Here’s a collection of interesting, thought-provoking articles from around the web from recent weeks. For more links, check out our Flipboard magazines: Leadership Network Today, Leadership Network Deep Trends, and Ideas to Implementation to Impact, where we curate the best in innovative ideas for church leaders.
1. The Key to Evangelism in the 21st Century (The Gospel Coalition) When people don’t gather in droves for stadium crusades, or tarry long enough on the sidewalk to hear your gospel spiel, what will you do? Where will you interact with them about the things that matter most? Invite them to dinner.
2. It’s the Moms Who Get Kids to Church (The Atlantic) Gender imbalance has long been a part of religious communities. Women often keep churches, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship functioning—the Christian polling firm, Barna, even calls women the backbone of U.S. churches. But some religious communities, and particularly those that are conservative, worry about the lack of men among their ranks.
3. 7 Leadership Superpowers You Might Not Know You Have (ReadThink) Once upon a time, birth order and socioeconomic status were considered powerful determinants in who would successfully climb the ladder. Lately, though, the focus has shifted to personal qualities.
4. How to Restore Civility in the Public Square (The Gospel Coalition) Could the Christian church become one of or even the main factory where good citizens for a pluralistic society are formed? Yes it could.
5. The Church and the Huddled Masses (Christianity Today) With the important caveat that America is not the Promised Land, and that God has not established a unique covenant relationship with the United States of America, the principle is still instructive to today’s American Christians: The histories of our families, our churches, and our nation ought to inform how we respond to those seeking to immigrate.
6. The Pastor’s Facebook Feed (Church Tech Today) We all know that ministry is really intimate work; while in some professions you’d never friend your boss or co-workers on the big FB, as pastors, connecting with your parishioners via your personal Facebook page is needed, and even required, to be authentic in your church community and in the lives of the people you aim to serve.
7. The 5 Elements of a Strong Leadership Pipeline (Harvard Business Review) Deloitte’s Research with MIT shows that 90% of executives believe their companies are not “becoming digital” fast enough, and 70% believe they do not have the skills to lead this change. So they’re looking for ways to cultivate those competencies and, in the process, feeding the fad-driven leadership development market. They should be directing their attention elsewhere.
8. Race in America: How Two Pastors (and dozens of churches) Partnered for Racial Reconciliation in Dallas (Christianity Today) You can’t afford to wait for it to come to your city, because the truth is that racism is already there—in the educational system, the criminal justice system, the economic system, and throughout our daily lives.
9. It’s Hard to Go to Church (The Atlantic) While Americans on the whole are still going to church and other worship services less than they used to, many people are actually going more—and those who are skipping out aren’t necessarily doing it for reasons of belief.
10. James Dobson and Christian Pessimism (Juicy Ecumenism) A Christian witness that is ungrateful, sour, and direly fatalistic, without hope or serious confidence in God’s supertending mercy, is not effective, truthful or faithful.