Michael Buckingham

With the goal of making the church the most creative place on the planet, Michael founded Holy Cow Creative, the church’s creativity and design studio. He is the former creative director for the Center for Church Communication and Church Marketing Sucks, and is currently the experience pastor at Victory World Church in Atlanta.

Michael Buckingham's Posts:

Saving Money by Moving Away From Printed Bulletins
No Comments » June 14, 2017

Saving Money by Moving Away From Printed Bulletins

Changing the bulletin needs to be a process. Here's how one church is shifting from weekly printed bulletins to a monthly bulletin to a digital bulletin.

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Four Stones: Premiering Movies at Church
1 Comment » September 6, 2011

Four Stones: Premiering Movies at Church

Ben Arment, the man behind STORY and Dream Year, is launching a movie he hopes to premiere in your church.

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Blaine Hogan On Creativity
3 Comments » July 27, 2011

Blaine Hogan On Creativity

Designer Michael Buckingham talks with creative director Blaine Hogan about creativity and the church. Watch the video interview for this compelling conversation.

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The Power of the Question Mark
17 Comments » July 11, 2011

The Power of the Question Mark

The very first rule of social media that I put in place with the churches I work with: There should be more question marks than periods on your page.

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The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
1 Comment » July 7, 2011

The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

The challenge of being creative on demand can be exhausting. Todd Henry's book can help church communicators manage their creativity and reengage with the greatest story ever told.

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A Guidebook to Visual Worship by Stephen Proctor
3 Comments » April 14, 2011

A Guidebook to Visual Worship by Stephen Proctor

I would best describe A Guidebook to Visual Worship as the manual that should be in the hands of every tech, media and design volunteer and staff person. It is ...

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Super Bowl Ad Lesson in Making the Boring Engaging
1 Comment » February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Ad Lesson in Making the Boring Engaging

What do you do when you have to communicate something that isn't inherently interesting? Take Bridgestone's example and get creative.

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Message Trumps Art
17 Comments » February 2, 2011

Message Trumps Art

A Lego commercial serves as a good example of the message being lost in art. The message has to be communicated and not drowned out by the creative.

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Filling in the Gap: 4 Logo Lessons for Churches
12 Comments » October 12, 2010

Filling in the Gap: 4 Logo Lessons for Churches

Lessons in logo design from Gap’s redesign flub that turned a 20-year-old logo into an Internet joke.

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MinistryCOM 2010 Scholarships
10 Comments » September 8, 2010

MinistryCOM 2010 Scholarships

Events are a great opportunity to grow and learn as communicators. So we're pleased to offer scholarships for MinistryCOM 2010.

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WTF Church
68 Comments » September 6, 2010

WTF Church

The college ministry's banners proclaimed "WTF" in bold letters. But rather than the familiar if profane abbreviation we're used to, the words "worship," "teaching" and "friends" appeared below each letter.

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Canceling Church To Do Good
17 Comments » June 23, 2010

Canceling Church To Do Good

Seventy-seven churches in the Atlanta area are canceling Sunday services in order to do community service. It's an opportunity for the church to get outside and do good.

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Get 20% off Echo
1 Comment » June 17, 2010

Get 20% off Echo

Register before June 30 to get 20% off using the promo code "CFCC" when you register for the Echo Conference.

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Redesign! & Free Echo Tickets
84 Comments » May 24, 2010

Redesign! & Free Echo Tickets

Wow. I can't believe it's finally here, the newly redesigned Church Marketing Sucks and Center for Church Communications websites. In celebration of our redesign we'd like to ...

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events Article
4 Comments » May 12, 2010

Packing My Brain at Q & SOBcon

Last week I had the opportunity to go to two very different, but incredible conferences, Q and SOBcon. Takeaways included providing solutions instead of criticism and the power of community.

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