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Cashless Giving

Cashless Giving

Previously, I’ve written about a Salvation Army officer using portable PayWave. St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Melbourne has several PayWave stands (see picture above) with which anyone can give a $5 donation as they go past – simply hold your card to the box. The Christchurch Anglican Transitional Cathedral has a similar (if slightly more… Continue Reading

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Lessons From Holiday

Lessons From Holiday

I had chances, on holiday recently, to reflect on the way that different church communities engage with visitors and newcomers. [I have already put up one post from my holiday about engaging with children in the Eucharist]. I think with NZ house prices now at such extreme unafordability that, if we had a NZ version… Continue Reading

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11 Ways To Stop Church Growth

11 Ways To Stop Church Growth

It’s that Southern-Hemisphere time of year again when people get a chance to travel around and see what other churches are doing. Here are 11 actual, tried-and-tested, assured ways that actual churches are using to ensure that their ageing, shrinking club does not have visitors or new people: 1. Don’t have a website. Websites now… Continue Reading

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How not to get First-Timers to Church

How not to get First-Timers to Church

I recently stopped outside a prominent Anglican church building on a busy Christchurch road in one of our most highly-populated suburbs, replete with motels for visitors. There is NOTHING to indicate the building is not being used. The well-designed, highly-visible sign gives service times for the building in front of which it stands. The lawns… Continue Reading

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Ways Churches Drive Away First-timers

Ways Churches Drive Away First-timers

A regular here sent me a link to a list of Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests. Here they are: Having a stand up and greet one another time in the worship service. Unfriendly church members. (church members faking it) Unsafe and unclean children’s area. No place to get information. Bad church website. Poor… Continue Reading

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Stroop Effect

Stroop Effect

OK – How quickly can you say the colours of the words above, not reading the words, but the colour that the word is written in? Most of us struggle not to read a word that is placed in front of us. This is called the “Stroop Effect”. Put words of the service onto a… Continue Reading

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