Moravian Church in North America

In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.

Moravian Church in North America
North: Bethlehem, Pa.
South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Contact Us

Book Review: “Less Clutter. Less Noise.” by Kem Meyer

People often ask who I turn to for ideas and inspiration for church communication. While I have a whole collection of writing, design, photography and communication books on my bookshelf, one I continually refer to — and heartily recommend — is Kem Meyer’s “Less Clutter. Less Noise. Beyond Bulletins, Brochures and Bake Sales.”Written from the perspective of a church communicator — Meyer is the communications director for Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind. — “Less Clutter” focuses on helping church communities connect with both long-time congregants and potential new members. Using real-life stories to illustrate her points, Meyer presents an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand “short-course” in communication strategy and methodology.

Meyer presents her ideas in three sections. In the first, “Are People Letting You In or Shutting You Out,” the author breaks down five myths of church communications and offers insights into how people receive and perceive messages from their churches.

The second section, “Best Practices Make a Difference,” Meyer shares a broad variety of tools and ideas for helping churches reach different audiences. Through more examples and illustrations, the author uses this section to provide building blocks that can improve any communication effort.

The third part of the book, “The Responsibility of Getting Buy-In,” outlines methods for developing expertise and resources to get communication work done. While this section is geared more toward communication professionals, it provides concepts and strategies anyone can use.

All together, “Less Clutter. Less Noise.” offers a practical, eye-opening view of church communication strategy and practice. In it’s 200 pages, it packs insights and real-world ideas and tactics that can make anyone’s communication efforts stronger.

Mike Riess is executive director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication of the Moravian Church in North America.

 

From the May 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

10/21/2017

Saturday, October 21 — Psalm 119:49–56
Ezekiel 25:15–27:11; James 5:1–12

And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7

Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Luke 8:48

Lord, we are able to face the obstacles of life because of hope in you and your peace that passes all human understanding. Help us in our times of trouble to wait patiently on you to show us the direction we ought to go or the path we need to take. Thank you for caring for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Buy the Book