Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Helpful Blogs for Christian Leaders

Now that you know what blogs are and how to subscribe to one in an RSS reader, it's time to present some blogs for your consideration. The following are some of the most interesting and/or useful blogs I've been following over the past year. They're in no particular order, and to some degree reflect my own interests and background. (There aren't any 'offical' denomination or organization blogs in this list.) All of them are worth checking out, and I've added a new section to this blog called a 'blogroll' - basically a list of other blogs that an author has found useful or wants his readers to know about. I'll give just a few brief comments on each as to why I've found it useful. If anyone has some more thoughts for blogs to add or ones you think I should check out, please repond with a comment!

* Evotional - Mark Batterson

Mark is the Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC (www.theaterchurch.com). NCC meets in a movie theater and has an excellent public coffeehouse. Mark also wrote the excellent book, "In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day."

* Leading Smart by Tim Stevens and Tony Morgan Live, two strategic guys

Tony and Tim are co-authors of the practical series of "Simply Strategic" books (Growth, Volunteers, Staff). Tim is the Executive Pastor at Granger Community Church in Northern Indiana. Tony recently shifted from Granger to NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC, where he lives out his passion to provide createive solutions for communications, technology and NewSpring Ministries--the church's ministry that equips other church leaders.

* Jason Powell on Church IT and Kem Meyer on Less Clutter and Noise

Granger 'gets it' when it comes to creative church as well as use of cutting edge technology. Jason is their Technology Director and Kem is their Communications Director. Not only that, GCC has a ministry to help other churches with technology and creative ministry - WiredChurches.com. Another good blog from GCC staff is Because People Matter by Mark Waltz, Pastor of Connections.

* Perry Noble is the Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC.

Perry writes about vision, leadership, creativity, and describes himself as 'out of his mind' (but in a good way!) Perry is definitely fired up about reaching people for Christ. He recently discussed how his church focuses on Six Things.

* Monday Morning Insight by Todd Rhoades

Todd is on the team at Leadership Network and previously was the developer of a of a website called ChurchStaffing.com. His blog is about "Daily Innovation, Ministry Insights, and Thoughts for Pastors and Church Leaders". It's a well done website with a lot of resources for church leaders.

* Multi-site church revolution and Inner Revolution by Geoff Surratt

Geoff is the Senior Pastor at Seacoast Church in Charleston, SC and a Leadership Community Director for Leadership Network. A multi-site church is 'one church, multiple sites' and is a creative and growing form of ministry.

* Agile Ministry by James Higginbotham

James is a software architect, and volunteer ministry leader at Calvary Austin. His blog is on practical church leadership, management, volunteer recruiting, helping ministry leaders maximize their team and making church ministry more effective. I've only been following this blog for a while but we seem to have a lot in common.

For more ideas see Andy Rowell's an excellent list of 70 of the Best Blogs for Church Leaders. Andy is a Professor of Christian Educational Ministries at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. One particularly good blog he pointed out there was Gifted for Leadership - a Community of Christian Women.

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