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5 things your end-of-year letter must communicate

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I get it. You’re trying to remind your congregation that it’s the end of the year and you would love to be the recipient of their end-of-year donations above and beyond regular tithes. So, you put together a letter or an email and send it.

But wait. Here are five things you must effectively communicate if you want the right response:

1. Use a professional to write the letter.

Most people write in a very wordy, clumsy way. People dislike this! If you have a communicator, a writer, or a team of people who look after your communication, allow them to create this essential communication piece, or hire an expert.

They should have an understanding of your audience, a holistic knowledge of your ministry, and the skills to engage. Take their advice.

2. Keep it short. Personalize if possible.

No one wants to read long emails or letters. Edit. Edit. Edit. Carve it down to something that’s easy to scan. Most will read an initial short (2-3 lines) paragraph. Then, most will jump to a series of bullet points that contain the main reason you’re sending the letter.

Most people want the content to feel like it’s directed at them. Or, even better, they want to see themselves in the content. If you can mail merge or auto-insert personalized content, do it. Design the content so they feel you’re writing directly to them.

Oh, and more people will read a postscript (PS) than the whole letter — and expect it to remind them of the letter’s purpose — a great place to remind them of their next step.

3. Remind them how you spend their money. Personalize if possible.

You did spend their money this year, right? Think about two or three ways you spent your budget that resonates with “them” personally. Suggestion: reinforce your thread/vision/mission (it’s probably why they attend)!

Tell a compelling story (but edit it) and give them an easy URL link (i.e., YourChurch.org/2019) so they can view a short video that fills in the details of how you are grateful and how you used their money for ministry (that they would love to share).

4. Share your vision and why you need help. Personalize if possible.

Quickly tell a story that sets up the new year’s possibilities. Let them dream with you about what can be accomplished together.

Write it from their vantage point. People will give to accomplish their dreams or goals. Be specific with an amount, give a bonus “reach” goal, and explain what the added benefit will be for the church if you get there.

5. Integrate all of this into your communication channels.

It shouldn’t be a surprise to receive this letter/email. Mention the stories and your goals in the service, on your website, in your social media, and your other channels. Mention the letter, even! This serves the purpose of reinforcing the content and your ask, as well as something else to refer to in your message.

Oh, one last thing: Don’t only ask at the end of the year. Your end-of-year ask should be a concerted, planned, integrated effort throughout the entire year. That way all church communication leads to the why that people attend, give, and commit to the greater ministry of your church. And, of course, that leads to generous giving as part of worship.

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8 tools to be thankful for this year

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This week, those of us in the United States will gather around the table for a Thanksgiving meal. As we prepare the turkeys, mashed potatoes, and way too many desserts, here are several resources I’m thankful for this year.

We can use these tools to share the Gospel, save time, and be more effective as we minister in our communities.

Tool No. 1: Online Bible Apps

Through apps such as YouVersion or via websites like BibleGateway, we have the most significant book ever written at our fingertips 24/7. We can quickly share verses, look up various translations, and find commentaries about a specific passage.

Tool No. 2: Online Communication

It doesn’t require much time or budget to send out mass emails, post a sermon video, receive prayer requests online, and more.

Tools such as MailChimp, ConvertKit, and Constant Contact are a few examples of systems for sending mass emails. Social media is a great place to post videos and share information about your church (especially upcoming Christmas services).

Tool No. 3: Blogs and Podcasts

No matter how long we’ve been doing a particular job, we all have more to learn. A quick online search can lead to blogs and podcasts from people who’ve “been there, done that.”

Tool No. 4: In-Person Networks

The Church Network is an excellent resource for those in church administration roles. That can be a lonely job and one that few receive much training in before diving into the role. Attending the annual conference and seeking out a local chapter can make serving in this behind-the-scenes role much easier.

Tool No. 5: Online Communities

If you have any responsibility for communications at your church, you should check out the Church Communications Facebook group.

For those who handle the administrative/operational side of things, consider joining the Church Executive Administration & Operations Facebook group. Full disclosure: The author of this post hosts the Church Executive Administration & Operations group.

These and many other online communities provide an easy way to ask questions, share ideas, and get help from church leaders who’ve dealt with similar situations.

Tool No. 6: Canva

Oftentimes working at a church involves “other duties as required.” That might include creating graphics for a Facebook post or event flyer. If graphic design isn’t a skill you’d list on a resume, Canva can still make it look like you know what you’re doing.

