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Church Design | Communication

The Power of “Proxemics”: Creating 4 Zones for Connection at Church

By: Derek DeGroot
June 06, 2018

In 1963, Edward T. Hall coined the term “proxemics” to describe the perception of the physical space around us. When social scientists examine this perception of connecting space, they generally speak of four zones: Intimate (<2’) Personal (2-4’) Social (4-12’) Public (>12’) We need to design for connection across all four zones to foster healthy, dynamic social lives. Let’s take a look at each of these zones.

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Culture | Multisite | Communication

Could Your Next Multisite Campus Be Online?

By: Dana Byers
January 31, 2018

When I talk with churches about how to launch an online campus, I always share my own story of how I became connected with Church Online. I married an Oklahoman, and we initially settled in his state. We moved into our first little house and lived across the street from this church with very loud music. When I was pregnant with our first child, I felt terribly sick one Sunday morning. We were part of a great local church, but in that church, I had to wear heels and a nice dress to service. I told my husband, "I cannot do that today. I just can't do it, I'm so sick." He said, "Well, I'll just walk across the street to that church where you can wear jeans."

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Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Making Space for Millennials Executive Summary

Discover the impact Millennials' values, allegiances, and assumptions will have on your church.

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Leadership | Communication

When a Hurricane Is Heading Your Church’s Way

By: Pat Kase
October 12, 2017

For those of us living in the Southeast, the dire predictions of Hurricane Irma’s path up the coast this fall posed an ominous threat. Many of us, myself included, had barely recovered from last year’s hit by Hurricane Matthew. Nonetheless, we prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. Thankfully, we dodged a bullet with Irma. Houston, sadly, was not as fortunate with Hurricane Harvey. Ongoing efforts to clean up after the ravages of that massive storm continue. Watching these events unfold this hurricane season, I’ve wondered what the best counsel is for churches in the aftermath of a hurricane.

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Leadership | Communication

Why You Need a Church Communications Team

By: Leah Norton
September 29, 2017

How can your church—especially if you have multiple locations or plants—grow and develop in the critical ministry area of communications? How can you reach multiple generations of people? How can you connect with new people? How can you help people take next steps to learn more about your church, get involved, and grow in their faith? It takes a dedicated communications leader and a team (of staff and/or volunteers and other support) to intentionally and strategically organize the various communications messages that your church has to share with your congregation and community.

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Leadership | Communication

The 5 Steps of Leadership Development

By: Patrick O'Connell
July 26, 2017

Leadership development may often be perceived as vague, time-consuming, or intimidating. In reality, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Using “Tony” as my fictional example, here is a proven, five-step mentorship/apprenticeship model that can be used to develop new leaders in church ministry.

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Multisite | Communication | Church Culture

Addressing Top Communications Challenges for Multisite Churches

By: Jamie Shafer
June 01, 2017

When it comes to multisite church ministry, we find that there are so many approaches, ideas, challenges—and questions! Here are a few of the top questions we hear and tips on how to meet communication challenges.

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Leadership | Communication

The Number One Way to Make Communications a Priority at Your Church

By: Leah Norton
August 31, 2016

Is worship a significant priority in the life of your church? What about the children's ministry? Or the student ministry? Adult discipleship or small groups? I'm sure you said yes to all (or most) of these.

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