I love a good scroll-stopping headline.

In our profession, church communicators and marketers are always looking for a quick list of best practices to help us get more emails opened, increase clicks, get more followers, etc etc the list goes on and on.

Over time, the playing field changes, and those tried and true best practices, well, aren't anymore. 

In episode 150, Meagan and Seth talk through a list of previously believed best practices for church social media, websites, email, and more that no longer work as well as they once did!

*Note: We're taking a break after this episode until Fall 2021 when we come back with a new format that no one else is doing! 

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Church Comm Team - We provide remote church communications support with a team of pros for less than a full-time employee's salary! 

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

If you've ever received a "bad" gift, you get it.

It's not that you're unappreciative. You just don't know what to do with a wall-mounted fish that sings when people walk by. You don't think you'll ever wear a pink unitard that says "Work Out" anywhere. When guests arrive at your church, it's a nice gesture to give them a gift to say thank you for coming, just make sure you've thought it through so that the message you send is what you want. Justin Nava from Mr. Church Marketer gives us lots of great insight to the good, the bad, and the ridiculous guest gifts!

IN THIS EPISODE

  • The right philosophy behind giving guest gifts
  • Good gift ideas
  • Bad gift ideas and what makes them bad

LINKS

Church Comm Team - We provide remote church communications support with a team of pros for less than a full-time employee's salary! 

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Have you ever walked out of a church service?

Turns out, lots of people have. This week on the podcast, Meagan and I read some of the crazy, hilarious, upsetting, and uplifting stories we heard from you! 

IN THIS EPISODE

  • The amazing AUDACITY
  • Legit reasons to get up and leave
  • What some "normalized" actions can communicate to today's crowd that might be walk-out worthy.
  • Lots and lots of laughter & opinions

LINKS

Church Comm Team - We provide remote church communications support with a team of pros for less than a full-time employee's salary! 

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

A church website is more important than ever in the post-covid, digital world. The year 2020 accelerated everyone's digital savvy by leaps and bounds, so more and more people will be using your church website than before. We'll discuss how to make your home page guest-friendly and how to optimize other pages for your regular attendees as well. 

 

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Things guests are looking for on your home page.
  • How to use your website as a social and content hub
  • Personas, targets, and how bullseyes work.
  • How to organize or create content on your website that answers questions people are asking.
  • What's the "junk drawer" of your website?

LINKS

Church Comm Team - Get a team of church communications pros for what you would pay a full-time employee!

ManyChat

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Today, you have two lobbies to think about. There's the physical lobby and the digital lobby. You've probably thought about how to cast vision in your lobby a little, with handouts, signage, posters, etc. But have you thought about your digital lobby? Meagan and Seth give practical ideas and strategies for communicating your vision both directly and indirectly in both spaces in this episode!

 

IN THIS EPISODE

  • Ideas for capturing information from visitors
  • Ways to implement your vision and values into the design of your lobby
  • Ideas for creating digital lobby spaces that align with your vision
  • Ways to create a journey and pathway for visitors to connect deeper into your church life

 

LINKS

Church Comm Team - Get a team of church communications pros for what you would pay a full-time employee!

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

What is a First Time Backer? Well, it ain't no holla back girl, that's for sure.  In this episode, I talk with my good friend Jeff Reed from TheChurch.Digital about the future of the church in a hybrid digital/physical expression and what to do about it. We also talk about the phenomenon of your regular attenders who haven't been back in a year feeling like a first-time guest when they return. How are you handling both first-time guests and first-time backers? 

LINKS

Jeff on Twitter
Stadia Church Planting
The Church Digital Podcast
https://thechurch.digital/ 

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

 

Women have had to fight for a lot of rights and freedoms and the church is one of those places where the debate still quietly rages on. My guest this week, Adesewa Greg-Ighodaro helps women in the professional world in Nigeria, Africa to find their voice for sharing the Gospel in their workplace, their families, and in the church. She is a communications expert and has a lot to say about how women can lead the way to communicate better inside and outside the church!

