Friday Fives: The Top Five Products for Church Leaders

This edition of Friday Fives zeroes in on church lay leaders, pastors, Sunday School teachers and small group leaders to reveal the top five important products that can represent excellent tools for use in ministry. I recommend and use each one.

#5  A Go-To Devotional

Description: Great devotionals are rich resources for Christian leaders. I think they might actually be underrated in terms of their ability to help us. Not only can they provide personal encouragement, strengthening our relationship with Christ, but devotionals can help address writers or speakers block as well as fuel a strong prayer life. I recommend that you choose 2-3 devotionals that you wear out, if you haven’t already. My favorites follow.

Oswald Chambers/My Utmost For His Highest
Sarah Young/Jesus Calling
Dennis Kinlaw/This Day with the Master
Lettie Cowman/Streams in the Desert
John Maxwell/Think on These Things
Richard Kriegbaum/Leadership Prayers

 Price: Varied


#4 Premium Quality Personalized Note Cards 

Description: Sending someone a handwritten note is one of the most powerful messages a leader can deliver.  I’m specifically recommending that you keep a steady supply of personalized, high quality note stationery on hand. Yes, quality cards can be pricey, but I believe they also provide great value when used regularly. Besides, if you invest in them you’re more likely to use them. All it takes is 30 minutes a week to develop a consistent habit of note writing. I think you’ll be amazed at the impact.

Price: Usually $1.00 – $2.00 per card


#3. Death by Meeting

Description: Have you ever stopped to think how much time you spend in meetings? If you tracked them specifically I’m guessing you would even surprise yourself. This book is at number three on the list because: 1) The efficiency of most meetings is underwhelming. 2) The amount of time we spend in meetings is largely unproductive. 3) This book’s potential to help solve that problem is underrated.

I have probably adopted more helpful practices from this book than any other not-necessarily-Christian work.

Price: As low as 91 cents used on amazon



#2 Evernote

Description: A colleague at work first told me about Evernote – a great way to keep notes, ideas, photos, concepts, sermon outlines, plans, all of your stuff available on all of your devices at a click. Since I’ve been using it, I’ve found myself wishing I had had it when I was working on a book project a couple of years ago. From their description: Evernote apps and products make modern life manageable, by letting you easily collect and find everything that matters.

Price: Free. (Premium versions allow you to share content with friends and add storage space. The basic version has worked fine for me.)


#1  Laridian Bible Study Tools

Description: At first I hesitated to include Bible software on the list since so many leaderhelps readers already have their favorite. However, the more people with whom I spoke the more I realized that many are still looking for that “one thing” to solve most of their Bible reading, study, and sermon prep problems. For me, that’s the rich Laridian product line. It’s easy to use, features excellent customer service and includes everything I need from multiple versions to commentaries, to Greek study tools, etc

Price: Varies. The initial app is free with free Bible versions available. Other tools are priced reasonably.


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