Church Resources

Alex-Church-Resources1Here’s this week’s Church Resources. Each week I spend time reading through emails, links, blogs, Facebook, etc. and I try and pull out some of my favorite resources for people in the church. These are great, short little resources that can spark ideas and conversations in your spheres of influence. If you find something good, please leave a comment – I’d love to see what you’re reading!

#1 The Good News About Marriage

Have you ever quoted the facts about the 50% divorce rate?

Yeah? So have I.

Have you ever lamented the fact that the divorce rate was the same in the church? Or that most marriages are just hanging in there, not vibrant and happy?

Have you seen or shared the sobering statistic that most second marriages don’t make it? Or talked about marriage being hard?

If you are married, considering marriage, or working with married people, you must read this article.

#2 Seven Habits of Outwardly Focused Churches

Over time, most of the resources of time, money, and ministries have shifted more toward the members. Churches are now gathering in holy huddles with little intention of breaking out into a world of lostness and loneliness.

Of course not all churches fall into the “holy huddle” category, but from experience, I would say that it’s easy to slip towards focusing more and more attention inwards rather than outwards. You have to be intentional about reaching out and this article has some good insights on that – might spark some good conversations in your staff meetings, small groups, or networks. Go read the article today.

#3 What Makes a Leader?

Lastly, this article from HBR.org on leadership. This is a little deeper, but what I really liked was the content in the diagram, titled “5 Components of  Emotional Intelligence at Work”. It’s quite a mouthful, but the content is really right on. See the graphic below, then go check out the article.