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Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Some thoughts from the last few months as I wrestle with delegation and giving away responsibility so that our organization can grow. It's tough to do. Why do you think that is? I share a few reasons that plagued me that may also plague YOU!

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Meagan Ranson is small, but she will take you out camper-style in Call of Duty. She stops by to talk about how personas can help communicators connect with their crowds in highly effective ways. She also has the most ridiculous rider of any speaker at That Church Conference this year. Check out this really great conversation with Meagan and sign up for the conference below!

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That Church Conference - Sign up for the BEST communications conference out there!
Meagan on Twitter

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Get ready to drop-kick a puppy in this episode where I go against the common thinking (sort of) and help you get the most out of your app! Seriously, no puppies are hurt, but what about feelings? You'll have to find out!

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Getting your message right can be tricky, especially if you save that part for last. When you're trying to motivate an audience of people to do something, it's a good idea to listen to Storybrand certified guide, Justin Carone. He talks us through the best ways to think about how to connect with an audience where they already are invested so that they want to take a next step.

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Solving Problems Podcast
StorybrandJonathan on Twitter

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Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

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Jeremy Poland is always a lot of fun to talk to and hang out with. He's like that friend that you have a ton of stories about from High School. He's also a magician with a camera. Jeremy stopped by the podcast to talk to us about how we can get great photos at church even if our budget is, eh, conservative. Listen now!

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Jeremy on Instagram
Link to Shot List for our Women's Conference

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Get notified when I drop a new episode (and other perks) HERE.

We're about to launch our 25th Facebook group! This episode is all about how we planned for it, trained for it, we were here for it, and launched it successfully. Downloads are below for content ideas.

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Link to Content List
Hope Fellowship Facebook Groups page (don't join please)

88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

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Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week I'm giving you five easy questions to ask that will help get people talking on your church's social media channels. I'm even giving away a free resource at the link below that will help you create up to 88 (or more) posts that will help do just that as well! I also fight a bear. See what happens this week on the podcast!

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Get notified when I drop a new episode (and other perks) HERE.

Is online church real church? Should you count attendance like you would if they were there in person? How would you even do that? Jay Kranda has been tackling these tough questions for years at Saddleback Community Church in California. Jay pulls back the curtain of online church and shares a day in the life of an online pastor!

Links from the Show

Jay's Website <--Seriously, tons of great online pastor insight here.
Vanderbloemen
Chop - Church Online Platform
Jay on Twitter

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

Get notified when I drop a new episode (and other perks) HERE.

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!

Also, make sure you sign up for the Engage Conference happening this week! There are some real heavy-hitters for church communications, leadership, and marketing here. Get the VIP pass to watch anytime! The conference is February 4-12, so you can still see it. But you can definitely see it at your convenience if you get that VIP pass...just sayin.

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Phil's website (sweet branding)
Phil's Book.
Phil's Twitter

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week is all about getting your people to pay attention to your new or resurrected social channel! I'm going to give you 6 tips and tricks that can help you gain momentum where there was none and some advice to see it through. 

Also, make sure you sign up for the Engage Conference coming up soon. I'm speaking, but there are some real heavy-hitters for church communications, leadership, and marketing here. Get the VIP pass to watch anytime! The conference is February 4-12, so sign up now!

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

I've got some Instagram prediction from today's experts as well as 5 ways your church can start building a culture of trust online! For the TLDL crowd, here are my summary points.

5 Ways to Build Trust Online
  1. Fill out your Bio
  2. Consistency
  3. Follow Through with thoughtfulness
  4. Authority Quotes
  5. Cited Sources

Listen to episode 73 for the details!

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From Later.com: 13 Experts Share Their Instagram Predictions for 2019
FREE Church Marking University Instagram Course

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week, I get to sit down with Brandon Cox who is a former Saddleback pastor, now a church planter and last, an avid blogger! How does he do it? Why does he do it? Listen in and find out how pastors can leverage (and keep up with) a healthy blog. 

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Brandon's Website
Brandon on Twitter
Brandon's Church Blog

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week I'm talking you through the heartbreak of realizing that nobody cares about your events. I'm also helping you realize that you can motivate them to! It's a noisy world out there and if you're going to cut through to your audience and compete, you're going to have to promote well. I've got a few best practices for you this week on the podcast. 

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

This week's episode has the incredible Evan McBroom from Fishhook! We're talking about how dreamers and doers can work together without murdering each other's faces, so check it out!

