Archive for July 2009

think-ahead Article
5 Comments » July 31, 2009

The Future of Church

Today I stumbled across a Collide magazine article from last month that pondered the future of the church in 2034. It’s a lengthy piece that imagines what church may be ...

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philosophy Article
56 Comments » July 30, 2009

Echo, God As Second Banana

“Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.” —Neil Postman The second annual Echo Church Media Conference ...

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technology Article
4 Comments » July 29, 2009

Keeping Online Conversations Clean

Many of your churches have Facebook fan pages, Twitter feeds, Internet campuses, live chat abilities, Internet-capable computers on-site and a thousand other whizz bangs and gadgets. With all of these things, ...

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news-updates Article
No Comments » July 29, 2009

Thanks, Sponsors!

We’d like to take a quick break from our regularly-scheduled spoon-fed church marketing knowledge to thank the companies who sponsor us at Church Marketing Sucks. We’re not simply acting as ...

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examples Article
4 Comments » July 28, 2009

Selling Your Church for Your People

We’ve got this church building, worth a shade over a million dollars, and it’s almost completely paid off. For many churches, this would be time to start dreaming of stuffing the ...

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poll-results Article
1 Comment » July 28, 2009

New Churches Poll Results

Recently, we took a look at the three big reasons people choose a church. It essentially breaks down to theology, ministry and fellowship. So what is it that drives you ...

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first-impressions-beyond Article
4 Comments » July 27, 2009

More Church Traffic Jams

National Community Church pastor Mark Batterson visited Woodlands Church in Texas this weekend and shared this perspective: “When I got to Woodlands Church I couldn’t believe how many cars were in ...

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peer-review Article
1 Comment » July 24, 2009

Church Marketing Lab: Logos, Slides and Beyond

Another great week has come and gone in the Church Marketing Lab. People are coming up with team names, re-emerging in creative work after child bearing and finding churches in ...

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resources Article
No Comments » July 23, 2009

Church Communications Strategy Coaching Network

Communications Director Kem Meyer is launching a new coaching network this fall for those involved in church communication. That could be a pastor, a creative or anyone else involved in ...

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news-updates Article
3 Comments » July 22, 2009

Five-Year Anniversary

On July 22, 2004 the first Church Marketing Sucks post appeared. It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this for five years. In Internet terms that makes us a dinosaur. ...

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poll-results Article
4 Comments » July 22, 2009

This Old Site Poll Results

Our church web site used to be the sort of thing you mumbled. And you only mumbled after you unsuccessfully tried to “accidentally” give a wrong address at least twice. ...

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technology Article
7 Comments » July 21, 2009

Preaching Zen

We’ve had a lot of comments on last week’s post about John Piper’s thoughts on video and mass media in sermons. Short recap: Piper doesn’t like them. You can read all ...

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news-updates Article
No Comments » July 20, 2009

Updates from the Job and Freelance Lab

You don’t need me to let you know about any economic troubles. And as many folks haven’t been hiring, things have been a bit more quiet around the Job Lab ...

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technology Article
46 Comments » July 17, 2009

Keeping Preaching Pure

John Piper is someone I respect to an extraordinary degree. We might not agree on everything, but on those matters, if you want to be safe, you should defer to ...

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philosophy Article
10 Comments » July 15, 2009

The Episcopal Church: Come Watch Us Argue Over Gay People

Forget I Am Episcopalian. The Episcopal Church has a new marketing slogan: “Come watch us argue over gay people.” OK, not really. But wouldn’t it be funny? I came across this ...

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