Posted October 16th 2013 @ 10:32 am by Jerod
(Editor's Note: Parts of this post were originally published in 2010. It was refreshed in October 2013.)
Here are some great links to find free fonts:
- Font Squirrel - A selection of high quality, free commercial use fonts.
- DaFont - Lots of free and shareware fonts. Make sure to look at the usage information. Some are okay for commercial use and others are restricted to personal use.
- Lost Type Co-Op - These are some really great fonts that are available in a pay what you want format.
Posted October 03rd 2013 @ 10:58 am by Jerod
Planning for Christmas can be tricky for church leaders. There’s a sense of wanting to do something big. We know this is a prime time for people to come to church and we want to deliver an experience that’s memorable and different from what people expect church to be. It’s a time where church leaders put a lot of pressure on themselves to do something different.
Yet I think the average Christmas churchgoer is looking for something familiar. There is a certain expectation of what Christmas...
Posted September 25th 2013 @ 11:07 am by Jerod
There’s a good chance you have a love/hate relationship with your church bulletin and my guess is you lean more towards the dislike side. Why? The bulletin is often a dumping ground for information. All sorts of stuff ends up there without too much thought into why it’s there or how it’s presented.
Like any communications tool, the bulletin is something that needs to have a strategy to be effective. Here are some thoughts for improving that Sunday morning staple.
Posted September 18th 2013 @ 9:49 am by Jerod
We’re in the middle of The Juicys nomination season where we’re asking churches to share the great things they’re doing in communications. And as the deadline for applications is approaching, I want to share our motivation for creating The Juicys.
Communications is central to a strong congregation. That’s our belief. When members are connected to the church and understand what’s going on, they become more engaged. And if they’re more engaged, there’s a better chance they want to share...
Posted September 17th 2013 @ 10:42 am by Jerod
Web design is always evolving. Aesthetics shift and new technology lets developers create websites that function in different and exciting ways. If you’re involved in creating or maintaining your organization’s website, here are three design trends you should be familiar with.
Flat. This style of graphic design goes back to the basics. It’s clean and simple without the extra flourishes or bevels. Flat design embraces open space. Oddly enough, I credit Microsoft with leading this trend in...
Posted September 12th 2013 @ 9:13 am by Jerod
Yahoo recently launched its new logo. It’s part of an overall brand refresh where the company has created some really beautiful products. I never ever thought I would use a Yahoo program on a regular basis, but the new iOS weather app is useful and visually stunning. I have friends who love the Flickr app, too.
The new logo itself is the latest piece of the overhaul. It’s fine. It’s nothing spectacular, but Yahoo executives think it’s a great expression of a newly reimagined and...
Posted September 07th 2013 @ 8:00 am by Jerod
I first met Tim Schraeder back in 2008 at the very first Echo Conference. At the time, Church Juice only existed in theory on a piece of paper. There was no website, no branding or even a true sense of what the project would be. I was at Echo to network, but honestly I was sort of a nervous mess having just jumped in to the world of church communications.
I happen to sit next to Tim during a session. I knew his face from following him online. He had just killed the weekly print bulletin...
Posted September 04th 2013 @ 10:42 am by Jerod
The words we use matter.
As communicators we have the power to craft a story and stir emotion with the sentences we write. I was reminded of this as I read an excerpt from Bill Hybel’s book Axiom. He shared how his team decided on the language to use when presenting the church’s vision to the congregation. Here’s what he said about the compassion element of Willow Creek’s vision:
Then came compassion. But instead of just saying we were going to “be compassionate,” (big yawn), we said we were...
Posted August 27th 2013 @ 10:21 am by Jerod
Facebook announced a new photo-sharing feature that will help you be more collaborative. While it’s not available to all users yet, Facebook will be rolling out shared albums soon.
In its most basic form, shared albums will let you assign multiple people who can contribute to a single album. As the owner of an album, you can choose contributors who can add photos, tag people and add other contributors. They can only delete the photos they upload, but as the owner of the album, you still...
Posted August 21st 2013 @ 9:29 am by Jerod
We’re so excited to announce The Juicys are back for a third year.
If you’re new to Church Juice, or just need a refresh, The Juicys are our annual way of rewarding churches who are doing great communications projects.
We’ll be awarding two $2000 grants, with the likelihood of some smaller $1000 runner-up grants as well, for churches that have great vision for effectively using communications tools to reach their congregations and surrounding communities.
The Juicys aren’t just about...