Less Clutter, Less Noise Review

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I just wrapped up the final 5 chapters of Kem Meyer’s “Less Clutter, Less Noise” manuscript and the one word that keeps coming to mind is…POWERFUL!

If you’re a church that struggles with effective communication (internally or externally) this book is for you. If you’re finding it difficult to transform how you communicate as an organization, this book is for you. If you’re a frustrated communications director about to give up on the whole process, this book is for you!

Kem does a great job of tackling the “communication monster” and laying out practical ways to create a functioning communicative environment in any church, with any staff and any budget. Even if you’ve never given much thought to how you communicate (i.e print, web, word of mouth etc…) I would encourage to grab this book when it’s published. It’s a true perspective changer!

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Less Clutter, Less Noise…The First 5 Chapters

I just wrapped up reviewing the first 5 chapters of Kem Meyer’s “Less Clutter, Less Noise” manuscript. I’ll say it now, so you can budget accordingly: If you’re in church ministry, you need to get this book…period! 

Kem lays out her thoughts in a way that will stick in the minds of even the most distracted of people. I can’t share any quotes from the book, but I can say that this book will change the way you look at effective communication. It’s already altered my thinking in many ways.

I can’t wait to get my hands on the next 5 chapters!

Lukewarm

My friend Darren just posted some powerful descriptions of a lukewarm life, from Frances Chan’s book; “Crazy Love” – Check it out: (warning…some of these might sting a bit)

* Lukewarm People attend church fairly regularly. It is what is expected of them, what they believe “good Christians” do, so they go.

* Lukewarm People give money to charity and to the church… as long as it doesn’t impinge on their standard of living…

* Lukewarm People tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside of church; they care more about what people think of their actions… than what God thinks of their hearts and lives.

* Lukewarm People don’t really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin…

* Lukewarm People rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want people to feel uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion.

* Lukewarm People say they love Jesus, and He is, indeed, a part of their lives. But only a part.

* Lukewarm People love others but do not seek to love others as much as they love themselves. Their love is typically focused on those who love them in return… there is little love left over for those who cannot love them back, much less for those who intentionally slight them… Their love is highly conditional and very selective, and generally comes with strings attached.

* Lukewarm People think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven…

* Lukewarm People are thankful for their luxuries and comforts, and rarely consider trying to give as much as possible to the poor. They are quick to point out, “Jesus never said money is the root of all evil, only that the love of money is.”

 

“Pop Goes the Church” – Upon Further Review

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I just wrapped up my review of “Pop Goes the Church” by Tim Stevens and sent it back his way.

I can’t begin to express the importance of this book. As I was re-reading some pages this morning, it became clear that God was moving in a powerful way as Tim was writing this. If your desire is to reach the lost, then this book is a practical instruction manual on how to do that. It is authentic, relevant, moving and very well written.

I would encourage anyone who is a church leader, whether you’re on staff, on an elder board or are a ministry volunteer, to pick up “Pop Goes the Church” when it comes out. You will be challenged, stretched and moved.

This has been a blast!

“Pop Goes the Church”…Cover to Cover

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I just wrapped up my 1st reading of Tim Stevens new book; “Pop Goes the Church”. I’ll dig in for a 2nd pass beginning tomorrow. I thought I’d share some initial thoughts about this great new book.

 – When this book comes out, run (don’t walk) to the store or amazon.com or wherever…and get a copy. If you’re a Pastor, buy a copy for yourself and your staff. As I posted here, this book is a “MUST READ”, whether or not you believe in leveraging pop culture for the gospel or are completely against it.

 – Tim came prepared to write this book. So many books share opinions, but lack the backing evidence to support their conclusions. Tim supports everything in this book with scripture and supporting research.

 – “Pop Goes the Church” dives right in to the issues facing the church as it struggles to reach the community. You don’t have to wait until 3 or 4 chapters in to get to the “meat” of the book.

 – This book is full of real life examples of how this approach to ministry is working and changing lives. This isn’t a “look what we’re doing at Granger” book, instead it’s a “look at what God is doing though His church” book.

 – I’ve always been struck by Tim’s humility. That humility is apparent throughout this book. It is evident that Tim’s great passion is to reach the lost, not just in the Granger area, but throughout the world. His passion for the local church and its effectiveness is presented in a transparent and humble way.

 – Tim is a wonderful writer. I was never lost, bored or disinterested as I read. I truly believe that “Pop Goes the Church” is a must have in the library of any ministry leader.

I’ll post some more thoughts after my 2nd reading.

I’m Reading “Pop Goes the Church”!

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Most of you know that I follow the happenings at Granger Community Church fairly closely. About a week ago Tim Stevens, GCC’s Executive Pastor, posted that he was looking for 10 leaders to preview his new book; “Pop Goes the Church”. Well, yesterday I received an email saying that I had been selected to check it out!

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll have the opportunity to read through the manuscript, comment on it and send it back to Tim as he wraps up the writing process. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be a part of this! We’re not allowed to blog any specifics or quotes from the book…but I can tell you, based on what I’ve read so far, that “Pop Goes the Church” is going to rock a lot of worlds!

Stay tuned for details on the release!

A Great Leadership Book

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I have to admit…often I find myself lost in the vast sea of leadership material that’s out there. Some resources are great, some are okay and some contradict everything else I’ve ever read. But, “Making Vision Stick” by Andy Stanley is a great book.

It’s a quick read (most of you can get through it in an hour) – it’s instantly applicable and it’s principles make sense for any ministry. Here’s the amazon link if you’d like to check it out…a great read for $10.00!