Author: Mark Dreistadt

More Than a Merry Christmas!

The Christmas holidays are always a very special time of the year. It is a time when we express our heartfelt appreciation for others through our greetings and our gifts. It is usually a time for celebration and festivities, with Christmas parties and family gatherings.

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Lost Opportunities: Faith, Giving, and Social Media

By Ron Sellers Grey Matter Research Introduction by Mark Dreistadt For many years I have talked about the value of research over “me-search.” Me-search is an expression of our personal feelings, perceptions, or even historical perspective… and it is often 100% wrong. Research is the systematic investigation of

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America’s Changing Religious Landscape

The religious topography of America has been shifting significantly during the past decade. The sad and startling reality is that while many churches are experiencing growth, Christianity in America is in decline. With successive generations facing increasingly secular influences, our culture is slowly shifting away

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A Better Alternative

My long-time friend and colleague, Phil Cooke, recently posted a blog article entitled: Leaders: There May Be a Better Alternative Than Hiring Full Time Employees Phil is known for being both provocative and insightful. His television production and consulting experience during the past 30 years give

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Direct Mail Is Alive and Well…

In this day of increasing and pervasive digital communication, many organizations are legitimately questioning the value of continuing their direct mail programs. Digital communication can be faster and less expensive. Plus, literally everyone is online these days… However, the outcomes are not as predictable as

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Branding Your Church’s Media Ministry

One of the keys to developing adequate funding for your church’s media ministry is to develop an independent brand identity for your media outreach. Developing a strong brand involves more than just creating a good logo. It requires a commitment to identify and develop the

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