HACK MY LIFE
Sure, senior pastors are busy. Preparing sermons, leading staff meetings, offering pre-marital counseling, and on and on the list continues. These people have gifts and callings from God that undeniably bless our communities and challenge our congregations to grow.
We’re certainly not taking anything away from senior pastors or anyone else on your team, but church communicators might be the most misunderstood and under-appreciated folks on church staffs. We’re sort of the equivalent of church referees; if we do our jobs really well, people probably won’t even know we exist.
Take us out of the equation, though, and chaos is sure to ensue.
With everything we have on our plates, I think all of us would be grateful for a few extra hours in the workweek, or at least a few tricks that make our massive/unrealistic (?) workloads a little more manageable.
That’s what this month is all about. These little tips and tricks may not completely rock your world, but they may help you complete your weekly tasks just a little quicker and just a little easier. Smart church communicators take advantage of automation, delegation, and simplification to hack their way to a slightly easier and more productive life.
And one more tip: After you implement all these changes, take advantage of the time you save. Don’t just work more hours with the time you save. Go home. Rest. Spend time with your family and do stuff for fun. That might be the most important life hack you can find.
Making Design Easy with Canva (with Barbara Carneiro)
Photoshop, Illustrator, and the full Adobe Suite are… well, sweet. However, they’re also pretty complex programs. Some churches don’t have any designers on staff, and even if you do, sometimes it’s just too time consuming to create original graphics from scratch every. single. time.
Enter Canva. Canva is an online design tool that makes it super easy to make beautiful design projects quickly, regardless of your actual design skill or experience. A little tip? Canva Pro (with even more helpful tools) is available for free for churches.
If you’re not currently using Canva at your church (or if you’re just getting started), check out this helpful webinar from Barbara Carneiro. Odds are some of their features could be incredibly helpful even for teams of skillful designers.
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