Small Sips: Your February roundup of news and resources for church communicators.

☕️ Punxsutawney Phil last week predicted six more weeks of winter. Either way, the start of February means we’re in the depths of winter—but spring is coming (and Easter is 61 days away!). Here’s a roundup of helpful and fun links to get your church communication mind churning and thinking about spring.

1. How to Use Facebook to Build a Community in 2023

Want to develop a loyal and engaged following on Facebook? Wondering what types of content develops community? In this article from Social Media Examiner, you’ll discover how to develop communities with Facebook.

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2. Next-Gen Branding For Your Church

There’s no question about it: reaching Millennials and Gen Z with the truth of the gospel looks different now than it did for our parents' generation. Our generation is dealing with church hurt, mental health crises, and questions that challenge what it really means to have faith at all. The Barna Group took time to dive into this subject in their “Reviving Evangelism” report, and ArtSpeak Creative has the highlights, research, and next steps ready for you to check out.

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3. Make an Emotional Connection with Your Audience

In this podcast, former Disney executives Dan Cockerell and Theron Skees discuss their career journeys and lessons learned from Disney. One of the key topics Skees goes into detail on is how to make an emotional connection with your audience.

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4. Spiritual Discipline: Creating a Habit of Prayer

Spiritual disciplines are practices or habits that help deepen our faith and build spiritual strength. Spiritual disciplines include prayer. And they take discipline—attention and dedication—to challenge ourselves to stay committed in order to grow in our knowledge and love for God.

Church Juice and Prayer Ministry are part of the ReFrame Ministries family of programs.

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5. Touchscreen Macs Coming Soon?

Despite years of resistance, Apple is now working on adding touchscreens to Macs, according to a recent report. Apple has repeatedly dismissed the idea of a touchscreen Mac over the years, so this would be a major reversal in philosophy for the company if it moves forward with these plans. In 2010, for example, Steve Jobs said that "touch surfaces don't want to be vertical" due to arm fatigue associated with holding up a finger to the screen. Jobs also was not a fan of the stylus—yet, hello Apple Pencil.

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