These are in no particular order, but some of the best FREE resources to take your church communications game up a few notches in 2018. I’ve used these myself and continue to use them as our team grows through 2018.
These tools are not meant to your church communications job for you, but to enhance your strategy to most effectively communicate with your church and reach your community this year.
Do you have a free resource you love that missed the list? Leave it in the comments at the bottom so we can all learn together!
Church Communications Facebook Group
At last count, this group has 14,342 people talking about everything from branding, marketing, design and lots in between. Some are church staff and some are volunteers. It is THE ‘ask anything’ group for church communications.
Rethinking Easter Video Training from Church Marketing University
Church Marketing University is offering a FREE video series on rethinking Easter for 2018. These are top-quality videos with ideas and information that are going to change how you approach Easter this year. (yep, it’s January and yes, Easter is less than 90 days away…) Check out the videos for free here!
Starting by a commitment to add 10 new FREE photos every 10 days, unsplash.com is now growing much faster than that. This library contains everything from landscapes to people to animals to abstract photos and is curated into categories so you can find what you’re looking for. Use these high-resolution photos for free on your website, print material, social media and anywhere. Check out unsplash.com
Ready Made Stage Designs from Jonathan Malm
From ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com, this free e-book has five great options for ready-made stages, perfect for when you need something last-minute or don’t have a lot of energy to put into building something yourself. Download it here!
ThatChurchSummit January 23-25, hosted by Justin Dean
Grow your church with practical online engagement strategies From 20+ experts live and online January 23 – 25, 2018. This online conference features top experts in digital strategies and leadership and is available for free at this link. Register now, add it to your calendar, then forget about it and you’ll get a reminder a few days in advance. Click here to register.
88 Social Media Post Ideas from Seth Muse
We have to post great content every day, so every church social media manager makes a plan, creates a schedule, and casts a vision for each platform, right? Nope. You get busy. Things pop up. Priorities shift and often you have no control over it.
It’s in those moments you just need to post something, so these are ideas for different platforms that have worked for Seth’s church. Download 88 Social Media post ideas.
Get your volunteer team to multiply by itself with Ryan Wakefield
Have you ever wished your volunteer team was on autopilot and would build itself?. Ryan Wakefield and I are finishing up editing the videos and pdf downloads that will go with the module, then this module will be part of a paid subscription to CMU.
BUT, here’s the great news (and the reason it’s appearing on my free list): IF you are game to give me feedback, I can get you full access to this new module. Check it out for free (and email me your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org)
2018 Website checklist from Be Known For Something
- One simple PDF with church website tips you need to know.
- Created to post in your office for easy reference. It’ll help you do your job faster too!
- Use it to convince other ministries (your Pastor?) how to create the best content!
Ultimate Digital Toolbox from Twelve:Thirty Media
An ebook with 57 Digital Tools for Every Church Creative, designed to give Church Media professionals resources they can use to make their job easier in creating experiences and building solid volunteer teams at their church. This powerhouse collection of digital tools and online resources features descriptions, links, and useful ideas in the areas of productivity, social media, volunteer culture, design, inspiration, and more. Download the Ultimate Digital Toolbox here (subscribe to their email newsletter in the lower right corner to get the toolbox)!
Easy Live Streaming from Church Training Academy
Start using live video streaming to reach an untapped online audience. Learn how you can take advantage of the 4 Live Streaming Modes to maximize your church’s reach in a digital world. Download the ebook here!
The 3 P’s Successful Promotion from Ryan Holck
This video training, cheat sheet and resource file are focused on a simple strategy to help you:
- Increase the time available to run promotions
- Know what and how you will promote before you start
- Create your promotion calendar in under a minute
The Twitter Advantage by Tom Pounder
Some churches are giving up on Twitter and that’s a mistake. This platform has unique advantages over other social platforms and can be leveraged to bring people from your community through your church’s front door. With this ebook, discover how Twitter can be one of the most effective tools in your communications toolbox. Download The Twitter Advantage.
Church Marketing Summit March 5-14 with Alejandro Reyes
Join over 5,000 church leaders, communicators, and church staff at the online summit designed to inspire and empower you with the latest marketing tactics. Discover powerful marketing growth tactics as these experts reveal their #1 marketing tips and practical, real-world, proven examples.
AskBrady.tv with Brady Shearer
Brady Shearer, owner of ProChurch Tools, Nucleus, and Storytape answers your questions about all things church communications. Watch Brady’s video series for practical tips you can apply today to move your church communications forward. Watch here!
3 ways your church can use Instagram stories this Sunday from Kenny Jahng
This one explains itself. This simple ebook will get you up and running on Instagram Stories by this weekend! Click here to download the ebook!
TrustGlue & SnorkelFork Ebooks (from me)
TrustGlue: 11 ways to create a first impression that sticks is about aligning your core values through Branding, Marketing and Advertising to create trust with new visitors at your church so they stick around. Download TrustGlue.
SnorkelFork: This book title is confusing, your church announcements don’t have to be. Why do announcements feel so out of place and like a list void of relevant information? Becuase you’re treating them like a list of information rather than an opportunity to move your culture forward. Learn how to use present your announcements so they emphasize your church’s core values. Download SnorkelFork.
Do you have a free resource you love that missed the list? Leave it in the comments at the below so we can all learn together!