The Power of the #Hashtag [Infographic]

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The topic of hashtags is great because it is this whole world for churches to explore on what it means to engage in a conversation with people. There are several universal hashtags for Christian, of which I look into personally with #chsocm, #churchtech, and #churchmedia. It gives people the ability to talk about a topic and you the opportunity to peer into the conversation. But I wonder if having a hashtag for your church could be useful. I actually talk about this topic in my eBook By The ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: How Churches Are REALLY Communicating Online [Infographic]

By The Numbers - Infographic

The church has had the capacity to be on the Internet for over 25 years, yet it seems we have failed to do anything very substantial for most of it. In the recent years, an explosion of churches have begun to make a digital presence online with website and social media, but are we being very effective with our energy and content? Here are some datapoints for you to explore on what 100 of the largest churches are doing online with their ministry presence. If you want the full data, get my latest ... Continue Reading

UnProgrammed: 01 Church Tech Ministry Could Lead The Charge Against Porn

Church Tech Ministry Could Lead The Charge Against Porn

I love the heart of church tech people. We want to serve the church corporately and serve well. We also love being super technical with our programming, communication, graphics, sound boards, projectors, and everything else. But sometimes we get lost in the serving and technical aspects that we lose the ability to be with people. Every other ministry has a personal connection and I feel like church tech misses this mark sometimes. One place the church tech ministry could engage and serve on an ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: Datapoints

By The Numbers - Datapoints

The past month, I have put in about 50 hours worth of time to not only construct a research project, but also to gather data and find some sweet nuggets of content to share with people. I am going to get into what this project looks like, but before that, I wanted to share how we got to that moment. The beginning of 2015 seems to be the perfect meeting point for me in my blogging career. I have let go being an editor, moved to full time with ChurchMag, and begun blogging as a Staff Writer on ... Continue Reading

Will Google Penalize Your Church Website?

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For years we've been saying that church, ministry, and nonprofit websites need to be mobile-friendly. Up until now, we've been preaching this kind of web design from a practical perspective. More and more people are accessing the Internet outside of the PC desktop environment by using their smartphones and tablets, so having a mobile-friendly website—or as we often say, responsive—has become more and more important. What's the point of having a website if it isn't accessible? This makes sense ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: Analysis

By The Numbers - Analysis

Yesterday we looked at the By the Numbers research project that I have been slaving away at and for those that enjoy the tl;dr style of recapping: I don't want to base my social media and web recommendations for churches based off of opinion or individual experiences, so I am compiling data so the Church can do better online ministry. Today we will look at the analysis outcomes for solid data to be presented. You won't get all the data unless you purchase the eBook, but I did want to share ... Continue Reading

4 Giving Statistics Every Church Should Know

CM Giving STats

I’m not sure if it’s an actual law, or simply a generally agreed upon practice, but it seems that any discussion of statistics these days must first include a recitation of the most famous statistics-related quote of all time: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." Good. So now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about statistics! As that oft-quoted witticism makes clear, statistics should be taken with a grain of salt. They may not always present the ... Continue Reading

By the Numbers: Observations

By The Numbers - Observations

The project design has been constructed, the seemingly endless amount of data has been mined, and I am beginning to crunch the numbers. And let me say, I have found some great points after looking at over 250 social media accounts and 100 websites for churches. The simple fact of the matter is, there is no set standard, but there are a lot of churches producing great content. Even as I write these words knowing that the series is coming to a close and my latest eBook has been released on ... Continue Reading

OpenEmu – The Best Retro Gaming Emulator EVER

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If you've ever ventured out into retro gaming with an emulator, you'll find that they're not always the easiest to use and sometimes are a little buggy. The BEST retro gaming is usually with the actual system or something like the Wii offers with retro purchases. And when it comes to the Mac, free emulator offerings are probably the worse option of them all. Until now... ... Continue Reading