Yes, Hillsong Conference 2010 starts next week. No, sadly I'm not going.

Watch this video below and enjoy the Hillsong Conference opener from last year. Brilliant execution across so many creative mediums.

Thank you Hillsong for setting the creative bar sky high.

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Some of the best blogs and videos I’ve read this week.

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Discover how to increase the power and effectiveness of your invite communications

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Can You Brand Faith?

Steven Fogg —  June 21, 2010 — 31 Comments

You can win a free copy of a great book. Click on the link to find out how.

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I've been blogging this week about the power of research, I think the agency that created this ad certainly did their research. I've also blogged about the power of focus, this ad certainly hits it's target market.

But most of all, this TV advert reminded me of the power of great communication.

The most effective communication moves the hearer/viewer beyond the rational head space and moves down into the heartspace.

I immediately thought about my life, family, my wife, children and the shortness of life.

I was, in that moment connected to the brand.

The sales of company that was advertising John Lewis, sales leapt an incredible 39.7% immediately after the campaign ran.

(It also reminded me of this bible verse)

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Steven Fogg —  June 9, 2010 — 1 Comment

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We've recently finished a capital campaign where we were aiming to raise $2 million for a new cafe and expanded foyer space at our church. We raised $1.3 million in the first three weeks. Then finished raising the remaining money needed within the year.

Before we kicked off the campaign I did a lot of research. I asked capital campaign specialists questions and read blogs of those who had done campaigns before. I also read much wider than just church communications specialists as I wanted to get a holistic view of how a campaign should work.

Below are the 7 useful (I hope!) church capital campaign ideas:

  1. (My idea) Tell stories of life change at your church. Connect your building campaign back to your mission and vision. It's not about a building, but about the transformed lives of the people that will use it.
  2. The Change Group provide excellent free videos about how to preach about the topic of money and what success looks like in a capital campaign. Casey Graham also gives you three strategies on how to deal with high capacity givers and how you can double your online giving.
  3. Tony Morgan writes about five mistakes churches make with building campaigns.
  4. Tim Schraeder has written two excellent posts on rethinking church capital campaigns (Part 1, Part 2).
  5. Kem Meyer will help you discover the objective of your capital campaign. She also gives some ideas on how to theme a capital campaign.
  6. Kevin D Hendricks from Church Marketing Sucks writes about why churches should align their capital campaign to their mission through their communications.
  7. Tim Avery gives some great advice on why strategy matters for capital campaigns.

What ideas do you have you? 

What worked or didn't work?

If you had your time again would you do anything differently?

I'll be writing more about this again in the near future. Is there anything else you would like me to talk about?

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I’ve been looking at the church branding area recently. I’ve discovered some disturbing church branding myths which I thought I would share with you.

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