What we can Learn from Mister Rogers

Very few children in the United States grew up without seeing at least one of the 912 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Few people in the entertainment industry lived such a righteous yet humble life as Fred Rogers. His show taught us many things and reassured us through tough times. But what can your digital ministry learn from a neighbor like this man? Here are four ideas to take from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to our own church communications team.

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Creating an Effective About Us Page for your Church

The About Us page may seem unimportant to you and your church leadership. Everyone wants to focus on posting the latest news and events. Yet without an effective explanation of your church’s story, you may be losing out on new members. The message you broadcast in this section is essential to building trust. Here are several factors to consider when creating it.

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Scandals, Fake News, and Other Dangers Your Church Should Avoid

The internet is a dangerous place for churches. Scandals often start and end online. This article is to not encouragement for you to follow these types of stories. Nor is it meant to fan their flames. Be cautious with how you conduct your church business online and how you respond to scandals. Religion is often a scapegoat for inflammatory situations. Keep your cool, follow these steps, and rely on scripture for your inspiration.

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6 Ways to Turn Conferences into Meaningful Content

Training conferences are a great way to learn the latest trends and network with other professionals. They can also be a big investment for any church budget. No matter who attends, there are ways to turn that conference into great digital content. Here are 6 ideas for anyone attending a conference to create great content afterward.

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Save Time and Money with Better Meetings

Meetings are an essential function to church communications. We cannot create digital spaces in a vacuum. Input from church leaders is essential to conveying the correct message. Ministry leaders are essential for unique insights for their audiences. Yet meetings are expensive. Not only do we take up time, but it actually costs money. This article explains how much they cost, as well as how to reduce it.

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The Power of Checklists in Church Communications

Checklists are essential for consistent execution of any communications projects. They help even the most seasoned professional remember every step in a process. Even the most experienced staff member needs to stay on track. Do you think otherwise? Consider pilots and surgeons. These highly-skilled professionals use the power checklists to ensure mistakes are not made. This article delves into several ways checklists can help your team succeed.

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Why Your Church Website Needs Encryption

Encrypted website traffic is not just for eCommerce sites. All websites can benefit from encryption. Many browsers and search engines even alert users to unsecure connections. The good news is that several new services make getting an SSL certificate cheap and easy. Read more to learn about the benefits of a secure website.

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Coping with Church Scandals in a Digital World

The news is rife with stories of high-profile people abusing positions of authority. A recent story close to my heart is sex abuse scandals in my home state of Pennsylvania. How does the church react to such accusations and scandal? How we react on our digital platforms is closely scrutinized. Here is my playbook for what to do if a scandal hits your area or church.
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What Coaches Can Teach Church Communications

Sports and competition teach us many life lessons. They are often learned because of a good coach. We receive both encouragement and admonishment from them. Coaches see the potential we have and know how to get us to reach it. Years of expertise gives them keen insights. But anyone with a good coach knows, they help us with life as well as our sport. Here are a few lessons coaches have taught me, and how church communications can also benefit.
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My Formula for Homepage Redesigns

I will go ahead and say it. Homepage redesigns are the worst. They are the central focus point for any church. All ministries want representation. Every event demands attention. Each of your personas has the possibility of landing here. How you do you do the impossible task of designing for everyone? My suggestion is to proceed with patience and planning. Here are my tips on the dreaded homepage update.
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Why Your Church Needs Digital Signage

Digital signage is the use of screens instead of traditional signs. If you visited a fast food restaurant recently, you likely saw this in action. Yet this advancement in technology is not out of your reach. Large-screen television prices are falling every year. Plus content delivery tools make managing several screens fast and easy. In this article, I will explain several advantages of digital signs and how your church can use them.
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Stop Bullying Users

The benefit of digital ministry is that you can track every click. Remember that those numbers are people. This article explores practices you need to avoid. Shaming and bullying should not be in your digital toolbox. Pushing up numbers can be at the expense of a good experience. The easiest way to see them are real-world examples.
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