Jeremy Harrison, the owner of an Ohio marketing & web design agency, offers eight tips for effective church advertising. Following these tips will result in a marketing process that most churches haven’t followed. Let me summarize his suggestions. Continue reading “Eight Tips for Church Advertising” »
I recently reviewed the conclusions from a 2012 study of senior church leadership. It was performed by Azusa Pacific University and the Leadership Network and included special permission to utilize a team assessment tool developed by Harvard researchers and Hay Group consultants. 600 people from 145 churches participated.
Some interesting survey responses included:
- 75% of the leadership teams felt they had a consequential purpose, but also felt the clarity of their purpose and ability to achieve it was very low.
- Although the respondents listed “coordinating leadership activities” and “making critical, church-wide decisions” as the most important purposes of their teams, these groups actually spent less than half their time on these activities.
- Many churches had a shared leadership model because they believed that a team approach was better than relying on one “heroic” leader. The top three reasons for choosing this approach were (1) to provide better leadership to the church than the senior/lead pastor alone could provide, (2) to increase coordination across departments and/or campuses, and (3) to get more ideas on the table.
The authors offered several suggestions on how to strengthen your senior leadership team, including: Continue reading “Strong Senior Leadership Teams” »
It’s the time of year for lofty goals that we only can hope to accomplish in the next 364 days. Instead of setting goals that you might not even remember once February rolls around you should consider looking at the resolutions below. Not only are they easy to get done, but they’ll help your church run more smoothly.
1. Review/Develop a Social Media policy
Every church has a number of different policies for any number of things from the basic employee policy to building usage. One area often over looked is social media. If you have staff active in the social sphere look into setting up a simple and short policy around what they can share, and how things get shared through the Churches social channels (like your facebook page).
Another year has passed us by and it was the best year so far for us here at Fresh Vine. As we reflected on the year as a team it was a time that left us feeling really blessed and encouraged. We felt like we should share some of the highlights with you. Tomorrow I’ll share some of insights of where we are going in the next year. Continue reading “2012 Fresh Vine in Review” »
I am always amazed by how much really happens in a year. Yet my greatest highlight is easy to point out, it was receiving my Masters of Divinity this past spring. After four years of hard study, building out Fresh Vine, working at a few churches, and helping a homeless shelter I had finally received my degree.
It’s the end of the year, and a new one is staring us in the face just a few short days away. A new year. With a new year comes change, whether we want to face it or not. Over the last year I’ve been forced to learn about and experience change, more than ever before. Most of the time I don’t understand people’s aversion to change (where you live, what kind of car you drive, etc) – until I’m faced with something that I’m forced to acknowledge will change me to my very core.
I learned a lot of new things about cities and countries in the western Mediterranean because my wife and I took a two week cruise there in June. We shipped out of and returned to Barcelona, Spain. We visited Croatia, Montenegro, four cities in Italy (Venice, Naples, Rome and Florence), and Toulon, France.
I think it is great that it just happens that we celebrate Christmas so close to the end of the year. With the season of Hope and the birth of the Christ Child, and just a few days later we have the opportunity to reflect on the past year. God truly has blessed our business at Fresh Vine with added business and great new relationships. All of us at Fresh Vine do our best to show a prospective church how we can become a ministry partner to them with our Church Management Software.
At the end of each year we take time to reflect on the year that has past as we begin to look forward to the year ahead. This December we’ve decided to each take a few minutes to write up a brief reflection from this past year. It’s a way that we can honor and thank God for what He has done in our midst, and prepare ourselves for the coming new year, new start, and new discoveries that lay ahead of us.
Its late fall in Minnesota. We had some awesome colors in spots around the Twin Cities and on a trip we took through northern Wisconsin. I love to play golf when the fall colors are at their peak, even though I may lose a few golf balls under leaves in the woods!