Category Archives: Ideas for Changing the Church

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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7 Things Not to Do to Your Pastor on Sunday

This is my own version of “Things Not to Do to Your Pastor on Sunday.” I’ve seen similar lists over the years, so I don’t claim originality. I’m sure there are more. 7 Things Not to Do to Your Pastor … Continue reading

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Creating a desert on purpose…

  Creating a Desert in Your Oasis Many years ago in a former church we planned something to shock us out of our habits. We simply said, “in the 7th year of our Sunday School program, we’ll do something completely … 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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Why People Visit, Join and Leave a Church

What makes visitors come to your church? Like your church? Decide to join your church? And what makes some members LEAVE a church? There’s a lot of anecdotal advice in books and blogs, –including here at my own site!  After … Continue reading

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How and When to Direct Mail Your Neighborhood

The US Postal Service has lately been advertising its “Every Door” DIRECT MAIL services which allow businesses (and churches!) to blanket households in their area. Last month I got one of those mailings from a nearby church inviting me to … Continue reading

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Ten Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry

This link takes you to one of the best written pieces about youth ministry I’ve read in a long time: http://kendadean.com/636/what-are-the-top-10-characteristics-of-a-healthy-youth-ministry/ “Top 10 Characteristics of a Healthy Youth Ministry” I don’t know anything about Kenda Dean, other than she does youth … Continue reading

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Performing Church Cleanup

Lately I’ve been enjoying the similarities between “things I need to do on my computer” and “things I need to do to my church.”  In fact, I sometimes believe my computer is a PARABLE ABOUT THE CHURCH.  Shoot, this is … Continue reading

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*Sigh* Quality Control (lacking) in the Church

It’s so sad. Churches struggle and complain, and wonder why members are apathetic. But then you look at their LACK OF QUALITY CONTROL …and it’s no wonder people are half-hearted in some churches. Dirty buildings Poor signage Typos galore in the … Continue reading

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