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15 Church Website Pet Peeves

It’s hard enough to get people to visit your website, WHY O WHY give them a reason to leave?  Why give members and visitors a reason to think you’re “rinky dink” ?? Yet, that’s exactly what many church websites do…. stuff … Continue reading

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Where you can find more of my reading recommendations…

I’ve scattered quite a few “recommended reads” through the posts in this blog. Many of my “church related” recommended reads are being footnoted in the “Advice to Church Staff” thread at For example, I’ve just posted about 7 books and … Continue reading

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Staff meetings, management, development, and inspiration

This post discusses “Team Huddles” and what I’ve learned from the 6 church staffs I’ve worked with. It concludes with some good books to read. I enthusiastically recommend that church leaders make it a habit to read books and magazines from the business world… … Continue reading

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Lead Better Meetings

Meetings are boon and bane in the church. How you lead a meeting, and how you train your chairpeople to lead meetings, can make the difference between success and failure. Better meetings are more productive. Better meetings are a way … Continue reading

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Pass the Peace, -and the Hand Sanitizers

I am NOT a Germ-a-phobe or hypochondriac. I just have serious concerns about an age-old practice that creates problems in this day and age: the extent to which we pass BUGS around on Sunday morning. I’m particularly concerned about pastors: they shake EVERYBODY’S … Continue reading

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Move Meetings into Homes

Meetings are often dreaded by staff and members alike. But I’ll bet we’d all agree that some of the BEST church meetings are those held in member homes rather than at the church: = The more personal setting encourages bonding and fellowship … Continue reading

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The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture, by Randy Paush. Hyperion Books. http://www.thelastlecture.com/ This book has received a lot of press and definitely lives up to the hype. I’ve read it and had my older daughters read it. Youth groups and adult classes should read … Continue reading

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Why we left our last church…

…and what can be learned from our experience. I have edited this thing ten times. I’m sure some folks aren’t going to like what I have to say, or think I’m just ‘bitter’ as a way of avoiding the lessons here. … Continue reading

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Velvet Elvis

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith; by Rob Bell. (zondervan) This is a personal book, a discussion of what it means to be a Christian in the 21st Century. It’s authored by one of the most interesting young and upcoming preachers in the country, Rob Bell, … Continue reading

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Green Paul: How to wage against sin

I ran across this cartoon the other day which gets right to the heart of the debate: Humans and churches have a habit of getting all fired up about the “cause de jour.”  These days that includes the environment. We … Continue reading

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Jesus Freaks & Conversions

Jesus Freaks is a book of devotions for teens. Somebody at my church gave a copy to my two older daughters and they actually read it!  I think it was a confirmation gift. Dad, of course, was very interested in … Continue reading

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Basics of a Better Church Website

This post is a condensation of my article “Building a Better Church Website” located at www.sundaysoftware.com/webpage.htm You might be surprised by what I consider to be a “GOOD” church website. It’s not one with all the bells and whistles. I’ve … Continue reading

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