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Scammers Are Targeting Directory Admins!

By The Instant Church Directory Team | January 5, 2023

Be on guard for scammers who request access to membership directories so they can harvest the Personal Identifiable Information (PII) to spam or scam church members. These individuals claim to […]

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How To Display Missing Photos In Your Church Directory

By Melanie Koenig | October 31, 2022

Congratulations! Your directory is almost complete, and your church is very excited to see the finished product. But one nagging issue remains—families or individuals without a photo in the directory. This can be a continuing issue because church memberships are constantly changing. […]

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Pros and Cons of a Traditional Printed Church Member Directory vs. an Online Church Directory.

By Kristen Greene | August 15, 2022

When creating your next church photo directory, a question you may have is should your church continue with a traditional printed photo directory or make the switch to an online […]

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Tips for Recruiting Church Directory Volunteers 

By Stephanie Martin | July 8, 2022

Pastors and administrators are key to every congregation, but even they readily admit that volunteers keep the church running. From greeting visitors and teaching children to tracking budgets and planning […]

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5 Tips for Writing the Pastor’s Letter for Your Directory

By Timothy Merrill | April 15, 2022

Let’s say a staff person in the church office has been tasked with producing your church’s version of your directory. Five minutes ago, she popped her head into the office […]

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Tips for Rolling Out Your Church Directory to Your Members

By The Instant Church Directory Team | March 10, 2022

Your online church directory has been built, and you are almost ready to publish and share it with your church family. You may be asking yourself how you get it […]

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Church Management Software VS. Church Directory Program

By Stephanie Martin | February 17, 2022

No matter a congregation’s size, organization and communication are key for keeping every church body running smoothly. From membership and fellowship to finances and registration forms, management know-how is essential […]

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October-November 2021 Release Notes: Updates to Broadcast News Email Results

By The Instant Church Directory Team | November 9, 2021

This month’s release doesn’t bring a new or updated feature. But it’s an important update we need to make to maintain email reputations and ensure that your emails and texts […]

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Using Images on Your Church Photo Directory Cover

By Stephanie Martin | November 1, 2021

The cover of a photo directory is prime real estate. In other words, it offers your church a high-visibility opportunity to showcase itself and to share key information. The cornerstone of every cover is a photo (or […]

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Honoring a Deceased Pastor in Your Church Directory

By Henry G. Brinton | September 24, 2021

Honoring a deceased pastor can be done through a variety of channels: newsletters, emails, social media posts, websites and online church directories. Such messages play an important role in the faith life of a […]

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September 2021 Release Notes: Group Leaders & Descriptions, Private Family Addresses, and more!

By The Instant Church Directory Team | September 2, 2021

There are so many new features — big and small — in this release, we can hardly contain our excitement! See what the team has cooked up in our latest […]

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August 2021 Release Notes: Better Group Management

By The Instant Church Directory Team | August 11, 2021

You’ll see a few changes to the website over the next few weeks as we get ready to launch the new Group Management features!  Read more to see what’s coming […]

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July 2021 Release Notes: New Features for Mobile App & Online Members’ Website

By The Instant Church Directory Team | July 13, 2021

We’re excited to share the latest round of improvements to the Mobile Apps and the Online Members’ website. Check out these great new features … NOW AVAILABLE: View your Pastor […]

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Respecting Privacy in Your Church Member Directory

By Stephanie Martin | June 10, 2021

Keeping current with church members and their often-changing contact information is one of the many benefits of maintaining an easy-to-update photo directory. These days, personal data is more valuable than ever, which means […]

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Tips for talking to your church about moving to an online directory.

By Donna Hammond | June 4, 2021

Now more than ever, having accurate and handy contact information for your church members is imperative. We’ve seen how online and electronic communication options have made it possible to keep […]

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How to Build a Phone Tree

By Donna Hammond | April 28, 2021

Having a church directory is a great way to enable your church community members to easily communicate with each other. But how can you share sensitive information with your entire […]

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Don’t Take the Bait: Watch Out for “Whaling” Scams

By The Instant Church Directory Team | March 16, 2021

For the past few years, churches and pastors have been the target of scammers who try to take advantage of the openness and generosity that characterize religious communities. The schemes […]

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2021 Directory Cover Design Contest Winners

By The Instant Church Directory Team | February 25, 2021

We recently asked members to submit their beautiful church directory covers for a chance to win a free year of Instant Church Directory. Not only were we blown away by […]

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Staying Connected During Difficult Times

By The Instant Church Directory Team | January 30, 2021

We’ve learned an important lesson: The Church is people, not a building! Henry G. Brinton When we originally posted this blog back in July 2020, we had no idea that […]

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Our Best Church Directory Ideas

By Donna Hammond | January 25, 2021

The internet provides a plethora of church directory ideas. A quick search on Pinterest alone will return quite a few clever solutions for creating a church directory. You will see […]

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