I believe that learning doesn’t stop at graduation. Whether it’s preschool, high school or a PhD, there is always more to know. Ongoing learning can strengthen and enhance your skills or help you discover best practices, find inspiration, and be challenged. The good news is that you don’t have to log classroom time in order to keep learning. In fact, with today’s resources, you don’t even have to commit hours upon hours; a quick read of a blog post or listening to a podcast during your commute can be all it takes.
The other day someone suggested that I share some of the blogs and podcasts I subscribe to. So that’s today’s topic! My hope is that you will find something useful for your own reading and resources here.
Recently, I find myself reading blogs and listening to podcasts more than reading books – that may be a bad thing. Practically, I use an old iPod and/or a memory stick to save podcasts and have two apps to store blogs – Readability and Evernote. (By the way, if you have never tried Evernote, you should. It’s like a huge file cabinet which stores everything from photos or business cards and you can access them from any device.)
- Leadership from the Heart by Dave KraftDave’s background is with Navigators, but more recently is serving on staff in the local church. He has tremendous insight into leadership and the importance of accountability and integrity. Here’s one blog I think you’d like entitled, Biblical Leaders Consistently Say 5 Things (click here).
- Carey Nieuwhof
Carey is Canadian! Do I have to say any more? Seriously, his blog and podcasts focus on cultural trends in the local church leadership. You can read this blog to get a sense of his insight and writing style: 5 Wrong Motives for Church Growth. (click here).
- Developing Church Leaders by Dan ReilandDan used to be on staff with John Maxwell at Skyline Wesleyan in San Diego. He now serves as the Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church. His topics range from one’s spiritual life to church staffing. This sample blog deals with how we counsel people in our local church (click here).
- Growing Healthy Churches by Thom S. RainerThom Rainer is president of Lifeway. He has a blog as well as a podcast in which he gives practical advice for the local church. You can listen to this podcast dealing with seven shifts in church outreach. (click here).
- The Unstuck Group by various writers (usually staff)Tony Morgan started this Christian company. Their content is engaging but be forewarned, sometimes they try to sell you stuff. This blog is by Chris Surrat and is called, Four Wrong Assumptions about Discipleship. (click here).
BEFORE YOU GO…
So, I’m curious, what are the blogs you’re reading and podcasts you’re listening to? Let me know what you are finding helpful. (Click over to the blog to comment.)