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A church needs technology in order to effectively communicate with their staff and congregation. Communications includes hardware, software, web design, worship technology and print … yeah, pretty much everything that is expensive!

 

Church Event Planning Toolkit

February 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Church Event Planning Toolkit

Deborah Ike is a regular author on XPastor.org, contributing some fantastic articles over the last few years. Based on her experience in helping churches and as a professional project manager, Deborah shares her approach to making [...]

The Top 3 Mistakes Churches Make on Their Websites

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on The Top 3 Mistakes Churches Make on Their Websites

In my day job, I have the opportunity to look at a lot of church websites. The thing is, I keep seeing the same three mistakes made on the majority of the sites I visit. [...]

Copier Leasing and Negotiation Tips

October 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Copier Leasing and Negotiation Tips

As an attorney, the vast majority of business and church executives I talk to dread their copier lease expiring as they must deal with leasing new ones. Recently, we helped a church with a multiple [...]

First Impressions: Five Tips from a Church Secret Shopper

June 9th, 2016|Comments Off on First Impressions: Five Tips from a Church Secret Shopper

Below are five practical tips to implement at your church in order to make great first impressions with guests. 1. Vision cast to your Guest Services team So often, people that serve on a church’s [...]

The Three Big Mistakes Most Churches Make on Their Websites

October 14th, 2015|Comments Off on The Three Big Mistakes Most Churches Make on Their Websites

In my day job, I have the opportunity to look at a lot of church websites. The thing is, I keep seeing the same three mistakes made on the majority of the sites I visit. [...]

Book Review: Less Clutter. Less Noise

June 9th, 2015|Comments Off on Book Review: Less Clutter. Less Noise

I came across Kem Meyer a few years ago when I spent the day in my office listening to The Nines Webinar Conference. I was so intrigued and delighted by her approach and expertise that [...]

Communications Strategy

June 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Communications Strategy

The XPastor Online Course on Operations 102--Communications encourages students to develop a communications strategy for their church. Below is the Communications Strategy of one of our students, the Executive Pastor for Seven Mile Road Church [...]

Why Podcasts are Critical to Your Church

October 10th, 2014|Comments Off on Why Podcasts are Critical to Your Church

There’s been a shift in the world. Is your church adapting? The shift is in how people use media and their expectation of what our churches offer. It all started when people could easily record [...]

How Do You Communicate with Your Church?

September 26th, 2014|Comments Off on How Do You Communicate with Your Church?

Good communication is key to any relationship. As church leaders, you understand this better than most. It’s no easy task making sure your congregation is getting the information they need to be prepared for upcoming [...]

Going Paperless

September 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Going Paperless

Consider if your church or business had 29,151,900 pages of documents. For ease of discussion, let’s round that down to a 29 million. According to some folks in New Zealand who had plenty of time [...]

Facebook and Blogging Policy

September 20th, 2014|Comments Off on Facebook and Blogging Policy

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Facebook and Blogging Policy of Northshore Christian Church [...]

Honest Virtual Communication

December 14th, 2013|Comments Off on Honest Virtual Communication

As I was looking closely at the websites of six local churches, one question I considered was this: “What does this website convey about the culture of the church?” That's a great question. Websites are [...]

Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Stage Announcement

October 30th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Reasons Why You’re Not Getting a Stage Announcement

One of the most challenging things in service planning for pastors and communication leaders can be managing stage announcements. Without a system and strategy in place, you can quickly find yourself stuck in a rhythm [...]

Reflections on Communications

October 21st, 2013|Comments Off on Reflections on Communications

Throughout the XPastor Online Course, I’ve learned one thing about communication in organizations—it takes a lot of work! Whether it’s a small team of staff members or a large group of assembled leaders, communication is [...]

How to Communicate Effectively on Any Budget

October 11th, 2013|Comments Off on How to Communicate Effectively on Any Budget

Do you want to be more effective as a church? Few things will give you a better return on your investment than improving communications. Communications isn’t about spending a lot of money. Rather it’s about [...]

Mobile Phones and Online Giving

May 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Mobile Phones and Online Giving

With 87% of the U.S. adult population now carrying mobile phones, (52% of them internet-enabled smartphones), people are changing the way they buy things. According to a survey recently released by the Federal Reserve Bank, 15% [...]

Church Publicity Campaigns

December 18th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Publicity Campaigns

Summers are pretty busy for XPs. Beyond the normal budget preparation that keeps me busy, we also launched a major publicity venture for our 9/11 sermon series. This was a three-week series talking about the implications [...]

XPastor Re-Branded

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on XPastor Re-Branded

All websites need an occasional dusting off ... or even rebranded and restyled. How is your church's website? Does it look like it did ten years ago?  Perhaps it's time to improve your online image. A [...]

Visitor Experience Audit

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Visitor Experience Audit

Mike Robinson of www.details.com prepared this Visitor Experience Audit for Oak Hill Baptist Church, in preparation for the opening of their new building. It's many times helpful to get an outsider's perspective on your church's [...]

Seven Questions to Ask About a Content Management System

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Seven Questions to Ask About a Content Management System

This year’s hurricanes mostly “missed” us, but our basement flooded anyway. Days later I sat absorbed in my computer monitor, buried up to my eyeballs in search results and browser tabs. Search by search, each [...]

The Role of Technology in a “Do More with Less” Environment

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on The Role of Technology in a “Do More with Less” Environment

The dichotomy churches are experiencing during tough economic times creates an interesting set of challenges. On one hand, people are either finding their way back to church looking for help, guidance and answers or they [...]

Church Branding and Re-Branding—Part 2

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Branding and Re-Branding—Part 2

Churches re-brand to emphasize their vibrant and living spiritual DNA. Let’s look at two churches to discover some principles that can help your church re-brand. Scofield Church in Texas and Oak Hill Church in Georgia [...]

Church Branding and Re-Branding—Part 1

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Church Branding and Re-Branding—Part 1

nikeTraveling down the highway at sixty miles per hour, you see a church sign and think “That looks great.” A minute later, another church sign comes into view and you confess, “What a garbled mess! [...]

Changing Our Church Name

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Changing Our Church Name

Richland Bible Church is located in the small West Michigan town of Richland, about nine miles northeast of Kalamazoo. The church was organized in March of 1983, when 75 people came together to form a [...]

Webcasting Church Services

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Webcasting Church Services

Imagine holding Sunday services with an unlimited number of available seats. Imagine those seats being accessible to anyone, anywhere in the United States or world. Surprisingly, these days it’s easy to turn those dreams into [...]

Blogging and Facebook Policy

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Blogging and Facebook Policy

These days it seems everyone is pushing you towards blogging, Facebook and Twitter. Whether for professional or personal reasons, it can be wise to take advantage of these emerging social networking opportunities. However, there can [...]