Tool No. 7: LightStock

LightStock is an excellent resource for stock photos, videos, and more. The variety of style, format, and subjects makes this a great tool.

Tool No. 8: Online Project Management Tools

From planning a Christmas outreach event to organizing a campus cleanup day, leading a church is full of projects. Keeping track of all the tasks, people involved, deadlines, and resources isn’t a simple effort.

Instead of dealing with huge pile of sticky notes on your desk or to-do lists you keep losing, try using an online project management system. Asana, Basecamp, Trello, Monday, and Teamwork are a handful of examples. Most have free trials or free versions you can use. These systems are great for helping you coordinate projects with the whole staff, assigning tasks to volunteers, and receiving timely updates.

I hope this list stirs up some ideas and introduces you to a few tools you haven’t had a chance to check out yet.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family. I’m grateful for the work you do and how you serve the local church.

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How to plan for your Christmas guests’ next visit

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With Christmas coming soon, your church leadership team is probably working on plans for special services. As you focus on trying to attract first-time guests, it’s easy to overlook how to get them to come back after the holidays.

Step No. 1: Decide How to Gather Guest Information

They came to Christmas services — great! In order to follow-up with them, you’ll need to figure out a system on how to gather their contact information. Here are a few suggestions on how to do that:

  • Create connect cards that they fill out and hand in during the offering or after the service.
  • Create a mobile app (an electronic connect card) specifically for your church.
  • Use a text service to have guests text a designated number to fill out an online connect card.

Step No. 2: Decide What Information to Request

It’s best to keep this step as simple as possible. Instead of asking for their life history, stick to the basics. Whether paper or electronic, your request forms should include:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number

Step No. 3: Record Information in Your Church Database

Next, you’ll need to get this contact information recorded into your church management system (ChMS) or other database.

If you used paper forms to collect this information, get a few volunteers to stay after each service to enter the data right away. The sooner this happens, the better — you will want to reach out to your guests before the following Sunday service.

Step No. 4: Create the Follow-up Procedure

You have their info, now what? Here are a few options:

  • Send a mass email to guests, wishing them a Merry Christmas and inviting them to come back the following Sunday. This is also a good opportunity to highlight special events you have coming up or how they can get into a discipleship program.
  • Send a mass text message inviting them to come on Sunday for a new series entitled, “<insert title here>”.
  • Did they provide a phone number but prefer no text messages? Invite these guests with a phone call.

Step No. 5: Welcome Them Back

As you plan for the services soon after Christmas, consider how to welcome guests back to church. Host them after each service with a meet-and-greet with the pastor or other church leaders. Make sure volunteers are prepared to answer questions about the church — especially those working at a Guest Services or Welcome kiosk.

Step No. 6: Pray for Your Guests

The final step is the most important one. Pray for your guests. Pray that they have a desire to come back to your church. Pray that you will be given the opportunity to water the seeds that were planted during Christmas services.

It’s easy to get distracted by Christmas service preparations that we sometimes neglect to connect afterward. That’s why being intentional about the follow-up process gives us a better chance at ensuring guests feel welcomed and wanted.

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5 social content ideas for every sermon

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Church communication is not all about the tools. It’s more about content. It’s like saying that every church needs a Sunday service but doesn’t need to create engaging components in the service.

Your church needs to regularly build content that engages your congregation and attracts your community when they are considering a local church.

How does someone in a church communication role do that?! That’s the issue. Most churches have content creators (pastors, teachers, deacons, etc.), so communicators need to repurpose and edit existing content.

Then, the original content will be familiar once they attend.

A sermon is a piece of important content that should be extended as part of your church’s social strategy. Here are five ways to repurpose a sermon on your social channels to encourage engagement and attraction:

1. Create a takeaway that will drive people to the sermon.

Write a summary post that, when read, it makes someone want to hear the sermon (or attend next week).

EXAMPLE: Struggle with negative thinking? Pastor Smith nailed it with 3 tips from 1 Peter 5:8. Watch Here (link)

2. Create a short video clip with illustration setup.

Most sermons have a pinnacle illustration or story that sets up the problem or the solution of the sermon.

EXAMPLE: Have volunteers, while sitting in the service, tap their phone stopwatch and, using those numbers, make suggestions for illustrations. Get them to send you start/end times for easier video editing. Also, get them to rate them from 1-10 for impact (so you can choose whose to use). Who knows, there may be several!

