The church doesn’t have a message problem. The church is facing a message delivery problem
The old communication playbook no longer works. What worked before isn’t working anymore. It’s time to rethink communication and leverage the greatest opportunities we’ve ever had to communicate in the church.
In Rethink Communication, Phil Bowdle walks through the new reality for what attendance, engagement, and attention look like for the church. Then he offers a practical communication playbook you can use to communicate anything in your church—and actually connect. These practical tips and proven strategies will work regardless of size, staff, or budget.
Communication has been overlooked for far too long in the church. It’s time for that to change.
It’s time to rethink communication for the church. Learn more
Church communication a tough gig. Some days it feels like you need superpowers. Find courage and inspiration by looking back at heroes who faced similar odds and had the same human limitations we do. Heroes such as civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells or the creative genius Albert Einstein.
This ebook chronicles 15 different heroes—writers, musicians, theologians, innovators, even a pirate—who can encourage us in our darkest days and challenge us to do our greatest work for the greatest story ever told. Learn more
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We get it: Church communication can be a challenge. You feel overworked, overwhelmed, and overloaded. More than the bulletins, goofs, and calendars, it’s the stuff behind the stuff that’s really taxing: unmet expectations, perfection paranoia, and demoralizing doubt.
But you’re not alone. You’re telling the greatest story in the world, and you can do this.
In her honest and self-deprecating style, Kelley Hartnett offers a pep talk that’s part hug and part fist-bump. Learn more
Imagine the opportunities our churches are missing out on because we’re too busy doing what we’ve always done. What can our churches quit? We’ve got 166 ideas. It’s not a checklist to work through, but a list of [sometimes contradictory] suggestions to help your church evaluate what you’re doing. This is permission to stop doing something that’s no longer working. Our churches are busy. We’ve got burned out staff members and over-committed volunteers. We’ve got members too busy to show up every week and visitors wondering if we notice them. Our churches have a few things we could stand to quit. Let’s start with “that’s how we’ve always done it.” Learn more
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Easter is the biggest Sunday of the year—is your church ready? Forget the ham or lamb debate, church communicators need to plan, promote and keep their sanity. With more than a dozen chapters addressing how to start planning earlier, engaging with the themes of Lent, bringing guests back after Easter and more, plus real Easter stories from churches, this is practical backup for church communicators. Learn more
Christmas is coming—break out the eggnog and candy canes! But for church communicators, this isn’t always a season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men. Christmas often means pulling out all the stops—adorable pageants, packed pews, beloved music. Not to mention planning it all on a very limited budget. Drawing on the expertise of more than a dozen church communicators, this is one gift you’ll definitely want to open early. Learn more
Walking into a church for the first time can be scary. Are you making your first-time guests feel welcome? Or are you driving them away—unintentionally—with bad signage, reserved seating, clunky communication and more?
In this practical book, Jonathan Malm examines 50 ways churches make first-time visitors feel unwelcome. The transgressions range from insider lingo to awkward transitions, a cold congregation to the over-eager greeter.
With all 50 church faux pas, Jonathan suggests ways to not only fix the problem, but also infuse excellence into the situation so churches can put their best foot forward with first-time guests. A few simple changes can help your church roll out the welcome mat for your guests. Learn more
Let’s get started in church communication. This new series covers writing, websites and landing a job, three volumes available separately or collected in one handy ebook.
Each volume is full of practical tips and expert insights, a how-to guide that can get beginners going and help inspire and refresh the pros.
Get your church started today. Learn more
Drawing on the wisdom and insight from over 60 leading experts in various fields of church communication, this book provides a comprehensive resource for church leaders sharing how the church can leverage new media to effectively connect people with the gospel. It’s time to be outspoken! Learn more
Is your church ready to be dangerous? This booklet is written by the reinforcements, men and women in the trenches of church communication. It features 19 essays covering basic strategy and practical, real world tips for churches that want to be dangerous. Learn more
While church communicators struggle with the tools of the 21st century, there’s comfort in knowing we’re not alone. There are heroes who have walked this path before. Revolutionaries, rebels and reformers who can serve as our examples. Find inspiration in the stories of these 15 communicators. Learn more