Posts Tagged ‘communication’

Church Announcements: 7 Do’s and Dont’s

A well-crafted and clearly stated announcement invites people into the work of God your congregation is engaged in.

Bring Your Church into the Digital Age – The e-Formation Conference

Last summer, almost 200 Christian educators and communicators, lay and ordained and from several denominations, converged on Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) to learn from experts and peers about using technology for forming faith in congregations and other ministry settings. Many of these participants will return to an expanded 2014 program what is expected to be an even larger gathering.

Promoting Discipleship: A Vow to Be Clear

As religious educators, we often bemoan the lack of commitment made to faith practices among those we wish were more faithful. But how often do we make clear exactly what we believe is critical for parents to do in order to raise children in the Christian faith?

Sacred Cows

Sacred cows might include: an individual who wields particular power and prestige in the congregation; the ministry or program that cannot be questioned; a particular part of the building, piece of art or item of furnishing; the building itself; or an endowment and its use.

Creating a Dream Team

Gone are the days (hopefully) when ministries with children, youth and adults are segregated into their own little fiefdoms.


You would think that in a world where instant communication is old news and time travel seems to really be right around the corner, we would be a more connected and trusting people.

Elders First

We’re incredibly child-centered, yet I fear we don’t set the expectation that our children assimilate themselves into their larger community. That they adjust themselves to accommodate others; place others’ needs consistently before their own.

Story-Keeping, Story-Sharing, Story-Making

For Christians, the stories of God’s presence in history are the ground from which religion emerges and the means by which Christian faith continues as faith communities claim their story-keeping, story-sharing, and story-making functions.

How Are We Modeling Relationships?

How much time do you typically spend with others? And when you do, how connected and attuned to them do you feel? Your answers to these simple questions may well reveal your biological capacity to connect.

21st Century Faith Formation

It is now possible for a congregation to provide faith formation for everyone, anytime, anywhere, 24x7x365. It is now possible to customize and personalize faith formation for all ages around the life tasks and issues, interests, religious and spiritual needs, and busy lives of people.

Speaking Faithfully

by Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson What can we say that might induce people to hear what the church has to say? Adult learning experts tell us that adults learn something new when they need to know it. People come to church, or come back to church, because they need to know something new. When […]

Show Up and Listen

With all the genuine virtues of digital connectivity, Sherry Turkle, founder of the M.I.T. initiative on technology and the self (and professor at M.I.T.) had me wondering how many times I and any of us fall short of showing up and listening.

Hospitality: A Few Good Words

In order to share this good news with those who cross our thresholds, we first need to practice a few other goods words: Hello! Good morning! Welcome to our church!

National “Back to Church” Sunday

National Back to Church Sunday is based on the simple principle that 82% of people will come to church if invited by a friend, yet only 2% of church members invite their unchurched friends.

Ministry in the Circle of Social Networks

Should the church engage in this new social networking? The church is to help shape the society’s narrative in a way that God is made present everywhere. We are called to represent Christ in the world – both real and virtual.

“Checking In” on the Road to Emmaus

Just as Biblical writers employed different genres – letters, poems, songs, gospels, narratives, and myths – to tell the story of God and God’s people, we can use different social media platforms and tools to develop our distinctive stories in engaging and nuanced ways. The type of social media we deploy depends on what kind of story we are trying to tell and to whom.

Your Church and Copyright Law

From time to time church print publications will re-run a cartoon they like, or a prayer, or poem, or even an article. Sometimes these get posted on the church website directly, sometimes they’re posted when (and if) the print document goes online. And sometimes, that violates copyright law.

Virtually Religious: Technology and Congregations

The use of technology is now a congregational necessity that comes with significant ministerial advantages. A congregation that does not strategically employ these technologies is likely to be perceived as out of sync with the contemporary world.

Resolving Conflict

Disagreements are part of life. They often occur when we forget that not everyone sees things the say way. Conflict should be viewed as an opportunity to grow, not a contest for domination. When push comes to shove, don’t we all value healthy relationships above all?

God Said It – The Need for Interpretation

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul says that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”