Can I have a promotion card designed and printed by tomorrow? Could we reserve the next three weekend announcements for our event? Why is our Facebook and website not updated? Are you sure need to invest budget dollars in a new website?

Sound familiar?

“Church communications is one of the most challenging and rewarding roles in ministry.”

I currently work as a part-time Communications Director, a consultant and a communication advocate creating training resources. I understand the challenges of church communications. The last minute communication requests … the chaos of ministries communicating in silos … the lack of support and budget dollars … the constant race to understand and use new technology.

Insert (challenge here).

These challenges inspired me to develop a church communication training tool to help churches communicate better. The past four years I spent each working hour studying growing churches, interviewing key church leaders, speaking at creative conferences and working for and with local churches. I was on a ‘mission’ to learn how the church can communicate better to engage members and reach local communities.

After all of the research, I contend churches have two options -

  1. Cluttered and chaotic communications - Lack of strategy and systems.
  2. Clear and compelling communications - Leading with strategy and systems.

You have options. I advocate option #2. Through all of the research and personal learnings I developed the Communication Guide. I guarantee the Guide will help your church use online and offline communication tools effectively in a simple and budget friendly manner.

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Simply put, the Communication Guide is the only comprehensive training manual to help churches excel in communications and marketing. You can DOWNLOAD all of these modules instantly for a one-time price of $349.  (Plus you will receive access to an all-new Video Interview Bundle.)

  1. CUT THE CLUTTER TO COMMUNICATE WHAT MATTERS
  2. HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR CHURCH’S GOD-GIVEN VISION
  3. KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING
  4. HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A CREATIVE COMMUNICATION TEAM
  5. BUILDING POWERFUL FEEDBACK LOOPS
  6. BECOME A BETTER STORYTELLER
  7. 8 KEYS TO REMARKABLE GUEST EXPERIENCE
  8. MULTIPLY THE REACH OF YOUR MESSAGE
  9. EVERY COMMUNICATION INTERACTION IS IMPACTFUL
  10. HOW TO KEEP YOUR FRONT DOOR FROM BECOMING A BACK DOOR
  11. 17 RELEVANT WAYS TO ATTRACT PEOPLE
  12. THE #1 WAY TO STUNT LIFE-CHANGING COMMUNICATIONS

The Communication Guide helped over 200 churches in 2013. We anticipate the Guide helping hundreds of other churches communicate better in 2014. You can DOWNLOAD the entire Communication Guide and receive instant access to all 12 modules.

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Are you ready to learn how growing churches use communication systems? Click HERE to watch the final training video in our video series on how growing churches use communications. Plus look for a BIG announcement in the video.

A simple video from Super Bowl 2014 reminding us the power of technology. How will your church embrace and use technology to reach people?

Authenticity wins. Always. In relationships. In communications. Everybody appreciates authenticity. Radio Shack demonstrated authenticity brilliantly with a honest video during Super Bowl 48. Frankly I am not a fan of Radio Shack. Just weeks ago while walking around the shopping mall with my family I commented to my wife, “How in the world is Radio […]

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I am excited to share with you a video training series I have worked on for the past year.  The concepts and actionable strategies in this new video series will CHANGE your approach to communications (and church) forever.

Here’s what I mean… Over the past year, I researched, surveyed and worked with hundreds of churches and pastors in the area of church communication.

My goal was to observe effective churches, learn how they use communications to grow and sustain growth, and then share what I learned with you.

After hours of study, I discovered that each growing and healthy church strategically leveraged communications in the same 5 ways.

Today, I’m releasing the first video in this new, completely free, 4-part video training series. The entire series unpacks the 5 common ways growing churches use communications.

I’m convinced you’ll learn a ton to help grow your church in these helpful videos. Simply fill out the below form to watch video #1 -







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From my family to your family, Merry Christmas. May to be a great time of celebrating Christ and enjoying family and friends.

(FYI … We had a great time. Even though all are not smiling.)

