Posts Tagged ‘church media’



Why Worship Leaders Should End Rehearsal Before the Congregation Comes In

Worship leaders are an incredibly important part of today’s church. But from time to time I take them to task, like in this post on What Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Can Teach Church Worship Leaders. Today I have a different issue. I’ve visited a number of churches this year that on Sunday mornings allow the worship team to continue rehearsals after the doors are open for the congregation.  As a television director, I understand the need to tweak rehearsals until you get it right. But here’s why – for most churches – it’s a mistake for the congregation to watch the rehearsal: Read the full article »

A Great Idea for Getting News Coverage

Here’s one of the most effective ways to get noticed by local media and generate positive press coverage:  Take a reporter out to lunch.  That’s right. Simple as that. Chances are in your town, you have newspaper, radio, or TV reporters who cover the subject you’re involved in. If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, someone’s covering the religious beat. If you’re a musician, writer, or artist, some reporter is covering the culture, media, or entertainment beat. There’s business and sports sections in every local paper. Whatever you do for a living, chances are, the local news outlets are covering it. We spend endless hours complaining that we don’t get coverage for our new album, movie, ministry outreach, product launch, or whatever – when the truth is, Read the full article »

Is Your Communications Budget Slim To None?

We just wrapped an incredible Young Creative Leader Conference in Hyderabad, India, but until I can get back to the states, I’m having some great communications and media experts fill in with some guest posts.  Today’s post is from someone I consider the most thoughtful and effective church communications director in America – Kem Meyer.  Kem is the Communications Director at Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana.  Today, she writes a post that will speak to everyone who works in a church, ministry, or nonprofit setting.  What if your communications budget is slim to none?  Here’s her answer: Read the full article »

Prevent “The Easter Pageant Nightmare”

Every Spring, church media producers across the country begin a time honored and terrifying ritual:  “The Church Easter Pageant”.   These local, church sponsored theatrical presentations are usually videotaped for archives or bookstore sales, and although everyone begins the process with high hopes, they often leave media producers weeping, or screaming hysterically promising never to do it again.  Most producers are nearly finished working on this year’s presentation, but in an effort to help you keep both your sanity and family intact, here are a few tips from the Cooke Pictures archives to make this – or next Easter season a little more joyful:
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Pastors: Stop Cutting and Pasting Your Blogs

The essence of a successful blog is an honest, “behind the scenes,” authentic look at your views on something.  Whatever your blog is about – religion, media, sports, politics, culture – whatever – the first principle is that it’s from YOU.  It needs to be real, and it needs to be personal.  Right now, too many people – especially pastors – are simply Read the full article »

TV Viewing Breaks Records: But What Are You Broadcasting?

Nielsen reports in today’s LA Times that the average American now watches more than 151 hours of TV a month.  That’s about 5 hours a day and an all time high – up 3.6% from last year.  During this recession people are staying at home and watching the tube, plus, it’s winter so people are coming in sooner.  At the same time, more and more programming is time-shifted, since 29% of people have DVR’s.  Something else interesting –
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