In this Episode:

  • What it's like to go to church in Nigeria, Africa
  • What differences exist for communications in the church between Nigeria and U.S.
  • How women are raising their voices to lead in the church
  • How Adesewa helps train women to find their voice to share the Gospel

LINKS

The Corporate Church Instagram & Website

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Resumes don’t always tell the whole story. When someone jumps from job to job it could be because they are not dependable and looking for the next big paycheck. It could also mean they are a high-capacity leader looking for a place to thrive. If you think you’re a high-capacity leader or you have some that work for you, this podcast will help you understand what makes them tick and more importantly, how to prevent them from exploding.

In this Episode:

  • What is a high-capacity leader and how is it different from a high-capacity worker?
  • The kind of temperament high-capacity leaders tend to have
  • Why high-capacity leaders crave visionary leadership and freedom to fail
  • How to deal with difficult barriers if you are a high-capacity leader
  • How to deal with high-capacity leaders under you in the org chart

LINKS

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

If you feel like you can’t keep up with what’s happening in the world of digital communication, follow Natchi Lazarus on Instagram. I talk with Natchi about what the church looks like in India, some of the latest trends and developments in digital media, and his new book The Connected Church in this episode of the podcast.

In this Episode:

  • What’s different about the church in India compared to the USA
  • New developments in Audio for Twitter (and Clubhouse)
  • A new YouTube feature that makes message clips easy
  • Social media attempts to crackdown on false information

LINKS

Natchi on Instagram
Natchi's Book, The Connected Church

Seth on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Easter is coming. After a tough year in 2020 and a somewhat heavy Christmas, Easter might be a dark cloud in the future for some church leaders and communicators. This episode is your permission to see the bright and fun future of hope that this Easter represents! Meagan and Seth talk about several great ideas for online fun with Easter this year that will engage your people offline and help you communicate the Good News!

In this Episode:

  • A very unique start :) 
  • Digital Easter ideas for families
  • Content to create for your Easter services
  • Social Media campaign ideas to build a user-generated content strategy

LINKS

Videoask.com

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Every leader knows that they can't do everything. Which, of course, makes us feel like we can't do anything. Of course, that's not true, but who wants that? Learning to delegate tasks and doing it in a way that ensures the tasks are completed well is a learned skill. Paul Fleming has been a successful business owner, entrepreneur, pastor, and communication director. He shares how he has built several of these on remote work and strong delegation.

In this Episode:

  • Why it's so difficult to delegate, even though we know we should.
  • What to do when we feel alone and there's no one to delegate to.
  • How to delegate so that the job gets done well
  • Common issues with organization that are barriers to good delegation

LINKS

Church Comm Team
ChurchInk.com
Churchswag.com

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

If you're in communications at your church, you probably need some help. Before we hire more staff, we first try to find volunteers. So where do we start? How do we recruit volunteers for our content teams, what teams should we create (like a Photography team)? In this episode, we'll tell you what has worked for us to recruit, train, inspire, and lead volunteer content teams for communications.

 

In this Episode:

  • Recruitment methods and tools
  • Training tips for getting quality content back
  • How to celebrate wins
  • Ways for photographers to turn in photos and how you can organize them
  • Ideas for other types of content teams besides photographers

LINKS

SmugMug
Flickr
Example of a slide deck for training

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

Whether you're a communication director just starting out or you're starting over, the first 100 days is an important time in the life of your ministry. What do you do first? Where do you start? In this episode, Seth and Meagan will give you some advice for how to execute a solid communications plan by laying out a few milestones and tools to help you activate your strategy!

 

In this Episode:

  • Tools you'll need
  • Ideas for what to do first
  • How to set a timeline for milestones and goals
  • A word or two about promotional tiers and handling difficult or high-maintenance departments

LINKS

Project Management: Trello, Basecamp, Monday, Asana

Social Media Scheduling: Buffer, Hootsuite, Later

Automation: Zapier, IFTTT

Email Marketing: Mailchimp, ConvertKit, Constant Contact, ActiveCampaign

Request Forms: Paperform, Typeform, Wufoo, Google Forms

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

You're a church staff member sitting in the crowd and you hear an announcement about your area of ministry that you had NO IDEA was happening. Ever been there? Pulling a rabbit out of a hat is a welcome time for "Ta-Da!" but when it comes to working with leaders who hate magic but enjoy the big reveal, it's frustrating. This episode explains why playing your cards close to the chest, big reveals, and mixing metaphors is not a good leadership strategy!

