Create a Church Directory with InDesign, Plus time save tricks and FREE plugins!

This week we dive into InDesign to create a Church directory. We give you tips on how to make this process quicker and even some plugins that will save you so much time and hassle. Plus the stockpile is full of great resources and some awesome inspiration.


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Create A Church Directory with InDesign

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This is fantastic. After viewing this episode I use it to assist with creating our school yearbook. We upload the photos with the students names. It is fantastic.

Thanks for all your hard work @Brad Zimmerman 😀


When you get to the data merge it doesn't allow me to choose multiple records. I can see the dropdown menu but can't click on it. I must be missing something. Any ideas?


Try the meaNEXUS app for iPhones or Android to create and distribute church directories. Download the app free, create the directory online and and then invite members to access the update able directory for a $0.99 fee.


I am having trouble doing this on a mac. My issue is the photos I right click on the photo and press get info, under where it says /users/conversedave/douments/OCOG/Directory Pics I then add /img_9935.jpg and when I data merge I get a pop up that says The data source references one or more missing images. the missing images cannot be previewed or merged. Any ideas on what I can do to fix this?

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