4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

4 Tips to Utilize Social Media for Your Ministry Without Getting Overwhelmed

Social media is an essential form of communication for your student ministry. But it can be overwhelming. Tweet this. Post that. Snap this. Pin that. Send this. Upload that. You barely have the time to prepare for what’s happening this Sunday in your student environment, let alone the time to engage with what’s happening on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or one of the other 10,000 social media apps. But just because it’s overwhelming doesn’t mean it’s not... Read More
The Two Different Kinds of Knowing

The Two Different Kinds of Knowing

In the 1984 comedy Top Secret, Val Kilmer plays a rock star turned spy in Cold War-era East Germany. In one scene, Kilmer is trying to order food at a German restaurant but admits that he doesn’t speak the language.  “I know a little German,” responds his female co-lead. “He’s sitting over there.” The camera cuts to another table where a short man in lederhosen stands up and waves. He’s a little German. The scene is funny because it’s a wordplay on the two different kinds of knowing—knowing... Read More
What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

by Emily Meredith Last May, my dad retired as dean of the College of Christian Faith at Dallas Baptist University. During his twenty-one years there, he learned the name of every student in every one of his classes. As soon as he received his class roster, my dad would start memorizing the class list, looking at student ID pictures to help him put names to faces. He challenged himself to recite the entire list of ninety names from memory on the first day of class. And he did it, without fail,... Read More
4 Stories Hiding In Your Giving Data and What to Do About Them

4 Stories Hiding In Your Giving Data and What to Do About Them

Your giving data could be hiding important opportunities for ministry—but what if you could quickly analyze that data to know why people give, what causes them to stop giving, and track your givers so you can take the right actions to keep them engaged? The Story Behind the Stats Churches collect all sorts of data, but without knowing the story behind it, the information lacks value. Generally, when you notice a shift in behavior, whether it’s someone giving for the first time, dramatically... Read More
Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Why Does Your Church Need a Communications Plan?

Most churches understand the significance of communications and the importance of planning. However, far too few churches actually take the time to create and implement even a basic communications plan. “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This adage holds true because those churches without strategic communication are often the same churches that fail to reach a wider audience. They struggle to grow and wonder why their message falls flat. But the obvious reason is the lack of a clear... Read More