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Helping your church navigate the biggest communication shift in 500 years. Answering your questions live. Hosted by Brady Shearer and Alexander Mills. Text in your question to (800) 485-3139.

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The New Church Connect Card Template

June 25, 2020 16:00 - 3 minutes - 4.67 MB

Today - in just ninety seconds - I want to share with you a new style of church connect card. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/3bakpeE   Traditional Connect Card Template: https://prochur.ch/2ITmwYn      

Facebook Ads For Churches 2020 - How To Make A Successful Ad

May 28, 2020 10:00 - 8 minutes - 12.4 MB

Today, we're gonna look at a number of successful Facebook Ads campaigns from real churches and dive into what made these ads successful and the challenges these churches needed to overcome to make it all happen. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/2XDaSYl

Best Color Schemes For Church Websites

May 14, 2020 10:00 - 10 minutes - 14.8 MB

In this video, I'll be sharing with you my favorite color schemes for church websites. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/3dFKN1l 

How To Reliably Track Attendance & Engagement For Online Church

April 23, 2020 10:00 - 17 minutes - 24.5 MB

Today - in this podcast - you'll learn how to reliably and accurately track attendance and engagement for online church. Plus, I've put together a downloadable spreadsheet template for you to make it easy and straightforward. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/2KsSwDu 

Innovative Worship Sets For Online Church [3 Ideas]

April 21, 2020 10:00 - 9 minutes - 13 MB

Today's podcast is dedicated to worship ministry and worshipping God through music. Of course, music is a staple of virtually any in-person worship service - but it's not as easy to translate to an online venue as preaching is. So to help with that, I wanted to break down three different worship setups that my church, Central, has used in recent weeks. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/3czUJsF

How To Create An Online Church Service In 2020

April 16, 2020 10:00 - 9 minutes - 13.9 MB

You're at home. I'm at home. And our congregation's are at home - for an indefinite period of time. So in this video, we're going to construct, from the ground up, a meaningful and powerful online church service. We'll explore specific service elements, recording options, and special considerations to make church online the absolute best it can be. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/3bdwWyw

Online Church For Smaller Churches - Casual Live Stream vs. On-Stage

April 14, 2020 10:00 - 8 minutes - 11.7 MB

For most of us, online church is set to be the new normal for the foreseeable future. It's time to settle in. And it's also time for us to take a serious look at what we're producing right now for online church (especially if you're a smaller church) and ask - does it make sense to just reproduce what we would normally do for an in-person Sunday service and publish that online? Or could there be something more meaningful, effective, and affordable for this season? Because I'm leaning toward ...

The Coolest New Piece Of Video Gear In Our Bag (Macro Probe Lens)

April 09, 2020 10:00 - 8 minutes - 11.6 MB

Today, in this podcast, I want to talk to you about the 24mm f/14 probe lens from Laowa. It's a new piece of gear that we picked up this year and it's already become one of the coolest things that we own. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/2VbqtNQ  

3 Unusual Social Media Posts For Churches

April 07, 2020 10:00 - 4 minutes - 5.99 MB

Today, in less than four minutes, I want to share with you a trio of unusual social media posts for churches. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/2UNES3E  

Instagram Stories Templates For Churches [The Bible Quiz Strategy]

April 02, 2020 10:00 - 6 minutes - 9.78 MB

In this video, I'm going to teach you a repeatable Instagram Stories strategy for your church that checks all the boxes of what good social media content should do. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/3bGaLAO  

Reading Your Mean Comments (And How To Handle Criticism)

March 31, 2020 10:00 - 6 minutes - 8.95 MB

Today... let's talk about criticism - and how to handle it. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/2WQtUMl  

The Inbox | Social For Student Ministry

March 28, 2020 10:00 - 26 minutes - 36 MB

In the inaugural episode of The Inbox, Brady and Alex sit down to answer four questions from the people of Pro Church Nation.

