What We Can Learn About Making Disciples from Simon Says

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We have all played ‘Simon Says’. My children can have countless hours of fun playing this simple game. Imagine if in the middle of the game I said “Simon says pat your head” and my son nodded his head and did nothing. I would obviously tell him he had been eliminated from the game, and he would not protest, because he knows that’s how the game is played. He wouldn’t tell me that he memorized what I had said, or that he is meditating on it (which is the same thing as actually patting it, Dad, ... Continue Reading

Four Ingredients to Make a Lasting Impact

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The most profound moments in my life seem to come from unexpected places. In a recent conversation with my 11-year-old daughter, she spoke to a core issue I believe is hardwired into us all — “What do you want to do with your life?” I’ve posed this question to her many different times, always receiving different answers. But today in my kitchen, she looked at me, tilted her head thoughtfully, and said, “I don’t know what I want to do, but I want it to be something big.” And there it is. That ... Continue Reading

WordPress Cheat Sheet

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For you Wordpress developers out there, do you find yourself constantly Googling those commonly used Wordpress functions? Are you in charge of your church's website and you need access to those confusing little bits of code that do things? Need to immediately know how to insert Page Based Navigation? How about showing your site description? ... Continue Reading

$100 Off Genesis WordPress StudioPress Themes

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There are several reasons why ChurchMag will be using the Genesis Framework for the redesign that's coming very soon (you read more about those reasons here). When I decided on Genesis, I had the option of purchasing StudioPress' the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package. It not only included the Genesis Framework, but over $1,000 worth of themes. You see, not only do you get the Genesis Framework with the StudioPress Pro Plus All-Theme Package, but you get all current themes, as well as new ... Continue Reading

nRelate vs Jetpack Related Post WordPress Plugins: Round 1

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For years, now, ChurchMag and other blogs have been using a very popular related posts plugin. While historically many of these plugins shredded large databases and used too many server resources, solutions like nRelate came to the surface making a quick, easy, and lightweight solution for adding that cool and nifty “you may also like” related posts found after most every blog posts on the web these days. Now Jetpack has added this feature to their robust, some might say bloated, WordPress ... Continue Reading

10 Things to Do Before Buying Church Management Software

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Your church needs church management software, but you don’t know where to start. So pick up the phone and call the first vendor that comes up on your Google search and they’ll tell you what you need, right? Wrong.  Diving right in without knowing what your church needs is a recipe for disaster.  The vendors will be able to help you determine if their system can do everything you need it to, but only you know what you need to accomplish. So before jumping in, take some time to figure out exactly ... Continue Reading

Automattic’s Corporate Culture and Church Tech Teams [Infographic]

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I've always known that Automattic was an awesome company. Any business that can operate and provide products and services that leans on an open source platform — which they created — is a business that's interested in thinking different. But it's more than just their products and services that set them apart. It's their corporate work culture, too. It is this culture that trickles down into everything they do. Take a closer look at these facts and figures and you'll see just how unique they ... Continue Reading

Obvious WordPress Tips: Bulk Edit For the Win!


I'm terrible at learning by using WordPress tutorials. Refusing to read instructions might be the most manly thing about me, followed by my beard and my love for plaid shirts. For whatever reason, it's just easier for me to jump right into something new and figure it out as I go along. Sure, I do have to look stuff up on occasion, but that's not as big of a deal as you might think. Or at least, it wasn't as big of a deal until I started finding small little tidbits of knowledge that would have ... Continue Reading

Jetpack 2.8 Brings Easy-to-Use Markdown to WordPress

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Jetpack is one of those apps that WordPress users either love or hate. Those on the Love side focus on the collection of easy to use features that most users want such as sharing buttons, contact forms, Stats and a built in responsive template as an easy solution for non techsavey self hosted bloggers and cove raging a number of bases with one plug in. On the anti side the arguments usual go that Jetpack is bulking, isn’t always compatible with other plugins, doesn’t offer as great service in ... Continue Reading

Resurrect Theme: A Professional Church Website Made Easy

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If you've been paying attention, you probably know that churchthemes.com has released an absolutely incredible WordPress theme, Resurrect, designed specifically for churches. We've given you an overview before, but right now, I'd like to give you a review from the inside of this WordPress church website theme. If you've been paying stalker-level amounts of attention to my posts over the past month, you'd know that I recently undertook a new project at church: redesigning our website. Given ... Continue Reading