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Commercial And Residential Cleaners That Contain Surfactants

Our property manager recently hired a cleaning agency to care for one of our properties. As our congregation grows, so do the responsibilities involved with keeping the property clean and tidy. We gathered as a group to thoroughly clean the place before having them come in. During this time, we had some very interesting conversations that eventually led to us asking “what chemicals are in these cleaning supplies”? Most of us would opt in to using Green Cleaning Supplies next time around, but some that have used those in the past said they are not always best for getting grit and grime from worn out floor boards, countertops, and highly trafficked areas. Whatever the case may be, we decided to create a post about chemical surfactants in cleaning solutions so that our members could gain a better understanding about the cleaning supplies they use when scrubbing the church floors, to the floors in their very own homes.

We All Need To Clean

When it comes to cleaning, you most likely have tons of different supplies. But did you know that many of them probably contain surfactants? In fact, nearly all commercial cleaning products contain this chemical. Surfactants are found in many common household cleaners used today. The reason for this is due to its powerful impacts. It is used for decreasing surface tension of water, making it spread much more uniformly. This ultimately results in more efficient and quicker removal of stubborn dirt, grease, and stains.

Even with the noted benefits, surfactants are considered very toxic and can pose some serious health threats when there is high exposure. Whether you are washing your dishes, doing laundry, or even cleaning your face, you may be exposing yourself to surfactants. Though dangerous in abundance, it is generally safe with the current level of restricted usage. To be more informed about what you are exhibiting yourself to, take a look at the labels on some of these conventional cleaning products to see if they contain surfactant or not.

Detergent

Surfactants play an important role here.  It allows the detergent to mix correctly with the water, helping the cleaning components to get rid of dirt and stains from the clothing. Without surfactants, the soap would just roll off of the water instead of mixing, making the cleaning process extremely difficult. Stains are hard to remove from clothing and carpeting, but with the help of chemical surfactants, your church clothes will always look clean and proper for Sunday morning.

Fabric Softeners

Another laundry product that commonly contains surfactants is fabric softeners. This chemical allows for the sheets to successfully remove the static clinging of the clothing while still providing a plumping and softening result. If you use softener, then you know how necessary it is to have this in your wash load, or while drying.

Dishwashing Liquids

Similar to detergent, without surfactants, your dishwashing soap would not mix with the water well.  This chemical assists the liquid to clean dishes by breaking down the grime on them and dissolving any associated fat and oils. When we have church gatherings, we often use chafing dishes, and these easily accumulate grease. If they are not washed properly, the next time they are used for baking, the leftover foods will bake into the pan, making it almost impossible to scrub out. Having a good detergent to properly wash industrial pots and pans will make future cooking efforts much more pleasant.

Shampoo and Conditioner 

The foaming reaction you get with shampoo and conditioner when mixed with water is a result of surfactants. These foamy suds help loosen up the hair oils and dirt, making it effortless for it to be washed away during rinsing. If you have ever jumped in the shower, rinsed your hair, but did not use shampoo, you can tell when you get out. For those of you that don’t wash your hair before church, those of us sitting behind you tend to notice these things. I’m not sure if these surfactants are present in natural shampoo and conditioners.

Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Moving into your bathroom, do not be surprised to see that your toilet bowl cleaners contain surfactants as well. Most toilet bowl cleaners, such as Cling and Lysol use nonionic surfactants to get those stubborn stains and grime out. Products like Lysol use non ionic cleaners as part of their chemical makeup, making them powerful solutions for deep cleaning. The toilet bowl is one of the most used appliances in the home, and should be washed weekly at the least. Commercial properties need to wash toilets more frequently because of the heavy traffic they receive. The church is a prime example. Our congregation has three meeting times on Sunday, and there are typically one hundred or more people here. If you multiply that by three meetings, there is the potential that three hundred people use the restrooms throughout the day. This is definitely something that needs to be cleaned daily.

