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  • The Passionate Volunteer & the Communicator: Seeing Eye to Eye

    The Passionate Volunteer & the Communicator: Seeing Eye to Eye

    In my last post I touched on how I ditched a well-thought-out communication request form for more personal interactions with our ministry leaders. I think this idea of relationship...

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  • Ideas for Saying Thank You to Donors and Volunteers

    Ideas for Saying Thank You to Donors and Volunteers

    My eyes have been opened over the last two years about showing appreciation. Not that I wasn’t appreciative before, but now that I’m in development, appreciation has become a large part...

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  • Establishing Planning Rhythms in Your Church Office

    Establishing Planning Rhythms in Your Church Office

    Ben Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Although I’m one who loves a well thought out plan, I have a lot of growing to do when it comes to having a...

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  • Staying Connected with Your Church’s College Students

    Staying Connected with Your Church’s College Students

    As college students are packing their bags to go back to school at the end of the summer, there are a few steps that churches can take to make sure their college students are feeling...

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  • Segmenting Internal Audiences (or How to Get Emails Read)

    Segmenting Internal Audiences (or How to Get Emails Read)

    “Why haven’t they replied to the email? I sent it over a week ago.”—A pastor who shall remain anonymous That is a true complaint I have heard from another pastor. And I have heard...

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  • My Handy-Dandy Communication Form (and Why it Didn’t Work)

    My Handy-Dandy Communication Form (and Why it Didn’t Work)

    On my job description, it says, “Develop templates for media, agendas, and the like to assist busy ministry teams and lay volunteers in creating better message-driven content in a more...

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  • A Basic Lesson in How to Write for the Screen

    A Basic Lesson in How to Write for the Screen

    Creating a church webpage should be easy, shouldn’t it? Whether we’re talking about a home page, an about page, or a simple blog post—type it up and hit “publish,” right? But if you...

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  • Why Connection Beats Technology in Ministry

    Why Connection Beats Technology in Ministry

    Have you sat in a restaurant or in a line at the DMV and just observed? Like really watched people? Are people connecting with those around them? Or are they immersed in the five-inch...

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  • Communicating with Your Staff at a Multi-Site Church

    Communicating with Your Staff at a Multi-Site Church

    For any organization, big or small, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the employees learning to communicate with one another. Most problems that occur within a church staff...

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  • Do We Become Less Human as We Interact with Androids?

    Do We Become Less Human as We Interact with Androids?

    On May 25, 2018, Quantic Dream released their much anticipated seventh game, Detroit: Become Human. (Warning: Link launches trailer, which contains swearing.) After spending a week or...

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  • Storytelling to Share the Gospel & Engage Your Church’s Community

    Storytelling to Share the Gospel & Engage Your Church’s Community

    Stories are some of the most powerful tools in a church communicator’s belt. They have the power to engage us in something beyond ourselves and pass life-giving faith from one...

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  • Protecting Your Family Online

    Protecting Your Family Online

    Because of their leadership with various communication channels, church communicators are sometimes asked by parents how to keep kids safe online. This article was originally posted on...

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  • The First Step in Purchasing Audio and Visual Equipment for Your Church

    The First Step in Purchasing Audio and Visual Equipment for Your Church

    Before electricity, churches were architecturally designed to carry sound and light into the worship space. While modern architects often factor natural sound and window fixtures into...

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  • Should Your Church Use the Messaging App GroupMe?

    Should Your Church Use the Messaging App GroupMe?

      I often wonder if one of the biggest challenges facing Church Communicators is deciphering the who, what, where, why, and how of church news and events. Our efforts are often divided...

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  • Building Meaningful Connections in a World of Tech and Isolation

    Building Meaningful Connections in a World of Tech and Isolation

    We live in one of the most connected ages in history. We can stay connected with friends around the globe and have unlimited potential to make new friends. News travels around the globe...

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  • Enhancing Your Church’s Video Streams with Multiple Cameras

    Enhancing Your Church’s Video Streams with Multiple Cameras

    There’s nothing quite like being in worship with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, receiving God’s gifts and giving Him our praise. The beauty of Christian worship goes far beyond...

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  • Creating and Using a Social Media Content Calendar

    Creating and Using a Social Media Content Calendar

    My sixth-grade homeroom teacher stood over my desk. “Daniel, you didn’t get your agenda signed again.” Sigh. “Minus five points. You know this is worth five percent of your grade,...

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  • Choosing Communication Channels Based on Your Audience

    Choosing Communication Channels Based on Your Audience

    It seems there is a new communication channel introduced weekly, if not daily! Some have been long lived, like Facebook, and some were one-hit wonders only to fizzle out, like Vine....

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  • Understanding Vocation in a Machine-Filled World

    Understanding Vocation in a Machine-Filled World

    There’s a story that’s told of a wise man to whom a king was indebted. The king offered him his choice of any reward in the kingdom, but the wise man demurred. Instead he asked only...

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  • Should My Church Use Screens during Worship?

    Should My Church Use Screens during Worship?

    Maybe you’re at a church plant that is outgrowing its space, moving to a new location, and deciding to bring in new technology in the form of worship screens. Maybe your church building...

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