Your Church Needs More Than Social Media

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We've been preaching about churches being on social media for so long, I think we may have overstated our case. I see more and more investing their time in Facebook, Twitter and Google+; meanwhile, overlooking the most important piece of the social media puzzle. The problem with investing so much into social media, is that it's out of your control. On a whim, Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and others can change their policies or even completely disappear. What happens to all that ... Continue Reading

The Reverse Facebook Strategy: Would This Work?

Facebook Edgerank 101 [INFOGRAPHIC] – Infographic List

As a blogger, I am always tweaking my social media strategies. No matter the many unwelcome changes, Facebook is still an important social referrer to my site (it’s a close second after Twitter). But I have been wondering about a different Facebook strategy lately, a reverse strategy you might call it. What I have now is the pretty standard Facebook set up: a personal profile for friends and family with some 400 ‘friends’. I also have a Facebook page for my blog, which has 301 followers. ... Continue Reading

Interview: Jeff Goins Talks About Blogging [Video]

Jeff Goins

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Jeff Goins about his newly released book, Wrecked for a podcast I produce (not the ChurchMag podcast, but another one). In addition to recording the audio, I recorded the video of our  Skype conversation, so I took the chance to ask Jeff about some of his blogging experiences to share with the ChurchMag community. Unfortunately, the video was lost in the shuffle and has finally been unearthed, edited and made available for those of you interested ... Continue Reading

Blogging Challenge: 4 Written Posts In 60 Minutes


Blogging is something that people do as a hobby, for business, for fun, or to set up a platform for their ministry. Becoming a blogger with half a million readers and enough advertising or speaking engagements takes a bit more time, but that is for the select few. But to have the ability to take a concept from an intangible idea and put it onto a blog post in and of itself is not a difficult task to do. Dustin Stout took a concept from 8bit to have a blogging challenge that would be a task ... Continue Reading

How Much Time Should You Spend on Social Media? [Infographic]

social media work flow

Do you know how much time you spend on social media for your blog, church, ministry or organization? This infographic takes a look at “a generic social media workflow for a 40-hour work week.” It's an interesting look and most organizations don't have the resources to pour into this area, but I think it's a good idea to understand how much time can be spent in this area to make a huge impact. Most people think 15-minutes a day will do it, but when you consider the sea of social media messages ... Continue Reading

Book Review: ‘UNBLOGGER’ by Darrell Vesterfelt


Quick Synopsis UNBLOGGER is about making sure that your head is on straight: be a person first and a blogger second. Don't live your life for your blog; don't sacrifice your life for your readers. In the end, it's your life, your story, that draws readers in the first place. The Topic Darrell Vesterfelt's topic is a timely one. Blogging, as a trend, has risen, fallen, and is rising again. I believe it's crucial that we take this message to heart. A few days ago, Jon Acuff tweeted the ... Continue Reading

ChurchMag’s 2013 Top 30 Church Tech Blogs

Churchmag’s May 2013 Top 30 Church Tech Blogs

We asked for submissions so that we could put together a new top 30 list and you guys did not disappoint. With over 40 submissions, this is the most diverse and strongest list we have had yet (the 2012 list). The stats have been compiled and the results are in. My tip to you: network with these people, add them to your RSS list, subscribe to the Twitter list I have made (or the curated list via @ChurchMag), and engage with them on their content. ... Continue Reading

Ghost: Blogging, Plain and Simple

Ghost Blogging Platform

WordPress is one of the most amazing blogging platforms/CMS on the market today. I've been using WordPress for almost seven years, and I have to say that in all of that time I've never looked for a replacement. And honestly, nothing about WordPress is currently pushing me on to greener pastures. However… This. Is. Awesome. ... Continue Reading

How I Was Blocked by Google Adsense (And How I Was Reinstated)


I’ve had two Google Adsense ads on my blog Youth Leaders Academy for ages. They don’t bring in a lot of money, but they do contribute to covering the costs of my blog. I’d been thinking about getting rid of them and choosing some more ‘desirable’ ads myself, when suddenly I got a notice via email. My account was being blocked by Google Adsense. It was a short, standard email that didn’t give any reason why I was blocked, except for this generic ‘invalid activity’. So I searched online ... Continue Reading

Add Your Church Tech Blog To Our Top 30 Search

Add Your Church Tech Blog To Our Top 30 Search

About ten months ago, I went on a crazy mission to come up with the perfect formula for ranking blogs that was nearly 100% statistically based and came up with a formula that used pageviews, social media stats, and RSS feed numbers and came up with this post for ChurchMag. This year, we want to bump up this number to a Top 30 Church Tech Blogs and so we need your submissions! We wanted to put together a top 30 list formula that was as objective as possible and added little to no subjectivity ... Continue Reading