Communication

Uncover the Keys to Modern Communication in 45 Minutes & Save Big in October’s Sale – Christian Article

Today’s audiences are hungry—but they don’t want the same “food” their parents and grandparents did. Canned stories don’t work anymore. People are longing to be fed with authenticity and personal transformation. Connection is key. But how do you build that connection? Learn effective new strategies to bolster your preaching in just 45 minutes with How to Communicate Effectively to Modern Audiences. In this course from Logos Mobile Ed, Grant Fishbook shares from over 20 years of experience creatively communicating the…

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Help! I Resent My Husband’s Long Work Hours – Christian Article

My husband works long hours and travels a lot. I want to cheerfully support the work God has called him to, but I’m growing resentful. How can I think about this in a better way? Oh, sister, I see you. For a brief season of my life, my husband had a job that, while satisfying, required long work hours and lots of travel. I too battled resentment. It crept into my heart like weeds in a garden and threatened to…

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Is Soul Care Missing From Church Tech? – Christian Article

The church technology ministries around the world are in a beautiful place within the Church because they get the chance to serve with a level of humility and sacrifice that I rarely see elsewhere. The ministry is designed so that if you do everything right, you never notice we are there, but without us, hundreds and thousands will not hear the message being brought from your church. This servant heart is from our desire to support the Church in areas…

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Facing My Communication Fears: What Happens When? – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Years ago, as part of my recovery from an eating disorder, I read the book by Thom Rutledge, Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift. I learned a lot about my fears and how it’s not the fear that’s the problem, but how we respond to it that is the issue. Ever heard of paralyzing fear? Well, essentially that is what fear can do, if we let it. Stop…

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CAPC Magazine Issue 2 of 2019: Illustrations – Christian Article

Letter from the Editor: Show Me What You Mean Don’t tell. Show. This is the cardinal rule of writing, a rule I was introduced to years ago at my first writers conference. It was scribbled across my writing samples by the reader assigned to review my articles. I also vaguely remember a snippet of explanation, something about my writing style feeling a bit like being pushed into the deep end of the pool instead of inviting readers to ease into…

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10 Great Opportunities Conflict Provides – Christian Article

I hate conflict. I hate strife of any kind. I hate arguments. I wasn’t in the debate club in high school. When I was in college I didn’t join the protests that followed the Kent State shootings in 1970 (I just gave away hold old I am). But being a pastor for decades brought me into all kinds of conflict. Marriage and family conflicts, conflicts between church members, and even conflicts with other pastors (really? pastors have conflicts?) I have…

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Publisher, Papyrus, and Ministry People – Christian Article

That moment you come to church and see a Publisher masterpiece! [Oximoron alert!] You strive for consistency and pixel perfect designs, you have a style guide and your assets are perfectly organized until that one day a ministry leader shows up with a printed brochure for her ministry (mind you she even used her own home printer). And dare I to say the word Papyrus… Oh and white space would be very offended to see such a piece. EYE-BURNING HIDEOUS.…

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Why Your Creative Team Doesn’t Need a Budget – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Fifty dollars a month. That’s all a church in Seattle has decided to invest in communication. Fifty dollars! (pause for dramatic effect…) A month! The number may change from church to church, but I’ve heard it too many times. No budget. Three summers ago, my husband and I and our then 5 and 2 year olds decided to go on a 60-day road trip from Annapolis, MD to California and back. We visited many…

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Take a Moment and Do This. – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); This morning, I found myself yet again thinking about the next piece of information I could share. Until this song started playing: (Hint: this is a good time to starting playing the song before you read the rest.) “Your presence is heaven to me. Your presence is heaven to me.” I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace that only the Prince of Peace can give us. Completely enveloped in Jesus’ presence. In awe.…

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Why Your Content Might Not Be Enough – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Since the internet and age of information has begun, it seems that human-kinds ability to crank is moving faster and faster. For people looking to create a platform & capture an audience, for a while (a long while) the rule of the land was that, Content is King. As long as your content was out there, it was consistently produced, and the quality didn’t waver too much, then you had what you needed to…

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How to Communicate the Evidence for Christianity – Christian Article

Have you ever had a discussion with someone you passionately disagreed with? Have they ever told you, “If you show me the evidence, then maybe I’ll agree with you”? I’ve had conversations where, even after giving more than enough evidence to support my point, the person with whom I was talking still disagreed with me. It’s easy in those moments to feel like they’re just being stubborn, simply refusing to see the truth, or not being intellectually honest. Now, there…

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Sunday U Magazine – 4 Social Media Posts Anyone Can Do Every Day – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); One of the top social media questions I hear is, “We currently only post about 2-3 times a week at our church. We want to post more, but what should we post about?” Posting on social media daily can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are only posting a few times a week, this means you’re likely only posting promotional content, which isn’t healthy for social media…

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Sunday U Magazine – The Anatomy of a Great Church Website – Your Landing Page (Home Page) – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); We can always look at the typical stuff, color scheme, spelling, easy navigation, etc… Those who design websites for a living have a good understanding of the above, but what makes a great website? Don’t get me wrong those definitely are worth noting. They are very important and should be utilized across your site. We’ll touch on those in the “technical” portion of which we’re calling “aesthetics”. We strongly believe in first impressions are…

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Sunday U Magazine – How I grew new followers on my Instagram by 361% in one week! – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Okay, so I know that when you read or click on a headline like this, you don’t want any backstory to the idea that led to the increase—you just want the details. You want the information, not the inspiration. I get it. So I’ll include the why to the how at the end of this post for those interested. Here are the two things I did that increased the number of new followers on my Instagram from…

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Sunday U Magazine – 5 Content Ideas for Your Church Blog & Social Media – Christian Article

Coming up with content to share from your church blog or social media can be a daunting task sometimes. I always encourage church communications leaders to look at what they already have to work with before dealing with the struggle of coming up with something original and new.   Here are five quick ideas for content you can share today: 1. Share articles that you’re learning from. Show your church that you aren’t in this alone, that you are learning from…

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