3 Examples How Unique Weekly Art Makes A Sermon More Compelling

Many churches that preach in sermon series create a single brand image for the duration, which is often six-eight weeks. I prefer to give each series a family of unique images, one per week, all related to the core theme. I describe it to people as the weekly work of art. Here are three examples.

Tips to Improve Your Weekly Email Newsletter

When I arrived at St. Andrew, I felt that the weekly email newsletter was not being leveraged to the best of its ability. So we shut it down, then relaunched a new one a few weeks later. Performance of the new design is through the roof. Here’s what we did, why it’s working, and some of the philosophy behind it.

How to Maximize Every Communication Channel in Your Church

How do people send and receive information through your church community? Here’s how to think strategically about the way you communicate.

11 Ways to Improve Your Church’s Brand

Here’s a quick punch list of ideas to evaluate and improve your church or organization’s brand.

17 Ways to Share Your Content and Communicate Better (Part 2 of 2)

As you think about the ways you communicate with your networks, ask yourself this basic question: Does what you are communicating add value to others’ lives? Some of the most valuable kinds of communication are not teasers, but actual content itself. Here are 17 types of content – text, photos, and videos – that you can share with others through social media and other channels, to both help those to whom you speak and at the same time to clarify who you are – your brand.

How to Communicate Better with Content You’re Already Creating, Part 1 of 2

You’re already making great material. Sadly, most of the time it goes in a folder. What if you could share the best of your content over social media and other channels, extend the life of your work, help people in your community, and communicate who you are in the process?

A Little Idea to Kill Clutter and Improve Communication with 3×3 Cards

Everybody wants promotion, but if everyone gets equal promotion, the result is a cluttered mess. How do you organize print collateral into a single presentation? I designed a new deliverable: 3×3 cards.

3 Ways to Grow the “Yes!” in Your Church

The need for creativity and innovation is immense, and local churches are no different. Robert Schnase spends part of his ministry focused on helping church leaders identify and overcome obstacles to growth. In this second of two interviews about his new book, Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry, Schnase identifies three ways to foster creativity and innovation. These principles apply to both pastors and anyone with a message to share.

The Power of Yes to Release Unique, Innovative Gifts, Part 1

Creativity is severely inhibited when surrounded by a chorus of “no.” Robert Schnase has released a short, powerful book titled Just Say Yes! Unleashing People for Ministry that identifies some of the ways to overcome “No.” Schnase, a United Methodist Bishop, writes to help local church leaders tap into deep wells of latent congregational creativity. His insights help anyone working in an organization and struggling to be creative. The Bishop and I recently dialogued about his book. Here is the first of two posts on our conversation.

Why We’re Missing the Mark on Metaphor and What To Do About It

If you’re like me, you were educated to make an argument by framing a proposition with statistical and anecdotal supporting evidence. While facts aren’t bad, the key to powerful communication is not analysis but the use of metaphors common to shared community life.

My 3 Part Plan to Help Church Become More Meaningful for People

This blog exists to live out a life mission statement I’ve followed since I was a young student, frustrated with the esoteric language and symbols of the church. I have dedicated my career to helping the local church improve its ability to tell the story of Jesus. Here is why I do what I do and the core commitments I believe can make a difference.