Author: Mackenzie

“All are welcome” — or are they?

We (like many religious groups) often put the phrase “all are welcome” on our signs. We need to make sure we’re being truthful, though. Is everyone really welcome? Accessibility Are disabled people welcome in your congregation? In the United States, religious organizations are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act. On top of that, the ADA allows a lot of grandfathering of inaccessible facilities. If you bought your meetinghouse from another organization that lacked that exemption, it still might not be accessible. When looking for a meeting space, a Friend I know told her meeting “if it’s not accessible, we have...

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60 Fonts with a good Q

Let’s say you’re trying to find a font for your meeting’s branding. Maybe you’re making a logomark, or maybe you’re trying to decide on a font to use as headers on your website and literature. In any case, you’re probably looking for fonts with a good Q. Who gets to use a capital Q as much as we do? A lot of fonts really don’t seem to have much effort on the Q. And sometimes it looks like the power symbol on a computer. Ugh! So, to make it easier on all of you, I’ve taken screenshots of the...

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Graphics Tools

There are many programs out there for creating and editing graphics. Here are some recommendations. This page is periodically updated from the list in the Facebook group. Canva, online image+text creator for desktop & iOS, has a free tier GIMP, free photo editor Inkscape, free vector graphics editor (think logos, banners, flyers) for Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. WordSwag, for iOS & Android You can learn to develop your eye for design using: Canva Design School Smashing...

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Other sources of advice

A lot of what’s here has been gleaned from reading other people’s advice. Credit where credit is due, these are some very helpful sources of advice you should also check out. This page is periodically updated from the list on the Facebook group. Church Marketing Sucks Evangelism Coach Pro Church...

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Sources of stock photos

While you should strongly favor photos of our own folks over stock photos, stock photos do have their place. That place is primarily ones where faces aren’t seen.  There are many sources of stock photos out there, so here are a few suggested ones. This page is periodically updated from the list maintained in the Facebook group. Free No attribution required Pixabay – http://pixabay.com/ Attribution may be required Creative Commons search for Google, Flickr, etc. – http://search.creativecommons.org/ Paid services, no attribution required These services may have some free photos, but access to the full stock of photos requires payment....

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