Church Tech: When to Plan

Planning is key

In church tech it seems like we are constantly planning. Planning the next event, the next training session, and holidays 6 months from now. We know we need to plan and plan better. Sometimes we plan well. Other times we plan uh...less well (if at all—admit it). The question remains. When should we plan? The answer is quite simple. ... Continue Reading

Audio, Video, or IM Meetings: Unwritten Teleconferencing ‘Rules’

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People are naturally apprehensive about trying new things, and long distance conferencing is no different. Whether you are having an audio meeting, video conference, or even just a text chat in a private chat room, there are some rules that you will need to implement to prevent utter chaos. There are rules and etiquette to hosting a virtual meeting that are very much like the rules for hosting any other meeting. Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts to help you on your way. ... Continue Reading

Crafting A Message to Get Volunteers Involved

Crafting A Message To Get Volunteers Involved

The mission of your church, in a practical sense, depends on volunteers' involvement. It is how all members engage with the mission of God. It is a practical way for Christ followers to make a difference. Thus it is important to have others involved. Crafting a message to get volunteers involved is an important part of this. Your volunteer structures could be getting in the way of members getting involved. There are also other reasons volunteers don't engage with your mission. The way you ... Continue Reading

Disaster Recovery Planning and the Church

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Disasters happen everywhere. There is no special bubble of protection surrounding churches that protect them from disasters. The key is planning for and responding to disasters instead of simply reacting to disasters when they occur. But how? Planning. Many people focus on the first two words of Disaster Recovery Planning and focus too little on the last. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to recover from a disaster without proper planning. Seriously, though, what disasters do churches ... Continue Reading

5 Tips for Stress Free Video Meetings

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Video conferencing is quickly becoming one of the most convenient and cutting edge ways to connect with employees for business collaborations, essential meetings, and training sessions. However, it’s not without its occasional difficulties. Here are some tips to help keep your video meetings as successful and productive as possible in the face of some common sources of stress. ... Continue Reading

The RPG Productivity Player’s Guide: How to Survive the Dungeon Crawl [Series]

How to Survive that Dungeon Crawl

[This is part 6 in the RPG Productivity Player’s Guide series.] In RPG’s, dungeon crawls are about as simple as it gets. Oftentimes, there’s only one goal (survive, or a variation thereof) and no megaplot. All you need to do, is hack and slash your way to the finish line, whatever that may look like. Some gamers look down on dungeon crawl games, because they crave a more complex game. They want an overarching subplot, the option to develop multiple characters, they love the conflicting info ... Continue Reading

Busyness: The Death of Your Heart

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I am a very busy person. Sometimes that's my fault. Sometimes stuff happens. Sometimes I find myself having an anxiety attack and realize that it's because I've got a to-do list longer than Psalm 119 and haven't taken time to breathe, let alone pray. And that's when I start to fall apart. We were created for God's presence, and we were created to live in balance: quiet times and times of high energy and activity; times in the dark and times in the sun; times to think and times to act; times to ... Continue Reading

What About Church Tech Leadership? [Podcast #63]

Church tech leadership

The Church has never had this much technology before. With each and every day and with each and every advancement, the technology snowball grows larger and larger. So then what's the role of church tech leadership? This is a topic we begin to dive into, when church technology increasingly needs leaders who are not only well versed with technology, but theology as well. ... Continue Reading

Stop Multitasking and Start Prioritizing [Infographic]

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I cannot multitask to save my life. It's bad enough that I have tried to do all of my scheduled appointments and reminders on my mobile device and see notifications and oops, I end up forgetting what I was originally doing. It's my shortcoming, but I'm finding out that it is actually more common that most realize. So what I have done is what this infographic below suggests: I prioritize. I leave my phone off and use a pen and paper. Sticky notes and whiteboards are lifesavers for me. I'll get ... Continue Reading

How to Create a Daily Todo List within Wunderlist

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Although Wunderlist is a very simple task management system, it has a few core tools that can really help you get more out of it. One of the core aspects is the ability to “star” a task and so set it as a priority. By default, this will bring it to the top of its project list and add it to a special starred list. So not only does it stand out within the list which it is on (helping you to notice the important next action), but you can also create a list of tasks which you must get done today. ... Continue Reading