Shaving Cream

One of the significant skin products that contain surfactants is shaving cream. Surfactants in shaving cream help decrease skin irritation.  It allows for the razor to smoothly remove hair by reducing the friction from the blade. Another one to note, that if you have shaved without a proper lather, you can definitely feel the uncomfortable difference between shaving with and shaving without.

Conclusion

Surfactants are a powerful cleaning chemical that is used strategically to make your cleaning experience much more efficient. From sprays, glass cleaners, hand cleaners, industrial hand cleaners, and even toothpaste, inevitably there will be something in your household that has surfactant as an ingredient. Though they are generally safe when exposed in low dosages, always make sure to follow the instructions on the product packaging and never use more than required to minimize risks.

The Value in Hiring a Media Buying Agency

You need ad space, there are now professionals who will buy it for you. If you’re currently weighing up the pros and cons of hiring a media buying agency, allow us to discuss the benefits of doing so! You can learn more about media planning and buying, the process involved, and the added value to your overall marketing efforts by checking out some of the other resources we have provided here. Continue reading to learn more about the value in outsourcing this process to a media buying professional. 

Smart Budget Decisions 

When you only have a certain amount in your budget, it’s important you don’t waste a single dollar. Fortunately, the very best media buyers will research and ensure you get the ad space you need to achieve your goals. Since they know all the different outlets, their experience will help them create a strategy that works for YOU. 

Too often, we make decisions based on emotion whether it’s our favorite station or magazine. Thankfully, a media buying agency will only make decisions based on your strategy and getting results. With this, your brand gets in front of the right eyes and you get the best return for your advertising investment. 

Experience and Negotiating Power

Although this sounds obvious, you can’t underestimate the experience of media buying agencies when pushing for ad space. We’ve discovered the access they have to different outlets, but even simple things like understanding the industry lingo can come in handy. With media buying, there’s all sorts of terminology that can cause problems when going it alone. 

Elsewhere, this experience will be useful when it comes to negotiating. Rather than making mistakes and paying more than necessary, the agency will know exactly the questions to ask and how to save those precious pennies. For media outlets, they would much rather deal with you than a buying agency because they can squeeze more money from you. 

Ease the Workload 

Let’s face it, we all have enough on our plate. By outsourcing this work to a media buying agency, you enjoy their expert help while also taking a task off of your mind. Suddenly, you have more time to put towards other jobs. 

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning the soliciting calls you receive when dealing with stations directly. The more contact information you put out into the world, the more calls you’ll get from people wanting your money. Why not get an agent and allow them to deal with all the calls, scheduling, and negotiating?

Ad Efficiency 

As we all know by now, there are good times and bad times to advertise. When going directly, there’s a high chance that your ads will get the poor time slots. Whether it’s on the radio or online, companies need to fill the full 24 hours. With one wrong move, your ad is playing in the middle of the night and you don’t benefit at all. 

Luckily, a buying agent will be aware of this problem and they will battle to get your ad into the best locations and at the best times. With this, you get more exposure and your time is spent taking calls from new clients rather than wondering where it all went wrong. 

Return on Investment 

All in all, you get a great return on investment for a number of reasons. Not only is the agency literally making your money go further, you’re freeing your own time for more important tasks like managing your business and finances. After hiring a media buying agency, plenty of business owners and managers have commented on the additional work they have managed to complete as a result. 

Today, there are many wonderful media buying agencies so feel free to peruse the market and speak with different services. Soon enough, you’ll find one that matches your own ambitions both now and long into the future!





Best Roofing Materials for Coastal Climates

The more churches we build along Florida coast lines, the more familiar we become with what to expect from the elements. Construction materials need to be chosen wisely, as Florida rains and winds can punish a property that isn’t built well. We have learned this the hard way over the years and we want to share our experiences with any of you out there wanting to open a congregation near the sea.

