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. Jesus Appearing To Muslim Refugees In Their Dreams, Leading Them To Embrace Him Despite Great Risks (christianitytoday.com) These Muslims knew they risked being shunned and even killed if they turn their backs on Islam and embrace Jesus Christ instead. But despite the great risks, scores of Muslim refugees have reportedly converted to Christianity, with some saying that Jesus appeared to them in their dreams, promising to help and save them. For instance, a large number of Syrian Muslims who have fled their war-torn country and sought refuge in Lebanon have accepted Christ, USA Today reported.
2. 10 Things I Did Not Do that Improved My Congregation’s Singing (thegospelcoalition.org) My congregation sings better than they did a year ago. I’ve been their worship leader for a little more than a year, and I’ve seen progress in their participation in worship through singing. They sing louder, they sing more heartily, and more of them sing than they did a year ago. This realization occurred to me as I was reading an article on the decline of congregational singing, and it caused me to wonder why we’re not part of the trend. Here are 10 things I did not do over the past year that I think has helped our congregational singing…
3. How To Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times (hbr.org) Uncertainty is uncomfortable for everyone. Whether it’s political turmoil or a reorganization at your company, employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive. What should a manager do? How can you keep people focused while also helping them cope with the feelings that change and ambiguity bring up?
4. 5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening (christianitytoday.com) Where people start [the journey of faith] and what motivates them to begin this journey are often different, but the stages they go through are remarkably similar.
5. How Faith Influences Divorce Decision (ifstudies.org) After reviewing the data, we discovered four specific themes related to how religion, spirituality, and a belief in God influence the divorce decision-making process.
6. What the Best Mentors Do (hbr.org) Mentorship comes in many flavors. It doesn’t always work unless leaders bear in mind a few common principles.
7. Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends (christianitytoday.com) According to the Pew Research Center, those who select “none” as their religious affiliation are growing at record rates. They not only think that they don’t need God, but many have never been given a single reason as to why He is relevant to their lives.
8. The Very Young are Trouncing Every Other Generation On Hours Spent Volunteering (qz.com) Gone are the days when teenagers and young adults could be called lazy when it comes to contributing to society. In the UK, new data reveal that 16-to-24-year-olds have outstripped every other age group in formal volunteering, rising from being the least active group in the sector to the most active over the course of the past 15 years.
9. Stewarding a Multiethnic Campus (thegospelcoalition.org) Moving to a multiethnic Campus Outreach hasn’t been an easy process; to those working at Campus Outreach, it also seems frustratingly slow. But what they’re doing—shifting gears mentally to steward students of every shade—is proving enormously effective.
10. Do You Leave Church Reciting the Sermon or Singing the Songs (churchcentral.com) Before leading the congregation in singing that, Stuart spoke for about one minute on the significance of songs in worship, highlighting their teaching function and their capacity to allow us to express our feelings and emotions to God who in turn interacts with us.