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I am in charge of digital communications at Swanbank and thought it maybe of value to share some resources we have found useful and some products we use to help us communicate effectively and quickly.
Here are some of products we have invested in at Swanbank:
1. Worship House Media– http://www.worshiphousemedia.com
Worship House Media is our go to, for video content to enhance our services. We use videos in all sorts of ways. Whether it be at the start off our services or as a way to further the point of the sermon, we love Worship House Media.
2. Pro Presenter– http://www.renewedvision.com/propresenter.php
Pro Presenter 6 is huge well crafted piece of software that has helped Swanbank effectively communicate and presenter our services in a clean way. Pro Presenter runs on both Mac and PC and although isn’t cheap, is certainly a must for any Church looking to streamline proceedings
3. Creation Swap– http://www.creationswap.com
We rely heavily on design at Swanbank, whether it be for notices or a sermon point, it can really aid the point. Creation Swap is a great website with lots of good free resources but also paid ones that look great and can be edited to create amazing work.
4. WordPress– https://wordpress.org
I must admit I am a huge fan of wordpress, which is a free, open sourced, website builder and is relatively easy to use. We use it for all our websites and you can easily access themes which are like templates that make it look amazing.
5. Hootsuite– https://hootsuite.com
We also see Facebook and twitter as way to communicate with both church but also the wider community. We like to schedule our tweets a week in advance and use hootusite to do that. Be aware this doesn’t mean you can’t the ignore it because otherwise you may miss key questions or responses but this software is great for getting ahead.
Here are some of the resources we have found really helpful at Swanbank:
- Church Marketing Sucks– http://www.churchmarketingsucks.com
The mission of Church Marketing Sucks is to frustrate, educate and motivate the church to communicate, with uncompromising clarity, the truth of Jesus Christ. This has some incredible useful articles and thoughts on here to guide you through Church marketing.
2. Church Media Design.tv– http://churchmediadesign.tv
Church Media Design.tv has some great freebies and also some great articles to help you in improve your church design
3. Church Media Blog–http://www.churchmediablog.com
Church Media Blog is the place to find all you need to know about church media, production, communications, social media, websites & design, software, and leadership.
4. Church Stage Design Ideas–http://www.churchstagedesignideas.com
We are in the early stages of trying to improve the layout and look of our stage to create a place that enhances worship. If you are wanting idea or inspiration for Church stage design, then this is a must.
5. Pinterest– Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com
Pinterest is one of the best tools available for inspiration and ideas. This is a social network made like a pin board and you can search to your heart content for all the things from craft to sermon series ideas.
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