Church website ideas, design, responsive

The transition towards responsive design in the church web world is well and truly underway. In my recent post, ‘Why your church needs to update its website in 2013‘ I shared the reasons why you need to get moving on updating your website. I’m seeing new sites come online weekly. We are in fact in the middle of our own website redesign at Crossway Church using the responsive design philosophy. Church website design will always move with the times. This is just the latest chapter. Continue Reading…

church communications schedule

It’s a Monday morning. The Sunday service was brilliant, high fives were being given out all around. Everything seemed to go as you thought it would. Until that moment when your colleague, or even worse, your boss walks into your office and says ‘why didn’t we promote/talk about this yesterday?’

You just want the a hole in the ground to open up and swallow you up. You feel your face becoming flushed, a hundred excuses come to the tip of your tongue and your memory for some strange reason finds that this is the perfect time to replay that conversation you had about what they wanted to promote in your mind.

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In the last half of 2012 I developed our digital communications strategy for 2013. One obvious area that needed attention was our church website. One problem was looming large on the horizon in 2013. Continue Reading…

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2012 was a huge year for my communications team. Culminating in our Christmas productions and our Christmas Appeal. We crossed the finish line in the knowledge that we needed to get started on Easter in the first week of February because Easter is especially early this year.

While that deadline looms for all of us, there are many things we can do in January to prepare ourselves for the year ahead. In Australia, February is launch month for churches. Continue Reading…

Brand reputation failure

If you have missed the news, 24 hours ago Instagram just updated it’s terms and conditions for using the App. Since then there has been an uproar both in the blogosphere and on every social network I’m on. You may think, so what? What does that have to do with charities, non-profits, churches and communications? Well there are in fact many lessons here for all of us.

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Top 12 Reasons you visited my blog in 2012

I’ve been blogging for a few years now and it’s been an absolute honour to resource you. My goal has been to equip and improve how churches and non-profits communicate with their audiences. This year people from 79 countries around the world visited the blog. It’s a very humbling feeling to know that you are reading this and hopefully doing something with what I write about.

Every year I take a blog ‘health check’ to see what you find the most useful. I’ve asked you a few questions at the end of this post. Please drop in a comment as I want to know how I can serve you in 2013. Here are the top 12 posts/reasons why you came to my blog in 2012.

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Social media can be used in many imaginative ways by churches to engage with their audiences. I’ve chosen to show you 11 examples from Facebook, but you can use Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter. It doesn’t really matter which social network you use as long as long as you are actively engaged on it. I’ve written before about how to engage on social media before. I strongly recommend you read this before you put any creative tactics in place for your church on your social media platform of choice. Continue Reading…

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Last week I wrote about 10 Stunning Examples of Christmas Branding From Around The World. I showcase my favourites every year because I simply love seeing how churches communicate ahead of their seasonal services on the web. At the same time as seeing some remarkable examples of church websites and their seasonal campaign pages, unfortunately I also saw some very poor examples.

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My communications team has just started a new social media campaign. We’ve created our very own Facebook Christmas Advent Calendar on Crossway’s Facebook page. It’s a great way for our church congregation to share the message of Christmas with their friends on their own Facebook timeline. Continue Reading…

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I love seeing the creative and technical chops that goes into communicating Christmas in different churches around the world on the web. Here are a few of my favourites that different churches have been creating to promote their various Christmas experiences. I’m sure you have one you love which may not be on this list. If you do, drop a short comment and a link for us all to look at!

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