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Center for Congregations Director Matt Burke encourages congregations to focus communication efforts by articulating the challenge and starting with a clear mission and vision.

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Communication is an incredibly varied topic. Refine your search with these subcategories:

Interpersonal: care ministries, conflict, counseling, hospitality, mentoring 
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The Center for Church Communication provides church communicators with resources, models, learning opportunities, ideas, and inspiration for clearly communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ: “We...

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Fortune 500 consultant Dianna Booher offers valuable communication advice highlighting how to communicate responsibly and effectively to make others understand and respond with good work and good...

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As a church communications specialist, Yvon Prehn says her objective is to assist congregations that are seeking to “fulfill the Great Commission.” Prehn’s Effective Church Communications (ECC)...

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Frederick Gonnerman, an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor and former Director of Public Relations at Luther Seminary, says that communication “can be compared to a web that touches,...

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“Kids grow best toward mature Christian adulthood when they have ample opportunity to interact with mature Christian adults.” This family-based youth ministry philosophy has been developed over...

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In the 1960’s, communications philosopher Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase, “The medium is the message.” In this book, author Shane Hipps has picked up that phrase and applied it to the medium of...

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“Grappling with how to have an open church with an open gospel, while providing for the security and safety of people at worship and study” is unfortunately one of the challenges facing...

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Melanie Mathos and Chad Norman are public relations and communication professionals who see contemporary social media platforms as effective communication vehicles. That premise leads the authors...

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After defining and explaining narrative budgets, this document helps readers transform their former line-item budgets into narrative budgets. Narrative budgets tell a congregation’s story, hopes,...

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Mark Stephenson, known nationally as the “Church Cyber-guy,” has been a volunteer leader since 1997 at Ginghamsburg UMC where he developed a website that hosts more than 50,000 visitors per month...

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What makes young adults tick? Congregations whose leadership and culture are dominated by older generations often struggle to understand and connect with the millennials in their midst. Millennials...

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Lynne Baab’s overriding desires are that congregations become clear about who they are and what they believe - their values, principles, mission, and goals - and that congregations accurately...

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The historic practice of biblical storytelling Is enjoying a revival thanks, in part, to the decades-long ministry of pastor and master storyteller, Tom Boomershine. Through this website,...

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The demands of ministry today include a variety of administrative tasks that can divert ministerial time and energy from leadership concerns. Because many of these tasks are managed electronically,...

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Ministry leaders who want to expand their group processes toolbox will find a creative approach in this practical book. Educator and theater artist, Michael Rohd, developed his process by working...

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“What are the four most important things in your life?” “What do you think life will be like in 100 years?” The Ungame is a non-competitive communications game that uses questions such as these to...

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Sociologist Meredith Gould says she is “a passionate advocate for using social media tools for building community and deepening faith.” To that end, this Roman Catholic resource helps congregations...

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W. Craig Gilliam, director of The Center for Pastoral Effectiveness for the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, works with churches that are experiencing conflict. His...

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Mistakes in communication and information management can lead to dysfunction and crises in a congregation. This source offers a thorough and helpful examination of such issues and practical...

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The dizzying array of social media outlets can send even the savviest congregation into a tailspin. Before that happens, grab this potent but brief resource from social media pastor Nils Smith....

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