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Resources e-letter 22:1 - February 2022

The second DIY training aid has just been uploaded to the site and this is featured in this issue of Resources e-letter. Article A52, How to run a church vision day, offers content for a trainer-led day plus hand-out sheets for everyone. This issue also includes a list of resources on the topic of communication by print.
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NEW: How to run a church vision day

This is the second in an occasional series of DIY training aids for churches, based on events I have been running for some years. This one is designed for a church leadership team, or a wider body, seeking to set a vision for their church.

Five stages are described:

  1. Parable – telling stories
  2. Purpose for the future
  3. Principles for the future
  4. Prayer for the future
  5. Plan for the future

The material can be used by an enabler of the event, or it can be studied solo. The idea is to place the concept of vision-setting in a biblical understanding of any church’s purpose, and to distinguish purpose (what we are to be and do) from vision (our prayers for God to bring about an outcome if we are faithful to our purpose). It then enables the group to produce first ideas for a future vision.

The material includes seven hand-out sheets for everyone as outlines for the points being made and for exercises at each stage. There is one major exercise for everyone to complete during the event but on their own, before results are shared and a process outlined for producing a plan.

Article A52, How to run a church vision day – a DIY training aid, is now available without charge from the Articles index page of my website.

Resources on print and IT

Here is a list of resources on the website that deal with communication by print.

Articles index page

A9     A church members’ newsletter – An idea for a new publication
A11   Become a better emailer – and make everyone happy
A14   Create a quality website – … by asking the right questions
A21  The use of print in outreach – ­Rethinking your church’s practice
A22  Job applications in Christian ministry – Part A: Preparation
A29  A basic guide to paper and print – Helping you to communicate well

Training Notes index page

TN22   Appoint a church photographer!
TN45   Are you sure it’s minutes you need?
TN53   A simple email filing system
TN61   Mapping out a meeting
TN63   How not to write a newsletter
TN69   Creative prayer diaries
TN82   Print or screen?
TN97   How to minute a meeting
TN99   Social media+ guidelines
TN113 What to avoid on your website
TN114 How to prepare a church profile
TN131 Helpful handover documents


To print out a complete listing of all resources, scroll down to the bottom of the Resources page and download the pdf there.

Please ensure all these materials are widely promoted in your church.  Thank you for your interest in my website.