Links from the Show:

Fishhook.us 

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

In this special episode of the podcast, I walk around my church lobby and talk about four marketing tactics that can help you promote events at your church that creates a little interest and excitement. 

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Where church communications are fun, Instagram is life, and no one feels like an idiot.

In this week's episode, Kenny Jahng and I join forces to save kittens while discussing how churches can keep up with posting daily videos that engage with their audience. You might think it takes thousands of dollars of equipment and a 3-point lighting rig to make a good video, but you might also be wrong. Find out more on this week's episode of the Podcast!

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Kenny on Twitter
Butler.church

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The lighter, yet helpful side of Church Communications and Social Media

In this week's episode, I talk with Justin Dean about his recent trip to the Mailchimp headquarters where he got answers to some of our most probing questions! Justin and I talk about lists, data, and debate what kind of bear is best. False. Black Bear. Tune in to episode 67!

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Watch That Church Conference live or on demand here.

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

In this week's episode, I talk with Stephen Brewster about how to identify and destroy ministry silos within your church's staff and teams. Silos are all about making things easier for you or your department. Stephen brings a lot of experience to the table to discuss how to lead your team away from this model and towards teamwork. We also may or may not have a rap battle in the middle. 

Links from the Show:

Text Stephen for help here: 615-457-7261 

Stephenbrewster.me (Free Social Media Map)

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In this week's episode, I talk with Justin Nava about how to get your website to rise to the surface in a search engine so more poeple can find your church. Well, it works for all websites, really. Justin is a lot of fun and he even provided the sponsorship for this week's episode. Enjoy!

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Justin on Twitter

Church Training Academy

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In this week's episode, I talk with Jonathan Malm, author of Unwelcome: 50 ways churches drive away first time visitors and now, The Come Back Effect: How hospitality can compel your church's guests to return. We discuss the future of the church and some of the technology changes that growing churches are embracing and declining churches are not. He's a fun guy to hang out with, so don't miss this conversation!

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More links found at www.sethmuse.com/64 

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

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In this week's episode, I'm going to open up about my journey down the road from youth ministry to communications. I talk about transitions and how I began learning from others until I realized a central truth: a person is only as strong as his/her network. When I realized I couldn't make the transition alone and that I had access to the best of the best just because I had the internet, it forever changed my life. Let me share what I've learned with you.

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Show Notes can be found at www.sethmuse.com/62

In this week's episode, I'm covering a few key questions you can ask on Instagram that should help you get the conversation ball rolling. It takes time to cultivate a culture of conversation, but these questions will help you kickstart your Insta!

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Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

In this week's episode, I'm talking to Ben Stapley about the philosophy behind church online, how to host it, and how to train others to do it too. We will also talk about charismatic elements you don't see every day.

 

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Show Notes for this episode can be found at www.sethmuse.com/60 

In this week's episode, I'm helping you get past writer's block for when you have to write a clever article for the bulletin or social media caption and you've just. got. nothing.

Links from the Show:

Blog: Chopping the Writer's Block
Copyhackers

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Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

In this week's episode, Tyler Smith from Text in Church tells me not to put my phone away while the pastor is talking. There are loads of texting options to streamline your guest follow-up process and he's got several pointers for getting the most out of them.

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Text in Church

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In this week's episode, I'm talking to my good friend Kenny Jahng about content that does really well on Instagram. We also discuss the best sandwich known to man and the time I got to eat one. All these thrills and more inside this week's episode!

By the By, I'm Speaking at a Free Conference Soon

THIS WEEK! Catch me at That Church Summit May 23-25, 2018. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

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KennyJahng.com
Butler.church

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In this week's episode, I'm diving into 5 Attitudes of Successful Church Communicators. You can measure your follower growth and reach, but how do you measure your influence? You'll need that to get a lot of things done at your church. Lemme break it down for you real nice.

By the By, I'm Speaking at a Free Conference Soon

Catch me at That Church Summit May 23-25, 2018. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

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88 Ideas for Church Social Media Posts
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Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

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In this week's episode, my guest is me and I'm explaining how to start your strategies and roll out Facebook Groups at your church. I give several examples of groups aimed at people you have and a few for people you don't have coming to your church already. Fast and furious info in this episode!

By the By, I'm Speaking at a few Free Conferences Soon

Catch me this week at https://churchmarketingsummit.com/free along with over 30 other church communication and marketing experts!

