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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 Munson

As a director of Christian education, Katy Munson serves in the area of communications and connections at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. A graduate of Concordia University Nebraska, she enjoys theology, a good cup of coffee (or two or three), road trips, cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks, and teaching learn-to-skate lessons at the local ice rink. Her greatest joy is found in Christ and being baptized into His life, death, and resurrection!
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Why Canva Is a Church Communicator’s Best Friend

By Katy Munson | 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 Munson | 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 Munson | 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 Munson | 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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Beginner's Guide to Storytelling

By Katy Munson | Jan 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM


The communications world seems to be abuzz with talk of storytelling, and for good reason! Stories have the power to connect, engage and inform. We learn about people as they share their experiences, joys and sorrows. Stories give organizations the opportunity to share the “why” that motivates them, along with the outcomes of their efforts on a more personal level.

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7 Church Communication Resolutions

By Katy Munson | Jan 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and people are setting goals, making resolutions and sharing various ways they plan to better themselves in coming 12 months. Although I’m not necessarily one for making resolutions, I do appreciate the opportunity to take stock, do a little dreaming, and make a plan, particularly as it relates to serving in church communications.

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How to Run Effective Meetings

By Katy Munson | Dec 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

On average, a church worker spends about 39,204,823,907,402 hours of his or her life in meetings. Okay, maybe the number isn’t quite that large, but there are times it doesn’t seem too far off. We have board meetings, council meetings, voters’ meetings, informational meetings, and training meetings, just to name a few.

Meetings can get a bad rap, but when we keep a few things in mind, they can move from a begrudged necessity to a powerful ministry tool.

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Topics: Church Meetings

How to Create a Luke 2 Video for Your Church

By Katy Munson | Nov 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Two of my favorite things are creative ideas and Christmas. So, it’s not surprising that a Luke 2 video caught my attention (watch the video below to see what it’s all about).

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Topics: Christmas Video

6 Ways to Prepare Your Church for Advent

By Katy Munson | Oct 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

I have to confess. For a church season that is focused on anticipation and preparation, I don’t have the best track record when it comes to anticipating or preparing for Advent (and Christmas) communication efforts in the months leading up to it. This often results in a bunch of hurrying and scurrying in a time set aside to for reflection, repentance, and preparation to celebrate Jesus’ first coming and wait expectantly for his return. 

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How to Use PowerPoint Effectively

By Katy Munson | Sep 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

PowerPoint can be an effective tool and a helpful presentation software for your church, given its familiarity and accessibility. Here are some very basic ideas for using this program in a way that enhances what you’re trying to say, rather than detracting from it.

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