Welcome! − Resources


If you need practical help for Christian ministry, or fresh ideas to make you sit up and think, here are 173 resources not to miss. They are all available free of charge (minimal conditions apply).

This section gives access to:

  • Articles - items of up to 10,000 words covering a wide range of topics
  • Training Notes - shorter, no more than 2,000 words, a 5 minute read
  • Health-checks - detailed models for testing churches, mission agencies and individuals

You can now check the complete library by means of the new:

Or, if you know the title of the item, try the:

In broader terms, the same items are also indexed by the themes of:

Bookmark the site and return to this page to check out the growing collection. Ask to come on my bimonthly e-letter mailing list to inform you of new resources as I add them to the site. The link just given also gives you access to my data privacy notice.

I check, update and, I hope, improve each Article and set of Training Notes at least once every two years. For example, in September 2019 I updated Articles A22, A23 and A38 plus Training Notes TN62, TN63, TN76 and TN77.

I welcome feedback by email and will amend items and add notes in the light of comments received. That's the beauty of web publishing.


PRINT YOUR OWN LISTING - New design for 2019

To produce a printed listing of all the resources, download the following file and print it backed by flipping on the short side (set the Adobe print menu to 'actual size' not 'to fit'). This lists all resources to October 2019. You are welcome to make as many copies as you like, or I can post you copies.


If you want similar material to my Training Notes and on related themes written for small charities and churches I recommend Helen Calder's website: Helen's Headlines.

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I have personally found John to be an exceptional source of wise counsel and advice.
A Church of England Bishop in an email to a Vicar - December 2018
Note that quotes throughout this website come from unsolicited sources and are being continually changed to ensure that all have been received within the past 12 months.

Latest additions to the Resources section

October 2019

See Article A46, Redefining 'management', Training Notes TN118, Why, exactly, are we meeting?, and Health-check HC3, The Christian Effectiveness Model - a summary. Find these from the index page links on this page and again on the Management, Structures, Administration and Alphabetical index pages.


Follow John on Twitter for (mostly) daily items on church organisation. Several link to the Resources section of this website.