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Church marketing personnel need to be up-to-date with the latest church marketing strategies and resources to successfully implement the church / parish marketing plan. This church marketing blog enables church marketing personnel to engage in blog discussions relating to the church marketing issues of today. The 'Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed)', 2011, by Bryan Foster, forms the basis for most of these blog posts.

Follow the moon beam – everyone is special in God’s eyes

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wherever you are, you cannot escape the capture of the moonbeam.

As you look towards the moon on a clear night, you become the centre of its gleaming light. You are the one literally at the centre! No-one in this world is at the centre of the light shining on you! You are extremely special!

God is signalling you out! You are the special one! You are the full focus of God’s attention – you are it!

Everyone is special in the eyes of God. The moonlight shows this more than anything else. Wherever you move, no matter the speed, no matter the time, you are always at the centre! You cannot escape this centeredness. No matter how hard you try, you are always at the centre of the moonbeam – centre of God’s attention!

This is a very special invitation to realise the reality of God and the place you play in this loving relationship.

The same reality occurs when under the influence of a direct ray of sunlight. (We believe it is best not to look at this most powerful beam, due to the impact it may have on our eyes and our vision.) Yet, this awesome sunbeam, with all its power and heat and intensity, says much to us about God and God’s relationship with each individual person.

God loves us so much that he wants us to respond to his loving kindness, compassion and forgiveness.

If we can find God in the warmth and the power of the sun, or the gentle peacefulness and quiet of the moon-bean, we are open to experience the real God in our lives!

The moon-beam and the silence of the light gleaming over the sea towards us, as we sit quietly on the seashore, is a holy, Godly experience. We need to be open to experience our God in the silence, quietness and gentleness of the moon-beam.

The 'Follow the moon beam – everyone is special in God’s eyes' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com


Love Articles: Basis of new book on True Love by Bryan Foster

Saturday, February 11, 2012
The 'True Love' theme forms the basis of a new book currently being written by Bryan Foster. These articles have a dominant place on the CPM: Church Parish Marketing website.

As this new, yet to be titled book develops, various articles which form the basis of chapters within the book will be published on this website. The articles highlight the key themes.

These articles will offer a depth of content, and subsequent personal challenge, which hopefully will inspire its readers.

The first THIRTEEN (13) articles published  to date are:
  1. Family Love - the Greatest and Strongest Human Love of All
  2. Love and Forgiveness - Essential for True Love
  3. Love Changes All
  4. God is Love. Love is the Meaning of Life. God is the Meaning of Life
  5. Love is Social Justice for All 
  6. Love is the Meaning of LIfe - Human Frailties Get in the Way
  7. Love is Celebrating the Success of Others
  8. The Love of Priests and Pastors for Their Communities
  9. Love Through a Natural Oceanic Experience
  10. There is a God - Through a 25th Birthday Personal Experience
  11. There is a God - Through the Two Perspectives of Faith and the Historical / Cultural / Lived Experiences
  12. Love One Another as I Have Loved You
  13. Love is Giving - Australian Mateship Wins Out in Flood Covered Queensland

This is a new direction for Bryan Foster, yet one which is a very special transition - one into an area of special interest for Bryan. His previous e-books have concentrated on marketing the Church and schools associated within the Church.

Since a major spiritual experience on Bryan's 25th birthday, he has wanted to write of these and other loving experiences.

An extract from 'Family Love ..." highlights a central theme in the book:

"Family love is the most significant form of love! A loving family is the strongest unit within both civilised and tribal groups alike.

Family love needs to be nurtured, supported and encouraged. It needs to be held up for evaluation, judged and modelled.

When each individual truly loves the other, great things happen! Differences are accommodated, successes are celebrated, challenges are issued, respect is integral and most importantly forgiveness is offered and received whole heartedly, to name but a few actualities."

The necessity for forgiveness is discussed in the article 'Love and Forgiveness...'

"Love and Forgiveness are both essential for True Love!!! Most people find forgiveness the most difficult aspect of love. To forgive others and to be forgiven ourselves is quite a challenging experience! Yet, this is essential for the repairing of any loving relationship.

Once we have the ability to forgive others, or forgive ourselves, we are on the way to once again exist in that reality of love - the meaning of life."

While in 'Love Changes All' the emphasis is on:

"Once someone knows and appreciates what true love is, their whole approach to life, self and others changes. Love changes all!"

