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 June 05th 2012 @ 10:05 am by Jerod
Jonathan Malm writes and speaks about the creative process. He created and edits ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com and Sunday|Magazine–a free online magazine about the creative side of Sunday mornings at church. Jonathan and his wife live in Dallas, Texas.
It’s not about being cool. That draws people to you, not to Christ. That doesn’t mean you can’t be creative.
It’s not the graphical elements that will be memorable. Think outside of the screen and the...
Posted September 12th 2011 @ 2:07 pm by Jerod
(The Juicys are a way to recognize and reward those churches who’ve worked to improve their church communications in some way during the last year and includes giving them a $1,000 grant to jump start their next project.)
Our journey to find great church communications takes us to Anchorage, Alaska, where ChangePoint went through a complete communications overhaul.
“A year ago we had a very ‘normal’ communications strategy,” says Communication Director Adam Legg. “We printed your standard...
Posted June 10th 2011 @ 2:08 pm by Jerod
Graphic designer Paul Nielsen wrote a really interesting piece about church graphic design. Nielsen says churches often find themselves in one of two camps. They either aren’t thinking about design at all or they’re way overthinking it.
I always say everything a church does communicates something, so why not intentionally think about it. And that’s really the philosophy Nielsen follows when looking at churches who don’t put much thought into their signs, brochures, worship folders, etc. ...
Posted January 13th 2011 @ 4:13 pm by Jerod
Beware churches in the greater Chicagoland area. Church Juice may be busting through your doors soon. Well…kind of. We’re actually more of a mosey-on-in, laid-back operation. Anyway, after a fairly rough start to the new year, my wife and I find ourselves in the ever-popular Christian ritual of church shopping. In some ways, it’s sort of exciting. For the first time in awhile, we’ll be able to get a feel for what other churches are doing. And as we visit each new church, I want to share...
Posted December 29th 2010 @ 8:00 pm by Jerod
As the new year closes in, I’ve been thinking about what you could (and should) do in 2011 to help your church focus on a clear vision and communicate more effectively. Here are my top five thoughts:
Stop investing in the yellow pages. I know churches that spend thousands of dollars on yellow page ads, but refuse to invest in a good website. The yellow pages (printed on paper) are dead. Some phone companies aren’t even printing them anymore. It’s good to be listed, but you don’t need an ad...
Posted July 27th 2010 @ 7:29 pm by Jerod
Kem Meyer wrote something fantastic on her blog this week.
"Tools don’t try to tell the whole story. They are a piece of a story. When we try to tell the whole story with a micro piece (Web page, design, technology, etc.) we horde control and fall in love with our own creation. This is a communication dead end."
Too often we try to pack in too much information into one piece of communication. I really think the root of it comes down to not taking the time to be thoughtful about selecting the...