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Celebrating 10 Years

Our flagship blog, Church Marketing Sucks, celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. The first blog post went live on July 22, 2004. We’ve got a month-long celebration that starts today:

  • We’re doing lots of discounts and giveaways, including putting all of our books on sale.
  • We’re asking the question, Does church marketing still suck?, and asking experts to weigh in. The series starts with Meredith Gould.
  • The conversation will continue on social media with the #cmsucks10 hashtag.

Visit the anniversary page on Church Marketing Sucks for the latest details.

Thanks for making this celebration possible.

New Executive Director Chuck Scoggins

We’re pleased to announce that Chuck Scoggins will be serving as our new executive director.

“Chuck is an incredible laborer for the Lord, very talented, and passionate about helping churches share the message of the gospel in a powerful way,” says David Uribe, board president.

Chuck has served in a volunteer role for several years, helping with the Church Marketing Lab, the Job Board and working on some of our ebook projects, including Dangerous: A Go-to Guide for Church Communication and Getting Started in Church Communication: Landing a Job. In the past year he’s been steering a number of our strategic initiatives and helping in other ways behind the scenes. He steps into a position that has been vacant since early 2013 when Justin Wise announced his resignation.

In addition to this new role as executive director for CFCC, Chuck leads the 374 Media Group. You can follow his blog or check out his latest project, The Ministry App.

Hear directly from Chuck in this Church Marketing Sucks interview about his new role.

2013 Annual Report

Our 2013 annual report is now available. It includes updates on all the work we accomplished in 2013 helping churches communicate better, including two new ebooks, the Certification Lab, a survey and more.

Download the annual report now to learn more:

New Board President

David Uribe is stepping up as our new board president as Drew Goodmanson ends his term. David joined the board in 2012 and is the director of arts and communications at Christ Fellowship Miami. We talked with David about the future of the Center for Church Communication on our flagship blog.
Drew is now ending his term on the board and we’re thankful for his service as president and his on-going leadership.

Announcing the Certification Lab

“I wouldn’t want your job!”  It’s not uncommon for church communicators to hear it. Because what you do isn’t easy. It’s hard work.  But incredibly rewarding to invest your life in a God-sized calling.

That’s why we’re introducing the Certification Lab, a two-day collaborative mentoring conversation with several national church communicators. This workshop is designed specifically for those who are new to the role of a church communicator. In addition to the two-day gathering, there will be follow up assignments and conversations done virtually.

It’s a huge opportunity for church communicators and it’s coming to Nashville in October. We will cover a wide range of topics including websites, logos, branding, social media strategy, web strategy and design basics.

Space is limited so learn more about the Certification Lab and sign up today.

CFCC at Echo

The Echo Conference is coming to Dallas and we’ll be there. The Center for Church Communication (CFCC) team will have a booth where you can stop by and say hi. We’ll be sharing details about a new training initiative, sharing more results from our recent survey, offering books for sale and hosting a dinner gathering.

We hope to see you there.

If you haven’t registered for Echo yet, get on it: We’ve got your discount.

2013 Church Communciation Survey Results

Earlier this year we conducted a church communications survey and we’ve started to share the early results. Over at Church Marketing Sucks we’re sharing some details about church communicators and they churches they serve, including some fancy graphics. Here’s a quick glimpse at the numbers:

  • 84% of church communicators have completed bachelor’s degrees or more. 22% completed graduate school.
  • 22% have more than 10 years of experience. Though a big chunk, 11%, are just getting started with less than a year of experience.
  • While most church communicators are full time (58%), there is a sizable volunteer (21%) and part-time contingent (17% combined).

Read the full post for more.

Firestarter: Trinity+Main Church

Large churches don’t have a corner on the communications market. Trinity+Main is a church plant in Vancouver, Canada, that’s making some intentional decisions about how they communicate. Read more about how Trinity+Main is a Firestarter.

Firestarter is a way to recognize churches that have ignited ideas and sparked brilliant communication. The hope is that this project will fan the flame and spread those creative embers to other church communicators. Read more about Firestarter.

Board Member Transitions

We’d like to welcome Tim Peters to our board of directors. Tim has more than 10 years of experience in church communications and currently runs Sayge, a monthly church communications training program. We’re eager to have his experience.

Unfortunately, we also have to say goodbye to Lori Bailey who is stepping down from the board. We’re grateful for her service and insight.

You can read more about our current board of directors.

Now Hiring: Executive Director

Since Justin Wise announced his resignation, we’ve had an opening for an executive director. We’re looking for someone who can help lead the Center for Church Communication forward, an organization where courageous storytellers are welcome. We wanted to open this opportunity to the church communications community and make sure we’re getting the best person for the job. Is that you?

Download the Executive Director Job Description (PDF, 142 KB, 2 pages) to find out.

To Apply:

Send in your resume and cover letter to Katie Strandlund.