Social Media Calendar For Churches | Coronavirus Edition

March 26, 2020 10:00 - 12 minutes - 17.5 MB

In this podcast, I'll outline for you a 7-day social media calendar for your church - specifically to be used during the COVID-19 pandemic while our church's in-person gatherings are suspended. This calendar is repeatable. So if you choose, you can use it as the framework for your social media content rhythms for the foreseeable future. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://prochur.ch/2Uz5GU8  

Creative Easter Ideas For Churches 2020 [COIVD-19 Response]

March 24, 2020 10:00 - 8 minutes - 11.4 MB

Our churches are facing an unprecedented situation - the distinct possibility that the biggest weekend of the year, Easter weekend, will not go as planned. In this podcast, I want to share with you three creative Easter solutions that your church can pursue even if you can't assemble in-person as a group like you normally would. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5XE5n1XbSU  

The First 4 TikTok Videos Your Church NEEDS To Make

March 19, 2020 10:00 - 8 minutes - 12 MB

In this video, I'll share my recommendations for the first FOUR videos your church should consider publishing on TikTok. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KaUcZ_-Oc8

EMERGENCY Pod: COVID-19 (How To Respond)

March 18, 2020 21:31 - 1 hour - 84.5 MB

Today, Brady and Alex sit down for an emergency podcast to discuss COVID-19 and the challenges ahead for churches.

Every Church Should Try This Instagram Stories Technique

March 17, 2020 10:00 - 5 minutes - 7.38 MB

Today - in two minutes or less - I want to share with you an Instagram Stories technique that your church can start using right away. Find the full transcript, show notes, and video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viS63JftkqY 

9 Instagram Stories Strategies For Churches To Try This Week

March 03, 2020 08:00 - 52 minutes - 73 MB

Today on The Pro Church Tools Show we’re going to break down nine different Instagram Stories strategies that your church can try this week.   Stories are unique because they expire after 24 hours and because they're meant to feel more personal than other types of social content.   So in this episode, we'll talk about the specifics - so let’s get started.   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/9-instagram-stories-strategies-for-churches-to-try-this-...

Best BUDGET Camera For Churches In 2020? [$500 or less...]

February 27, 2020 08:00 - 6 minutes - 6.09 MB

Today, I'm going to share with you my picks for the best budget cameras for churches in 2020.   Not too long ago, I released my list of best cameras for churches this year, but you and I both know that not every church can spend thousands of dollars on camera equipment.   So what are we to do?   Well, stick around and you'll learn about a number of highly capable camera configurations and setups that are listed at less than $500.   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   htt...

The Framework Of An Andy Stanley Sermon [North Point Community Church]

February 25, 2020 08:00 - 53 minutes - 74.1 MB

Today, we’re going to break down the communication techniques of Andy Stanley.   Andy Stanley is the senior pastor of North Point Community Church in the Atlanta region and one of the most listened-to pastors in America.   So in this episode, we'll talk about the specifics - and break down the frameworks, devices, and constructs Stanley uses in his communication.   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/the-framework-of-an-andy-stanley-sermon-north-po...

The Best Churches To Follow On Social Media In 2020

February 20, 2020 08:00 - 11 minutes - 10.7 MB

Today, I want to share with you my social media awards for churches in 2020. These are the pastors, ministries, and churches that I think are leading the way for rest of us on social. And this is a diverse list. You'll find bigger churches, smaller churches, churches with varying theological distinctives - and if you're looking for inspiration or fresh ideas - they most certainly are worth a follow. So let's dive in.   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/t...

This One Technique Doubled My Social Media Engagement

February 18, 2020 08:00 - 56 minutes - 77.2 MB

  Today, we’ll be diving deep into a simple social media technique that has been doubling church’s engagement.   But we should warn you, while this technique has been working well for many churches, it also has some critics.   And so in this episode, we’ll dive into the objections we’re hearing and respond to them one by one.     ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/this-one-technique-doubled-my-social-media-engagement/     SHOW NOTES:  ...

Church Stage Design TREND 2020 (plus...the reason behind it)

February 13, 2020 08:00 - 4 minutes - 4.5 MB

There's a church stage design trend that I've been seeing pop up more and more lately.   And this church stage design trend is different from virtually every other because it's focused more on setting the stage for preaching rather than music.   So stick around, and I'll share with you a number of examples of churches implementing this kind of setup - and you'll learn about the missional reasoning behind this type of configuration.   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   FEATUR...

Social Media Trends For Churches [Winter 2020 Edition]

February 11, 2020 08:00 - 59 minutes - 81.6 MB

Today you’ll be getting an inside look at what’s working for churches on social media right now.     These are the design trends, the post ideas, and the social strategies we’re seeing get the most traction online in this season.       And by the end of this episode you’ll have a myriad of different action steps you can start implementing - so let’s dive right in.         ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/social-media-trends-for-churc...

