Archive for the ‘Think Ahead’ Category

The Original Storyteller: Making Stories Practical for Churches
October 4, 2017

The Original Storyteller: Making Stories Practical for Churches

Stories are a timeless way to connect. We sit down with author Robert Carnes to learn more about storytelling and what it can mean for the church.

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100 Days Until Christmas
September 15, 2017

100 Days Until Christmas

There are only 100 days until Christmas. Time to start planning. If you feel overwhelmed, don't worry. Like Santa with a sack of gifts, we can help.

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I Killed Communication Request Forms and So Can You
September 13, 2017

I Killed Communication Request Forms and So Can You

Communication request forms sometimes get in the way rather than help. Let's talk about five ways to either improve or kill the things to better serve our churches and their ...

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Innovation, Possible: How to Be More Innovative at Your Church
September 11, 2017

Innovation, Possible: How to Be More Innovative at Your Church

Let's talk about innovation in the church. More to the point, how do we encourage innovation? Try a practical tool, the Possibility Matrix, to solve bottlenecks in communications or Sunday ...

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How to Develop a Communications Playbook for Your Church
September 6, 2017

How to Develop a Communications Playbook for Your Church

My church used to experience the crazy of last-minute additions to the bulletin, but not anymore. We've added "The Playbook," and it's changed our communications processes forever.

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You Ready to Get Stuff Done?
September 5, 2017

You Ready to Get Stuff Done?

Church communicators have a variety of titles, but we all share one thing: We have way, way, WAY too much to do. We've got resources to help.

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Why Bulletins Suck and You Should Burn Them All
May 24, 2017

Why Bulletins Suck and You Should Burn Them All

Want to get rid of your bulletin but facing pushback? We explore some of the common reasons for keeping a bulletin and why that rationale may not hold up.

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Multi-Site Bulletins: 5 Questions to Make Them Work
May 15, 2017

Multi-Site Bulletins: 5 Questions to Make Them Work

How does a multi-site church do bulletins without recreating the wheel? We asked Life.Church. They print 45,000 bulletins across 26 campuses every week.

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Mother’s Day: Free Graphics, Ideas & the Challenge
May 3, 2017

Mother’s Day: Free Graphics, Ideas & the Challenge

We've got some free Mother's Day social graphics, ideas for how you can approach Mother's Day, and we'll unpack some issues surrounding this holiday.

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Why My Church is Sticking With a Print Bulletin
May 1, 2017

Why My Church is Sticking With a Print Bulletin

My church is sticking with a paper bulletin. It fits our culture, physical space, and purpose. It also helps with our services, which use liturgy.

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The Church Event Planning Toolkit by Deborah Ike
April 24, 2017

The Church Event Planning Toolkit by Deborah Ike

Whether it's a small student ministry carwash or a huge fall festival, every church can benefit from having a better event planning process.

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How to Prevent Last-Minute Communication Requests
April 24, 2017

How to Prevent Last-Minute Communication Requests

Want to avoid last-minute communication requests? Follow these four tips. They'll build awareness about your role at the church, address repeat offenders, establish consistent processes, and assign an event coordinator.

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Be Known for Something by Mark MacDonald
April 10, 2017

Be Known for Something by Mark MacDonald

It's the question that keeps pastors up at night, "If my church ceased to exist for any reason, would the community even miss it?"

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You Don’t Need Money to Be Creative
March 6, 2017

You Don’t Need Money to Be Creative

Any church, large or small, can be creative. The budget doesn’t matter (though time often does). Constraints release our creativity.

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6 Steps to Planning Easter
February 22, 2017

6 Steps to Planning Easter

Kelley Hartnett shares her six-step approach to planning Easter in two-and-half minutes. Get some quick inspiration to get started with your Easter planning.

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