3. Capture a quick testimonial of big takeaway.

Watch the congregation for someone who seems intent on the sermon.

EXAMPLE: Ask them after the service (in the parking lot or foyer) if they could be recorded for a brief takeaway for why they enjoyed the service. You could even ask someone before the service to prepare for the video afterward.

4. Design a graphic for sermon points.

Listen for the major sermon points and create graphics so they will remind those who attended and still make sense for those who didn’t.

EXAMPLE: Negative Thinking? Be Watchful for Positive Things (overlay on an active preaching picture). For the post? Want to hear more of what Pastor Smith said? Watch/listen to this point at 0:23 (link).

5. Shoot a follow-up video from the pastor.

Shoot a quick video with the pastor after the service. Ask them about one or two points. Or, ask for a big benefit for listening to the sermon online.

EXAMPLE: Hey Church! I struggle with negative thoughts like I’m sure you do. Today 1 Peter 5 spoke to me about three solutions for us and we talked about them in service. We had four ask for prayer but I’m sure many of you want to, too.

Click on the link and let us know how we can pray for you (link). Or post below and I’ll personally pray for you this week. Next week? We’ll be talking about How to Guard our Hearts. I’ll see you then!

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5 ways an event planner makes events more successful

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Hosting events involves a great deal of details and coordination. You’ll need to decide on the date, time, theme, location, and whether to charge a registration fee.

You’ll want to make sure people know about the event, including:

  • Facebook posts
  • Website updates
  • Mass emails
  • Posters
  • Announcements from the stage
  • Blurb in the bulletin

Then, there’s the task of getting volunteers signed up to help with the event (from preparation beforehand to the actual day of).

I could go on, but you get the point…there’s a lot to do to pull off a successful event.

If no single individual is truly in charge of the event…if no one tracks all the tasks, makes sure different groups communicate when they need what from each other, or keeps an eye on the big picture…then you’ll have chaos and unnecessary stress.

On the other hand, if someone is assigned to plan and coordinate the overall effort it’s as if you brought in a conductor for the orchestra. Instead of every member playing the music at his/her own pace, you have someone keeping everyone on the same tempo.

An orchestra without a conductor doesn’t make for great music. The same principle applies for a church staff trying to pull off an event without an event planner.

Here are five ways an event planner makes events easier:

1. Facilitates Communication

The ministry area hosting the event needs to decide on a theme and overall purpose. Someone needs to communicate that message to the team making graphics, writing copy for the website and emails, coming up with décor options, figuring out ticket sales, and coordinating volunteers.

An event planner can keep track of what each team member and/or department needs from each other, when they need to hand off deliverables or decisions, etc. This individual can make sure this information is communicated clearly and in a timely fashion.

2. Ensures everyone stays on task

An event planner works with the team to identify all the tasks required to make the event successful. He/she will make sure each team member knows when tasks are due, and which other team members need the output from that task. He’ll remind team members of their deadlines and gather updates from each individual.

3. Provide status updates to leadership

The pastor or ministry leader who’s responsible for an event would probably like to know how things are coming along way before the day of the event. That means you need to know the status of each task and how that impacts the overall progress of the team.

An event planner who has all that information at her fingertips can provide regular updates. This also can save the rest of the team from receiving questions from a concerned ministry leader. That saves everyone time and frustration.

4. Free up team members to do their best work

Most creative team members (décor, graphic design, worship leaders) prefer to not deal with details. That’s just not how God wired them.

When you have an event planner keeping track of all the tasks and making sure they’ve accounted for every last detail, that frees up others to do what they’re best at.

5. An event planner can quickly resolve issues and remove roadblocks

No plan is perfect, and stuff will happen that causes a problem. A good event planner sees trouble coming and addresses it before it’s a big deal.

That may require working with the pastor to get a decision, providing a team member who’s running behind schedule with extra help, or pulling in a few people for a quick meeting to get them on the same page. Regardless, an event planner who has eyes on the entire planning process can quickly deal with potential problems.

An event planner can save the rest of the church staff time, prevent issues, and ensure the week leading up to the event isn’t a stressful one. By leveraging the detail-oriented talents of a good event planner, you can have more successful (not stressful) events at your church.

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A vital component to hosting impactful church events

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Hosting events can be a great way to minister to and serve people through your church. However, events can take a significant toll on your budget, staff, and volunteers.

