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Communications

Four Steps To Communicate Your Vision

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October 1, 2013

I may not know you, but I think I know something about you. If I had to guess, I’d say that right now you have a vision for something big you’d like to accomplish or you’re working with others to see a vision come to reality. Almost every church,…


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Leadership

The Crippling Fear of Being Disliked

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September 3, 2013

I like to be liked. I’m a born people pleaser, ENFJ, pastors son who cares deeply about what people think of me and works hard to earn the respect of others.

As a Communications Director at a large church, I get requests every day from ministry leaders looking to promote…


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Inside West Ridge

8 Tips For Effective Series Planning

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August 13, 2013

Getting a series from idea to execution is a process that many churches do 8-12 times a year. Isn’t this something we should get good at?

I’ve talked to very few communication leaders, creatives, worship leaders or pastors that are content with their effectiveness in series planning. Here are 8 practical…


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Communications

ECHO 2013

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July 26, 2013

I had a blast being part of my first ECHO Conference this week and doing a breakout on creative series planning. Here are some of the resources we talked about in this breakout session:
Related Blog Posts:

Series Planning Process w/ downloadable templates
The Secret To Great Series Design -…


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General

10 Things You Should Never Say To A Designer

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July 15, 2013

Graphic design is hard work. Here are 10 statements to avoid when talking with a designer:

This won’t take long.
Give it a “wow-factor”
Have you seen that Papyrus font? Let’s use that.
Here’s a low-res picture I found on Google Images. Can you blow it up and put it on a banner?
Make…


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Communications

The Forgotten Role of Communication Leaders

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June 24, 2013

Have you ever had a ministry leader come up to you with a big idea? It might start with talking about their ministry/event and jump right to “We need t-shirts”, or “We need a billboard”, or “We need a new logo, business cards and pens. Lots of pens.”

What’s funny…


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Social Media

5 Reasons Why I Say No To Creating Multiple Facebook Pages

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June 10, 2013

If you’re involved in church communications, I can almost guarantee within the last month that one of these things has happened to you:

Someone asked if they can create their own Facebook page for a ministry
Someone didn’t even ask and you found out they created a Facebook page for their…


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Leadership

Tension of Younger & Older Generations & The Role You Play

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June 3, 2013

There’s been a tension brewing. It’s a tension that has probably existed for many years, but is at a boiling point right now. It’s a tension of generations. And as a twenty-something, I’ve had a front row seat.
Where’s the tension?
Younger generation 

Discontent with where they are, wanting to go further,…


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Communications Design

The Secret To Great Series Design

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May 28, 2013

One question I get asked frequently is “What is your process for creating series art?”

As the Communications Director, I act as the art director for any series design and branding package we do. I rarely am the one creating the graphic, but I work through the creative approach we’re…


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Communications Volunteers

Four Ideas To Move Volunteers From Interest To Full Engagement

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May 7, 2013

Two years ago, it finally hit me that the way I was trying to get volunteers engaged on the communications team was not working. I was passionate about getting people plugged in to use their gifts to serve the church, but had no focused volunteer strategy to move people…

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.