Resource Roundup #8

Featured Resource: 
23 Biblical Counseling Resources (free & downloadable)

Can local churches become a natural home for care and counseling ministries? Biblical counseling can and should thrive in local churches. Here are 23 resources from Deepak Reju, Robert Cheong, and Dave Harvey on everything from principles for meeting those in marital crisis to the church's mission and psychiatric disorders, to resources on anger, mental illness, porn, perfectionism, and more.

How to Lead Your Church In a Day of Renewal

The purpose of this downloadable guide is to help us think more deeply about why it is imperative that we rest, and what it means to truly rest. We would encourage you to not simply use this time as a “day off from church." Rather, take advantage of this day by walking through this resource by yourself, with your family, or with a group of friends. In this resource, we explore what it means to rest and be renewed, as well as why we are called into these rhythms by God.

Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’

This Wall Street Journal analysis shows that since the 1990s, sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America’s most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being—a decline that’s accelerating. Ironically, this resource was selected for the roundup before I realized it featured my hometown in Kansas. This is a must read for any church considering sending planters into the neediest areas of the United States.

4 Cultural Factors That Contribute to Our Epidemic of Burnout

Burnout is a common yet often neglected problem—a problem that affects our society, our workplaces, our churches, and our homes. A variety of factors can come together to crush us and weigh us down until we eventually break. To learn more about the epidemic of burnout, and how the Bible presents solutions, check out this informative infographic. In addition to viewing the infographic, you can also download a PDF version (one pagemultiple pages) for easy sharing and printing.

5 Rules for Sermon Illustrations

Have you ever heard a sermon illustration that did more harm than good? I have. In fact, just recently I heard a sermon illustration that was an absolute train wreck. It sent God’s people on an unhelpful diversion, had nothing to do with the passage, and compromised the sermon’s final, concluding thrust. In other words, it was a disaster, and the results were debilitating to the sermon. So what are we to do? How should we view sermon illustrations? Consider these five rules.

Why You Should Learn to Say ‘No’ More Often

We’re afraid to say no because we fear missing out. We want to take on new opportunities and adventures, so we say yes to everything instead. It’s what Shonda Rhimes and Tina Fey told us to do. But all of those yeses can lead to burnout. “We live in a ‘yes’ culture, where it’s expected that the person who is going to get ahead is the go-getter who says yes to everything that comes their way. But this NYT piece suggests that it’s when people learn to say no that they really see their careers take off. 

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