8 Church branding tools for beginner graphic designers

8 Church branding tools for beginner graphic designers

Ever feel like it would be nice to design something that looks beautiful, but you just don’t have the tools or the know-how to make it happen?

I felt the exact same way in year 9 art class. I wanted to create a beautiful painting of a glorious sunset, and instead, I found some watercolour pencils and scribbled out a quick sketch of one, then painted some water over the top to make it look like a painting. Essentially it was a painting, and it did look like a sunset, but even my teacher said, ‘I think you can do better than this’. Now, I am no artist by any means, but I knew that if I’d bothered to choose the right tool (oil paints) for the job, I wouldn’t have failed my own vision so dismally. 

Attempting great feats of graphic design can land us all in the same hot water. Especially when we take into account our beginner skill set and a limited budget. If you want to use professional tools and are willing to learn to use them, check out the Adobe Suite.

However, if you want free tools that will help you achieve some graphic design projects quickly and beautifully, I’ve listed the cream-of-the-crop below. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Church Easter Resource Round-up

Church Easter Resource Round-up

Easter is just around the corner and I find with my last-minute nature that I’m always trawling the internet for inspiration and ideas on how-to-do-Easter-excellently.

And while Google usually gets it right and knows what I’m looking for, I still tend to feel a little lost when clicking around, like I’d like someone to just tell me what information out there is actually good and useful.

So, today, call me Google-extraordinaire, because I have rounded-up the best-of-the-best on the internet for you to get your church Easter fix.

There's everything from Facebook advertising, to how many church services to offer, to social media graphics, and it's all listed below for your binge-reading pleasure ;)

Top tips for a tantalizing church Facebook Page

Top tips for a tantalizing church Facebook Page

I have a confession:

I have been on a little bit of a Facebook hiatus.

Not because I don’t want to post, or I don’t have the time to post [more on that here and here].

But because I’ve been feeling a little uninspired, and my well of content is coming up dry. So I decided that rather than sitting down and wishing for something interesting to happen, I’d sit down, brainstorm, and conjure up interesting posts with more intention.

This post is essentially my brainstorm session of the tips I need to keep in mind while I’m posting to Facebook, with actionable ideas that you can take away from them. If that sounds kooky I’m sure it’ll all make sense below! [At least I hope so!]

The ultimate system for welcoming and integrating church visitors

The ultimate system for welcoming and integrating church visitors

My church has a problem. Yours might too.

We have around 100 welcoming, friendly, loving, God-fearing people. Those people are pretty great at pouncing on any newcomers that appear (after all, we're not a big church, and it's always a great injection of vibrancy when a new person shows up, not to mention the fact that we also very keen to share the gospel with anyone interested in listening!)

However, once those exciting wonderful newcomers walk out those front doors after the service, they are gone forever.

Not because we weren't welcoming, or the music wasn't to their taste or the coffee was bad, but because we didn't follow up with them. Ever.

I like to call it the Friendly But No Follow Up Trap.

6 Christmas posts to adorn your church Facebook page

6 Christmas posts to adorn your church Facebook page

I am guilty of being a last-minute present buyer, food-shopper, gift-wrapper and tree-decorator. So I guess it comes as no surprise that Christmas has snuck up on me once again this year, and I found myself scrambling a little to find Christmas ideas to post on my church Facebook page. 

At Christmas time, everyone seems to have limited budgets, limited time, and limited patience. If you’re feeling like that, it’s likely your Facebook followers are too, and will have much less patience in reading a dull Facebook post. So, no pressure, but its time to try something new and different for your church Facebook page this Christmas. It’s time to post catchy, interesting things that will grab people’s attention. 

So I have come up with 6 easy posts you can do that will have maximum impact on your peeps! Check them out below...