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Leadership Social Media

A 7 Day Social Media Experiment For Pastors

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September 24, 2017

What could happen if you spent a few minutes a day creating conversations and connections through social media?
Here’s a play-by-play guide.
If there was an opportunity to expand your ministry reach and connect with your church and community where they are during the week, would you take it?

There’s an opportunity…


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Is Your Communications Team A Service Department Or A Ministry?

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January 16, 2017

Have you ever had a ministry leader approach you with a big idea?

The conversation starts innocently enough with a need to promote an upcoming event or ministry, but quickly turns into talking about tactics like “We need t-shirts, a billboard, a new logo, business cards, and pens!”

The rhythm most churches are…


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10 Free Or Cheap Ideas To Promote Christmas At Your Church

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November 14, 2016

Christmas is coming! That fact means you’re probably reacting in one of two ways.
1) You’re rushing to find your favorite Christmas album or playlist to get in the Christmas spirit, or 2) You’re already getting anxiety over how stressful the Christmas season will be.
No matter how you feel, we…


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Dear Senior Pastor

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September 18, 2016

Dear Senior Pastor,

I’ll cut to the chase, because I know your time is short you’ve got a lot on your plate. If you’d be willing to give me a few minutes, I’d love to share my heart with you about what I see as one of the problems we…


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The 4 Questions Every Great Story Answers

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June 20, 2016

Many years ago, before I was a creative arts pastor, I got my start in creative ministry as “the video guy.” At the time, that meant that I mostly creating highlight videos from camps or mission trips. Honestly, it didn’t take a whole lot of skill to do what…


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What I learned from my one month sabbatical

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May 1, 2016

During the month of April, I did something I haven’t done since Middle School. I had a whole month off with no work responsibilities. I had a one month sabbatical.

Where I serve at West Ridge Church, we take staff health very seriously. So much so that our Pastors and…


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Communications General

The Authenticity Generation

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March 2, 2016

We have a “Millennial” problem in the church. Statistics and attendance are showing that Millennials are leaving or not connecting to the church at higher rates than ever before. Meanwhile, churches across the country are trying to find the best new tactics for reaching young people.

So what can churches…


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Communications

Quit Doing Announcements

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February 9, 2016

I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there… I hate announcements.

The very mention of the word brings back memories of being stuck in a pew, listening to someone read from a bulletin for 15 minutes about everything on the church calendar that week.

Growing up in the church, I can’t remember…


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Communications Leadership

Might Be Time To Quit Your Job

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September 17, 2015

Wanna know the most surprising thing I discover when talking to people working on a church staff? The biggest source of disunity and conflict often lies between the Senior Pastor and creative team.

Creatives often find themselves feeling under-appreciated, overwhelmed and ill-equipped to do their job well. I’ve lost track of…


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Where Have You Been?

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June 13, 2015

I’ve answered the same question to dozens of people over the last couple months. The question? “Where have you been?” Fair question. My consistency on social media and blogging has taken quite the dip. Here’s why:

Baby
On December 26th, my wife and I welcomed Ethan Andrew into the world. These last…

PHIL BOWDLE
Atlanta, GA

Hi my name is Phil. I'm the Creative Arts Pastor at West Ridge Church in NW Atlanta. This blog exists to provide practical resources that can transform how you communicate and create for your church.