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The Purpose Driven Mission Statement

The Purpose Driven Mission Statement

Oh, the mission statement. It’s the statement that tells the world the role of your company. It’s a statement that illustrates goals, purpose, and practice. The problem is most mission statements don’t define the company at all. Too many mission statements contain general, undefined words. They often contain those church words that people don’t actually understand. They are safe, but yet meaningless. Below are two examples of bad mission statement: By creating value for our … Read entire article »

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Sleeping in the storm

Sleeping in the storm

In a Midwestern state that was known for severe storms, lived a farmer who had a herd of cattle which provided for his living. He wasn’t able to pay large wages and found it difficult to keep trusty work hands. He found himself in need of a competent worker to properly care for the animals. One afternoon, a young man arrived looking for a job. The farmer looked him over and thought he looked … Read entire article »

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Connecting with Groups

Connecting with Groups

I belong to a small group at church, a Sunday school group. Not only do we meet every Sunday, but we have family outings, dinners, and other fun events. We chose this class because of the commonalities we have. There were many other classes to choose from, but the members specifically chose this class because of similar interest. We essentially grouped ourselves together, because of who we are. We come to depend on the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Communication, Crowd

Hipsters and the Mob

Hipsters and the Mob

In an earlier post, Gavin discussed the church as a flash mob. That led us to wonder why people participate in flash mobs. The creation of flash mobs is widely credited to Bill Wasik, senior editor at Harper’s Magazine. In May of 2003, Wasik began a social experiment by creating an anonymous email account and sending himself (to his known address) a mob-related email. Part of the email read as follows: You are invited to … Read entire article »

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The Death of Mass Marketing

The Death of Mass Marketing

Mass marketing gained success, if not born, from the launch of televisions across America. In the mid 20th century, a perfect storm in marketing allowed for mass marketing to work. Smaller selections of brands were in the market place and a smaller number of television channels led to the success of mass marketing. It was relatively easy for large companies to compete. During this time, it was also easy for consumers … Read entire article »

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Selling the Message through Content Strategy

Selling the Message through Content Strategy

The church is constantly faced with a content dilemma: Market the church or market the church message? Those are uniquely two different audiences, messages, techniques, and deliverables. There is a line between evangelism and marketing. In fact, because of modern commercial cynicism, the well-intended evangelistic message may often be looked at as marketing. Churches struggle having conversation with non-church members (potential customers) without sounding like a commercial. This is not unlike the struggles … Read entire article »

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Synergism and the Disciples

Synergism and the Disciples

If 1 horse can pull 2,000 pounds, how many pounds can 4 horses pull? The obvious answer above is 8,000 pounds. Simple math would tell you that 4 X 2,000 equals 8,000. However, that math does not take into account synergy (synergism). Synergism is defined: Merriam-webster.com – “interaction of discrete agencies, agents, or conditions such that the total effect is greater than the sum of the individual effects.” Dictionary.com – “the interaction of elements that when … Read entire article »

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A Sermon Without Content is Like …

A Sermon Without Content is Like …

I have spoken at many events around the country. My topics usually consist of the latest online marketing news and tactics. My speaking skills are not great, but getting better. However, I do not worry much about speaking, because I know the content really well. I always try to improve, but I spend more time on the substance than the delivery. I assume the audience is like me, they … Read entire article »

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Little Sample Goes a Long Way

Little Sample Goes a Long Way

It’s been said: “If you want people to laugh, don’t tell them you are funny. Tell them a joke.” It’s easy to tell potential customers how great we are, but they are skeptical. Advertising is good, but consumers have seen it before. We are bombarded with advertising all day long. Consumers want to see the product action. They need evidence of your awesomeness. This is where sampling comes in. Allowing consumers to sample your product or … Read entire article »

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