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Less Clutter, Less Noise: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales

June 5, 2009 by

2009_06_05_lessclutterlessnoise.jpgAs soon as I read the title, I knew that this was a book I needed to read. Kem Meyer, communication director at Granger Community Church, gives practical and simple strategies for communicating clearly in her first book—Less Clutter. Less Noise.

This easy-to-read book is written in small, topical “chunks,” which makes it easy to scan for specific topics or to read in a few short sittings. Kem’s writing style is very conversational, and her book is full of real-life stories and examples that you and your church can actually put into practice!

Less Clutter, Less Noise is all about taking a second look at the things we communicate and seeing what message we are really sending out.

Kem shares that there are five myths about communication and marketing that we often buy into:

  • You are in control
  • The more choices the better
  • Advertising creates interests
  • It worked before so it will work again
  • People care about what you say.

As she expands on each of these myths, the big question becomes “Are people letting you in or shutting you out?” This is an important question to examine as we, the church, try to share the greatest message of all.

When we change the point of view in our communications from what we think needs to be said to what our audience thinks they need, then we will actually get our message
through.

Churches are challenged in this book to look all aspects of communication, including web sites, signage, conversations and vocabulary to break through the clutter and noise by embracing clarity.

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Tammy Burns


Tammy Burns is the pastor of family ministries at The Ridge Faith Community in Virginia. She is also the mother of three fabulous kids and in her free time volunteers in the disability/autism community.
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2 Responses to “Less Clutter, Less Noise: Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales”

  • Rick Wilson
    June 6, 2009

    This is a great start – but we have to go so much further. We’re dealing with a sea change – a communications revolution that has massively altered the the cultural landscape. Unless we begin to put our message in the generational media terms of gen X and Y – we’re going to be less relevant than ever. Without tracking the interactive dynamics of social networking sites and the development of mobile technology, all our decisions and investments in the future are suspect. We can lead and we can win – there has never been a greater opportunity!


  • Steve Kenow
    June 7, 2009

    Less Clutter, Less Noise is on my reading list – thanks for the peak inside!
    2 others I would recommend reading are Flickering Pixels and The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture by Shane Hipps. As Rick mentions above, the media landscape has changed immensely and it is affecting our message, which is what Shane Hipps points out in his books. In order for us to deliver our message, we need to understand how the media alters the message.



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