My 5 for Friday (August 11, 2017)

Why should pastors hang out with church members more? What are the wrong ways to respond to difficult conversations. And what are the habits of relational leaders?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

  1. The Art of Being Mentored by Dan Reiland. If you have never experienced the value of being mentored, you should. But first, you need to be prepared to learn. Dan Reiland writes, “You can have the most brilliant mentor in the world, even a famous one, but if you aren’t ready to pay the price, dig in, learn and change, it won’t matter.” Check out this post for advice on how to have a meaningful mentor relationship.
  2. Why Pastors Should Hang Out with Church Members More Often by Sam Rainer. As a pastor, how much time do you spend just hanging out with your church members? Sam Rainer writes, “Shepherding requires pastors to enter into the lives of people. If you are a pastor, then you cannot lead from the platform alone.” Check out this post for several reasons why pastors should hang out with their church members more often.
  3. 10 Wrong Responses During Hard Conversations by Chuck Lawless. People rarely enjoy confrontation, but as a leader, it is inevitable. Chuck Lawless says, “I must always check myself to make sure my heart isn’t moving in the wrong direction during the conversation, especially because I don’t like confrontation in general.” Look here for ten wrong responses to avoid during hard conversations.
  4. 4 Regular Habits Of Relational Leaders by Jeremiah Ravindranath. How well do you know your fellow church staff members? Jeremiah Ravindranath with the Vanderbloemen Search Group writes, “In our work with churches all around the world, we have found that healthy churches have a healthy staff. And what we have noticed among healthy staff teams is that the leadership is inherently relational.” Check out this post for four regular habits of relational leaders.
  5. My Checklist To Financial Freedom by SEEDTIME. Do you want to make healthy financial decisions but you’re not sure where to start?  Bob at SEEDTIME writes, “If you are just starting out and are trying to get yourself into a better position financially, I would suggest spending the next couple months checking off as many things on this list as possible.” You can find his list in this post.

This is Why You Should Read up on Estate Planning (And It’s Not for the Reasons You Think)

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