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6 Mar. 2017 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc
6 Feb. 2017 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

The Comfort of Discomfort

Experience leads to growth, adaptability, and resilience. And resilience is key to success.

11 Sep. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Stacey Alcorn on 9/11

"9/11: A day to remember that extraordinary heroes are often disguised as ordinary people and that spirit and soul are unbreakable."

-Stacey Alcorn

2 Sep. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

How Should Christians View Labor Day?

Church Development shares some thoughts as to how Christians should view Labor Day.

Whenever it comes to any holiday, I try to not only remember the original intent, or what it means to me and my family, but also what it represents in the Kingdom of God.

When it comes to Labor Day, most people know it should be about more than good sales or a three-day weekend. Even one more excuse to fire up the grill at the end of the summer isn’t enough (though admittedly, I love that part).

So what then? Is there more we should consider about Labor Day other than that a) it’s a part of our American tradition since 1882; and b) that we’re celebrating the achievements of the American workforce?

Well, here’s what I think about when it comes to God and Labor Day:

28 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Small Groups Help Retain Church Members

Church Development shares on how and why small groups that meet throughout the week help people stay connected to the church.

One of my favorite parts of my job is teaching complimentary stewardship workshops for churches (usually we invite all the churches in the area to attend). They get a free lunch and a wealth of information. We’ve held a number of workshop topics. Including best stewardship practices, how to arrange your annual campaign, and how to reach young people in your church through social media, your church’s internet presence, and missional heart.

We recently met with a number of churches interested in exploring annual campaigns. One of the things that came up in this workshop was the power of engaging community. During this time we noted that Church Development is active on our Twitter account, and we retweeted a recent thought from Thom Rainer:

6 Aug. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Church Fraud and Its Impact Today

Church Development reflects on the fraud of Australian worship leader Michael Guglielmucci and what this means for church leaders today.

It’s been nearly six years since Michael Guglielmucci admitted to lying about having terminal cancer while his song, “Healer,” gained steam for its inspirational message. In the aftermath, Guglielmucci donated the earnings to charity and offered to pay back the donations people gave for his treatment, but the damage was done—to his friends and family, to his musical association (Hillsong United), and to his church.  

A popular Australian news show even picked up the story:

The responses were… well, they were to be expected:

4 Jul. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

My Favorite Part of the Declaration of Independence

When it comes to July 4th, I like to go back to my favorite part of the Declaration of Independence. It's not an uncommon pick, but it's still good:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Have a great 4th of July!

3 Jun. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Common Mistakes in Church Websites #3: Things to Avoid

Church Development covers a few more common mistakes to avoid when designing your church website (or things to fix if your site is already live).

While I’ve already covered a couple of rounds of what to do and not to do on your church website—starting with some general tips, then following up with insight from a webpage designer—I decided to come back for a round three with a few more minor things to avoid:

1. Having an Unexplained Log In Box

27 May. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Visual Guide: How to Communicate with a Church Email

Church Development breaks down what’s working in a weekly church email blast.

A little while back, I shared four trips to improving your church email communications. As this is the kind of thing that is easier to understand with visuals, I wanted to work through a church email blast that successfully implements a lot of what we covered before. Let’s look at some screenshots of the weekly email blast from the Littleton Vineyard. Don't worry if you can't read the text; I'll cover the basics of what they're doing:


9 May. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Misc

Four Tips to Improve Your Church Email Communications

Church Development shares a few tips as to how to clearly communicate your church’s weekly events through an email blast.

Last time, we covered how long people spend on the internet in a given week. While we noted that most people don’t spend their time on everything (and that different generations respond better to different sites and online communications), one thing was fairly set: On average, adults spend 8 hours a week on email.

In continuing our basic premise of communicating where people are already, it makes sense to look at your church email newsletter, since some of those 8 hours should be spent thinking about your church.

Here are four tips for your church email newsletter: