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  • The Passionate Volunteer & the Communicator: Seeing Eye to Eye19:46

    The Passionate Volunteer & the Communicator: Seeing Eye to Eye

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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 Volunteers19:49

    Ideas for Saying Thank You to Donors and Volunteers

    Ideas for Saying Thank You to Donors and Volunteers with Jenn Eickman

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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 Office25:33

    Establishing Planning Rhythms in Your Church Office

    Ben Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” Hear from church communicator Katy Munson as she talks about how her church uses planning rhythms.

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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 Students15:23

    Staying Connected with Your Church's College Students

    As our summer intern, Audrey, leaves CTS to go back to school, she has a few tips for churches on how to stay connected with college students who are away

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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)21:26

    Segmenting Internal Audiences (or How to Get Emails Read)

    Rarely is the same effort expended on communicating with internal audiences as with external ones. This leads to mounting frustrations and stress, but you can mitigate these feelings by simply segment

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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)11:56

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

    A form for requesting communications will effectively substitute face-to-face conversations, save time for everyone, and increase the quality of the communications. Right? Wrong!

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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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  • Do you know how to leverage technology in your ministry?

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  • A Basic Lesson in How to Write for the Screen23:41

    A Basic Lesson in How to Write for the Screen

    There are three elements involved in communicating a message: the sender, the receiver, and the message itself. When a message goes wrong, it goes wrong at one of these three places. On the internet,

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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 Ministry32:47

    Why Connection Beats Technology in Ministry

    Want to hear from Millennials themselves? Peter interviews young adults to hear their opinions on technology and social media. Watch our live conversation with college students about how they use soci

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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 Church21:58

    Communicating with Your Staff at a Multi-Site Church

    Communication at multi-site churches can be extra difficult because you need to learn to communicate well with people you work with, and those coworkers are at a different location. It takes careful a

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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?24:33

    Do We Become Less Human as We Interact with Androids?

    As android devices become more prevalent in our homes, is the biggest question we need to ask ourselves whether androids are human? Or is it whether we remain human as we learn to behave in inhuman wa

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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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