Fortunately, it is possible to reap the benefits of hosting events without the extra stress or expense. How do you do it? Plan in advance. In fact, I recommend a year out.

No, I’m not saying you need to create a detailed to-do list a year ahead, but at least decide which events your church will host for the year.

By doing this well in advance, your team will have time to get all their ideas on the table, discuss what events are best at each time of year, and determine whether you need to space the events out. Doing this exercise when there’s no time crunch will help everyone to stay focused on the big picture.

Here’s how to get started planning church events a year ahead:

Step No. 1: Get All Ideas on the Calendar

This is the fun part: Get a huge wall calendar (erasable is best) and write out every event you intend to host in the upcoming year. Have each ministry department leader put their events on the calendar and make sure you include all other churchwide events.

Step No. 2: Set Up a Calendar Review Meeting

Once you’ve written them all down in one calendar, organize an event review meeting. It’s important to have all ministry department leaders, the Executive Pastor, Senior Pastor, and ministry support department leaders (finance, communications, facilities, etc.) participate in this calendar review.

Step No. 3: Discuss the Proposed Calendar

At the calendar review meeting, get to the specifics of each event you’re intending to host. Here are some questions to help you move along the discussion:

Have we hosted this event before? If so, was it successful? If not, why do we want to do it again?

Do we have too many events within a four- to six-week timeframe? If so, which ones can we move — if they aren’t specific to a season or holiday — or eliminate?

What else is going on in our church or community that might conflict with any of these events? For example:

  • Does your community host a large charity race, fair, parade, or another big event that would conflict with a potential church event?
  • Do you have any remodeling or building projects coming up that could impact your ability to host an event during a certain timeframe?
  • For summertime events: How engaged is your congregation in church events during the summer months? Do most people take a vacation or do they stay around town? Consider this before planning too many summer activities.

Step No. 4: Evaluate the Workload

Dive deeper into your review discussion by evaluating the possible workload issues that could arise with too many events. Consider the following:

If you have several events within a four- to six-week timeframe, do you have enough volunteers to cover them without them having to work more than one event?

Does your staff have the capacity to handle the preparation for several events at once? For example, can your communications department create graphics, webpages, video announcements, and other promotional materials for multiple events at the same time?

Remember: Even if many of the events are department-specific, the supporting departments will work on more than one event at a time.

Step No. 5: Consider the Budget

The last thing to consider in your review is the budget. Do you have a budget set (or at least a draft) for each event proposed? If not, prepare those numbers before finalizing the calendar.

You might find that you don’t have the cash flow to support several events at once. This could lead to you eliminating, scaling back, or spreading out events.

Planning church events can be a bonding and exciting experience for you and your planning team, but only if you have enough time to enjoy it. With a little bit of intentional planning ahead of time, you’re setting your team up for success down the road.

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4 little-known costs of church events

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Hosting events throughout the year is how many churches are able to expand their reach within communities. Church events allow a unique space for fellowship and a chance to share the Word of God outside of Sunday services.

From Vacation Bible School to marriage retreats to Christmas concerts to Easter celebrations, churches have plenty to plan. But while ministries are frequent event hosts, it’s rare to find one with a standard process for planning those events.

Often, it’s a “make it happen no matter what” mindset that can seem chaotic and rushed. In my experience, that combination leads to overspending money and overextending people.

If you think your church is falling into this expensive event planning trap, it’s good to identify how church dollars and resources are being spent. Here are four ways your church events are costing so much.

1. High Volunteer Turnover

High volunteer turnover is a potential sign that your church event planning process needs an overhaul. If you don’t have clear planning procedures in place, last-minute volunteer requests and changes will undoubtedly come up.

Though they may still offer to serve at an event, volunteers can become weary of the late requests and may stop serving altogether. Like anyone else, volunteers don’t appreciate chaos and a lack of clear direction.

When that happens, they can’t do their job well, leaving staff members frustrated and volunteers discouraged. When you lose volunteers, you’re losing your ability to run events effectively and within budget.

2. Church Staff Burnout

A lack of advanced planning, especially for bigger, more complex events, will require church staff to put in extra hours in the weeks leading up to the event. If this happens once or twice a year, it may not have much of an impact.

However, if this is the norm for your church’s events, you’ll end up with staff members who dread the next one — and families who resent the church for taking away their spouse or parent so much. The result of this is staff burnout, which may lead to staff members leaving or at a minimum, having a hard time staying engaged in their roles.

