Welcome!Resources − Communication


The following index lists all the resources (Articles, Training Notes and Health-checks) that have a communication theme. Most of these will be headed in this way, but some may have another heading with a cross-reference to Communication in the box at the end.

All are in pdf. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader if you do not already have it.

Ask to come on my bimonthly e-letter mailing list to inform you of new resources as I add them to the site. This link also gives you access to my data privacy notice.

Click on any title in the list below to go to the item in question.


Each item is copyright © John Truscott but you may download the file and/or print up to 30 copies for non-commercial use within your church or mission agency.  

If you make multiple copies, please email me to let me know brief details so that I can monitor use. If you want to make more than 30 copies, or wish to use the item beyond your own church/organisation, I reserve the right to make a charge. Please contact me first in this case.  

Principles of communication

Ref Title
A2 Watch your image!
Visual design for churches
A39 A plan for your communications
A template for churches
A54 How to get a message across
A DIY training aid
TN2 Ten steps to help you communicate
TN9 Which newspapers do people read?
TN38 We've got news for us!
TN39 We've got news for you!
TN44 The message of your buildings
TN49 What's going on under the water
TN75 Writing for the media
TN89 Hold the front page!
TN110 It's confidential: but it still leaks out
TN137 The message of your people

Print and IT

Ref Title
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
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
TN149 Keep all your seniors in touch

Speaking and presentations

Ref Title
A10 An introduction to the art of training
Help people learn new skills
A19 Speaking so that people listen
For all leaders and preachers
A23 Job applications in Christian ministry
Part B: Presentation
A49 How to read the Bible out loud
A DIY training aid
TN1 Preparing to read the lesson
TN16 Interviews in church services
TN47 Breathing life into the intercessions
TN52 The perils of PowerPoint
TN56 Questions for preachers
TN82 Print or screen?
TN93 And now for the notices
TN105 Recording a voicemail message
TN121 Making a case for change
TN123 Speaking-to-camera tips
TN145 Illustrating what you say
TN154 Prayer sessions that engage

All the above

Ref Title
HC4 Church Health Review
Part 1: Explanation
HC5 Church Health Review
Part 2: Questions and tests
HC6 Christian Effectiveness Model
Part 1: Explanation
HC7 Christian Effectiveness Model
Part 2: Questions and tests


I've just read Training Notes TN150, 'Prayer at church business meetings'. I found it really helpful both in terms of the three purposes of the meeting and in terms of the biblical passages you suggest.

A Minister in an email - February 2024

For shorter insights into 'creative organisation', click the Twitter icon near the top right-hand corner of every page to see John's tweets. You do not have to be a Twitterer yourself to see these.


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