Top 10 Posts of 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016

December 26, 2016 by

Every year we take a moment to look back at the previous year and see what resonated. Here are the posts that drew the most eyeballs this year:

10. Promoting Easter: What Works
Easter content is always popular, but this post in our series with experts exploring what practically works was especially popular.

9. 7 Tips to Improve Your Bulletin
No matter who declares the bulletin dead or how many churches move on, the bulletin is still a staple of church communication.

8. Welcoming Children to Church
Quick tips to help your church welcome children.

7. Church Bulletin Do’s and Don’ts: A Visitor’s Perspective
Looking at your bulletin with fresh eyes and considering how it works for a visitor.

6. Empowering Church Staff on Social Media
How to take your social media efforts up a notch by making it easy for your staff to engage.

5. Preach Your Announcements
“Wow, those announcements were powerful today,” said no one ever. We riff on Phil Bowdle’s post challenging us to take our announcements to the next level.

4. 2016 Events for Church Communicators
Finding your church comm event for the year is always popular.

3. How Churches Are Failing Facebook: Programs Over People
Churches are doing Facebook wrong, flooding it with mundane announcements. It’s an opportunity to actually connect and inspire people.

2. What Do You Do When Christmas Falls on a Sunday?
The occasional quandary flared up again this year as churches tried to decide how to juggle overworked volunteers, family commitments, the struggle of whether or not to cancel church services on Christmas day.

And our top post of 2016…

1. Pokemon Go: Sending People to Your Church
The Pokemon Go smartphone game exploded on the scene this summer, pre-populated with in-game locations at real-world churches. That caused quite a stir as everyone scrambled to figure out how to respond to eager players who might actually come to church (or more accurately, near a church building). Six months later the furor has died down, but the phenomena is still worth considering. (Anyone still playing? I am! Level 31.)

Thanks for a great 2016. We wish you and your church the best and we launch into 2017.


If you like the best of the best, you can always check out our top posts from previous years: 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 (our archive goes back farther, but our lists of top posts don’t).

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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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