3. Last-Minute Spending Habits

Church budgets tend to be tight and most ministry leaders seek to be excellent stewards of the financial resources entrusted to them. However, when events aren’t planned ahead of time, you’re likely to run into additional costs that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

With last-minute planning comes rush fees for shipping and vendors who charge extra for quicker turnarounds. This could also lead staff members to buy items pre-made that would have been cheaper to make or pay more for items because there’s no time to shop for better deals.

4. Congregational Overwhelm

Does your church do too much? Though the intentions are good, sometimes churches take on a little more than they can handle with the hopes of reaching more people.

In reality, if a church hosts too many events within a short period of time it can overwhelm the congregation. With so many events come myriad announcements and requests for them to participate. Eventually, they’re going to tune you out and only go to the events they’ve always participated in. Some may even stop joining in on events altogether.

This, of course, is the complete opposite of your goal in spreading the message of Jesus. It’ll also make it extremely difficult to make up the money spent on planning the events. In most circumstances, less is more.

At the end of the day, planning pays. By investing time to plan at last three to six months out, your team will be able to clearly identify the vision for the event, how best to communicate it to your target audience, invite volunteers to get involved early, and pay a lot less for event vendors and merchandise.

If your church needs to reevaluate its planning process but you’re unsure what that would look like, check out my book, “Big Event Success for Churches,” today. You can read the first chapter for free here.

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Do you know these 3 things about your community?

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Effective communication rises and falls on how well you know your audience. For the church, you have two audiences: internal and external (i.e., congregation and community).

Most of you hopefully understand your congregation because they regularly let you know what they like and dislike. Plus, you meet with them every week or so.

But if you concentrate on an internal audience and don’t have a “pipeline” of growth through the knowledge of your external audience, you’ll almost always decline. Are you in decline? Stagnation?

Do you know your community? Really? Remember, your internal group comes from your community but doesn’t always represent the entire community.

Sadly, most congregations represent a very small percentage of the community. Your members are important, but the vast amount of non-church goers are critical as you seek to lead them to Christ!

Here are three things you should know:

1. How similar are they to your congregation?

The best scenario? That your congregation and community are very similar. The most likely reality, though? They’re very different.

Compare average age, occupations, stage of life, size of families, incomes, where they hangout, what they like to do, etc. Remember that a community won’t want to join a group of people that don’t feel like they belong in. Your website and communication should authentically show your congregation with a leaning towards who your community is.

2. What are their major problems or goals?

When the average person in your community wakes up, what would their concerns be for the day or year? Or are they more driven to accomplish something?

Use what you discovered in No. 1 above to create a stereotypical community member (persona) and imagine what occupies their mind. The more you speak to these temporal problems/goals by offering solutions, the more your community will want to discover you.

3. What is their perception of a church?

This is huge. As you get to know your community, you’ll discover four groups of people: 1) those who vehemently oppose church for a reason (find out if it’s valid); 2) those who don’t really understand church (most don’t know the relevancy of a church because we don’t communicate it well); 3) those who once went to church but really don’t attend regularly now (see if it’s a schedule thing, a busyness issue, or something else); and 4) those who are fully committed to another church (pick their brain about their perception of your congregation; it’ll be eye-opening).

Just remember, don’t get defensive as you discover “reality” in their minds.

If you don’t know your community definitively, discover a good demographic organization that can help you with the information.

Even better? Conduct focus groups. Ask eight to 10 people from your community who are somewhat similar demographically (age, gender, etc.) and ask them questions and listen. Even having coffee with a couple from your community will do wonders towards getting an understanding of those outside of your membership.

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What to do when volunteers quit

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It’s that awkward moment you’re always trying to avoid: a volunteer emails you or mentions one Sunday that he “needs some time away from serving for a while.” Maybe you saw it coming; maybe you didn’t.

Regardless, now you’re left trying to figure out what to do about it. Your gut reaction might include a bit of defensiveness, and it’s hard not to take it personally. However, when you truly care for each church member’s needs, there is an appropriate response to have in these situations.

Here’s what I recommend on what to do when volunteers quit:

Step No. 1: Say Thank You

Expressing gratitude may not seem like your natural response at this moment, but it’s a great place to start. Before you say (or do) anything else, let the volunteer know you appreciate all he’s done and how he’s contributed to the team.

According to a 2017 Employee Engagement study, 76% of employees who do not feel valued at work are looking for other job opportunities. Since this study was on paid employees, try to imagine how someone who isn’t getting paid (i.e., a volunteer) is likely to react when they don’t feel valued.

