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A Screen In The Sanctuary? What Is A Realistic Approach To Social Media And Technology?  Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Word Cloud

If it seems like everyone is on social media and using technology, it’s because they are. Last year 78 percent of Americans reportedly had at least one social media profile. Yet many churches are still struggling to adapt to society’s evolving digital landscape.

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A Screen In The Sanctuary? What Is A Realistic Approach To Social Media And Technology?  Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Word Cloud

If it seems like everyone is on social media and using technology, it’s because they are. Last year 78 percent of Americans reportedly had at least one social media profile. Yet many churches are still struggling to adapt to society’s evolving digital landscape.

Bringing Communities Together in a Challenging World Hands Together Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

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How To Engage People with Newsletter Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News

De Haan uses Mailchimp to send out the monthly newsletters he creates for Calvin Collegehymnary.org and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Mailchimp is free when a newsletter has less than 2,000 subscribers.  Other popular newsletter platforms are Constant Contact and Campaign Monitor. Whatever platform a church chooses, de Haan said it’s important not to spam subscribers. Get permission to send them the newsletter, and give them the option to unsubscribe and manage their email preferences.

Transition Into Ministry Program Helps New Ministers Flourish Lilly Foundation Funding Grants Insights into Religion News Pastor Preaching

Moving from seminary to first assignment at a congregation is always a challenge for a new pastor, but it’s even more so today. Helping young graduates become confident and effective is the goal of the Transition into Ministry program.

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