The Best Church VIDEO Camera Setups For 2020

February 06, 2020 08:00 - 11 minutes - 10.9 MB

Today, I want to share with you my picks for the best three video camera setups for churches in 2020. Each of these three kits will capture stunning video (and one can even shoot great photos as well) - but, no camera body is perfect. So stick around, and by the end, you'll know what makes each of these three cameras special, but I'll also explain their weaknesses as well.   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/the-best-church-video-camera-setups-for-2020/ ...

How To Plan A Team Building Retreat [Behind The Scenes]

February 04, 2020 08:00 - 1 hour - 102 MB

Today we’ll be taking you behind the scenes on our most recent team building retreat.     We took the whole team to Phoenix, Arizona and spent a week together exploring and building stronger bonds with each other.     And so in this episode, you’ll get a ton of ideas for team building at your church. And we’ll share with you what went wrong on our trip as well.     ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/how-to-plan-a-team-building-retreat-behind...

The Best Church Website Of 2020? [North Point Community Church]

January 28, 2020 08:00 - 1 hour - 85.3 MB

Today we’ll be diving deep into one of our favorite new church websites. North Point Community Church in Atlanta recently launched their new website and we think it’s one of the best we’ve ever seen. And so in this episode, you’ll learn what we like about this site, how to apply it to your own context, and we’ll give you a behind the scenes look into what our friends at North Point put into this new platform   ***FIND THE FULL TRANSCRIPT HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/the-best-churc...

The Dirty Little Secret Of Church Giving Platforms

January 23, 2020 08:00 - 17 minutes - 16 MB

Over the next few minutes, I want to pull back the curtain on the dirty little secret of church giving platforms. What I'm about to say is certainly going to upset some people...and to be honest, I have hesitated to publish this for that reason. But, as someone who works in this industry, what's clear to me is that the majority of churches don't understand what's actually happening - and so, my conviction is to explain that as best as I can. And then, it's up to you to do with that informati...

How To Navigate Politics As A Christian In 2020

January 21, 2020 08:00 - 1 hour - 96.1 MB

Today we’ll be talking about how to navigate politics as a Christian in 2020. And this is important because political dialogue is becoming increasingly toxic in our churches, families, and friendships. And by the end of this episode, you’ll have the tools needed to talk about politics in ways that are firm and fair.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/how-to-navigate-politics-as-a-christian-in-2020/     SUBSCRIBE to get more actionable strategies ju...

The Outline Of A Bishop TD Jakes Sermon [The Potter's House Breakdown]

January 14, 2020 08:00 - 1 hour - 119 MB

Today we’re going to break down the communication techniques of Bishop TD Jakes. TD Jakes is the founder of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas. And the way he preaches has inspired countless other communicators. So in this episode, we'll talk about the specifics - and we’ll break down the frameworks, devices, and constructs Jakes uses in his communication.       ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/the-outline-of-a-bishop-td-jakes-sermon-the-potters-house-b...

INTRODUCING: Zero-Fee ACH Giving For Churches [A New Standard For Church Donations]

January 09, 2020 08:00 - 6 minutes - 5.67 MB

RebelGive, our online giving platform for churches. The idea behind RebelGive is really simple - when someone gives money to your church, your church should get to keep all of it. Your giving provider shouldn't get to keep any for themselves - and your church shouldn't lose any of that gift to processing fees either.   Featured Resource & Additional Links:   RebelGive.com   Start your 30-day free trial (no credit card required) of Nucleus here: https://www.nucleus.church/   F...

The 7 Most Important Social Media Trends For Churches In 2020

January 07, 2020 08:00 - 1 hour - 92.8 MB

Today, we’re going reveal our picks for the most important social media trends for churches in 2020. Social media is always changing. It can feel impossible just trying to keep up. But that’s what this episode is for. And by the end of this episode, you’ll have everything you need to tackle the social media landscape this year.   ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/the-7-most-important-social-media-trends-for-churches-in-2020/   SHOW NOTES:   Social Med...

The "Irresistable Question" Social Media Formula [For Churches]

December 19, 2019 08:00 - 6 minutes - 5.93 MB

Today, you're going to learn the easiest, most foolproof social media strategy for churches that I have ever encountered. In fact, even if your church has struggled to generate meaningful engagement in the past on social, I'm confident this technique can work for you.   Featured Resource & Additional Links: The Easiest Social Media Strategy For Churches in 2020: prochurchtools.com/questions   Start your 30-day free trial (no credit card required) of Nucleus here: https://www.nucleu...

