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The Weekly Bulletin

Every church has one, sometimes we call them bulletins, sometimes we call them newsletters or programs. And some churches even have some creative name for it that ties it to their brand.

In this article I want to give you a few ideas on how to improve and maybe simplify your weekly bulletin to make the most efficient use of your time as a pastor or church admin while giving those who pick up the bulletin a better experience. And then I’ll provide you with a few templates for you to try out if you’d like!

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Live Streaming vs. Pre-Recording Sunday Services

I was recently asked by a pastor friend of mine during this COVID-19 lockdown about the pros and cons of live streaming and pre-recording. My church has done both—we livestreamed for the first 4 weeks and then have been pre-recording since. (Our reasoning behind switching had more to do with the protection of our worship team and others who were gathering to do the livestream than the following pros and cons.)

So here are the pros and cons of each, with some tips as well. And then at the end I’ll help draw some conclusions.

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Tips for Video Production at Home

With the quarantine in place currently our pastoral and leadership teams have been recording videos from home for our services and social media channels a lot so I made a short video to help them make those videos as high quality as possible. Figured this information may also benefit other churches like yours! So here it is:

Note: This is not my house, we’re currently staying with my parents until we complete the purchase of our new home.

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Fonts for Churches

Before I start listing out some of my favorite font resources I want to give a little introduction to fonts and how to use them:

  1. If you have a brand guide that includes font usage directions, make sure to follow those.
  2. If you don’t have a brand guide or a brand font, you need to choose one. (I’d be happy to help you choose one if you don’t have a designer in your church who can help you find the right one for your brand. Shoot me an email at seth.weber@gmail.com)
  3. There are different kinds of fonts that are designed for different uses:
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Building Community

In my introduction to Church Communications article I said I would break down the categories and so I’m starting with Building Community.

A huge part of the mission of the church is to be a community that loves and cares for one another and makes disciples who make more disciples. And church communications, done well, can play a massive role in accomplishing that goal.

In this article we’re going to look at five things your church communications can do to help build community. Each of the five will include what channels will be used and what your primary audience will be.

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Church Communications Introduction

Definitions

If we’re going to explore “Church Communications” we first need to define church and communications on their own.

For the purpose of this article we’ll be looking talking about local churches, not the global Church. The church is not a business and we must not treat it as if it is. A local church is a community of believers commissioned by Jesus Christ to make disciples under the leadership of Biblically qualified elders. This includes both preaching the gospel to those who do not yet know Jesus and the building up the body of believers who are part of the church.

Communication is the means of transferring information from one person to another individual or group of people. Communications is the discipline of using available technologies to effectively and efficiently communicate to large groups of people on behalf of an organization.