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.
“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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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.
You guys, it’s official… Fall is here! School is in full swing. A chill is entering the air. Scarves and beanies are making their triumphant return to wardrobes around the country. Football is here. And everything (and I mean everything) is suddenly flavored with pumpkin! One of my favorite sights in the world is the leaves changing colors at the start of every fall. There’s a tree in a nearby park that I marvel at every year... It’s almost as if the entire world goes through a little renovation each fall! With everything around you changing this season, you don’t want to forget to do the same for your church website! You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? Well, let me introduce you to the fall overhaul! Let the changing of seasons be a signal to you to make some changes on your church website!
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.
Churches today that don’t use video confine their outreach potential and limit their overall impact. More than ever, people are giving their attention to the screens in their hands. Churches who use video to get on those screens open themselves up to a highly relevant avenue in which to influence people for Christ. So, “When might the best time be for a church to start up a video ministry?”, you might ask… “Um… How about now!?” So without further ado, here are seven specific ways in which video can help expand the outreach and impact of your ministry this holiday season.
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.
Our family decided to do a little staycation this summer. With two little guys, it just felt easier to take a break here at home than to load up everything that’s required to take two young kids on vacation somewhere. (You feel me, parents?) During our time off together as a family, here’s what I learned. There are two keys to any good vacation or staycation… Communication Planning
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…
In case you missed it, my family grew by one member this year. We welcomed our newest little guy into the Marzano crew. Now that I’m a father of two, it changes the way I see the world (Those of you who have kids know this to be true)…. It changes the choices I make. The way I sleep (and don’t sleep). How I do my grocery shopping. And it changes the way I see church. When I think about when to attend, where to plug in, and whether or not to serve, I don’t start by thinking about what’s best for me. Like most parents, my first concern is what’s best for my family. That’s why it’s so important for your church to include information about children’s ministry on your website.