When I start working on my Christmas cards every year, I find myself wishing for a really awesome photo.
With the Advent season underway and Christmas right around the corner, your church is likely a very busy place!
Amidst all the hustle, don’t forget about the importance of attracting visitors to those amazing services you are planning. Local visitors might be without a church home—they might even been actively searching for one—so their attendance represents a huge opportunity!
As you prepare to share the story of God’s plan for salvation through Jesus Christ, take a little time to prepare your church communications to encourage attendance.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Today and this weekend, take a moment to reach out to your church members with a heartfelt thank you. Here are just three ideas to show your members how much you appreciate them.
Nonprofits, including churches, see a huge influx of donations and gifts during the month of December. With this in mind, it’s important for churches to talk about giving this time of year!
This can be done on social media, through email or a letter, on the church website, or in the church newsletter. By starting the conversation, you’ll increase the likelihood of people giving to your church (and it’s Christ-centered mission) when the desire to be generous strikes!
Social graphics are one of the biggest trends in social media right now. By social graphics, I mean an image with text, patterns, design, etc. on it. These little works of art communicate an idea with just one glance when plain ol’ text might get lost.
Plus, including an image can really help your posts get noticed and shared. Did you know that on Twitter, tweets with a image get 89% more favorites and 150% more retweets than those without one? That’s crazy!
So, you know that saying about teaching a man to fish? Well, I’m going to give you a fish, a pole, and a quick fishing lesson!
Have you ever looked at one of those color picker tools, only to feel suddenly paralyzed by indecision?
That little rainbow circle offers endless color options (literally millions). Try not to hyperventilate. When you’re called on to design the church newsletter, emails, flyers, or even the website, I know the task of choosing colors can be overwhelming!
Halloween is this Saturday! Between drinking pumpkin spice lattes and planning my eight-month-old’s costume (he’s going as a baby Ewok—adorable, I know), I’ve definitely caught fall fever.
But I’m sure you know that October 31 isn’t just Halloween. It’s also the anniversary of the Reformation! It’s the day Martin Luther sparked some major changes in the Church nearly five hundred years ago.
Why would I blog?
So what does Martin Luther have to do with you having a blog?
Well, in honor of Luther’s “post” that led to a whole lot of change, I’d like to talk about why posting to a blog might be a must-have form of ministry outreach for a pastor.
Today, I hosted a 30-minute webinar on why pastors should blog along with Peter Frank, manager of Concordia Technology Services. We talked with nearly 70 attendees about why blogging matters for pastors and shared ideas on how to start and maintain a successful pastoral blog!
We encouraged pastors to harness the power of blogs as a ministry tool by posting regularly online to connect with members, other pastors, and even strangers.
Why do I need a blog? Good question!
Some people use blogs as online journals, while others post on topics like fashion or technology. As simply a place to write and share, blogs have almost limitless applications! For pastors, they are a great ministry outreach tool.
Whenever my parents are expecting visitors, my mom cleans. She cleans the bathroom, the living room, the kitchen, and, when I was a kid, she even asked me to clean my room! My response? “But mooooooom, the guests aren’t going eat dinner in my room!” Mature, I know.
Now that I'm an adult, I get it. I like my house clean too. And, just like your house (or your church), your website should be clean and uncluttered. Luckily, this kind of cleaning doesn’t require Clorox or rubber gloves—just a few quick tips. You can simplify your website in no time!