Materials To Use In Coastal Climates

As fascinating as it sounds to live near coastlines with the ocean breeze surrounding the area, certain aspects need to be considered before building a church in a coastal area. Due to the moisture of the climate that comes from the sea and constant exposure to the sun, the material needs to be suitable so that they can withstand sunshine, humidity, and coastal storms. 


Below are some of the best roofing materials you can use on your church. These materials are time tested, can withstand harsh weather conditions, and are affordable options for churches in Tampa, Florida.

Galvanized Steel

Out of all the metal roofing options, galvanized steel comes as a rather low-cost material that lasts up to six decades, if installed correctly and maintained. This material protects against heavy rains, strong winds, and tarnish. Galvanized steel also reflects sunlight, which helps keep the church cool. This can be beneficial during the hot Florida summer months.

As far as roof replacement is concerned, a galvanized steel roof does not require replacement like other materials do. It just needs to be properly installed, and it will last at least as long as your church structure does. Finding a roofing contractor that installs metal roofs in Florida is great place to start if you are considering this as an option. If a metal roof isn’t your thing, continue reading for other solid options.

Slate

Slate stone has to be one of the best roofing materials when it comes to coastal climates. It is not only durable enough to sustain the coastal weather conditions, but slate also makes a home look pretty fancy.

A type of roof tile, slate tiles are made in thin sheets from metamorphic rocks and have proved to be resistant against weather conditions such as heavy storms and rains.

As for the durability, slate tiles can last for more than one hundred years, and typically, no repair or replacement is needed. The longevity and resistant nature of this roofing material makes it quite expensive as compared to other roofing types, but it is worth it.

Western Red Cedar

Another beautiful, rustic looking roof material for the coastal climate is the western red cedar, a type of wood that requires less maintenance and provides excellent durability due to its natural resistance toward decay and insect attacks.

An ideal choice for people who are into traditional wooden architecture, western red cedar looks strikingly pleasing to the eye. However, as compared to other roofing materials, the average life-span of western red cedar is thirty to forty years. With proper maintenance, this material can stand up against the harsh coastal climates, and look good while doing it.

Aluminum

Aluminum roofing materials are another favorite of roofing contractors when it comes to choosing the best roofing material for coastal climates. This energy-efficient metal is easy to install, lightweight, and environment-friendly. The durability spans for about fifty years and the sheets look beautiful. They can be painted to any desired color, making it an ideal choice for those who are fond of colorful houses and want quality material at the same time.

Since the roof of a church is as crucial as its foundation, while choosing the roofing material for your church near the coastline, these are some of the materials that roofing contractors suggest. Other roofing materials may be more appealing to you, but these are the materials that have proven they can survive the harsh conditions of the Florida coast.

Replacing The Roof at Our Oklahoma Church

Hi everyone, we are back just in time for the holidays. This winter, we have had storms in multiple states that have caused damage to some of our sister parishes. Arizona had heavy snow and rainfall in the northern parts, and Oklahoma has seen some heavy rains as well. One of our favorite churches in North Dakota also witnesses some damage from heavy snowfall. Some of these old church buildings are falling apart due to age and will need some renovation soon. There are some older church buildings downtown Oklahoma City that are historic and have held up to the outdoor elements over the years. Still, these old churches in the rural areas of Oklahoma are falling victim to heavy rains and bad weather.

Roofing Inspection

We had a roofing inspector out to assess the damage, and it was noted that we needed new support beams, insulation, and also had a roof rat problem. The expenses can quickly accumulate in these old buildings. Water damage to the interior also meant that we had to replace sheetrock in the ceiling and walls in specific areas of the church. The carpeting was old enough that we decided to pull it out and stain the concrete floors for a more manageable surface area should the roof leak again.

