It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
What the Slow Death of Retail Can Tell Us About the Future Church. (via @cnieuwhof, HT @rlancemurphy) Some really good insights here.
I recently wanted to pick up a garment bag for travel purposes. I thought that rather than wait for shipping, I’d drop support my local mall, which at this point I only visit a handful of times a year. The mall I chose is the premiere mall in our region. The mall has over half a million square feet of retail space. You’d think I would have had a good experience and walked out with a garment bag. Guess what I did? Ordered one from Amazon instead.
The reward of attending your church has to overcome the inconvenience of attending it. If you make people battle traffic and busy schedules to attend a sub-par, impersonal experience at your church, people won’t bother.
Estimate the Cost of a Meeting with This Calculator. (via @HarvardBiz) Unproductive meetings. We’ve all been there. But how much is it costing you? (Pastors need not answer. Everyone knows we work for free.)
Stuck in an unproductive meeting — again? Everyone agrees that meetings can be a waste of time, but they’re actually a waste of money, too. How much? In a study of time budgeting at large corporations, Bain & Company found that a single weekly meeting of midlevel managers was costing one organization $15M a year!
“Dumb and Dumber” reimagined as an Oscar-Worthy drama. (via @Mashable) Well this is simply genius. Fundy spoiler alert: one bad word enclosed.