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5 Ways To Follow Up With New Visitors with Tyler Smith (PCP116)

Tyler Smith joins us today to discuss how we should be following up with new visitors to church. We talk about 3 big follow up mistakes churches are making & the best day of the week to follow up with a new visitor.

Ready to learn some important follow-up skills that will help your church visitors feel more loved and appreciated? Then lets get started!

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4 Unique Ways To Use Layer Blending Modes in Photoshop

Have you ever heard of blend modes or layer blending modes in Adobe Photoshop?

Basically blend modes are adjustments you can make to any layer that allow it to blend or mix with the layers beneath it. With blend modes you can create some incredibly cool effects and quick edits for your photos and designs without much work.

Here’s an example of a light leak I created with some adjustment layers and the use of blend modes.

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Create Church Social Media Content in Just 1 Hour a Week

Create social content in 1 hour a week? Seems impossible, right?

You’re the communications director at your church — or even the pastor — which means you’re wearing multiple hats: designer, copywriter, web manager, social media manager, and more. You’re tasked with doing all these things, and the area that probably falls by the wayside most often is social media. But social media is actually one of the best ways to engage with people on a daily basis, so you need to devote time to it.

So what’s the solution? You need to be able to create high quality social media content for your church, while also being as efficient as possible. So what if it were possible to create social media content for your church in just 1 hour every week? Would you be interested? I thought so.

Here’s how to do it on Monday each week (These steps also assume that you have a social media calendar to work with):

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3 Ways to Meet Creative, Ministry and Family Expectations

There is a ton of material out there discussing the importance of balance and boundaries.

Many of you have probably read Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. This book is a valuable resource, but I want to narrow down our focus a bit. This post is for all ministry leaders that strive for balance in connecting with people and your family while producing awesome and engaging creative content.

Let’s face it. Many people who see you on Sunday see your work and have no context for how many weeks the video took to produce, how many days you spent creating a graphic, or how many hours were spent simply researching in order to produce the best product possible.

Seriously, this is not hyperbole. If you have spent any time in the creative world you understand just how much time and energy is spent in pre-production. I explain to people all the time that the easy part is actually shooting the video. The time-consuming and daunting tasks are the ones people don’t see: brainstorming, storyboarding, editing, editing, and more editing. So how do we maintain balance and get everything done? I have a few suggestions.

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The Small Church Movement with Brandon Cox (PCP113)

Brandon Cox joins us to talk about The Small Church Movement & why the big church model has been so over-emphasized.

Brandon gives advice on how to know it’s time to switch to multiple services & talks about the reason “why” behind the small church movement. Buckle up b/c its time to put church under the microscope and take a deeper look.

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7 Steps to Writing Powerful Sermons in Half the Time

As a pastor, you’re constantly juggling a myriad of responsibilities.

Answering phone calls, conducting counseling sessions, doing hospital visits — you name it. How, then, do you have time to prepare a sermon? I’ve asked countless pastors this question and I’m always met with the same response: an exhausted shrug. They can’t tell you how they do it. They just know they must.

So I began exploring ways to maximize sermon prep. After months of research, I developed 7 steps to writing a powerful sermon in half the time. To clarify, this method has nothing to do with slapping together a half-hearted sermon so you can play Solitaire the rest of the week. Rather, it enables you to effortlessly organize the structure and flow of your sermon without spending hours arranging — and rearranging — your sermon content.