I love the idea of several Christian-oriented nerds discussing in a very informal setting tech of some sort that may be beneficial for churches, bloggers, missionaries, and any other kind of ministry out there.
Our next hangout will be June 1st at 10AM EST.
This hangout we talk about what digital discipleship is, what resources are out there, and if is it possible.
That was Patton Oswalt performing a rather hilarious-if-ridiculous improv bit for a recent episode of Parks and Recreation.
Maybe it’s just me being cynical, but I feel like the Church does stuff like this sometimes. In an attempt to hype something up, to make it the absolute best, we overcomplicate it. We stuff the Gospel with so much “presentation” that we smother the truth of the Gospel and dilute its power.
I have seen many different people wonder what to use for a church’s website and there are a ton of options out there, including E-zekiel that has a great product for you to go from nothing to something great, quickly and easily. My own push for some time was for churches to have blogs on their site and of course the default blogging Content Management System out there is WordPress.
The unfortunate part is that I gave them a great idea, but the solution of installing and maintaing it was on someone else.
Often times SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is referred to in the context of business websites and blogs, even on ChurchMag. Although this is one of the more common references, SEO is something that every church should consider: You need good church website SEO!
A church website may be thought of as a tool or resource for church members, as it’s usually full of current events, announcements and Bible study schedules; but it’s actually one of the best ways for potential church attenders to “visit” your church. In fact,
“In the past 12-months, over 17 million American adults who don’t regularly attend worship services, visited the website of a local church or place of worship.”
This is all fine and good, but without decent SEO, how are seekers going to find you?
Never got Dawson’s Creek. The song infuriated me. Didn’t much like Felicity; the title was a misnomer for me. For some reason, though, Veronica Mars ensnared me. There was something about the spunky high school detective portrayed by Kristen Bell that drew atypical fans in.
I also admit to being slightly dejected when it was canceled. The show had its ubiquitous pack of fans who lobbied to get the cancellation rescinded, but as usually happens, the ratings were what really matter to studio execs (understandably so), and it never came back. Rumors of a movie never materialized.
We can pretty much remove every single role of “leadership” in the Church now.
Do we need church leaders anymore?
We don’t need a preacher.
Seriously, we no longer need pastors to preach, we can listen to Driscoll, Piper, Bell or even the guy down the road who uploads vlogs with his latest sermon.
We don’t need a worship band.
We no longer need the worship band, we can play the CD with all the songs on (and probably performed better than your local churches music group. In fact, the YouTube video probably has the right words at the right point).
We don’t need someone to read prayers.
We no longer need people to think up intercessory prayers for the service, we can simply find a prayer blog online and download their latest guidelines.
This isn’t just for adults.
The same can be applied to the youth work as well, their are kids songs, handouts, Bible studies, we barely need to think about what we are going to do.
We've been insanely-interested in exploring how the Church, ministries, and non-profits use technology to effectively fulfill their mission to the world.
With a small blog that started in September of 2008 we grew faster than we had ever dared to dream expanding into a network of blogs that reached more than a quarter million people every single month.
In May of 2011 we re-focused our efforts bringing all of the content back into one solidified brand - a "digital magazine" of resources that still serve the same industries and that still has the same curious heartbeat that started this movement.