Using your church website to grow your Children’s Ministry

Minimalism is so in right now.  Designers the world over are agreeing that less is definitely more, and we’re seeing clean, scaled back designs everywhere, from websites to business cards to wedding invites.  We’re getting rid of the clutter and bringing things back to their beautiful basics.

Even in the way we write; blogs are shorter, webpages have less words on them, it’s all about capturing someone’s interest using a few, carefully chosen sentences.  And this is great!  …Most of the time…

Churches, too, are jumping on the minimalist bandwagon,…

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Five heartfelt, yet affordable, gifts for church volunteers

If your church is anything like mine, you cherish your volunteers.  Without these faithful servants who sacrifice their time and energy for the cause of Christ, our churches couldn’t come close to achieving all we’ve seen this year.  If you’re a volunteer at your church – we thank God for you!

More and more churches are taking up the fantastic initiative of Volunteer Appreciation Evenings – nights dedicated to thanking, honouring, and spoiling our volunteers with meals, entertainment and fun, to thank them for another year of service, and to thank God for the privilege of…

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Churches, your email is important

We all love stats, so here is one about email:

Worldwide email use continues to grow at a healthy pace. In 2015, the number of worldwide email users will be nearly 2.6 billion. By the end of 2019, the number of worldwide email users will increase to over 2.9 billion. Over one-third of the worldwide population will be using email by year-end 2019. – source

The point I am trying to make is that email has been and still is one of the most widely used communication platforms in the world. You might even be reading this blog…

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That weird, “in-between” stage

Think about the church you’re in right now. The church you’re committed to. The church you give to. The church where you serve. Now, think back to before you ever set foot in its doors.

At one stage, you were a visitor. A newbie. A stranger. A newcomer. An outsider. Whatever word you want to use, there was a stage when you weren’t, and now you are.

But there was also a stage when you were newish. What do we call that in-between stage? That part in your journey where you…

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Church events webpage: admitting defeat

I just removed the “Events” tab from my church’s website.

And it feels so good.

I had big dreams for that Events tab. Each time a new event was planned for our church, I was going to have a stunning graphic, a captivating blurb and maybe even a promo video ready to go, straight up on the Events page on our church website.

The page would be buzzing with activity, with all the one-off and ongoing events available for kids, women, men and seniors, events for evangelism, events…

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Shoutout to all the women involved in church media and tech

To all the women managing your church’s website.

To all the women sitting behind the sound desk on a Sunday.

To all the women operating the computer and projection system.

To all the female Social Media Managers, Graphic Designers, Camera Operators, Video Editors, Database Coordinators and Media Directors.

You girls rock. We thank God for you!

All of our experiences will be different. You may be the only female volunteer in an “otherwise-male” ministry area. You may be a solo, “team-of-one” woman…

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Five helpful articles to steer your church’s Social Media efforts

If you’re one of the 1.09 billion people who access their Facebook page daily, one of the 50% of 18–24 year-olds go on Facebook when they wake up, or one of the [insert statistic here] percent of Christians who check Facebook before reading their Bible (sorry, no stats for this one!), you’ll appreciate how important Facebook is as a tool for connecting with our world.

If your church doesn’t yet have a Facebook page, we think it should! So, to help get you started, here’s a collection of five concise, helpful, easy-to-read articles about…

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5 tips to work smart in creative ministry

You’ve probably heard the old saying “work smart, not hard”. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of that phrase. We should work hard. God tells us to work hard (Col 3:23). But in a church, where we probably have limited time, limited resources, limited staff, limited skill sets, limited experience…(you get the idea…), we may not have the luxury of being able to work as hard as we want to. Which is why we’ve put together these 5 tips that will help you towork smart, as you undoubtedly work hard in your ministry to Jesus and his church.

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What you want when it comes to a church website theme!

We asked and you told us!

In a poll we conducted earlier this week about what churches are most looking for when it comes to a website theme, the overwhelming majority of you are looking, first and foremost, for responsive themes.

And this is hardly surprising! In 2014, mobile overtook desktop as the primary way people access the internet. This means that if your church’s website isn’t optimised for mobile devices, you’re potentially missing out on more than half of your web traffic!

In this fast-paced age where…

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Freebie — Women’s Ministry Booklet Template

After the great response we got from our Free Finance Infographic (Adobe Illustrator template), we have another freebie for you! For no other reason that because we love Jesus and we love you guys, we want to gift churches everywhere with this free template for Adobe InDesign. This time, it’s a 12-page booklet to be used to communicate Women’s Minsitry to your church.

Use it to communicate your vision, your plans, or simply an update on Women’s Minsitry at your church.

At my church, this booklet was used…

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Giving made easy — Tithe.ly Review

Jesus tells us in his Word that giving is a joy — that we should do it cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7), that to give is a blessing (Acts 20:35) and that we should give in the same way in which we have received from God (Matthew 10:8).

Giving is a good thing. The very fact that we can give is a gift from God. So this week, we want to showcase an organisation who is making it just that little bit easier for Christians to give to their church.

Tithe.ly is a web-based giving platform…

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Eating dinner at a pub, and what it taught me about church

Last week my husband and I went out to dinner at a pub. We’d never been there before, but wanted to try something new.

It’s funny…going out to dinner at a place you’ve never been to before is a lot like going to church for the first time.

We felt pretty awkward and embarrassed after walking through the wrong door, not once, but twice. We were nervous about what we were wearing, after checking the website for a dress code, not finding anything, then reading on the door that sandals weren’t…

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