I used to write a lot of poetry. In the past few years, though, I have primarily written prose. Prose requires a certain amount of creativity, but poetry—to me anyway—always seemed to something that shouldn’t be attempted without a ton of creative fuel in the tank. That’s why I was really eager to read Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon.
As a ministry, church, or non-profit organization, reaching people with your message is probably of the utmost importance to your vision. Whether you are engaging with a congregation through video announcements, teaching a message or series via social media, or advertising an event or fundraiser, the presentation is paramount. With this in mind, consider a few statistics from Roar:
- 46.1% of churches surveyed say that social media is their most effective method of outreach, compared to knocking on doors, newspapers, tv, and radio ads.
- 73.49% of high schooler ministries surveyed use social media.
Back in 2010, you could just about get away with having a webpage with one or no images. Good content and the benefit of faster loading web pages just about balanced out the benefit that visuals brought to the user experience. But in 2018, visuals are essential. Widespread faster internet connections and the prevalence of visual content around the web has adjusted our minimum expectations.
For those that do visual arts at your organization or for your own personal photos, you ever have those photobombers or objects you wanted to remove from an impact? I am embarrassed to say how many times I’ve done this, but the old school way is to grab the clone tool in Photoshop and attempt to remove the item without anyone noticing. It’s frustrating and usually not very convincing.
The video below shows three alternatives in Photoshop: content-aware fill, patch tool, and an advanced model.
Documenting is a way of keeping a record for not only for our own benefit but for those also affected by what we do. It is how we make sure that others aren’t incapacitated in our absence. And, in some ways also helpful in training others. We’ve explored these and other reasons in earlier posts. And, in a post preceding (Best Documenting Practices) this one in the Document It series, we explored some best practices. This series would be incomplete without looking at how to document.
Week after week pastors around the world spend countless hours reading, studying, praying, and writing. They do it for the sake of the Gospel in hopes of speaking life changing truths to their congregations and any visitors that walk through their church doors. What they have to say is not only valuable, it’s vital. If you’re at church, you have the privilege of benefiting from the hard work that goes into preparing and delivering a sermon. But is one delivery enough?