 

In this Episode:

  • TA-DA! moments are for crowds, not coworkers.
  • Four negative things ta-da moments do to teams
  • How different team members take it when you go for mysterious instead of clear.

LINKS

Blog Version: There's No Ta-Da! in TEAM

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

Usually, the copy comes last. It's an afterthought behind the graphics, the plan, and the aesthetic. But the copy is what causes people to take action, so it should be an important checkbox on our content creation list. Because we often mail it in when it comes to writing, we write garbage. This episode is about easy alternatives to copy garbage.

In this Episode:

  • Cliche phrases that aren't that exciting
  • Common insider-speak that doesn't work
  • Things that cause an action that we often don't say well
  • Asking the wrong questions

LINKS

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

This very important episode is a very honest conversation with my friend Jason Caston. Aside from his many communications credentials including Daystar, AT&T, and writing his own books and strategies, he has a very poignant perspective on how racism has been and is currently being dealt with in the church. Can we heal? Can we move forward? We have hope. But first, we have to talk about some things. 

 

In this Episode:

  • How has the black community interpreted the response to racism from the white community?
  • What steps can we take to healing?
  • What exactly is "white privilege?" 
  • Have recent events polarized us in the church racially in ways we cannot recover from?

LINKS

Jason on Instagram
The iChurch Method

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

I'm going to tell you how I started, organized, and managed almost 30 Facebook groups for my last church. We'll talk about how to run a group successfully and how to facilitate community online with your people. 

 

In this Episode:

  • The 4 categories of groups that any church can start with.
  • How to choose leaders and train them to run groups
  • How to define expectations and set the groups up
  • How to decide what groups to start
  • Keeping the content flowing and resourcing your leaders with ideas

LINKS

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

Literally one of my worst fears about video chat is that I’ll forget the video is on and do something embarrassing. There are rules, etiquette, if you will, to being on a video call and suddenly we all have to learn them. In this episode, Meagan and I walk through some of the rules for staff meetings, counseling calls, or general Zoom calls in King James style!

 

In this Episode:

  • Ways to annoy your co-workers
  • Lighting no-no's
  • Audio faux-pa's
  • Avoiding embarrassing moments

LINKS

Blog: 10 Commandments of Zoom Meetings

8" Ring Light

Mobile phone ring light

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

There sure are a lot of experts in everything all of the sudden. It's weird. They have lots of opinions and sometimes, they start to sound the same. But the truth is, not every guru's idea that happens to work perfectly with a product they sell works for everyone. We have some somewhat unpopular opinions about church communications that we're ready to throw down on this episode of the podcast! 

 

In this Episode:

  • Should you hide or engage with negative comments?
  • Do you really have to create content every single day?
  • Will texting replace email?
  • Which is better exposure: social media or email?
  • Which churches should you watch for ideas?
  • and much more!

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Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

There's a good reason for why we are all at each other's throats, depression is on the rise, suicide rates are up, and we are generally angry all the time. It's not just because it's an election year or because of quarantine, though those things have made it worse. What if I told you that social media has contributed to poor mental health in ways you couldn't imagine? We're discussing mental health and the effect social media has had and looking at the recent documentary The Social Dilemma on this episode of the podcast.

 

In this Episode:

  • What social media algorithms contribute to our bias and health.
  • How the Church has been affected by political divisiveness due to social media.
  • Ways to keep yourself mentally and emotionally healthy through difficult times such as pandemics or elections.

