From Techno to Technology - St. John's tiered communications journey
Do you feel like there is so much noise and competition between ministries that it's hard to get any word out to your congregation, let alone a strategic message?
Learn from St. John Lutheran's journey to find messaging priority and balance between their church, school and childcare.
Maximizing Your Team - Part 3: Project Management
Resources from The Table: Visual Identity and Style Guides
Recap of the meeting
This week we met at The Table to discuss the best practices for creating a visual identity and style guide at your church. We had a great conversation about where to start and how to get your staff involved and excited!
Get Friendly With It - What Google's Algorithm Update means for churches
Today marks an important shift in the way Google will list your website in its search engine results.
According to Google:
- They are boosting the ranking of mobile-friendly pages on mobile search results.
- This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in their search results.
What does this change mean for your church website?
The First Sunday - Five Millennials share their stories
When someone attends your church for the first time, getting feedback about your website, parking lot, greeters, services and the overall guest experience can be incredibly beneficial.
So ... to help get a better idea of what people notice when they drive into your parking lot and walk through your doors, we sent five IUPUI writing students on a mission. Each millennial attended a church they had never been to before and wrote about what they saw, heard and felt.
The Secret Worship Mission - What we've learned from going undercover
Fresh perspective is priceless. Unfortunately, we always lose it. It is a strange paradox that the more we look at something the less clearly we see it. It’s true at home, at work and in our church environments.
This is why we love Secret Worship! It helps churches view their guest experience in a new light. Here are a few things we’ve learned from our experiences as a first-time guest in your church.
Maximizing Your Team - Part 2: Unity
Welcome to Part 2 of our four part series on Maximizing Your Team. If you are just joining us we would love for you to also take a look at "Part 1: Culture!"
One of our goals at Fishhook is to make sure we are doing everything we can so that our culture, unity, project management and resources are maximized. Our hope is that by being intentional about these four major categories we can create a fun and effective atmosphere that benefits both our team and our clients.
Building the Boat - The reason behind having a visual identity and style guide
Imagine a dozen people standing on the edge of a lake with the collective goal of reaching a specific spot on the other side. They can swim across, but some of them are much better swimmers than others. Even if these stronger swimmers try and help the weaker ones, it is still going to be a struggle for everyone. Some will reach the target spot much sooner, some may reach the wrong spot, some may never make it at all. Everyone will be frustrated, exhausted and soaked to the bone.
But what if, instead of swimming across, they build a boat.
DIY Secret Worship - Go undercover and become your own guest
As a church staff member it can be hard to recall the first time you stepped into your church … the overwhelming feeling of wanting to be seen but invisible at the same time, the awkward moment you realized you needed a bathroom but didn't see any signs for one, the uncertainty of checking your child into the appropriate room. After years of attending, of parking in “your” spot and leaving your children in the care of people they know and who know them, it can be difficult to see the cracks in the guest experience at your church. You may not even know where to start. Secret Worship can help!
Maximizing Your Team - Part 1: Culture
Here at Fishhook it is important to us to be intentional … intentional with our team, our space, our time and our work. A lot of thought has been put into our relationships and our processes because we want to utilize what we have to its highest potential. Our goal is to maximize our culture, unity, project management and resources in order to have a fun and effective atmosphere that benefits both our team and our clients.
We also want you to have a team atmosphere that feels intentional and effective. With this in mind, we’ve asked a few Fishhookers to unpack some of our processes and experiences so that you can use them to help maximize your team culture, unity, project management and resources.
Spring Break Easter in Vegas - How to find a church while on vacation
A long time ago my husband and I lived within driving distance of Las Vegas, Nevada. I was well-traveled but had yet to cross that colorful destination off my bucket list, so one spring break we decided to drive over for a few days.
Last Minute Easter Communications Checklist
Easter is a beautiful time, a day to don our Sunday best, enjoy fellowship with family and friends, bask in the newness of Spring and, most importantly, to find renewed life in the remembrance of Christ’s resurrection.
But, unfortunately, if you’re in charge of planning, promoting or even parking, Easter can often feel like the most stressful day of the year! We want to help you fight that stress with a free communications checklist!
Meet the Newest Fishhooker, Joshua Delph!
Creating a Visual Identity and Style Guide for Your Church
Why does having a visual identity or style guide matter?
You're invited to The Table on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT) for a workshop on how to create a visual identity and style guide for your church. Join church communicators from around the city for a roundtable discussion!
Fishhook Turns 12!!! - Why we're grateful to be part of the team.
From day one, Evan has worked hard to create a culture that is different from most working environments. He put a focus on us as individuals, our families and having an environment that was open and creative. This week Fishhook turned 12 years old, and we couldn't be more excited for what's ahead! Our team is currently in the midst of planning, dreaming and praying for the future. But for now, we want to reflect on how thankful we are for the culture that Evan has developed over the last 12 years.
Get Stuff Done! 6 Ways To Help You Manage Projects.
Today was indeed a great day. Any day that I get to have a long phone call with my sister is a great day. My sister and brother-in-law run their own business (if you live in Florida and have any need for pool enclosures or lanais, I know who to send you to). She has had some shift in how she is organizing a few things in her business and specifically in the day-to-day operations of the front office.
The Fishhook Vibe - Finding our Superpowers (Part 2)
Okay, so none of us here at Fishhook has x-ray vision, a magic hammer or a butler who helps us engineer an arsenal of weaponry to couple with our inhuman martial arts abilities, but we still like to think our team is pretty super. Each of us has different strengths—or superpowers—that help us contribute to The Fishhook Vibe.
The Fishhook Vibe - Finding our Superpowers (Part 1)