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.
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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
This summer, we are launching Clover Media (today in fact!). Do you know how long it takes to form a first impression? Here's a hint... it's a really short time. Do you know the importance of making a good first impression? Do you know where to get great, high-quality graphics to make that great first impression? Do you know how to get a design set up for your sermons or worship slides? It's robust, it's powerful, and -- best of all -- the answer is here! This summer, Clover Media can solve all your image and graphic problems.