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Communications Audit

Could your church communicate more effectively? Are you getting the most value for your communications dollars? No matter how well we think we’re communicating, we may be able to do even better by asking questions, evaluating and making changes as needed. No matter how well we think we’re communicating, we may be able to do even better. How do we find out? We evaluate and we ask questions, evaluate again, and make changes as needed. That’s the basis of a local church communications audit.

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The power of words can be amplified or undermined by the very letterforms that make up those words. In this episode, class is in session for Typography 101. We are joined... Listen

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Critical thinking. Photo illustration by Cindy Caldwell, United Methodist Communications.

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