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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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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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Worship Visuals: Essential or Distracting?

By: Samantha Decker
August 28th, 2018

Before we jump right in, I wanted to share some big news with you: Clover Media is Live! What exactly does that mean? As part of our desire to serve you and your church with more than just a great church website, we've been scouring the internet for the best in church graphics and have partnered with Sharefaith to give you access to the best of the best in church PowerPoints, bulletins, flyers, newsletters, worship graphics, animation loops and mini-movies -- all available in a variety of formats. You probably have even more questions and we definitely have answers. Stay tuned to the blog to learn more about church media  in general, and how you can gain access to Clover Media. Some churches are already visually full of color and beauty. Stained glass with stories of Biblical events and stories surround the worshipper. But, a growing number of churches meet in rented schools, renovated warehouses, or even storefronts. So instead of being distracting, worship visuals might be essential in an environment where even a basic cross can’t be found. Today, visual storytelling is our culture. From motion pictures, video games, and emojis, everything we do involves communication through pictures. With our faith being something we have a mission to pass on and to spread, it would be almost a crime to forgo a growth in our facility with visuals. In worship, a picture can truly act as a thousand words. 

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Ten Things You Should Know About Church Media

By: Samantha Decker
August 16th, 2018

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How Media Can Serve Your Church

By: Samantha Decker
August 9th, 2018

Before we jump right in, I wanted to share some big news with you: Clover Media is coming soon! What exactly does that mean? As part of our desire to serve you and your church with more than just a great church website, we've been scouring the internet for the best in church graphics and have partnered with Sharefaith to give you access to the best of the best in church PowerPoints, bulletins, flyers, newsletters, worship graphics, animation loops and mini-movies -- all available in a variety of formats. You probably have even more questions and we definitely have answers. Stay tuned in to the blog to learn more about church media  in general, and the upcoming launch of Clover Media. Church media. Is it necessary? Worthless? Dangerous? Distracting? As a church, if you're spending your money and time on media, it’s perfectly appropriate to ask these kinds of questions.  First off, what is “church media?” Essentially, it's anything that is a printed, projected, or visual medium of communication. “Church media” may encompass stage design, the sign out front, the printed bulletins, the pre-reel, the welcome videos, or the sermon PowerPoint. 

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E-Offerings: How To Utilize Email In Your Church Giving

By: Samantha Decker
August 7th, 2018

As a church leader, one of the trickiest things to navigate is the conversation about giving at your church. Why? Well, for starters, it’s awkward… Too many churches have a reputation of constantly asking for money. And although we all know that isn’t true of every church, we also feel that tension every single time we stand up in front of our congregation and ask them to support our ministry by giving.

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