No Roofing Connections

Sometimes we have members of the church that have friends or family that hang sheetrock or offer carpeting services in OKC, but we required roofing and insulation services. None of our members had a resource they could recommend. After searching Oklahoma City for a roofing contractor, we stumbled across Salazar Roofing and contacted them. They were straightforward to work with, pricing seemed fair, and the job was completed within our allocated budget, and on time. We were thrilled that the church was back open in just a few weeks, and the workers at Salazar were able to make all the necessary roof repairs needed to prevent water damage in the future.

Update The Flooring

The carpet was ripped out, and the concrete was stained. Members of the church gathered and tore out the sheetrock and prepped the area for the construction crew. There was a general contractor in Oklahoma City that was able to haul the trash away and bring in a team to hang the new sheetrock. We then contacted a commercial painting company to come out and paint the trim on the exterior of the roof, the interior ceiling, and the walls that were replaced.

Happy With The Services

Overall, we were delighted with all the help we received, both from members of the church, and the professional contractors we worked with locally here in Oklahoma City. These old structures are made of tough brick exteriors, but the aged shingled roofing begins to rot, and that’s when unwanted critters can make their way into your attic space. Squirrels, birds, bats, raccoons, and roof rats are common pests in Oklahoma that can invade the attic area of your home or office. Hiring a quality pest control company to exterminate these pests will add to the life expectancy of your structure. These rodents claw and bite their way through wiring, rotten wood, and sheetrock to find food and shelter. You can install pest detouring statues on the roof that might work for a while, but having a solid roof without openings is the best way to prevent these critters from entering your home or office.

Plans For The New Year

We will have some more updates as we head into this new year. 2020 is around the corner, and it will be the start of a new year. We hope to become more consistent with our blogging and email newsletters. If you have not signed up for our newsletters, you can visit our social media page and send me a request. I will add your email to our mail chimp account, so you receive our monthly. Thank you, and happy holidays.

Knowing When And Where To Retire

retirement communities on the East Coast

We have been witnessing a trend lightly with members of our community. When a spouse passes, the other is often left in a financial pinch due to a lack of preparation. This can cause unnecessary financial stress and anxiety. We need to teach our young the importance of saving money and managing it properly so that we can retire happy and healthy. Saving enough to pay for assisted living or a luxury retirement center should be on everyone’s to-do list. To help our younger members think deeply about the reality of getting older, we put this article together for you to read this month. We hope you enjoy it.

Being able to retire as a financial king or queen is very daring and hard to achieve, but it is entirely possible. There are critical steps in setting yourself up for success to retire wealthy.

First, you need a proper retirement plan. Employer-sponsored accounts are great because they are accounts where the company will match your contributions, and this will really help you stock away cash. There are many different retirement plans, so find the one that fits you best and your needs.

Setting goals will also be a significant contributor to saving money. Monthly goals of how much you will spend and save each month are beneficial. You may fail and overspend some months, but that is all part of the process. The younger you start saving, the more you will save.

Start saving early, because if you don’t, it will not work out. Many employers offer 401k plans, which are great ways to save, although some do not like to take this route and feel that a different direction may be better for them.

Financial advisors are one option in saving money and having someone by your side, helping you can be a game-changer for some. They are professionally trained to help each person figure out their needs and expenses.

saving for emergencies during retirement

Prepare yourself for unexpected emergencies. Long-term planning will come with unforeseen surprises that use the money for repair. Lack of preparation can really put a dent in your savings. You can’t avoid all of the rough bumps, but you can prepare so that these setbacks won’t be as significant. Having a fund like this to access during hard times will keep you from tapping into your credit line to bail you out in an emergency.

Your income usually rises as time goes on. You’ll get raises and or change jobs, which will also change your income. Every time your salary increases, the amount you save should too. You will reach your goals a lot quicker if you continue to save more and more.

Have individual budgets for each specific expense. For example, vacations, cars, mortgage, pets, kids, and other costs, so make sure you save money for these everyday expenses and don’t put it all into savings. If you decide to buy a home, this will determine a large part of your spending and saving because of the down payment and mortgages each month.

