The Best Church Websites of 2017 From America’s Fastest Growing Churches

There are lots of articles out there identifying the best church websites. But here’s a twist… For many years, Outreach Magazine and Lifeway Research have compiled an annual report documenting the top 100 fastest growing churches in the United States. These reports contain fantastic insight into the features and assimilation practices of America’s largest churches. […]

Easter is Happening

Easter is Happening – Let’s Keep it Real

In just a short time, Easter will be over. You’ve done your Easter mailers and handed out invitations, and encouraged your people to invite. You have posted your social media graphics, prepared your sermon, enlisted extra volunteers, prayed, and hoped for the best. You’ve read a plethora of articles on how to have the best […]

5 Church Easter Ideas to Make This Year Unforgettable

Easter is epic. It’s the cornerstone of the Christian faith. It is the ultimate comeback story, and our eternity rests on it. Second only to Christmas, it is my favorite holiday, hands down. It can be quite predictable in our churches though, can’t it? We’re going to choose a handful of songs from the “Resurrection […]

Open Letter Frustrated Media Team

An Open Letter to Pastors From the Church Media Team – We’re Frustrated

Dear Pastor, the church media team is frustrated with you. We understand that you are very busy and that there are other matters that require your attention, but… The truth is, we feel that you are not giving the church media the attention it deserves. There are so many amazing opportunities available right now, and you […]

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6 Reasons Your Members Are Not Inviting Friends to Church

Scared to death. That was me as a young man when confronted with the task of inviting friends to church. I knew it was a good thing, but there were so many hills to climb. Obstacles ranged from personal insecurities to institutional quirkiness and everything in between. So at the end of the day, I rarely […]

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10 Creative Church Visitor Gift Ideas

Is your church visitor gift a dried up ink pen and a piece of cardboard? Say it ain’t so! If you’ve been around for awhile and visited enough churches, you’ve probably seen some pretty lame church visitor “gifts.” However, you’ve probably seen some really nice ones too – the kind that make you think “wow, […]

7 Simple Ways to Wow First Time Church Visitors

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]A[/su_dropcap]nticipation? Expectation? A little bit of nausea? A combination of the three? Someone visiting your church for the first time can experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions as they enter the unknown abyss. Will they know anyone? Will the things they’ve heard about your church prove true, or will they be […]

Church Marketing Myths and Realities

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]C[/su_dropcap]hurch marketing. Those two words inspire many of us, nauseate some, and strike fear and frustration into others. I guess it all depends on what your concept of marketing is, and how you’ve chosen to translate that into the church. Before we jump into a definition of church marketing, let’s spend a few […]

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Church Leadership and Accidental Communication

The church leadership said WHAT? There’s nothing worse than being blamed for saying something you never said. Whether in the schoolyard, the workplace, or in your own home, being misunderstood is both frustrating and counter-productive in every aspect. What you meant to say and the way others interpret it are often two totally separate things. […]

Church Communication

3 Power Skills of the Successful Church Communicator

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”4″]E[/su_dropcap]veryone is a communicator. Whether intentionally or accidentally, we exchange information or news with other humans daily. Early communication occurred primarily by voice, then written language, and now by dozens of channels thanks to the recent explosion of technology. While methods and modes of communication have changed over the years, the principles are timeless. […]