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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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Who Are You? Defining Your Church’s Identity

By Ann Ciaccio | Mar 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

“Who are you? Who? Who? Who? Who?”

Sound familiar? It follows with “I really wanna know.” For younger people (or those that don’t listen to classic music) it’s the lyrics from a 1978 song by the WHO. It is also the question being asked by people who do not know your congregation.

When it comes to defining the identity of your church, the question you need to ask yourself is, “What are we telling them?”

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How to Maintain a Useful Church Database

By Ann Ciaccio | Feb 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever heard the saying “Junk In, Junk Out”? If this saying applies to anything, it applies to data and databases.

Output from congregational databases can include membership numbers, small group members, contacts and mailing lists, financial reports, and people outside your church whom you have touched in some way. How you collect and store your data will have a direct impact on the information you draw from your database.

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Strategic Planning for Churches, Part 2—Determining the Vision behind Your Programs

By Ann Ciaccio | Jan 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Last week, I wrote about the first step of stategic planning for churchesimplementing a program review process at your church. With that step in hand, you can now set the future in motion through visioning.

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Strategic Planning for Churches, Part 1—Implementing a Program Review Process

By Ann Ciaccio | Jan 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Strategic planning is important for every organization, whether it’s business, a group, or a church. As a church leader, you are responsible for looking at the larger picture to decide what will be of most benefit to your congregation—unless your church has unlimited resources, of course!

The first step? Implementing a program review process at your church. Here’s how to get started:

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