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May312012

How To Use the Site

Site Use, Participation, and Following

See also the Videos on Site Use

Fast-Track

  1. Choose a Ministry Resource Guide, either the Quick-List or Complete Index.
  2. Scan the book summaries in the guide.
  3. Click through to the books that interest you.
  4. Browse until you find what you need.

How Can I Use the Site?

Each of the methods described below involves using either the Resource Quick-list or Resource Complete Index. It may help if you bring up the site in another window and place it side-by-side with this page, allowing you to follow the instructions without interruption. Also, you may watch the videos on site use.

THREE BEST WAYS to use the site.

1. PRACTICAL - Quickly find the book you need on a given subject

The design of the site allows for a simple sequence:

  • You need a resource.
  • You go to either the Quick-list or Complete Index and find your topic.
  • You browse through the Resource Guides to find the best book or books for your needs. The goal is to help you make an informed selection in a timely manner. The Resource Guides may also expose you to the range of issues on that subject.
  • You access your favorite bookstore and order the book.
  • You are better equipped for your ministry.

For your convenience, both the Quick-list and the Index are always linked in the top menu bar. The Quick-list is also found on the site footer. Also, a short list of directly related guides appears at the bottom of each Resource Guide and Book Summary.

2. DEVELOPMENTAL - Use the Resource Guides to map growth for yourself or those you coach and mentor.

In addition to the targeted search described above, you may want to read several books as part of planned growth for greater effectiveness in leadership and life, either for you or someone you advise. These steps may help.

  1. Choose you area from either the Quick-list or Complete Index.
  2. Browse through the book listings, noting the special categorizations such as “First Reads,” “Strong Supplements,” and other tags that may help you devise a growth plan. You may not agree with my categorizations, but it’s a place to start.
  3. Read the first book, then come back to the guides to keep going until you have achieved your goal.

3. EDUCATIONAL - Use the Resource Guides to help educate you and/or your leadership team.

Church leaders often need help to better understand dimensions of their roles. It may be church renewal, staff evaluation, or many other issues. You may use the resource guides and book summaries to gain needed insight. These steps may help.

  1. Choose your area from either the Quick-list or Complete Index.
  2. Read through the guide, especially if there are introductory essays.
  3. Click through and read the summaries of several books to gain a broad overview of the subject.
  4. Choose the book or books you need for further reading. Click through to the bookstores to purchase or read further reviews.
  5. Keep coming back to the guides and summaries until you feel confident of your grasp of the subject.

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Other Ways to Use the Site

  1. Author or Title Browse (good for a specific author or title, not as helpful for subject queries) – Use the search feature in the upper right corner of the site (mobile, very top of page). Put in an author, and this feature will generate a list of all places on the site where that author is featured or referenced. You can do the same for a title, and it will list if that book has its own page or if it appears in the content of any Resource Guide.
  2. General Keyword Subject Search (If you can’t find what you need by any of the methods above) - Use the search feature in the upper right corner of the site (mobile, very top of page). Put in a keyword related to a subject of interest. The search will generate a generic list of books and resource guides. I have carefully assigned categories and keywords to each page of the site, and the search feature is robust. So if there’s anything on the site that addresses your topic, hopefully it will appear on the list.
  3. Homepage Browse (for the most current site listings) – The homepage is designed to highlight the most recently added content and to feature select resource guides. For those who just like to keep up with the site content, visit this page often. What actually APPEARS on the homepage will not change that often, but there are links to main site features.

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How Can I Participate in the Site (e.g. Comments)?

There are several ways.

  • “Like” and “Share.” Most pages on the site provide links for you to Facebook “like,” Tweet, Google “recommend” or share on a number of social networks. Feel free to do this as often as you “like.” :-) Seriously, the more you interact in this way, the greater the distribution of site content and awareness among church leaders who may need it.

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How Can I Follow the Site?

There are four ways:

  • Visit often – Obviously, I want people to visit the site, so drop in as often as you like. Make the site one of your favorites or perhaps even your homepage, send yourself calendar updates reminding you to visit (OK, that’s a little over the top :-)). Seriously, visit often.
  • Subscribe to the RSS feed - Here you will find links to the RSS feeds for all features of the site the are regularly updated.

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