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5 Trends Church Communications Leaders Should Watch in 2013

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Things are changing rapidly in the world of communications tools. I'm even writing a book about how to communicate an unchanging gospel in such a rapidly changing world. On LinkedIn's blog, Ilya Pozin shared 9 trends entrepreneurs need to watch in 2013, and four of them (my first four below) jumped out at me …

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One Day In the Life of the Internet

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The people at MBAonline.com have put together a detailed infographic representing what happens in a 24 hour life cycle on the internet. It's fascinating, but even more, it's important for church leaders to "know the times" and understand how churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike tend to think, interact, …

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Why You’re Annoyed by Social Media Discussions

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Just a note: This is one of those self-reflective, more-to-myself-than-to-you posts. Come on. Die already - social media conferences, social media blogs, and conversations about social media conferences and blogs. Are you with me? (I actually enjoy conferences, but I'm trying to appeal to the side of you …

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What the Greatest Minds In Church Communications Know

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Very little... in a good way. Last night, I sat in a big room at Saddleback where I was surrounded by geniuses in the field (speakers and panelists from Cultivate 2011 as we held three brief conversations about three different themes: How do we keep things simple? How do we keep things social? How do …

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If I Were Implementing a Social Media Strategy For a Ministry, I Would…

Today I'm talking to Saddleback Church's staff in more general terms (last week it was all about using Twitter) about how to implement social media within their own ministry areas. I love that we're having this conversation. Rather than expecting a particular team within the church to "handle" communication and …

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Pastors.com… It’s Alive. It’s ALIVE!!!

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Well, the new design is live, anyway. I'm working frantically on the editorial calendar. And we're happily accepting contributions from writers. I'm super excited! It looks sweet. Now it's a matter of re-vamping the rest of the site to offer elearning, a forum, and curation of some great content from the …

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Does Your Church Have a Good Communications Strategy?

Communications is what we do. It’s how we spread the gospel, disciple believers, and connect the disconnected in relationships with God and each other. We tell, shout, herald, preach, and evangelize the world. We communicate. Plenty of churches communicate well, at least in one aspect of communications. What …

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Attention: The Priceless Commodity of Marketing

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I won a book, Attention! This Book Will Make You Money!. It's a book about how to use attention-getting online marketing to increase your revenue, by Jim Kukral. I read it in a couple of hours and it held my attention throughout, which is a really good start for a book on this topic! Jim tells a pretty neat …

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Our Message Ought to Be Both Timeless and Timely

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MediaSalt (an excellent resource for church communications) just published an article I wrote called "Giving Your Communications Roots and Wings." It's a message about how our very timeless message needs to be timely as well. We live in a very real-time culture, which has produced a very real-time web. Can you …

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Three Big Words to Shape Your Communications Strategy

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There are plenty of big words to throw around when it comes to communications, but three have been rattling around in my head all day... Cohesive It's not that all of your messaging has to be the same, it's that your voice needs to be one voice. Each piece of your approach should interweave and support …

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