Why is Church Extra Important for Elderly Members?

March 21, 2018

This post addresses the importance of engaging elderly members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

Did you know that more than 50% of Americans still attend a religious service at least once a month? In addition to helping people connect with God, church provides a wonderful way to engage with other members of the community and meet new friends.

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Is Your Church Using Social Media the Right Way?

March 08, 2018

This post addresses the importance of using social media to engage with members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

Your church might already have a presence on social media, but is it doing enough to attract and engage worshippers? Below are ways to strengthen your ministry through social media.

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8 Easy Ways to Survey Your Congregation

January 18, 2018

This post shows eight easy things to keep in mind when attempting to survey the members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

If you often spend your time counseling people and offering advice, you might have a wonderful pulse on what certain members of your congregation are thinking.

But chances are, you’re hearing from only the most vocal and engaged minority who may not be representative of the entire membership. And relying upon a few to gauge what your entire membership is thinking can lead to mistaken conclusions.

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How to Keep Your Church Relevant in the 21st Century

January 10, 2018

This post talks about how technology can be harnessed to improve engagement with your church's members. It's the main post in our series on church engagement.

How many times a day do you check your phone?

Though many of us hesitate to admit it, a recent study shows that average users actually check their phone an amazing 110 times a day.  

There’s no hiding it - we live in a mobile society. We've grown accustomed to sending an email and getting a response almost immediately. Social media makes pictures of all of our closest friends – and distant acquaintances – instantaneously accessible in the palms of our hands. And with text messages, we can get quick answers to our pressing questions without having to take time to make a phone call.

What does all of this mean for the church?

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Why Are Church Choirs On the Decline?

December 12, 2017

This post considers the reasons why church choirs are on the decline. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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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3 Reasons Why Your Christmas Eve Service is So Important

November 22, 2017

This post talks about Christmas Eve as the most important service for engaging with members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

Every year, millions of Americans pile into their cars and head to church on Christmas Eve. Attendance can be so high at this time of year that some ministries will hold several services - some as many as five or six - to ensure that everyone who wants to worship can.

As a leader in your church, putting adequate time into preparing for the Christmas Eve service can ensure that it has the greatest impact possible. Below are the three reasons that if done right, this service will leave a lasting impression on both your church body and surrounding community.

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How Your Church Should Use Instagram

November 10, 2017

This post addresses how to utilize the social platform, Instagram to better engage members at your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

It’s impossible to ignore the increasing presence of churches on social media. Most churches now have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, as they've realized that they can use these platforms to further connect and communicate with their community.

As churches seek to connect with their younger members, many have started to consider an additional form of social media: Instagram.

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How to Write a Church Newsletter People Will Read

September 26, 2017

This post talks about creating a meaningful newsletter to engage members of your church. It's part two of our post on church newsletters. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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

September 13, 2017

This post talks about creating a meaningful newsletter to engage members of your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

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.

There’s nothing flashy about email, but it remains one of the most effective ways to communicate. While not all your community members are on Twitter or Facebook, virtually everyone gets email. And email can reach regular members, occasional visitors, stay-at-homes and those who are traveling.

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How to Discover the Big Picture in Church Communication

August 07, 2017

This post talks about how to find the big picture for your church. It's the part of our series on church engagement.

We’ve all heard it before: “Look at the big picture.” It didn’t occur to me until recently that the key word here is “picture.”

Focusing on the big picture, or taking a step back, is not a problem. The problem is knowing what the picture is. What are we even looking at in the first place?

If you’re in the world of church communication, you know it has many moving parts. (Oh boy, does it have moving parts…) But I often wonder if we really understand how these parts fit together to form a picture. And how big is it?

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