Why Are Church Choirs On the Decline?

February 10, 2017

Church choirs are on the decline, according to the most recent study on the matter.

\A 2014 National Congregations Study found that fewer white Protestant churches of all denominations have choirs, though they continued to be prevalent in black Protestant congregations and Catholic churches.

Only 40% of conservative white evangelicals said there is a choir at service, down from 63% 14 years ago. For moderate or liberal Protestant congregations, the decline was from 78% in 1998 to 50% in 2012.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Worship Service on Your Live Stream

February 01, 2017

This post explores different ways that you can make sure your church's live stream is maximizing it's impact. It's part of our series on church live streaming.

Take a moment to imagine a Sunday at your church. It probably consists of fellowship, congregational prayer, worship through song, Scripture reading, and the preaching of the Word.

Though worship is one of these main components, it often gets the short stick when it comes to your live video stream.

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How to Include New Voices in Your Church Communications

January 30, 2017

The members of a church are what make a church so powerful. Without the people who make up the body, a church would simply be a building or gathering place.  

Too often, however, we only hear a few select voices in a church’s communications.

Any sort of exclusion is not usually deliberate; to remain consistent and efficient, many churches rely on the same staff and volunteers to put together newsletters, bulletins, and social media posts. While it’s important to keep control of church communications to avoid confusion and ensure the right messages are delivered, there should be room for a variety of voices and opinions.

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What Can Your Church Do to Attract Young Adults?

January 12, 2017

This post covers some of the best ways to reach out to young adults adults and engage them in your ministry and community. It's part of our series on church growth.

If you ever feel like your church struggles to attract and keep young adults as they transition into adulthood, you’re not alone. Churches around the world struggle with this same thing.

Many young people are less likely than older generations to be religiously affiliated or believers. Some can be resistant to outreach and others are even downright hostile to organized religion. Yet, their participation in the ministry is essential to the future of churches.

So what can you do?

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Do You Know What People Are Saying About Your Church?

January 05, 2017

Do you know what people are saying about your church?

Not what they’re saying in person or during the meetings of various church bodies, but online?

You should.

Just as the internet and social media help your church share its message with more people than ever before, these mediums allow anyone to publicly leave both positive and negative comments about your church.

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Can These Tech Trends Help Your Church Reach Members?

December 27, 2016

In recent years, many churches have turned to technology to help them spread God’s Word. Though some would argue that the use of technology in ministry can be controversial, many others would argue that such a practice is unavoidable. In fact, as Pastor Carey Nieuwhof says in his book Lasting Impact, “if the change inside the church isn’t equal to or greater than the change outside our walls, irrelevance is inevitable.”

This post explores technology trends that are aiding ministries around the world to reach their communities in new and meaningful ways.

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How to Write a Church Newsletter People Will Read

December 07, 2016

Ah, the art of the church e-newsletter...

Though email can be a wonderful way to communicate important information to your church body, many people struggle to understand what to include in the body of their message and how to use the platform to their advantage.

This is a two-part blog-series. Last week, I discussed the logistics and best practices for creating an effective email newsletter program. This week's post focuses on how to create a newsletter that your church body will want to read....and keep reading.

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6 Easy Ways Your Church Can Create Meaningful Newsletters

December 01, 2016

With all the attention paid to social media, it can be easy to overlook another great communication tool a church can use — the email newsletter.

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Research Shows This is Why People Switch Churches

November 10, 2016

This post addresses what the data says about why people move to a new church. It's part of our series on church growth.

Approximately half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most often prompted by a move. A 2016 Pew Research Study explored the various reasons why people switch churches and the factors that influence how they find a new one.

This post dives into the research data to further explain why people switch churches.

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How Your Church Can Effectively Apologize on Social Media

October 06, 2016

Though the need might seem negligible, at some point, your church might have to apologize for a miscommunication, misunderstanding, or general misstep for something it posted on social media.

The thing is, apologizing on social media isn’t the same as apologizing in person; these mediums have their own rules. This post breaks down how to effectively communicate an apology on social media.

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