This is why you need to make sure you are buying a home that is affordable for you and your family. Living a lifestyle paycheck to paycheck will not help you save and will create bad spending habits.

Take advantage of opportunities to save money that you see. When you reach 50, you can increase your contributions to tax-deferred savings plans. Taking advantage of this will result in more considerable savings.

You have to be patient. Patience is hard, but key while going through this process. There are no get rich schemes for most of us; becoming wealthy takes time and patience. Begin saving now, the quicker you get going, the sooner you will begin feeling financially well off.

Retirement may be further away for some, but when it comes, nobody ever mentions having “too much” retirement money. They are probably okay but could always use more. This is why it is crucial to reach your retirement goals and even increase these goals throughout your career.

The right financial advisor can help you reach your long-term financial goals. Keep this in mind when looking for someone to help you set up and manage a retirement account. Remember that retiring wealthy is retiring healthy and will allow you to live out your golden years stress-free and living life.

Chiropractic Care For Youth Sports

chiropractic adjustments for hip and knee injuries.

We have a lot of members with children and school sports is becoming more popular than ever. Some of our churches even put on church sporting retreats and youth activities. Recently, some of our members have enrolled their children into wrestling and we have seen an increase in lower back issues. Contact sports can create long term issues for our children if not treated right and in a timely manner. Here is some more information to consider if you are thinking about enrolling your children into youth sports.

If your child plays sports, you know how healthy it can be for them, it maintain friendships, and generally relieve stress from an otherwise busy lifestyle. Whether it’s soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, or any athletics, it’s important to find ways to exercise while having fun (regardless of age!). However, there’s one downside to sports; the potential injuries and stress our body sometimes endures. 

Did you know that more professional athletes than ever before are teaming up with chiropractic doctors to keep their body in peak physical condition? There is a sports Chiropractor in Plano, Texas that one of our Plano Church members use and the results have been astonishing. What started as a complementary treatment while recovering from an injury has transformed into something that athletes use for prevention purposes as well as recovery. 

You don’t need to be an athlete to benefit from the brilliant services of a chiropractor. If you do any sort of physical exercise on a regular basis, your body needs to be maintained and this is where an experienced chiropractor comes in. In fact, let’s deal with a misconception that we busted in the introduction…you don’t even need to be injured to benefit from a sports chiropractor.

Keeping the Body Healthy

We’ll talk about injuries in the next section, but we first want to discuss the idea of maintenance. By working with the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors will ensure that the spine is aligned and that you aren’t one stretch away from a serious injury. With a balanced structure and optimized spinal alignment, you might just be able to keep playing sport for longer. Rather than letting your body control your retirement from sport, why not take control yourself and keep having fun for as long as possible?

As you start to work with a chiropractor, you’ll notice how everyday tasks are easier too. You can bend down to pick up children, work without excessive back ache, and wake up feeling refreshed (rather than feeling you need another seven hours of sleep!).

Treating Injuries

back adjustments for athletes

If you’re dealing with a specific injury or find that it’s taking longer and longer to recover after a particular event, chiropractic care can help. As you may know, the spine is an essential part of the skeleton. Not only does it serve us so well while playing sport, it’s connected to all sorts of ligaments, discs, nerves, muscles, and more. With poor alignment or a slight issue in the spine, you’re going to feel aches and pains all over the body. 

With chiropractic care, it’s possible to relieve the tension and stress that these tissues experience. When recovering from an injury, you can also provide the environment your body needs to heal. Suddenly, the pain isn’t keeping you awake at night and you take some very serious steps towards recovery. 

In the past, we’ve seen people benefit from chiropractic intervention after ankle sprains, back pain, and all sorts of other ailments. It encourages range of motion, improves blood flow, and helps you to feel better again.

Other Benefits

Elsewhere, you will also enjoy the following; 

  • Improved performance 
  • Non-invasive procedures 
  • No medication 

What’s more, with injury prevention and range of motion in mind, athletic performance can also increase. As you trust your body more, you can take more risks and get that extra performance you need to become a star in your sport. 

