The Secrets Behind Communication

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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 Mediahttp://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 Presenterhttp://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 Swaphttp://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. WordPresshttps://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. Hootsuitehttps://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:

  1. Church Marketing Suckshttp://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.tvhttp://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 Bloghttp://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 Ideashttp://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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3 thoughts on “The Secrets Behind Communication”

  1. Thanks for this listing. Food for thought!

    One disadvantage that Swanbank has is its size. Most congregations do not have the people or funds to adopt the Swanbank approach. So how might these IT ideas be re-scaled for the typical smaller player? 50% of Methodist congregations are under 40 members, and most are not growing numerically (and its not for lack of seats).

    For example you recommend good but expensive presentation software: I have used freeware (VideoPsalm http://myvideopsalm.weebly.com/ ) which does the job, is well-supported by its Canadian Christian providers (and can offer bilingual bible screens).

    The real point from this is the possibility of some sort of “small Methodist” online IT support network that might lift the game of typical congregations (and Methodism generally!)

    1. Thanks dg, really interesting questions and points raised. I will endeavour to do a follow up post with more options for different size churches. Some of these websites are inspiration and ideas, so hopefully will address some of these issues.

      What made you choose Video Psalm over Easy Worship, or Song Pro etc?

  2. Some great suggestions there in terms of web resources, many of which I already use in a practical way, including WordPress, Worship House Media and Pro Presenter.

    I’d love to add one more to your list, being iSing Worship which can be found at http://www.isingworship.org – this is like having a worship band in your pocket and has gotten me out of a fix on a couple of occasions when I haven’t had a guitar with me.

    Basically, it is a very high quality app for playing, and simultaneously displaying, worship songs with words. You can arrange the song components on the fly (Intro, very, chorus, bridge etc) and turn on/off the main mix/guitar and vocal channels. There are now over one hundred songs, which you buy as you need them at £2.29 each. Once you buy a song you have it for good and get song updates as they are made.

    It may be useful too for occasions where you have just one guitarist but need a “bigger” sound. Similarly, if you have a confident vocalist, but no band, they could use it to lead congregational singing.

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