Beer and Emotion: The Power of an Idea in Church Communication

Ok.  To start with, I apologize.  Yep, it has been forever since I posting anything on this site. Between writing for United Methodist Communications and my day job, I have ...

The mistake of trying to achieve 100% perfection

OK…I have been a bad blogger.  Let me take that back.  I have been a really bad blogger.  I have done the unforgivable sin of not posting for almost a ...

Lack of focus kills…where is yours?

In my work life, I help lead the Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail Industry at Dassault Systemes.  Part of what I do is help design the solutions that help companies ...

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Laying the foundation…Creating the sitemap for your website

Every house (or church) needs a layout and a floor plan.  Before ...

Feeding the campfire…developing a content strategy for your marketing efforts.

C.C. Chapman and Ann Handley have developed a wonderful metaphor about content ...

Ready or Not…Mobile is Coming!

Ready or not, mobile is a growing trend that your church needs ...

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What we need is a pep talk

We need to honestly face the facts.  We can try to deny it as much as we want, but the U.S. church is in decline.  In a well documented book, “Restart Your Church” by Dottie Escobedo-Frank, she clearly defines the situation:  Thom Ranier, in a U.S. study of 1,159 churches (2002), said that 94% of […]

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Straw, Sticks or Bricks…Selecting the right technologies for your website.

We all know the story of the three little pigs.  Each one built a house:  one of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks.  One technology met the test while the other failed because the pigs did not want to put the time and effort it.  Two piggies were bacon (depending on which story […]

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Why churches fail…loss of focus kills.

Jim Collins wrote a series of books that talk about companies that move from “Good to Great,” sustain their performance because they are “Built to Last” and sometimes lose that greatness and implode while we are stuck to consider “How the Mighty Fall.” To give a VERY BRIEF recap on the process, companies that get […]

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If this is not a call to action, I don’t know what is!

A paper called “A mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation” presented this week at the Dallas meeting of the American Physical Society predicts organized religion will be driven toward extinction in 9 countries. Is this really true? What are we (as the church) willing to do about it?

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Let the children lead…

Out of the prayers of children can come the clarity of God’s call for all of our churches.

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Piecing together a story using “Storify”

How can churches use Storify to pull together content from social networks to create a cohesive story with tweets, posts, photos and videos from all the sources across the web to spread the word.

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Show me the VISION (vs. money)…The Art of Digital Fundraising

50% of churches do not have an annual stewardship campaign. EPIC FAIL! Churches need to cast a vision of why to give and allow people to support causes that matter. Here are some ways to do that.

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Invite people home… a strategy to create digital relationships with your church.

Social media tools are great, but churches need to think through how to leverage social media sites to help create relationships and connect them “home” to deepen relationship.

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Egypt & Social Media…the blueprint of creating a digital movement (even for your church.)

Churches can learn a lesson from the digital revolution in Egypt. A digital movement can be generated using the social media tools now available. The power is in your hands. Use it wisely.

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Show me the benefit… the obligatory Super Bowl 2011 commercial roundup and what churches can learn from them.

What can the church learn from Madison Avenue to connect with people from Main Street? Here are some thoughts on the latest round of Super Bowl commercials and what the church can learn from them.

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