Ten Thoughts Your Church Visitors Are Thinking 

Tuesday’s Column: Dale Mail Dale Pollard We’ve all had opinions and reactions in public that never made it from our brains to our mouths. Not all of these were positive, and perhaps that’s why they were never spoken. Have you ever wondered what visitors who come into our home congregation are thinking? What do theyContinue reading “Ten Thoughts Your Church Visitors Are Thinking “

“Hello, My Name Is Roger Johnson”

Neal Pollard Yesterday morning, I learned how much of a sense of humor the Lehman Avenue church members have. I prefaced my sermon by sharing a great tip a fellow-preacher passed along to me last week. He told the folks at his new work, “Please introduce yourself by name until I greet you by nameContinue reading ““Hello, My Name Is Roger Johnson””

Audience Analysis

Neal Pollard People, in talking about public speaking, will sometimes speak of “audience analysis.” What they mean is that you need to know your audience or you run the risk of being irrelevant, disconnected, and even possibly offensive. You may assume too much of them or sell them way short. Neither extreme is effective. AContinue reading “Audience Analysis”

Meeting The Needs Of Newcomers

Neal Pollard It has been said that visitors make up their mind about a church in the first ten minutes of their visit. Before they’ll even discern the doctrine we teach or form an impression about the distinctiveness of our worship, they’ve already decided. If you will walk through the first ten minutes of eachContinue reading “Meeting The Needs Of Newcomers”

Googling Church

Neal Pollard Despite Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s fall, 2015, pessimistic forecast in the “Sunday Review” column of the New York Times, where he perhaps wistfully reports Google searches for God down 15% in the first half of this decade and presents data showing Kim Kardashian as at least 10 times more popular than Jesus (if such isContinue reading “Googling Church”

Is This A Friendly Church?

Neal Pollard While we would be tempted to ask this of ourselves, that’s really not a very honest reflection or indication of a true answer.  But, thankfully, there are several whom we can ask.  Don’t miss the importance of their candor.  Their answers are really the only ones that matter. Ask the parents of theContinue reading “Is This A Friendly Church?”