Stewardship a Disciple’s Response

December 31 is just nine short months away, and with it will come year-end giving decisions for many of your parishioners. In addition to reminding them of the tax benefits and various ways they can support the parish, you also need to give them food for thought so their giving is in line with their […]

Other Benefits of Facebook Live

Facebook Live is a powerful tool that parishes and schools can use to share live video from events, ceremonies, and speakers. One major benefit to using Facebook Live is that Facebook will track which people watch your event, and then make sure those people see your content at the top of their feed in the […]

Introduce Parishioners to the Saints

There are just so many saints. Everyone has their patrons, their favorites, and the ones they don’t understand. There’s an easy way to systematically introduce parishioners to lesser-known saints or saints with a local connection. Choose four or five who you think are particularly special, order a few hundred prayer cards of each, and mix them […]

Find Broken Links on Your Website

It’s a website admin’s worst nightmare: old broken links that frustrate your site’s visitors, but that you don’t know about. Every day, people are making judgments about your parish community based on your website, and nothing will turn them off faster than the dreaded broken link. But there is hope! There’s an easy way to […]

Protect Your Parish Brand

By now, most Catholic churches have staked out their territory online and claimed a catchy web address and Facebook username (for example, “SaintMaryDallas” for a church in Texas). But don’t stop at your website and Facebook – take a moment to register a similar Twitter and Instagram handle for your parish. You may not intend […]

Your Communications and Your Mission

In a previous post, I discussed the 8:1 communications rule – share eight pieces of good news for every one request you make of your parishioners. But this alone won’t fix all your communications problems. Another key component are the ties – strong or weak – between your communications and your mission. This week, set […]

Financial Transparency at the Parish

For centuries religious institutions were some of the most trusted organizations in most cultures. But in the modern era, suspicion of all authority figures and public institutions is on the rise. The “Me Too” era has shined a light into many dark areas of our culture, exposing abuse and corruption. (See here for an example of what […]

Publishing Mass Times on Facebook

Earlier this month I mentioned that 95% of your website visitors are just looking for Mass times. The same is true for people who search for your church on Facebook. Are you publishing Mass times on Facebook? The best place to display Mass times on Facebook is in your page’s “About” section, under your “Story”: […]

Bishop Barron meets Jordan Peterson

Have you heard the latest – Bishop Barron meets Jordan Peterson? In the last few years, Canadian psychologist Jordan B. Peterson has risen to fame, particularly among young men in the United States and Canada, for his socially conservative, no-nonsense approach to the issues of the day. His lectures, many of which examine Biblical narratives […]