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Communications General Social Media

Redefining Excellence

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October 9, 2014

For my first five years working in creative ministry, I was obsessed with the idea and the destination of “excellence.” I always felt excellence was a value often forgotten or overlooked in the church world, and I tried to make it my mantra as a young creative to fix…


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Communications

Simplicity and the Spaghetti Test

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March 25, 2014

“Simple isn’t always shallow. Complicated isn’t always deep.” -Jon Weece

Everybody loves the idea of simplicity. Few actually practice and apply it to how we communicate.

The harsh reality of simplicity is that you have to fight for it. It never comes naturally. Complexity has a sneaky method of finding its…


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Social Media

Social Media Strategy In A Picture

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February 22, 2014

I had the awesome opportunity to speak at the SoCon14 Conference here close to my home in Kennessaw, GA today and speak on the topic of social media strategy. The talk was about putting a strategy in place to effectively share your story and connect with your audience in…


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Social Media

A 5 Day Experiment on the Power of Social Media

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February 11, 2014

A few weeks ago at West Ridge Church, we conducted a social media experiment. I’m a big believer in the power of social media, but to be honest, the results shocked me.

On Tuesday, January 7th during our Lead Team meeting, we were talking about Terence Lester, one of our church…


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Communications

The Most Overlooked Side of Branding

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February 3, 2014

What do you think of when you think branding? Logos? A set of colors? A product or a tagline?  All of these can play a key role in the development of the branding of an organization or church. They each play a role in connecting with the head of…


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Communications

Playbook: Ministry Communications Audit

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January 13, 2014

Are you a Communications leader in your church or organization? Is it your role to help your church and its ministries communicate effectively? If so, there’s a meeting that I want to get on your radar. It’s what I call a Communications Audit.

A Communications Audit is a meeting to touch…


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General

Top 5 Posts of 2013

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December 31, 2013

On February 6, 2013, I began my journey as a hesitant blogger. Through this last year, I have learned a lot and have had a blast connecting with many of you! I’ve been blown away by the emails and stories from church communicators, pastors and more all over the…


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Communications

Communicating To An Audience With A Goldfish Attention Span

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December 11, 2013

Check out this sneak peak at a guest post I did for SundayMag.tv, and see the full post here:

The average attention span of a goldfish? 9 seconds.
The average attention span of people in 2012? 8 seconds.

In today’s culture, there are more things fighting for our attention than ever before….


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General

A Year Later: The Legacy of Andrew Pray

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November 21, 2013

Today is a hard day. A day I’ve dreaded for months now. On November 21, 2012, a year ago today, my friend and our Worship Pastor at West Ridge Church was tragically struck by a bus while cycling in NW Atlanta.

I can truly say that Andrew was one-of-a-kind. He…


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Behind The Scenes: All In (Free Resources)

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October 29, 2013

A couple weeks ago at West Ridge Church, we wrapped up a four-part series called All In. This series was designed to share what a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ looks like and to challenge our church to be ALL IN.

Our communications team was presented the challenge to create…

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.