My 5 for Friday (November 3, 2017)

Who are you as a leader? How can you make a great first impression? And how can you help your child establish a healthy habit of reading the Bible?

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

  1. Settle the Source of Your Leadership Confidence by Dan Reiland. Do you know who you are as a leader?  Where does your confidence come from? According to Dan Reiland, “If you base your confidence first on what you can do, ABILITY, rather than who you are, IDENTITY, the first time you strike out, mess up or fail, your confidence crashes.” Don’t miss this post! Settle the source of your leadership confidence today.
  2. 7 Seconds: Make the Most of It by Tim Cool. First impressions can be powerful. They have a lasting impact. What impression do first-time visitors to your church walk away with? Tim Cool writes, “First time guests are most likely approaching this guest experience from a consumeristic perspective. Don’t get defensive when I say that…it is a reality.” Take a look at this post for six areas to be aware of from the perspective of a first-time visitor.
  3. Kids Bible Reading: A Slam Dunk for Parents and Kids Leaders by Eric Geiger. Statistics show that spiritually healthy adults spent time reading their Bibles while they were kids. As stated by Eric Geiger, “As parents, pastors, and kids ministry leaders it is absolutely essential that we invest in helping our children establish a healthy habit of Bible reading while they are still young.” If you are a parent or involved in ministry to children, check out this post for three ways to invest in the spiritual health of your children.
  4. 10 Obstacles to Church Growth by Chuck Lawless. Is your church growth stagnant or even on the decline? What factors may be contributing to the lack of growth? Based on years of church consulting and personal study, Chuck Lawless has identified ten obstacles to church growth in this post. Do any of these obstacles characterize churches you know, or maybe even your own church?
  5. 9 Overlooked Costs Of A Bad Hire by Sarah Robins. When you are looking to fill a position on your church staff, it can be tempting to hire the first eligible candidate you meet. You are stretched and you simply need to fill the spot. However, a quick hire may turn into regret in the long run. Sarah Robins with the Vanderbloemen Search Group writes, “Making a bad hire is expensive. In our work with churches and ministries, we’ve found that many organizations don’t realize the real costs that are involved in hiring the wrong person.” Here are nine overlooked costs of a bad hire.

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