The Mike Todd Preaching Blueprint [Transformation Church Breakdown]

December 17, 2019 08:00 - 1 hour - 105 MB

Today, we’re going to break down the communication techniques of Mike Todd. Two years ago, Mike Todd was a newly appointed lead pastor with about 5,000 followers on a platform like Instagram. Today, he’s got close to a million. So what happened? In this episode, we'll talk about the specifics - and we’ll break down the frameworks, devices, and constructs Todd uses in his communication.   ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/the-mike-todd-preaching-blueprint-transforma...

How A Pastor Gained 700% More Followers On Social In 60 Days [CASE STUDY]

December 12, 2019 08:00 - 4 minutes - 4.48 MB

I want you to take a look at something with me for a moment. This is my friend Alex Dion Wilson's TikTok page. At the time of this recording, he's got around three hundred and fifty thousand followers. And that's crazy because he just started using TikTok a couple of months ago and has built this following up from zero in that time. But that's not actually the crazy thing I want to show you.   Featured Resource & Additional Links:   Start your 30-day free trial (no credit card requir...

The Major Reasons Churches Will Continue To Close Their Doors In The 2020s

December 10, 2019 08:00 - 57 minutes - 78.6 MB

Today, we’ll be discussing the three big reasons why churches will struggle to keep their doors open in the upcoming decade. These are the three major hurdles that we believe every church needs to account for if you want your ministry to be healthy and growing. And so by the end of this episode, not only will you know what each of these issues is - but we’ll present our solutions to them as well.   ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/the-major-reasons-churches-will-c...

How To Use "The Countdown" Social Media Template At Your Church

December 05, 2019 08:00 - 6 minutes - 6.28 MB

There's a new type of social media post that churches are using to provoke spiritual practice directly on social platforms - and we call it the countdown post. And in this video, you'll learn how to create posts like this, the important nuances to consider, and I'll even provide a few done-for-you After Effects and Photoshop templates of countdown posts for free that we created to get you started on the right foot.   LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE to the audio podcast version of The Pro Church Tools...

The 11 Rules Of Social Media For Smaller Churches [ULTIMATE GUIDE]

December 03, 2019 08:00 - 1 hour - 117 MB

Today we’ll be unveiling our ultimate guide to social media for smaller churches. We’ve got eleven principles to share with you and these rules encompass everything we know about social media. And whether your church is just starting to take social media seriously or you’ve been at it for a while but need a bit of fine-tuning, this episode is for you. So let’s get started.   ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/the-11-rules-of-social-media-for-smaller-churches-ultimat...

How To Go From Zero To 500K Followers On TikTok In 6 Months

November 26, 2019 08:00 - 1 hour - 99.8 MB

Today we’ll be sharing with you a real-life TikTok success story. Alex Wilson has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers as a Christian creator on TikTok in just a few months even though he started with zero following. And in this episode, we’ll interview Alex as he shares everything he’s learned about organic growth on TikTok.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/how-to-go-from-zero-to-500k-followers-on-tiktok-in-6-months/     LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE to ...

Is TikTok Safe For Your Church?

November 21, 2019 08:00 - 3 minutes - 3.42 MB

There's a new social platform emerging right now called TikTok. And the big question that many churches are asking themselves right now is - "Is this platform safe?" So, let's talk about it.   ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/is-tiktok-safe-for-your-church/

Why Your Church Slogan Isn't Good Enough

November 19, 2019 08:00 - 1 hour - 103 MB

Today we’re going to outline the case for why your church needs a better church slogan. Because your slogan isn’t just a set of arbitrary words. It’s meant to inform your leadership’s decision making and help bring your faith community closer together. So in this episode, we’ll contrast good church slogans versus less-than-good church slogans and give you the actionable tools you need to craft a better slogan for your church.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.c...

The Anatomy Of A Steven Furtick Sermon [Elevation Church Breakdown]

November 12, 2019 08:00 - 1 hour - 106 MB

Today we’re going to break down the communication techniques of Steven Furtick. Furtick is one of the most listened-to preachers in the world and that’s because he is an extremely talented communicator. So let’s talk about the specifics - the frameworks, devices, and constructs Furtick uses in his messages.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/the-anatomy-of-a-steven-furtick-sermon-elevation-church-breakdown/       LISTEN & SUBSCRIBE to the audio podca...

