“Everything I’ve ever learned about marketing, I learned in church”

The above is a quote from a Guardian article called “Get them while they’re young“.

Marketing? Church?


The C of E can do own goals very well – as seen in the Ben Sheward saga. Not really good marketing…

Maybe its the church websites?

Maybe this is the marketing that she has in mind?


Yes we do marketing.. probably best not to learn from it…


(thanks to Christian Nightmares for the pic)

Conduct Your Own Church Pews v Seats Research

Imagine it. Its early Sunday afternoon, and you get back home from church. You sit down and think to yourself that you’re missing something.

Is it the feel of warm fellowship with other Christians? No.

Is the musical complexities of the worship band? No.

Maybe its your pew that your missing?

Or maybe your just wanting to help us out with our Church Pew or Seat Research?

Either way, with thanks to eBay, now is your chance to buy your very own Church Pew – Available for pick up in the Exeter / Devon Area!

(For what its worth, we also have a dust extractor, and a window for sale)


We now end the cheap plug…

A Request For Help…

Prayer from Granger Community Church on Vimeo.


Quick request for you all…

One way we’ve found of doing the God slot / talkie bit at youth club is using video in some shape or form as an illustration. Two examples being above and below. We have also used the Soul Trailer to try and provoke discussion.

So is there anyone out there who can recommend other quick videos like these which we can use?

Weekly Round Up: The Beer at Church edition

Here’s this weeks round up:

  • Jon Butler wonders why we crave certain objects and positions.
  • Nick Welford at CVMen looks at Selective Thinking
  • Randy Elrod looks at one way to gain self confidence.
  • Vic The Vicar and The Vernacular Curate declares today to be “Mrs Vicarage Sunday”
  • The eChurch Blog looks at a survey which basically asks “Do you think it legitmate for the media to report clergy adultery?”
  • And finally… Tony Campolo looks at a great outreach idea – I want to check out this church in question!!!

Where Have You Experienced Awe?

I think, if asked I would be able to sum our our recent trip to Italy nice and easily:

Pizza, wine, and (free to enter) churches.

The Pizza was almost always beautiful. In Italy if you want beautiful pizza, just go anywhere thats half decent… its amazing how little you need to pay for decent red wine… and those churches… I cant think of one Church that we wondered in that didn’t slow down the soul, and made the heart go wow.

There was this one Church near where we were staying in Venice (which didn’t make it into The Lonely Planet), which just seemed to blow me away with it grand architecture. walking

around there, I found myself pondering the love and motivation of the people that built the place. There was a definite feeling  that hit as you walked in. Was I walking onto Holy Ground?

Richard Littledale has started collecting a map of locations around the world showing where people have experienced awe. Give his blog a read to find the story behind the map, or indeed click on the map and add your own “awe location”.



The Youthclub Diaries: One Year On.

A long ago (9th March 2010)  – on a blog far far away, I wrote down the following comments:

I don’t know…

We rejig youthclub, the overal reaction to a non structured club seems to be well recieved. But it still feels like a battle… and I’m kinda tired of it…

As part of this we somehow seemed to have dropped the bible talk. Tonight I’ve felt quite challenged about this – whats the difference between us and a non-Christian youth club?

So how do we fix it…

I don’t know…

Less then two weeks later… we stopped it.

It was with the idea of relaunching the youthclub for the second half of the Summer Term on a trial basis. We made a few tweaks to the setup, different times, different approach to any spiritual input, different discipline system, and I’m sure a few other bits and pieces. I remember thinking at the time that I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing.

We’re still going after a year  – and by Gods Grace… its fantastic. We have a fantastic relationship with the young people coming along, they’re asking questions about what we believe – the whole thing just (mostly) feels fun.

And I still feel like I’m making it up as I go along….

How to get the Church Leader to love you

1. Volunteer to join the Jack Bauer School of Evangelism.
2. Raise your hands in worship at least twice every sunday.
3. During the sermon shout out helpful, slightly related Bible verses, my favourite is 2 Kings 2:23-24.
4. If you’re gonna doodle, do it in your own Bible.
5. As you leave ‘hum’ parts of the sermon to yourself, so he doesn’t feel jealous of the worship leader.
6. During the sermon shout out AMEN! Every 5 minutes…
7. Volunteer to do the church newsletter, and do it well.
8. Make your ‘fly needs checking’ motions halfway through the service.
9. Ask at least a week before hand what their main points in the sermon will be, so you can read up on it.
10. Make sermon notes on Twitter… and tell them what Twitter is.

The Weekly Round Up – The End of The World Edition

So I go on holiday… and the world ends… Well thats what it felt like when I checked into Twitter at one point last week. Heres some of the best sites / web pages we came across since then:

  • The BBC looks at the atheist reaction to the end of the world.
  • Laurence Cooper ponders the rapture emotion.
  • Bishop of Buckingham tells Channel 4 News that Paul would have said “don’t be silly”.
  • The New York Times looks at the families of the people proclaiming the end times…
  • What happens to your pet when you get ruptured? This guys help
  • On a more serious note… Where is Harold Camping?
  • To end with – joking aside – there are going to be alot of people upset that the world didn’t end… wondering what to do from here… all credit to Calvary Bible Church for trying to help.