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  • The Next Great Debate: Will Video Be the New Norm?32:47

    The Next Great Debate: Will Video Be the New Norm?

    Videos are awesome. They are a great way to easily create and push content. But Rev. Daniel Ross argues that they will not become the norm. This video was recorded live on March 1, 2018.

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  • The Digital Magazine as the New Church Newsletter

    The Digital Magazine as the New Church Newsletter

    In our information-saturated landscape, many have asked the question “how do we communicate well with our church’s members?” The answer to that question is, of course, multi-faceted and...

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  • Top 10 Writing Tips for Church Workers

    Top 10 Writing Tips for Church Workers

    Writing is a skill that comes naturally for some, and is a struggle for others. Whether or not you’re confident in your abilities, or if you have a job that doesn’t require it, it can...

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  • Creating an Environment for Learning in the Church

    Creating an Environment for Learning in the Church

    How many of us remember the candlelight services we have once a year? When we engage more than one sense in a learning environment, the chance of us learning what is being taught...

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  • Stop the Presses or Pause the Video?

    Stop the Presses or Pause the Video?

    Pew Research recently came out with an interesting study. The study in and of itself is not interesting, however, the results are. In the rush to digitize everything and the push...

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  • How to Improve Your Church Announcements

    How to Improve Your Church Announcements

    If you’ve attended worship at a variety of churches, you know that church announcements are a wild card. You might get a newsletter when you enter into the sanctuary. There may be...

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  • 4 Voicemail Etiquette Tips

    4 Voicemail Etiquette Tips

    Why bother, you might ask? Some experts estimate that as much as 75% of business calls end up in voicemail. Voicemail etiquette is key to securing good relationships. And, good...

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  • Email Etiquette Tips for Churches

    Email Etiquette Tips for Churches

    My mom writes about two emails a month, while my sister writes about a hundred a day. (Their days look very different!) Wherever you fall within this spectrum, it’s important to make sure you and...

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  • 6 Ideas for Bringing Your Sermon Home

    6 Ideas for Bringing Your Sermon Home

    Every pastor has thought about it: How do I take the sermon from just Sunday morning to my people during their weeks? Fortunately, with today’s technology it is easier than ever before with a...

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  • How to Improve Your Church Newsletter Workflow

    How to Improve Your Church Newsletter Workflow

    Church newsletters often include copy from a number of contributors, like the pastor, youth director, and volunteers. Likely, they send all that copy in Word documents. And if you design the...

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  • How to Use PowerPoint Effectively

    How to Use PowerPoint Effectively

    PowerPoint can be an effective tool and a helpful presentation software for your church, given its familiarity and accessibility. Here are some very basic ideas for using this program in a way...

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  • Creating Communication Touch Points with a Sign-In Sheet

    Creating Communication Touch Points with a Sign-In Sheet

    I was recently contacted by a pastor who was having a hard time communicating with a group that meets every other month in his region. He’s already done the hard part, which is to get a gathering...

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  • 6 Designer Tips for Word: Using Themes, Styles & Templates

    6 Designer Tips for Word: Using Themes, Styles & Templates

    Microsoft Word gets a bad rap when it comes to design tools. When you think of designing in Word, do you see pixelated clip art and hot pink Comic Sans? Thankfully, it’s not 1999 any more! While...

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  • How to Take Quality Photos for Your Church Directory

    How to Take Quality Photos for Your Church Directory

    Okay, I’ll be honest. Taking high-quality photos for a church directory is not as easy as pie. Nevertheless, it is possible, even for a nonprofessional. It just takes a little extra patience,...

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  • How to Avoid Being Labeled As Spam

    How to Avoid Being Labeled As Spam

    You're someone who needs to communicate with a large list of church members, volunteers or church workers. Yet, there are systems in place that track and monitor your emails to stop what appear...

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  • What Your Church Sign Communicates

    What Your Church Sign Communicates

    Co-written by Rev. Keith Haney, Mission Facilitator, LCMS Northern Illinois District We see them all the time while driving down roads. Some brick and mortar, others monument, and the most recent...

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  • How Inspiration Boards Can Fuel Your Creativity

    How Inspiration Boards Can Fuel Your Creativity

    In 2015, for the entire month of February, Chick-fil-A offered free coffee to introduce customers to their new brew made from specialty beans. This generous promotion caught my attention and I...

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  • 4 Great Presentation Software Options for Churches (Part 1)

    4 Great Presentation Software Options for Churches (Part 1)

    Ok, so you have decided that you are going to start using screens in church. You had the conversation on where best to place them, projectors verse large screen TVs, etc. Now, all you have to...

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  • How to Use a Screen in Worship without Worshiping a Screen

    How to Use a Screen in Worship without Worshiping a Screen

    I love new things combined with old. I love seeing age-old ideas expressed in new viewpoints, common assumptions presented in innovative forms, and outdated principles rethought in fresh ways....

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  • Mass Emailing Made Easy

    Mass Emailing Made Easy

    Sending out announcements, updates, and newsletters via email can be nothing short of frustrating with typical email host (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!, etc.). It’s difficult to quickly send...

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