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

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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What the Pastor Shouldn’t Say

“Missed you last Sunday“ Seems harmless. But to many of us coming in the door, it comes across as passive aggressive, -judgmental. “Missed you last Sunday” sounds a lot like, “You should have been here.” Worse, it sounds too much … Continue reading

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Problems with Pastoral Prayers

While working on an article about Teaching About Prayer with software for my sundaysoftware.com website, —and complaining about teachers and pastors who use prayer to summarize their lesson/sermon, …I had a bunch of thoughts and experiences flood back into memory about “The Pastoral … Continue reading

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The Christian Athiest (and online church)

Just got done reading “The Christian Athiest: Believing in God like it doesn’t matter.” (Craig Groeschel, Zondervan, 2010) It’s worth the price and full of sermonable content. Other than the snappy title, what caught my attention was that it came from the … 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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Scanning the Congregation for Malware & Trojan Members!

Two days after Xmas a “trojan” program installed a piece of “malware” on my heavily guarded computer called “HDD Low”.  It’s schtick was to try and convince me I had all sorts of harddrive problems and needed to use my … Continue reading

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Still think Facebook is low-brow?

Pastor: “Why on earth should our church be on Facebook?” Neil:  “Because that’s where an increasing number of your members are –everyday.” Pastor: “Our kids maybe, but our adults? It just seems so vapid, a colossal waste of time.” Neil:  … Continue reading

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Ministering in a Recession

As I walked out of a favorite restaurant the other night, the owner said to me, “You know I really appreciate every time you come here. Customers like you make the difference between us staying open and having to close the … Continue reading

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Confessions of (an Old) Youth Minister

This article posted at http://sundayresources.net/neil/2010/02/18/confessions-of-a-youth-minister/ I’ve been leading youth groups in one way or another for over 30 years. Started when I was 17 helping out with the Jr. High group in my church. For many years, I thought I … Continue reading

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Reinforcing People’s Memories in Preaching

Background:  For many years now, I’ve been an avid follower of the ongoing research into how the brain works, and how our memory works.  As a teacher, minister and software developer, I’m interested in how our students and listeners can best … Continue reading

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The Pastor’s Personality

Do Pastors and their Congregations start to look like each other? I think so. And obviously, this can become unfortunate! Update:  Since I wrote this post, my family and I joined a church, and then left it after 3 years. … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Better Children’s Sermons

Note: This article has been updated at http://sundaysoftware.com/site/better-childrens-sermons/ ——————————————–   You can buy books with children’s sermons in them. Most are ho-hum or antiquated.  Most also don’t discuss “how” to deliver the children’s sermon. And that may be the most important thing … Continue reading

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