Tag «Communications»

What I’m Planning for 2022

What I’m Planning for 2022

Let me take you behind the scenes of our church’s communication strategy. I set aside a day every year in December to think through our church’s communication goals. I spend time thinking about what worked and didn’t work this year, and what the challenges will be for our church in the coming year.  During this…

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Seven Ways to Equip Your Church to Give Sacrificially

Seven Ways to Equip Your Church to Give Sacrificially

Giving patterns in churches are changing. The ways in which people give are changing. What does not need to change is the heart for sacrificial giving. How can you equip your congregation to give sacrificially? Here are seven items to consider. 1. Teach why sacrificial giving is necessary for God’s mission. If what you are…

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The Surprising Attendance Decline of Streaming Worship Services: Five Observations

The Surprising Attendance Decline of Streaming Worship Services: Five Observations

Over nine out of ten church leaders describe their church’s decline in attendance in streaming worship services as “major.” Many of them say the decline is at least 90 percent from its peak during the pandemic. While we certainly anticipated that many church members would return to in-person worship attendance after the quarantine, we were…

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Using Social Media for Church

A Simple Framework for Using Social Media for Your Church

You may have recently seen research indicating that TikTok has surpassed YouTube in viewing time per user. If you’re like most pastors I know, you may have rolled your eyes and thought to yourself, “I just can’t keep up with it all.” Between doing the day to day ministry of the church and balancing other…

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The Definitive Checklist for Launching Your Church Website

The Definitive Checklist for Launching Your Church Website

I don’t know if there’s anything quite as nerve-racking as launching a website. You’ve put a ton of work into the website, and you hope that everything works. Of course, “hoping” that everything works isn’t really a great way to launch a website. However, you can do more than just “hope” everything goes well. You…

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Seven Ways to Thank Donors to the Church without Knowing Their Identities

Seven Ways to Thank Donors to the Church without Knowing Their Identities

Nonprofits that aren’t churches can have a significant advantage over churches in donor development. Almost every leader of a nonprofit that isn’t a church knows precisely what everyone gives. He or she can then thank them personally and appeal to them in the future. But what do church leaders do if they do not have…

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A Sermon Illustration to Challenge Us to Tell the Gospel

A Sermon Illustration to Challenge Us to Tell the Gospel

A Sermon Illustration to Challenge Us to Tell the Gospel Billions of people around the world have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel. Millions of people in the United States, including some who themselves have never heard the Good News, are not Christ-followers. Some of our neighbors likely are not believers. In many…

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Can I Be an Effective Pastor If I Don’t Like Management?

Can I Be an Effective Pastor If I Don’t Like Management?

Can I Be an Effective Pastor If I Don’t Like Management? Pastors are not managers, at least in a corporate-business-world-publicly-traded-company-sort-of-way. But pastors are shepherds. And shepherds manage sheep. Leading a church involves management. A church hierarchy assumes management. And most churches—even smaller congregations—are not completely flat in structure. Even at the most basic level, churches…

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