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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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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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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3 Ways to Improve Your Church Announcements

September 29, 2016

Imagine if every play, concert or sports game was preceded by a lengthy monologue of related events. How long would it take before you tuned it out?

Not long.

Yet, many churches are guilty of doing exactly that. They begin each service with church announcements, a chronicle of committee meetings, bake sales, baptisms, church trips, etc. that every member must sit through before they can begin to worship.

It’s time to reconsider the tradition of church announcements. It’s 2016, and there are better ways to share information - ways that won’t delay the start of services and potentially drain the energy in the room.

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5 Proven Ways Pastors Can Relax in Front of the Camera

September 22, 2016

There’s something about a camera lens that absolutely unhinges some people.

Even pastors at ease in front of large congregations can be paralyzed when they see the unblinking eye of a lens staring back at them. That not only makes for an awkward live stream, but it can actually hurt the experience for the people in the audience.

There’s no surefire way to turn someone into a natural in front of the camera, but there are ways that can help anyone relax and forget about the lens, at least for a little while. Below you’ll find several simple tips:

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6 Reasons Your Church Should Automate Its Social Media

August 17, 2016

Churches around the country have turned to social media to engage their members, communicate announcements, and share inspirational posts. Chances are high that if you’ve started to use social media to reach your community, your members enjoy seeing reminders of their faith on their social media feeds.

Still, many churches find that keeping an active presence on social media platforms is more work than they had initially anticipated. After all, maintaining frequency of high quality content is no easy task. That’s why many have turned to automation.

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How to Reach Your Entire Congregation When You Need to

July 19, 2016

There are times when you want to deliver a message to your congregation, but you can’t wait until your weekend service.

Natural disasters and other unexpected events in the community present instances when you might not want to wait to communicate with those who need to hear from you now.

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How to Bridge the Technology Gap in Live Video Streaming

July 13, 2016

If you are live video streaming your content, you’ve already shown that reaching your community is important to you. Still, you aren’t reaching everyone you can.

There are members of your church who can’t attend services and aren’t taking advantage of live streaming. In many cases, this is because they simply do not know how.

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