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Some things I learned from NOAH

Some things I learned from NOAH

Exchanging Tips and Advice
Getting the WORD out has a lot of meaning(s). As we are challenged to get the WORD out – meaning the message of God so people can hear it; we are also challenged on how to get the WORD of God out – meaning the actual WORD that comes from what Jesus has spoken and that is written down in the scriptures. Sometimes God’s Word is misunderstood. Let us take a look at God’s word as told to us about the challenge that God placed in the hands of Noah. And, there is nothing wrong about having a little fun with our understanding of God’s WORD. Many of the things that I learned about life, I learned from studying Noah and the Ark.* First of all… it is important not…
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Great Marketing Seminar for Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pratt City, Birmingham

Great Marketing Seminar for Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pratt City, Birmingham

Exchanging Tips and Advice, Seminars and Lectures
If a room full of enthusiastic church-going folks and a pastor who sat through the entire seminar and asked questions about how to “get the word out” is any indication that the seminar was a success . . . then we had a great seminar recently at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pratt City, Birmingham, AL. The Reverend Dr. Matthew V. Johnson, Jr., senior pastor at Mt. Moriah in Pratt City, was introduced to me by our mutual preacher/friend, Reverend Anthony A. W. Motley, pastor of Lindsay Street Baptist Church in Atlanta. Pastor Johnson and I met at Starbucks for coffee several months ago and talked for a couple of hours about the challenges in his church. His challenges are no different from the average church today – mostly generational…
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ON THE ROAD AGAIN… Mount Moriah Baptist Church – Pratt City; 316 Avenue U; Birmingham, AL 35214

ON THE ROAD AGAIN… Mount Moriah Baptist Church – Pratt City; 316 Avenue U; Birmingham, AL 35214

Seminars and Lectures
On Saturday, March 18th, I expect to speak to the good people at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pratt City, Birmingham, AL., where the Reverend Dr. Matthew V. Johnson, Jr. is the senior pastor. I was in  Birmingham about three years ago, and I am excited to be coming once again. Recommended by a dear preacher friend of mine, Reverend Anthony A. W. Motley, pastor of Lindsay Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, I met Reverend Johnson about six months ago. We had coffee and talked about his challenges and how I might be able to help him "get the word out" about his ministry and the many great programs going on at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in the Pratt City Community. Like many churches these days, his challenges are universal…
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So, you’re losing your Church members – What’cha gon do?

So, you’re losing your Church members – What’cha gon do?

Marketing Musts
  If you want to know how to revive your church, and how to bring back the old members and bring in new members, we have provided a list of 5 effective ways to revamp and revitalize your church to bring in new faces, and keep old ones. There needs to be an effective outreach! Send out a special calling post message inviting members to an “Old School” party, with music for the older members, food, dancing and an overall great time! Reach out to the local Colleges and Universities and get students to participate in youth lock-ins or community service events that the Church is having. Dedicate one Sunday to have a “College Day” and allow students from local Colleges and Universities to wear their college paraphernalia. Older members…
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Getting the Word Out – What, When, Where?

Getting the Word Out – What, When, Where?

Marketing Musts
[caption id="attachment_809" align="alignright" width="300"] Bunnie on the phone, smart phone and computer Getting The Word Out[/caption] Often we talk of “getting the word out.”  The bigger question for you to answer is WHY? WHY am I trying to reach people?  To get them to see my point of view.  To sell something. To get folks to participate/come to a special event.   To stop doing certain things. To persuade and convince.   And the list of reasons get more personal. WHAT was the last thing for which you tried to get the word out?  Maybe it was to convince a group of individuals to vote; or maybe it was to get certain folks to come out and hear a special presentation.   And maybe you are just trying to get the word out…
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Getting Started with a New Project – What You Must Know

Getting Started with a New Project – What You Must Know

Marketing Musts
Whenever I am called on to “get the word out” on a specific project, I use every skill that I have ever learned to get my job done to the best of my abilities. I understand that marketing – and the practice of this misunderstood discipline, is ever changing. The 21st century has brought the most changes, back-to-back, in to our field of work. The objectives of most marketing projects are the same today as yesterday.  It is the tools and techniques in marketing that have most certainly changed and continue to change as technology makes us all quiver to think what is next.  What bothers me, however, is the tendency to put more stock in social media and ditch traditional media.  It’s like, “out with the old and in…
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How I Created “Getting the Word Out: How to Market Your Ministry”

How I Created “Getting the Word Out: How to Market Your Ministry”

About the Book
I often get asked where I got the idea to write the book “Getting the Word Out:  How to Market Your Ministry.” So, let me tell you my story – how I came to this understanding.  When I wrote this book, I was really thinking about marketing for churches.  The notion kept resonating in my mind “if people don’t know who you are, and where you are, and what you do, they won’t come out to see you” – these are the same issues that drive many marketing campaigns. Fortunately, I worked with a church under the direction of a pastor, Dr. Walter Kimbrough, who “got it” and he allowed me try as much of my 21st century marketing techniques as possible.   And it worked.  I was amazed at how much I…
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Getting the Word Out for Rainbow PUSH — 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference

Getting the Word Out for Rainbow PUSH — 17th Annual Creating Opportunity Conference

Conferences I have Attended
[caption id="attachment_759" align="alignright" width="263"] Audrey Galex (AIB), Calvin Vismale, Bunnie Jackson-Ransom, and Rev. Jesse Jackson[/caption] Our efforts toward “Getting the Word Out: How to Market Your Ministry” takes us into many circles of friends, co-workers, and causes that we support.  Working with Rainbow PUSH, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and the newly appointed director of the Atlanta Regional Office of PUSH, Calvin Vismale, is one of those causes that turns into a “client” relationship whenever we are called on to assist. During the coming weeks, Rainbow PUSH will be holding its “Creating Opportunity Conference” in Atlanta on October 20 through 22.  Some of the speakers and panelist for this event include Roger Bobb, the Honorable Alexis Herman, Mrs. Juanita Abernathy, and Dr. David Satcher. This will be an opportunity for those of us…
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Reverend Dr. William Barber II – Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC

Reverend Dr. William Barber II – Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC

Friends
  I believe there are no coincidences in meeting people and situations in life.  These “chance” meetings that we have now and then when people come into our lives – it’s usually for a reason.  Opportunities  arranged by a higher power. [caption id="attachment_745" align="alignright" width="300"] Bunnie Jackson-Ransom and Rev. William Barber[/caption] Such was the case when I sat at Delta Air Lines’ terminal gate in the Atlanta Airport on my way to Washington, DC.  I was sitting across from, and starring at,  this man who looked familiar.  He was napping and also engrossed in his telephone conversations.   After about thirty minutes, my curiosity got the best of me and I go up to speak to him.  I apologized for interrupting his conversation and asked “Are you from North Carolina?” to which he said “yes.”  Then…
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United Fellowship of Churches Convocation Presentation

United Fellowship of Churches Convocation Presentation

Seminars and Lectures
It’s time for me to hit the road again.  This time I will be speaking at the United Fellowship of Churches  2nd Convocation on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at the Assembly of Truth, located at 350 Hills Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30313, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. I am going to do the very best that I can to shrink my one hour & thirty minute (1:30) seminar into a 45-minute presentation. What I have noticed throughout these few years that I have been on this speaking circuit is that the pastors who attend and become interested in “marketing their ministries” are not the individuals who actually do the work of “marketing.”  Yes, it is vital that these pastors understand why marketing is essential in their growth.  However, they seldom…
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