Friday’s List | May 12

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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 Things That Are NOT A Badge Of Honor In Leadership by Carey Nieuwhof. This is an important list for a lot of us. Me included.

EIGHT REASONS CHURCHES BECAME TOO BUSY by Thom Rainer (on Most churches are too busy. I bet yours needs this list…too,

8 Reasons The Best In The World Are The Best In The World (Includes Must-Watch Video) by Brian K Dodd. This article is a great reminder of what all of us, who aspire to be good stewards of the main chance, need to remember every day.

6 WAYS TO ENERGIZE YOUR TEAM by Michael Hyatt.  If you lead a team, read this and apply. I needed it this week.

6 Traits of the BEST Children’s Directors by Dan Reiland. Great insights from one of the most effective executive pastors..

Mark Zuckerberg’s Answer to a World Divided by Facebook Is More Facebook by Cade Metz of Wired. HT to Andrew Mason, this is a very, very interesting article and has more than one reference to small group ministry.

The Disciple Maker’s Handbook: Seven Elements of a Discipleship Lifestyle by Bobby Harrington and Jost Patrick. Very helpful.

The Culture Engine: A Framework for Driving Results, Inspiring Your Employees, and Transforming Your Workplace by S. Chris Edmonds. Part of my learning path this year.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

Doing What Only You Can Do by Andy Stanley on the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast. Always good, this one is important for me and you.

Uncertainty, Systems, and Action (with Seth Godin) on the Accidental Creative Podcast. If you know the name Seth Godin…enough said. If you don’t, listen to this one and you will forever be on the lookout for more.

Andrew Mellen On The Surprising Connection Between Clutter, Order And Great Leadership on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. I need to put this one on repeat.

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell. I read the hardback years ago. Thought a refresher would be helpful and I was right!

Quotes I’m still wrestling with:

“Making disciples is far more than a program. It is the mission of our lives. It defines us. A disciple is a disciple maker.” Francis Chan, Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples

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:

Would Small Group Ministry Basic Training Help You? I’ve packed a lot of very important content in this mini-course. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie small group pastor, if you hope to build a thriving small group ministry you will benefit from at least checking out what this course offers.

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