Thought Items

Created on May 16th, 2012
Learning from Kodak

Learning from Kodak

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Kodak—long the most esteemed name in the camera business—declared bankruptcy last month. Many business analysts have been discussing the reasons for the esteemed…
Holding the Church Hostage

Holding the Church Hostage

By Dyton L. Owen
How many times have you heard a member of the church say something along these lines? “If you don’t fire so-and-so, my family and I are going to go to another…
Reaching New People with Bible Studies and Programs

Reaching New People with Bible Studies and Programs

By Shane Raynor
There was a time when people chose their churches based largely on denomination, location, beliefs, or family ties. But with the rise of the internet and the proliferation of…
Welcoming Time Share Christians

Welcoming Time Share Christians

By Gil Rendle
With uncommon clarity, the Episcopal rector listened to the complaints from the leaders of the children's Christian education program. They were frustrated with curriculum that…
10 Website Best Practices

10 Website Best Practices

By Terrell Sanders
1. Everything links to the web for details.One of the easiest ways to save money is to use your website as the place for all details. This lets you reduce the size of your…
The Land of Shiny Things

The Land of Shiny Things

By Toni Birdsong and Tami Heim
Welcome to the Land of Shiny Things. Your citizenship was not overtly solicited, but gradually you made your way here. You are an unwitting but active, dues-paying resident. The…
Pressure to Make Out with God

Pressure to Make Out with God

By Shawn Wood
A friend of mine tweeted something the other day that caught my attention. “Anyone else concerned that congregations in modern worship have become observers instead of…
Teaching the Old Testament: When God Seems Unjust

Teaching the Old Testament: When God Seems Unjust

By Brent A. Strawn
I make my living teaching the Old Testament, so I’m quite aware of its “problems.” You might say it’s a job hazard in my line of work. Even if people…
Mission Trip High: Keeping it Going or Leaving it There?

Mission Trip High: Keeping it Going or Leaving it There?

By Matthew L. Kelley
I was recently visiting a mission camp where I had participated as both a youth and adult camper, and spent several summers on staff when I was in college. I had been invited to…
Increase Worship Attendance

Increase Worship Attendance

By Jessica Miller Kelley
In a recent stewardship article, Bob Crossman's first suggestion for increasing giving is to increase worship attendance, since most people will not give when they do not come…