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In the Kansas Messenger office we receive your newsletter and many more—and we read all of them! Because we read so many, occasional suggestions come to mind, and we hope you will find this helpful. (Click a title to read more)

Church Websites: Where do we begin?

Church Websites: Where do we begin? Tuesday, January 31 9 – 11 AM Chapel, Disciples Center at Tawakoni, Between Andover and Augusta 7 -9 PM Grace Room, Pine Valley Christian Church 5620 E 21 St. North When it comes to church communication in the digital age, church websites are the first step in the digital […]

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Church Communication Workshops

Church Communication in the 21st Century  Workshop Series In order to keep up with ever-changing modes of communication, churches must adjust their means of communication with members and visitors.  A six-week series of workshops will explore effective digital and printed communication strategies for churches. Workshops will be on Tuesdays, January 31 – March 7. Two […]

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Church Office Handbook Part 4

Communication Corner Office Handbook Part 4: Church Safety and Security In the chaos of an emergency situation, having a set of step-by-step procedures helps keep everyone safe and things organized.  When it comes to the safety and security of the church facilities, here are a few things you should consider adding to your Church Office […]

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Office Handbook Part 3: Volunteers and General Ministry

Communication Corner Office Handbook Part 3: Volunteers and General Ministry Throughout the life of the church, volunteers fill in where paid staff can’t. These are the leaders whose presence and contributions are key to your church’s ministry. Because your volunteer staff can differ greatly from year to year, season to season, job descriptions and procedures […]

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Technology Tidbits

In the age of technology, it is often hard for churches to keep up especially on a budget. We will offer our take on various technologies available to churches.  This would include what it is, costs to use it, and a description on how to use it effectively. (Click a title to read more)

Church Websites: Where do we begin?

Church Websites: Where do we begin? Tuesday, January 31 9 – 11 AM Chapel, Disciples Center at Tawakoni, Between Andover and Augusta 7 -9 PM Grace Room, Pine Valley Christian Church 5620 E 21 St. North When it comes to church communication in the digital age, church websites are the first step in the digital […]

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Church Communication Workshops

Church Communication in the 21st Century  Workshop Series In order to keep up with ever-changing modes of communication, churches must adjust their means of communication with members and visitors.  A six-week series of workshops will explore effective digital and printed communication strategies for churches. Workshops will be on Tuesdays, January 31 – March 7. Two […]

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Prezi: Next Generation of PowerPoint

Have you ever sat through a really boring presentation and felt like you learned nothing?  Prezi is a presentation tool that can be used as an alternative to traditional slide-making programs such as PowerPoint. Instead of slides, Prezi makes use of one large canvas that allows you to pan and zoom to various parts of the canvas and […]

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Transforming printed materials with QR codes

Have you have seen these funny looking squares?  Originally started in Japan, the QR code allows churches to harness the power of the smart phone and computer tablets by allowing printed materials to become interactive. What is a QR code? A QR Code (it stands for “Quick Response”) is a mobile phone readable bar code […]

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Mission Spotlight

As we strive to become Mission First! congregations, we will highlight the missions and programs for the Disciples of Christ denomination focusing on a local church congregation, the Kansas region, and Kansas pastors or church leaders that is going above and beyond the call of duty. (Click a title to read more)

Emporia FCC provides food to needy families

The thriving food pantry at First Christian Church, Emporia, is meeting the various basic needs of families in its community. In 2015, the pantry helped over 320 families, consisting of 806 people, with 346 bags of food. “Recognizing a person and addressing them by name makes all of us feel important, knowing that we are […]

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Baxter Springs “Great Day of Service”

One Sunday a year, First Christian Church, Baxter Springs, meets early for communion, and then goes out into the community to serve people. Church happens that morning without a sermon or singing, just moving hands and feet. “This ‘Great Day of Service’ stems from the idea that we want to be Jesus in our community,” […]

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Warm Blankets, Warm Hearts

Mission Spotlight: Warm Blankets, Warm Harts With temperatures dropping below freezing this week, many of us don’t have to worry about staying warm, but for the Wichita homeless community it can mean life and death. Last December after seeing some of the homeless men and women in Wichita, 7-year-old Max Freeman of Faith Christian Church […]

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Giving Hope to La Flor

As part of their mission, Woodridge Christian Church in Wichita has adopted the small village of La Flor, Nicaragua, through Just Hope, an organization based in Tulsa. Fourteen members will visit in February to help build a home, to learn more about the benefits of their previous projects, a microbank and bridge repairs, and to develop […]

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