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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

Katy Munson is a DCE serving in the area of communications and connections at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois. 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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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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How to Use Your Smartphone as a Resource for Family Devotions

By Katy Munson | Aug 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

A regular devotion time gives fam ilies intentional opportunity to grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus. It also helps to foster ongoing conv ersation in all areas of life, just as we’re instructed to do in Deuteronomy 6:  

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes” (v. 4­-8). 

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6 Uses of Google Calendars for Churches

By Katy Munson | Jul 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I began to see a sight that brings joy to some and dread to others: back-to-school supplies. I tend more toward the joy end of that spectrum and have always appreciated the simple beauty of a new planner waiting to be filled with the day-to-day adventures of life. And that’s about where the simplicity ends. Soon I’m wondering if I should use a pen or pencil to write things in, how to manage task lists, along with calendar events and specific meeting times, and how to share what’s going on with my coworkers. Enter Google Calendar.

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4 Benefits of Online Learning

By Katy Munson | Jul 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Earlier this summer, I made it to the halfway point of a master’s program. Like many these days, I'm taking classes that are completely online. As one who loves sitting in a classroom and taking notes (weird, I know), I was a bit skeptical as I began.

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5 Reasons to Listen to Podcasts

By Katy Munson | Jun 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

When it comes to consuming content, my general tendency is to read books, articles, and blogs and scan social media. For far too long, I neglected these (not-so) newfangled things called podcasts—but now they’re near the top of my go-to list.

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Church Communication & Vocation

By Katy Munson | May 24, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Vocation,or those roles to which God has called us to love and serve our neighbor, is at the heart of our lives as Christians. God uses means, or those things we encounter in our daily lives, to care for and communicate with His creation.

He works through what we often consider ordinary. Literally, the word vocation means “calling.” He works through the gifts and talents He’s given us, including those in the area of communication, both within the walls of the church and outside of them.

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