LINKS

Working in Social Media: 7 tips to Protect your Mental Health from Later

Get help from a counselor with Better Help

Doomscrolling and our Mental Health by Seth Muse

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

Right now, we are rethinking EVERYTHING! Especially when it comes to core practices like guest follow-up. With a much larger digital audience than ever, it can be a bit overwhelming. Text in Church is one of those tools that can help you make sense of your follow up strategy and Jeanette Yates is one of those people who can help you do it well! She's always fun, so enjoy my conversation with Jeanette on this week's Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast!

 

In this Episode:

  • How online and digital follow up works with Text in Church.
  • How Digital + Human interaction works better than one or the other
  • Ways to create successful and personal follow up plans with digital
  • How to get the new book releasing soon called "Boomerang"

LINKS

500 Free Messages with Text in Church

Boomerang Book Link

Two Church Girls and a Microphone Podcast

Jeanette on Instagram & Twitter

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

Kyle Draper and I used to work together in student ministry at a large church here in DFW. Now, we both have found our way into the digital marketing world and have joined forces again in this episode to pull back the curtain on social media and ministry and where those two intersect.

 

In this Episode:

  • What do businesses get about social media that churches do not?
  • What type of content should churches focus on?
  • Should churches be on TikTok and how should they treat it?
  • What you can and can't control about social media.

LINKS

Kyle on Instagram
Kyle's Website

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

Joe Chavez is the former social media director for Elevation Church. In this episode, we talk about how to set up Facebook ads for people in and out of your church depending on which of the 3 levels of connection they are in. We'll also talk about what types of content works for those who are heavily invested as well as those who have no idea who you are. 

 

In this Episode:

  • How to set up a basic Facebook ad for 3 different audiences in your church
  • The different types of ads in Facebook Ad Manager and what they mean
  • Types of content that works best for the three types of audiences

LINKS

ChurchFacebookAds.com 

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

 

The church is facing a crisis of identity at this point in time. As we deal with civil unrest, racism, and divisiveness in our churches over multiple issues, Nik is one of those guys who always seems to have a clear heading. This is a very frank and powerful conversation with a creative who understands how art and beauty can lead us to truth in the church and creative space.

 

In this Episode:

  • How art and design can help us communicate as well as process pain.
  • Thoughts on current events and the church concerning racism.

LINKS

CRTV Facebook Group

CRTV Instagram

CRTV conferences

 

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

The future of the church is a big question. We know it will always endure, but what will it look like? Joanna and I discuss the impact of the digital renaissance that has been forced upon the church in 2020 and how churches can go forward from here with digital tools at the ready.  

In this Episode:

  • How can technology infuse with our in-person meetings?
  • What will be the impact of a digital lockdown on the future of the church?

LINKS

Word Made Digital Podcast
The Future Church Podcast

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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The carousel post on Instagram is a powerful way to engage your audience with ideas and content in a deeper way. It uses a tactic called "microblogging." What is that you may ask? This episode is all about it and how you can get your church followers to engage longer with content that matters on Instagram.

In this Episode:

  • What is microblogging?
  • How to use the carousel post for microblogging on Instagram
  • How to use Instagram stories as microblogs
  • Content ideas for microblogging on Instagram

LINKS

Hubspot article on Microblogging

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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How do you know when you're doing well on social media? What metrics do you look at to determine success? Do you have goals? These are all things that churches must begin to master in order to have an impact on social media. Tammy Burdick from Firm Foundations Marketing stops by to talk us through setting good goals for social media and how to tell if you're doing well!

LINKS

Firm Foundations Marketing
Follow FFM on Instagram & Facebook

SEMRush

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Seth and Meagan share some of the big takeaways and highlights from The InstaSummit that just happened last week. This summit was all about helping churches master Instagram and understand the platform. They will go into detail about some of the speakers' content and reveal some surprising truths about where the church is with the platform.

LINKS

The InstaSummit

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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As some churches consider reopening their buildings for services, we still have to think through safety and process along with keeping a strong guest first impressions presence alive for your live stream. First impressions expert Greg Atkinson stops by to give us some of his thoughts and wisdom on this episode!

LINKS

Book: Secrets of a Secret Shopper
Blog: 10 questions to ask your congregation before you reopen
Worship Impressions
Greg Online
Greg on Twitter

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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On this episode, Meagan and Seth talk about TikTok, the state of social media, and 5 types of engaging Instagram posts that connect during a time of quarantine.

