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Steven Furtick and the Case of the Spontaneous Baptisms
10 Comments » February 24, 2014

Steven Furtick and the Case of the Spontaneous Baptisms

Steven Furtick's Elevation Church puts on not-so spontaneous baptisms, drawing critical fire and raising important questions for churches.

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Money, Media & a Megapastor’s Megahouse
9 Comments » December 2, 2013

Money, Media & a Megapastor’s Megahouse

“This is a news story and the media is not our enemy,” Steve Furtick told his congregation, in response to media reports about his $1.4 million home.

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Opposing or Embracing Muslims: What’s Your Story?
14 Comments » August 4, 2010

Opposing or Embracing Muslims: What’s Your Story?

One pastor speaks out against plans for a new mosque. Another pastor offers up his church when a local mosque is burned. What message does your church send?

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A Slow-Motion Tragedy: BP & the Church
8 Comments » July 14, 2010

A Slow-Motion Tragedy: BP & the Church

Has the local church followed BP's public relations path and gone from a voice of hope to a voice of hate? And what steps can we take to turn back ...

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What the Church Can Learn from BP
4 Comments » June 9, 2010

What the Church Can Learn from BP

In the wake of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP is rolling out a $50 million ad campaign. What can churches learn? Action is the best marketing.

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public-relations Article
16 Comments » February 11, 2010

What Do You Do When Your Church Is Attacked in the Media?

There’s nothing quite like sweeps week investigative journalism from the local TV news for over-the-top drama, tenuous facts and hit job reporting–especially when the focus of those reports is your ...

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public-relations Article
18 Comments » January 14, 2010

Haiti, Robertson, Deal With the Devil

Church Marketing Sucks is no stranger when it comes to covering conversations about stupid things Christians say. From Sponge Bob and gay tolerance to suggesting the U.S. assassinate Hugo Chavez, ...

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public-relations Article
5 Comments » November 24, 2009

How Pastors Should Deal with Reporters

Larry Kroon is pastor of Wasilla Bible Church in Wasilla, Alaska. If that sounds vaguely familiar, it’s the home church of former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. ...

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off-the-wall Article
27 Comments » June 9, 2009

Bring Your Gun to Church Day

Pastor Ken Pagano of New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky., is encouraging members to bring their handguns to church for an “Open Carry Celebration” Sunday. The event will include patriotic ...

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public-relations Article
10 Comments » May 20, 2008

Minnesota Church Files Restraining Order Against Autistic Boy

Have you seen this news story? The Church of St. Joseph, a Catholic church in Bertha, Minn., has filed a restraining order against 13-year-old Adam Race, a severely autistic boy, ...

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public-relations Article
10 Comments » March 26, 2008

Responding to Attacks

You’ve probably seen a raving, ranting black preacher talking about racism and “God damn America” with a fiery anger on just about every TV channel. The news media found some ...

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first-impressions-beyond Article
15 Comments » April 2, 2007

Understanding Attack Blogs

There’s a new and unfortunate trend in church disputes that you’ve likely heard of by now: the attack blog. Attack blogs are most commonly established by members within the ...

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philosophy Article
8 Comments » February 9, 2007

Don’t Cause Unnecessary Offense

Yesterday I tried to talk about some ways to avoid and address criticism and in the end I was debating with myself about whether or not we should care about ...

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public-relations Article
No Comments » February 8, 2007

Avoiding & Addressing Criticism

Poor Phil. I can’t help but feel for his predicament (an anti-semitic church ad), and it made me wonder what can be learned from it (i.e., I feel somewhat guilty ...

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public-relations Article
2 Comments » December 4, 2006

Church Protest Called Off: Lessons in Public Relations

So Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, narrowly avoided a protest yesterday from the People Against Fundamentalism. I won’t get into all the gory details (sorry, poor ...

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