Finally, we can’t ignore the fact that chiropractors have a long-term mindset. Rather than simply dealing with short-term injuries and problems, they want to put you in the strongest position for the future too. Now, you’re dealing with existing injuries and preventing them from returning at the same time!

Heavy Rain Shifts Cement Foundation

cracked cement staircase

One of our sister churches in Oklahoma has recently experienced an issue with the cement foundation on the church property. The church structure was built on a minor slope and recently they have experienced a shift with their foundation. It was first noticed last Sunday as members were walking up the cement staircase to the entryway of the church. There were noticeable cracks in the cement stairs, and some members commented that the actual structure looked like it had slightly shifted. After researching these claims further, it became obvious that the cement foundation on the property shifted slightly as the result of a nearby landslide. On the backside of the hill, a river had eroded the hillside and after heavy rains, a large chunk of earth slid to the river bank. While the church was built on the opposite side of the hill, it was still impacted by this massive movement of earth. Landslides aren’t real common in Oklahoma, however, if the conditions are right, there are some risks of landslides as we have recently experienced.

Thankfully nobody was hurt and the mudslide took place late in the evening when the church was empty. There are some plumbing issues that need to be fixed and we will begin calling around to get quotes on plumbing repair and custom concrete work for the Oklahoma City location. If there are any members of the congregation that are on this email list that can repair and stain concrete, you can reply to my email after reading this article. With so many members of the community there in Oklahoma, we should know someone that can provide a quote, or may know someone that can provide a quote for both the plumbing work and the concrete work.

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Thanks again to all members of our community that continue to support our efforts.

Church Guitar Lessons Phoenix

Hello everyone, thanks for the emails last week. We always appreciate your feedback on the newsletters we email out every month and last month’s replies were awesome. We will keep sending out valuable emails to our members and look forward to helping you all find success through faith and business.

Musical Performance At Church

We wanted to give a shout out to one of our sister churches in Phoenix, Arizona that has recently begun giving guitar lessons in Phoenix to underprivileged children and church members that have expressed an interest in playing in the church band. The church band has grown to a 10 piece band and will have room for growth this winter as they look to grow their orchestral section. This growth may require the Church to remodel if the live stage isn’t able to facilitate the growth of the band.

The church band currently consists of a drummer, lead singer, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist, saxophone, violin, trumpet, harmonica, and keyboard/piano. The instrumentation is heavenly, both figuratively, and literally. They are writing original songs of praise that will be recorded and performed this winter for the holidays. Christmas music is always a hit, having a church band perform these songs for Jesus is just as rewarding for the players as it is the audience.

Taking Music Lessons Through Your Local Church

If you are blessed enough to attend a congregation in Phoenix, then consider yourself lucky, But if you attend a congregation in Phoenix that has a church choir, or church band, consider yourself extremely lucky. Now, we are excited to share that our sister church has begun to offer music lessons to members of the church. Most notably, the head music director will be offering guitar lessons in Phoenix at The Note Room Academy of Music. Students will be able to travel to this private music studio to learn from one of Arizona’s most sought after music instructors. He also teaches at the Conservatory of Recording Arts in Tempe, Arizona when he’s not leading the church band or teaching at the Note Room. Lessons for other musical instruments will soon be made available as soon as he has enough students. If you live in the Phoenix-Metro area and would like to learn more about the program, just reply to the news letter that we sent out and we will get you more information.

Music And The Church

Songs of praise and worship have become a major part of Sunday worship for many religions. The music we play and sing is a message from God, a gift to all of us, and to be able to practice and perform these musical pieces together as an organization is truly a blessing. We look forward to learning more about this program in Phoenix, learning about all the young people that are learning and performing every Sunday, and hearing from you about how your local chapter is using music for worship. Reply to the email and we will feature your story in next months news letter. Thank you for your continued support.

