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Communicate Every SundayRecently Tim Peters published a post entitled ’5 Things Every Church Should Communicate Every Sunday’.  He received tons of positive comments and hundreds of Tweets and Facebook Likes.  He decided to produce an extended version of the post in a eBook format, and he added two additional ‘things’ every church should communicate every Sunday.

You will definitely enjoy this eBook and the material will be easy for you to pass along to other church leaders and volunteers.

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The church is the hope of the world. As church leaders we have the responsibility of communicating the greatest message known to mankind; the only message capable of changing a person’s entire eternity.

The weight of that responsibility is both profound and incredible. It moves us to action and demands that we communicate it well.

Yet oftentimes, churches have a difficult time communicating this message because they don’t understand the basics of church marketing and communications.

Think about it … Is your church clear on who they are and where they are going? Does your church use social media to nurture and grow relationships? Has your church spent unhurried time developing a brand that resonates with people in your church and community? Does your website accurately communicate the uniqueness of your church? Have you evaluated and observed what guests experience on a Sunday morning? Does your community even know you exist?

These things may not seem significant, but they are critical. In fact, they are essential.

At Sayge, we have spent years researching and identifying the 12 Essentials to Church Communications and have developed a resource that equips Church…

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Leadership Summit SummaryInside these pages you will find thoughts and insights from some of the world’s top leaders. These experienced and respected leaders come from diverse backgrounds and adhere to different philosophies. But they all share one important trait: They’ve responded to the call to leadership and excelled at guiding others toward achieving a common goal.

All these leaders were featured speakers at The Global Leadership Summit. Their reflections, stories and wisdoms are summarized for you here by various contributors who attended their sessions. We hope this content serves you well in journey to be a more effective leader.

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Two days ago I walked into another gentlemen while entering my office building. We both were texting others with a smartphone. The smartphone is taking over. Wherever we go we can search information, download music, connect socially and place a pizza order.

  • 39% of people use mobile phones while using the bathroom
  • 33% of people use mobile phones while watching television
  • 87% of people use mobile phones while on the go
  • 400% increase in mobile phone use over 2011

Based on the below InfoGraphic, What can church communicators do to connect with people via their mobile devices? What does you church do to reach people via smartphones?

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FacebookFacebook is the hottest trend America (the world) has ever experienced.  Facebook has over 800 million registered users.  That means they would be the 4th largest nation in the world. The social network is an unbelievable tool when used with purpose and strategy.  With most people in the United States entrenched with Facebook, the church has a great opportunity to leverage the trend into a kingdom impacting tool.

Here are 7 ways to maximize your Facebook page –

1) Good content

80% of people check out your website before attending your church.  The second place they visit is your Facebook page to view pictures and dialogue between church members.  In most situations your Facebook page is much more telling than your website.  This is perfectly okay as long as you manage your content well.  Provide people the opportunity to get to know you through general information, photographs of events and services, videos of messages and life-change stories.  Make sure the content is monitored and matches up with the message you want to deliver.

2) Make it known

I hear this statement all the time, “We created a page but nobody joined!”  I quickly respond, “How did you inform…

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Running a MarathonPastors quit too soon.  Many of them quit because of moral failure, anger, discouragement and other reasons. I am learning more and more about going the distance and not quitting.  My learnings stem from my marathon training. This March I will run my first marathon.
Based on my training, here are 4 ways Pastors and Leaders can go the distance -

1. Run at a healthy pace – In my first race I jumped out the gate and sprinted too early.  I was exhausted five miles in on a ten mile race.  No more energy.  Nothing.
In leadership you must have boundaries.  Boundaries protect you from going too hard, too fast.  Protect your time, your body, your family.

2. Run with no excess baggage – In running you want to eliminate all unnecessary weight.  Early in my training I did not have the proper equipment.  I ran in heavy shoes, cotton shirts and large basketball shorts.  Unnecessary baggage and weight.
I switched to feather light running shoes and dri-fit clothing.  Instantly I was lighter and faster.  The same is true in leadership.  You cannot lead in a effective manner with excess baggage.  Leave…

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4 Ways to Avoid Burnout

By Tim Peters

Everyone from politicians to American Idols have something to say about burnout.  Congressman Bill Owens, from Upstate New York, once said: “Leadership is an active role; `lead` is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.” Singer Kelly Clarkson, on the other hand, had a more light-hearted outlook – “God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.” I prefer a more proactive approach to avoiding burnout.

Spend Time with God Daily

  • Make your daily time with God a priority
  • Give yourself unhurried time to reflect and listen
  • The goal is to be restored by God

Move Your Body

  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Check out the benefits according to the experts at the Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676
  • My personal goal is to lift weights four times a week and run at least four times.  Honestly, I can say many days exercising helps me remain sane.

Proactively Connect

  • Relax with friends/loved ones to recharge
  • Keep regularly scheduled appointments or once-in-a-while check-ins with a Counselor (Make an appointment before it’s an emergency)
  • Stay accountable to other Christians through Small Groups
  • Seek out a more mature and wise mentor

Set Up Boundaries

Turkey HeadThanksgiving is a great holiday. I find that this holiday provides a great time to refresh and recharge for the final push of the year.  I must admit that I have not always maximized this time.  Below I have tips to help you not MESS UP Thanksgiving.

1. Work more than you rest.

It is okay to STOP and REST.  Your body and mind need rest.  You have been going hard for almost an entire year. Twitter, Email, Facebook can all go on hold.  Put down the phone and step away from the computer.

2. Talk more than you listen.

More than likely you will attend many social gatherings over the holiday with friends and family.  Please do not be the one who talks more than listens.  You know this person …  The one obsessed with using the popular pronoun “I” over and over again.

3. Spend more than you give.

Black Friday.  Need I say more.  It is called Black Friday.  The color black reminds me of death.  Do not blow all the money you earned on what retailers call “great deals.”  Set a budget and buy only what people need and want….

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