Then catch me at That Church Summit again in May Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

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*****Show notes available at www.sethmuse.com/55 

In this week's episode, my guest is Kyler Nixon. Kyler is a swell guy with an awesome design company and he's talking to us about how to get started with your design education, tools of the trade, and principles that transcend tools. He also talks with us about branding your ministries and how to bring it together. Easily the most fun I've had talking to someone on my podcast because he's painfully likable, take it away Kyler! Make Grandma and Sister Mildred proud!

By the By, I'm Speaking at a few Free Conferences Soon

Catch me at https://churchmarketingsummit.com/free along with over 30 other church communication and marketing experts!

Then catch me at That Church Summit again in April. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

I'm not speaking at it, but you should also check out the Big Idea Conference coming up in Nashville. When you register, use promo code SETH to save $25 off your ticket!

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Show notes are found at www.sethmuse.com/54 

This week I'm giving you the secret chords that will help you rock your church Instagram like Weezer during the Pinkerton years! These 7 apps help me make Instagram sing and they will help you too.

Some other cool stuff

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By the By, I'm Speaking at a few Free Conferences Soon

Catch me at https://churchmarketingsummit.com/free along with over 30 other church communication and marketing experts!

Then catch me at That Church Summit again in April. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

I'm not speaking at it, but you should also check out the Big Idea Conference coming up in Nashville. When you register, use promo code SETH to save $25 off your ticket!

Thanks for listening! 

 

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Show Notes are at www.sethmuse.com/53

In this week's episode, my guest is Kelley Hartnett, Courageous Storytellers Director at the Center for Church Communications. She's recently written a book called You've Got This: A Pep Talk for Church Communicators available at the links below. She has a great story and lots of great practical advice to offer communicators, especially when it comes to internal communications and relationships with coworkers.

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By the By, I'm Speaking at a few Free Conferences Soon

Catch me at https://churchmarketingsummit.com/free along with over 30 other church communication and marketing experts!

Then catch me at That Church Summit again in April. Go to thatchurchsummit.com to register for free!

I'm not speaking at it, but you should also check out the Big Idea Conference coming up in Nashville. When you register, use promo code SETH to save $25 off your ticket!

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse

Church Communications and Social Media with a chuckle or two.

Show notes can be found at www.sethmuse.com/52 

In this week's episode, Brian Mann from Ecclesia Houston gives us lots of insights for great storytelling as well as his 3 elements of a good story. 

1. The God Element. 

2. The Family Element. 

3. The _______ element. (Find out in the episode!)

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast is about getting stuff done in the world of church communications and social media. 

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My guest today is me and I'll be talking to myself for an abbreviated time about trends in the church communications world that bother me. These are things I see many communicators doing that I can't wait to see go away. Now it's time for the dang kids to get off my lawn while I ramble like Old Man Humphry down the street.

The Seminary of Hard Knocks with Seth Muse

Show notes can be found at www.sethmuse.com/50 

Alex Johnston is a church communicator with a background in news journalism. Find out how she digs up stories like a reporter to keep her church's vision and mission front and center on social media and their website! 

The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast with Seth Muse

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Check out Big Idea Nashville conference coming up in April and use promo code SETH for $25 off your ticket! 

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The Seminary of Hard Knocks with Seth Muse

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 In this episode, I give you a few ideas for your pastor to post on his/her personal social media accounts that can help get them started engaging online. See the full blog of ideas here.

The Seminary of Hard Knocks podcast with Seth Muse!

The most fun you'll have learning about church communications and social media!

Show notes available at www.sethmuse.com/46 

In this extended episode, Rob Laughter dives deep into website trends to watch in 2018 and how it plays with the rest of your digital strategy at your church. Get to a place where you can take some notes!

The Seminary of Hard Knocks Podcast with Seth Muse

Helping church communicators navigate the ever-changing landscape of social media to feel successful every day!

Show Notes are at www.sethmuse.com/45 

In this episode, I talk with Lauren McAllister, the communications director at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL about how to read YouTube analytics. Reading these numbers can help you create content for your church YouTube that works and takes a lot of guesswork out of it. She's so much fun to talk to, so I know you'll enjoy it. It also gets super real around the 30min mark, just sayin...

The Seminary of Hard Knocks with Seth Muse

A fine place to expand your knowledge of church communications and social media!

Get the show notes with all the links discussed in this episode at www.sethmuse.com/44 

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