Why Are People So Bad At Pitching [Infographic]

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You may wonder, what does pitching have to do with church tech? If your church leadership is like ones I have interacted with, they are not on the front lines of technology and so do not know about the latest ideas like Periscope and how it could serve your church. Further, tech budgets are small compared to the full costs of many of the setups that are needed. Maybe you need more volunteers or staff. With tithing and evangelism moving to digital, you need to pitch well. These pitch ideas are ... Continue Reading

Minecraft Theology: 08 We Need to Go Deeper

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Jeremy ventures into the nether with the quarry to eventually make a Zombie Pigmen gold farm. While working on that, he discusses his personal and professional experience with depression and anxiety disorders as well as how ministry can be impacted. What is your experience with Christianity and mental health problems and where do you see church technology being able to serve humanity better? ... Continue Reading

The Dangers of Selfie Sticks [Video]

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Pizza Hut decided to put on a great little promotional about how selfie-sticks are getting in the way of us being able to focus solely on you in the selfie. The video is below and is a fun little jab at the whole concept of a selfie stick. But then this happened. I continued cruising through YouTube videos and found a group of 4 people reenacting a car singalong utilizing previously said selfie-stick which ends badly. The selfie-stick may not have directly caused the accident, but the humor ... Continue Reading

9 Social Media Mistakes Made by Organizations [Infographic]

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If you manage your social media accounts for your ministry or church, I am giving you fair warning that this is probably going to be painful for you. Having done consulting and social media for churches and ministries alike, and now doing the By The Numbers research project for ChurchMag Press, these happen over and over. Be prepared to be challenged. ... Continue Reading

That Church Conference

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I've seen a lot of conferences out there for people that do digital ministry, but I have not yet seen one that does it specifically for these staff and volunteers. Sure, you have the Catalyst conference which is amazing, but that is more focused on Christianity as a whole faith and religion. Then you have others like The Social Church, but that looks at very niche aspects of social ministry within the church. There are blogger conferences and digital marketing, but I had not found one that was ... Continue Reading

The Power of Visual Content [Infographic]

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I love visual content. There, I said it. Whether it is infographics, videos, Pinterest, or memes, I prefer them to text-only posts nearly every time. I have always been a creative type stuck in the mind of an analyst and programmer, but truly the creative in me needs let out on occasion. So what is it about these types of mediums that make them so effective? The infographic below has some great statistics, I have highlighted three of my favorite: ... Continue Reading

The Power of the Influential Church Goer [Infographic]

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An influential customer is a little different for a church than it is for a business. Yes, congregation members and visitors tithe, but we do so out of our heart and command by God. So what if we looked at this as a congregation member influencing their friends on Facebook or YouTube? What if in your church service you asked everyone for 2 minutes to tweet or Instagram invite people to come to church next week? ... Continue Reading

Responsive Website Design [Infographic]

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There is a lot of news about your website needing to be mobile responsive. If it's not, Google is going to ignore you. I know ChurchMag has nearly 1/5 of its traffic on an average day from Google, so that is huge! And your church is more than likely about the same. I love the definition this infographic gives for what a responsive website is: “Allow for easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling.” Below is our favorite facts on responsive website design ... Continue Reading

Have We Made Our Smartphones Into Idols? [Video]

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The video coming up is from Buzzfeed where they give up their phone for a week and "try to survive." The video is ridiculous and entertaining... until you think about having to give it up yourself. Could you not only live life without it, but live it happily? I'd contest that we (me included) are addicted to our phones and cannot let them fully go. Anxiety about giving up your phone? It's actually a thing. How can we undo our unhealthy attachment to our phones? ... Continue Reading