Weekly Roundup: That Church Conference Edition

Content+Design+Social Media // September 23, 2016 //

I had two awesome opportunities this week.

  1. I got to spend two days in Atlanta learning about church communications from some of the brightest minds in the field at That Church Conference.
  2. I just completed session 2 of Groundwork Labs, a startup accelerator designed to help entrepreneurs (like me) build great companies (like Churchly).

As you can imagine, I’m fired up and excited for Churchly and for what you can do with your church website.

In this post, I feature the articles I’m reading and the tools I’m using in church communications this week with the hopes that you’ll find something that you can use to share the story of the gospel in your church.

This is the first installment in this series, so please let me know if this is valuable for you so I can make this a regular feature in the future.  Send me an email to let me know what you think.

Without further ado, here are this week’s recommendations.

Church Communications Resources & Articles

  1. That Church Community.  That Church Community is an online community for learning about church communications and networking with church communicators around the world.  Their free account is great, or upgrade to a pro account to get access to conference videos, training resources, and more.  Sign up for a free account with my link and I get a few points to spend on #thatCC swag.
  2. The Sermon Podcasting Toolbox.  This isn’t a new resource, per se, but it’s an article that I wrote for ChurchMag on how to record, edit, and distribute your sermons online.  If you’re not publishing your sermons yet, I would highly recommend doing so.

Church Communications Tools

  1. Canva for Nonprofits.  Canva is a free online design tool.  Use their templates to quickly and easily create website graphics, social media posts, and print designs.  If you’re new to graphic design and you’ve never used Canva, be sure to check out their Design School tutorials. Nonprofits get a free upgrade to their pro version.
  2. Buffer.  Buffer lets you add content to your social media queue and schedule that content to be sent out across all of your social channels.  We use Buffer to manage the Churchly Facebook and Twitter accounts. It’s free for up to 3 accounts, and they offer 50% off of pro accounts for nonprofits.

That’s all for this week’s roundup!  What did you think?  Be sure to shoot me a quick email if this was helpful.

About Rob Laughter

Rob is a Christian, a husband, and a father to two beautiful girls. Rob has 15 years' experience in website design and development, and spent six years as the CEO of Connective Insights, a digital marketing agency, before founding Churchly in 2015. You can follow Rob on Twitter at @roblaughter, and keep up with him in his personal blog, http://roblaughter.com

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