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Samantha Decker

As the Content Marketing Manager for Clover Sites, Samantha brings both experience and a passion to equip the local church by providing resources to help them live out their mission for the sake of the Gospel. As a former Church Communications Director, she understands the ins and outs of church communications, and is always up for some (good) coffee and conversation. Samantha enjoys living in Oklahoma City with her husband, Dustin, and their son, Eli.

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How to Engage and Follow Up with Your Visitors Online

By: Samantha Decker
November 13th, 2018

Here’s a common misconception a lot of churches have about their website… It doesn’t really connect us with anyone. Believe it or not, we hear this a lot! So many people think that their website is simply for information, not connection. It’s seen as a place where people come, look around, find what they need, and leave. Sure, that’s one way your website can work, but it’s certainly not the only way. In fact, it’s not even the best way! Your church website is one of the best resources you have to connect with visitors at your church.

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Nine Tips for Being Smart With Your Email Newsletter

By: Samantha Decker
November 6th, 2018

Did you know that you have a great tool at your disposal to reach people almost anywhere? I’m talking about the inbox, people! Email newsletters are a great way to keep your people informed. A little prep work on your end, click “send,” and all of a sudden your congregation has access to vital information 24 hours a day. Pretty cool, right? One disclaimer… If it’s used correctly, email newsletter is an awesome tool. If it’s not used correctly, then it will work against you.

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How to Choose the Right Stock Photos for Your Church Website

By: Samantha Decker
October 30th, 2018

  “A picture is worth a thousand words.” You’ve heard that old saying, right? Well, we think it’s especially true when it comes to your church website. Good photography speaks volumes on your website. It tells a story. It paints a picture of the people in your community, your church, and its different environments. It gives visitors a glimpse into what your church looks like. That’s why having good photography is essential for your church website! But the reality is, not every church has access to a professional quality photographer who can snap hundreds of pics to find the best 10-30. And not every church has the budget to hire one, either! So what do you do when you want good, quality photography for your website, but you don’t want to break the bank? The answer: stock photos!

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The Ins and Outs of Google Ads

By: Samantha Decker
October 23rd, 2018

If you’ve been around the Clover blogosphere for a while, then you know that we talk about this fact a lot… You can’t get people in the doors of your church if they don’t know your church exists. And in this day and age, a lot of people figure out what exists out there using one powerful tool… Google. Believe it or not, “local churches” is one of the things people search for on the Internet. And hopefully, that search takes them to your website! Having your church found online is one of the big catalysts to having your church found in person.

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Overcoming Fear: 7 Monsters Children Face

By: Samantha Decker
October 16th, 2018

Because we live in a broken world, our children face a battlefield every day.  And on this battlefield,  they face monsters of fear, anger, shame, apathy, greed, loneliness, and pride. However, we know that, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). We also know that these monsters gain strength and grow from a pack of lies that suggest we are unworthy or wrong-headed to think we can do anything about our state of affairs. God’s Word tells us something different, and as our children realize God’s teaching through the Word, they will understand more fully how to fight against these monsters. Is your child wrestling with one or more of these monsters? Set apart some time and read through this article with them. Together you’ll learn how to overcome fear and find victory as God’s Word exposes each monster as a lie.  As a bonus, you can download a free "7 Monsters" resource pack that includes a powerpoint, bookmark, and video bumper.

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The Ultimate Guide to Pastor Appreciation Day

By: Samantha Decker
October 9th, 2018

Pastor Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of October. While it may seem your pastor gets enough appreciation from their loyal fans or the satisfaction of a well-delivered sermon, your pastor could likely use some appreciation. Consider this article as the ultimate guide for Pastor Appreciation Day and perhaps you would consider taking the whole month of October to honor and appreciate your pastor.

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The Three Phases of a Successful Capital Campaign

By: Samantha Decker
September 25th, 2018

  We’ve got two words for you… Capital campaign. You know what we’re talking about, right? That clearly defined season at your church that’s designated to raise money for a specific ministry. Those two words probably evoke one of two reactions from you as a church leader… You’re excited about the possibility. You’re overwhelmed with dread. Honestly, we understand both! No matter how you feel about capital campaigns, here’s the truth: they’re probably a necessary part of life at your church. Creating a calendar for raising money at your church is huge! Think about it… For starters, without a designated and organized effort, it’s hard to gain momentum. Next, people understand campaigns. They recognize that campaigns have both a start and end date. In other words, they know that your church is asking for money specifically for this season. Campaigns allow your church to increase its focus and energy around your church budget for a short period of time. So whether you’re raising money for a specific fund, vision, building expansion, staff hire, or new ministry, we want to help make your capital campaigns both simple and successful. To do that, walk with us through the three phases of a great capital campaign…

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[Free Relief Guide and Social Graphics] 5 Steps Churches Should Take to Prepare for Natural Disasters

By: Samantha Decker
September 12th, 2018

Disasters happen, is your church prepared? Hurricanes, floods, wild fires, earthquakes, power blackouts, active shooters, and epidemics are just a few examples of disasters that could disrupt the lives of your congregation and community. Because preparing for disasters forces your church leadership, staff , and members to think about uncomfortable topics, proactive leadership from the pastor and church leadership is required to combat these natural tendencies.

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Avoiding the Home Page Headache

By: Samantha Decker
September 11th, 2018

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Your website is the front door to your church. It’s the first thing most people see. Before they ever set foot in your church’s actual lobby, they’ll spend time on your website. That’s why you want their experience on your site to be so simple, easy, and engaging that they’ll make the move from spectator to attendee at your church. One goal of any church website should be to move visitors from behind the screen to inside the walls of your church. And one of the best ways to do that is to make sure your website makes a great first impression! If the website is the front door to your church, then the home page is the front door to your website!

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Money, Money, Money! Tips For Developing A Personal Finance Ministry At Your Church

By: Samantha Decker
September 4th, 2018

Finances represent one of the biggest struggles people in your congregation are dealing with… People don’t have enough money. People don’t know what to do with the money they do have. We all can relate, right? We all  want to manage our money wisely and be good stewards of what we’ve been given. But how? That’s just one of the millions questions people have when it comes to money.

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