Introducing: ChurchMag Staff Writers

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Towards the end of 2014 the idea began to brew about establishing Staff Writers for ChurchMag. These would be regular contributors who have a passion and unique strengths surrounding Church tech and creativity. Like the newspaper days of old, each Staff Writer would be given a “beat” to cover and would write at least one post per week with a commitment of one year. Since the beginning of the year, this team of Staff Writers have been following through with all kinds of awesome. So as I ... Continue Reading

The 5 Types of Blog Posts that Always Work

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I sure hope you appreciate a little irony, because that’s exactly what the title of this blog post is. Ironic. You see, many how-to books and posts on blogging make promises like the one above, that if you just do this-and-this, you’ll attract hundreds, thousands of readers. You wanna know why? Because posts like that work. Here’s the common wisdom on what types of posts work: ... Continue Reading

How To Schedule Instagram Posts

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For the longest time, scheduling Instagram was impossible, and it still pretty much is. Instagram has their API under lock and key, but one company, ScheduGram has changed all of that. Here's how you can schedule Instagram posts with ScheduGram: ... Continue Reading

How Often Do you Post Online? [Infographic]

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I'm going to write this article about the infographic because it is a good discussion starter, but I want you to know one thing. I hate when people ask how frequently you should post, but the person you are asking has never seen your account, doesn't know your social media strategy, and has no idea what you want to do with your platform. So I'm going to communicate some facts after the infographic, but I DO NOT endorse mimicking this infographic word for word. Instead, be intentional. Nothing ... Continue Reading

Science Fiction and Gender Roles

Science Fiction and Gender Roles

I've written before about the power of science fiction to inject ideas into the mainstream while driving the conversation forward. Lately, one of the bigger issues in the wider cultural dialogue has been gender equality. As a man, I don't want to weigh in as an authority, though I will admit that my wife, who is a woman, is objectively a much better person than I am. However, I don't want to subject my wife to the blogosphere, so I'll point a spotlight at someone better equipped to handle it: ... Continue Reading

Social Media Crisis Management [Infographic]

Social Media Crisis Management

Social media can be great to get your name out there. But what do you do when: Your social media manager posts an inappropriate post on your business account. You are critical of people and it is received negatively. Someone has a bad experience with your pastor or church, so they create a video showing their frustration and you don't respond. This is social media crisis management time. Do you know what you would do in these situations? You need to. ... Continue Reading

Can You Tell Your Faith Story In A Tweet?

Can You Tell Your Faith Story In A Tweet

A couple of months ago we published an article that talked about my concerns about tweeting Scripture and wondering if it was a waste of time. Between that post and Churchleaders.com reposting of it, I've had some good feedback on the discussion. (In case you wonder, I don't think it's a waste of time) That discussion and dialoguing with feedback brought out another concern I have with churches using Twitter. I used the social media platform to ask this question I was concerned ... Continue Reading

Free vs Paid Church Websites [Podcast #42]

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Does it matter if your church website is a “freebie” or you us a free tool like Wix or Weebly? What if you get a package deal from one of those church websites you see advertised on the web? Maybe the best thing to do is have a fully customized website built by a designer? Or maybe—just maybe—it isn't the amount of money you invest into your church website that makes the difference... ... Continue Reading

‘Everyone’s a Critic’ by Bill Tancer [Saturday Morning Review]

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Online reviews have changed the game for restaurants, hotels, retail and other businesses. Not only are customer making decisions based on the reviews of others, but bad reviews can have stinging effects. Everyone's a Critic discusses this review-driven world and shows how businesses can use reviews. I learned some interesting facts from this book that have changed the way I view reviews: ... Continue Reading

Church Tech Snack Pack #061

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February is still plenty cold in many parts of the world, so Springtime feels a little bit like a fairy tale of sorts. But the truth is, budding flowers and Easter is going to be here before we know it. In this week's Church Tech Snack Pack, we've included a few links to help you start thinking about it. But first, some wise words from Chuck Scoggins about Lent: ... Continue Reading