Thank you all for your patience as I have organized content for this site and the Church Communications Training School. There is still a tremendous amount to do, but I just finished two very large and significant projects and made some important decisions.
Bottom line first on pricing decision
This has been agonizing and I can't begin to tell you how complex, confusing, and frustrating it has been to try to figure out the underlying software to coordinate this site and the training school and to somehow charge fairly for them. I'm a tiny little ministry with lots of experience and information to share, but no big tech staff to help me. I do what I can with the Lord's help and this is the best solution I can come to at present given my present resources and time.
My conclusion after lots of prayer is that I'm making the Training School part of Effective Church Communication Membership and that membership in Effective Church Communications will be simplified to a monthly fee ($9.99) and a LIFETIME FEE ($99, but til Jan 30, only $59). If you are a member of Effective Church Communications you have LIFETIME access to all the classes in the school. If you want to use them for a conference where you are charging people, there is an additional fee, but it is totally on your honor if you pay it or not.
According to every "expert" on training, my fee is far too low, but somehow I felt it was so much more important for as many churches as possible, no matter how limited their resources to be able to get the training in the school and the resources on this site.
If you are an ECC MEMBER, below is the code you need to use when you sign up for classes. You have to do this for each class that has a fee (a number of them are FREE), but you only have to do it once.
If you are not an ECC Member, you won't be able to see the code. If you would like to sign up and take advantage of the incredible sale going on now, CLICK HERE. Please do tell your friends about this extraordinary offer of $59 for LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP for both all the resources on the Effective Church Communications site and the Church Communicators Training site.
Here is the code for the classes if you are an ECC Member (BE SURE YOU ARE SIGNED IN!):
The Classes—big and little
There are so many more coming, but there are now TEN classes on the site.
Some of them are short ones from our archives, very helpful ones on type and photos and a tiny, but very helpful one on how to find and use Loren Ipsum.
And then there are the BIG, IMPORTANT ONES..........
I finished putting together two very important foundational courses for the Church Communications Training School. These courses are based on decades of work, research, study and practical application and took me many, many hours to put together.
The courses have multiple videos, complete handouts, and audio files of all the content. They are useful for personal study, staff training, and can be used in conferences and Bible school training programs. If the training in them is followed, it will significantly change how your church does communications and the long-terms success you get from your work. The courses are:
The Five Steps of Effective Church Communications and Marketing
This course distills the core beliefs of the Effective Church Communications ministry and gives you an overview of the Five Steps which take people from outside the church to mature disciples of Jesus. Those Five Steps are:
The class has lessons on each step, it highlights the most important communications in it and gives you tips how to be successful in each one. This course will help any church take its communication program from one filled with unrelated (though sometimes useful and great-looking) communications to a coherent program that enables all your communications work towards the goal of fully fulfilling the Great Commission.
For the course I also redid and simplified the Five Steps Chart, which is the foundation of this ministry. I'll be doing some articles on it in the next few days, but for now, CLICK HERE to go to the course overview to see it.
Successful Seasonal Strategy
In our unchurched world today, an invitation to "Come to church," may not be successful and may be slightly awkward.
At the same time, everyone loves a party and when churches put on great seasonal events, it's an easy ask for your congregation. Churches often have a great turn-out and lots of people show up.
However, often all the hard work to get people to and put on an event isn't met with lasting success from it.
This course will show you (IN GREAT DETAIL) how to change that and use seasonal events to not only grow your church in numbers, but your people in discipleship maturity.
This course is ESSENTIAL if you want to make the most of the opportunities you have. PLEASE watch it before you plan your upcoming Easter outreach.
Go to the overview page of the school and click on Successful Seasonal Strategies to make your seasonal events make a lasting impact on your church.
Exciting things ahead
Putting together courses for the school is an extensive and exhausting amount of work, but I'm very excited about how it will equip many to more effectively communicate the gospel message.
Lots more coming on this in the future, but I wanted to share the latest update.
Please continue to pray for me. Much to do for the sake of the Kingdom.