODAY. If you find what I write occasionally challenging, you’ll be challenged by this article…in a very good way.

By The Time You See the Threat, It’s Already Too Late by Phil Cooke. Short and sweet. You ought be subscribing to this blog.

Building A Great Usher Team by Dan Reiland. This is so important!

5 Signs You Need to Update Your Church Website by Peter McGowan on This is a great read and will help you have eyes to see when it comes to your website.

TEN ROADBLOCKS TO CHURCH REVITALIZATION by Thom Rainer. Good insights here. Read this as ammunition.

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:

Jeff Rosenblum—A New Approach to Branding on the EntreLeadership Podcast. This is very interesting. If you’re on a team or a staff, this is something that will help you raise your level of leadership.

Strengthening A Struggling Team on the Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. This is a great resource and has a number of really good ideas you can use if you lead a team or are on a team.

The Power Of Little Ideas (with David Robertson) on the Accidental Creative Podcast. This podcast is on my weekly playlist. Always find ideas on this one.

Rise Of Bethel Church, Bethel Music And Reaching Young Adults Through Charismatic Ministry on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. Regardless of your tradition, there are some profound insights on this one.

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 Andreessen

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:


There are 5 things every senior pastor needs to know about small group ministry:

First, senior pastors need to know that they are the most important champion of small group ministry

If they want grouplife to happen, if they want to be a church OF groups, they must accept this role. They might hope to delegate the role or feel obligated to delegate the role…but they can’t.  It’s not about humility.  It’s all about influence…

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