How Does The TikTok Algorithm Work? [5 Secrets You Need To Know]

November 05, 2019 08:00 - 1 hour - 57.4 MB

Today on The Pro Church Tools Show you’ll learn exactly how the TikTok algorithm works. And when we say *exactly* we mean it. Because our friends at Life.Church called us up after they met with a TikTok engineer and they spilled the beans on how videos get ranked on TikTok. And by the end of this episode, your church will know what it needs to do to get started with TikTok on the right foot - and how to improve the chances of your videos going viral.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: ht...

7 Proven Church Newsletter Ideas That Really Work

October 17, 2019 07:00 - 24 minutes - 22.3 MB

In my experience, the most overlooked and misunderstood digital communication platform that churches use is email. That’s right. Not Instagram or Facebook - email. So in this episode, you’ll learn everything you need to know about crafting an email strategy at your church that works and spurs on more next steps and life change across your entire church.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE:   https://prochurchtools.com/7-proven-church-newsletter-ideas-that-really-work/     SHOW N...

5 Troubling Signs That Instagram Is Declining

October 15, 2019 07:00 - 20 minutes - 18.5 MB

For the last several months, I’ve been seeing the signs. Instagram organic reach is dropping and the decline is considerable. It’s happening in the feed, but it’s even happening on IG Stories as well. So in this episode, we’ll take a closer look at this Instagram decline and what it means for your church going forward.     ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/5-troubling-signs-that-instagram-is-declining-2/     SHOW NOTES:   #1: Instagram engagement rates...

5 Leadership Reminders I Have Written On My Wall

October 10, 2019 07:00 - 20 minutes - 18.5 MB

In my home office, every wall is painted with chalkboard paint. And on one of those office walls is a series of five different leadership quotes written in chalk. For me, these are the five biggest lessons I’m trying to learn currently when it comes to leading my team and so I like to look at them regularly. But I also want to share them with you - not as virtues I’ve fully internalized - but as the principles I’m aiming for. So in this episode, I’ll take you inside my home office and into m...

3 Public Speaking Mechanisms To Keep Your Audience’s Attention

October 08, 2019 07:00 - 14 minutes - 13.4 MB

A challenge for every single church and every single church leader is that Sunday is only a few days away - which means another sermon. Another gathering. Another moment where we as church leaders need to speak in front of others. And if you don’t have a framework to fall-back on for this, you’ll likely struggle to come up with new ideas. So in this episode, you’ll learn three public speaking mechanisms to keep your church’s attention - said differently, you’ll learn how to talk and never be...

7 Ways To Maximize Year-End Giving At Church In 2019

October 03, 2019 07:00 - 16 minutes - 14.9 MB

Because of Christmas bonuses, tax deadlines, and general holiday generosity, a huge portion of church giving comes in the final months of each year. But just because folks are willing to give, doesn’t mean they’ll automatically follow-through. It’s still incumbent upon your church to provide every opportunity for generosity and to inspire your church to these next steps. So follow along, and by the end of this episode, you’ll have a framework that your church can follow to maximize year-end ...

TikTok: 13 Things Your Church Needs To Know

October 01, 2019 07:00 - 28 minutes - 26.4 MB

TikTok is the newest emerging social platform and like all social media evolutions: it’s weird, it’s unfamiliar, and young people love it. So in this episode, we’ll be giving you a primer on everything you need to know about TikTok so you can begin exploring it with your church and student ministry.   ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/tiktok-13-things-your-church-needs-to-know/   Show Notes:   If IG Stories and Vine had a baby (1:40)   Most videos are 15-60...

The ULTIMATE Christianese Power Rankings [Top 7 Christian Phrases]

September 26, 2019 07:00 - 22 minutes - 20.7 MB

Every subculture has its own set of insider language and jargon - and the Christian subculture is no exception. We lovingly call our insider language Christianese (see how self-aware we are?). And in this video, we’re going to present to you our power rankings of the best Christianese words and phrases.      ***VISIT THE FULL POST HERE: https://prochurchtools.com/the-ultimate-christianese-power-rankings-top-7-christian-phrases/     Show Notes:   What is Christianese? (0:35) ...

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