Preaching with the iPad

Bob FranquizUncategorized

 One of the questions I've been getting is "How do you like preaching with the iPad?"I've only taught off the iPad for a couple of weeks, but I love it!I actually think it's easier than preaching off paper notes. The reason being, there's no light directly over me when I'm preaching, so occasionally I'll get shadows on my notes which make them a challenge to read. With iPad, the lit screen gives me all the light I need to read all of my notes. The other question people have asked is, "What software are you using?"I am using Pages for my notes. ... Read More

Mother’s Day Facebook

Bob FranquizChurch

If you're going to do a Mother's Day outreach, I would highly recommend that you use Facebook ads to let those in your community know about your Mother's Day services. We do free Mother's Day portraits every year, so here are 4 types of ads we are going to have and you should consider having as well:1. An ad for Parents - Families go to church on Mother's Day because mom wants to be there with her whole family. This ad is a great way to let families know what you're doing. 2. An ad for Moms - Remember, it's Mother's Day. That ... Read More

Mother’s Day Direct Mail

Bob FranquizChurch

If you're planning to do direct mail for Mother's Day, here's a few things to consider: 1. Your copy matters - Focus on the benefits of attending, but just the features of your services (i.e. a feature is: batteries included. A benefit is, "Ready to play with right out of the box".)2. Don't focus only on moms - Speaking of copy, just because it's Mother's Day don't speak just to moms. Remember that adults with parents are going to read it as well. Husbands of moms with young children will read it as well.  3. Be clear it's a church - ... Read More

Sunday Stuff… (Tuesday Edition)

Bob FranquizChurch

- Great day on Sunday- I taught on the 3rd commandment in our series "Ten Words"- I'm amazed by the momentum our Miramar campus is building- Joel and George led worship this morning. They did a great job! - I say this all the time. but I'm continually blown away by the talent at Calvary!- We are in full Mother's Day mode at the office. - Mother's Day is one of our biggest Sundays of the year, so we're going for it! - I am really enjoying teaching the 1 commandments. - I'm looking forward to the next 2 series we have planned (a ... Read More

Mother’s Day

Bob FranquizChurch

I hope you have a big Mother's Day outreach planned. We have found that Mother's Day can be one of the biggest Sundays of the year if you promote it the right way. Here's a few ways to make Mother's Day "Easter-Like": 1. Promote internally - Let your congregation know that this is a great day to invite family and friends. 2. Give them a "hook" to invite - every year we do Mother's Day portraits. I know this isn't an original idea, but it has paid huge dividends for us as Mother's Day is a huge evangelistic day for us. 3. Direct Mail ... Read More

Favorite Book: March 2010

Bob FranquizBooks

 I read a bunch of books in March, but my favorite by far was Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne. I read everything Larry writes and particularly liked "Ten Dumb things Smart Christians believe" and "The Unity Factor", but this was by far my favorite book that he has written. It's a smart, funny and quick read that give you page after page of nuggets and godly wisdom from someone who has been in ministry a long time. I loved several things about this book: - A real look at the role of a Senior Pastor- An honest look at how a staff really works- ... Read More

10 Days Later…My iPad Review

Bob FranquizUncategorized

 In short... I love it! Instead of writing some long review, I thought I'd post reasons I love the iPad: 1. Pages - It mirrors Pages on the Mac very well. Plus, it opens Words files as well.  2. iPhoto - This is a really nice. The pictures look great. plus, you can set the iPad to roll pictures and have it serve as a digital frame when you're not using it. 3. Typing - I haven't purchased the keyboard, so I've been typing on the screen keyboard and I think it's great. plus, it auto corrects (which most of the time is ... Read More

The Anniversary Sale Ends Today!

Bob FranquizUncategorized

We're celebrating our one year anniversary at www.church-strategies.com! To celebrate, we're doing a major sale on everything in the store. Simply type in the coupon code anniversary during checkout and you'll be able to pick up any www.church-strategies.com resource at 25% off! Just to give you an idea, here's a partial list of the resources that are on sale during the anniversary sale:The New Believer Follow Up SystemDigital EvangelismLaying the FoundationCreating a Culture of EvangelismDirect Mail Secrets21st Century Outreach StrategiesHow to Make Every Sunday like EasterThe Zero to Sixty SeminarPlus all sermon series!But the sale ends today, so don't delay! I hope that our celebration is a blessing ... Read More

Database Management

Bob FranquizChurch

One of the questions I get regularly is, "What management software do you use to manage your database?"Honestly, I'm not really happy with any of them. We've looked at all the big boys and we finally decided on Roll Call which is produced by By the Book. It's a good program and most importantly, it's OSX compatible. Our office is 100% Mac, so that's a big deal for us.  Other programs looked good but were way too expensive for what they offered. Others just didn't do the trick for our system.  So this is not an endorsement of Roll Call per ... Read More

Celebrate Good Times… Come on!

Bob FranquizUncategorized

We're celebrating our one year anniversary at www.church-strategies.com! To celebrate, we're doing a major sale on everything in the store. Simply type in the coupon code anniversary during checkout and you'll be able to pick up any www.church-strategies.com resource at 25% off! Just to give you an idea, here's a partial list of the resources that are on sale during the anniversary sale:The New Believer Follow Up SystemDigital EvangelismLaying the FoundationCreating a Culture of EvangelismDirect Mail Secrets21st Century Outreach StrategiesHow to Make Every Sunday like EasterThe Zero to Sixty SeminarPlus all sermon series!This sale is good for this week only, so don't delay! I hope that our celebration ... Read More