Weekly Highlights- April 22, 2017

Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.

Chuck Lawless   |   10 Facility Questions to Consider as You Go to Church This Weekend

I was shocked. The church had a noticeable, distinct, musty odor, but none of the church leaders noticed it. It seems they had lived with it for so long that it no longer caught their attention – even though it almost knocked out anyone who entered the building for the first time.

Because we “regulars” at our churches also sometimes miss the obvious, here are some questions to consider as you go to church this weekend. They’re designed to help you see your church’s facility as a guest might see it:

Shawn Lovejoy   |   Three Wrong Responses to Our Easter Services

These days, however, thanks to social media, we can always find a church that’s building it bigger, better, and faster than we are! It’s easy to read the status updates on Sunday afternoon, and suddenly what happened at our church pales in comparison to everyone else!

Jonathan Howe   |   Churches, Social Media, and Customer Service

I understand there is a difference in customer service and communication to church members and guests. I also realize church members shouldn’t have a customer mentality. But this infographic below sheds quite a bit of light on some simple practices that can be adapted for churches that will allow them to communicate more effectively with their members.

Brittney Coleman   |   6 Easy Ways to Renovate Your Children’s Ministry Space

Whether you are making small updates or doing a complete remodel, there comes a time that every children’s ministry space needs some renovations. Regardless of your budget, this process can be quite daunting for any one person to tackle alone! Here are six ideas to get you started.

Karl Vaters   |   The Best Way to Avoid Pastor Burnout? Equip The Saints

Ephesians 4:11-12 could easily be called the pastor’s prime mandate. In that passage, the Apostle Paul clearly tells us we have been called “for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

The longer I pastor, the more convinced I am that one of the prime reasons for pastoral burnout is that too many pastors – especially small church pastors, like me – are ignoring that simple command.

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