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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.

Katy Crawford

Katy Crawford is a DCE who has served in the area of communications and connections. A graduate of Concordia University, Nebraska, she loves theology, family-life education, and exploring the intersection of dearly held traditions and innovative ideas. Katy also enjoys a good cup of coffee (or two or three), road trips, and cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks. Her greatest joy is found in Christ and being baptized into His life, death, and resurrection!
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Digital Well-Being: Sabbath as a Circuit Breaker

By Katy Crawford | Oct 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

About six weeks into my DCE internship, I was planning to leave town on my day off for the first time. There was an event taking place at the church while I would be gone, and though I had carried out my responsibilities and left the day’s tasks in more-than-capable hands, I felt anxious, almost guilty, about leaving.

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Topics: Digital

Adjusting Your Schedule to Get More Productive and Creative

By Katy Crawford | Oct 16, 2018 2:00:00 PM

One of my greatest struggles working in a communications role for a church is finding the balance between executing existing plans or ideas and finding space for creativity and exploring new possibilities. Church communicators function within a certain tension of straightforward (relatively speaking) administrative tasks and an ever-changing communications landscape that requires awareness, innovation, and a certain amount of “let’s try this and see how it goes!” (See this post on agile failing for a little encouragement.) There are things that simply need to be done, but we can find ourselves so stuck in the maintenance of things that we forget to explore new possibilities.

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Remembering 149 Years of Technology at CPH

By Katy Crawford | Sep 11, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Happy 149th birthday, Concordia Publishing House! Of course, there’s a bunch of excitement about the big one-five-zero happening a year from now (and rightfully so!), but you only turn 149 once. Whatever the number, birthdays are a great time to remember, reflect, and celebrate—so here we go!

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Topics: Technology

Establishing Planning Rhythms in Your Church Office

By Katy Crawford | Jul 31, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Ben Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

Although I’m one who loves a well thought out plan, I have a lot of growing to do when it comes to having a solid grasp on this. So, I’ve been reading, listening to podcasts, and trying to soak up any wisdom I can from those who do this sort of thing well. One recurring theme I’ve encountered is that of planning rhythms.

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Storytelling to Share the Gospel & Engage Your Church’s Community

By Katy Crawford | Jun 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Stories are some of the most powerful tools in a church communicator’s belt. They have the power to engage us in something beyond ourselves and pass life-giving faith from one generation to another.

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Harnessing Technology So It Doesn’t Harness Us

By Katy Crawford | Mar 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Conforms.” These words were deemed the unofficial motto for the 1933–34 World’s Fair in Chicago. More than eighty years have passed since that grand event, which celebrated great strides in technological innovation. For our culture, the same motto seems to ring a little too true.

In his book Digitized: Spiritual Implications of Technology, Dr. Bernard Bull discusses this pattern of our conforming to, or being shaped by, technology, at times without realizing what is happening. It’s vital we recognize that the solving of one problem generally leads to a slew of new challenges to address. Many of these challenges have significant connection to our spiritual lives and the faith formation of our families.

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Why Canva Is a Church Communicator’s Best Friend

By Katy Crawford | Feb 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Oh Canva, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. . . .

Okay, so Elizabeth Barrett Browning I am not. I do, however, have a long list of reasons why Canva is a church communicator’s best friend. Like many, my first introduction to Canva’s superpowers was learning how to create those really beautiful, crisp, professional-looking social media graphics. But there are so many other ways Canva can be used in your congregation’s communication efforts!

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Topics: Design Canva

The Digital Magazine as the New Church Newsletter

By Katy Crawford | Jan 9, 2018 3:00:00 PM

In our information-saturated landscape, many have asked the question “how do we communicate well with our church’s members?” The answer to that question is, of course, multi-faceted and ever-changing. A little more than a year ago, as my church—Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois—evaluated the congregation’s communication needs, our existing communication avenues, and the time and energy we devoted to different efforts, we determined that our monthly email newsletter wasn’t as helpful as it had been in the past.

Enter The Connecting Point. Well, to be honest, it didn’t have that name or a clear direction for a while. There was a good chunk of time in the development stage when I would refer to it as “the new quarterly storytelling publication that will be available both as a hard copy and digitally.” Let’s just say that, while descriptive, the name garnered more raised eyebrows than buy-in.

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Catechesis, Memorization, and Technology

By Katy Crawford | Dec 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The way we use our memory has changed in recent years, and daily tasks that once required us to recall information are now done by accessing digital directories or using voice activation. When I was in grade school, memory tools were of the index-card variety, each holding a different historical fact, spelling word, or basic math equation. Now memory cards hold countless digital images and files, at times doing our remembering for us.

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Christ-Focused Storytelling

By Katy Crawford | Mar 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Stories are a powerful way to communicate and connect. From advertising to our dinner tables, stories saturate our lives. God’s Word is filled with stories, communicating our fallenness and Jesus’ faithfulness. As we use stories in church communications(social media, blog, video, website, etc.), it’s vital that our narratives continually point back to Jesus - his life, death, and resurrection.

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