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Recently I vacationed with my family to Walt Disney World in Florida. We had a blast!  My most recent visit was my 7th time to experience the magical adventures of Disney.

But, my most recent visit was as an adult with with my wife and three children. As an entrepreneur I could not help to observe the incredible ways Disney provides memorable experiences.

Here is what I learned and how I believe it applies to churches -

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The entire Disney experience is driven by vision.  Walt Disney’s vision was not to develop theme parks. His vision was to create experiences via theme parks, characters and thrill rides. Everything you read and experience is driven by the Walt’s dream to bring dreams alive!

In the same respect, churches should be driven by a singular vision. A vision that shapes the future. A vision that guides every decision, hire and behavior.

Ministry Application: The church needs pastors leading with a clear direction into the future!

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I reserved our Disney vacation for November 2013 almost an entire year in advance. Within those highly anticipated months I received helpful emails. Not sales emails, but helpful vacation preparation emails.

This picture is an image of one of the packages I received from Disney before we entered DisneyWorld. It is impossible for me to explain the excitement this simple communication package created within my family.

The bands within this box are ‘Magic Bands’. These bands are your theme park tickets, room key and best way to charge purchases to your account.

Why does this matter? Because, the vision of Walt Disney would not be possible without clear and compelling communications. And it is impossible for any organization to communicate clearly and compellingly without systems.

Ministry Application: The church needs systems to consistently and clearly communicate their vision and what really matters.

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First … I completely understand Disney is operating with a multi-billion dollar budget while many churches strive to pay bills at the end of the month. But, I am amazed how Disney develops and integrates new technology.

On numerous occasions I’ve heard senior pastors and church leaders boldly proclaim, “Why do we need technology?” Instead of resisting new technologies the church needs to ask, “How can we use these technologies to reach more people?”

Disney developed a mobile application helping every guest schedule their theme park adventure. Literally before I guided my family into a Disney theme park I was 100% organized and ready to help my wife and kids experience each park to the fullest.

Ministry Application: As the modern world continues to advance, church leaders need to invest in new technologies to communicate better.

Mark is the Founder of Be Known for Something.  He is a thought leader in branding and marketing with years of success. Overtime Mark has helped tons of organizations ‘Be Known for Something.”       What are your thoughts on the future of church communications? (Leave comment below)

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Social media is a platform to build relationships with people. The best way to deepen relationships through social media is following the 80/20 distribution method. With this method, I encourage you to share questions and inspirational content 80% of the time. The remaining 20% is available to share informative content (IE – service times, event specifics, etc.)

The difficult part in social media is generating inspirational content. Informative content is easy. Creating inspirational content takes time. Below you will find 20 social media snippets to share with your church during Christmas. The snippets include scriptures, quotes, resources and questions.

Simply cut and paste share with your online audience during the month of Christmas!

Scriptures

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” - Isaiah 7:14

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:21

“The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.” - Luke 1:35

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 6:23

Quotes

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.” - C.S. Lewis

“Love has a name. JESUS. Love has a place. Our hearts. Love has a story. And it’s not finished yet.” - Unknown

“Where there is faith, there is love; where there is love, there is peace; where there is peace, there is God; And where there is God; there is no need.” - Leo Tolstoy

“The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die. This is the heart of Christmas.” - Billy Graham

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you.” - Mother Teresa

“Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.” - Anonymous

“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more …” - Dr. Seuss 

Resources

Looking for a good book to read during Christmas? Checkout God’s Blessings of Christmas by Billy Graham.

Here is a great book on Advent and Christmas by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Check it out here.

Watch this amazing video on what it looks like to experience a Simple Christmas - https://vimeo.com/31803230

Questions

How can we pray for you during this Christmas season?

What is your favorite Christmas song?

How are you intentionally blessing others during Christmastime?

What is your most favorite Christmas tradition?

Do you have a preferred Christmas dinner menu?

What is your most memorable Christmas experience?

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