Oklahoma Church Vandalized

Church In Oklahoma Vandalized – Broken Windows Everywhere

Another one of our sister churches has become victim to vandalism in Oklahoma. Windows were broken and graffiti was plastered across the entryway. Fortunately, none of the stained glass was damaged, most of that glass was located high within the structure and out of reach of the vandals.

They will be having a community volunteer day where members of the church will gather to help restore the damage done to the building. There have been local volunteers that have already reached out to help paint the exterior of the church, repair the broken windows, and clean up the debris left behind.

Vandals Continue To Attack Churches In Oklahoma

This isn’t the first time an Oklahoma church has been attacked by vandals. There seems to be a growing trend of people damaging church property in Oklahoma. There was a man in June that was arrested for vandalizing a church in Tulsa. A Muskogee church was vandalized back in January, and now our sister church has experienced a similar problem.

Let God Deal With Vandals

There were not active video cameras on the property recording the incident at the time. This means there is no evidence of the perpetrators, so finding these vandals will be extremely difficult unless someone comes forward and points them out. While we wish we could press charges, we need to leave matters like these in the hands of God to judge. There will be a time when individuals like this will face judgment day and have to answer for their sins. Damaging church property is a violent act directed towards God and his followers, and there will be a price to pay at some point.

Monthly Emails

For those of you that subscribe to our monthly newsletter, we will be active again with that campaign after the summer months. Currently, most of our team is traveling and doing mission work out of state. Fall will mark the return of our team and allow us to focus on creating a larger business networking community for our affiliates and sister churches.

Search Engine Marketing Grows Hobart Church Congregation

Hobart Church Grows With Online Marketing

Church in Tasmania grows membership with digital marketing companyThere is much to be thankful for at a church in Hobart, Tasmania. One of our Australian readers reached out to us with an amazing story about how their congregation was able to greatly increase their membership after a period of dwindling numbers by using a digital marketing technique called SEO. She wanted to share the story of her church with us out of love for her community, but also out of love for our Lord who has guided her to help other Christian communities strengthen their congregation. She wished for her name to remain anonymous, however she did want us to pass along a message for her- “No matter what situation you may be facing in your home, in your community, or within yourself, know that Jesus loves you and will always show you the answers you need. He did just that for our congregation I know He will guide you as well.”

Apparently several prominent families within the St. George’s Anglican Church congregation had all moved away from Hobart at around the same time. The church tried several various methods to rebuild and strengthen their community. These strategies included organizing monthly sporting events and family outings such as golfing, youth kickball, bowling nights, and family cookouts. They tried growing membership by hosting youth camp-outs, and also by adding additional times of worship throughout the week. These efforts did help slightly, however, there was still a few too many empty pews on a regular basis. The Australian church was feeling a bit disheartened and took to prayer. They held a mass where the minister of the church asked God for guidance and asked for the light of the Lord to show them the way to salvation. The next week, one of the members of the perish approached the minister of the church with a modern solution to their membership problem. The member had heard that one of their friends increased the amount of foot traffic that was going to their local restaurant by hiring a local SEO company in Hobart. The minister of the church was a bit weary at first but after he heard a bit more about the great results that local restaurant was getting, he decided it was worth a shot. The church began a digital marketing campaign with the intention of growing the online presence of their church through Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

It only took one month before St George’s Anglican Church had a brand new website that looked fresh and lively. Then, only a few months after the beginning of their marketing campaign, they started to see an increase in visitors and membership on Sundays. The congregation had grown in less than a year from needing to fill the pews, to having standing room only.

Here are Faith Marketing Business Consulting we are so happy that our Christian friend and Australian reader decided to share their story with us. It bring great joy and happiness to our hearts to know that the prayers of your church were answered by our Lord God, and that your congregation is now happy and healthy. We also think it’s a great learning moment for all Christians and church leaders alike, that digital marketing can be a useful tool in our efforts to spread the Word of God.