Easily See What WordPress Theme Is Used

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Time for a quick quiz: Have you ever seen a beautifully laid-out WordPress site and wondered aloud, "What theme is that?" Have you then scrolled frantically to the bottom of the page, hoping that the site admin included the theme name in the footer? Did you then shake your first when you realized that the information wasn't there? If you've answered "yes" to any of these, but especially if you've answered "yes" to all three, then we have a wonderful tool for you. ... Continue Reading

The Right Tool for the Right Job

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My good friend owns a local home remodeling and repair business. If he gets a power tool for Christmas, it will be used consistently to improve families' homes. If, on the other hand, you give it to me, I will give you a nervous thank you in response and the tool will collect dust in my garage. Having the right tools is only one part of completing a complicated job. In addition to tools, you need to use them correctly. In working with churches, we have found that many have the tools but ... Continue Reading

One Too Many Casseroles

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Frequently when a family member or close loved one passes away, there is support coming from many directions. Flowers being sent with nice cards, text messages received, and phone calls had with other family members. I've often heard, "We don't need anymore food. We have one too many casseroles as it is now." After attending many funerals and delivering many meals, here is what I've found: ... Continue Reading

Developing Transformational Generosity

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There are some things in life that are inevitable, and I don’t mean death and taxes. Like, if you drop a piece of buttered bread, it always lands face-side down, or if you bring a guest to church it’s always the week the sermon is about giving. Okay, okay — so these aren’t true inevitabilities. But the fact that those statements could be made side by side goes to show that talking about giving in church often makes people uncomfortable. ... Continue Reading

Why Growth Might Not Be the Right Goal

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One common measure of a church’s success that almost every pastor points to is whether or not they are growing. It’s understandable. The Bible is really clear that we are to go and make disciples of all nations. So it stands to reason that if our church isn’t growing numerically, we must not be doing a great job in fulfilling the great commission. But too often, by focusing on numerical growth, we miss a key word in the call: disciples. By focusing on reaching the people who are not currently a ... Continue Reading

Share Old Posts with CoSchedule

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For years, I used the Tweet Old Post plugin for WordPress. It was a great way to re-use older posts and give them a chance to be seen again. It's easy to get lost in the stream of Twitter messages, so retweeting older blog posts is a great way to breathe more life into your blog. However, there are two things that I've found problematic with Tweet Old Post: ... Continue Reading

Church Management Systems: ChMS 101 [Podcast]

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Ever since Steve Caton was on the ChurchMag Podcast, we've wanted to have him on again to talk about the basics of Church Management Systems (ChMS). This interview/discussion goes over the basics of ChMS'. It's an introduction. A class '101' on what they are, what they are not, and how helpful they are for churches and church leadership. If you are not using a ChMS, this is a must listen. If you are already using one, Steve talks about some fundamentals of ChMS' that you may find ... Continue Reading