The 'Love Articles: Basis on new book on True Love by Bryan Foster' blog post written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com

Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Affect Loving Relationships

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Love is the meaning of life. To love and to be loved being the main purpose for our whole existence. Why then do so many people allow all the other lifestyle issues, values, resources, relationships, etc, get in the way? Why then do so many people let the distractions interfere and often dominate their lives?

Most people would believe that the desire to love and be loved to be an intrinsic part of life - you are born with it. You are born to love and be loved. That people living a balanced life, where they are loved and loved others within their family and friendship circle, truly appreciate this message. Once this message is appreciated and lived, then it is the normal thing to do when relating with others and the world.

However, somewhere along the way, many get distracted for so many reasons and then lose that true focus. The human frailties of greed, selfishness, envy, failure to forgive and be forgiven, lust, gluttony, etc, come to the fore and seductively entice people to follow this distracting and destructive pathway.

This transfer of priorities may even occur in early to mid-childhood, where parents or other significant adults or people within the young person's life, live an alternate destructive lifestyle, which is seen by the young person as the norm, and hence worthy of following (even if subconsciously). This then becomes the accepted lifestyle as they grow up.

People may then follow this pathway until challenged to do otherwise. Challenged to see the destructiveness of these chosen ways, challenged to confront the situation they then find to be wrong, challenged to become a better more loving person. This challenge often comes at a time of complete lowness / loneliness within their lives.

To love and to be loved is the meaning of life. It is the primary and quite raw need within all people. It is not only a basic emotional and social need of each person but it is also the main spiritual desire and need.

Appreciating that love is the meaning of life brings with it the challenge to love and to be loved in all its manifestations. To not get distracted and damaged by allowing all the other stuff to get in the way. This belief should be at the core of all church and religious school philosophies and theologies.

When 'Love is the Meaning of Life' then the future holds no bounds.

Love rules! Most people would believe that the desire to love and to be loved is an intrinsic part of all humanity.

The 'Love is the Meaning of Life - Human Frailties Affect Loving Relationships' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com


Love and Forgiveness - True Love

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Love and Forgiveness are both essential for True Love!!! Most people find forgiveness the most difficult aspect of love. To forgive others and to be forgiven ourselves is quite a challenging experience! Yet, this is essential for the repairing of any loving relationship.

Once we have the ability to forgive others, or forgive ourselves, we are on the way to once again exist in that reality of love - the meaning of life.

Not being able to forgive, or be forgiven, tears away at our very self. We feel less of a full human person. We feel damaged and sometimes even irreparably so. We feel that love is less in our lives or even missing.

Some people will claim that forgiveness is not always necessary. That time will heal all wounds. That all we need to do is to get on with our lives. I believe that on most occasions this is just a cop out, a search for an easy way out - yet not a real solution. (Unfortunately, some circumstances may lead to this through unexpected circumstances e.g. loss, departure or death of one party involved.) Even if most of the hurt can be forgotten with time, there is always some remnant of hurt, of inescapable pain, somewhere in the conscious or subconscious. This pain will invariably rise to the surface in the future, most likely when a similar circumstance prevails as was originally the hurtful situation.

We need to offer forgiveness if we are the perpetrator of the harm. We need to take that most challenging step to begin the process of recovery, the process of reconciliation. When we offer forgiveness the person who has been hurt has the opportunity to begin the process of returning to love.

If we are the ones harmed, and an offer of forgiveness is not forthcoming from the other person or group of people, we may need to expedite the situation through diplomatically giving them the chance to begin the reconciliation process. Diplomacy is often the best method, however for some people a more direct approach is necessary, but still needs to be done out of love, in a caring and respectful way.

When we are offered forgiveness we have the opportunity to begin to be reconciled. We need to accept the offer as soon as possible and work towards repairing the relationship.

The process may be quick and clean. However, it also may take time depending on our personal history with the person involved, as well as own personality.

We often need to forgive ourselves. This can be quite difficult. We need to learn to accept our own forgiveness and move on, just as we do when accepting forgiveness from others or when we offer others forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a crucial aspect in any loving relationship. To forgive allows the relationship to return to its proper loving place.

The 'Love and Forgiveness - True Love' blog post was written by Bryan Foster, author of Church Marketing Manual for the Digital Age (2nd ed), - the paperback and ebook manual for Church communications and marketing personnel - 304 pages of easy to read and implement summarized points, which allow for a considerably large number of quality stategies and examples to be detailed and available for church marketing personnel - with copyright remaining GDPL. Book available from Amazon.com and Createspace.com

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