Category Archives: Advice & Ideas for Pastors, Staff and Leaders

Bounded Rationality and “Satisficers”

Why is “vision” difficult to see and implement? Why is it hard to think outside the box? Why does “new and improved” tend to be less than advertised? Why does decision making in the church sometimes feel like muddle? How do you … Continue reading

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The importance of “Speed Bumps” within your building

My past church experiences have made me EXTREMELY aware of the importance of placing “speed bumps” between visitors/new members and the parking lot. Other than worship, the “friendliness” of the congregation is a major factor visitors, frequent visitors**, and new … Continue reading

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What a Pastor Really Does

“I work for an international conglomerate with offices is every country in the world.” Not a big fan of TBN network, but this video clip of a comedian pastor describing what he does and who he works for is REALLY … Continue reading

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When Grown-up Kids Don’t Come Back to Church

As a youth leader, it hurts when one of our young adults grows up and stops going to church.  As a parent, it’s heart-breaking**. Recently, my grown church-going daughter visited with a friend of hers (and mine) from our former … Continue reading

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Free Microsoft Office 365 for Churches

Fall 2013: Microsoft has started giving away free accounts to its Office 365 product to non-profits, including churches. It has always offered non-profit discounts to 501(c)3’s but this is different. This is entirely free. This is their flagship, full-featured Office … Continue reading

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List of Ideas for Attracting Visitors

I was recently asked to speak to a church’s Outreach Committee. I’ll call them “First Church”.  They had grown from a small church plant to about 140 members over the past 7 years, but in the last two years their … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Practice in the Church

(Revised and updated. If you’re viewing this in email, go to http://sundayresources.net/neil/2013/01/02/evidence-based-practice-in-the-church/ ) Evidence Based Practice is the evidence-seeking, results-based testing of assumptions and revising of practices that’s been revolutionizing the fields of medicine, nursing and psychiatry, and is making its … Continue reading

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Evidence-Based Practice in the Church

See the revised and expanded version of this post HERE. http://sundayresources.net/neil/2013/01/03/evidence-based-practice-in-the-church-2/

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Post Advent Post-Mortem

I love Advent and Xmas Eve Services, and have planned them in several churches, as well as, attended them in quite a few more.  Post-Xmas is one of the best times to plan for next year …while it’s still fresh … Continue reading

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Looking for a new church ~ Part III

This is article 3 of 3 about our “church shopping” experience here in Sarasota Florida. You can read those at two previous posts. My point of view includes the fact that I’m a minister who used to pastor churches and … Continue reading

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Looking for a New Church ~ Part II

This is the second post on this topic. Read the first here. UPDATE: Since writing about my experiences, I have pulled together some research and led a seminar on this subject.  View the highlight and research here. We’ve now visited six … Continue reading

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Looking for a New Church ~Part I

This is the first of three posts I’ve made about our adventure in church shopping. You can see the other posts in my “Neil on the Loose” category of posts. I posted this first post after visiting 3 churches. We’re … Continue reading

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