Build Your Influence with a Social Media Kingpin

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Whatever your goals are in life, increasing your influence plays a crucial role. Without the ability to influence the actions, behaviors and beliefs of others we can never hope to change the world. One of the best steps you can take to increase your influence is to connect with other influencers. I recently had the opportunity to interview Justin Wise, a kingpin in the intersecting world of social media and the Church. (NOTE: If you want to cut to the chase, Justin is holding a free training ... Continue Reading

10 Signs You Are Failing As A Church Blogger

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The idea of creating a list of do's and dont's is not very appealing. Honestly, the very thought of parroting something that has already been said online is actually revolting for me. My heart does not reach for any old bloggers, but for the church to do blogging well. Instead, I'd like to share with you some of my own experiences with church blogging as well as the views of others. I actually crowdsourced the first half of this list, asking for their thoughts and some of them shared their own. ... Continue Reading

Who Manages the Internet’s Address Book? [Video]

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A free and open Internet can only remain if we are willing to take-action. It's not going to remain open and free if we are not willing to do our part to keep it that way. There have been many hurdles in the past and there will be plenty more in the future. In the video below, Vint Cerf, the father of the Internet, plainly talks about who manages the ‘Internet's address book’ — a sort of ‘crash course’ of ICANN. ... Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Church Marketing Sucks [Video]

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Church Marketing Sucks turns 10-years old this month! In Internet years, that's a long time and it is exciting to see them serving the church for at least another ten more years. This month they have been celebrating 10 years of sucks with a 10-year t-shirt giveaway, a 10-year anniversary hangout on Monday, July 28th, as well as some awesome discounts and giveaways — including special discounts on ChurchMag Press. Earlier this month I had the chance to sit down and speak with Church Marketing ... Continue Reading

Has the Church Overlooked YouTube?

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Has the Church overlooked YouTube? Posting updates on Facebook and Twitter and throwing in an image or two now and again requires far less 'know-how' and technical requirements, whereas producing a video to upload onto YouTube has a far more drastic learning curve for most churches. Perhaps that is why so many churches don't utilize YouTube when it comes to the different social media platforms. Here's how the different social networks stack up in ROAR's Social Media in Church Survey: ... Continue Reading

How to Speak British [Video]

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As good Brit, I've had many a conversation with an American (other non Brits are also available) where I've said what I thought was a fairly common phrase only to be met with silence or a rather quizzical look! So to help educate you in the ways of the Brits, here's a great little video showing some common British colloquialisms. ... Continue Reading

Online Church: Where to Begin

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What do you think of when you hear the term, ‘online church?’ For most, online church is a fancy way to say, ‘video streaming’ or ‘church streaming.’ In other words, live video feeds made available to watch online, in realtime. That is where online church started. That’s the roots behind it, but that is not ‘online church.’ Online church is actually what it sounds like: Church that is online. You have worship time, preaching, teaching and sometimes even communion! But more important than these ... Continue Reading