Sometimes the most difficult part of managing social media is figuring out how to actually use it to effectively build relationships without crossing any lines. We encourage you to use the following guidelines.
Does your church have a Facebook page? If so, you might notice a decrease in reach due to some recent changes to the site’s EdgeRank algorithm. Learn what happened and also a few tactics to grow your reach organically.
Small groups can be key to the spiritual development of individuals and growth for churches. However, hectic schedules can make it difficult for individuals to meet regularly. Here are six ways to connect small groups digitally.
If used properly, research can be a powerful tool in your communicator’s toolkit. Yet, research is only as good as the methodology and questions you ask. Learn the best practices for church survey design.
You can always go to places like iStockPhoto to get quality images quickly. However, if you spend a little extra time and employ a more critical eye, you can get the same (or close to the same) quality for free.
Millennials aren't looking for better advertising or a pastor who wears skinny jeans, but depth in relationship and a church involved in its community. Here are some sermon ideas to help your outreach.
With the advances in printing technology, churches can afford to print big. Don’t limit your thinking to walls. Large-format prints can be applied to vehicles, floors, countertops, window clings and backlit signs.
Carelessly photographed church pictures can convey a negative message. Here are tips and techniques to take the best photos of your church — photos that will welcome people before they ever set foot in the doors.
A blog is your personal stage for the world. However, if only a few people know about your blog, your stage becomes a milk crate in your living room. These common pitfalls hinder people from marketing their blogs efficiently.
Though physical training should never be replaced, developing an online education component is easier than ever and a great opportunity to reach out to those who cannot (or will not) be physically present.
While today’s technology allows for richer communication options than ever before, studies have shown that the digital divide is still very real. Here are ways to improve your communication with those who are "unplugged."
Ever need to need to send an announcement or an alert to your congregation quickly? Short Message Server (SMS) text messaging could be the solution. Conduct live surveys, collect sign-up information and do much more.
It's easy to lose track of all the current SEO best practices. Fortunately for church leaders, Google is making SEO less technical and more practical. They believe If a website is useful, it ought to be rewarded with good search results.
Hashtags are everywhere. What started on Twitter as a way to categorize topics and conversations, is now a very useful tool on multiple social networks. Learn why you should be using this little pound symbol in every post.
An online mission “trip” is a sacrifice of time and could include Skype calls, video testimonies, online prayer rooms and more. Get your tech gurus excited and involve people unable to be part of a typical on-site mission team.
Managing local church ministries or programs is a lot like flying an airplane. There is the thrilling season of takeoff and soaring to new heights. Eventually, however, every ministry or program must descend and head for the runway.
Multiple perspectives, including theological, organizational, financial and emotional viewpoints, must be considered when evaluating new program ideas. Here are a few ways leaders can assess for success.
Aside from finding the best lighting, planning shots and experimenting with perspective, how do you take smartphone snapshots to the next level to improve your photography skills? Here are five quick tips.
A good church management software (ChMS) system can streamline business processes and increase giving opportunities. Here are several other reasons to consider using ChMS, along with tips for implementing a solution.
Back-to-school time offers an incredible opportunity to reach out to your community. Many congregations sponsor drives for supplies and clothes to outfit returning students. Here are a few additional possibilities.
Teams can fail when they include people with the right skills – but the wrong personalities. Create a balance of personalities to think big, analyze options, keep everyone motivated and execute the project.
Addressing moral failures, policy violations, lack of competency and other issues is about as fun as a root canal, but it’s also necessary. These four insights may help a difficult process unfold in a healthy way.
This compelling documentary, produced by United Methodist Communications and narrated by Pauley Perrette, features diverse voices working together to stop this preventable and treatable disease that still claims a life every 60 seconds.Learn what people like you are doing to take down the real Killer in the Dark – malaria.
If someone moved into your community and Googled "churches in [your city],” would they find you? People search for everything. Does your website offer answers to questions that people are asking? If it does, can people find them?
With all the apps available online, it's difficult to know which ones will be most helpful. So we swam the sea of Web-based tools and discovered some fabulous low-cost or free options that will hopefully benefit you.
Whether you made the plunge long ago or are delving in for the first time, picking a website hosting service can be a nerve-wracking experience. We want to help you by explaining benefits and features.
Google+, Google’s social network, is growing by about 12 million active users per month. If your congregation isn’t already logging onto this expanding site, here are some reasons you should consider using Google+.
Are you looking for a better way to spread the word about announcements or to organize events for your church? Sending a professional looking e-newsletter can be easy with the help of a good email service provider.
Instagram is like a fun, digital Polaroid without the wait. Take a photo with your mobile device and apply filters to make it look vintage, weathered or enhanced. Engage your friends, like their photos and reach potential church visitors!
Facebook uses an algorithm called EdgeRank, which grades your content and determines how many users will see it. Learn how to reach more fans by understanding how EdgeRank scores different types of content.
After the welcome they receive, worship is often the dominant impression the unattached will remember if they visit a church. Many worship-committees today are shaping their services to be more accessible to this group. How does your church minister to the unattached?
Larry Hollon believes that faith is about how we understand our place in the world in relationship to God and to each other. Work is, or should be, a concern to religious believers because it so intimately connected with human dignity and justice.
“Anyone watching live streaming throughout the day got a glimpse of The United Methodist Church in action around the world.” said the Rev. Larry Hollon, chief executive of United Methodist Communications.
Perrette’s support includes calling for action and generosity in the fight against malaria in public service announcements and narrating the upcoming TV special “A Killer in the Dark: An Extraordinary Effort to Combat Malaria.”
It is more than just having a Web presence or website. It is about using the Internet tools of the 21st century to engage with members, reach out to seekers and share the good news of God's love 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
United Methodist Communications is pleased to announce a new online process for new and renewing welcoming certified congregations. Instead of the “paper and pen” process we have been using over the last 10 years of the program, we have moved everything online using our Online Learning Center.
If you want to reach people where they are, constructing a church building may not be the first step. As the song says, “The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church is not a resting place, the church is a people.”
The big questions for evaluating programs are: “Is the program or ministry working?” and “How can it work better?” Fall is the time to harvest crops. It is also a good time to see if your church’s ministries are producing the harvest you want.
Effective church communication is more than preaching a sermon that inspires. It requires careful planning and consideration of your audience. Here are eight common church-communications blunders to avoid.
“Our faith puts kids at the center of the kingdom. Bullying is one of the biggest issues literally killing our kids. Why wouldn’t the church be all over this? Who better to care and to do something about it?”, says one pastor.
United Methodist Communications chief executive Larry Hollon tells the story of the fight against malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo as 30,000 bed nets are distributed to families in the Bongonga community.
In late September, the first of four powerful typhoons hit the Philippines. At least 1,000 people were killed, and thousands more were displaced. The Council of Bishops has issued an appeal to provide humanitarian relief.
We now offer each local church 5 print and 5 digital subscriptions. Interpreter magazine is provided through the World Service Fund and is a great resource for your church leaders. Renew your subscription today!