Church Media Producers? Here’s My Checklist to Prevent “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Every winter, church media producers and communication directors across the country begin a time honored and terrifying ritual: “The Church Christmas 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

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An Interview with Kathleen Cooke on her new Devotional:

Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted Culture

My wife Kathleen Cooke is releasing a new devotional book “Hope 4 Today: Staying Connected to God in a Distracted Culture” and because it’s based on extensive research about engaging the Bible as well as the perspective of someone who’s spent her career in entertainment and media, I thought my readers would be interested in the subject. Here’s an interview I did with her about the project:

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Things I Never Travel Without

I travel nearly 200,000 miles a year, and over the course of millions of miles and more than 100 countries, I’ve learned a few things about not just “surviving” but “thriving” on the road. A few years ago I was really frustrated about so much travel, but then realized it was part of what I was called to do, so I could either be miserable for the rest of my life or embrace it. Since then I’ve

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Church and Ministry Communication and The Power of Being Consistent

A Guest Post from Dawn Nicole Baldwin

When our team at Cooke Pictures leads sessions on church communication and leadership, our growth strategist, Dawn Nicole Baldwin, always emphasizes consistency. I’ll never forget seeing a local church who advertised everywhere as a “family friendly church.” But when we visited on Sunday, we noticed a large sign that said “No children allowed in the sanctuary.” Inconsistent? Yeah. So I asked Dawn to write a guest post today to explain exactly how consistency can increase the impact of communicating your message:

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My Interview with Brian Houston

If you missed our interview on “Let’s Talk with Brian Houston” on the Hillsong Channel, then don’t despair!  I’ve been friends with Brian ever since he asked me to teach his entire church staff in Sydney, Australia years ago.  Since then, we’ve stayed in touch as his team has planted incredible churches in major cities around the world, and now launched The Hillsong Channel on television. I was also the Executive Producer of the independently produced “Hillsong Movie: Let Hope Rise.” Brian is as good a leader as they come, and I was honored to spend time with him on his program.  Let me know what you think:

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Pastors: Should Your Worship Leader Also Lead Communications?

In an extraordinary number of churches, the worship leader is also the leader of the communications or media team. After all, it can make sense – a good worship leader knows music, knows how to communicate a message, understands the experience of being onstage, and has the trust of the pastor. Especially in a small church it’s a logical choice. But as a church grows, it could lead to problems, and here’s why:

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What Leaders Could Learn From How Elon Musk Communicates

Recently, an email went public that entrepreneur Elon Musk sent to Tesla employees. Although it was originally sent a few years ago, it reveals a lot about how communication is handled at Tesla, and the implications for other organizations – including churches, ministries, and nonprofits. Take a look and then think about how Musk’s philosophy could impact your organization. Here’s the email (which Tesla has verified was sent to all employees):

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An Open Letter About Why It’s Time to Ditch Open Letters

The idea of “Open Letters” has become all the rage these days. You can find “Open Letters” in newspapers, magazines, or online addressed to politicians, religious leaders, CEO’s, and even to local high school football coaches. I don’t know who wrote the first open letter – and he or she may have had a legitimate issue and wanted to bring it up in a public space. But today, they’re so ubiquitous that in my opinion they’ve

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