The Juicys are a way to recognize and reward those churches who’ve worked to improve their church communications in the last year by giving them a grant to jump start their next project. The Juicys are taking a break for 2016, but keep an eye on our blog for future updates.
Guiding a church through denominational change is daunting. What could be a decisive decision was actually a time of unity at First Presbyterian Church thanks to a strategic communications plan focusing on togetherness.
The monthly newsletter at Memorial Presbyterian Church was losing steam and effectiveness. Yet MPC knew from surveying data that members still wanted print communication. That led to the creation of a new magazine written by church and community members that better links the congregation with its neighbors.
Kansas City, MO
Meaningfully connecting congregations with the missionaries they support around the world can be tough. Gashland Evangelical Presbyterian Church built a mission lobby using a mix of traditional and digital media that has led to increased awareness, higher levels of giving and a better sense of community.
Heyward Street Church is proof that good branding done with intentional planning isn't something just reserved for large churches. This church of 50 went from a generic, denomination based logo to one that better shares their community focused vision.
Many churches dread putting together the annual report. Harris Creek decided to use the opportunity to create an interactive, visual website that shows the true impact the church is having.
Resurrection Houston is proof that you don’t have to be a big church to do communications well. The church leveraged its strengths to create cohesive, beautiful work that not only represents who they are, but how they can be a part of their community.
Newsletters aren’t dead and Knox-Met proves it. This church de-cluttered their newsletter to more effectively communicate with their congregation and surrounding community.
Casting vision isn’t easy. Effectively sharing it with the congregation can be tough, too. Broadway Church took the powerful vision cast by their pastor during a staff meeting and turned it into a video that stirs emotions to inspire a church to take action.
Elmbrook had a busy year in communication. They developed a communication matrix to better determine how something gets promoted based on its overall impact on members and guests. Plus they launched a new website and newsletter.
When planting a church, clearly communing vision is so important. That's why The Grove intentionally created a visually stunning support booklet that shared the pastor’s passion while also showing pictures of the neighborhood the church wants to serve.
Sioux Center, IA
The communications materials coming from Bethel Christian Reformed Church were unorganized and inconsistent which wasn’t a fair representation of who they really were. A new logo and branding standards were a launching point for a complete communications overhaul.
Severn Run, MD
Rebranding The Church at Severn Run wasn’t just about eliminating the noisy, disjointed communication at the church. Leaders used it as a chance to redefine the mission of what it means to be a Christian who loves their community.
OneLife Church always had an emphasis on training volunteers, but when they realized retention rates were dropping they knew something had to change. A new, multimedia orientation process has helped the church successfully keep more than half its members volunteering.
This small congregation had a one page, static website that didn’t meet their needs. The church wasn’t paralyzed by the big task of starting over. They followed some best practices to build a modern, cost effective site. Willowdale kept communication lines open and didn’t let the project die by committee.
Who is Phillip Randoll? That question was the launching point for Easter at Long Hollow. The fictional story of Phillip Randoll unfolded on billboards, yard signs, websites, social media and more. The interactive game led up to a multimedia service on Easter Sunday. Creativity trumped cost in this campaign.
Westbury UMC knew members of their congregation still relied on paper to get their information, but the old, bland newsletter wasn’t working. They launched a new, colorful magazine full of stories about the church written by people in the church. The result is a more dynamic publication of inspirational stories.
In a large outdoor Christmas service, Broadmoor Baptist realized people couldn’t get through the crowd to the stage during the altar call. A quick decision lead to having people directly text a pastor when they were ready to make the decision for Christ. Now the technology is a regular part of services.
Las Vegas, NV
Life Baptist Church had an identity problem. There was inconsistency to way they were presenting themselves. Printed materials didn’t match and there were no branding standards. So when it came time for Life Baptist to move to a new building, they decided to be more intentional about their identity. It made them think not only about a logo, but also who they were as a church.
No one really looks forward to the annual report church meeting. Like many churches, Level Ground struggled to get people to the annual meeting mainly because it was boring. They decided to make the meeting more of a story telling event of the great things that happened at the church. Videos were mixed in with standard reports to create a much more engaging experience.
ChangePoint had the typical church communications stuff: bulletins, printed monthly calendars and an average website. It wasn’t working. They decided to start over with a communications overhaul focused simply on how to reach their people. That led to developing a smartphone app that’s been downloaded thousands of times with people actually using it.