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Technology should not transform ministry, but rather do the things that people don’t have to do so they can do what they do best.

Ann Ciaccio

Ann Ciaccio is the Communications Assistant for the LCMS Northern Illinois District. She graduated from Northern Illinois University, where she studied Marketing and is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Batavia, Illinois. Ann enjoys the challenge of using her marketing skills as a tool to help carry out the mission and ministry of the Northern Illinois District. She is married and has two daughters, a junior in high school and a freshman in college. Her motto: “dark chocolate works.”
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Avoiding Zombie Communications

By Ann Ciaccio | Oct 24, 2016 9:00:12 AM

Zombie communications reduce the ability of your information to be communicated in an effective and reliable manner. As the information travels down the pipeline, it becomes less and less effective, reducing your message to nothing more than nonsensical words. They can become an epidemic, traveling across all lines of communications. Zombie communications can destroy the collaboration between various departments within an organization. It’s that serious.

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Practicing Good Stewardship in Marketing

By Ann Ciaccio | Aug 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

I was to write a blog on practicing good stewardship in marketing/advertising when I realized something. The best thing an organization can do to practice good stewardship in advertising is to have a well thought out public relations plan. So, I’m going to skip the advertising and head directly to public relations!

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How to Avoid Being Labeled As Spam

By Ann Ciaccio | Jul 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

You're someone who needs to communicate with a large list of church members, volunteers or church workers. Yet, there are systems in place that track and monitor your emails to stop what appear to be spammers. To put it simply, spammers send unsolicited, undesired email know as spam. Spam is the email version of junk mail.

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How to Use a Church Communications Calendar

By Ann Ciaccio | Jun 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Does this ever happen to you?

You walk into your office and the first thing someone asks is “What’s on your schedule for today?”. Or, as you drive into work, you’re wondering what is waiting for you to do.

As communicators, we have certain “to-do’s” every day/week/month. And what about the youth director who finds himself in need of communicating a bible study meeting to his group and asks you for your help in distributing the communication? Plus, you know there’s times when that urgent communication needs to go out ASAP.

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What Your Church Sign Communicates

By Ann Ciaccio | May 31, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Co-written by Rev. Keith Haney, Mission Facilitator, LCMS Northern Illinois District

We see them all the time while driving down roads. Some brick and mortar, others monument, and the most recent trend - the led message center signs.

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6 Steps to Finding the Right Church Administrator

By Ann Ciaccio | May 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

“Administrator” – Sometimes I think that title was set up as a catch all for those positions which don’t fit anything else. And the variety . . . from business to technical to managerial . . . the title covers them all. Most importantly, they are the foundation of any group which runs efficiently and effectively. 

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How to Speak to Your Audience

By Ann Ciaccio | Apr 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A manager is presenting the latest project to department workers.

An email is prepared for clientele.

A CEO prepares a speech for the stockholder meeting.

A newspaper editor prepares the editorial column.

A teacher prepares class lessons.

A pastor prepares a sermon.

What is common to all of these methods of communications? The starting point.

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LinkedIn for Church Workers: How to Use It

By Ann Ciaccio | Apr 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Hopefully my previous blog post got you excited about the potential for networking and using LinkedIn as your network! In this post, I’d like to share how you can easily build your profile, build your network, and NETWORK.

If you already have a profile on LinkedIn, I’ve included some information for getting the most from it as well.

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LinkedIn for Church Workers: Why You Need a Profile

By Ann Ciaccio | Apr 12, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of the most ingrained lessons I have learned over my career is the value of professional networking.

In its simplicity, a professional network is a valued resource for seeking employment, sales, and staying in touch with colleagues. At higher levels, a professional network is a valued tool for individual growth, support, education, and helping others.

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How to Design a Logo for Your Church

By Ann Ciaccio | Mar 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A logo is considered an essential part of an organization, be it business or non-profit. But what about congregations? Should they have individual logos?

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