Church Marketing Sucks Celebrates One Year Online

July 22, 2005 by

Happy Birthday! Today is the one-year anniversary of Church Marketing Sucks. You may have noticed a redesign as part of the festivities. We also sent out a press release chronicling our accomplishments in the past year.

It’s been a crazy year and we’re amazed at the response. Thank you for checking out the site, joining the conversation and spreading the word. We hope you enjoy the new look and the added features. And most of all, we hope God continues to work through churches as they tell the greatest story ever told.

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JULY 22, 2005

Church Marketing Sucks

Celebrates One Year Online

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Church Marketing Sucks, the blog covering church marketing and communications, celebrates their one-year anniversary with a redesign and steadily rising traffic.

“The church has all the ingredients for connecting communities with Jesus” says founder Brad Abare, “but following the recipe is a whole different story. My prayer has been and continues to be that Church Marketing Sucks can serve church communicators with best practice and collaborative wisdom, all by the leading of the Holy Spirit.”

In the past year the site has generated more than a quarter million visits and is on track to pass 50,000 visits per month in July. Church Marketing Sucks is the number one search result for “church marketing” on Google, Yahoo!, MSN and other search engines.

The site has been featured or the founders interviewed in a wide range of publications, including Ministries Today magazine, the humor publication The Door, and mainstream resources like Fox News, Search Engine Guide and PRWeek.

Church Marketing Sucks has posted more than 275 entries and received more than 600 comments and 300 e-mails in the past year. They’ve also been linked to by countless blogs and web sites.

“I love your site and what you guys are doing,” read one e-mail. “Keep pushing people to strive for greatness and to not settle.”

“We launched the site on July 22, 2004 and I’m humbled and amazed at the response only one year later,” says writer Kevin D. Hendricks.

In celebration of their one year anniversary, the site has been redesigned and beefed up to include an e-mail newsletter, weekly polls, a peer review section and more.

Founded in 2004, Church Marketing Sucks is a free flowing conversation about church communications. The goal is to frustrate, educate and motivate the church to communicate, with uncompromising clarity, the truth of Jesus Christ. Visit to join the conversation. For interviews or article ideas contact Brian Zopf.


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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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8 Responses to “Church Marketing Sucks Celebrates One Year Online”

  • Wes Childers
    July 22, 2005

    The redesign looks great! Keep up the good work… and thanks for opening up the conversation that we are all having within our individual organizations to a wider audience.

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  • ken
    July 23, 2005

    Loving the new design… snazzy. As a bloglines reader, I usually miss out on the designs (but strangely, I’m obsessed with redesigning and tweaking out my own site… weird). Anyway, great content, Happy Birthday, and keep it up.

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  • Howard Huhn
    July 24, 2005

    Congratulations on 1 year! As a frequent lurker I have appreciated your ministry and insight.

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  • orangejack
    July 24, 2005

    Happy Belated!

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  • Michael
    July 25, 2005

    I am so glad I came across your work here, it has helped me put into words what has burned inside for so long..and it is beginning (slowly but surely) to make a change in our church.
    I like the new site, but I think the width needs to be extended, some of the words get cut off.
    Keep at it!

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  • James
    July 25, 2005

    Having started and killed more blogs than I can readily recall — I started yet another new one as of the first of the month — I have a great deal of respect for someone who can keep any blog of consequence in operation for a whole year. Congrats!

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  • Matt
    July 26, 2005

    Hey guys –
    I like the design! It looks really good. Unfortunately, though, the right-hand side column somehow overlaps the main text column by just about 3 – 4 characters’ width so reading your pages is very difficult.
    I’m running IE 6 under WinXP SP2 in 1200×800 (laptop widescreen)

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  • thoughts
    August 30, 2005

    2005 Summer Blogging Review

    With the summer winding down and me blogging like a mad man all over the place (except maybe here), I thought it’d be a good idea to take a page from the Jason Kottke book and do a summer blog…

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