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. Does It Really Matter? How Generational Dynamics Impact Our Evangelism (christianitytoday.com) This is a tricky issue. We must first recognize that the categories are nuanced. Generally, generations are divided up into many categories such as Builders, Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. But let’s simplify and just think about the dividing line being above 40 and below 40 years of age. Let me share three points that I believe are helpful.
2. Six Current Trends in Land Purchases By Churches (thomrainer.com) Thom Rainer says, “I have noted on numerous occasions the incredible pace of change impacting churches. Another change is increasingly become more evident: how and when churches make land purchases. Here are six major shifts:”
3. Ten Reasons Every Church-Planting Team Needs a Worship Leader (christianitytoday.com) Many Evangelical Christians have a very truncated understanding of worship. When asked to define it, they respond, “It’s singing,” or “It’s praising God.” Worship, from a biblical perspective, is far more than merely singing or praising God in the assembly of the saints (as right and wonderful as that is).
4. Helping People Create a Healthy Relationship with Money (leadnet.org) When we talk to people in our churches about money, we usually end up on topics such as budgeting, managing your resources and generous giving.What would happen if we were to engage in conversations about money as a relationship?
5. Why Your Risk For Divorce Is Probably A Lot Lower Than You Think (thefederalist.com) Divorce is a problem in the United States. But there are personal factors that make you more or less likely to get divorced, and you can control them.
6. 5 Truths From 10 Years of Discipleship Research (churchleaders.com) A church can excel at anything and everything else, but if the church fails to make disciples, she has wandered from her fundamental reason for existence.
7. One Common Factor in Declining Churches (outreacmagazine.com) Unfortunately, most churches abandoned the traditional outreach program and did not replace it with anything. This one factor may explain the beginning of decline in most of our evangelical churches in America.
8. Iceland Knows How to Stop Teen Substance Abuse But the Rest of the World Isn’t Listening (mosaicscience.com) In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young finds out how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit.
9. Seven Steps to Better Brainstorming (mckinsey.com) Most attempts at brainstorming are doomed. To generate better ideas—and boost the odds that your organization will act on them—start by asking better questions.
10. Arkansas Church Pioneers Ministry to Inmates and Ex-Offenders (outreachmagazine.com) Lori Donnor’s drug addiction led her to go in and out of jail for several years. But during a stay at a women’s shelter three years ago, she completed a faith-based program called “Getting Ahead While Getting Out,” designed to lower recidivism.