How Churches Use Live Surveys During the Service

Live survey

When you can’t even get your congregation to say, “Good morning,” it might be hard to imagine those same blank faces giving you personal answers to questions that matter during the service. But thanks to smartphones, that’s exactly what’s happening in some churches. Imagine starting a sermon series with an important theological question—one that gets […]

Church Branding: What Your Mission Looks Like

Church branding

Defining your church’s brand is about helping people find their place in the body of Christ. It’s an expression of how the passions your people carry collide with the community you inhabit. It’s a physical reflection of the spiritual calling of your church. But sometimes it’s hard to tell what that actually looks like. If […]

How to Use Pads in Proclaim

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Pads provide subtle background music for your service. They’re the perfect supplement to your worship, prayer, sermons, and other elements of your service—and they’re pretty affordable. One worship leader said: “It feels like we have just added an amazing new band member . . .” In Proclaim Church Presentation Software, you can add these “amazing […]

How to Write Sermons for Church Visitors

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Anyone who has ever missed a week of school knows what it feels like to be a church visitor walking in on the end of a sermon series. They look around the room and wonder, “Does everyone else know what he’s talking about? Am I the only one who doesn’t get it?” Your church isn’t […]

Why Church Visitors Need Real Connections with Real People

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Your church is people, not a place. Your community is not defined by the buildings you gather within, or the spaces you inhabit. When people visit your church, every interaction they have with your members shapes how they feel about your church as a whole. And getting more connected to your church means building real […]

5 Ways to Make Your Christmas Visitors Feel Welcome at Church

christmas visitors welcome

People don’t walk through the door of your church with a big tag that says “Visitor” on it. And hopefully, you aren’t handing those out when they get inside. Especially in a big church, it’s hard to tell newcomers from members. People have to self-select their visitor status in your bulletin, or show up at […]

Philosophy of Church Growth: Two Approaches to Church Visitors

Church visitors

Suppose, hypothetically, there are 1,000 people in your community that might be open to going to your church. And every weekend, 10 of them step through your door. You pull all the stops. You do whatever it takes to make those 10 people come back. You tell them about every conceivable way they could get […]

Proclaim Church Presentation Software Review: Easy, Reliable, and Fast

Proclaim Church Presentation Software

“When it comes to A/V, you always have to have a fallback” says Reuben Evans, video director at Faithlife. Recently, Reuben had the privilege of showcasing the value of Proclaim’s built-in backup systems at a Desiring God conference—where he himself was a backup A/V tech. Before their conference near Portland, Oregon, Desiring God learned that their […]

Beyond the Stage: A Holistic Approach to Church Design

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“I visited an Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, and the design and silence of the room made me feel like I had to take my hat off to be there,” says Eleazar Ruiz, a senior designer at Faithlife. As the former art director at Mars Hill Church, Eleazar is sensitive to how physical elements of a […]

How to Get Christmas Visitors to Come Back to Your Church

Christmas service

Your follow-up plan for visitors isn’t a biannual program you turn on before Christmas and Easter. Those are obviously the weekends you can expect the most newcomers, but your church should always be refining the journey from visitors to members. There are plenty of things you can do during the service to make people feel […]