This doesn’t mean that’s the reason she’s quitting, but if you ever want her to return to service, make sure you say thank you now.

Step No. 2: Ask Why

This next step is probably more of what your instinct went toward. It’s asking why. See if you can find out the reason she’s quitting.

Did she get a new job that will be extra time-consuming for a few months? Perhaps once she gets settled, she’ll be ready to serve again? Or, is she frustrated with recent changes, or a lack of changes, in the area in which she’s serving?

Talk through those concerns and see if there’s a way to clear up any misunderstanding. Finding out the root cause may feel uncomfortable, but it’s essential to know if you have a systemic issue going on. You don’t want to miss why this person is leaving and then have several more volunteers quit for the same reasons.

Lastly, if this volunteer is frustrated with an issue and you agree it needs to be addressed, invite him/her to be part of the solution and help you fix it. This can go a long way in regaining trust and volunteer loyalty.

Step No. 3: Give Them Time

Whatever reason your volunteer left, make sure you respect their decision by giving him time. Wait at least six to eight weeks before inviting him to serve again. In the meantime, be friendly with this person at church services and events. Make sure former volunteers know you care for them as more than just workers.

When you do decide to ask again, invite him/her to serve at an event instead of in a weekly service capacity. This gives an easy, low-commitment way to get back into volunteering.

After the event, follow up and ask about that experience. If it was a good one, you now have the opportunity to ask for a more regular volunteer commitment.

Losing a high-quality volunteer is never fun. It can be stressful finding new people to fill the vacant spots. By conducting self-evaluations and volunteer feedback sessions, you’re less likely to lose these trusted volunteers in the future.

Keep in mind that people quit for various reasons. Regardless of their reasoning, they need to know their church values them whether they’re serving regularly or not. This three-step formula is not only respectful, but it also encourages longer-term retention. It’s a win-win.

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A surprising, often-overlooked church communication tool

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There’s nothing worse than discovering a problem that requires a specific, currently unavailable tool. In fact, availability is the essential requirement for all tools! Multifunctional tools are even better — they accomplish so much and take up less room.

Almost everyone has a multifunctional church communication tool in their pocket. It’s your mobile phone (Apple or Android).

How can you use it for church communication? There’s almost an endless list of tasks that can now be completed on that little mobile device. What a time to be alive! Here are five.

Take Candid Photos.

Great photography is the foundation for great communication. Always have your phone available for taking spontaneous photos of ministry, fellowship, and love. Get in close and capture the emotion.

Don’t worry about getting it perfect; just capture lots of photos so you have access to them when you’re creating web or social posts later.

Even better? Use AirDrop (or similar) to instantly share the images to an editor or social media coordinator. By the end of an event, you can have a nice catalogue of images to use elsewhere (or quick realtime posts).

Shoot Fun or FaceTime Videos.

Like photos, video capture is quick and easy on a phone. The videos don’t have to be long; just something that can be used as B-roll in a larger video (horizontal) or a quick social post (vertical). Or open Facebook for a quick FaceTime video (be careful of background copyrighted music).

Some churches are shooting their entire message on a phone through a FaceTime feed or posting it later online. Just ensure the lighting’s good and your sound is quality for the viewer (there are ways to connect your phone to the soundboard).

Keep a Church Comm Note.

In understanding how your church wants to be known (your thread), you should be constantly listening for story opportunities that can produced later. Open a phone note and keep a list of things to follow-up on. This can include names and contact information for those you should interview later.

Another valuable note? As you advocate for your congregation, keep a running list of things in the service that didn’t feel quite right or that needed a better explanation. Things you can make (gentle) suggestions for in your weekly meeting. Make notes of successful things too!

Motivate or Build Your Team.

Using a group conversation app (or even your text app), shoot suggestions or encouragement to your team during the service or throughout the week. Don’t overdo it, but truly be a friend to your team, or maybe share your contact info with someone you see taking a selfie (or on social media in the service).

They would probably love to join your volunteer church comm team to put their skills to use!

Make Website or Social Changes and Updates.

Apps now allow you to multitask so many things on your phone. Many things just shouldn’t wait: hear about a change or addition from the stage? Go ahead and make the changes quickly online.

Someone on your team take an amazing photo or video? Post it. See that a member posted a great photo of the service? Comment on their post or repost it.

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