LINKS

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Carl Barnhill of Twelve-Thirty Media specializes in making Sunday happen for churches. But now, that looks really different since moving to the online-only format during the COVID-19 pandemic. Should pastors try to do the same thing online that they would in an in-person service? That is our topic today on this episode!

LINKS

Twelve-Thirty Media

COVID-19 Resources
Making Sunday Happen Podcast
Carl on Twitter

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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While quarantined, Seth and Meagan try to help church leaders and communicators figure out how to train and resource staff for online ministry. We're dropping links to a lot of great tools and giving you some ideas for training newbies to the online space for success!

LINKS

Zoom Training Video
Calendly Training Video
Episode 117 with Jeff Reed about online church

Zoom
Uberconference
Calendly
Open.life.church
Rightnow media

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Leaders are learners, I always say (and so do lots of people smarter than me). Especially in the world of communications where the game is always changing, we have to constantly be evolving our skillset and honing our craft. These are a few things that you can always be working on when you don't have anything in particular you're learning at the moment!

LINKS

Seth on Instagram
Meagan on Instagram

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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What if there were a way to reach people online in a real way? If you are church planting in 2020 (or dealing with a viral outbreak), planning for the digital church is a much bigger deal. Join me as I talk to Jeff Reed from Stadia Church Planting!

LINKS

Jeff on Twitter
Stadia Church Planting
The Church Digital Podcast
Episode 76: Is online church "real" church w/ Jay Kranda of Saddleback

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access.

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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If you're like many church communicators, you wear a lot of hats. Often the hats don't fit but you've gotta strut out into the street with it on anyway. Many of us have to manage a church website and have no idea how to code or troubleshoot, so we turn to an easy platform like Wordpress. These are some of the plugins we love that help take care of some basic functions for your website and require no CSS or HTML experience.

LINKS

SEOPress
Classic Editor
Duplicate Page
Facebook Pixel
Smush
Elementor Builder
Gravity Forms
Post Expirator

OTHER GREAT LINKS

The InstaSummit!

This free online summit will help church communicators master Instagram over three days of intense training! Get your free ticket HERE or upgrade to the Later pass for on-demand access. 

Podcast gear! Seminarystuff.com is live!
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Wes Gay says we should pay attention to what major brands are doing on social media, not what major churches are doing. Do you agree? Find out the reasoning behind this idea on episode 115 of The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast!

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Storybrand
Wayfinder Agency
Wes on Twitter

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Podcast gear! Seminarystuff.com is live!
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This episode I talk to Phil Bowdle about his new book ReThink Communications. He says that Attendance, Engagement, and Attention have all changed and the church has to make a shift. Find out more in this episode!

LINKS

Phil’s website (sweet branding)
Phil’s Book.
Phil’s Twitter
The Communications Shift Your Church May Not Be Ready For

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Every church communicator faces three obstacles to doing their job and Ryan Wakefield stops by to talk us through solutions for them. What do YOU do when you've got no time, no money, and no buy-in?

LINKS

Free Instagram Course from me and CMU
Church Marketing University Website
Church Marketing University Facebook Group

OTHER GREAT LINKS

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THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

You've GOT to have good photos in this visual society. But putting together a team that can get great shots on a regular basis is tough. Rob Laughter joins us to talk about how you can start a high-quality photography team at your church so you can capture the visual story and get great photos!

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Photography course at churchphotographers.com
Church Photography Facebook Group
Church Photography Instagram
Episode 46 about Website trends with Rob

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THE SEMINARY OF HARD KNOCKS PODCAST with Seth Muse and Meagan Ranson
Church Communications | Marketing | Social Media

What project management software are you using for church communications or creative tasks at your church? There are literally hundreds to choose from, but these four always seem to rise to the top.

Meagan and I will break them down and share the pros and cons of each, including the fact that I absolutely HATE one of them. Find out which one in this episode!

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Trello
Asana
Monday
Basecamp

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