Church Communication on the Cheap

May 7, 2015 by

Many churches do church communication on a shoestring budget and the best way to deal is to learn how others do it. What works for you? Last week the #cmschat on Twitter covered church communication on the cheap.

How Cheap?

We asked, “Does your church have a budget and what percentage is for communication?” The responses ranged from “change in my pocket” and “operates on Doritos and barbecue” to churches that actually have line items for budgets. Of those that had budgets, a low range of .02% to 3% was reported. So a discussion about church communication on the cheap is surely relevant to most of us.

What About Free?

When it comes to free options, stock photos, crowd-sourcing photos from members with smartphones, and social media scheduling were all mentioned as time and money savers.

Below is a list of what some church communication leaders shared:

Free Websites, Apps & Tools

Cheap But Not Free

What Did We Miss?

There are probably lots of resources we missed, so share yours in the comments. You can also check out the #cmschat transcript for more details, tips and ideas.

Join the #cmschat every Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Twitter.

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Rich Kirkpatrick


Rich is a writer, speaker, musician, blogs at RKblog.com and elsewhere, and is a dad of two and married to his best friend. In 2014 he authored the book, The Six Hats of the Worship Leader.
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2 Responses to “Church Communication on the Cheap”

  • Sheryl
    May 8, 2015

    Depositphotos.com is my go-to site for stock photos. Every now and again, Mightydeals.com runs a Depositphotos special of $100 for 100 images or $160 for 200. The selection is huge and it’s way cheaper than Lightstock or Shutterstock. Lightstock does have some really nice faith-based images that you won’t find anywhere else, so I will sometimes browse there for special occasions. It’s pricey, though.


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  • Eric Dye
    May 13, 2015

    Great roundup. Deciding to switch to premium apps is always a tough one. For me, it all comes down to time vs. money.


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