Kelley Hartnett

Kelley Hartnett spent a decade working in established churches and helping to launch new ones. Currently, she’s focused on writing, volunteering for organizations that care for vulnerable populations and making progress on her journey toward minimalism. Kelley is also the membership director for our Courageous Storytellers Membership Site.

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Bulletin Better
No Comments » May 4, 2017

Bulletin Better

Oh, bulletins. We love them. We hate them. But one thing's for sure—we want them better. This month Courageous Storytellers is focused on church bulletins.

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18 Thankful Thoughts for Church Communicators at Thanksgiving
5 Comments » November 14, 2016

18 Thankful Thoughts for Church Communicators at Thanksgiving

Oh, Thanksgiving, we love you. It's a not-so-subtle reminder to be thankful for the good things we see as church communicators, like the demise of MySpace.

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5 Things Church Communicators Should Consider Giving Up for Lent
3 Comments » February 3, 2016

5 Things Church Communicators Should Consider Giving Up for Lent

The traditional practice of giving something up for Lent is an opportunity for church communicators to make a change that can be energizing and inspiring for your daily work.

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By the Numbers: Guests, Attendance and the Back Door
1 Comment » October 7, 2015

By the Numbers: Guests, Attendance and the Back Door

Statistics show we're losing visitors quickly. Is your church doing its best to invite, interact with, follow up and retain the new people who walk in?

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Easter Effort: Egg Invitations
No Comments » March 31, 2015

Easter Effort: Egg Invitations

One church in Missouri prepared for Easter with egg invitations and actually getting things done in advance. What's your church doing for Easter?

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The Best Easter Strategy: Stay Calm
1 Comment » February 18, 2015

The Best Easter Strategy: Stay Calm

Easter is coming up quick. Aak! But don't freak out. The best Easter strategy is to just stay calm. Tackle your marketing strategy one bite at a time.

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I Must Be Doing This Wrong, Again
2 Comments » February 9, 2015

I Must Be Doing This Wrong, Again

Three simple phrases: "Thanks so much. Help me. I’m stuck." Use them. Realize that you're not the only church communicator struggling to keep up.

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Your Church Is More Than a Worship Service: Finding Other On-Ramps
21 Comments » September 10, 2014

Your Church Is More Than a Worship Service: Finding Other On-Ramps

People in your community have no interest in attending your church. It's not you. And it's not them. It's us. We need to change.

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Fourth of July Frustrations
17 Comments » July 2, 2014

Fourth of July Frustrations

It's Independence Day in America, but is a patriotic party appropriate in church? Three reasons why you might want to tone down the Fourth of July festivities.

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I Must Be Doing This Wrong
34 Comments » April 16, 2014

I Must Be Doing This Wrong

If you feel like you're doing it wrong, you're not alone. No one has it all figured out, but all of us have something figured out. So let's share.

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Power to the Pews: The Story Our Lives Proclaim
1 Comment » June 7, 2012

Power to the Pews: The Story Our Lives Proclaim

As our Power to the Pews series draws to a close we reflect on the most important aspect of guerrilla church marketing: Practicing what we preach.

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Tips & Tricks For Managing Communications
9 Comments » April 23, 2012

Tips & Tricks For Managing Communications

How in the world do you keep track of all your communication projects without something slipping through the cracks? We've got tips and tricks from communication pros to help.

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Copy Matters: Writing for Social Media
5 Comments » March 30, 2012

Copy Matters: Writing for Social Media

Social media isn't just one more channel, it's an opportunity for connection, conversation and care. Here are some tips to improve your writing for social media.

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The Problem with Excellence Part 2
6 Comments » August 10, 2011

The Problem with Excellence Part 2

Excellence is a great value, until it starts weighing us down. We explore some solutions to excellence as perfectionism, excellence spreading you too thin and having the wrong motivation.

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The Problem with Excellence Part 1
24 Comments » August 8, 2011

The Problem with Excellence Part 1

Excellence can be such a downer. We explore some unexpected problems with excellence that can be a hindrance to the communications work your church is doing.

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