64 Things I Wish Someone Had Shared With Me 10 Years Ago

Brian Jones’ blog, Speaking Out of Turn, recently had a good post. They are all things about church ministry. Not all of them are practical for those of us from churches of normal size, frankly. In fact, here’s one that would be, um, less than well received:

7. Completely redesign the interior “look” of your church building every 3 years.

Something tells me that wouldn’t get anything but blank stares at your average church. I can just see the quizzical looks among Board members, “What the {BLEEP} are you talking about?!” But many of his ideas have good principles behind them. Here are a few of my favorites:

9. Never allow anyone to mention staff kids’ names from the stage or in letters.

I’m not sure what “in letters” means, but it’s a good idea to keep them out of the regular vocabulary of the worship service. It’s not like we’d regularly talk about anyone else’s kids in that way. This fits with another one:

17. Never use negative illustrations about your family—you create the church’s impression of them.

Here are a few good ones about salaries and benefits, etc., for staff:

18. Insist on a competitive pay scale from your Senior Pastor or governing board (in writing).

20. Never publish salary amounts in your church’s budget (unless your board publishes theirs as well).

21. If you don’t have $ to give raises, give raises in time off.

Amen, bro. The idea of a pay scale in any real sense of the word is anathema to many churches. And I totally agree with having salary amounts kept private. It’s not like we expect church members to make us aware of their salaries.

Anyway, just some interesting things to think about.

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2 Responses

  1. Hey Scott,

    First time here, man. I’m a Christian church dude as well and stumbled upon your blog.

    I also posted about Brian Jones’ 64 Things. I thought it was pretty good…lots of good and lots of strange ideas.

    Keep up the good work here. I look forward to continued reading.

  2. Hmmm….interesting…i’m going to have to check this out. I tried to use the links but it didn’t work. Because I’m visual, I like the redesign idea. Keeps things fresh and mixed up and interesting. Flipside…if our lives are fresh and mixed up and interesting enough with our involvement in advancing the Kingdom…maybe it wouldn’t matter as much if things got changed every three years. Shhh….don’t tell the board, though.
    I’m off to Google Brian Jones 64 Things…thanks!

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